Handmade Holidays Nov. 6: Gifts for Geeks

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 Welcome back for the sixth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Sarah Ruiz has collected some exciting projects for all the total nerds and movie lovers in your life. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end too!

Today’s Guest Curator:
Sarah Ruiz from Saroy

From Sarah:
Hello! I’m Sarah Ruiz, a NASA engineer by day and quilter by night. I started sewing about 5 years ago and it quickly became my biggest hobby, even though I usually have to squeeze it in well after the sun has gone down. I’ve been blogging for 15+ years at Saroy, where these days I write about quilting, my engineering career, motherhood and parenting, and life in general.

Make It


Pokemon Mini Quilt
Chances are good that someone you know spent a lot of time playing Pokemon Go this year. A Pokemon Starter Mini Quilt (by Felice Regina of Sew Scatterbrained) would be a great addition to their game room or bedroom.


Harry Potter Baby Activity Cube
Know someone who’s counting down the days until they can share Harry Potter with their little one? An amazing Harry Potter Baby Activity Cube (by Kim of Bugaboo City) would be a great addition to any baby’s playroom. Each side could also be adapted to make a great playmat or quiet book.


Star Wars Stitch Craft
This year’s Star Wars movie, Rogue One, is sure to be a huge hit. Help your favorite Star Wars fan celebrate this prequel to the original triology with one – or three – Star Wars Stitch Craft characters (by Brittanie of Simplistically Living).


This Droid Is Not For Sale Quilt
For any loved one still riding high from last year’s The Force Awakens, indulge them with a This Droid Is Not For Sale quilt (by Hunter’s Design Studio) featuring fan favorites Rey and BB8.


Zelda-Themed Cross-Stitch
Stitching and classic Nintendo never goes out of style. Surprise your crafty, game-loving friend or family member by combining both worlds with this awesome It’s Dangerous to Stitch Alone Zelda-themed cross-stitch (by Jess of The Crafting Geek).


To The Moon and Back Banner
For the 8-year-old or 80-year-old who always has stars in their eyes, a To The Moon and Back Banner (by the Commonthread Team at DMC) might be just the thing.


Dr Who Tile Coasters
Need a quick gift that’s not sewn or stitched but still handmade? A set of Dr Who Tile Coasters (by Kelly of The Start Button) would be a great addition to any living room.


Lego Rice Krispie Treats
Legos are beloved by kids and adults alike. You can safely bet that a batch of Lego Rice Krispie Treats (by Rachel of The Stay At Home Chef) would disappear quickly at any geeky gathering.


Pokeball Pillow
If your Pokemon fan would rather have something they can hold and snuggle, they’d probably be thrilled with a Pokeball Pillow (by Choly Knight).

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Lego Tote, Gifts for Geeks 2013

Win It

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.

Mountain Mist Historical Quilts: 14 Mid-Century Quilts Made New

(US/Canada shipping only.)

Author: Linda Pumphrey
Publisher: Fons & Porter

Make classic quilts with contemporary style!

This beautifully curated collection showcases 14 designs from the celebrated Mountain Mist Series. The unique marketing campaign, which offered a free quilt pattern with every Mountain Mist batting purchase, inspired generations of quilters throughout the 20th Century. In Mountain Mist Historical Quilts, author Linda Pumphrey recreates her favorite patterns–from art deco-inspired designs to intricate appliques and traditional blocks–with current fabrics and techniques. The result: timeless designs that are as stunning today as when they were first introduced in the 1930s and ’40s.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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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124 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 6: Gifts for Geeks

  1. Rose in MN says:

    The Harry Pottery cube is hilariously adorable!

  2. Barbara Macey says:

    So much talent–where do you find the time? Love The Harry Potter Activity Cube for my nephew.

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  4. bookboxer says:

    Thanks for these!

  5. Judi B in VA says:

    I know at least a few folks on my list would love these.

  6. Katie in CA says:

    Lego krispies! Whoa, I’m totally saving those for a kid birthday party. Fun!

  7. Lydia says:

    Harry Potter baby cube. Star Wars embroidery. Lego krispy treats. triple play, thanks!

  8. Carole M (BC) says:

    Love the Pokémon mini quilt and Doctor Who tiles.

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  10. Cyrus says:

    So many great ideas! I may have to make a few of these for myself!

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  12. Sam in FL says:

    The Pokemon Starter Quilt is adorbs! My nephew will love it…………along with some of those Rice Krispie lego treats. His most favorite toy.

  13. sumac in VT says:

    Rice Krispie legos!

  14. Mandi in MD says:

    The Harry Potter activity cube is amazing. Simply amazing!

  15. Ashley in WA says:

    The geeky presents are always my favourite. I’m not sure if I want to make my nephew Pokemon or star wars presents

  16. Amy in IL says:

    Star Wars is the thing at my house. Need to make some of those ones.

