Handmade Holidays Nov. 29: Totally Tropical Gifts

on November 29 | in Handmade Holidays, Sewing Inspiration, Sewing Tutorials + Patterns | by | with 80 Comments

 Make it a tropical Christmas with gift ideas from today’s curated list!

Make It


Flamingo Stocking
Sew a unique Christmas flamingo stocking using this pattern designed by Allison of Dream a Little Bigger.


The Ultimate Beach Blanket
If you frequent the beach, you know one can never have too many beach blankets (or towels) to lay out and relax upon. This pattern by So Sew Easy claims to be the ultimate!


Sea Turtle Softie
Sew a sweet little sea turtle softie (or even a whole group of them!) using this free pattern from Amy of Positively Splendid.


Beach Bound Straw Tote 
This adorable straw tote (by Melissa of Polkadot Chair) would make an excellent beach bag or purse for any beach-loving friend or family member!


Felt Seashells
These felt seashells (designed by Laura of Bugs and Fishes) are perfect by themselves and also awesome for decorating any number of gifts. The possibilities are endless!


Sunglasses Case With a Pocket
This innovative, yet simple, sunglasses case (designed by Stephanie of Swoodson Says) closes with velcro and has a secret pocket to store “eye drops, change, chapstick, even a set of keys.”


Sea Turtle Softie
And here is another version of a sea turtle softie (these design by Ashley of Make It & Love It) because one can never have too many sea turtles!


Pineapple Cross-Stitch
What is more tropical than pineapples? Stitch up this cute pineapple design (by Rachael of Imagine Gnats) as a wall hanging or add the design to a favorite tote bag pattern!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Tropical Fish Fleece Mittens, Little Fishy, and Hawaii on My Mind Wall Hanging

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Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies that contribute prizes.

Hack That Tote!: Mix & Match Elements to Create Your Perfect Bag

Author: Mary Abreu
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

One pattern, infinite looks! With simple tweaks, you can reinvent the basic tote 11 ways, sewing useful projects like a backpack, messenger bag, laundry duffle, and stylish cross-body purse. Create your perfect carryall by adding zippers, pockets, handles, drawstrings, and purse hardware for endless variety. A fabric and interfacing guide helps beginners and more experienced sewists choose the right materials every time. Just measure, mark, and cut, no printed patterns needed!

The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club Subscrition

The Mighty Lucky Quilting Club is the first monthly subscription club of its kind that focuses on challenging you with design concepts in the quilt making process. It’s like a gym membership for quilters! From playing with surface design techniques to improvised quilt (and quilting!) designs to finding inspiration …and everything in between… you’ll be challenged each month with a new skill to try, with pages of instructions, examples, and inspiration from one of your favorite quilters.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 28: Upcycled Gifts
November 27: Sweet Softies
November 26: Luxe Gifts
November 25: Gifts for Crafters
November 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers
November 23: Wonderful Wreaths
November 22: Gifts for Design Lovers
November 21: Bags to Make and Give
November 20: Lacey Christmas
November 19: Gifts for Artists
November 18: Scrap Busters
November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman
November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss
November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts
November 14: Table Runners
November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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80 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 29: Totally Tropical Gifts

  1. Sandy in WA says:

    The turtles are too cute

  2. Kathryn in VA says:

    What great ideas.

  3. Rose in MN says:

    Love the sea turtle softies! My favorite animal!

  4. Jess in WA says:

    The turtles are awesome! My niece is currently into softies; maybe I’ll make her one for her birthday.

  5. The ultimate beach blanket looks great.

  6. Chris says:

    I need to make that stocking for a friend.

  7. Mary Beth says:

    The felt seashells are so cute.

    Mary Beth in MO

  8. Laurie in CO says:

    The cross stitch is adorable- must share with my sister.

  9. Amber says:

    i love the turtles

  10. DeborahGun says:

    The Sea Turtle softies are just the cutest!

  11. Gweneth says:

    The flamingo stocking is hilarious, love it.

  12. Shannon in WA says:

    The flamingo is a riot!

  13. Monica in MD says:

    I love the straw bag.

  14. Beth in MI says:

    Love the softies and that glasses case!

  15. Claudia says:

    I like the sea turtles softies. I am a softie for softies

  16. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I love the idea of a tropical Christmas!

  17. […] November 29: Totally Tropical Gifts November 28: Upcycled Gifts November 27: Sweet Softies November 27: Sweet Softies November 26: Luxe Gifts November 25: Gifts for Crafters November 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers November 23: Wonderful Wreaths November 22: Gifts for Design Lovers November 21: Bags to Make and Give November 20: Lacey Christmas November 19: Gifts for Artists November 18: Scrap Busters November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents November 6: Gifts for Geeks November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers November 4: Gifts for Playtime November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends November 2: Gifts for Travelers November 1: Gifts for Students […]

  18. Rebecca says:

    That cross stitch pattern is really fun!

