When the holidays come around, it can be hard to make time for ourselves (and for our sewing machines). That’s what makes sewing gifts for others so appealing. We get to stitch love and friendship into fun, practical gifts that recipients can use and cherish—and that we can thoroughly enjoy making.
Here’s how Mary Green describes the rewards of handmade gifting:
"Something wonderful happens when you sew gifts for people. You begin by thinking about what they might like, how they might use it, what colors or styles would be most appreciated. You ponder fabric and color options and plan the construction. The sewing itself might be simple or complex; it doesn’t matter, because you love to sew and you enjoy it even more when you do it with someone special in mind. And then there’s the joy that comes when you deliver your heartfelt gift and see the recipient’s pleasure at receiving it."
Sewing, gift-giving…they’re equally satisfying pursuits. And with the holidays right around the corner, now’s the time to finalize your stitching plans. So, if sewing gifts is indeed on your horizon, don’t miss the gorgeous projects in the brand-new book Sew Gifts! You just might find the magical pattern you’ve been looking for.
Handmade gift ideas: bags, wallets, wristlets, and more
|Sweet Bird Drawstring Bag by Gail Pan of Gail Pan Designs
||Casual Crossed Hobo Bag by Missy Shepler of Missy Stitches
|Chevron Tote Bag by Sarah Minshall of Hip to Piece Squares
||Card and Key Wallet by Cinzia Allocca of Deux Petites Souris
|Oilcloth Wallet by April Moffatt of April Moffatt Design
|Wristlet Key Holder by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
|Zippered Dresden Pouch by Elizabeth Dackson of Don’t Call Me Betsy
||Color-Block iPad Cover by Debbie Grifka of Esch House Quilts
Handmade gift ideas: for sewists, knitters, fashionistas, and more
|Hoot Pincushion by Lesley Chaisson of Berry Birdy
|Pieced Kimono Scarf by Linda Turner Griepentrog
||Sewing Kit in a Jar by Cinzia Allocca of Deuex Petites Souris
|Artist’s Sketchbook Cover and Pencil Pouch by Adrienne Smitke of Handmade is Awesome
|Travel Backgammon Set by Adrienne Smitke of Handmade is Awesome
||Triangular Knitting Needle Case by Josée Carrier of The Charming Needle
Handmade gift ideas: kitchen mates
|Must-Have Mug Rugs by Pippa Eccles Armbrester of Pippa Patchwork
||Casserole Carrier by Linda Turner Griepentrog
|Little Girl Bake Shop Set by Josée Carrier of The Charming Needle
by Linda Turner Griepentrog
Handmade gift ideas: pillow perfect
Color Punch Pillows by Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie
|Bird on a Branch Pillow by Amy Struckmeyer of form*work
by Lauren Jung and Jessi Jung
|Pointed in One Direction Pillow by Sarah Minshall of Hip to Piece Squares
To make your stitched giving even easier, download this nifty Handmade Holiday Gift List to track who’s getting what and when you’re going to make it.
Do your plans for the holidays include sewing gifts? If so, what do you most enjoy about handmade giving? Tell us your story in the comments
and you could win a copy of the Sew Gifts! eBook. We’ll choose a winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.
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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The randomly chosen winner is Janet.
Janet writes: “I make homemade gifts mostly for Christmas, but sometimes for birthdays also. I have made dolls for birthdays for my small weekly quilting group; quilts for my son, daughter and lots for my granddaughter and grandson (the cute ones are so much fun to sew). I have made ornaments for lots of friends. I love giving homemade gifts as I feel they are something special, something I really took time to do.”
Janet, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!