Handmade Holidays Nov. 9: Heirloom Gifts

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 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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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!

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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120 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 9: Heirloom Gifts

  1. Rose in MN says:

    I’ve been eyeing the Liberty of London quilt at Purl Soho for a couple of years now. The prints are so gorgeous.

  2. Susan in MA says:

    That tooth fairy cushion is brilliant… why didn’t I think of that years ago?!?

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  4. Mary Beth says:

    I love the prism quilt.

    –Mary Beth in MO

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  6. bookboxer says:

    Wow! I need to try that portrait pillow … maybe for next year!

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  8. caroline says:

    Heart quilt is going on my bucket list

  9. Judi B in VA says:

    LOVE the portrait pillow!!!

  10. calypso says:

    Tooth fairy cushion! So cute!

  11. Kate in MO says:

    That Prism Quilt is lovely!

  12. Lydia says:

    The tooth fairy pillow is very sweet. Will have to make this one, The fabric makes it so special

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  14. Laurie says:

    That last pillow is so sweet. Great category.

  15. DeborahGun says:

    Sigh…love the Liberty quilt!

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  17. Cyrus says:

    That prism quilt is amazing!

  18. Sandra in CA says:

    The winter cross-stitch scene is charming!

  19. […] Heirloom Gifts […]

  20. Sam says:

    The embroidered portrait is awesome. Love it and it doesn’t look too difficult. Will definitely give it a try.

  21. sumac in VT says:

    Love the embroidery/needle weaving. Haven’t heard of this one before

  22. emily in alabama says:

    Beautiful ideas! Love that Liberty quilt!

  23. Mandi in MD says:

    The bright heart quilt is stunning! I don’t think I can get it done by Christmas, but it would make a great Valentine’s gift as well!

  24. Stefanie says:

    so many great ideas here! I want to make all of my Christmas gifts this year so this is great inspiration!
    If you have time, check out my latest post: I am watching Project Runway each week, and playing along at home. I call it #ProjectRealWay .This last week’s challenge was to create a fall look using the color red, which I had to choose out of the button bag. Hopefully you like it!

    -Stefanie
    http://thestylesafari.com/?p=10324

  25. Stefanie says:

    so many great ideas here! I want to make all of my Christmas gifts this year so this is great inspiration!
    If you have time, check out my latest project: I am playing along with Project Runway at home, and dubbing it #ProjectRealWay .This last week’s challenge was to create a fall look using the color red. Hopefully you like it!

    -Stefanie
    http://thestylesafari.com/?p=10324

  26. jackie in indiana says:

    More great Ideas !!! thanks

  27. Kerry in HI says:

    Love the first quilt!

  28. The Kamal Kadai Work Flower is absolutely beautiful.

  29. Melwyk says:

    The heart quilt is lovely – what a wonderful “virtual hug” to give someone 🙂 I love so many of these…perhaps for Christmas next year….!

  30. Maggie C in MN says:

    I would love to have this book!

  31. BSackrey says:

    interesting and new ideas

  32. Barb K in US says:

    The Prysm quilt with the Liberty of London fabrics is beautiful.!

  33. Jacqueline VH says:

    Hi there!
    Amy Butler knocks it out of the park again this time with her beautiful heart quilt.
    I’d love to add that bag book to my library…I’m in desperate need of a new multi-purpose page to take when I go out shopping!
    Thanks & Quilty Huggs.
    PS: Canada mailing addy.

  34. Shannon in WA says:

    Pretty prism!

  35. Melissa in NY says:

    The portrait pillow is such a cute idea!

  36. Jeanne says:

    That Tooth Fairy Pillow is callin’ my name!

  37. Southern Gal says:

    I heart the heart quilt!

  38. Christine says:

    These are gorgeous projects that are worth the effort. Thank you for the inspiration!

  39. lee in mi says:

    I love the embroidery scene!!!

  40. Rose In the UK says:

    Wow, I’ve got to try the Kamal Kadai Work Flower

  41. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the quilt! Nice projects!

  42. Barb B in BC says:

    Thank you for sharing these ideas for crafting great gifts for this Christmas.

  43. Andrea in WV says:

    So beautiful! I’d love to make a Liberty of London quilt…and by using such small scraps I might be able to afford it!

  44. Kathy L in VA says:

    Love the prism quilt!

  45. Tina In MT says:

    The cross stitch family tree is a cute idea.

  46. Ramona in MI says:

    Love the cross stitch patterns and both quilts are beautiful.

  47. Audrey says:

    I love the heart quilt, definitely an heirloom!

  48. Judy In OR says:

    Everything featured today looks like it would be so fun to make.

  49. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love that winter cross stitch!

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  50. Katie in GA says:

    The book looks quite interesting. I can’t ever get enough bags.

  51. Lisa in MA says:

    These are all wonderful, but I especially love the embroidered flower!

  52. Kathryn in VA says:

    Probably can’t make any of these in time for Christmas, but great tutorials.

  53. Susan in MI says:

    I like the portrait pillow and the cross-stitch family tree.

  54. Jim M in NC says:

    The pillow tutorials looks like they would be doable for this holiday, but the others, well, I better start now for next year!

  55. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    The heart quilt is awesome!!! Thank you!
    Kathy in Kentucky!

  56. The portrait pillow is cute! Thank you.

  57. Morgan D. says:

    those quilts are gorgeous. my grandmother made quilts like that that we still cherish in our family. It would be fun to take on one of those projects to have something to pass on to our future generations too.

  58. Sandy in WA says:

    Wow does that book look great! The prism quilt might be a new long term project.

