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Giveaway Day!


Welcome and Happy Holly-days! For the wonderful Giveaway Day at Sew, Mama, Sew!, I am offering a set of “his and hers” neck and pocket warmers! The neck warmers/gaiters are made of a double layer of fleece. They both are reversible to a neutral gray, and they’re a great alternative to scarves. Very warm, and no worry about getting tangled. The pocket warmers have removable fleece covers, which should be taken off before popping the pocket warmers into the microwave (30 seconds or so is plenty). Now, I realize some of you may live in warmer climates where such things are unnecessary, but perhaps you have far-flung friends and relatives who could use these? I will wrap them up in coordinating ribbon for easy gift-giving.

Just leave a comment below. Anything will do. But if you feel chatty, I’d love to hear any ideas you have for a teacher’s gift for a male teacher. The purse/wristlets I made for last year’s teacher is not going to cut it this year!

And if you don’t win, you can check my tutorials on how to make your own! ย The pocket warmer tutorial is HERE.ย You can find the neck gaiter tutorial by clicking on the “tutorial” link at the top of the page and then scrolling down.





For those who are new to my blog, I hope you’ll come back and look around! As a bit of background, I’m a reporter for The Associated Press by day, crafter by night. Sometimes the two intersect and I get to write sewing and craft columns for AP, but my main job is covering politics and other topics in New Hampshire. My husband is the national food editor for AP, and we have an 8-year-old son who enjoys sewing as long as it involves jamming his foot down on the sewing machine pedal as hard as he can :)

I will close comments at 10 p.m. EST Friday, and will announce the winner Saturday. I will ship internationally.

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72 comments to Giveaway Day!

  • Caiti

    These are adorable! Hope I can win! And hmmm, male teacher…maybe handwarmers? My husband is an outdoorsy kinda guy and I’m making him a set, my husband also loves hot chocolate. Ive seen a snowman made out of baby food jars where each jar is a diff ingredient for hot chocolate!!

  • Melissa Palmer

    Thanks for the chance! I could really use some of these ๐Ÿ˜› I’m always cold!
    mjp0419 at gmail dot com

  • Those look very cute. They would be perfect for the skiing that we like to do. I have been meaning to make a neck thing like that for my husband but if I won instead then I wouldn’t need to.

    As far as a teacher’s gift for a male teacher – can you do food items? It seems like that would be enjoyed – something like sugared nuts or jerky, etc. Handmade ideas for men I find hard but I have seen and made wallets before and also Kindle covers, etc.

  • You could make a mobile phone pouch for a male teacher. I have a tutorial on my blog : ) Or make him some fudge. I would love to win these as it’s very cold here.

  • Lynne

    Love the prize – it’s already so cold here! For a male teacher I go with food (fudge, cinnamon pretzels or cookies) or a gift card. I think the pocket warmers would be a great teacher gift! I know I had lots of outside supervision time and would have used them!
    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  • Marion

    Maybe a Cover for Books ?

    Thank you and have anice christmas time.

  • Angelica

    These are great! These would be especially perfect for my hubby, he often works the freezer section at the grocery store.

  • Kay

    Thank you for sharing, these would be perfect for when we walk our puppy. I am pretty hopeless at chossing presents for men but when my children had male teachers I used to go with the food theme and make something like homemade toffee or jams.

  • Amy in UK

    These are great – I deliver post and I definitely need to win!!! I think a tri-fold wallet for male or femail gifts woul dbe nice…?

  • Kate

    Perhaps a manly, barbecue-ish apron would make a good gift.

  • Hmm, no good ideas here. Maybe some spice rubs?

  • Robin

    Great warmers! How about an armchair remote holder?!

  • How about a potted plant? Succulents are popular right now. :)

  • Hmmmm, this would be so great right now, with the first snow falling here!
    Difficult something for a male teacher… sorry… don’t know anything right away

  • Lee

    Very nice giveaway! I think some fancy salsas or a flannel scarf is a nice gift!

  • Kathy h

    Great giveaway. Some ideas for male teacher’s gifts would be a pillowcase from their favorite sport team.

  • Abie

    If I win, I am totally giving this to my brother in law. They just moved to upstate New York from Georgia, and I dont think hes prepared for how cold it is up there!

