Kids and adults alike will love these sweet softie gift ideas! Irene selected a few non-standard softie subjects for extra fun.

Today’s Guest Curator: Irene Staal from Sugaridoo

Irene from Sugaridoo is a pattern designer from Holland. She designs in the evening and works as a mechanical engineer by day! Irene sells her patterns and kits in the Sugaridoo Etsy shop.

You can learn all about Irene and see photos of her crochet animals, quilting and more in her introduction here at Sew Mama Sew. Irene recently joined us with her delightful Happy Fall Mini Quilt Pattern + Tutorial!

Make It

Playful Crocodile
There is a crocodile under your bed! Well, from now on there could be, but this Playful Crocodile from Sew4Home sure won’t bite!

Bear Rug
A Bear Rug is both a cool and cute addition to any room. It would make a nice play rug for your little girl or boy.

Raccoon Softie
LiEr from ikatbag designed this lovable, hug-able Raccoon Softie for us at Sew Mama Sew.

Stuffed Snail
This Stuffed Snail is rocking those polka dots! Hop over to Cook Clean Craft to craft your own holiday snail.

Peaceful Dove Pincushion
The Peaceful Dove Pincushion is an excerpt from Annabel Wrigley’s latest book, We Love to Craft– Christmas on the C&T Publishing blog. The dove would make a sweet ornament, or new best softie friend this holiday season.

Cuddle Squirrel
This Cuddle Squirrel by Abby Glassenberg for Wild Olive is soft and cuddly. It would make a nice gift for the little ones!

Fig the Mouse
Fig the Mouse is from the talented Jodie Carleton of Ric-Rac, designed for the Sew Mama Sew Six Weeks of Love for Softies series.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Six Weeks of LOVE for Softies, Toys + Softies, Gifts for Babies + Toddlers

Mix It

Sock Puppet Cookies
Looking for something sweet to gift this year? Hop over to the talented Sweet Sugarbelle and bake some Sock Puppet Cookies. There’s no sewing involved!

Print It

Farm Animal Finger Puppets
Oh, just look at these adorable Farm Animal Finger Puppets from Mr. Printables. They’re great for a quick crafty project. Just print, cut, glue and enjoy!

Monster Printables
Monster Printables from picklebums would make fun gift toppers or stocking stuffers!

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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.


(US shipping only.)

Author: Tracey Meharg
Publisher: Murdoch Books

Homemade, artisanal, and jaw-droppingly delicious, these 50 donut recipes put store-bought versions to shame. Try them sprinkled with sugar and cinnamon, filled with jam or Chantilly cream, drizzled with honey, frosted with chocolate, and topped with salted caramel or an adults-only vodka-laced icing. There are even gluten-free and vegan options. But get ‘em while they’re hot, because they’ll disappear fast!

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.

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).

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!

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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