We are baking, sewing & crafting up a storm, preparing handmade gifts for this holiday season. I am sharing 30 wonderful sewn gifts from 30 amazing bloggers! Head on over to According to Kelly for 30 fabulous crafty gifts. A Southern Fairytale is spotlighting 30 edible yummies & holiday-inspired recipes.You definitely don’t want to miss a day! Check out ALL of our creative projects HERE, starting with handmade shape stretchies..




Hello all! I’m Carrie from This Mama Makes Stuff, where I blog about refashioning & running, raising comapssionate kids & crocheting, thrifting and triathlons. I am so happy to be part of the Holiday Bake, Craft and Sew Along again this year! More than anything it reminds me that it’s time to get going on all my own handmade holiday gifts. I never leave myself enough time. The great thing about the gift I’m sharing with you today is that it’s super fast and super easy, only requiring minimal sewing skills.

Little girls playing with handmade Shape Stretchies.

“Shape Stretchies” were some of my favorite things to play with at my sister’s house growing up. She was a modern dance teacher and always fun ideas to promote creative movement for kids. She introduced my kids to “stretchies” and they also fell in love.

Handmade Shape Stretchies placed within a jean pocket bag with activity cards.

With only a minimal amount of sewing, you can create something that promotes creativity and movement. Make four “shape stretchies”, include a few “game cards” to help get the creative juices flowing and a bag to keep it all together and it’s a unique gift for the cool kids in your life.

Handmade jean pocket bag and activity cards laying besides pink, yellow, green and blue shape stretchies.


This one was made from an old pair of jeans, but you could reuse one you have laying around or buy a small bag.

Shape Stretchies:

For each “stretchy”, cut two strips of swimsuit lycra 4″ X 45″. Sew them together at both short ends to create a long, skinny circle (measurements depend on fabric stretchiness & size of child.) You can leave the long ends of the circle unfinished since the knit won’t fray and it will begin to curl in. Swimsuit lycra can be expensive at the local fabric store (especially in the “off-season”) so make sure to save your coupons if that’s your only source for fabric.

Activity Cards:

Download HERE. Don’t be afraid to add your own cards to the mix.

If you’re looking for a cozy gift for the little snuggler in your life, check out my Mini Snuglet tutorial HERE.

Two little girls resting under the mini snuglet a little blanket with sleeves.

Or maybe you’re looking for an heirloom quality gift for a new baby in your life? I think you’ll love my Hankie Baby Bonnet Tutorial.

Hankie baby bonnet tutorial

Good luck with all your handmade holiday sewing!




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  1. Where do I buy these stretches. I need them for like tomorrow! 🙂

  2. These are awesome! I just made a set for my 4yo daughter’s friend’s bday (and I may have made an extra set my for kiddos…) Super easy one-night project. Even my hubby is playing with them 🙂

  3. Love the shape stretchies, I going to use them in my classroom when I’m teaching maths!

  4. Such great ideas! I am going to try my hand at the baby bonnet and the stretchies…wish me luck! ; O

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