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Top Ten Thursday - Handmade Gift Ideas - My Top Ten Favorite Patterns, Printables, And Turorials

Welcome to Top Ten Thursday! I created this meme to add a little bit of variety to Frump Day ( no longer Hump Day, not yet Friday...) If you would like to participate, just create your own Top Ten post about anything your heart desires and add the link below. Everyone is welcome to join in. This should get really interesting...

My Top ten Favorite Patterns, Printables, and Tutorials, For Handmade Gifts

1.Crayon Roll Tutorial - What child wouldn't love this? This tutorial from Chocolate On My Cranium has very clear step-by-step instructions and loads of pictures.

2. Paper Dolls - This one has a bit of a story. Before daylight, yesterday morning, Ross was awake and bored. I was in the process of following up on comments from the Merry SITSmas event, which led me to the Marshmallow Circus blog. She had listed some ideas for a homemade Christmas, which included a link to Betsy McCall Paper Dolls. I printed some off for Ross, right then and there!
  As she was swinging from my knees, eager for me to finish cutting them out, Tallen awoke. As we began to play with them, curiosity got the best of him and he came over to see what was going on. To my surprise, he asked, "Hey, what about me?!". I asked if he would like me to find some paper dolls for boys, and he did. I found was relieved to find THESE Both of the kids have really enjoyed playing with these. It also has occurred to me that the roll playing and imagination involved with these is probably great therapy for Tallen.

3. Gift In A Jar Recipes HERE you will find more recipes than you can shake a stick at! I love these. They're one of my favorite gifts to give and recieve.

4. Baby Clothes and Other Items Lots of adorable patterns at Voor Nop, Sewing.org, and an awesome, much appreciated, Flikr tutorial for Baby Legs from Thumbnails

5. Dolls Dolly Hugs is designed to hug the child that holds her. A Mermaid doll. A precious Wash Cloth baby. Baby Bows is way huggable and cute.

6. Animals - Sock Monkey, a Little Lamb, Frogs from The Purl Bee.

7. Play Food Made of Felt - There is a great tutorial HERE

8. Amish Puzzle Ball -  I have always loved these and was happy to find such a great tutorial HERE.

9. Cardboard Playhouse - Plans and instructions can be found HERE. My kids actually have tents and playhouses now, but I would have loved to have had these instuctions years ago!

10. Quillow - A quilt and pillow combo. When not being used as cover, the quilt folds up nicely and does duty as a pillow. Also, I think the little pocket inside makes a great place to stuff cold feet.


  1. Such great ideas! Thanks for posting them! :)

  2. #3 is right up my alley!! Thank you for sharing. I'm going to tell Anna about #2. She is so much more a girl than me. I'm kind of a UFC girl!

  3. Thanks for becoming a follower--checking out your links now!! They look awesome!! Gonna look around some more as well!

  4. stopping by from SITS. I made cookies in a jar last year for the parent helpers in my classroom. I was a little worried about what the cookies would actually turn out like but I got lots of compliments that they were really good. I had so much fun making them!

  5. I love home made gifts and Betsy McCall paper dolls are one of my favorites : ) Great list!!

    pink and green mama MaryLea


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