Christmas Giveaway Day 6

Our Day 5 prize, the Bag E Bottoms, goes to Blossom for her answer, “I’ve sewn a few simple tote bags, but haven’t attempted any handbags yet. These look very useful!”

Thanks to everyone for their comments (and advice). Blossom, email sewnews@sewnews.com with your mailing address to receive your prize!

Our Day 6 prize is perfect for this time of year: Sew the Perfect Gift (Martingale & Company). This cute book is packed with 25 handmade projects from top designers, such as pincushions, bracelets and purses. Not just for Christmas, there are projects for birthdays and ‘just because.’

imgres2 Christmas Giveaway Day 6

I’ve been making ornaments for my friends out of scrapbook paper, curled and glued into curly hearts. They’re adorable and not Christmas-specific. So my question to you is:

What was the best handmade gift you’ve ever given/received?

Post your answer in the comments and tomorrow the winner will be announced! We’re already halfway through our 12 Days of Giveaways, can you believe it?

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58 Responses to Christmas Giveaway Day 6

  1. Joan says:

    The best homemade Christmas present I have ever made was a quilt for my in laws.
    It had 144 fall leaves on it. They loved it!

  2. Rebecca W says:

    I’m huge into craftster and the best handmade gift I received was a Nintendo themed journal cover! My partner spoiled me good. I use the journal almost everyday to draw out my thoughts and design ideas!

  3. Lillian says:

    My Mama made me a crocheted wool afghan well over 20 years ago. It was truly a labor of love as her eyesight was deteriorating due to macular degeneration. Mama has been gone almost 10 years now and the afghan still keeps me warm on chilly mornings or comforts me when I’m sick. It is one of my most cherished possessions.

  4. Lillian says:

    My Mama made me a crocheted wool afghan well over 20 years ago that is among my most cherished possessions. It was truly a labor of love as she was losing her eyesight to macular degeneration. Mama has been gone for almost 10 years yet the afghan comforts me when I’m sick or cuddles me on chilly mornings just like she was still here.

  5. Tara Rose says:

    My SIL made me a candle to set in my kitchen. It was very dainty!

  6. Sue B says:

    The best homemade gift I received, and still have, is a Block of wood, wrapped in white paper with a red bow. The note says, Filled with my hugs..

  7. nel fraker says:

    I make quilts and a couple of years ago I made 5 quilts to give to granddaughters and daughter in laws at Christmas-everyone loved them.

  8. Diana Rosenthal says:

    My6yr old grandson made a beaded star with a beautiful ribbon. from camp. I have it hanging in my sewing room…Instead of store bought gifts my grandchildren make us a Christmas gift by hand each year.

  9. Renee Watts says:

    The best handmade Christmas gift I have ever received was from my grandmother and it was a crocheted bedspread. It was beautiful and I still treasure it.

  10. kathleen says:

    I make a lot of handmade presents, but I think the best one I ever made was a Patchwork blanket I made for my grandparents golden wedding. I had their original wedding picture printed on fabric and used it as the center panel.
    I think it was a great present, because it brought tears to my gran’s eyes and my grandfather was speechless :)

  11. Maria Kievit says:

    That would be given: A couple of treeskirts done for family members. It was all kinds of different strips, and then sewn on a backing material, 16 points sewn together. Quite the job, but great looking finish.

  12. Carol Gartrell says:

    Book looks great!

  13. zapper45701 says:

    I’ve made a great number of gifts, but I think the giving and getting of quilts has been the best.

  14. Kara Howes says:

    The best handmade gift was a set of crocheted kitchen towels that our neighbor and her daughter made for me an my husband when we first bought our house. They were plain blue and white but so neatly done. That’s what inspired me to make home maxed gifts for people.

  15. Ann says:

    I gave made fleece blankets that fold up into their own pillows… everybody loved them. My son once made me a recipe card holder. It’s precious because he made it all by himself and I use it a lot!

  16. Linda T says:

    This year I made lap quilts for my parents and my husbands father. They came out great and I think they will all love them.

  17. Suzanne Ripple says:

    I gave a made in the hoop purse, embroidered on dupioni silk for my daughter.

  18. Jamie Fukofuka says:

    The best handmade gift I’ve received was from my sister. It was a crocheted valence with a coffee theme!

  19. Anna says:

    The best hand made gift I have ever received was a quilt hand made by my mother. at age 93 she is still
    the most wonderful seamstress in our family.

  20. Monica Bauschard says:

    I made my twin sister a bag for her wheel chair and a matching small purse for her to put on the arm of the wheel chair for her personnal things – wallet etc, and then I made a shawl with a fringe on each end to complete the three peice outfit – it was done in red (her favorite color) and white – she only used it one christmas as she passed away last November but I hope someone else in the nursing home will enjoy it as she did.

  21. Susan Clemens says:

    The best present I ever made was aprons out of my dads old jeans for my sisters after my dad passed away. I started then of with their first patch which was one of my dads Harley-Davidson emblems
    nemblems

  22. Denise Levasseur says:

    My best was making purses for my niece for each Christmas for the past couple of years. They are so pretty and so appreciated by her.

  23. A beautiful needle point pillow from my friend Kat.

  24. The best home made gift I received was Apple Jelly from my Step Aunt for christmas one year. It was always a real treat for me when I visited them. The year we could not go up, she was sure to send me a jar, so I could have it on my biscuts Christmas morning.

  25. christine says:

    I made a fabric box from Christmas Puppy material for my Mom, she loved it!
    I miss you Mom

  26. Ann says:

    Towel wrap with initials and ribbon detailing. The girls that for them loved them.

  27. Joyce Person says:

    A retiring friend loved ice cream and casinos. I made her a quilt with ice cream cones which contained casino fabric “ice cream”.

