Handmade Gift Ideas for the Holidays

Can you believe it’s already time to start thinking about Christmas? OK, maybe it’s not quite time yet for everyone – after all we’re still a month away from Thanksgiving! But if you’re wanting to make any special handmade gifts it’s a good time to start planning. Here are a few (mostly) handmade gift ideas for everyone on your list this holiday season:

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For Little Ones:
1. Personalizing blank onesies, rompers or T-shirts with machine embroidery or appliqué always makes for a quick-and-easy gift for the little ones! Check out these helpful tips and tricks on our blog for adding machine embroidery to ready-made items (photo A).

2. If you want to make a special garment for your favorite little girl, check out our collection of kits. One of my favorites is the Flowers for Princess Anne Heirloom Dress Kit (girls size 6) that was designed by Amelia Johanson and featured in Sew Beautiful (photo B).

3. Little boys are sure to love anything you make with the adorable Dinosaur cotton prints available in our store!

For Teens:
4. Jennifer Paganelli’s Sis Boom pattern line includes lots of patterns that are teen fashion-friendly, like the Vanessa Top/Dress, the Marco Shirt and the Angie Dress.

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For Friends and Family:
5. Ornaments are always a well-received gift, and perfect for when you want to add a homemade decoration to the wrapping of a store-bought present. Check out the free tutorials on our blog for Kari Mecca’s Whimsy Christmas Rose or Dorothy Dyer’s beautiful smocked Christmas ornaments (photo C).

6. Stitch a custom tea towel to match your gift recipient’s kitchen. Machine embroider a letter from your favorite alphabet collection or use cute seasonal designs like these from our Retro Christmas Stitchin’ CD (photo D).

7. Need a gift for a man? Sew a one-of-a-kind tie or use your favorite apron pattern to make a custom barbecue apron.

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For Your Sewing Pals:
8. Put together a sewing kit to create a gift for your sewing friend. Start with a sewing pattern, and then fill a tote or storage box with all the necessary supplies (photo E).

9. Another great idea is to fill a large jar with pretty and useful color-coordinated sewing notions, such as ribbons and trims, buttons, lace and tiny tools.

10. A new sewing book is a perfect gift for your fellow seamstress! Check out Joan Hinds’ upcoming new release Heritage Doll Clothes. The book features 20 beautiful historically-inspired patterns for an 18-inch doll. The book is now available to pre-order (photo F).

For Your Own Wish List:
11. Looking for something to put on your own wish list? Registration to our next Martha Pullen online teacher licensing, Teaching Beginning Sewing II, would be pretty wonderful, don’t you think? The curriculum includes more than 30 projects ranging from garments to bags to quilts and home decor. You’ll receive your license after completing the course, and this license gives you shared copyright ownership of the course curriculum, meaning that you can make the projects for sale without limit, or, if you are teaching, you can make as many copies of the project instructions as you need for your students.

12. Another great gift would be membership to our Internet Embroidery Club. Members receive hundreds of machine embroidery designs when they sign up, plus monthly designs throughout the calendar year. It’s the gift that keeps on giving! Plus, we’re about to release our new 2016 collection this coming week, so it’s a great time to join.

We’re kicking off our live licensing events in Costa Mesa, CA tomorrow, and I can’t wait to see all of you who are joining us! If you aren’t coming to a licensing but want to see us while we’re in the area, please come to our Martha Pullen & More event on Nov. 7. You can spend time with Martha, shop, take an heirloom workshop with me and more.

We pray for the men and women serving our nation in harm’s way, and for all of you.

Much Love to You All & May God Bless,
Kathy McMakin

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