Free Fabric Friday

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New Fabric

Have you looked at the New section of the shop lately?   It is full of fun, vibrant, joyful prints.  We recently received On a Whim by Amy Schimler for Robert Kaufman.  The owls are adorable and we completely love the leaf prints.

Also new to the shop is Juicy Jungle from Alexander Henry.  This is a wonderful group for children, but you could do absolutely anything with the charming floral and bright stripe.

Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!

November’s Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew starts next Thursday!  We are so excited about the lineup of wonderful tutorials.  We’ll post a schedule for you early next week.

This is our last Free Fabric Friday for awhile, but do not despair!  Every week in November we’ll be giving away two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! and all you need to do to qualify is to comment in one of the Handmade Holidays posts any day of the week.  We’ll randomly select 2 winners from all the comments that week.

This week, however, we’re still giving away one yard of fabric to 5 people.  Comment here and tell us about your holiday crafting plans.  Have you started?  What are you planning on making?  What do you love to make and give?  Still working on Halloween? 

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191 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. Vanessa says:

    gorgeous! Just gorgeous! I love whimsy things and those owls are a ‘hoot’

    Vanessa , Upstate NY

  2. Tao says:

    I am looking for cloth of children’s pattern for my newborn baby daughter. I am going to make a comfort duvet for her since we moved to a cold area this year. I plan to make a quilt for her as well since I found so many lovely patterns here. I am thinking to use some new boundary method what I learned from TV. I am so excited to start it.

  3. Karen says:

    I’m tackling lots of pencil rolls this year as well as appliqued T-shirts (with cute Heather Ross Lightening Bugs fabric from the Sew Mama Sew shop of course!) and also some festive bunting. Making oven mitts and notebook covers as well, that lot should keep me busy!

  4. joann domres says:

    hi everybody,
    i am learning to quilt and would love to give some away as gifts, i help out at my local cancer society and they raffel them off.. and proceeds go to the cancer center, anytype of material would be appreciated, this is awesome website i am glad i found it !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Angie H. says:

    I am actually taking the plunge and doing a craft show. I will make purses, wristlets, wallets and pillows. I am so excited to do this. I will gift what doesn’t sell. Thank you for letting me enter!

  6. Emily says:

    Oh, that owl fabric must be mine! I will make it mine! I’ve started my holiday crafting. I have a few knit projects going, a blanket for my mom, a hat for my brother. I’m still trying to figure out what my sewn projects will be. I’m hoping your Handmade Holidays segment will answer those questions for me.

  7. Crystal says:

    I have starting making tutus for my nieces. I am making homemade bath and body products so I think I will be sewing drawstring bags to put the item in. Oh, and I am making a stuffed chicken out of fat quarters for my Sis-in-law. I even made my own pattern for it, my first time doing that! 8)

  8. Cristina madruga says:

    Well… in Brasil , Rio de Janeiro where I live is almost summer, very hot, so I cant work with wool and neddles but I love to sew, I can´t resist a cute fabric for a tote ou crafts, I have 3 kids and for Xmas were going south to my mom’s house and I´ve been sewing some gifts… and I need a new xmas tree… lets see… by the way, I love the blog!

  9. Laura says:

    Oooooh, the owls are SUPER CUTE! I’d love to make a cute little skirt out of them for my oldest little girl… she’s love the colors!

  10. I have began thinking about the holiday crafting…….making lists and lists…..

    here are a few items on my list

    -finish my daughters quilt (my first one)
    -make her a smock
    – finish our stocking advent calendar began last year
    – some holiday ornaments
    and the list goes on and on

    I have began a fel floral garland……

  11. Bee says:

    For Christmas gifts I think small things, coasters, totebags mobile phone holders. I have lots of ideas!

  12. sarah says:

    I am making gifts but I am waiting to see your fabulous ideas to decide which ones.

  13. Christy says:

    Christmas this year is all about the bags. I’ve finished one for my mom already, and have plans for 3 more. Then there’s jammies for the little ones, some I Spy bags for the nieces and nephews, a stocking for the new baby…I also really want to make the Amy Butler Ditty bags for my girls. We’ll see!

