Handmade Holiday Gift Ideas

Since it is already the beginning of December {how did that happen?!}, I wanted to share a few tried-and-true handmade gift ideas in hopes they’ll inspire you to DIY some gifts on your holiday list!

gift ideas

Below are links to either my version of the project [if I blogged about it] or a direct link to a tutorial I followed [if I didn’t blog about my version].

For everyone:

  • Mug RugThese are great for anyone! You can pair it with a vintage teacup and a few bags of your favorite tea. {Find a bundle of mug rug gift ideas and a free gift tag printable in this post}

mug rug

  • Stationary Set No better time to upcycle the year’s calendar than now – find my tutorial here. Don’t have a calendar to upcycle? No problem! You can use a magazine or vintage maps – like I did here.

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  • Quick & Easy Big Block Quilt – use the method I used for my Beach Blanket to save loads of time.

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tree ornaments

Quilted Christmas Tree ornaments made by yours truly using the tutorial linked above.

  • Throw PillowsYou can find my tutorial for very basic pillows here (below: right). You can also read about the sweater pillow covers (below: left) I made here.

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For more pillow ideas, check out my Pillow Ideas Pinterest Board!

For gals:

envelope clutch

  • No-Sew Blanket Scarf – confession: I haven’t tried this yet, but the tutorial from the OK Southerner (PS: Love her blog!) is pretty straight forward. This is a DIY gift anyone could make!
blanket scarf

{Images borrowed from the OK Southerner}

  • Addie K’s Canny Tunic – this pattern is very forgiving. Even if you don’t know the exact size of the gal you’re making it for, you can guess and it’ll likely still fit her. Plus, everyone needs a tunic like this for the holidays [hello desserts! And chocolate! And warm snuggles instead of running!].
{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

  • Lace Locket Necklaceso stinkin’ easy! Elevate yourself to “Best Gift Giver” status if you can snag some lace from the recipient’s wedding dress. 

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  • Bossypants by Tina Fey – give the gift of a laugh-out-loud book sprinkled with moments of pure empowerment. {Spoiler: this is not a DIY…because sometimes you just gotta BUY the gift!}

bossypants For guys:

DIY

For little tots:

  • Cloth Baby Shoes – they’re easier to make than you think! Bonus: Make them from an old pair of Dad/Grandpa’s shorts!

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For more ideas: Check out last year’s Handmade Holiday Blog Hop Recap (follow the links to the five blogger’s posts all full of ideas) or browse my Pinterest Boards where I’ve been frivolously pinning ideas I’ll never get to.

What are your favorite handmade holiday gifts? I’d love to hear about your favorites – leave a comment below!

What I’m Lovin’ in December

I was so busy planning for the Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop that I skipped right over November’s What I’m Lovin’ Post! I hope you’ll forgive me 🙂

I hope November brought you ample time with family and opportunities for reflection.

There’s nothing I love more than gratitude – to give it and to feel it!

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{PS: This is a free printable from Jessica N Designs – click the image to be taken to her site to download.}

I just want to take this chance to say thank YOU – thank you for visiting my little corner of the internet, reading my blog and sharing time in your busy day with me. It truly means SO much to me!

🙂

I’m spending the latter half of the month (right this minute! so disregard any outdated statements because this was written in advance 🙂 ) in England with the Hubs! We’ve been dreaming about and saving like crazy for this trip and I can’t wait to tell you all about it next year (can you believe it’s almost 2015?!).

resliced by Jordan (1)

Without further ado, I present to you my list of What I’m Lovin’ in December:

1. Handmade holiday gifts

Giving or receiving – I love handmade gifts! You just can’t beat them.

By golly, I had so much fun hosting my very first {hopefully annual} Handmade for the Holidays Blog HopI had 5 super crafty ladies (read more about each of them here) join me to share their favorite handmade gift tutorials as well as some of their favorite handmade businesses (for the less-crafty 😉 ).

HH Blog Hop 1

For easy access next year, I gathered all the links from my Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop on my recap post – just click the “Pin It” button to add it to your favorite Gift Ideas board on Pinterest.

2. the Canny tunic from Addie K.

