Keep cozy with these Gifts from Head to Toe, all curated by designer and author Betz White!

Today’s Guest Curator: Betz White
Designer and author Betz White has been sewing since her mother taught her as a young girl. A graduate in Fashion Design from the University of Cincinnati, Betz left her corporate career as a children’s wear designer to stay home with her young children and to pursue a new love, creating one-of-a-kind items from second hand materials. Betz draws her inspiration from vintage shapes, elements of nature and everyday objects. Her bold aesthetic combined with her education in apparel design results in a unique offering of patterns and projects for the modern sewer.

Betz is the bestselling author of Warm Fuzzies, the go-to book on recycled felting, and Sewing Green, presenting 25 projects made from “repurposed” thrift-store finds and organic fabrics. Betz has been featured on Martha Stewart’s television show (twice!), on the cover of CRAFT magazine, and on numerous craft podcasts. Visit Betz at and look for her newest book, Present Perfect, 25 gifts to Sew and Bestow.

Make It

Faux Fur Ear Flap Hat
Make a winter statement with Erin’s Faux Fur Ear Flap Hat at Sew Bon.

Braided Cowl
Melissa’s Braided Cowl at Melly Sews is both flattering and warm.

Men’s Necktie
Bryanna shows you how easy it is to make a custom Men’s Necktie at Sweet Shop Sewing.

Faux Fur Vest
Sew Caroline’s Faux Fur Vest adds a special something to your cold weather wardrobe.

Braided Felt Cuff
It’s easy to make a big set of Braided Felt Cuffs with Betz White.

Shawl Collar Cardigan
The Shawl Collar Cardigan from Jess at Me Sew Crazy is on trend and so very warm!

Felted Wristlet
Betz White shows you how easy it is to make a set of Felted Wristlets without knitting a stitch.

Fox + Bear Fleece Welly Liners
These Fox + Bear Fleece Welly Liners from Stephanie at The Crafty Kitty are so very cute, and handy for outdoor adventures too!

Removable Fur Lined High Tops
Add pizazz to your footwear with Removable Fur Lined High Tops from See Kate Sew.

Repurpose an old sweater into something new with Madeleine’s Slippers at Rags to Couture.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Fall tutorials, Reversible Cozy Hood for Kids, Patchwork Scarf, Sweet Baby June Cowl (make it with flannel and/or wool!)

Mix It

Cinnamon Sugared Pecans
Everyone will want a jar of these Cinnamon Sugared Pecans from Jaclyn at Cooking Classy. They’re a great holiday gift for neighbors, co-workers, teachers and… You!

Inner Goddess Chocolate Truffles
If you can’t get enough chocolate you’re going to love Lindsay’s Inner Goddess Chocolate Truffles at Pinch of Yum.

Print It

Printable Gift Card Box
Add a little touch of handmade with this Printable Gift Card Box from Claudine Hellmuth.

Printable Gift Tags
Here’s your next set of Printable Gift Tags! We love these sweet holiday illustrations from Kelli Murray.

Win It

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

BurdaStyle Modern Sewing Wardrobe Essentials
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Author: BurdaStyle
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

BurdaStyle is a legendary brand that focuses on the fashionable and high-style sewing marketplace. Sewists know the BurdaStyle name and its reputation for high-quality patterns. BurdaStyle Modern Sewing: Wardrobe Essentials includes 20 projects from the archives of BurdaStyle magazine.

All of the must-have basics of a woman’s wardrobe are covered in this collection: jackets, pants, blouses, skirts and dresses. The designs include versatile separates as well as combinations that further expand the possibilities for the modern woman’s wardrobe. In addition to the twenty patterns, there are nine variations. Many of the projects include illustrated step-by-step tutorials. With a few exceptions, all of the projects are easy to intermediate, and sizes range from 2 to 14.

Wardrobe Essentials includes a Burda 101 section that covers everything sewists need to know to follow the patterns, including frequently used techniques and a pattern insert with full-size pattern pieces. “BurdaStyled” tips sprinkled throughout the book give advice on styling the designs for maximum appeal.

Vintage Knits for Him and Her
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Author: Christelle Ledoux
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

Vintage Knits for Him & Her contains a fabulous collection of garment knitting patterns, styled by top European fashion magazine Marie Claire. The 30 designs are all inspired by classic knitwear design from the 1950s to the 1970s, but are fully updated for today’s knitter, using modern yarns in contemporary colourways that will appeal to 21st century tastes and will be fun to knit and even more fun to wear!

Each pattern features advice on yarn choice, detailed knitting instructions and easy-to-follow charts and diagrams for intarsia, design detailing and shaping.

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

How to Crochet
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Author: Sara Delaney
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You’ll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.

Baby Says Sew
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Author: Rebecca Danger
Publisher: Martingale

Rebecca Danger— a best-selling knitting-book author and mom of two— now turns her talents to sewing. Discover a roomful of 20 distinctive designs in this budget-friendly collection that young moms will adore.
– Little sewing experience is needed for many patterns.
– Versatile projects for at home or on the go include a baby carrier, sleep sack, diaper-change bag and toys.
– Use mom-tested patterns to create your own color-coordinated nursery.

How to Make a Quilt
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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.

Stitch It Simple
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Author: Beth Sheard
Publisher: Taunton Press

Featuring Kaffe Fassett’s world-famous fabrics. The sweet projects in Stitch It Simple are fun and surprisingly simple to make. They feature the playful, vibrant and bold fabrics of renowned quilter and textile designer, Kaffe Fassett.

Instant gratification! These 25 stylish projects are aimed at novice stitchers and crafters, who find the gorgeous range of quilting fabrics inspiring, but are looking for easier, smaller scale projects. Best of all, they make up fast and beautifully. Simply explained with no-fuss sewing instructions, these are projects you’ll really enjoy making.

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