Handmade Holiday Gifts

Last month, I wrote a blog post about handmade holiday gift giving. My all time most popular blog post is about fleece flannel blankets which are a standard gift of mine.

Of course, blankets are never folded up at my house. this is usually what they look like.

I also have made many, many artful oven mitts over the years.


In the post, I asked readers to describe their favorite handmade gifts. In exchange, I would send them an Artful Oven Mitt pattern.

The responses were so good, so intriguing, that when I emailed each reader to get her address, I asked if she would be interested in sharing photos of her handmade gifts with all of my readers.

Many of you responded and here is lovely selection of those gifts.

Wendy Hill is the co-author of Creative Challenges by C&T Publishing. If you want to know how much I liked the book, you can read my review here.

Wendy shared a great assortment of holiday gift making ideas.
Adorable Fiber Postcards


Sweet Stockings


Deluxe Diaper Bag


Kay Welch is a Christmas stockings connoisseur. This is what she had to say about them. “I love making the stockings. I had ten from that particular quilt ( with the blue embroidery work) that I sent to Tennessee for the victims of the fires. There is a quilter/quilt group organizing a collection of stocking that will be filled and given to the children.” Isn’t that wonderful?

Erica Johnson made some truly colorful gifts.

Log Cabin Coasters

Artful Journal Cover (Love the Handwork!)

20702984112_322683bee9_kZippy zip pouches made with beautiful fabric from Botswana.

23818528650_d38f6ae486_kYou can can see more of Erica’s work by following her on instagram at @ricaroo1

Suzanne Kistler shared an incredible selection of ornaments.

Heather Kojan went all out.



img_3970And an amazing quilt! You can see more of Heather’s fun makes by following her on instagram @heatherkojan.

img_3902Marla Varner also known as Penny Lane Quilts  likes making an assortment of useful and color things.


img_1906Zip pouches

img_1286Table mats

img_2338Marla is also on Instagram @pennylandquilts .

And last but certainly not least, Mary Deeter aka Stitching Grandma is a maker’s maker. In fact, after I asked her about her holiday making, she wrote not ONE  but TWO  blog posts for me to share here. Here is an enticing sampling of Mary’s gift making—go to her blog for more images and details.

Bibs—great idea.

31061150472_bbb4cf665a_zChristmas Pillows

wpid-20151029_114113And Artful Oven Mitts!

wpid-2013-12-06_12-11-07_905In fact, several of you have sent me photos of your own mitt making madness.

Here is Georgia French’s collection.

georgia-frenchsI think Debby Schnabel made half a dozen before she took a lunch break. She is that good!

I liked this so much that I am going to try and do it every year. Thank you all for sharing your lovely handmade gifts. 

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10 thoughts on “Handmade Holiday Gifts

  1. gericon on said:

    I couldn’t send you a picture of my quilty gifts because our party got canceled and they have not been gifted yet! Thanks for the mitt pattern – I plan to make some, soon.

  2. jphoddick on said:

    Looks like everyone has been busier than me! But I have all the oven mitt fabrics chosen, and am ready to start making gifts for Christmas 2017! Thanks so much for sharing your pattern. I need to get busy to make some as beautiful as my friend Georgia French!!
    Merry Christmas from Portland, OR.

    • We all go at our own paces. I have only made one fleece flannel blanket this Christmas season, but I am hoping to make sweatshirts for the boys this weekend. I LOVE Georgia. Happy Holidays to you too!

  3. So many wonderful ideas being shared. I just need another 2 weeks until Christmas! Watch my post that is scheduled for Christmas night. (Wrote it already but can’t share pix until the gift is opened). Now, I really must go visit all these posts. Thanks for inviting me to participate Maria. 🙂

  4. Those oven mitts are the best! So fun to make and great directions. I still have a few more to finish before Christmas Day!

  5. Erin Biskup on said:

    Loving all the oven mitt photos! So, is the pattern still available? Just finding you through friends here in Bend, Oregon…

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