{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

{Photo credit: Addie Martindale}

I hope you snagged a copy of Addie K‘s newest pattern the Canny tunic – you can read all about mine [& see my 2nd version!] here.

If you’re adding “sewing” to your list of New Year’s resolutions – start with this top! It’s a great beginner project that will leave you with a very functional, super comfortable garment!

3. A fancy haircut at Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar

Last month my bestie joined the team at Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar. As a loyal friend who trusts her trims to no one else on earth, I went to see her earlier this month in her new locale.

metropolis

{Photo credit: Metropolis Salon & Dry Bar website – click the image for source}

The best part about living in Columbia is that everybody knows everybody (even when you think you don’t, turns out that your sister’s best friend’s cousin is their neighbor. Thus, you are long lost friends). And on that note: Taylor (bestie) and I used to frequent a local sushi restaurant in high school to escape from our parents (we were such rebels). Greg, the owner of Metropolis, was our sushi waiter and we would plan our “escapes” strategically around his schedule so we could tie up his table for hours badgering him into being our additional bestie (one minute chatting with him and you’ll see why we love him so much!).

Not only has Greg done a stunning job decorating the salon, but he’s filled that beautiful space with Columbia’s most talented stylists! Fig Columbia even took note and featured them in their holiday edition – read it here and pick up a copy when you stop in to the salon.

A haircut at Metropolis is the best, most fancy way to spend your lunch break or any break {I even booked the Hubs a cut and he agreed – tres chic!}. Book your appointment today (ask for Taylor Creel & tell her Jordan sent you!) and get yo’self lookin’ fancy for the new year!

4. Sunflowers in Winter

sunflower pouch

You might remember this cute little change purse from my Handmade Gifts I’m Givin’ post. Now it’s trotting around England with me.

There’s nothing like digging through your purse while shivering to pull out your change purse that screams “remember that time it was so hot you wished it were this cold?!”

So…sunflowers in winter are just great.

{Catch up on all What I’m Lovin’ monthly posts here.}

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop – recap

I sure hope you enjoyed last week’s Blog Hop as much as I did! I am so full of handmade gift ideas – my creative brain can hardly process it all!

To save you some searching later, I’ve gathered direct links to all the posts from the Blog Hop below. To save yourself even more time, go ahead and pin the image below to your favorite “gift ideas” board on Pinterest for future reference!



HH Blog Hop 1

I’m so honored to have all of the talented bloggers below participate in the Blog Hop with me! These ladies keep my creativity alive and inspire me constantly through their friendships with me (and blog posts!).

I hope you’ll take some time to read through their posts and explore their blogs!

The links below will take you to each blogger’s post for the Blog Hop. As you saw on the introduction post, each of us have different skills and interest areas so you can bet the variety of tutorials will keep you inspired (and very busy!).

If you’re local, follow Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook to stay in the loop with upcoming events where you can find local, handmade businesses and all things crafty in Columbia.

What are your favorite handmade gifts to give or receive? I’d love for you to share a link to your favorites in the comments below!

Happy [Handmade] Holidays!

Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop

I’m so excited to be kicking off my very first Handmade for the Holidays Blog Hop!

Today I’m going to be sharing some DIY tutorials you can use to make handmade holiday gifts this year. And for those you feeling not-so-crafty, I’m going to share with you some of my favorite handmade businesses (and local events that support them) with some ready-made gifts for those on your list.

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Remember to follow my fellow participants who will be sharing more gift ideas on their blogs this week – read all about each of them in last week’s introduction post!

DIY Gift Ideas & Tutorials

1. Upcycled Sweater Pillow Covers {tutorial}

sweater pillows

A few months ago a friend-of-a-friend asked me if I could make some pillows for her. Her brother had passed away and she had an argyle sweater vest of his [right] and a cashmere sweater that he had gifted to her [left] that she wanted made into pillows. We ultimately decided on pillow covers so she could remove them to dry clean – if you look close you can see silver ribbon tying the cover shut at the bottom of the pillow. The tutorial I followed had some great tips for sewing with sweaters – not for the faint of heart (only because sweater material can be tough to sew on your machine), but worth it in the end if you’re looking for a functional, sentimental gift for someone you love.

