Secret Pal Ideas from Author Chelly Wood

Need an idea for your secret pal's next gift? Here you go!

#SecretPal #GiftIdeas: tea towels with FREE #sewing patterns!

Sew personalized tea towels for your secret pal / office buddy with these FREE sewing patterns! Just follow the tutorial video above and download the patterns shown on this web page.

If you’re worried I’m stealing these patterns from some other website, please don’t… is another one of my websites, but it’s dedicated to sewing rather than secret pals and secret Santas.

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DIY #ornament makes a great #SecretSanta or #SillySanta gift w/ free pattern @

In case you didn’t see yesterday’s post, here’s a link to the pattern you’ll need for making this adorable holiday ornament. As I said before, this ornament looks complicated, but really it’s not! My girls, ages 13 and 16 even said it looked a lot harder than it really was. (We’ve made a half dozen or so of them this holiday season.)

Remember, if you love my free poems and craft projects for Secret Santa or Silly Santa, please show your appreciation by sharing this video on social media! Thanks, and happy holidays!


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FREE pattern for #Renfaire #crafts or #SecretPal gift @

Image of tiny pink dragon with wings laying on his belly and sleeping. His arms, legs, and tail are spread out. He is made of scaley-looking fabric. Overlay says, "Chelly Wood dot com for free, printable sewing patterns and tutorials."

For the free, printable patterns & tutorial for making this dragon pin cushion, visit

This little pincushion is so cute! It’s perfect to give to a secret pal or office friend, especially if they’re a fan of Lord of the Rings, Renaissance Faires, or fairy tales.


I’ve actually posted this pattern on my doll clothes patterns website, Visit this link to see my craft patterns on that website. This link will take you to the how-to video that shows exactly how you piece together this adorable little guy.


I must warn you, though: this project is not for the beginner. It is tricky to make. If you want to find an easier pin cushion pattern, please visit my pin cushion board on Pinterest.



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Make a Tote Bag for Your Secret Pal

Quick and Easy to Make Crafts for Gift Giving

Image: iClipart

Handbags and carry-all totes are easy-peasy to make and give as gifts. Just look for patterns at your local fabric store and buy a fabric that suits your secret pal. If she loves cats, get kitty-patterned fabric for her bag. If she loves to garden, get a floral print fabric to make her bag. If she’s a music teacher, make one with a music-note lining.

And if she’s a teacher, well, you can always go with the timeless apple pattern.

I once made my daughter a bookbag without even using a pattern. They’re really as simple as they look! But if you’re no seamstress, then maybe your secret pal is. In that case, get her all the goods she needs to make her own bags:

Day 1: the fabric

Day 2: the pattern

Day 3: the accessories (ribbons, thread, buttons if needed)

Heck, you could stretch it out over four or five days, if you include three different kinds of fabric. Just make sure you read the pattern for measurements. (You want to make sure you buy plenty of fabric for the project!)

Happy crafting!

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A Little Poem for the End of the School Year, for Your Secret Pal (Reveal Poem?)

Okay, so you might want to use this as a “reveal” poem, but that’s not really what it says. Still, it’s the end of the year, and this is all I could come up with:

Your organization

And friendly smile

Makes my day at work

Worth while

(sign name here)

I suggest you attach this cute poem to the following “Rolo Pencil” (wrap a roll of Rolo candies in yellow construction paper; glue a Hershey’s Kiss on the end, and string your poem to it):

Just like last month, I like to give credit to anyone whose great ideas I use on this website; however, this image comes from Whimsical Inklings, and there must be a glitch on that website, because I wasn’t able to contact the site’s author. Still, I’m giving credit right here!

If you use my ideas (even when they’re borrowed), I’d also appreciate it if you’d give me credit and/or like my pages on FB. Thanks!


Easter Gift-Giving Ideas for Your Secret Pal Teacher Friend

secret pal gift ideas for Easter with free card and poemI’m always looking for great containers, because that’s part of the fun of gift-giving. Anyway, here’s a simple way to make stringy Eggs that you can fill with candy, or as I said in last month’s post, you could fill them with teacher-y stuff like paper clips, erasers, etc.

As with papier mache, you just dip colorful strings in a flour-and-water mixture and drape them over the balloon. Then set them on a piece of wax paper to dry. Don’t forget to pop and remove the balloon when it’s all done.

Once again, I stole this idea from Pinterest.

If you like my creative ideas, check out my sister website for teachers,, where teachers can download free graphic organizers, vocabulary lists, and activities.