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a month of giving // books to try

During this month of giving, I thought I might share a few gift ideas for you. Think of it as a gift guide...with a few ideas for gifts to make yourself! I'm starting out with some books that might get you crafting up a pile of presents. Actually, many of the books that I have reviewed would give some ideas of things you can make so be sure to look back at past reviews.

Starting with gifts that will take the longest, The Knit Parade is filled with some of the craziest sweater designs ever. Okay, maybe I saw some crazier knits in the 80s, which is exactly what these will remind you of. To my knitting friends, knit a flashback for your coolest friend! Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Knitting a sweater could take some time, as would making a quilt. Or would it? Quilts by Monday is a book that promises fast results. Although many of the projects use fabric that's more traditional than I would choose, just think about how many weekends (and therefore...quilts!) are left before Christmas! Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

When you start getting closer to gift-giving season, you need something you can make in a day, and I find that some simple embroidery will always do the trick! I'm definitely ordering 500 Simply Charming Designs for Embroidery. The motifs are basic and have a wonderful Japanese aesthetic. Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

And what do you do when you need a gift...instantly? Instacraft is perfect. With a wide range of projects (made-over brick bookends, ombre winter wear, and customized kitchen gear for a start), you're sure to find some fun things to whip up in a jiffy. Available on Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

Are you planning on making gifts this year? Share a favorite tutorial that you plan on using! Next week I'll be sharing some DIYs that are perfect for gifting, and I'd love to share yours!

Disclaimer: I received a copy of Instacraft for review. All B&N links are affiliate links. All opinions are my own.


  1. What a great selection of books. I particularly like the look of Instacraft, instant craft gratification is never a bad thing.

    All the best,
    Life of an Agnostic Sunday School Teacher

  2. Instacraft! What a perfectly inspired book. I make calendars every year for my family for Christmas, they always seem to go down well: http://somewhereyonder.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/2-something-ive-made-christmas-calendars.html
    Claire xx

  3. I *NEED* the last two books on your list! Thanks for reviewing and sharing!!!


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