Are you ready for Handmade Holidays?

on October 31 | in Contests & Giveaways, Handmade Holidays | by | with 160 Comments

It’s started. You know what we’re talking about: Christmas trees in department stores, not-so-subtle ads everywhere, a deluge of catalogs and the nagging feeling that you should get to work and at least think about holiday gifts. We have the answer for holiday gift-giving this year, or at least the inspiration and a few (100+) tools to help you get it done. We’re thrilled to present, starting tomorrow, our Sew,Mama,Sew! Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew!

Each day in November focuses on a particular theme; we will provide great resources and inspirational ideas for sewing holiday gifts. Every week throughout November we’ll also offer two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! Winners will be randomly selected from all comments posted on the blog in the previous week.

Please help us spread the news about Handmade Holidays. Feel free to add our button to your blog or website (see below)Β and please enjoy our sneak peek at the themes below. Visit daily, find your creative muse and enjoy Handmade Holidays!

Sew,Mama,Sew! Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew
November 1 ~ Aprons
November 2 ~ Pincushions & Pins
November 3 ~ For the House
November 4 ~ Lunch Bags
November 5 ~ Tote Bags
November 6 ~ Blankets for Baby
November 7 ~ For your Purse or Pocket
November 8 ~ Whimsy
November 9 ~ Fabric Ornaments
November 10 ~ Ties and Belts
November 11 ~ Reading & Writing
November 12 ~ For the Table
November 13 ~ Placemats
November 14 ~ Kids’ Clothes
November 15 ~ Warm those Toes
November 16 ~ Gifts for the Crafter
November 17 ~ Purses
November 18 ~ For Baby
November 19 ~ Tech Gifts
November 20 ~ Gifts for Organization
November 21 ~ Pillows
November 22 ~ Fun for Hair
November 23 ~ Soft Toys & Games
November 24 ~ Sachets
November 25 ~ For the Kitchen
November 26 ~ Embellishments
November 27 ~ Gifts for Warmth
November 28 ~ Drawstring Bags
November 29 ~ Fabric Boxes
November 30 ~ Gift Compilations

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All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.

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160 Responses to Are you ready for Handmade Holidays?

  1. steph says:

    Hey, how about hotlinking each of these to the page for each, as they are released? I keep referring back to the main list, but there are no links.

  2. NanaSewn says:

    Love your site

  3. Angela says:

    Yes, retyping the quotation marks works. Should only have one quotation mark at a time, not a pair.

  4. Laura says:

    Well I’m a bit late for this πŸ™ I hope you do it next year.

  5. Cindi Hoppes says:

    Hi, I am ready! I am not that talented, but I always give it the old college try! Thanks, Cindi

  6. min says:

    Yay! This site is a new find for me. I’ve already tried 2 spin offs of your projects and I’m a nonsewer. I turned the crayon rolly into a crayon apron. Once using fabric and once using oilcloth. Cute either way, although oilcloth was hard.
    Am forwarding this site to my entire address book of crafty friends.
    Thanks so much and keep up the good work!
    Great references too – I’m lovin’ it all!!!

  7. RG says:

    This is just what I’ve been looking for. I’m sick of buying presents when handmade presents are so much prettier, safer (toy recalls, anyone?) and more meaningful.

  8. Dore says:

    This is so good – a new idea every day… love it! Thanks!

  9. carol says:

    lovely ideas , and very do-able, thanks mucho

  10. Cindi Hoppes says:

    Hi, Please include me in this fun adventure. Thanks, Cindi

  11. Marie says:

    What a great website. Can’t wait to get started on some of these great projects.
    Keep up the good work.

  12. Shelly says:

    Are there supposed to be tutorials? I don’t see them.

    This is such a great idea, I’d just like to know how to make all the items on the list.

  13. Dot says:

    I just found your site and look forward to checking it daily for the updates.

