Gingercake Holiday Gifts Sewing Series 2016 and week 1 giveaway!

Posted by on November 14, 2016 in Books, give away, Holiday | 109 comments

I am so excited for another round of Gifts Sewing this year!  Do you remember when I did a similar series back in 2013?  Well, it has been 3 years and I thought it would be great to do it again!  Not only will you be seeing all the fabulous sewing of some very creative bloggers, but Gingercake is hosting some great giveaways for each of the 5 weeks of the series!  That means you have FIVE chances to win!  Your chance to win this week is at the end of this blog post!ere is the line up of sewers~

Holiday GiftsToday is the first day of the series and I am so so pleased to have the very talented Heidi Staples of Fabric Mutt as the guest sewer!  Heidi lives in Texas with her family and is a fellow author at C & T publishing.  Her book, Sew Organized for the Crafty Girl is a must for getting your sewing life in order!

Heidi has a beautiful range of sewing tutorials!  One of my favorites is this pixie cup below.  A great use of scraps and so useful!

the-pixie-cup-tutorialFor the Gifts Sewing series, Heidi sewed an Art Caddy Tote and converted it into a make-up organizer!  She use some of Cotton + Steel’s new fabrics which look adorable!.  Head over to Heidi’s blog to read more about the bag!


Love it!  Thank you Heidi!



Since Heidi and I are both author’s for C&T publishing, this week’s fabulous giveaway is a set of FIVE books from C&T!  Included is my book, Sewing to Sell and Heidi’s book, Sew Organized for the Crafty girl!  To enter the giveaway through rafflecopter, just leave a blog comment about what you want to make as a gift this year for the holidays!
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  1. I am making matching pajams for the grandkids and a new tree skirt for my Christmas tree.

  2. Love the Art Caddy Tote in both sizes. It’s a great bonus when you can utilize a pattern in more than one way. I am knee deep in sewing a quilt for my daughter and table toppers for each of my sisters for Christmas.

  3. I.m thinking zipper bags and pixie cups!

  4. I am at this time making Christmas ornaments for 5 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchilern!

  5. These little gifts are amazing! Thanks for the giveaway!

  6. I’ll be making some Pixie baskets for Christmas gifts!

  7. I’m planning on making zip bags, fabric buckets and baby items as gifts.

  8. i plan to make laptop sleeves and foot warmers.

  9. The book looks great and congratulations for being published.I want to make a pillow for one of my niece and runner,pouches ane little decors for me.

  10. I plan on making drawstring backpack for my boyfriends grand kids. He only has 10 of them. Last year I made zipper pouches for them. I always try to make them something.

  11. Love the Pixie Cups! I plan to make some microwave bowls for a few gifts.

  12. I belong to a coffee group (I’m the only quilter) that meets on the first Wednesday of each month. I am making each member a small gift bag with chocolates inside. They always expect me to bring show and tell, lol.

  13. I’ve got one table topper made with a hummingbird theme. Also have a few pouches ready to go. Not sure what else will happen. Thanks for the giveaway.

  14. I’m hoping to make some soft, stuffed dolls for my granddaughter. The books look amazing. Thanks for a chance to win.

  15. I’m making a bunch of scarves and zipper pouches!

  16. This year for Christmas I’m making my three daughters a Christmas table runner. They have all asked for one, and I’m happy to be able to make them. Two are already complete,; one to go!

  17. I’ve got some lap quilts and table runners made. I also plan to make some tote bags. I love giving handmade gifts!

  18. I was planning to make a few make-up bags for my co-workers. I really like your bag better than the one I chose! Thanks!

  19. I am thinking of making some stars this Christmas and also some little baskets

  20. I want to finish up a couple quilts for Christmas . I would also love to make some of those small baskets!

  21. I particularly want to make the art caddy. It looks perfect. Thank you

  22. There are so many things that I want to make for gifts this Christmas season! Aprons for my girls, a cape for my boy…to name a few:) I think this might just have to be added to the ever growing list….

  23. I am making personalized Christmas ornaments , some bags and lap quilts. Thank you so much for letting me have this chance to enter .

  24. I am making 2 window panel quilts for my daughter and DIL I also am making some pillow covers (MineCraft) for my grandaughter…We always have a home made Christmas with each of us making gifts and decorating the tree with ornaments that we have made….

