Knit accessories are always a popular handmade holiday gift — but what if you can't knit or crochet? Then these personalized mittens are right up your alley — just stitch baker's twine initials onto readymade mittens, a scarf or hat for a personalized gift to keep them toasty warm all winter long. Get crafting with our step-by-step instructions.
Party favors have become more and more sophisticated over the years. You don’t need to have a bag full of gifts, but instead why not consider something more practical that guests can use at the party and take home for future use? Here, cloth napkins were stitched with crafting fabric in the initial of each guest’s first name. Not only do they work as place holders during the event, but they also provide a nostalgic keepsake.
Does the man on your gift list need somewhere to stash his stuff? Easily turn an old frame and upcycled leather into a personalized tray to stylishly hold his keys, watch, cash — everything he needs to grab before heading out the door. Get step-by-step instructions.
Who's afraid of mixing patterns? Not these armchairs, with their leopard print cushions, monogrammed pillows and cherry red piping. Keeping all the prints in the same black, white and red color family makes the wild combos work.
Where twine needs to loop, allow it to overlap and stitch both sections of twine together to mitten. At the end of letter, trim excess twine and secure the end with several stitches to prevent fraying. Repeat process with second mitten. Tip: This technique would work great on hats and scarves as well.
To keep the neutral palette from feeling too bland, designers mixed in pretty florals and varied textures. The dressers are weathered wood. On the bed, shams pick up the delicate pattern used for the curtains.
Classic wingback chairs get a fresh Nantucket-style update with striped linen fabric and monograms. Dark hardwood floors continue into the dining room for continuity, although the respective room's styles differ.
A multicolored floral upholstered headboard softens all the white crispness happening in this traditional bedroom. The deep built-in shelves and storage cabinets on either side of the bed are a brilliant space-saving move.