  14. What a fun month!

  15. Serena says:

    Fantastic idea!!! Thanks for all the ideas!! πŸ™‚

  16. Three Girls and a Goat (Brisbane, Australia) says:

    I love this “November of Goodies to sew”. I have told everyone I know who sews to get their act together now, and start sewing and being creative whilst there is time before Christmas sets in.

    I am working on a sewing school project with my daughter, and the need for the sewing machine has been necessary. In fact I am loving having my machine out after so long, that I am running things up left right and centre. And guess what- the Pincushions Tutorials were the thing to push me over the edge- after so long wanting a stuffed ‘softie’ pincushion, I finally made one (for me)- well 6 now in one week to be used for Christmas presents for teachers, friends and ‘thank-you’s. Keep up the fantastic work, I am on the link everyday to check out the latest projects.

  17. Jen says:

    There are some great ideas here – thanks for doing this!

  18. annie says:

    I can’t believe I just found out about this! What a great idea. Thanks!

  19. Missy says:

    I’m so glad I found a link to this blog through another homeschool blog I was reading. I’ve been trying to think of things the kids and I could make for family members for Christmas, and I think this is the answer I’ve been looking for. I cannot wait to get started.

  20. PEA says:

    I am so excited I saw your button and came over! I give cookies every year and I want to do somthing different! Thank you for the inspiration!

  21. Jeannine says:

    Beautiful ideas, thanks for sharing

  22. redheadedhowler says:

    I am loving these posts. New to your blog and very much enjoying it. I hope to have 10 seconds to myself to sew some of these great ideas sometime soon — two babies keeping me otherwise occupied! Can’t wait for Nov 14th to see what you come up with for that post.

  23. jen says:

    now if only we could accomplish each of those projects in one day!

  24. Thanita says:

    Even though I’m a late reader..I think this is a wonderful idea!!!

  25. Sequana says:

    These nice little felt ornaments are something I could figure out how to use all year round.

  26. Monique says:

    Wow that’s an amazing list of handmade gift ideas! I’ve loved the ones posted so far, can’t wait for the rest! Thanks for the inspiration, I love it!

  27. Ranae - from Canada says:

    I think this is such a great idea! πŸ˜€
    Loving these 30 days of gifting ideas – I would love to make them all! Maybe that should be a New Year’s resolution – start making gifts in January instead of November! πŸ˜€
    Thanks again!

  28. Lynn says:

    Oh, so many ideas..

  29. Deb aka Craftydeb says:

    What a wonderful idea – I hope you have one for us procrastinators with last minute desperate craft binges!! I am definitely going to check back and see the craftiness as it unfolds!

  30. robin says:

    I posted your badge on my blog too. These ideas are fab. I’m off to see the links of tutorials that were already posted. Thanks!

  31. Dianne says:

    Hello! Wow, I’m so glad I found this! I’m a bit late getting in on it all, but I will definitely share about it on my blog and join in on the fun! I was so excited to find that Lisa at The Domestic Diva blog listed my free pattern yesterday in her list of tote patterns in support of your Handmade Holidays feature, and I followed her link over here. I have visited your shop and blog before, and after finding this, I can’t wait to visit everyday to see what fun you have going on. I joined in on the right day … November 7 ~ For your Purse or Pocket! Thanks!

  32. Ekioart says:

    Neat! I’m excited to see the projects. We have such a large family I’ve exhausted all the crafts I already know how to do! Can’t wait to learn some new ones.

    Posted the badge up on my blog!

  33. Loopy says:

    Oh how exciting!!!! What a great way to spread the holiday cheer early!!

  34. Genie says:

    What a fantastic idea — and thank you all for making the effort to share your knowledge.
    I just hope I can keep up! ; )

  35. marcia says:

    I am totally loving all of your ideas. One that I make and people love are mittens made from felted wool sweaters. Simple , colorful and warm.
    Thanks for all the fun project ideas! Marcia

  36. Joan says:

    What a wonderful resource. I’ve shared with both my Yahoo group and placed your logo on my blog. Thanks for offering this!