  14. Jody says:

    HOliday crafting … I’ll be making backpacks for two of my boys, purses for the girls, table runners for both tables, perhaps pincushions to give as little gifts …

    We’re definately still working on Halloween – the costumes aren’t made yet!

  15. Sandy says:

    For the holidays, I’m making patchwork lavender eye pillows w/ drawstring carry cases.

  16. susan says:

    Just working on making a baby costume fit my little guy.

  17. Still working on Halloween projects, but anxious to get started on a few other projects! :))))))))))) LOVE the new fabrics in the shop! 🙂

  18. Ashley says:

    I *thankfully* finished Halloween crafting. I’m doing a craft fair in November I need to work on. Christmas should be interesting… so far the plan is to make some stockings, maybe a tree skirt, and a few presents. I’m sure my list will get larger as I get more ambitious and my time will get shorter to get said things done. Thats the plan for now! 🙂

  19. Kacy says:

    Hope everyone had a great weekend! Can’t remember if I already posted or not.

  20. Sarah says:

    Many many fabric plans and was started on them until my sewing machine died an ugly death.

    I am making an elephant for my middle child (she has quite the collection going), a quilt for my youngest, a cape for my oldest, purses of varying design for my sisters and sister-on-law, and ornaments for my mother. Which, as usual, leaves me with the males on my list. Would like to make a quilt for my honey but would really have to start looking for a new machine.

  21. Amy M says:

    I have an entire list of christmas gifts I plan on sewing/embroidering – but I haven’t really started yet. All of these new fabrics have given me some great ideas, and will hopefully get me started – soon!

  22. meowy says:

    I’ve finished all but one gift. I was done but then decided to make just one more gift hehe! I made little wallets, a quilt, some floursack towels with embroidery, dinner napkins, tea towels from cotton, and an apron. Just have a paperback book cover to embroider and sew up in a football theme 🙂 There’s a couple who are real tough to make for so I’m buying their gifts on Etsy since someone else makes the perfect gift!

  23. Emily says:

    Lovely new fabrics! I am desperately trying to build my stash! I have more projects than I can keep up with right now, but I’d love to have some great new stuff to add to my little drawers! Em (emandmikeyATaolDOTcom)

  24. Erica says:

    I’m hoping to make some pot holders using insul-bright and make my kids some extra pajamas and matching 18 inch doll clothes. I love reading the tutorials and projects listed here, so I am excited to see what is coming next. I really enjoyed kids’ clothes month!

  25. Emilie says:

    Oooh! The new fabric is so cute!
    Still working on Halloween costumes here, but I’m also working on Christmas gifts. I got started this summer…I feel so organized! For my nieces I made little knot dollies and tutu. My mother and sister are getting aprons. I think I’m going to make some grocery bags/totes and lavender sachets for some of my friends. It’s been fun!

  26. nang says:

    i’d love to make bags, coasters (for hostesses), and baby bibs/blankets!

  27. Nicole says:

    I’m not sewing for the holidays this year, because I don’t have access to a machine when I’m at university. I am knitting a pair of socks for my mom, and maybe a pair for my dad too if I have enough time. My brother just bought a house, so I’ll probably either buy or make something from his list once he makes one. Most people will, as usual, get baked goods – that’s my standard gift, because I like to bake far more than I like to shop.

  28. Addie says:

    I’m busy making goodies for some local shops, but I have Christmas on my mind, for sure! I am trying to just use what I have, but I’m so tempted by those new fabrics…

  29. Mandy says:

    Love all the new fabric! I am thinking aprons and smocks for Christmas for the girls and ladies. Still would appreciate any other ideas – can’t wait for next week!

  30. carol says:

    Doh! I was so excited that I hit post before telling you my plans 🙁
    I have a lot of requests for lunch bags from coworkers, friends and family…looks like this will be what I’m making.

  31. carol says:

    Yippee, I am excited about November!!!

