Handmade Holidays Nov. 4: Gifts for Playtime

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 Welcome back for the fourth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Wendy Robbins has collected some inspiring projects to make for the little ones in your life. Pick a few of your favorites and get started on your Christmas gift sewing today! And, don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Wendy Robbins from My French Twist

From Wendy:
Hi. A few years ago, I grew my craft cottage industry into a nationwide manufacturing company. A few years later, I sold it. Now I’m embarking on a year of making beautiful things, just for the love of it. I’m tackling all those creative projects I’ve placed on the “back burner.” You can follow my journey at My French Twist.

Make It


Dinosaur Small World in a Suitcase
This Dinosaur Small World in a Suitcase from The Craft Train will usher your child into a fantasy world of prehistoric fun. All you need is an old toy suitcase, a few craft materials, and some imagination.


Mermaid Tail Blanket
What could spur more imagination than this Mermaid Tail Blanket by Made for Mermaids. And if that’s not enough, a pattern is included for your little one’s dolly as well!


Superhero Hooded Towels
Your kids will use these towels for years! I made a similar version of these for my son when he was little, and it became his favorite towel/toy/cape for several years. These Superhero Hooded Towels from Crazy Little Projects is a timeless idea!


Tic Tac Toe Game Board Bag
This Tic-Tac-Toe Game Board Bag from Premeditated Leftovers is not only super easy to make, it is a great travel game for kids. This is perfect as a stocking stuffer as well!


Toy Sleeping Bags
These Toy Sleeping Bags from Melanie Ham stole my heart. When my children were small, they were always “tucking in” their dolls and stuffed animals. These sleeping bags would have been ideal!


Magnetic Fabric Fish
What child doesn’t like to go fishing? Even if it’s cold or rainy outside, these Magnetic Fabric Fish from Homemade Gifts Made Easy can be used indoors!


Fort Kit for Kids
What crafter doesn’t have some extra fabric lying around? And what better way to use it than to build a fort? See how you can assemble a Fort Kit for Kids at See Vanessa Craft.


DIY Felt Vegetable Garden
This DIY Felt Vegetable Garden by Lia Griffith is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen. What a lovely idea for a budding little horticulturalist.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Fleece Veggie SetGreat Gumball Challenge Game, and Gnome Game Project

Win It

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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.

Change-Up Patchwork

(US shipping only.)

Author: Nancy Zieman
Publisher: Nancy Zieman

Nine quilt designs based on the traditional 4-patch, 9-patch and square within a square, made new with a little creative flair. Learn Nancy’s speedy-and-easy process of using strips and straight stitching to make a variety of modern patchwork quilts and table runners. Use Nancy’s method to create additional designs with graph paper. Turn to the front of the book for recommended supplies, tools and tips on basic quilting techniques such as cutting fabric strips, stitching and pressing strips.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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116 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 4: Gifts for Playtime

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  4. Linda L. says:

    It’s unfortunate that the veggie garden pattern requires you to buy a fairly expensive membership to access it. Usually the “Handmade Holidays” ideas are free or have a minimal cost.

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  6. bookboxer says:

    I can’t keep up with all these great ideas!

  7. Judi B in VA says:

    I’ve been thinking about the mermaid tale blankets for a long time for my girls!!!

  8. Katie in CA says:

    Toy sleeping bags are just too cute! I love that idea.

  9. Mariah says:

    These are so cute! I would love to make that veggie set for my two-year-old!! If only she would allow me to have more sewing time 🙂

  10. Lydia says:

    dinasour world and the fish game are ingenious. Going on my list.

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  12. Sam in FL says:

    Love every idea in this post. The mermaid blanket will be a must for my wannabe mermaid.

  13. sumac in VT says:

    love the garden!

  14. Debbie KL says:

    My kiddos would love the toy sleeping bags!

  15. Barb K in NE says:

    The Toy Sleeping Bags are a neat idea!

  16. BSackrey says:

    Wishing I still had little ones at home to make for. I think the fishing set is adorable.

  17. caroline rohrer in NV says:

    These toys are better then anything needing batteries.

  18. Shannon in WA says:

    I’ve made a few of the mermaid tails–a great project

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  21. Terri in NJ says:

    love these…I know a few little people who are going to be very happy : )

  22. Amanda at APO says:

    Such wonderful ideas for the little ones! Thank you.