  25. I am making some potholders, pillows and ouches filled with some homeade goodies!

  26. i’ll be making embroidered throw pillows, Christmas jammies, and Christmas dresses for our grandgirls….
    and probably other various things as well!! usually most of our gifts that we give are handmade :)

  27. I would love to make several of the Philomena Fox Pillows for my grandchildren as gifts.

  28. Since here in California, most businesses are charging for shopping bags. I thought it would be helpful to sew up shopping bags for my family and friends.
    It will be a great use of cleaning out my stash.
    I love the books that you are giving away. But mostly very excited to learn to sew new items from your guest bloggers.
    Holiday sewing here we come.
    Warmes Wishes Pam Metsers

  29. I plan on sewing pajamas, bags, and hopefully some dresses for my girls. I would love new ideas from these books!

  30. I love this idea! I have quite a few bags to make and ornaments out the wazoo.

  31. I am making my nieces, nephews and children the crayon art folio (x7) on the go organiser(x 3) and the cute Annie’s penguin for the 2 babies. For myself is the Hobo Style lunch sac :-) Can’t wait!!!

  32. I am making Llamas for gifts!!! ❤️

  33. I want to make the notebook slip ccover for gifts this year.

  34. I want to make some silhouette ornaments, handbag ornaments, and maybe a poinsettia pillow.

  35. Love this idea, and I love Heidi’s pixie cups, too!

  36. I have been looking for ideas to sew for this Christmas. I think I will make some Pixie Cups. Thanks for the reminder about those!

  37. This year I’m making potholders, tea towels, & scarves for Christmas. My friend told me about Gingercakes & Im hooked!

  38. I’m hoping to make some sweatshirts w/embroidery.

  39. I have more ideas than time! I hope to make tote bags, oven mitts, and maybe doll clothes. Thanks for the chance to win this great giveaway!

  40. I’ll be making things for my grandson and new granddaughter :)

  41. I’m looking forward to sewing drawstring bags for all my gift giving this year (as reuseable earth friendly wrapping)!

  42. Love the idea of using this for something else. It would be a great kids art bag too!

  43. I am a beginning sewer and have the Pretty Birds book. It appeals to my creative side and wanting to use up what I have in the way of fabrics. I’m excited to learn more and sew more!!

  44. I might make some make up bags and coin purses.

  45. totes bags and keyfobs will be wrapped under the tree and in stockings this year – monogrammed !

  46. I’m planning on making some wine bottle totes with a nice bottle of Savigion blanc inside 😉

  47. I made a dozen embellished Christmas stockings for the local children’s shelter. I completed a wool applique Christmas quilt for my close friend, and I have plans to complete three baby quilts for the shelter for delivery before Christmas. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity, Virginia! I love C & T Pub/Stash Books!

  48. I am sewing some cosmetic bags for friends and family.

  49. I’m sewing mittens made from sweaters!

  50. Eye pillows for all of my colleagues.

  51. Love those pixie cups! I’ve been slacking when it comes to sewing, but would love to make some doll clothes for my daughter for Christmas.

  52. I hope to make as many gifts as I can. As much as I don’t really want to think of Christmas yet, I know that as a maker of most gifts, planning ahead is key. I’m looking forward to seeing some ideas from these great sewers! Thank you for organizing this!

  53. I hope to make a Lulu Llama from your pattern! They are too cute.

  54. I would like to make some of those cute Pixie Cups!!

  55. making felt TREES for lil to decorate

  56. I am going to make a lunch bag with my grandson for his mother. Also some small toys as gifts

  57. I will make some bags.

  58. I am making a quilted knitting bag for my daughter

  59. Love your patterns! I just bought “Sewing to Sell” and have made a bunch of market bags. Everyone loves them!

  60. This year I have made lots of pouches and tissue holders. I also have some needle books, pincushions,a nd crochet hook holders to get done soon. x

  61. I’m hoping to at least get a Lloyd and Lola quilt top done for my sister and brother in law!

  62. I am making some small minis and mug rugs this year – maybe I will get them done in time!!!

  63. Hoping to get some mug rugs made!!!

  64. HI, just now thinking about stuffed toys for the Grandchildren! That’s next! Thanks so for your Blog+this giveaway too!

