Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction, joins us today with ideas for College Kids. Send some handmade goodness off with big “kids” when they head back to school in January, or use these ideas for teens or for yourself!

Today’s Guest Curator: Amy Barickman from Indygo Junction

Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction and author of Vintage Notions: An Inspirational Guide to Needlework, Cooking, Sewing, Fashion and Fun, is a creative leader in the sewing and needle arts industry. Amy’s ability as a collaborative entrepreneur and creative architect has allowed her to design and market and impressive list of 1000 pattern titles, 80 book releases and 16 fabric collections. Look for Amy Barickman’s newest release, Indygo Junction’s Stitched Style: 20 Projects and 65 Embroidery Designs to Trace or Transfer, which illustrates how to embellish garments and accessories with embroidery designs. Also new is the Crossroads Denim fabric line, a versatile collection of 14 colors of softened denim that can be used for garments, accessories, home décor and even quilting! Indygo Junction’s Crossroads pattern line has been designed to coordinate with the new denim, but can be used with your favorite fabrics. Most of the Crossroads patterns also include instructions for using recycled denim.

Through her blogs, websites, video tutorials and e-newsletters, Amy inspires countless crafters to explore their own creative spirit and experiment with the newest sewing, fabric and crafting techniques. Keep up with Amy as she shares her ideas and inspiration at and

Make It

Coffee Cozy
Kate from See Kate Sew shares this easy Coffee Cozy at Skip To My Lou. Give a cozy with a coffee card!

Decorative Stitch Sampler Pillow
This Decorative Stitch Sampler Pillow from Alicia and Michele at Sew4Home will give you a chance to try out all of those fun stitches on your machine!

Felt Tissue Holder
Make a set of these easy Felt Tissue Holders from Tonya at Create-Celebrate-Explore to get everyone through the winter sniffles!

First Aid Kit
Our First Aid Kit here at Sew Mama Sew, created by Sherri Noel of Rebecca Mae Designs, keeps essentials at the ready in the car, dorm room or office.

Zippered + Lined Pencil Case
Helen’s Zippered + Lined Pencil Case at The Dining Room Drawers is an easy how-to for this useful gift. Tuck a gift card inside for extra fun!

Cloverleaf Bag
Lorraine from ikat bag designed this Cloverleaf Bag for us here at Sew Mama Sew. We think it’s a great option for toting lunches, storing craft essentials and more.

Simple Bow Sunglasses Case
The Simple Bow Sunglasses Case at See Kate Sew is a sweet, easy and practical project.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: More Gifts for College Kids

Mix It

Peppermint Cookie Bark
This Peppermint Cookie Bark from Leigh Anne at Your Homebased Mom is truly decadent with lots and lots of treats mixed together (everything from Pepperment Jo Jos to pretzels!).

Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix
This Peppermint Hot Chocolate Mix at Snap! dissolves easily and stores well. Give the mix as a gift and share warmth (and chocolate!) all winter long.

Print It

Mini-Tree + Tree Skirt
The Indygo Junction Mini-Tree + Tree Skirt tutorial shows you how to print the free tree graphic and incorporate it into a sweet, felt mini-tree skirt.

Retro Trim the Tree Scene
Use this free, printable Retro Trim the Tree Scene from Amy Barickman for holiday cards and more!

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 Winners 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 and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Win a $25 gift certificate to Fashionable Fabrics! Fashionable Fabrics is a unique fashion fabric boutique for all of your designer fashion fabric needs.

Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day
(US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks– one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects
(US Winners Only)

Author: Ellen Luckett Baker
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes— squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds— this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.

Adventures in Yarn Farming: Four Seasons on a New England Fiber Farm
(US Winners Only)

Author: Barbara Parry
Publisher: Roost Books

Barbara Parry’s Springdelle Farm revolves around the sheep, llamas and goats that contribute to her signature farm yarns. Follow Barbara through a year on the farm— from lambing and caring for her flock to shearing and preparing fiber for yarn— and get an insider’s view of life on a fiber farm, all told through the eyes of a veteran shepherdess and textile artisan. Along the way, discover techniques for spinning and dyeing natural fibers and patterns from top knitwear designers.

Pam’s Colorific-Quilt Gift Pen
(US Winners Only)

Write it out in style! Show off your love of quilting with this beautiful gift-style pen from C&T Publishing. High-quality ballpoint pen features a gorgeous traditional quilt image by Pam Goecke Dinndorf. Refillable black pen comes in a lovely matching gift box that’s perfect for storage.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 19: Gifts for Men
November 18: Gifts for People Who Sew
November 17: Accessories
November 16: Gifts for Grandparents
November 15: Holiday Fun
November 14: Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts
November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
November 11: Gifts for Boys
November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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