Brighten up the kitchen and make a cook happy with today’s fresh gift ideas!

Today’s Guest Curator: Cheryl Brickey from Meadow Mist Designs

From Cheryl: I am an engineer by day, quilter by night, and mom to two elementary aged children. You can find me sharing my quilting adventures at Meadow Mist Designs and on Instagram. I host an annual Mystery Quilt, and will start a new blog series this upcoming January about how write quilt patterns; I hope you’ll check it out!

Make It

Easy-Sew Two-Hand Casserole Pot Holder
This Easy-Sew Two-Hand Casserole Pot Holder by Cori at Hey, Let’s Make Stuff would make a great gift for the cook in your family. The mini-pom poms are aborable, and it’s so pretty it’s almost a shame to use it!

Big Chef + Little Chef Aprons
Do you want matching aprons for yourself and your little kitchen helper? Look no further than these Big Chef + Little Chef Aprons by An at Straight Grain. The tutorial includes patterns and instructions for both adult and children’s sizes.

Tea Cozy
This Tea Cozy from Yvonne at Quilting Jetgirl is stylish and practical. You could use Christmas fabrics for a holiday version.

Charm Pack Patchwork Placemats
Charm Pack Patchwork Placemats by Sherri at A Quilting Life are a perfect and stylish use for your charm packs.

Simple Patchwork Dish Towels
Try some scrap-embellished Simple Patchwork Dish Towels by Amanda Jean at Crazy Mom Quilts. Choose scraps to match the cook’s kitchen or select holiday prints for seasonal towels.

Bindingless Quilted Placemats
Bindingless Quilted Placemats are both beautiful and easy to make! Lorna at Sew Fresh Quilts shows you how to make these super-quick placemats with no binding.

Selvage Oven Mitts
Add a little fun to the kitchen with Selvage Oven Mitts from Michelle at Late Night Quilter. This is the perfect project for all of your selvages!

Log Cabin Hexi Potholders
Not only are the Log Cabin Hexi Potholders by Caroline at Sew Can She beautiful and functional, they are also good practice for piecing partial seams.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Home Projects + Tutorials, Gifts for Cooks, More Gifts for Cooks, Even More Gifts for Cooks… (We love cooks!)

Mix It

Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies
Here’s a cheery, sweet cookie to make this holiday season! Jaclyn shares a recipe for her delicious Raspberry Almond Shortbread Thumbprint Cookies at Cooking Classy.

Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur
The Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur by Jessi at Practically Functional would be a great hostess gift. It is so easy and tasty you’ll never buy pre-made again!

Print It

Hand-Lettered Holiday Gift Tag Printables
Holley at Wink Wink Paper Co. has thirty free and fun Hand-Lettered Holiday Gift Tag Printables, just for you!

Win It

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Vintage Lingerie: 30 Patterns Based on Period Garments Plus Finishing Techniques

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Author: Jill Salen
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

30 beautiful and historically accurate examples of period lingerie from 1850 to 1970, covering a range of fabulous vintage pieces from 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brassieres. It includes corsets, brassieres, girdles, petticoats, and much more.

From 1920s French knickers to 1950s pin-up brasieres, these fabulous vintage pieces chart the progression of lingerie over the last century. The book covers a range of fascinating garments, including 1890s corsets, 1940s garter belts, 1950s New Look girdles, brassieres, and much more. The book includes 30 fully annotated working patterns alongside drawings, photographs, and practical advice on making up the garments.

For fashion and costume students and costume designers working on stage or screen, the historically accurate patterns are essential for capturing the classic shapes of any period. Students and historians will find the period details and historical background of each garment an invluable resource. Whether you need to construct a historically accurate period garment or simply wish to channel your inner 1950s starlet, this book is for you.

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style— from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.

‘Tis the Season to Be Felt-y: Over 40 Handmade Holiday Decorations

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Author: Kathy Sheldon
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Fa la la la . . . MORE! Crafters couldn’t get enough of the adorable projects in Fa la la la Felt, so here are over 40 new whimsical felt crafts to celebrate Christmas with handmade style. Many of the same awesomely talented designers (and several new ones!) have returned to create pretty ornaments like Beaded Star Baubles, Sparkly Icicles, a Shining Star Tree Topper (and a partridge in a pear tree) to a pink poinsettia wreath, Yule log, snow bunny tree skirt, and lots of stockings to hang by the chimney with care; these holiday items will make your season merry and bright.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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