It’s so much fun to make special things for Baby during the holiday season! Here are some practical, sweet ideas from today’s guest curator…

Today’s Guest Curator: Angela from Angela Bowman Design

Angela Bowman is the current Vice President of the Boise Modern Quilt Guild, co-owner of software development company TechRoller, and a wife and mom of two. Angela blogs about sewing, productivity and business on her personal blog Angela writes, “Sewing creates an experience that I care deeply about. I explore my creativity, feel the simple satisfaction of making something, escape my hectic schedule, de-stress and have fun. It just makes my life better. I want other people to have this experience, too! That’s why I just started Angela Bowman Design LLC. I’ll be designing products that I want to use and that hopefully make my customers say, ‘This makes my life better,’ even if in some small little way.”

Visit or sign up for her e-newsletter to learn more about Angela Bowman Design. She’s working on her first pattern and will postg a call for pattern testers soon!

Make It

Jersey Baby Hat
The Jersey Baby Hat by Emma Jeffery at Spoonflower makes a sweet and soft newborn gift. With a little jersey knit fabric, two lines of zigzag and a simple hand tack stitch this is an easy make.

The Classic Pretty Little Baby Bib
This Classic Pretty Little Baby Bib by Amy of nanaCompany is a great looking and practical gift.

Nursing Pillow Cover
Add a little customization to the nursery with Rae’s Nursing Pillow Cover at Made by Rae

Modern DIY Leather Baby Boy Boots
Modern DIY Leather Baby Boy Boots from Delia Creates are sized 0 to 3 months, and make a perfectly dapper gift for a baby boy!

Mary Jane Baby Shoes
Stitch up these sweet, little 6-12 month sized Mary Jane Baby Shoes by Lindsay at The Cottage Mama. Lovely!

Patchwork Play Ball
With English Paper Piecing and some vibrant fabric scraps, you can make a fun little toy for baby! Try this Patchwork Play Ball from Abby of While She Naps.

Self-Binding Baby Blanket
Use either flannel or quilting cotton to make this cuddly Self-Binding Baby Blanket from Simple Simon and Company.

Knick Knack Knickers
Anna Maria Horner’s Knick Knack Knickers help you create a wardrobe of colorful mini-pants! (Sized 3 to 18 months.)

Jelly Roll Jam Quilt
from BLOG
Gather your favorite 2.5” fabric strips and sew them together following this super-cute and easy Jelly Roll Jam Quilt Pattern from the Fat Quarter Shop. Sized at just over 36” square, it’s a perfect baby quilt!

DIY Pacifier Clips
Keep track of that pacifier with the DIY Pacifier Clips by Make It & Love It.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Babies, Baby Shower, Gifts for Babies + Toddlers

Mix It

Best Shredded Kale Salad
Best Shredded Kale Salad
Keep things healthy over the holidays and add a little green to those potluck celebrations with the Best Shredded Kale Salad from Angela at Oh She Glows. It’s delicious AND healthy… Better double the recipe!

Print It

New Baby Gift Tags
Affix these New Baby Gift Tags from Love vs. Design to all of the items you make for Baby. Just print on cardstock, cut and enjoy 12 different tags!

Knock, Baby Sleeping Sign
Keep the doorbell quiet and give parents a little extra sleep with the Knock, Baby Sleeping Sign from House Mix. It’s sized for a 2.5” x 3” frame and comes in four color variations.

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 publishing companies that contribute prizes.

Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK ONE!

Take 5 Fat Quarters
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale

Create fabulous fat-quarter quilts! Best-selling author Kathy Brown is back with more of the delightful designs quilters crave. Discover how easy it is to choose five fat quarters, add background fabric and make a terrific quilt.
– Treat yourself to 15 easy-to-make patterns at an excellent value.
– Save time and fabric—use Kathy’s cutting guide to make the most of your fat quarters.
– Turn your fat quarters into appealing projects—perfect for gifts, charity and you.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Welcome to a selection of the best bags from the popular Stitch magazine, plus 5 brand-new projects, curated by its editors. The book features designs from Malka Dubrawsky, Ayumi Takahashi, Kevin Kosbab, Carol Zentgraf and many more.

Techniques include patchwork, applique, pleating, creating dimension with fabric and embroidery. Bags of a variety of shapes and sizes were selected, including coin purses, gadget bags, clutches, slouch bags and messenger bags, so you are sure to find something to make for yourself or give to your friends and family.

Inside you will find all of the best bags from Stitch magazine in one place, plus 5 brand-new designs- there’s something for everyone!

Washi Tape Christmas
(International Shipping)

Author: Kami Bigler
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

With such a massive range of festive patterns and designs in the craft stores, crafting with washi tape at Christmas is the ultimate joy of the season! In this super collection of simple craft projects, author Kami Bigler of ‘No Biggie’ blog fame, shows you how to use washi tape in an array of ways to create fun and festive makes for the holidays. With quick and clever Christmas cards, pretty paper ornaments, embellished gifts, cute decorations, creative wrapping ideas and more, Washi Tape Christmas offers a wealth of creativity to get you crafting this Christmas.

Visit the F+W Handmade Christmas section + Craft eBooks and Downloads page.

How to Make a Quilt
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing

With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.

(US-only shipping.)

Author: Jill Stovall, Florence Temko, Scott Wasserman Stern
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Fabrigami is the Asian art of folding fabrics to create three-dimensional objects ranging from the practical to the whimsical. Like paper, there are countless beautiful fabric designs to choose from, only fabric has the virtue of being extremely durable.

Fabrigami began as origami legend Florence Temko’s final project. Everyone knows that origami is the art of paper folding, but Temko had begun experimenting with folding fabric to make objects that are just as beautiful but more lasting than paper. Sadly, Temko passed away before the book was completed, but her collaborator, Jill Stovall, continued their work. Now, Stovall—with the help of Scott Stern, a rising young star of origami—brings Fabrigami to print for everyone to use and enjoy.

This craft book begins by presenting instructions on how to treat fabric so it holds a shape when folded. Then Stovall shares a series of fun craft projects with simple origami-style diagrams that you can use to make a range of lovely objects.

Sewing Deal of the Day

Fat Quarter Shop
Enjoy 20% OFF all Christmas fabric at Fat Quarter Shop with the code: HANDHOLIDAY. Valid only November 3, 2014!

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2013 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:

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