  17. Debbie in NY says:

    Very cute! If there was a mine craft projects my kiddos would love it!

  18. BSackrey says:

    My hubby would love the Link cross stitch for Christmas. MO

  19. Barb K in NE says:

    My Grandkids would like the Lego Rice Krispie treats!

  20. Jacqueline VH says:

    Hi there,
    I love the lego rice crispy snacks…hilarious!!!
    Going to get my Geek on and sewing up a Dr. Who iPad case for a Christmas gift.
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs!
    PS: Canada mailing addy.

  21. caroline rohrer in NV says:

    I wish I’d seen Loggo rice krispie bars when grand sons were into Leggos.

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  23. Shannon in WA says:

    I love all things mid century–I’d love to look through today’s prize

  24. Southern Gal says:

    Love the Star Wars projects!
    Renee in SC

  25. Rose in UK says:

    The Pokemon quilt is amazing

  26. Tina In MT says:

    The Dr. Who one would be great for my daughter.

  27. usairdoll in CA says:

    My grandson discovered Pokemon this year and he would love the mini quilt.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  28. Sandhya says:

    These are so right for youngsters who are into these things.

  29. Brianne in CA says:

    A great selection. And I appreciate the choice of list compiler for this topic. I’ll definitely need to check out her blog.

  30. Cinnamom says:

    My boys are going to love those Rice Krispy treats

  31. Claudia K says:

    The droid is not for sale quilt is a great idea for my friend whose nursery has a star wars theme.

  32. Theresa CA says:

    These gift ideas are great! Just what I was looking for. Thanks for including the link to last year’s post.

  33. Terri in NJ says:

    Harry Potter cube definitely happening!!! lol
    thanks

  34. Lisa McGriff says:

    Droid Not For Sale Quilt is very cute, I know a couple of people who would like that!

  35. Charlotte in GA says:

    Love the pokeball pillow.
    Thanks

  36. Sandy in WA says:

    I see a couple of things my son might like.

  37. Jayne -TN says:

    There is always a little geek in everyone!

  38. Ellen in OH says:

    I know several people who would love the Dr. Who coasters. Thanks for the ideas!

  39. Bobby says:

    My son is going to love the cross stitch!

  40. Jamie says:

    Oh my if my daughter’s teacher has a baby the Harry Potter cube will be a winning gift. Thank you!!!

  41. Susie from PA says:

    Lots of fun geeky gifts!! Love the Lego Rice Krispies !

  42. Andrea in WV says:

    Such great ideas!

  43. Christina says:

    I’m in love with the constellation banner – thank you!

  44. jessicac says:

    Loving this geeky roundup!

  45. Susan M in AK says:

    Great collection of geeky gifts!

  46. Melwyk says:

    These are some fun & original ideas — good thing I have some geeks in my life 😉

  47. Judy In OR says:

    Very fun ideas!

  48. Gweneth says:

    some super popular gift ideas

  49. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    Ooh my older son would love it if I embroidered some star wars characters on somthing for him!

  50. Heather says:

    Cool ideas

  51. Sandy in Ohio says:

    Love the banner and the coasters!

  52. So many great ideas for the geeks in my life! Thank you.

  53. Amanda B. says:

    That pokeball pillow is the 2nd gift I plan to make from this years handmade holiday tutorials. Love!

  54. Brie says:

    That looks like an awesome book!

  55. “To the Moon and Back”……a household theme here!

  56. Lee in MI says:

    I love the Star Wars stitching! thanks!

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  58. Katie in GA says:

    Considering making that cute starry banner for the nursery. Thanks for the link!

  59. April in KS says:

    Oh THANK YOU! I have so many Star Wars fans on my list!

  60. bernie says:

    Looks like a great book offered as today’s giveaway. Thanks a bunch.

  61. Susan says:

    I guess the people in my life are nerds, not geeks. But these are cute ideas for the geeks. USA

  62. Kathleen in WA says:

    I love all of the projects today! I have some nephews who will love these Star Wars themed presents!

  63. cathie says:

    This is a beautiful book and would love to win it. Thanks for the chance

  64. Margo in WA says:

    These are great ideas!

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  66. Barb B in BC says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful crafting ideas for Christmas gifts.

  67. Honey says:

    Love the Lego krispie treat idea! It’s a nice surprise to find a cooking idea!

  68. Pat K says:

    The ideas in today’s post are great — I know several people who would be thrilled by some of these gifts.

  69. Kristin says:

    My three-year-old loves playing Pokemon Go with his daddy, but we’ve not been able to find a Pokeball for him in any of the stores. I suspect that Pokeball pillow is now in his future…. 🙂

    –Kristin in California

  70. Kate in MO says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  71. Erika says:

    I love the Quilt pattern, I think my daugher would go crazy over a BB8 themed quilt!