  23. Lisa in MA says:

    I love the vegetable garden! So adorable!

  24. Brenda in Washington says:

    omigosh! dinosaur world in a suitcase – so adorable and imaginative! the superhero hooded towels and tic tac toe game are pretty awesome too! this book looks great. i love Quilting with Nancy show.

  25. Sherry VF says:

    The fort kit is a great idea and kids will play with it for many years! sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  26. Jayne says:

    What great ideas for the little ones!

  27. Andrea in WV says:

    I love all these ideas! Will definitely be making a few of them for my kids this year.

  28. Whitney in ME says:

    Oh my gosh! My boys would love a few of these!

  29. lee says:

    I love the dino suitcase!!

  30. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I love the little sleeping bags!

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  32. Kathleen in WA says:

    Superhero towels for the littles. What a great idea!

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  34. Cary says:

    The felt suitcase is adorable!

  35. Kaelyn says:

    Wonderful ideas, thankyou!

  36. Penny R in IA says:

    Great ideas.

  37. Eileen says:

    I love the fishing set. My twin three year old grandsons would love them!!

  38. amber in nyc says:

    I love the mermaid sleeping back. Perfect for my niece’s sleep overs!

  39. SS in NH says:

    That tic tac toe bag is a great idea

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  41. Kathy L. in Va says:

    Those felt vegetables are adorable.

  42. Gina Ia. says:

    I made these a couple years ago and the grandkids loved them!

  43. Barbara in CT says:

    So many great ideas! Love the dinosaur suitcase! thinking about using hotwheel cars and a Gotham city scene theme for my granddaughter – yes she loves cars just like her daddy!
    Oh…and the fishing set…and the veggies…OK – they’re ALL awesome! thanks for the post!

  44. Shelley in La. says:

    The veggie garden is my favorite. What a cute way to encourage healthy eating, and spending outdoor time with the family gardening. Thank you for the great ideas!

  45. Bernie says:

    Great round up of ideas for kids, especially the doll sleeping bags. Love those!
    (Bernie from California)

  46. Christina S says:

    There shall be two batman hooded towels under the tree this year, for sure! Eeeeeeee!!!

  47. Jeanne says:

    The fish are fabulous! Making for my Toddler class immediately!

  48. Ellen M. In OH says:

    I love the dinosaur land in a suitcase. How cool!!
    Many thanks!

  49. I love that dinosaur play case! However, I have more teens on my sew list than little ones, so it’s more likely I’ll make an big sized mermaid tail blanket. Thank you for these great ideas!

  50. Cindy S. says:

    Such cute ideas! I think I’d like to attempt the fishing game for my younger grandchildren, and the dinosaur play case for my slightly older grandson. I purchased a dinosaur book for my almost 5 year old grandson for Christmas, and the play case would be a fun addition in keeping with the theme.

  51. Melissa in NY says:

    I think my nephew would love a superhero towel for Christmas!

  52. Elizabeth says:

    Cute projects!

  53. Emma in FL says:

    Such cute ideas! I like the dino one 🙂

  54. Kylie C in OR says:

    The mermaid tail blanket is great, I’ve seen crocheted ones but hadn’t thought of making one out of fleece. It looks like it would make a great project for teens who are fairly new to sewing.

  55. Judy In OR says:

    I love these ideas that will spark a child’s imagination.

  56. Christine in Colorado says:

    These are such unique ideas! Thank you!

  57. Christine says:

    These are such unique ideaa! Thank you!

  58. Gweneth says:

    Great ideas for my grandchildren, well done!

  59. Susan in USA says:

    Portable Tic Tac Toe game and bag on my list.

  60. jessicac says:

    The dinosaur suitcase would be perfect for my my besties daughter! Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  61. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the fort kit and hooded superhero towels.

  62. Mandi in MD says:

    My toddler will love the fabric fish!

  63. Renea says:

    I love the little suitcase for a play center. Would also be cute for a little doll house. Thanks for the great ideas and for the giveaway.

  64. Patty says:

    great projects. I like the sleeping bags – my girls would have loved them when they were little.