  37. bs honey says:

    I’ve been thinking of a crafting Christmas, and now I have no excuse. Am really excited about this. Thank y’all for the planning this for us.

  38. Jessica says:

    What a GREAt Idea! Can’t wait to get started and get giving!!

  39. Summer says:

    Very Cool! I’m doing something similar on my blog, but I’m not cool enough to offer prizes. LOL Maybe I should have. πŸ˜‰

  40. Niki :) says:

    What a great idea! I will be back daily to check the freebies! NIKI

  41. Lynn says:

    It looks great so far!

  42. sheree says:

    Such a wonderful thing to organize for everyone!!! WOW!!

  43. Lori Seaborg says:

    I am so excited about your idea! I ran into a bunch of fabric scraps earlier in the week and now I know exactly what to do w/ them. I’m adding your link to my blog!

  44. Nicole says:

    Can’t wait. Thank you for sharing all of these wonderful ideas~.

  45. Happy Zombie says:

    Oh so akamai! FANTASTIC and I’ll be spending every day of November here. Well… almost every day. I’m 2 days shy of that already.

  46. Kali says:

    wonderful website ! Inspirational and helpful…i will be adding the Handmade for the holidays badge to my blog site.
    Thanks for all your hard work ~ kali

  47. Jude says:

    I love this idea. I will be checking with bated breath each morning for the next idea. You rock!

  48. Heather says:

    This is fabulous. I have been thinking about doing a completely handmade Christmas for a few years, but never seem to get going early enough. This will be the year! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  49. Coralee says:

    This is so awesome! Thanks for this!

  50. Desiree says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration!

  51. Susan M says:

    It took me a while to figure out how to get to the projects. I finally clicked on the TIPS button on your blog and “Voila!” there they appeared. Thanks for your daily inspirations!

  52. Teresa says:

    I will be participating. Just the jumpstart that I needed. I posted the button on my blog.

  53. Heather says:

    how super exciting!

  54. Toni says:

    Totally fabulous! Got it added to my site. πŸ˜€

  55. Jean says:

    I am so excited about all the tutorials- people’s genorosity in sharing their tutorials has kept me going in my sewing and crafting endeavors- I know this is going to be a great resource!

  56. mama k says:

    Sew Awesome! I’m putting up your button on my site too.

  57. Britta says:

    Wow! This is so neat! I am so impressed and excited to give some of these a try:O)

  58. This could be the answer to my prayers for the “something different” items to give this Christmas . Everyone loves to receive hand made items. ~barb

  59. Anna says:

    I’ll have to clear the decks to make some homemade gifts this year.

    Swamped with two big quilt projects. Deadline: December 24! Yikes.

  60. Outi says:

    This is just terrific!The first two days show of more treats to come….I’ll be glued to your blog for 30 days.
    Thank-you!It’s like a Christmas gift to your readers.

  61. Lacey says:


  62. gatorgirl says:

    Yipee~I am so excited. Time to get that stash busted and make some gifts.

  63. […] Handmade Holiday ideas: 1 ~ […]

  64. robin says:

    Ooh, I can’t wait to see all the great ideas!

  65. Marilyn J. Ellis (ME) says:

    What a great idea. I’m going to try – really I am – to keep up with your tips. That’s a whole lot of little gifts to look forward to giving.


  66. Christie says:

    I am so excited about this. I am such a sucker for new holiday projects. I have a bad addiction to magazines but most of those projects are too mainstream. I can’t wait to see what you have made everyday.

  67. 23rdspiral says:

    i know its about making gifts for others, but thankyou for your gift to us!

  68. Bethany says:

    This is so cool! Hopefully it will get me to work on my Christmas gift projects well before the last minute!

  69. daria says:

    wow, looking forward to following along!

  70. mo says:

    Brilliant!! Thanks for doing this!

  71. Sarah says:

    I am so excited about this!

  72. emily says:

    this is fabulous!! can’t wait to get started!!!