I did some pretty extensive research before making these pillows so I’ve got quite a collection of other pillow tutorials on my Pillow Talk Board on Pinterest if you’re interested in browsing. 

2. DIY Lace Necklace {tutorial}

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You’ll be shocked at how easy this is! If you’ve ever framed a picture, you have the skills to make this necklace. I made two of these for my sister’s 1st wedding anniversary [and kept one 🙂 ] using lace from the train of her wedding dress. You could use any lace or scrap material [even paper!] you have on hand that you think your recipient would like. You could even cut out additional inserts so she could change them up depending on her mood or outfit.

Looking for more DIY jewelry ideas? Check out this board on my Pinterest page.

3. Fabric Statement Necklace {tutorial}

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This is one of the first projects I made with my sewing machine. It’s actually a tutorial for a teething necklace, but I really liked the style so in my book it’s a statement necklace 😉 I made it using material from a sleep shirt I never wore, but loved the fabric too much to toss.

After making my statement necklace and loving how bohemian the frayed edges of the braided loop looked, I was informed that the stray strings could be a choking hazard to babies – so please be cautious if you decide to make this an actual teething necklace!

4. Infinity Scarf {tutorial}

scarves

I recently saw a scarf where someone had used furry material for the inside which I thought was just brilliant! With all the cold weather we’ve been having in South Carolina recently, our scarves are going to have to be more than just fashionable this year 😉

I had some bright green minky fabric left over from a baby blanket I made recently so I decided to pair it with some knit and cotton prints I had.

If you want to use minky or faux fur for the “inside” of the scarf, just split the recommended width in half plus a half inch for seam allowance. Stitch one long side of the minky to one long side of the cotton or knit (right sides facing) and follow the tutorial like normal.

Handmade Businesses I Love

For those of you feeling a little less crafty this year, I’ve gathered some of my favorite handmade businesses below with links to their shops so you can browse what’s available for the holidays.

I hope you'll join me on a mission to support handmade businesses this season!

I hope you’ll join me on a mission to support handmade businesses this season!

1. Sup-Dog Co.Collars for your furry friends

{Click the image to be taken to this collar in the shop}

{Click the image to be taken to this collar in the shop}

Don’t even think about forgetting to buy your pooch some new neck bling this year! I absolutely love Ashley’s handmade collars and so do all my pets (even Norton the cat!). Browse all her available collars in her shop on Etsy.

2. Tiny Quiltingbeautiful framed, hand-sewn mini-quilts

tiny quilt

{Check out this framed log cabin mini quilt in Audry’s shop by clicking this image.}

I’ve long been admiring my friend AJ’s (aka: Audry) amazing quilts on Instagram. Recently she opened an Etsy shop, Tiny Quilting, where she shares her beautiful, hand-sewn tiny framed quilts with you! They’re absolutely gorgeous and would make the perfect gift this season.

3. Rachel Tennybeautiful cards & custom watercolor paintings

Click the photo to find these cards in Rachel's shop!

{Click the photo to find these cards in Rachel’s shop.}

How awesome is this card? I think it’s the best way to tell someone just how much you really love them! 😉 Rachel’s shop is stocked with beautiful cards and custom watercolor paintings. Remember that family portrait my sister had painted for my birthday? Yep, that was from Rachel! She’s so talented and her custom portraits are sure to make an unforgettable gift this season.

Looking for more handmade businesses? Check out my recap of Vintage Charlotte – full of gift ideas from local artisans!

Local Events that Support Handmade Shops

1. Crafty Feast – Sunday, December 14 from 12-6pm at the Columbia Convention Center

  • Local indie craft fair [wall-to-wall handmade businesses!] just in time for the holidays!

2. Soda City market – every Saturday from 9-1pm on Main Street

More Handmade Gift Ideas

Don’t forget to follow along the Blog Hop for more crafty gift ideas!

Read more about each blogger in last week’s introduction post.

Continue to support handmade businesses by following Columbia’s Etsy Market Team on Facebook where you’ll stay in the loop with upcoming events and all things crafty in Columbia.