  32. Dore says:

    Christmas? Yes, coming up… I will be venturing into the scandinavian traditional woven hearts – they are made of paper, but this year I’ll take them into fabrics!

  33. Tristana says:

    I haven’t started my Christmas gift this year, but my plan is to make eco-bags for the family this year. I’m eyeing your Kaffe Fassett fabric for the bags.

  34. melissa says:

    love the leafy amy schimler!

  35. Diana says:

    I am done with halloween! I am planning on making my three nieces and daughter (age 5 and under) each a new purse to carry around their goodies! I am also going to make aprons for my 4 sisters and mom. I am not sure what my brothers might like though!! Love your fabric!!!!

  36. Georgia says:

    I tried starting X-mas gifts this week…I only got one little Stash n Dash bag done. Eep! I’m making reusable grocery bags for most giftees.

  37. Kristin says:

    Wow! What a cool blog. I can’t believe it took me so long to discover it. I have already started some Soft Trees which are so much fun to do. I’m also still hand quilting a small Halloween quilt. I’m sure I’ll be doing lots of other stuff for Christmas, but I’m not sure what yet!

  38. shelli says:

    I am blessed to have a few friends surge on ahead past the walls of infertility, so I am THRILLED to be making not one, but TWO baby blankets!


  39. Amanda says:

    I love to make these coasters: for gifts. Quick and easy. They are so easy to customize. I also love to make aprons, handbags, zippered pouches, and wallets as gifts.
    I love the leaf print fabric above. Too cute.

  40. Mama Urchin says:

    I’ve started the Christmas gifts but I’m still doing Halloween costumes too. We’re trying to really go handmade this year. I’ve had some requests for handbags.

  41. katie says:

    I love the owl fabric in this post! So cute. My Halloween plans are to convince my son to wear his Favorite Little Things Little Pajamas and the matching scrub hat I made him, and go as a doctor. But, he is resisting so far. =(

  42. Ali says:

    I’ve begun on embroidered coasters for my son’s teachers. He’s drawn the designs, I get to ‘colour them in’. Hopefully all concerned will be pleased.

  43. amelia dofelmier says:

    This doesnt have anything to do with fabric but this year I am totally into glitter. I have been finding anything I can to put glitter on. I got some cute little stars to hang and some small christmas balls. I also did some bells. The Martha Stewart glitter is gorgeous.

  44. Lori Kay says:

    As soon as I finish this comment, I’m off to pull out the sewing machine and get working on some items for a crafts fair next month. Anything that doesn’t sell becomes potential gift items for my family! First on the agenda, six scarves pieced from leftover silk and rayon. Then, I hope to whip up some house-shaped potholders , piecing together whatever scrap cotton suits my fancy, so long as the end product looks something like a house. Wish me luck!
    – Lori in Watertown, MA

  45. Susan C says:

    I am knitting most of my gifts this year, but there is one special item that I will be sewing. My sister-in-law taught me to knit and I am planning to make her a case to store her knitting needles. I am still shopping for the perfect fabric.

  46. Vickie E says:

    I too am excited about the November theme…can’t wait for it to start!!.
    I am off to Vegas this weekend and giving away charm square to 2 lucky winners when I return…comment on my blog!

  47. Can’t wait for next month! Should be really fun!

    I’m slowly starting my Holiday stuff. Mainly aprons, skinny scarfs, jeans, etc. 😉 It’s fun sew just for you or friends and family for a change.

  48. Lori says:

    I love that new whimsy stuff! WOWZER! I can’t wait to get paid.

  49. Joan says:

    I’m working on some pillows, an apron for a friend and some lavender sachets.

  50. Last year a friend made tree ornaments for me. They were very cute, I want to make more this year for me and for my new friends.

  51. Maxine says:

    I love the Juicy Jungle fabrics, I know a few little people who would love something made from those!

  52. katrin says:

    Holiday plans are there since the last years holidays have passed… I also am right in the middle of the project for my sister (a knitted jacket) and began the project for my mom (a shawl), but all my sewing plans are postponed to “after the knitting is over”, because I still hope the sewing will be done quicker than the knits.
    Alas, I fear as every year the presents for some of my beloved ones will be bought the day before christmas, in a panic-shopping-attack.