  19. Jennifer in TX says:

    I love the turtles! So, cute!!

  20. Delia in VA says:

    The felt shells are adorable! I want a whole basket full.

  21. Lee in MI says:

    Cute projects!

  22. Cyrus says:

    That pineapple crosstitch is so cute!

  23. Emma in FL says:

    The flamingo stocking would be perfectly adorable!

  24. calypso says:

    Felt seashells! Easy and cute!

  25. Lulu says:

    The ultimate beach blanket is definitely my kind of project!

  26. […] Tropical Gifts […]

  27. Susan in MA says:

    Those turtle softies are adorable! And I would love that tote book! One can never have enough tote bags!

  28. KJ says:

    So cute. I especially like the flamingo stocking. Inspired.

  29. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Cute designs! Thank you.

  30. Ramona in MI says:

    I really like the felt seashells and star fish!

  31. Eleanor says:

    I love the turtles!

  32. Terry says:

    What fun projects!! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  33. Barb B in BC says:

    A flamingo with Christmas lights and a Santa hat!!!! Lovely!

  34. Kristin says:

    Love the sea turtles!

  35. Catherine. Ca says:

    Going to be malignant the sea turtle for my grandson.

  36. Jolyn from FL says:

    I love all the beach stuff!

  37. Jayne - TN says:

    OMG! That flamingo! Makes me want to run to a tropical paradise!

  38. Mandi in CO says:

    All of these are great ideas.

  39. Kathy L in VA says:

    The felt shellfish are adorable!

  40. Joanna NY says:

    Love the Beach Bound Straw Tote

  41. Tracy Thompson says:

    Love our summer Christmas! The beach tote looks amazing.

  42. Kerry in HI says:

    I’m going to have to make a couple of those beach blankets! Maybe for a birthday gift?!?

  43. Gia says:

    Such cute projects today!
    Thank you for another great giveaway!!!

  44. Paige says:

    You can never have enough pineapples!

  45. Marilyn in WA says:

    Fabulous ideas!

  46. Beth T. in OR says:

    Rachel’s pineapples are darling–perfect for my niece, the “Psych” fan!

  47. Ariel says:

    Nice! Love the Flamingo Stocking for the little ones.

  48. Stephanie S says:

    What fun gifts! I especially love the Pineapple Crosstitch – so cute!

  49. Lydia R. in WA says:

    Who knew I needed a turtle softie. Thanks for that!

  50. Janice in IL says:

    With winter here, I’m ready for some tropical distraction.

  51. Great ideas!

  52. Susan E says:

    Those turtle softies are adorable! And I would love that tote book! One can never have enough tote bags??

  53. Dreaming of warmth…….:):)

  54. Deb Martin says:

    I like the felt seashells and softie turtles.

  55. Jim M in NC says:

    Some great ideas for my family at the beach!

  56. Brenda in Washington says:

    Love that crazy fun flamingo stocking! the mighty lucky quilting club might be a good kick in the pants for me. thanks for all these gifty ideas and opportunity to win.

  57. Gina S. says:

    Turtles and sea shells, how cute! Would love the Hack that Tote!

  58. Barb K in NE says:

    I really like the sea turtles–nice patterns!

  59. Gwen in NJ says:

    The felt sea shells are perfect to make as a reminder for Little One of Thanksgiving in FLA with grandparents.

  60. julie says:

    I’m in love with that claim go stocking! Can’t wait to get started….

  61. Kathleen in WA says:

    Pineapple cross stitch has to happen!

  62. Marian in GA says:

    I would love to have a new book!

  63. Chiska says:

    What a fantastic list!

  64. Amy in IL says:

    Love the straw tote. So cute.

  65. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Nice projects!

  66. Renea says:

    Love the stocking with the flamingo. My husband would love it. Thanks for the giveaway.

  67. Wendy in MI says:

    Love the blanket and seashells!

  68. Sarah J in OH says:

    Oh that flamingo– soooo cute! Love these ideas that make me think of warm days in our chilly winter!

  69. Patty says:

    Love that flamingo!

  70. Therese PA says:

    Love the flamingo!

  71. Charlotte in GA says:

    Great fun ideas! Thanks!

  72. L says:

    I’d love to be in the Mighty Lucky Club!

  73. Kay says:

    I really do need a sunglasses case, I now have time and a tutorial to get one ready for next summer.

  74. SS in NH says:

    I love the pineapple cross stitch!

  75. amy says:

    These are so cute! I love that flamingo stocking! Perfect for gifts for friends in warmer climates.
    I’m in NY.

  76. Kate in MO says:

    Those felt sea shells are too cute!

  77. Anne Marie says:

    Love these beachy projects!

  78. Julie Vance says:

    My little sister is going to college in Florida, originally from Missouri. This is a great list of ideas for her.

  79. Anne in tx says:

    Love the pineapple cross stitch.

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