  65. I want to make a tablerunner for Christmas this year

  66. Activity pillows for the grands: zippers, buttons, toggles, windows…

  67. I am making mermaid tails, Raglans, hoodies and tutu dresses this Christmas!

  68. Such great ideas from Heidi! Love the cosmetic bag idea and the cups are darling!

    • I hope to make matching dresses for my granddaughter and her AG doll. I also have plans to make matching aprons for them and my daughter-in-law. I have already started on vintage Ninja outfits for granddaughter and grandson.

  69. I plan to sew reusable shopping for gifts. I was given a roll of lightweight striped canvas that will be perfect made up into bags!

  70. So far I finished 20 ornaments and 6 sets of 4 snowfamilies and 2 quilts so I am in good shape.

  71. Such an amazing giveaway and sewing seri!!! I am looking forward all projects…

  72. I have at least 20 pairs of pajamas lined up to be made for the little ones in my family as well as several gift items! I love being able to make special gifts for all the loved ones on my list as well as other people!

  73. I am excited to sew an item for each of my 4 daughters!

  74. I plan on making my grandchildren lunchbags and art caddy bags.

  75. I am hoping to make some art totes!

  76. What an awesome give away!!

  77. I am making patchwork pillows of all shapes and sizes for holiday gifts.

  78. I’m planning on making most everything I can! Tablet covers and potholders are a few things on my list. I love the idea of using the Art Caddy Tote for makeup, I think that’s going to find its way onto my gift list!

  79. I am ridiculously excited to finally finish the I-spy quilt I started 4 years ago to give to my son for Christmas!

  80. I love making zipper pouches for gifts. So many uses! Thank YOU!

  81. Pjs for the family for sure

  82. I am making little girl ponchos and handmade Christmas stockings

  83. I’m making a quilt and pillowcases for my daughter. A quilted wall hanging, placemats, cute bunny and 3 appliqued pillows for my DIL and a kitty and appliqué pillow for my granddaughter.

  84. I’m so excited for this series! I’m planning lots of homemade gifts this season– shirts, jammies, slippers, graphic tees, hopefully a stuffie or two!

  85. What a wonderful giveaway! Thanks for a chance to win!

  86. We are making all homemade gifts for extended family and most are being sewn. My niece is getting a Lula Lhama pillow and lots of leggings and joggers.

  87. I hope to make pyjamas for my family this year. Great series!

  88. Pixie hats for the two babies in our family!

  89. I plan to make mug cozies, makeup bags, and some dolls.

  90. Lately I’ve been into making bogs – so hopefully some tote bags, shopping bags, and small containers – I love the tutorial here for the cups!

  91. Thanks for the giveaway! This tote is lovely snd so practical!

  92. Would love to get my hands on these books!!!

  93. Your kitties; hand warmers; zip bags for gift cards, felt mittens for gift cards; zippered purses for 2 granddaughters….and lots more than time will allow!! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your patterns!!

  94. A guitar strap for my son, a growth chart for my nephew, and a ninja suit for my daughter!

  95. I love the opportunity to learn of and to visit blogs I haven’t “met” before. I love these Pixie Cups. Thanks for sharing on Gingercake!

  96. I. Am making table toppers Thanks!

  97. Christmas has snuck up on me yet again. I am making placemats and cute little purse pincushions for my sewing buddies.

  98. I am making new Christmas Stockings for my kids:)

  99. Great idea for storing makeup! I think I’ll have to make an art caddy Tote for mine!

  100. I plan on making lots of personalized monogram shirts, everyone will be monogrammed this Christmas :)

  101. I haven’t figured out what I want to make for Christmas. I have some things I’ve pinned but I’m still contemplating.

  102. I’m making table runners this year. Some are ready to br quilted, some need to be assembled, some are still visions in my feverish dreams…

  103. I love the art caddies and art folios for the kiddos! The idea for makeup bags for the art caddy is great! They are super multipur pose bags, they work wonders for Sunday school totes.

  104. I am making tons of Christmas ornaments, a tent for my grandson, trivets, decor for my house, and special stockings for each member of my family.

  105. I would love to make some cute little kitty cat plushes!

  106. I hope to make a few mini quilts for some of the crafty ladies in my life and some other fun wool christmas projects. I also love to make new ornies for the tree and to give as gift toppers.. Happy Holiday!!1

  107. I love making and receiving gifts someone has made. I want to make microwave bowls from my stash.

  108. I am making quilts for the grands, and placemat sets for their parents.

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