  73. Kelly says:

    Woo! This is Faaahbulous!! Just what I needed, 30 excuses not to go to the mall and shop for the same ol same ol πŸ˜‰

  74. Rose says:

    Wow – great ideas. We’ll see how much time the boy allows for me to do it!!! πŸ™‚

  75. sarah says:

    you ladies are fantastic! so many thanks for all of the holiday crafting inspiration.

  76. Karen says:

    This is a brilliant idea. I for one will be checking in daily to find out what you have in store for us all!

  77. Tammy says:

    Can’t wait to get started! What a blessing! Thank you for all your hard work! My daughter and I will have a lot of fun doing these together! This is going to be a very lean Christmas, but you have helped us out and a great answer to prayer! God bless you!

  78. Lynn says:

    Oh I am SO excited!! Thanks!!

  79. Kabira says:

    This is a totally great idea! I’ll be visiting often but it is also helping me see how I can organize my own gift-making this year — I think I should stick with a ‘theme a week’ but right now it’s looking like a powerfully supportive way to meet my gift-maiking goals – thanks!

  80. the sneak peek looks great! I’ll be adding the button to my site! πŸ™‚ thanks!!!!

  81. Olivia says:

    Oh this is just the greatest thing ever! I have a wee little mind when it comes to idea for making gifts and my creative juices are already flowing! THANKS!

  82. Veronica Koh Eischeid says:

    I love your blog! I always try to make all my Christmas gifts every year for my family, but it’s gotten to the point where I’m so busy and have had to buy some of the gifts. So now I make it a point to make at least one handmade gift for each person. Your site is really making me get in the crafting mood now. I can’t wait to start making stuff.

  83. jude says:

    This is a wonderful idea. Even people like me for whom drawstring bags are the pinnacle of sewing achievement can play along.

    I have always had it in the back of my mind to start making reusable gift bags from felt/velvet/etc so that each time I give someone something, they also get a bag to reuse. The tricky thing is some kind of closure that is easy but dissuades the curious from peeking.

  84. Jennifer L says:

    Hi I just found your blog a couple days ago. Im new to sewing but would love to make stuff for my family.. I am really looking forward to reading your blog everyday!

  85. Regina says:

    This is exactly the kick in the butt I need! All the ideas look great~ I can’t wait to get started!!

  86. SierraMoon says:

    excellent idea !
    very exciting indeed and I can’t wait to read more each day !
    handmade gift from my friends are priceless and those which are to me the most valuable by far !!!
    thanks for this blog !

  87. Shelley says:

    Ooooooh! I’m so excited for all the sewy goodness yet to come! I love love love this time of year!

  88. Jenn says:

    Wonderful idea! I can’t get the button to work, but I’ve put the image and web info on my blog.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  89. Kimberly F says:

    Thanks for some daily inspiration! This is a great idea! Let the handmade gift giving begin! πŸ™‚

  90. Kathleen says:

    What a great idea! I’m inspired already. Thank you for doing this!!!

  91. Laura H. says:

    I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!! I am in between projects…so I’m really excited about finding something knew to make!!

  92. Rachel says:

    Wow! I feel like I need to post this list next to my calendar, and then write a name next to every item.

  93. Megan says:

    I’m so glad I saw this on the Craft Magazine blog. It’s an awesome idea, and I can’t wait to see all the projects!

  94. Leigh says:

    ooo, I’m so excited!

  95. Julie Coates says:

    Ah! Just the inspiration I need to get some gifts made. Thanks for doing this! Oh and when i posted the button all I got was that dreaded little red X in a box, is there something i am missing?

  96. KushKush says:

    Wow such a surprise!!
    This is such a great gift to me
    Many thanks!!!

  97. Darby says:

    This is so cool! I can’t wait to see all you come up with!!! Now that the Halloween costumes are a thing of the past, it’s time to think HOLIDAYS!!!

  98. sunshine says:

    this will be fun to see what all you have collected to post

  99. Norma says:

    I am so excited for ideas. I can’t wait!!!

