Make the holidays even more delightful with these gift ideas for toddlers! It’s so much fun to sew for this age group…

Today’s Guest Curator: Stephanie from Swoodson Says

Don’t miss Stephanie’s new PDF Toy Pattern Shop! She has her first pattern in there for a play cape…

From Stephanie: I have an almost-two year old son and I have fun sewing things for him; past projects include a toddler buckle toy and a giant floor book pillow. My first guest post for Sew Mama Sew was also a toddler toy, a big kid activity mat.

I’m also excited to start selling PDF toy patterns! To stay in the loop you can find me on: Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin’.

Make It

Furry Exercise Ball Cover
This Furry Exercise Ball Cover from Alida at Alida Makes is intended for a chair, but any toddler would be overjoyed to receive a giant fuzzy ball to hug, roll, kick and throw. (Though we can’t speak for how the toddler’s parents will feel about such a large gift in their house!)

Pirate Dress-up Costume
Heather from Feather’s Flights does lots of great sewing projects and clothes for her son; her Pirate Dress-up Costume ensemble would be perfect in a gift bag for hours of imaginative play.

Rina at Oomanoot made a clever little Kitchen-in-a-Box with a fabric cover that is perfect for small space living. Gift it to your nephew or niece in the city!

Pocket Pals Pillow
This Pocket Pals Pillow from Nicole of Modern Handcraft for The Sewing Rabbit holds tiny toys like Lego mini-figs or Polly Pockets. This would be a perfect gift to accompany a Lego set.

Pop-Up Puppet
Caitlin of Say Yes made this fun, vintage-inspired Pop-Up Puppet that peeks out from a fabric cone. Customize the puppet figurine with the child’s favorite book character!

Art Caddy
Lindsey from Fort Worth Fabric Studio shares an easy tutorial for an Art Caddy, bringing creativity on the go. This would make a great gift with a coloring book!

Softie Flower Bed
Katie Shelton for A Beautiful Mess shows you how to make an awesome Softie Flower Bed with felt. Pushing and “picking” should keep any kid busy for a while!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Sewing for Kids, Gifts for Babies + Toddlers, More Gifts for Babies + Toddlers

Mix It

Gingerbread Playdough
Vanessa from Natural Family Today has an easy recipe for a non-toxic toy: Gingerbread Playdough!

Print It

Snack Shape Mat
Chieu from Chieu Anh Urban has a fun, printable Snack Shape Mat to match up snacks with shapes and keep a toddler busy during meal time. She recommends using wax paper over top, but laminating it would be easy too!

Emotion Flashcards
These robot face Emotion Flashcards from Mr. Printables are bright, fun and appealing for toddlers to play with and talk about their feelings. A set is an inexpensive stocking stuffer!

Win It

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Imagine Quilts: 11 Patterns from Everyday Inspirations
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Dana Bolyard
Publisher: Martingale

With this terrific collection of quilt patterns, popular blogger Dana Bolyard invites quilters of all ages and skill levels to innovate and create.

  • Fascinating designs range in size from small wall hangings to bed-sized quilts.
  • Unique projects are organized into four groups: combining colors based on your stash, using traditional blocks in new ways, finding inspiration in unexpected places, and breaking the rules.
  • Step-by-step instructions ensure success, teach skills, and spark ideas for future projects.


Mend & Make Fabulous
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one-step further to add personality and style to your clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; uneven or dropped hems; stretched elastic; torn linings; broken straps; and the like. A simple problem-and-solution format makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Not only will you learn to darn holes to perfection, this book also shows you how to add some creativity to your mending– fix holes with studs or applique; hide discolorations by dip-dying; mend frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim– that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

Present Perfect
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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
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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!

Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads: A Modern Knitter’s Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style
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Author: Cirilia Rose
Publisher: STC Craft

Cirilia Rose is the epitome of the new knitwear designer—young, educated, curious, and excited to share her passion for all ideas knit and purl. Her attitude toward curating her own collection of designs is informed as much by travel, cultural history, and tried-and-true sourcebooks as it is by modern media and technology. In Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads, Rose takes readers behind the scenes of her design process, showing them how she curates and organizes ideas and translates them into knitwear designs. Through 25 projects that fall into three categories—Magpies (accessories for the small amounts of precious yarns that knitters inevitably collect), Homebodies (garments for time spent close to home), and Nomads (garments to wear when venturing out into the world)—Rose shares her modern aesthetic and invites readers to develop their own.

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

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