  28. Marilyn Snow says:

    When I was 8 yrs old, my mom had spent a lot of time making some dresses for a little doll that I recieved that year. Unfortunately I broke my arm on Dec 24. Since I was unable to use my left arm and hand for a while, she had to spend extra time helping me to change the outfits on the doll.

  29. Mary M says:

    One year I made hang-up pocket bags for all my grandkids (15) to contain all those little toys that otherwise get lost in the bottom of the toybox. They are smaller versions of the shoebags I used for my kids mittten and scarfs and can be used for almost anything.

  30. Barb Fandrick says:

    The best Christmas gift I ever made was a quilt for my mother-in-law. – asked every family member to draw around their hand and sign their name in the paper hand pattern. I used these to create applique hands for the quilt with the names on the hands.

  31. Frances DuBois says:

    I made my baby granddaughter an adorable outfit. She is from Maryland (famous for crabs) and I found a cute crab print that was red, white and blue and made her a 4th of July outfit. It had ruffles and an embroidered crab on the front. She loved it and so did her Mom and Dad!

  32. Becky says:

    The best homemade gift I have received is a wall hanging from my sister. It has a dress form with a tape measure winding its way around the form and pins and scissors flying around in the top 14 inch square and a sewing machine in the bottom square. It has decorated my sewing room for years

  33. Barbara says:

    The best gift I’ve made was a quilt for my niece – presented to her after she graduated med school w/her MD ~ yes, she is now a Dr! During the years Dr. Nicole was laboring through med school her mom asked friends & relatives to design 9″ x 9″ blocks which I used to create the quilt. At her graduation celebration we hung the quilt on the wall for everyone to read. It was fun watching people as they talked to Dr. Nicole about creating their blocks, and what they meant to Dr. Nicole. There were 48 blocks with sashes between rows plus the borders. I was still sewing rows together the last week before graduation when I fell and shattered my left wrist. That cast on my wrist did not stop me from completing the quilt before packing it in my suitcase to take East for the graduation! I love my Dr. Nicole!

  34. Lydia V says:

    I received a round, hand tatted table cloth for a decorative, antique table of mine. It is in an eggshell color. I know it took a long time for her to make. She had arthritis in her hands and I am sure it was hard work for her.

  35. Karen says:

    my mother-in-law made me a case for carrying my earrings and jewelry on a trip

  36. Diana says:

    The best hand made gift I’ve made – wired jewelry. I live in Virginia and wanted to make something that was unique to Virginia. I went to a local mine for the rocks, tumbled those rocks so they were nice and smooth and then wrapped them with silver wire to make a pendant. Each stone was unique and native to Virginia. I really enjoyed learning the rock tumbling process and learning how to use the stones in jewelry

  37. Karen T. says:

    The best homemade present that I received was a beautiful afghan, which I’m sure took many hours to make. The creator recently passed away, and it is a beautiful remembrance.

  38. Natalya Hoak says:

    I just got a little hand crocheted miniature horse ornament today. Just the most adorable little thing!

  39. The latest gift I’ve made is a blanket for my neighbor’s baby which incorporated a cut out of Strawberry Shortcake that was salvaged from the neighbor’s “blanky” which was in shreds. She and the baby were thrilled.

  40. Cheryl Maynard says:

    I’ve made so many gifts through the years–the best was probably the pillow for my grandmother–it was embroidered with the names of every grandchild and great-grandchild she had.

  41. Kathleen Chevalier says:

    It’s hard to pick a favorite from the many things I’ve made and received friends and family. The quilts I’ve made, I guess. I just finished my husband’s birthday wall quilt, one of McKenna Ryan’s designs. His birthday was last April. I have a 30-year-old crocheted cover for a Tabasco Sauce bottle made from acrylic multi-colored yarn. It has a little cover for the base, a little serape for the bottle neck and a little sombrero. So cute and acrylic is forever.

  42. Susan Slovinsky says:

    My 2 daughters both happened to be in town at the same time (a minor miracle) and raided my material stash. A day later they presented me with 2 reversible totes. One had pockets on both sides and I carry this to work with me daily. The other one is great for library books and books on CD. Keep it in my car since I have a 60mi one way commute to work so I go thru a lot of books on CD. They’ve held up for 3 years now and I think fondly of my creative girls every time I use them

  43. Evelyn says:

    The best homemade gift I ever received was a stained glass butterfly suncatcher.

  44. Cyndi Squires says:

    I made 4 quilts to give away for Christmas 2 yrs ago. I was able to sneak into my mothers’ home and put it on her bed while she was out looking at Christmas lights. My husband and children where with her so I was also able to put them on my children’s bed also. I made one for my husband, I displayed it for him on our bed. That was the best Christmas gift I think I could have given to all. Our children are away @ college and I know they are warm and snugged wrapped up in Mama’s love. My Mother cried buckets, it was the first Christmas without my Father so I was so happy to make that Christmas special for her!!

  45. Careema Gourdine says:

    …a pillow for my mother with all her children’s names cross-stitched on it.

  46. carla rakotz says:

    I would have to say that all of the gifts I have given were the best I could do. It was really about the time I spent making them and having that person in my thoughts. And that is what I feel when a handmade gift is given to me, someone spent time out of their life thinking of me. so special is that no matter what the project is.

  47. Maggie says:

    I think the best gift I ever made someone was a purse for my mother. She loved it.

  48. MelodyJ says:

    The robe my grandmother made and gave me when I was a kid.

    melodyj(at)gmail(dot)com

  49. Tara Miller says:

    My sister in law made all her christmas gifts last year: delicate snowflake ornaments, melted record bowl, handmade tags for my handmade gifts and the best were all the neat hair clips she made for my little one.

  50. Mama Lusco says:

    My husband loves the blue jean & corduroy comforter I made him last Christmas.

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