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DIY Gift Giving


Find inspiration and helpful tutorials on how to make the perfect gifts this season!


Wise Craft

Blair Stocker

Wise Craft is a guide to the homemade life, turning old things into special new objects that enhance the home. Based on the popular blog of the same name, this guide focuses on creating a homemade atmosphere that reflects your family, without spending a fortune. Instead of throwing away old shirts and boring dishes, or passing up thrift store finds that aren't quite right, author Blair Stocker teaches how to remake, adding special touches to make them work for her home—and yours . The book is divided into four seasonal chapters, with designs that reflect different holidays and the changing seasons, allowing you to update your home according to the weather outside. Many projects are portable or perfect to do during a family movie night, making the Wise Craft lifestyle an easy one to attain. Sixty projects include May Day cones and recycled floral mirror frames—perfect for a teenager's room—plus throw pillow updates, a picnic blanket made from a pile of men's shirts, spooky Halloween dishes, advent calendars, and recycled gift jars. Beautiful photography and illustrations make each project a snap, no matter your crafting background.

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Simple Gifts

Worick

Heartfelt + handmade = the perfect gift. In Simple Gifts, Jennifer Worick offers step-by-step instructions for creating easy and inspired handmade gifts that won’t break the bank. Learn how to stitch a wine bag for your favorite foodie, sew pajama pants for a tried-and-true friend, roast coffee beans for an office pal, or felt a ring for your sweetheart. Also included is Jennifer’s helpful, witty advice on choosing the right gift for anyone-man, woman, or child-and how to wrap up your present with style. From a sweet knitted apron to a hand-embroidered handkerchief, personalized note cards to soothing natural lip balm, a quilted baby blanket to a manly wooden toolbox,these heartfelt, handmade gifts are certain to wow and touch your loved ones.

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Quick and Easy Knits

Search Press STUDIO

The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Knitting continues to be a very popular craft, and this book has a very wide appeal both to beginners and more accomplished knitters. This book represents amazing value, comprising 100 projects from some of our best-selling knitting authors. The book covers a wide variety of themes from Christmas knits, baby bootees, phone covers, mug hugs, headbands and scarves, so there is something for everyone to enjoy. Knitting requires very little in the way of tools and materials, which are widely available from major yarn stores and are relatively inexpensive. The techniques used in this book are simple enough for experienced beginners to master, and easy for more seasoned knitters. Special stitches used are explained in detail, and yarns are described in generic terms, so that readers can use what is available to them, wherever they live. The projects are satisfying to make and can be made as gifts for special occasions and celebrations to family and friends.

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Gifted

Mags Kandis

There's nothing quite like receiving a handmade gift, and your family and friends will love being on the receiving end of these handmade designs. Designer Mags Kandis inspires with this delightful collection of beautiful and colorful little projects for you to knit, crochet, and felt. From wearable accessories such as hats, mittens, scarves, socks, and wraps to home decor including a tea cozy, pin cushion, needle case, and laptop cover, these 30+ pieces are sweet, lively and add a little joy to every household. Each project features creative embellishments and personal touches, including beading, buttons, needlefelting, applique, and embroidery. Mags also shares her recipes for easy food gifts and simple sewing projects such as sewn fabric gift bags and sachets to pair with fiber gifts. Directions for making these little add-ons that make a gift personal and extra-special are scattered throughout the book. Gifted will inspire you to grab another ball of yarn and invest a little time and love to create something special for someone special.

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Food Gift Love

Maggie Battista

A gorgeous and engaging cookbook by a rising star of the blog world, with more than 100 recipes for simple, special food gifts with unique wrapping ideas for each.

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Edible DIY

Lucy Baker

Edible DIY may not be the first book for crafty cooks and burgeoning urban homesteaders, but it is the easiest. Based on the popular Serious Eats column by the same name, Edible DIY includes 75 recipes divided into five chapters: Crunchy, Boozy, Sweet, Spicy, and Jars. With plenty of packaging tips throughout, Edible DIY is the perfect solution for making inexpensive edible gifts in your own kitchen with everything from Chocolate-Peppermint Marshmallows and Coconut Granola to Homemade Sriracha and Espresso Barbeque Sauce. Illustrated with inspirational full-color photography throughout.

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Easy Baby Knits

Claire Montgomerie, Claire Richardson

Features easy-to-follow patterns and imaginative projects so you'll never be stuck for ideas for what to knit for your, or someone else's baby. Create beautiful mementos that will be treasured forever, such as a Special Baby Gift Bib or a Christening Blanket.

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Chunky Knits

Alyssarhaye Graciano

Big, Bold, Beautiful Knits Perfect for Beginners (and Procrasti-Knitters) With big needles and oversized yarn, anyone can knit up fun, stylish patterns in a flash! Alyssarhaye Graciano, knitwear designer and founder of BlackSheepMade, filled this book with quick projects perfect for your friends, family, pets and home. Especially good for beginners, thick yarn makes it easy to see all of your stitches as you’re working. Even if you mess up, bulkier yarns make it simple to find and fix your mistakes. Experienced knitters can zip through last minute gifts (the Cascades Cowl only takes two hours!) and traditionally time-consuming large-scale projects like the extra cozy Homebody Blanket. Try your hand at arm knitting with eye-catching knits like the Hella Big Arm Knit Scarf, add a pop of color to your home with Ember’s Circle Rug or even bring some funky style to your wardrobe with cute accessories like the retro PNW Beanie or the striking Radius Hooded Cowl! With this book full of no-fail patterns and a basketful of chunky yarns, you can learn new stitches with confidence and have cool custom pieces in no time at all.

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Bound

Rachel Hazell

An accessible collection of creative bookbinding projects using different techniques for cutting and folding as well as stitches such as ladder, string of pearls and chain. Projects include The Slit Book, A Concertina with Pockets and Multi-Section Softback, which can then be developed further to create unique and personal handmade notebooks, books and keepsakes that are not only fun and satisfying to make, but also make wonderful gifts. So whether you have already tried your hand at bookbinding or are a complete beginner, let Rachel's knowledge and passion inspire you to explore the many possibilities of bookart.

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