#MyHandmadeHoliday: Craftsy Instructors Share Favorite Holiday Craft Traditions

For many makers, Christmas in July signals the official start of holiday gift-prep season. To help get you in the spirit, we asked some beloved Bluprint instructors to share their favorite handmade holiday traditions. Enjoy their touching stories below, and be sure to share yours in the comments, too! 

“When my sons were little, every Christmas I would decorate a small tree by the front door. I made different cloth ornaments each year with a pocket in the back of each, and put a tiny gift inside: matchbox cars, little dolls or other small toys. When their friends came over, each child could pick a special gift to take home with them.” – Peggy Martin, instructor of Quick Strip Paper Piecing

“For over 35 years I’ve made handcrafted ornaments for my children, nieces and nephews – that’s 22 ornaments a year! I thought they might be tired of getting them, so two years ago I included a self-addressed postcard asking them mark “I have enough” or “keep ’em comin’!” Not a single person opted out, so my handcrafted ornament tradition will continue in full force indefinitely! – Barb Eikmeier, instructor of Connect the Blocks, Designing Custom Sashings

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“Christmas in July…that sends back great memories. Mom and my siblings and I gathered up wild lavender on our daily walks in the countryside during our summers to make dried tree ornaments with pretty ribbons from the season’s gift-giving before. Christmas smelled wonderful.” – Don Morin, instructor of Making Leather Bags

“One of my fondest memories was hanging ornaments on our Christmas tree — each ornament had a story to tell. So I created a tradition of making photo fabric ornaments for my grandkids. Each year, I print out a current photo of them on fabric and make it into an ornament. They can actually see themselves grow up every Christmas.” – Carol Ann Waugh, instructor of Stupendous Stitching

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“We always have a live tree, which we prune right after the holidays and put the huge pot back outside for next year. Sometimes it looks pretty sad, but then we like it even better. Dressed in homemade ornaments, a quilted homemade skirt and homemade quilted stockings hanging above, it is the star of our family room.” Cindy Walter, instructor of Fun Techniques With Fabric Paints

“I love revisiting the quilted log cabin ornaments I’ve made over the years for my dear friends’ tree. Hung by satin ribbons, they are interspersed among family ornaments and campy memorabilia. The tree, with its Charmin angel on top, is a well of sentiment for anyone who ‘reads’ the tree.” – Anita Grossman Solomon, instructor of Quick Techniques for Classic Blocks

“Every year between Christmas and New Year’s I make a log cabin quilt, just for fun, so I can play with the fabrics and scraps I’ve collected throughout the year. Then I give it away!” – Allie Aller, instructor of Crazy Quilts

“Every year I spend a weekend doing all the treat baking and candy making for the season – and package up several boxes with a variety of treats to go to loved ones all around the world! Of course, it’s all topped off with a crocheted ornament that’s different every year.” – Tamara Kelly, instructor of Quick & Easy Crochet Cowls

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