It is possible to sew something perfect (and “cool”) for your favorite teen! Show older kids handmade love even if they’ve moved beyond the softie stage. (And if they haven’t moved beyond a love of softies that’s cool too!– We have an awesome whale, squishable raccoon, sweet dolphins… We cover all of the bases.)

Today’s Guest Curator: Vicky Myers from the Vicky Myers Creations Etsy shop + Vicky Myers Creations

From Vicky:
I blog at, often with a focus on tutorials and upcycling. (Here is one of my tutorials in the Gifts for Crafty People post!) I have an Etsy shop, with popular items like knitting needle cases for holiday gifts. You can also find my work here at Sew Mama Sew in the Machine-Stitched Fabric Heart Garland.

You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook too!

Make It

Cross-Body Bag
This fun and funky Cross-Body Bag from SewMcCool includes a zipper closure plus two slip pockets. Embellish to your heart’s desire!

Notebook Cover
This super-stylish Notebook Cover from Radiant Home Studio is easy to customize with the perfect fabric.

No-Sew Upcycled Cowl
Fancy a quick make? Upcycle a sweater into this No-Sew Upcycled Cowl with instructions from Swoodson Says.

Zippy Pouch
We like how this Zippy Pouch pencil case from made by ChrissieD maximizes fabric selvedges.

Makeup Bag
This gorgeous Makeup Bag from So Sew Easy has a great design, and we love how the brushes are kept neat and tidy in individual compartments.

Denim Rag Rug
This stylish Ohoh Blog Denim Rag Rug is perfect for any teen room. This is an upcycled project everyone will love.

Colored Pencil Roll Holder
Perfect for the budding artist, create a stylish Colored Pencil Roll Holder, or adapt it for watercolor paint brushes. The Doodle Craft Blog shows you how!

Tablet Case
This classic Tablet Case design from Urban Acreage is quick, simple and yet so effective. What a fabulous and easy gift to make!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Tweens + Teens, Gifts for Tweens, 9 Easy Holiday Party Accessories

Mix It

Peppermint Crunch Cookie Gift-in-a-Jar
You can’t go wrong with this Peppermint Crunch Cookie Gift-in-a-Jar from Busy Being Jennifer! Your favorite teen will love these cookies, and so will neighbors, coaches, your mail delivery pro, teachers and more!

Print It

Life is Short + Secret Opportunities Printables
These Life is Short + Secret Opportunities Printables feature favorite #GIRLBOSS quotes, via The Crafted Life.

Win It

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Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies that contribute prizes.

Stitch Kitsch: 44 Happy Sewing Projects from Home Décor to Accessories

(US-only, digital copy for international winners.)

Author: Jennifer Heynen
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Put the fun back in sewing with little treasures to sew, embellish, and share! From pouches and pincushions to quilts and cheery home decor, these 44 projects make perfect gifts. Each featured project comes with 3 variations. Turn a funky wallhanging into bull’s-eye pillows, a pom-pom trivet, or a lap quilt? The choice is yours! Choose your own sewing adventure, and then embellish projects with embroidery, buttons, trims, topstitching, and fusible appliqué (full-size patterns included).

Big Hook Rag Crochet: 25 Quick-Stitch Designs to Make Using Leftover Fabric

(US shipping only.)

Author: Dedri Uys
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Have fun with a craft that’s quick, easy, and eco-friendly! This great new crochet style uses a large hook—which works up fast, simple stitches—plus strips of fabric made from unwanted garments or a stash of leftovers. The result: a sturdy, textured weave that’s ideal for home accessories, garments, and bags. Crochet cozy slippers, accent rugs, cushions, a variety of baskets, placemats, and more. These crafty creations are durable, practical, and pretty, too!

An Artist’s Pillars
(eBook, International winners OK.)

Author: Kaitlyn Mirison
Publisher: Independent

An Artist’s Pillars is a guidebook for you to break free from self-doubts.

Your skills, natural talents, dreams and desires can take you only so far because the creative process has a way of highlighting your insecurities. And when these insecurities and deeply seeded self-doubts have their grip on you, the step you need to take to move your project from the container of your mind and heart to the external world can seem insurmountable. But these doubts and insecurities don’t have to stop you and your next step can be a gentle one…

Through An Artist’s Pillars you are guided step by step to develop the fundamentals you need to share with the world what is inside of you to create.

She Wears the Pants: Easy Sew-it-Yourself Fashion with an Edgy Urban Style

(US + Canada shipping only.)

Author: Yuko Takada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew edgy, urban clothes with this stylish sewing book and add a touch of originality to your wardrobe.

More and more women are opting to make their own clothes, but most of the books on the market emphasize girly, feminine designs. She Wears the Pants is the first Japanese sewing book (in English) to focus on the increasingly popular “borrowed–from–the–boys” look. Already one of the best–known and reviewed sewing books in Japan, this sporty addition to the sew–it–yourself craze is poised to take the American DIY sewing market by storm.

Sometimes women are in the mood for clothes with strong, clean lines and casual sophistication—polish and simplicity without the frills. She Wears the Pants is the book for those times. A graduate of the Bunka Fashion Institute, Yuko Takada provides patterns and instructions for making twenty spare and streamlined wardrobe items…

Patterns can be easily adjusted to suit every body size, and Takada shows readers how to select inexpensive, readily available fabrics and transform them into an elegant new wardrobe. Understated never looked so good!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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