  53. dianne says:

    Holiday crafting – oh yeah! There are garlands (doves! trees!). There are stuffed trees covered with buttons. There are skirts and appliqued T-shirts to go with them. Then there are table runners and tree skirts. Yikes – I’d better start right now…

  54. Tina S says:

    I’ve been making holiday gifts since August for donation and after November 17th I actually get to start working on my own….hmmmmm now what to make!


  55. Shelly says:

    I’ve already started! I made some holiday coasters and an Amy Butler Gum Drop Pillow (pattern purchased here). I’ve still got a few birthday gifts to finish before I can get in the full swing. I’m planning on some handbags, an apron, a little girl skirt and a few padfolios!

    I love the new owl fabric!

  56. Concha says:

    We don’t celebrate Halloween here in Portugal so I can focus on Xmas 🙂 All the comments gave me loads of ideas!! I’ll be making pouches, bags, coaster sets and eco-bags. I can’t wait for your tutorial list!!

  57. nicolette says:

    I’m still making lists. We don’t celebrate Christmas like most of you do, but this year, being my first in the blogosphere I’m infected by the Christmas Craft Bug. So I will make some tree-decorations, birds and stars, some gifts, messenger birds, note takers, table-runner, scarfs, cushion-covers… my dear, that sounds like a long list!

  58. grace says:

    ooooooooooh OWLS!!!! 😀

  59. Oiyi says:

    Omigod! All the fabric are so cute.

  60. jeanetta says:

    what fun fabric for fall.
    wow i got to cut back on the alliteration. lol.

  61. Julie Lueck says:

    I am so excited about your november tutorials! Holiday crafting… so far all I have done is make bows, that I may or may not sell at a craft fair but I challenged myself to make 45 bows using only the ribbon I had. Over the summer I made some things for the church’s bazaar sale; coin purses, totes, softie letters(like these ), and some other stuff I can’t remember. 10 years ago I bought a pattern to make a soft nativity scene. Last year I actually started it. This year I need to make Jesus, an angel, the camel, and some sheep. Who knows this may be the year I finish it… now that my kids are 15, 9 and 10! I make a lot of pajama bottoms. I already have some cut out for my nephews and my husband.

  62. kara says:

    Felt food, that’s my plan for the holidays! the kids are getting lots and lots of felt food goodies! They are so cute, so far we have pancakes and fried eggs! It’s so much fun!!!

  63. Jennifer H. says:

    I have several Christmas gifts planned…most of the fabric is purchased and prewashed, now I need to get cutting. Purses for mom, aunts, sister-in-law, PJ’s for the kids, and sport themed throws for the guys. Need more time!!!

  64. Michele Q. says:

    Oh I have lots of ideas for gifts – just not as much time as I’d like.

    Tote bags for my sisters. A shawl for my mom. Felt play food, dress up clothes for my kiddos. . .

  65. Carolyn says:

    I’m thinking tissue holders or coasters for office Christmas gifts, but that may change after I see all the ideas on here…….LOL

  66. Anary says:

    How fun these new fabrics!
    I am already on the works for two table cloths, napkings and other goodies for TKSgiving! Oh of course new window treatments for different rooms in the house!

  67. samantha says:

    loving the new fabric. that is too cute!

  68. Chelsea D. says:

    This year I have lots of crafting plans from garlands to toys for my daughter. I am making a yo-yo garland right now with vintage button centers, and some fabric play food for my toddler. I’m also going to be working on some gifts for my husband like hand stitched wool slippers. I know that my daughter and my husband will both appreciate and use the gifts I make them. Handmade beats commercial gifts any day!

  69. kirsten says:

    yup, finishing halloween – but SO CLOSE to being done! 🙂

    for Christmas – tree skirt, new stockings, and sweater monsters for gifts.

  70. Amy says:

    I made a long list of Christmas project ideas during a slow meeting last week. My favorite plan is to make fabric-embellished towels (like the one I blogged at with coordinating tissue-box covers and handmade soaps. If only I could do my sewing during office meetings, too!

