Here are gift ideas for new arrivals. Give something special to babies and families experiencing their first holiday season together!

Today’s Guest Curator: Samantha Liz

Samantha Liz is a new (again) mom of a five month old little cutie, who’s short on time (because, well, did you read that part about the five month old?!). She’s always on the lookout for new ways to make things beautiful and found some great projects for us today.

Follow Samantha’s work on the Samantha Liz blog, via Facebook and on Instagram. She created our popular Tooth Fairy Doll Pattern here at Sew Mama Sew.

Samantha is re-releasing all of her designs as digital PDF patterns in the Fluttering By shop, starting with the Crescent Moon Yoga Pants Pattern. Check it out!

Make It

Christmas Tree Softie
Since it’s baby’s first time seeing a Christmas tree, adorned with lights and ornaments, why not make them their own Christmas Tree Softie? Decorate the pattern from Stephanie at Swoodson Says how you like it, and you could even add some jingle bells inside to make an adorable rattle. (Just be sure to read up on how to make the rattle portion baby-safe!)

(Almost) No Sew Blanket bl
A blanket made with knit fabric that involves (almost) no sewing? Sign us up! Melissa from Melly Sews has an (Almost) No Sew Blanket tutorial that makes it easy to sew something special when you have limited time (like, say, when there’s a baby in the house!).

Cloud Baby Softie
These adorable Cloud Baby Softie from Tina at Miss Daisy Patterns & Tutorials are soft and snuggly for babies to play with all day long. Maybe with a little luck, these dreamy little cloud babies will inspire babies to nap just a bit longer!

Christmas Leg Warmers
With the weather in the northern hemisphere getting cooler, what a better way to warm things up than with these Christmas Leg Warmers from Mama Says Sew? One word: Ruffles!

Sewing Baby Burp Cloths
Heather from Woodland Flower whipped up these great Sewing Baby Burp Cloths to match a lovely nursery set she made for her baby niece. They are so darling, you don’t even need to wrap them; just tie them up with a pretty ribbon and they are all ready to gift!

Insulated Baby Bottle Cover
Deby’s Insulated Baby Bottle Cover at So Sew Easy can make those late-night feedings more enjoyable!

Infinite Nursing
A super stylish infinity scarf that doubles as a nursing cover… What is this magic? Sheena from Bean in Love shows you how to get a little “rock star fashionista” into the nursing routine with her Infinite Nursing tutorial.

Flannel Soft Blocks
Cheryl from Sew Can Do shows how simple it is to make these great Flannel Soft Blocks. These help babies develop motor skills, and they’re probably “tasty” too!

Ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt
Whether you are a beginning sewer or a well seasoned quilter, Liz from Simple Simon and Company has the perfect super fast and super cute Ragged Log Cabin Baby Quilt for you!

Embroidered Onesies
Do you want to be crafty, but you don’t have time to sit at the sewing machine? Break out the embroidery thread and rock out some adorable Embroidered Onesies from Erica of 5 Little Monsters. Erica has some great tricks for hand embroidering on knits, so head over there to find out how to sew away without even using a hoop!

Circus Finger Puppets
Lions, tigers and dogs? Oh my! Alicia from Felt with Love Designs has a series of seven sets of Circus Finger Puppets with free PDF patterns. There’s nothing better than a gift that can make little ones giggle with just a wiggle of your fingers! You could pair some of these with a favorite animal-related board book for gifting…

Easy Double Gauze Swaddle Blanket + Hood!
Not only does Sherri from Thread Riding Hood show you how to make a Easy Double Gauze Swaddle Blanket, but in her awesome tutorial she doubles the awesomeness by making not one, but two blankets from just one meter of fabric… One for your baby and another for a doll, to make the perfect set!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Baby Butterfly Toy, Sweet Baby Sleep Bag, Charm Squares Baby Quilt, Plus all of our many additional Baby-Related Tutorials

Mix It

Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments
This recipe isn’t for making the kind of dough you eat (even though Sarah herself admits to sampling a bit back in the day), but these Salt Dough Holiday Ornaments from Sarah Titus are perfect for baking up some holiday fun. You could make keepsake ornaments of little one’s hands and toes to commemorate their very first holiday season.

Print It

Printable Fabric Labels
Show you made it with love! Add Deby’s Printable Fabric Labels from So Sew Easy to your gifts.

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.

Sew Adorkable: 15 DIY Projects to Keep You Out of Trouble – Quilts, Clothes & Gear for the Chic Geek

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

Author: Samarra Khaja
Publisher: C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Sew 15 conversation starters, from cheeky wearables (TRAWRzers!) to quirky quilts and home decor. Make a puffy quilt that looks like candy dots, or stitch a tissue box cover that looks like a vintage typewriter. Tailored to smart, talented, crafty folks of all ages, this hilarious book is just as fun to read (trivia time!) as it is chock-full of sewing projects. Bonus: Go “behind the seams” with textile designer Samarra Khaja.

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!

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

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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!

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.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make

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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches— no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

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

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