  59. Ari in NJ says:

    I really love the idea of embroidering from a portrait.

  60. Emma in FL says:

    So pretty! I love the heart quilt. I would like to make and finish a quilt, but every time I have started, I realize I don’t like the color combo and I quit. Maybe someday I’ll get it right 🙂

  61. Tracy Thompson says:

    Love heirloom gifts. We have special crafts in our family that have been passed down, so precious! My fingers are crossed for the book ?

  62. […] 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 […]

  63. Ruth L says:

    Love the heirlooms gifts and what a great book to win – I love making bags (no fitting issues!) and they make wonderful gifts. Thanks for all the ways you inspire me to be more creative!

  64. Julie says:

    I think that tooth fairy pillow will be great for my niece! Looks like a great book . thanks for the opportunity to win!

  65. Erin says:

    I think I will make the tooth fairy pillow for my niece – she just lost a tooth!

  66. Claudia K says:

    I love the prism quilt. What a luxury to make it in liberty cotton.

  67. Janet in AR says:

    Christmas crafting and giving is great. And I love quilts where the pattern is uncomplicated but the use of color is engaging.

  68. Jolyn in FL says:

    Love the hand embroidery!

  69. Marilyn says:

    I love the Kamal kadai work flower!

  70. Terri in NJ says:

    lovely

  71. Veronica says:

    I love the flower and I love the portrait pillows! Thank you for sharing!

  72. Karen A says:

    More great inspiration for Christmas gifts.

  73. Kiri says:

    Lovely ideas

  74. Paula says:

    I’m so in love with the Portrait Pillows! What a clever and sweet idea, thanks!

  75. Karen says:

    LOVE the Bright Heart quilt!

  76. Chris says:

    I really like the heart quilt. Very nice.

  77. Bobby says:

    I really need that book!

  78. Donna says:

    Handmade gifts are the best!

  79. Brenda in Washington says:

    the Amy Butler quilt and the tooth fairy pillow are great – i’d love to win the tote book too. Thanks for the chance!

  80. Delia in VA says:

    I have my tooth pillow from years ago. What fun to make some for my kids.

  81. jessicac says:

    The cross stitched family tree is wonderful

  82. Renea says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration and the book giveaway.

  83. Mary in NY says:

    Love every one of today’s projects. Thanks!

  84. Linda in VA says:

    Love the Tooth Fairy pillow. Great idea. Fun for kids. Easy access for parents.

  85. MJ says:

    Tooth Fairy pillows are an awesome gift! I still have the one my aunt made for me and have myself made a few gifts of them over the years.

  86. Mandi in CO says:

    That family tree – cute!

  87. Beth in MI says:

    Love both the Amy Butler quilt and the Liberty of London quilt!

  88. Gina Ia says:

    I really love the tooth fairy pillow. That would really be a fast sew, that could be past down.

  89. Great gift ideas.

  90. amber in ny says:

    the bright heart quilt is beautiful!

  91. Sue says:

    I love making bags. This book looks interesting.

  92. Kristin says:

    Love the quilt!

  93. Cindy in Virginia says:

    I adore the prism quilt!!

  94. April in KS says:

    Oh, I’d love to have that book!

  95. SS in NH says:

    Beautiful quilts!

  96. Bekki says:

    Love the bright heart quilt.

  97. Paige in SC says:

    Great ideas!

  98. Lisa McGriff says:

    That Liberty Quilt is to die for!!!

  99. Anne Marie says:

    Love the prism quilt – this is going on my to do list.

  100. Carol in SC says:

    I’m a totebag addict so would love this book! My favorite project here is the Bright Heart Quilt.

  101. Amy Anderson, Illinois says:

    So fun. Don’t have time to get any of these done before Christmas but I like the family tree one.

  102. Kerry in WA says:

    Beautiful ideas.

  103. Sherry VF says:

    Thanks for the gifts ideas. There is quite a variety of projects. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

  104. Gweneth says:

    The quilts are beautiful!

  105. Eleanor says:

    I love that family tree!

  106. Karen in IN says:

    That Prism Quilt – wow! Love it. But I’ll have to allow a good long time to make it!

  107. Sandra :) says:

    I was just looking at that book – the preview on Amazon looks cool – my fingers are crossed 🙂 Everyone in my family has cross-stitch projects from years ago when my eyes and fingers weren’t so cranky – I miss making XS ornaments and seasonal decorations 😀

  108. Lynne in WA says:

    I have a family reunion coming up and would love to do the cross stitch family tree. Thanks.

  109. Kay says:

    I often make tooth fairy pillows for little girls, they always go down a treat.

  110. Luciana says:

    Prism Quilt is simply beautiful! I love Purl Soho tutorials.

  111. Patty says:

    Fun ideas – I like the cross stitch family tree.

  112. asteride says:

    Beautiful Bright Hearts Quilt!

  113. Wendy in MI says:

    I love the prism quilt!

  114. Cathie Ca says:

    I just love the cross stitched winter scene.

  115. Samina in USA says:

    That Purl Soho quilt has been in my queue since it was first released! I really want to make that some day. I love, love, love the way it looks.

  116. Tammy in SC says:

    I love the idea of giving heirloom gifts! It takes longer sometimes, but means more in the long run.

  117. Becki says:

    Such beautiful choices, I better get started
    Caltexgal@aol.com
    California

  118. Amruta says:

    Love the idea of cross stitch family tree. Amruta in PA

  119. D in IL says:

    I can see the tooth fairy pillow in my sewing future! Would love to win the tote book!!

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