Welcome back for the ninth day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Jilly Hollmann put together a list of exquisite heirloom gifts that are sure to be cherished forever. All homemade gifts are special, but today’s gift ideas are extra-likely to become family treasures saved for the next generation.

Jilly has also contributed the Embroidered Portrait Pillows, Smitten Mittens, and “Words to Live By” Wall Art.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Jilly Hollmann from Jilly

From Jilly:
Jilly spent years training to become, and then working as, first a lawyer and then a psychotherapist before coming full circle back to her first love: making art. At age 40 she learned to sew and now prefers needle and thread to any other medium. You can see her whimsical, heartfelt creations on her blog, Jilly’s blog, on instagram, and in her etsy shop. Jilly lives in the vibrant Harlem neighborhood of New York City with her wonderful husband and sons, who inspire, delight, and entertain her every day.

Make It


Prism Quilt in Liberty of London
Molly’s Prism Quilt in Liberty of London pattern at Purl Soho takes some serious time and devotion, but the result is a truly distinctive: a quilt whose design beautifully balances traditional with modern, made with some of the most gorgeous fabrics in the world.


Tooth Fairy Cushion
Handmade Jane’s Tooth Fairy Cushion is a lot easier but is so adorable it is sure to become an heirloom as well!


Winter Cross-Stitch 
Like an old-fashioned sampler, this Winter Cross-Stitch Pattern from Commonthread depicting a timeless image of wintertime family fun definitely merits framing and may end up on your great-great-children’s walls someday.


Kamal Kadai Work Flower
Michelle’s Kamal Kadai Work Flower is so gorgeous and intricate, your gift recipient will treasure it whether it’s hoop art or an adornment to a small throw pillow.


Bright Heart Quilt
Amy Butler’s Bright Heart Quilt is another longer-term project where your hard work is sure to be rewarded by amazement and gratitude. It’s practically a guaranteed heirloom!


Cross-Stitch Family Tree
Another but very different needlepoint DIY from Commonthread, Tapestry Wool Family Tree allows you to create your own personalized cross-stitch family tree.


Portrait Pillows
I’m biased, but I think these Sew Mama Sew portrait pillows by me will stay in the family for a while!

Related posts you might enjoy:10 Ways to Incorporate More Meaning into Your Patchwork and Good Day Sunshine

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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!

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

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

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