Warm and welcoming, cottage style is effortless and translates perfectly into the holiday season. Mix old and new for a flexible Christmas decorating style that you can make your own -- here¿s how Kelly, the blogger at Talk of the House, shows off her cottage style.View Video
In need of a creative addition to your cookie exchange party or a tasty gift for friends and family? Look no further than our collection of irresistible cookie-in-a-jar recipes. Each holiday-ready gift takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and features layer upon layer of favorite cookie, brownie, or blondie mix-ins.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
If you're aiming for creative fun and easy fabric and felt gifts this year, these adorable crafts require little to no sewing skills.
Editor's Tip: Make the flower into a brooch by attaching a nickel pin back instead of a shoe-clip blank (both available at crafts supply stores).
Help friends and family keep their drinks warm with a festive thermos cozy made from an old sock or sweater sleeve. Cut a section of fabric to fit the coffee mug, then add holiday-inspired details using buttons and felt. Using fabric glue or a few stitches, adhere the embellishments to the cozy.
Editor's Tip: Depending on the fabric, you may need to hem the ends to prevent the cozy from raveling.
Love the coffee cozy idea? We'll show you the step-by-step for this cheap homemade Christmas gift!
Make a personalized laptop cover using a tea towel for a fashionable gift in minutes. Cut the tea towel 2 inches beyond the top edge of the laptop. Press the top and bottom sides under 1/2 inch, repeat, then sew a 1/2-inch hem. To make ties, cut two 8x2-inch strips of scrap fabric and place right sides together. Sew 1/2-inch hems along the two long sides and one short side. Clip the corners, turn right side out, press, and topstitch the edges. Pin two strips to one short side of the laptop cover four inches from the outside edges; sew. Fold sleeve over the laptop, then determine the best placement for the ties. Fold under raw edges of the ties and sew in place.
Monogram a toss pillow for a friend this Christmas. On a solid-color pillow cover, hand-tack velvet trim in the shape of her initial using matching thread. For a no-sew option, use fabric glue to draw the letter and to adhere the trim. Once dry, put the pillow form into the pillow cover.
Editor's Tip: Before sewing or gluing, draw the letter onto the pillow with tailor's chalk as a guide.
This candy wrap makes a yummy, handmade stocking stuffer, and there's no sewing required. Download the illustration to use as a guide. Cut a rectangle from felt. Line the felt with a square of stiff fusible interfacing and a top layer of bamboo batting (both available at fabrics stores). Place candies or small gifts on the batting, roll up the felt, and tie the ends with ribbon. Snip the ends using scissors to create fringe.
Create a gift that will add a touch of Christmas to any room. First, download our free pattern and enlarge it to the desired size. Trace the flowers onto white felt, the leaves on green, and attach them to a large piece of brown felt using fusible web. Complete the poinsettia by attaching a few brown dots of felt to the center of the flowers.
Editor's Tip: If possible, choose wool-blend felt (a mix of wool and rayon); it is more durable than synthetic felt.
Add bling to a set of plain tea towels for a thoughtful Christmas gift. To add sparkly embellishment, such as the twig design shown here, iron a rhinestone transfer (available at crafts or fabrics stores) onto a smooth-texture towel. Check the manufacturer's instructions before you begin.
Editor's Tip: Choose a simple rhinestone design versatile enough to span the seasons.
Present a bottle of wine to a friend this Christmas, complete with a stylish, personalized cuff. Measure the circumference of the wine bottle and add 1/2 inch. Cut two pieces of fabric to this measurement. One piece should be 3 inches wide, the other 2 inches wide. Add iron-on backing to each, and write a monogram or message on the narrow fabric using acrylic paint and stencils. Attach the wide strip to the bottle using tacky glue; let dry. Glue the remaining strip on top, leaving a 1/2-inch border on the above and below. Cover the seam between the two fabrics with decorative ribbon.