Stitch up something special and put your personality on the tree this year! We have merry-making projects for every skill level.

Today’s Guest Curator: Annette Huval from OliverRabbit

From Annette: Hello! It’s Annette from OliverRabbit. I’m so glad you’re here.

Welcome to my collective of ornament tutorials, recipes and printables curated just for you! Decorating the tree at my house is a festive event full of family tradition and cherished memories. Naturally, I embraced this project with joy. On my blog I share stories about the magic of making something. The past few weeks have been full of discovery and delight– an engaging exchange of invitations and emails. I’ve learned some great techniques and made new friends. In the spirit of holiday giving, I’m happy to bring you these wonderful projects shared by people whose work I admire. We hope you are inspired to give the gift of hand-made.

Many of the projects below are created with wool felt. Over at OliverRabbit I design patterns and write tutorials for sewing with this dreamy textile. My Wool Felt Lesson Series offers some great sewing tips. I also wrote about the Advantages of Using Pure Wool Felt for Softies for Sew Mama Sew earlier this year. Shown here is my newest Santa Doll Pattern sample; he is far more photogenic than I am! You can sign up for my newsletter and follow my passion for wool felt projects on my website, Do come visit!

A special thank-you and warm holiday wishes to everyone involved. Let’s sew something!

Make It

Stitch A Felt Christmas Bauble
We kick off the ornament collection with special thanks to Lauren of Molly and Mama (2014’s Deck the Halls Curator) for creating this glamorous tutorial, Stitch A Felt Christmas Bauble, just for us. We can’t wait to make one!

Felt Matryoyshka Doll Ornament
It’s always a pleasure to feature work from Wendi at Shiny Happy World. Her tutorials are fabulous and full of helpful resources. Showcase your embroidery skills with this charming Felt Matryoyshka Doll ornament.

We also have Matryoshka Doll Finger Puppets from Victoria from Little Black Duck at Sew Mama Sew, just in case you want a matching set!

Primitive Felt Cat Ornament
Meow! As cute on the back as it is on the front, curator Annette Huval from Oliver Rabbit brings you this Primitive Felt Cat Ornament. It’s a perfect first project for a budding felt-lover.

Little Joys Scrap Holiday Ornament
These Little Joys Scrap Holiday Ornament made their debut at spring Quilt Market this year when designer Elea Lutz introduced her Little Joys fabric collection. It’s a fun, festive project with endless possibilities for those fabric scraps!

Felt Mushroom Ornament
Created to compliment a collection of woodland critters, this darling Felt Mushroom Ornament from Kelli and Gerta at Squishy-Cute Designs stitches up quickly! It’s a great hand-sewing project for beginners, using simple embroidery stitches.

Hand-Stitched Felt Ornaments
Helen from Angharad’s Hand-Stitched Felt Ornaments are easy to make, and perfect for gift toppers too. You’ll want to make a full set!

Gumball Machine Ornament
Sweeten up the tree! The kids will love this unique Gumball Machine Ornament from Stephanie at Imagine Our Life. It’s so colorful and fun!

You could even whip up a matching Great Gumball Challenge Game from Farah Wolfe, author of Sew and Play: Handmade Games for Kids, with our free pattern and tutorial at Sew Mama sew.

Mini Christmas Tree Quilt Ornament
If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at quilting this Mini Christmas Tree Quilt Ornament, from Amy at Diary of a Quilter, is a great project to explore. Learn half-square triangles, points, layering and a touch of hand quilting in this lovely, last-minute Christmas project.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: 10 Favorite Christmas Ornaments, More Ornaments, Woodland Ornaments

Mix It

Christmas Grinch Juice
You might agree with Jill of Sandy Toes and Popsicles that no Christmas is complete without candy canes and the beloved Dr. Suess! Serve up her Christmas Grinch Juice for big-hearted smiles.

Hot Chocolate Mix
Here is Homemade Hot Chocolate Mix with printable coasters, recipes and gift tags, all in one! Warm up with this yummy classic brought to you by Jessica and her team at Botanical Paperworks.

Print It

Happy Christmas Printables
Look no further! This beautiful collection of Happy Christmas Printables, from illustrator Marilyn Scott-Waters at The Toy Maker, features her playful imagery merged with traditional Christmas motifs. It’s sheer delight!

Win It

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The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook: A Practical Reference

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Author: Alex Law
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you’re re-covering some simple dining chairs or restoring a family heirloom, this book contains all the tips and techniques you’ll need to complete your upholstery project in an easy-to-understand format. The clear illustrations and inspiring photography throughout the book enables you to confidently create (or re-create) gorgeous statement pieces of furniture for your home. From assessing the work, to estimating your materials, to planning the order of work, you will learn how to follow a logical method to get the job done. Covering both traditional and modern techniques in great detail with step-by-step directions accompanied by clear illustrations, you will be able to achieve professional results no matter the size or scale of the project. Information on upholstery tools and materials, furnishing fabrics, and trimmings available will help you build up your workshop, and sections on simple woodworking techniques, repairs, and surface finishes ensures that The Upholsterer’s Step-by-Step Handbook by Alex Law is the ultimate one-stop reference for the amateur upholsterer.

Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style: Key Pieces to Sew + Accessories, Styling, and Inspiration

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Author: Lotta Jansdotter
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

When Lotta Jansdotter steps out in one of her signature outfits, fans always ask, “Did you make that yourself?” Often the answer is, “Yes, and so can you!” With that in mind, the style icon created Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style, a pattern book/inspiration guide anchored by five easy, versatile sewing patterns—skirt, dress, blouse, pants/shorts, and jacket/coat—and highlighted with quick DIY accessories, including hats, bags, scarves, and jewelry.

Photographed over the course of a year in her life in New York, Tennessee, India, and Sweden and organized by season, Jansdotter shares her sources of inspiration and how she and her friends mix and match her key pieces while working, play- ing, resting, and traveling. Lotta Jansdotter Everyday Style brings Jansdotter’s infectious and sought-after sense of style to new followers and longtime devotees alike.

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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