  65. Glenda in Florida says:

    What a great collection of projects! There are a slew of toddlers and infants in my extended family who might be seeing some of these come their way. Thanks for all of the handmade holidays posts, and the chance to win.

  66. Paige in SC says:

    Wendy has put together a list of fun projects!

  67. Heidi says:

    Love those sleeping bags!! Too cute!

  68. Dawn from Indiana says:

    I love the tic-tac-toe board.

  69. Magnetic Fabric Fish!–Now on my to-make-for-Christmas list.

  70. Delia in VA says:

    I love the fishing set. I want to make one in miniature for traveling.

  71. Ramona says:

    I love the felt vegetable garden and really everything that was posted.

  72. Diane Bowman says:

    Some very cute projects – my girls always liked tucking in their little toys as well. That bucket with fish looks so much fun!

  73. Cute projects, I really like the dinosaur small world!

  74. Donna says:

    The toy sleeping bags are too cute! And what kid wouldn’t like a superhero hooded towel? Love it!

  75. Carole Williams says:

    Wonderful gift ideas for children!

  76. Teri says:

    Would love to win for my daughters!

  77. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Thank you! Great designs!

    Kathy in Ky

  78. Mandi in CO says:

    My niece and nephews would love a fort kit!

  79. Claudia in CO says:

    I am making my nephew a super hero towel. He will love it!

  80. Jim M in NC says:

    Some cute gift ideas posted today!

  81. Wendy in MI says:

    I want to make everything on this list

  82. Sue says:

    I love the Dinos in a suitcase!

  83. Lindsay H says:

    Eek! So many cute ideas that my sons would love!

  84. Anne says:

    Very clever Dino suitcase!

  85. Tina Jeo says:

    Love the towels! tljeo(at)yahoo(dot)com

  86. D in Illinois says:

    Will make a few of these for my granddaughter. The book would be great to win!

  87. Amanda B. says:

    Love the tic-tac-toe game board. I might need to make a few of those!

  88. Amy says:

    Love the mermaid tails. My girls would love them.

    • Amy says:

      In Illinois

  89. April in KS says:

    So many great ideas! Thanks!

  90. jackie in indiana says:

    What a wonderful fun stuff love love love the fort kit, so simple and creative!

  91. Margo in WA says:

    I love the superhero hooded towels!!

  92. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Great patterns and ideas today! Love the fish!!!

  93. Audrey says:

    Oh I love those sleeping bags!

  94. vicki says:

    Love the Tic Tac Toe game – definitely on the list for this year

    Vicki (for UK)

  95. Brie says:

    Looks like an awesome book!

  96. Patty says:

    Fabric fishing game, fabric fort are WINNERS!

  97. Janelle Dunn says:

    Oh my gosh!! What great ideas! Thank you.

  98. Sandy in WA says:

    A couple of these items would be great for the bazaar that my women’s group is planning.

  99. Annette says:

    So much fun!

  100. Sarah J says:

    My little guy loves several of these ideas! Thank you!

  101. Kerry in WA says:

    I LOVE these ideas! Doll sleeping bags, mermaid tails, dinosaur land! So cute!

  102. Who doesn’t love Nancy Zieman?

  103. Eleanor says:

    I love the sleeping bags!

  104. julie says:

    I like the fish toy. That’s pretty cool.

  105. Susan M in AK says:

    I have two nephews who would love a fort!

  106. Sharon says:

    So not my item, but way too cute. I had to comment. How delightful!

  107. Samina in USA says:

    I’m off to check out the fort kit for my kiddo. I bet he’d have fun with that.

  108. Lynne in WA says:

    I enjoy the guest curators featured in your Homemade Holidays. I like to check out their blogs. I had not run across Wendy Robbins before. Looks like I need to sign up for her newletters.

    • wendy says:

      Thanks Lynne! Please do check out my blog at myfrenchtwist.com!

  109. Kristin says:

    This is my favourite so far. I see there things I want to make!

  110. Audrey in PA says:

    All fun ideas! Thanks!!

  111. Patricia says:

    Love the suitcase toy box.
    Texas

  112. Barb B in BC says:

    That fabric fishing game is going on my list for sure!

  113. Samantha says:

    Better every day. I really like the Dino playset

  114. Pat K says:

    Your ideas for kids are really great. I will probably make at least two of them.

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