  71. kerri says:

    I am overwhelmed myself! Too much to try, too little time. I should have started planning for this Christmas in June…of my 18th year.

  72. renee says:

    That owl fabric and the leaf is a must have!

    For crafting- finished off halloween today, still working on fall stuff (placemats, tablecloth, clothes for my toddler). For the holidays i’ve been thinking of making those patchwork scarves for a few people, locker organizers for the tween girls in the family, and some other odds and ends for the younger ones. Lots of work ahead!

  73. Leah says:

    So far: start and finish a sweater for my nephew, work some more on the felt appliqued/embroidered stockings I started last year, finish daughter’s knitted vest…I’m sure there’s more – oh yes – finish the Christmas quilt I started 2 years ago and make the advent calendar wallhanging for this year. Is that enough? :o)

  74. Erin says:

    Oh dear. I’m in the middle of an overseas move, so that puts the kibosh on all my handmade Christmas gift plans. Maybe next year?

  75. Liz says:

    I love those fun stripes!

  76. Janice says:

    I plan to do coaster sets and tissue holders. I’m also holding off on too many plans until I see your list…hoping for some new inspirations!

  77. Anna says:

    Oooh, all the fabrics are so cute. It’s so hard to choose which ones to buy! Will definately have to have something for the next size up for the little monkey. I am planning to make Nii-chan a Christmas dress that Santa will give her at her Playgroup Christmas party on the 25th of November, as well as Christmas decoration for each of her Playgroup friends (15!). So I am really looking forward to next Thursday for inspirations. Seeing that it is everyone’s first Christmas I thought I would make something very special… Then I have to think of something for all the family from Nii-chan (2 uncles, 2 Aunties, 2 Ohmamas, 2 Poppies and 2 dogs). Inspiration pleaz. Oh and a Christening dress and favours as someone is getting christened before Christmas. No wonder I am propping the eyelids up with toothpicks!

  78. Kate says:

    Oh my goodness, I just made a list of gifts I plan to make. And I’m starting to feel overwhelmed just looking at it!

  79. Adrienne says:

    I saw the new Alexander Henry print yesterday. Boy, do I have plans for those bright prints! I am starting to plan out my gifts for the holidays. Today I was really thinking about sets of napkins (thanks to Molly’s Halloween set) and aprons. I’ve found such cute apron patterns lately. I can’t wait to get started on them. I am also planning some handbags and a towel wrap for after the bath or after the pool for a friend’s son. I’m also looking forward to the November tutorials. I love the holidays! =]

  80. Kathleen says:

    I too plan to make colored pencil rolls for my kids, tutu’s for the nieces, a car mat for the boys and probably for the preschool too, and there will probably be more.

  81. Ashley says:

    Oh please pick me this time. Free fabric is great!


  82. Celeste says:

    I’m doing the same as a few others–aprons for everyone! I’m waiting to see what tutorials you guys have in store first before starting, though–you never know when inspiration will hit! 🙂

  83. Abby says:

    Ohhhh…where do I start…
    making decorations…. a large crochet balnket…… aprons….. skittles and bag….. ohhhh and lots more…. I am so excited to be going completely handmade for the first time ever….
    luv Abby

  84. Emily says:

    Still working on Halloween but the city was putting up the Christmas trees on the light poles today! Ack! I think I’ll be gifting a few totebags this year.

  85. Penny says:

    Ideas are brewing in my head, but no fabric in the machine yet!

  86. Katie W. says:

    I’m working on five different handbags for the holidays for sisters and sisters-in-law, and one giant quilt starring some Alexander Henry Hawaiian pin-up girl fabric for my dad. And I’m late on board the patchwork scarf boat, but I’ll be making a few of those, too!

  87. capello says:

    i’m starting to hyperventilate when i think about the holidays.

    i’m suppose to be making mini-scrapbooks for all the grandparents and great-grandparents (six total), plus little bird ornaments for the tree (about 15?), and i always handmake the holiday card (110) and if you’ll excuse me, i need to go breathe into a paper bag now because that doesn’t include the personal gifts for family and friends.

