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In early October, I visited the set of HGTV’s new craft special, 15 Fresh Handmade Gift Ideas. I don’t believe I’m going overboard or being utterly biased when I say that this first-ever HGTV/Etsy/Michele Beschen/Taniya Nayak collaboration is the best handmade TV show of the year. And if you think I’m reaching, tune in and judge for yourself this Friday at 7/6.

Hosts Taniya Nayak and Michele Beschen share more than 100 handmade creative gift ideas in 15 of the most-popular gift categories. We’re talking one-of-a-kind presents by Etsy crafters perfect for men, women, kids, pets, trendsetters, techies and everyone else on your holiday gift list. Plus, there’s easy-to-follow instructions for 15 fresh handmade gifts you can create that are demonstrated in the show and outlined on HGTV.com.

Michele Beschen explains the project.

Executive Director Chad Youngblood watches on the monitor.

Host Taniya Nayak introduces the project.

Click here for step-by-step instructions for how you can craft the Leather Christmas Stocking and 14 other projects from the show.

For more handmade gift ideas, tune in Friday at 7/6.

7 Responses

  1. Amy says:

    Love the leather stockings!
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  3. TerryMae says:

    I am new on here. Would someone please instruct me on how to get to the blog for Dear Genevieve & blog with Abby? Thanks

  4. MED says:

    Just watched the show. It was lousy. The host pointed to the OBVIOUSLY machine-made stitching on the leather stocking and chirped "You just have to hand stitch the leather together to finish it!" Then one of the girls advised the viewers to choose acrylic sweaters to cut up so they won't ravel. Just wrong information. For an ugly burlap bag, we were instructed to cut off the "trim" on the side of the fabric. A beginning sewer know that it is called the selvedge. Such a disappointment. The craft projects supposedly designed by one of the hosts were lame. Anyone who gives a jar of potting soil as a Christmas gift needs to have their head examined. There are a lot of excellent crafters out there. The only thing these two fools had going for them is big hair and big teeth. If you want feature crafts, for the love of heaven, bring back Carol Duvall. These girls aren't fit to tie her shoes.

  5. Mystic Mia says:

    Can't say I agree; I turned it on because I normally check HGTV; Watched for 5 minutes and changed the channel; I won't give any of those ideas; I think it's nice that you are trying to come up with items for a small budget but I'd rather have a compliment or a hug.

  6. sherry flores says:

    cant seem to find the segment on how to decorate wine corks, saw it a few days ago.

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