  72. Brenda says:

    thanks for the annual inspiration! I live in Canada.

  73. Emily K (in Alabama) says:

    Love these suggestions!!

  74. Marilyn in WA says:

    Absolutely love the pokemon starter quilt, adorable!

  75. Tammie in KS says:

    Love these projects, especially the HP cube!

  76. This is an awesome round up! Thanks for these great ideas, Sarah. I think I need to re-budget my holiday sewing so I can make ALL. THE. THINGS. The geeks on my list (myself included!) will flip over these gifts. 🙂

  77. Oh WOW I need to make that Harry Potter cube for my little ones!!

  78. Angie says:

    Such a great giveaway! I hope I win!!!

  79. Eleanor says:

    That Harry Potter one is amazing!

  80. Heather in WA says:

    Love the Potter themed toy!

  81. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I might just make the pokeball pillow. What a fun idea!

  82. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway!
    Kathy in Ky!

  83. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the projects today! The Harry Potter cube is outstanding!

  84. Cindy Neidt says:

    I’m a big time Geek. Loving this

  85. Christine in Colorado says:

    This might be one of the coolest lists of handmade gift ideas yet!

  86. Renea says:

    I have a grandson who would love all of these great projects. Thanks for the giveaway.

  87. Kerry in WA says:

    Oh these are great ideas! I know lots of kiddos who love one of these gifts.

  88. Heidi says:

    Thanks for another great round up! Love them all!

  89. Donna in GA says:

    I like the Star Wars gifts, very fun!

  90. Sue says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win this great book.

  91. Funnest dessert ever! Lego Rice Krispy Treats :>

  92. Eileen says:

    My daughter-in-law loves Harry Potter. Great ideas!!

  93. amber in nyc says:

    i love the “to the moon and back” banner! i plan to use glow in the dark thread on mine.

  94. Cynthia says:

    Love the Lego Krispies, they look yummy as well as fun.

  95. Wendy in MI says:

    I can’t wait to make the “This Droid is Not for Sale” quilt!

  96. Paula says:

    Great collection of tutorials – I will be making a couple of these for the geeks in my life – thank you! And I love this prize – I’m a vintagy geek!

    Paula in BC, Canada
    paulamb at shaw dot ca

  97. Julie says:

    Soooooooooo many cute things!!! I can’t decide what to work on first.

  98. Kathy L. in VA says:

    My daughter will love the Pokémon mini quilt!

  99. Delia from VA says:

    It is nice to see a recipe on today’s round up! I was missing those.

  100. SS in NH says:

    I love all of these!

  101. Kylie C in OR says:

    I absolutely love the Pokemon mini quilt! I think I may adapt it to a pillow for my nephew’s bed.

  102. Helen says:

    I was very happy to find Saroy website. I signed up to receive her newsletter. Thank you for sharing her. Love sewmamasew…always has great things to investigate. Thanks! Helen

  103. Marian in GA says:

    That would be a wonderful gook to have

  104. Kellie W. says:

    Oh. My. Goodness. ZELDA! I am BOTH the crafter AND game lover and i looooved The legend of Zelda. I simply MUST, and it HAS to hang above my sewing desk. Done and DONE. I am stoked about this one ya’ll. I am nerding out. Seriously, i don’t even care. 😉

  105. Susan says:

    “This Droid Is Not For Sale” quilt…something I cannot let my husband see, or there will be nothing else on his Christmas list.

  106. Carol W in IL says:

    The Lego cookies are especially fun.

  107. Sarah J in OH says:

    Love the constellation banner! Thank you for more great ideas~

  108. Nancy Ridder says:

    This makes me wish my kids were still young.

  109. Janelle says:

    Oh my gosh! Almost all of these would tickle my crew! Great ideas. And, great give-a-way book.

  110. Linda in Indiana says:

    Like all the ideas and the range crafts to food thank you

  111. Patty says:

    This is a great list of items!

  112. Patty says:

    What creative ideas! Who would’a thought . . .

  113. Tammy in SC says:

    That book (the prize) looks very interesting! As a teenager I loved to look at quilting books from the library! Thank you for the chance to win it.

  114. Dayna from Wisconsin says:

    such a good list of projects! I’m not a Pokeman Go person but love that little quilt!
    Dayna from Wisconsin

  115. Ramona from MI says:

    Wow! What a great lineup of awesome “geek” things. I’m sure somebody I know needs one of these.

  116. Gail says:

    The Star Wars Stitch craft will be fun for my favorite Star Wars loving grandson!

  117. Ruth Grimley says:

    Ruth G St Augustine, FL.

  118. Love these! Thanks! 🙂

  119. Mandi in CO says:

    Thanks for the good ideas!

  120. Karen from IN says:

    What a cool idea for the Lego treats!

  121. Anne Marie says:

    I have a couple of geeks who would love these gifts.

  122. Sarah in MN says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

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