  100. Regina says:

    Just found you through LazyGirlDesigns – and can’t wait to read more more more!!! Finding you is like getting an early Christmas present!

  101. andrea says:

    sooooo excited to start! aprons is number 1 on my list! thanks!

  102. The Handmade Life says:

    Bring IT OOOONNNNN!!!! Whooo Hoo!!!

  103. Becky says:

    I am so excited about this! Everyday a new idea – what could be better!?

  104. Mystele says:

    This is exactly what I’ve been looking for. We’re wanting to change the consumerist mentality in our holy-day traditions, and this will be such a help. Thank you!!!

  105. Libby D says:

    Can not wait! This is so exciting. Every project sounds like such fun!! Thanks! Libby

  106. Joan says:

    What a great list of craft ideas! This is going to be so much fun–thanks for all your hard work in putting it together.

  107. Alicia says:

    I’m so excited for the tutorials – I can’t wait – thank you for helping inspire my gift giving this year!

  108. Kacy says:

    It’s probably scary how excited I am about this!!!!!

  109. Lisa says:

    What a great idea…I added your button to my new blog!

  110. Addie says:

    can’t wait to see what everyone does!

  111. Laura says:

    Ok, I’m waiting with baited breath for the first calendar event to start this morning! I can’t wait!

  112. kara says:

    Alright! Can’t wait to start my gifts!

  113. renee says:

    *rubbing my hands together with impatient anticipation*

  114. jennifer says:

    I think this is a fabulous idea, and one that I can certainly get behind. This has been a year of reflection for me and my family with regards to our impact on the enviornment, products we buy and lifestyle choices we have made. I think we are making some very positive choices to lessen our footprint, and this is certainly an additonal way to further our goals. Plus , handmade says so much more then a mass produced item. Thank you for the nudge! Jennifer

  115. Lara says:

    Thanks so much – I can’t wait for these (maybe I could set myself a challenge to actually make one thing for every day as well). And I even managed to get the button on my blog!

  116. Kim says:

    I’m so ready for some holiday gift fun-

  117. Lorraine says:

    fab can’t wait !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. katie says:

    ok – make way – here I come – no time to mess about – there’s sewing to be done! lead me to it!!!

  119. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness! Are you kidding me? I am so all over this idea and actually feel inspired already and I haven’t even SEEN of the ideas yet. I am putting the button my blog for sure.
    Thanks so much for sharing with us–

  120. Dana says:

    I’ve been working on a few gifts, but can use inspiration! Can’t wait to see what you have planned!

  121. Missy says:

    I am so excited that you are doing this. I’ve been needing inspiration for handmade gifts and motivation to get started!!! I’ll have to post the button on my blog. HOW FUN!

  122. Beth H says:

    This seems like something I can really get into. What do I do besides posting the button on my blog?

  123. This is great! As an aside, a few of the quotation marks are incorrect in the above html for the button as I had to make some changes for it to show up, just fyi!

  124. Anna says:

    Excitement!!!!! Especiallly the ornaments. Hmmm can I manage 30 gifts in 30 days?? A personal challenge. Thanks Sew Mama Sew it all looks fab. Also thanks to all those amazing crafters out there for a)sharing and putting tutorials all the net for neebies and b)allowing Sew Mama Sew to link them to their blog.

  125. Lauri says:

    I have committed myself to making as many Christmas gifts as I can. Now, I know I can’t hand make the bikes the kids will get, but, I can make other toys and clothes and things. I love the idea of this November Challenge…and maybe I’ll even get some ideas on what to make for my brother! lol!

  126. Lissy says:

    Definitely want to give some of it a go!

  127. Bailey says:

    Oh My!!!! I can’t wait! This is just what I need (and a full-time nanny might be helpful too). Thanks in advance for putting this together. You do such great things here. thank you thank you.

  128. Fantastic – will be checking every day for inspiring ideas!! Not thought of christmas presents yet! x

  129. tracy says:


  130. Violet Westergaard says:

    Wonderful!! Can’t wait!