  88. Alicia H. says:

    Oh my gosh. Still frantically working on Halloween. Love the AH jungle fabric.

  89. Hope says:

    I am making napkin sets for everyone on my list this year. Also, instead of wrapping in paper, I plan to make simple drawstring bags for my gifts. Pretty and reusable!

  90. First I’m getting caught up on custom orders for people and then November/December I want to sew for myself! Purses, aprons, etc. I can’t wait. I’m getting ready to make a great diaper bag out of that Juicy Jungle fabric!!

  91. Tara says:

    I’m making crayon rolls for all of my daughter’s cousins, aprons for my daughter and niece, matching nightgowns for my daughter and niece and clothes for my daughter. LOTS to do!!!

    Sure could use a new yard of fabric!!

  92. Julia says:

    I usually knit gifts for Christmas, but sewing can be sooo much faster – and I am bag happy this year. The fabrics out this year are just positively inspiring. I never thought I had an eye for color and now I can’t get enough of them. I am going to make cute bags and twirly skirts and I’ll figure out something for the guys. Maybe for them, I’ll knit beer cozies. How long could that take? Looks like November will be jumping here. I can hardly wait – I smell Turkey roasting already!

  93. Mrs. Pear says:

    My holiday crafting plans are grandiose!

    what will actually happen this year for Christmas is to make a new set of reversible place mats (6) with matching napkins (18) and a matching apron for me!

    I am using two snowflake patterned materials. They have the same color scheme but are reversed, so one is light blue on navy and the other is reversed!

    I am SO excited and really need to get going!

  94. Becky says:

    I have made 2 Christmas table runners (one to give away and one for me) and several ornaments. I have also made 2 tree skirts for holiday wedding gifts.

    I love these fabrics and I cannot wait for the tutorials coming up. Bring them on! I want more inspiration and more reason to ignore the housework!

  95. sarahk says:

    I love the owls! And I’m so excited about the new tutorials!

  96. Becky says:

    Last January some friends and I decided to get together one day a month to make Christmas presents so that we wouldn’t be scrambling at the last minute to get things done. I have made 4 quilted wall hangings to give as gifts and I am working on a quilt for my husband.

  97. Nicole says:

    I really really love that purple owl fabric. So cute. I don’t want to jinx myself of winning FFF by saying I will buy it… so I will hold of until monday in hopes of winning (like I do every week!)

  98. chelle says:

    Sadly we are moving to another country in a month so I will nto be crafting the gifts I had planned to. I do hope to make a crayon holder roll for my daughter before we get on the plane!

    I am loving that owl fabric!

  99. Bethany Ishee says:

    Love the Owls!

  100. Mika says:

    I’m going to make a hat for my husband for Christmas. He has a khaki L.L. Bean hat that he loves, but it is just in tatters. (That was actually a good thing because when I went to the fabric store to buy the notions and stabilizers, I could see how it was constructed!) It has a lot of edge stitching in the brim (parallel lines) so that will be interesting to do.

  101. Kari says:

    I need to finish a stocking for my husband. (I only started it 2 years ago!) Also, I’ve got visions of a neat quilted tree skirt and hadmade gifts.

  102. Stefanie says:

    I have vowed that all of my gifts will be handmade so there will be looks of patchwork dishtowels, patchwork scarves, and totes (most likely with patchwork on them, notice the theme?) oh and some softies and kids clothing most likely as well! I better get cracking!!!

  103. Shelley says:

    Love the owl fabric! I’m not sure yet about Christmas crafting. I always have great plans and ideas but little time. This year looks the same. Better get started!

  104. Lori says:

    I am (was?) planning on making some zippy pouches for friends and family but may not make it as we’re in the middle of a move!

  105. Kahne says:

    No sewing for this Halloween, we’ll be traveling. I am disappointed that there won’t be any more Free Fabric Friday – I’ve still never won!

