OK, we know we’ve covered kids in just about every other Handmade Holidays post… But kids are so much fun to sew for and their joy is one of the very best parts of the season! Sew something wonderful, unexpected, cuddly and/or delightful for a child this year.

We’ll be back later today with ideas to wrap it all up!

Today’s Guest Curator: Amy Harward from Sew In Love Quilting

From Amy: First of all let me tell you, I never thought I would be a quilter/sewist! I remember helping my grandma hand stitch a quilt she was making for my cousin’s wedding when I was 10 and it was so hard for my little fingers; I pretty much figured I would never do it again. Besides, quilting is for grandmothers and people with too much time on their hands, right? Well, with a little more wisdom and years under my belt I have come to realize just how awesome quilting is! I made my first quilt about four years ago, but didn’t really get obsessed with quilting at the time. I got my very own sewing machine last year and it really kick-started the quilting craze for me! I started my business, Sew In Love Quilting, in the summer of 2013 and it has been such an amazing journey. I have an Etsy shop where I make and sell custom quilts, handbags, accessories and baby products. I also design quilt patterns and currently have three patterns available for sale in my shop. My latest quilting adventure was to compete in the international, online quilting competition, Sewvivor. I managed to win 2nd place!

When I am not quilting, I am a wife, mother and homemaker. I am so lucky that I get to stay home with my three kids full-time! These are the most precious years of their lives and I wouldn’t miss them for the world. I also love to cook, craft and blog in my free moments.”

Learn more about Amy on her blog (here’s an interview she did recently about her quilting). You can also find her on Instagram, Facebook and in her Etsy shop. Amy sells finished quilts and PDF patterns, like her Honeybee Heaven, Blustery Day and Starry-Eyed designs.

Make It

Quick-Sew Ties
Quick-Sew Ties from Kiki and Company are great for holiday parties or to add dress-up options (Spies, anyone?!).

Homemade Tent
Kids love to escape into these Homemade Tents via Strawberry Swing and Things with a stack of good books and some softie friends!

Art Packet
Stuff the Art Packet from U-Create Crafts with new supplies for an extra-special gift.

Elsa Dress
Really, all you need to say here is, “Elsa Dress!” She’ll love this version from Me Sew Crazy.

Mix + Match Bow Ties
Delia’s Mix + Match Bow Ties at Delia Creates offer an old-fashioned look and they’re easy to sew.

Folding Floor Cushion
Cozy their rooms with a new Folding Floor Cushion from You and Mie. This design is super-clever and makes use of four regular-size pillows.

Personalized Messenger Bag
Make it unique with this Personalized Messenger Bag from Crazy Little Projects (and, again, feel free to pack it with some new supplies!).

Superhero Capes, Masks + Cuffs
Here’s another fun addition for dress-up options! These Superhero Capes, Masks + Cuffs from K.R. Finger Puppets are a great stocking stuffer.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: 8 Sweet Softies + Toys, Babies + New Parents, Great selection of Kids’ Tutorials

Print It

Christmas Songs Printables
Print up some Christmas Songs from The Shabby Creek Cottage for holiday decor 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 publishing companies that contribute prizes.

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

Simple Quilts from Me and My Sister Designs: Easy as 1, 2, 3
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Barbara Groves + Mary Jacobson
Publisher: Martingale

Known for their exciting use of color in quick and easy quilts, sisters Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson present a value-packed collection of popular projects.

  • Select from 12 strikingly simple quilts and recharge your creative batteries.
  • Discover skill-building projects that move from squares and strips to designs featuring stitch-and-flip corners, half-square triangles, pinwheels, a Rail Fence layout and more.
  • Enjoy patterns that are just right for quilt retreats and make-in-a weekend gifts.

Present Perfect
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Betz White
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

From beginning to end, the process of creating handmade gifts is an opportunity to sew with love and craft with intention something to be treasured. It’s a practice near and dear to Present Perfect author Betz White, where she shares a collection of beautifully sewn projects to celebrate all of life’s major milestones.

Whether you’re looking to make a cuddly toy for a new baby or toddler’s birthday, a clever bag for a graduate, special accessories for women or men, or beautiful home items “just because,” you’ll find just the project to inspire your stitching in Present Perfect. Each handmade gift begins with a thoughtful selection of materials just right for the project and the recipient. Throughout Betz also offers hints for using alternative materials and ideas for upcycling. Reusing a favorite fabric with a history, such as outgrown baby clothing, a grandfather’s necktie, or a vintage tablecloth, can add meaning to a truly memorable gift.

How to Knit
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Leslie Ann Bestor
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off and blocking finished projects. You’ll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing and repairing mistakes. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!

(US-only shipping.)

Author: Cassandra Ellis
Publisher: STC Craft

Handmade cloth items always have a story, and many of us spend our lives hunting and gathering precious pieces and scraps to add that final touch of life to a special room or outfit. Cloth is an inspirational guide to the beauty, history and utility of natural textiles. Woven throughout the five main sections—cotton, wool, silk, linen and hide—are more than 30 breathtaking sewing projects that make the most of each textile’s properties, including waxed-cotton purses, Liberty-print cushions, silk scarves, linen bedcovers and leather journals. With a guide full of invaluable information on where to buy antique fabrics and organic and well-sourced cloth, plus a toolkit of essential instructions on hand-dyeing fabric, Cloth is both a resource and an opportunity to create practical, precious and personal items for mindful living.

Just for You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers
(US-only shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield + Sarah Markos
Publisher: C&T Publishing

You spend all day doing things for everyone else. It’s time to renew your creative energy by sewing something just for yourself. This chic collection of apparel and accessories from the bloggers at sewcanshe.com gives you the perfect way to relax, replenish, and experience the joy of doing what you love. The projects in this book are organized into 12 chapters for the 12 months of the year, so you can sew sweet little projects all year long. Join us in taking the selfish sewing challenge: Sew one thing just for yourself every month.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Amie Petronis Plumley + Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

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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