  • Lisa Cox

    Oh, I need those!!! We just moved to Missouri from Texas, and I am so not ready for the cold.
    As for the gift for a male teacher, what about a journal cover? Or if he has an ereader, a Kindle/Nook cover

  • Megan

    These are great! I’m from MN so it’s very cold this time of year! Thanks!

  • Sarah C.

    You’ve already been given some pretty good suggestions here! I’d say food.. or a ipad/kindle cover might be really nice!

  • These are so cute! I’d love to give this set to my Aunt and Uncle!

    I made a wall-hanging using notebook paper fabric with my niece’s classroom rules on it for her to hang in her room. It may be a bit girly, but cute. Also, made a giant jellyroll floor pillow for her reading nook. That’d work for a male teacher.

  • Ellen M.

    What a wonderful giveaway! We’ve always done food gifts for male teachers – snack mixes, cookies, fudge. You could always pair it with some coffee or tea for a larger gift. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • I’ve been meaning to make some pocket warmers…if I win, I could just cross that off my list!

    Male teacher gifts… what about a first aid kit, or one of those car emergency kits? If you want to go handmade, I’d go for a masculine pencil pouch or dop kit pouch, I think… Unless your guy teacher likes to wear ties and then you could try making a tie :)

  • Jennifer G

    Great neck and hand warmers! Clever idea :) For a male teacher I’d give food, journal w/nice cover, or a masculine throw blanket. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Maureen

    I would be so excited to win these as I do live in a cold climate (NY) and I also suffer from Raynoud’s Syndrome so I really have a problem with cold on my hands and feet especially. Thanks so much for offering this wonderful giveaway, it is generous of you to participate and give us a chance to win.

    Have a wonderful Christmas!

  • ahha, so funny that you need to put in your tutorial to not wash the rice bag! Maybe a fabric covered notebook/journal or a pencil pouch.

  • VickiT

    These are wonderful, especially in Northern IL where they would be very well used.

    My teacher gift idea is taken from a friend of mine who is a teacher – they spend so much of thier own money on things for their classrooom that things like Starbucks giftcards or any others like that which they can go have a quick snack/drink cheaply or free are always welcome. They have tons of things that say ‘teacher’ and don’t really need more. LOL Another great gift is for their classroom but also for them since it means their bank account isn’t used; buy supplies they need to purchase themselves for their classrooms.

  • Danijela

    This sound interesting and cute too.Lovely giveaway,thanks for the chance to win it.

  • Leanne

    Sewing pjs this christmas for all the kids in my family

  • Great giveaway! My hubby is a teacher so I can tell you that gift cards or goodie trays are the way to go. You can only use so many mugs, picture frames, ornaments. I don’t do any baking anymore ;-D!!

  • kellylynn

    Wow – these are awesome. Such a great idea.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    Oh and for teachers gift we normally give a small box of Godiva chocolate and a Panera gift card.

  • Mary

    Well, my younger kids all have female teachers for their main teacher. I’m making pencil pouches for their teachers this year. I got the tutorial from sew,mama,sew in their homemade holidays last month. It’s shaped like a pencil.

  • Jeannie D

    These neckwarmers and pocket pouches would be perfect for the homeless teen shelter here in Nashville. Gift for male teacher?
    How about a laptop cover? Food is always good too…spiced roasted pecans or cheese twist sticks…mmmmm!

  • Sherry

    Gift – a fleece throw with his initials blanket stitched in felted wool.

  • My 8 y.o. has a male teacher as well for the first time this year. I am thinking a gift card or perhaps going in on a gift with other parents. In the past I have given other teachers a gift card to a educational store where they can buy supplies, etc.
    Thanks for the chance!

  • Thanks for the fun giveaway items! The hand warmers look like a good idea for a guy. Or a starbucks gift card, a mug with candy it in, a homemade car trash bag? Good luck!

  • Oh thank you for the chance!!! This is an item that would definitely be useful here in the north (currently it’s -37C with the windchill)!!!

    Male teacher? We’ve only had one and we gave coffee.

  • Jackie

    Lovely giveaway! Thanks for the chance! Male teacher?? Mmmmm maybe a nice manly book cover!