  106. Geri says:

    I’m making messenger art bags 18 of them!!!! Pray for me! LOL

  107. Lynn says:

    I have not started working on holiday projects, but I see at least one quilt in the near future. Can’t wait to see the holiday ideas and tutorials here!

  108. RoRo says:

    I do love the new fabric! I am making plans now, I know late, but I really want to make stuff this year so it has a more personal touch. I only have one niece and one nephew so that makes it a little easier! I want to make some animal bean bags for him and still thinking for her…… I can’t wait to see all the ideas in November!!!!!

  109. Letty says:

    Hi, I am looking forward to the November theme of handmade gifts! I am going to make quilted potholders, pincushions, zipper pouches for make up, and thinking of more presents to give.

  110. Mae says:

    I am behind but am planning to make a few Amy Butler bags this Christmas. We draw names between sibs in both families, so one for each of those women and probably one for the white elephant gift extravaganza with the extended family. I just finished a little Halloween jumper for my daughter and planned to try something for Thanksgiving, but I better give the bags priority if I want to get them done. Time flies by!

  111. Nic says:

    I’ve started crocheting a couple of scarves from Vogue Knitting: Crochet Scarves. I also want to make a messenger bag for my hubby.

  112. Saralyn says:

    Right now I’m in holiday crafting overload–I’ve got books spread all over my bedroom floor trying to narrow down what I’m going to sew. “Sew” many great ideas, “sew” little time! I’ve been knitting dishcloths like mad for two months, so that’s a definite, but I’m on “pins and needles” waiting for your tutorials!

  113. Rebecca says:

    mememememe~ PLease. 🙂

  114. Mellissa says:

    I love the owl prints!

  115. Lorraine says:

    making christmas pressies handbags for all the girls and maybe the boys !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  116. jessi says:

    I’m going to be working on stockings for our family, for my friend, and for my etsy shop. I’ll probably try to throw in as many handmade gifts as possible too, but I haven’t decided what yet.

  117. meg says:

    I was planning to make reuseable grocery bag, but now that I’ve read all these comments I have a thousand new ideas!

  118. Emy says:

    I’m moving back to America this Christmas so my plans are small. Whatever supplies fit in my suitcase. I want to try and embroider pillowcases for my son’s bed and finish the bedding for my daughter who will be born in January.

  119. andrea says:

    wish i had a lot of females to give gifts to because i don’t really make anything masculine and have 6 nephews, ouch! i have been sewing for my holiday markets and boutique though. mostly smaller things, cosmetic bags, keyfobs and petite pouches. need to make some matching mirrors. wish i could find more fall (ish) fabric that i like…

  120. michal says:

    my plans for the holiday? not much, actually.most of our family is abroad, and mine is jewish, so no xmas there. who wins? our friends. and this year they’re getting sets of my screen printed xmas ornaments. following the success of my last year’s penguin ornaments – , I’ve designed 2 new sets that you’ll soon also be able to buy from my Etsy store – .

  121. Sandy says:

    I have barely even started to think about holiday crafting – every year I get way too ambitious, so this year I’m trying to rein it in. Already on the list: 2 or 3 doorstops for my folks, possibly a black tie cocktail dress for myself to wear to my company’s holiday party – I’m frantically searching on line for the perfect 60s dress in a size a bit larger than 12!

  122. alison says:

    I’m making beach bags for my niece and nephew and my own 3 kids too. I am also planning on making my mom a purse. And of course there will always be pajama pants!

  123. amandajean says:

    I am not sure what I will be making for christmas yet…I’m still working on belated birthday gifts from the end of the summer.

  124. laeroport says:

    Thoses owls! oooh! I think I need some of those!
    Still working on Halloween – and we have a party to attend tomorrow.
    Lots of ideas for Christmas including mini-pincushions, lap quilts, scarves, dolls, freezer paper stencils – ack! I’d better get busy!

  125. Missy says:

    I love that fabric! For Christmas I’m going to make some red and green bunting and fabric yo yo’s for a small tree in the kids room. We’ll be away from home this year (My husband is having a major surgery out of state) so I thought we could take it and decorate at my mother in law’s.

  126. