Mallory Hill has a big round-up of educational gifts for kids, from babies through elementary-aged children. Everyone can sew, play and learn this holiday season!

Each day in our 9th Annual Handmade Holidays series we include a list of related Sew Mama Sew tutorials you might enjoy! Today’s picks: Squirrel Jigsaw Puzzle Pattern + Tutorial, Airplane Tray Activity Center, Little Helper Apron, Toddler Activity Mat

Today’s Guest Curator: Mallory Hill

Mallory Hill has been sewing since she was young but didn’t pick it up seriously until she was out of college, when she first started working in the fabric and sewing industry. Her passion grew as she continued to work for various textile companies in the following decade. She hopes to re-open her Etsy shop soon, and she has started a new blog after taking a few years off. Mallory has two daughters and is currently re-locating back to her home state of Ohio.

Find more from Mallory at, Instagram (@malloryhill1), Pinterest and Etsy.

Make It

Fabric Baby Blocks
Babies love anything soft they can grab and hold onto. These squishy Love to Color My World Fabric Baby Blocks are perfect for their little hands to hold. As they get older they will love to put blocks in and out of the adorable box, and it will keep the play room neat and tidy too!

Patchwork Play Ball
The possibilities are endless with this fun project, and you can pick any color or theme that you want. The While She Naps Patchwork Play Ball is a great, safe toy that will also look nice in the nursery.

Color Wheel Matching Game
This Color Wheel Matching Game from Craftaholics Anonymous will keep a toddler busy and they will learn a variety of skills– colors, matching and it’s also great practice in hand-eye coordination. It’s a win-win, and another beautiful toy to give.

Travel Memory Game
This Travel Memory Game from the Kids Activities Blog is perfect for traveling, but it would be great to have at home. It is easy and fun to personalize this with a child’s favorite colors, shapes, characters and anything else you can imagine.

Kid Apron
The Kid Apron from Mermag Blog is an adorable gift that would go great with cooking lessons, a recipe book or a fun baking mix to use later on. The possibilities for customizing this gift are endless, and it is for girls and boys.

Number Lacing Card
This Number Lacing Card from Carrots are Orange is a Valentine’s activity, but it’s versatile and it would be easy to convert to a holiday activity using a christmas tree, dreidel, star or any other holiday or family theme. This could be a fun evening activity to keep little hands busy before or after the family meal, and it would make an adorable place setting at the kids table too!

Constellation Sewing Cards
The Kids Activities Blog has Constellation Sewing Cards, a fun hand-sewing activity for older kids perfect for the budding astronomer in your life. There are a few options to print; you could make a little kit with needles, yarn and a book about constellations for the perfect gift.

Travel Sewing Kit
It is an amazing gift to teach young ones the skill of sewing. They will be able to use this skill for the rest of their lives! This Travel Sewing Kit from Ashley Lotecki for Sew Mama Sew is a great starter kit that can be personalized to fit the recipient perfectly. Wrap it up with a few yards of fabric to start building their stash, and you will inspire the next generation of sewists.

Gumball Game
This cute Gumball Game from Farah Wolfe, author of Sew and Play: Handmade Games for Kids for Sew Mama Sew, helps players build many different skills. The game has different options for play and it is great for girls and boys. It’s also easy to add to the set for additional players.

Mix It

PB + J Crescents
A quick, easy and kid friendly meal option around the holidays is just what everyone looks for over the next few weeks. Get the kids involved in the kitchen with this twist on an old classic. PB + J Crescents from Mess for Less would also be great to take to holiday potlucks and parties.

Jello Candy Melts
Smart School House no-bake, colorful Jello Candy Melts look like the perfect gift for neighbors and party hosts. A simple list of ingredients and minimal prep make these a great recipe for kids to cook too.

Healthy Gummy Bears
With all the cookies and candy around the holidays it’s nice to have a healthy snack option for the kids. Pick a holiday shape and let the kids help prepare their own Healthy Gummy Bears from The Skinny Fork.

Print It

Play Dough Mats
Printable Play Dough Mats from Picklebums are the perfect way to keep kids busy while you are wrapping presents and baking holiday cookies. These would also be great as a gift wrapped up with a few tubs of Play-Doh.

Thank You Cards
Gratitude is an important lesson, especially around the holidays when kids can be distracted by all of their new gifts. Let kids color pictures or write a short note to thank friends and family for gifts and time spent together over the holidays with these Thank You Cards from Elise Blaha.

Win It

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$25 Gift Certificate to Fabric Shoppe

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Sew Fantasy Toys: 10 Sewing Patterns for Magical Creatures from Dragons to Mermaids

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Author: Melly McNeice
Publisher: David & Charles

Gorgeous new collection of huggable creatures from fabulous toy designer Melly McNeice. Mums and grannies alike will love the designs for fantasy creatures including scary monsters and mystical unicorns, which will capture their imaginations as much as their children.

Sewers will adore the bright, modern fabrics Melly uses for her colorful designs and won’t be able to resist the simple but effective patterns that are fun and easy to sew. They will love making the pretty mermaid for their daughter to cuddle up with at bedtime, or the friendly dragon who will protect them while they sleep…

There are 10 creatures in this collection so you can choose your favorite from a friendly monster, brave dragon, pretty mermaid, marching robot and a mysterious unicorn amongst others, or you can make them all and create your own fantasy world of cuddly toys – sure to make very special keepsakes in years to come.

All the patterns have easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full sized templates.

We Love to Craft Christmas: Fun Stuff for Kids 17 Handmade Fabric & Paper Projects

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Author: Annabel Wrigley
Publisher: C&T Publishing / FunStitch Studio

Get your crafty kid in the holiday spirit by giving the definitive guide to creating stylish, handmade gifts. Seventeen modern projects of varying skills levels run the gamut from pillows and barrettes to wreaths and ornaments, made using only paper or fabric. Your crafter will learn how to choose the best materials for each project, and the book’s tips and tricks will make each project easier and more fun.

Love at First Stitch: Demystifying Dressmaking

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Author: Tilly Walnes
Publisher: Roost Books

Fancy making your own clothes but have no idea where to start? Tired of overwhelming sewing manuals and frumpy projects? Love at First Stitch offers a refreshing approach to dressmaking for modern makers, taking you from the basics of threading your sewing machine through creating gorgeous garments that you’ll love to wear. Let Tilly Walnes inspire you with her jargon-busting tutorials, down-to-earth attitude, and adorable dressmaking style, showing you that making your own clothes is so much more enjoyable than buying them.

Tilly Walnes demystifies dressmaking for the generations that have never been taught to sew. Written for novice stitchers by the author of the popular sewing blog Tilly and the Buttons, this book presents the sewing basics in an informal style, with Tilly’s friendly and encouraging voice cheering the reader on throughout. Instead of overwhelming the novice dressmaker with theory, this book is about learning by doing. Each chapter presents practical tips and inspiration to guide you through creating a made-to-measure garment from one of the seven versatile and adaptable patterns included with the book, which can then be personalized to suit your individual style. Peppered throughout the book are Tilly’s top sewing tips, including everything from what to look out for when buying–or borrowing–your first sewing machine, to how to behave in a fabric shop so that you appear like an expert, to techniques for pressing perfection.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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