  • Linda

    Great idea, perfect for keeping warm this winter. You’ve gotten some good suggestions for a male teacher gift, sorry I don’t have any other suggestions. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • jackie

    these are too too cute!!!!! Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Stephanie from CT

    these look warm!!

  • Joyce

    Lovely…and look so warm!

  • I love those!

    Now, male teacher gift: I recommend a Tervis tumbler with a lid, because even if he already has one, he’ll be pleased to have another.

  • Great giveaway!

    Why not make a neck and pocket warmer for the male teacher in question too?

  • Wow! You and your husband have rather cool jobs! And you aren’t too far from me! I’m in Mass! :) These are great! Thanks for the giveaway! jinglesells at gmail dot com

  • I’m a retired nursery school teacher. Although I’m not a male, I always enjoyed receiving homemade goodies from my students’ families. One year, a family gave me a dish their child painted filled with delicious cookies. The mom told me she bought a plain plate at the Dollar Store and her son painted it with ceramic paint they bought at Joann’s. The paint requires baking in your home oven, but is not expensive. Whatever you do, don’t give him a mug. I’m convinced that most of the mugs found in thrift stores were originally gifted to teachers.

  • Great idea! These would be perfect for my kids. =) Thank you.

  • Sherry

    My husband and I just returned from a trip to South Carolina where it was warm. We are now back in Washington state and we are freezing. Thanks for the chance to win your giveaway.

  • Gill

    How about a wacky neck tie?

  • Lise

    I make chocolates for teachers, so that works for both men and women.

    Thanks for the giveaway.

  • Jo

    Love all your crafting you do! Venus flytrap – always a winner :)

  • KeriAnn

    I love these winter packages! What a great idea! Well, when I taught the men at my school received neck ties (depending on their personality), school supplies, a “car” kit (car cleaning supplies), and gift cards. I’m sure I’m missing some things though.

  • Misty

    Those look so warm! Thanks for the chance to win!!!

  • Erika

    gift cards is what i always do for teachers. Or homemade goodies. Being Greek I tend to brign something different to the table that teachers do not normally get and they love it.

  • An apple? ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe a caramel apple…:D Sorry, I am no help. I was homeschooled!

  • StephanieS

    Maybe those gloves that you can use with a touch screen. Thanks for the chance to win.

  • Beth

    My son is a teacher, and he loves gift cards. He gets them for all sorts of places!

  • Carmen

    Oh … those look so warm and comfy ! Thanks for the chance to win

  • camelama

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’d wear this for sure – I walk a mile to work and it’s hit that time of year when the dark rainy morning cold just seeps into your bones. I’d say a gadget cover of a lovely herringbone or tweed would go over great! Or even a hand-turned pen. Or lots of bookmarks – leather, tweed, etc. DO they like tea or coffee? A great tin with either in it would be lovely! They can always re-use the tin – so heck, fill it with anything! :) Chocolate! Peppermints. Dried fruit?

  • Sandy

    I would say a gift card to an office supply store might be good for a male teacher. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Tiffany

    Great giveaway! I struggle with male gifts all the time. I often find myself resorting to baking something and that usually goes over well. I hope you can come up with something great!

  • hueisei

    How about a mug rug ๐Ÿ˜€ I think teacher love coffee ๐Ÿ˜€

  • Maybe teacher toy I was made one last year.

  • Stephanie

    Oh these are so nice!

  • Tammy

    I love yoru fleece colors. Especailly the pink….Yes It gets cold here so I am sure I could use them. I seem to be freezeing most of the winter.

  • BreannaS

    I became a follower. I hope that I win but If I will be back to make some of these for myself, friends, and family, As for male teachers. I usually give them gift certificates to local restaurants or baked goods.

  • Heather

    Giving our male teacher cookies and a gift card to a local restaurant.

  • Susan

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Ann

    These look very cute. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Amy

    Oh my, I would use these so much!!! My commute consists of 1 train, 1 subway and 1 bus- Each. Way. So, there’s a lot of standing around in the cold at this time of the year and those warmers would be much, much use.
    Thanks so much for the chance to win!!

  • Sue D

    Very cute! Male teachers are hard but a food gift or gift card would be appropriate.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com