  131. Sarah says:

    This sounds so fun! Can’t wait to start. Which means I must finish all my paris photo stuff tonight so I have a fresh slate for crafty goodness. Yay!

  132. nicolette says:

    ThatÒ€ℒs fun! IÒ€ℒll post about it, but the code for the button doesnÒ€ℒt work.

  133. nicolette says:

    Fun fun fun I will post about it and I hope to make some wonderful things!!

  134. meg says:

    I’ve been looking forward to Halloween, and do you know why? Because as of tomorrow, it is officially *not too early* to be charging full steam ahead into Handmade Holiday goodness! Let the games begin!

  135. Keri says:

    So fun!!! Although I wish someone would sneak in an advent calender. I SO want to make one for my boy!!!

  136. Leanne NZ says:

    This does sound like fun – thanks~!

    It’s 1st November here in New Zealand so do I get an early peek he hehe.

    Love Leanne

  137. breezily says:

    What a fantastic list, thank you! The button is on my blog – if anyone is having trouble, try re-typing the quotation marks when you’ve pasted the code.

  138. Robinznest says:

    How fun is this?!
    I can’t wait to check in every day to see what’s up! I can’t promise I will do it all this month – but what an awesome resourse list!

  139. liz elayne says:

    love, love, love this idea! can’t wait!

  140. Melynda says:


    It’s Melynda, the otedama tutorial person. I’ve tried to email twice, but something has gone terribly wrong. It’s not too late, is it? Or if it is, please know that it wasn’t me being rude, it was the technology failing me!


  141. Robinznest says:

    Yippe – I needed more to do this holiday season!!! No, not really, but I’m going to do it anyway.

  142. Vickie says:

    Can’t wait for the Handmade Holidays: 30 days of gifts to sew to start! We are Sew excited! We are going to have a ton of fun!!!
    Happy Halloween!
    Vickie, Gayle, and Lilli

  143. Joy says:

    Can’t wait to get started with all the crafts!!! Thanks for the extra holiday help!!!

  144. Lesley says:

    I can’t wait!!! This will really help get my creative juices flowing for Christmas gifts! Thank you ~ Thank you!

  145. I’m tickled pink (or blue πŸ™‚ to be featured on November 18th under “For Baby.” What fun it’s going to be to check in here every single day during November for holiday gifts inspiration!

  146. Looking forward to this! πŸ™‚

  147. Kari says:

    I’m really looking forward to it. The link is on my blog!

  148. Mae says:

    I’m so excited! I’m really looking forward to Nov 8, 9, 14, 15 and 22!

  149. Becky says:

    I am also thrilled! Thank you so much for doing this for us.

    I am trying to get the button on my blog but it is not working. Is anyone else having trouble??

  150. Karen says:

    I read you daily … most times as I end my day, in the quiet, when I can actually hear your words. But now? Today, Lady, you’ve officially made my Google Morning Calendar Check for each and every day in November. What a lovely holiday pressie for us ♥

  151. abyquilt says:

    Great!!! I’ll be back tomorrow to see the first day of ideas.

  152. Mary says:

    I am so looking forward to this! Y’all are the best!

  153. Nicole says:

    I can’t wait! It looks like its going to be a very busy month! You must have all been very busy putting this together! πŸ™‚

  154. Concha says:

    Oh my, I’m so excited about this!! πŸ™‚

  155. Isabelle says:

    Can’t wait! πŸ™‚

  156. Beth says:


  157. Alicia A. says:

    Yay! You ladies must have worked your patooties off to pull all of these together. Thank you!
    (I just put up the button too.)

  158. Fanny says:

    Great work ladies! Can’t wait to join in the fun!!

  159. Helen says:

    Ooh – this sounds great! I am very excited! I am going straight off to put your button on my blog πŸ™‚

  160. Laura says:

    Ok, maybe I’m missing something, but I can’t find the code for the Handmade Holidays button (so I can put it on my blog). I’m so excited about this and CAN’T WAIT to start making as many gifts as I can this year!

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