It’s Hipster Holiday time! Here are some fun, trendy ideas for all of your hip, happening friends and relatives (maybe for you too?!)…

Today’s Guest Curator: Lauren from Sew Modern

Lauren Hawley lives in Los Angeles with her TV writer husband, four children, two dogs, a guinea pig and a bearded dragon. In all of her spare time she runs Sew Modern. Lauren blogs about sewing (and cocktails!) at You can find her on Instagram (@sewmodern1 or @sewmodernshop), Twitter, Pinterest, and Sew Modern.

Sew Modern is a hip fabric and sewing haven in Los Angeles featuring the latest designer fabrics, classes for kids and adults, and a longarm quilting machine available for rent! The Sew Modern online store features all the great fabrics they carry in store as well as detailed descriptions of our upcoming classes, complete with material/supply lists. Check out the rockin’ SALE section! They are also proud to carry every color of Robert Kaufman’s Kona cotton solids; 303 beautiful solids just begging to be mixed and matched to your heart’s content!

Make It

Zippered Dopp Kit
You’ve got to keep your mustache wax and beard comb somewhere! Check out the Zippered Dopp Kit from Purl Bee.

Mod Messenger Bag
Cross body bags– like this Mod Messenger Bag from Amy from Diary of a Quilter for Riley Blake Designs— are a staple.

Leather Sunglasses Holder
You can use this Leather Sunglasses Holder for your sunglasses OR for those horn rims you don’t really need but that look too cool NOT to wear.

DIY Skinny Jeans
Grab some vintage boot cuts and turn them into DIY Skinny Jeans, with Homemade Ginger!

Stitch Your Own Suspenders with guidance from the talented team at A Beautiful Mess.

Fashion Hound shows you how to write something ironic or perhaps some of your poetry on your Converse.

Zipper Card Pouch
Keep all those coffee punch cards in one place, in a new Zipper Card Pouch!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: The Fairly Bucket Bag, Arizona Wallet, Big Stitch Coasters, Drygoods Design Whale, Burly Man Shaving Towels

Mix It

Sesame Salt Pretzels with Brown Beer
Anything made with BEER is de rigeur; these Sesame Salt Pretzels with Brown Beer from Joanna Goddard fit the bill.

Lemon Coffee Salad Dressing
Anything made with coffee is also de rigeur! This Lemon Coffee Salad Dressing from Pham Fatale would make a nice gift, all bottled up.

Print It

Chalkboard Gift Tags
Print Chalkboard Tags from Elli for all of your gifts.

Hipster Mustache Gift Tags
We also had to include these totally hipster Mustache Gift Tags from Graffical Muse!

Win It

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Mend & Make Fabulous
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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.

Becoming a Confident Quilter: Lessons and Techniques Plus 14 Quilt Patterns
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Author: Elizabeth Dackson
Publisher: Martingale

In her easygoing style, entertaining blogger Elizabeth Dackson presents a step-by-step primer that makes quilting accessible to all quilters. Sparkling with visual appeal, the projects in this book are ideal for beginners as well as experts who want something fresh and new.

  • Breeze through quiltmaking basics including choosing fabrics and tools, rotary cutting, chain piecing, and pressing.
  • Choose from 14 eye-catching quilt patterns and try strip piecing, work with templates, use large-scale prints, create wonky blocks and more.
  • Get excellent guidance on finishing and caring for a quilt, plus tips for connecting with the quilting community.

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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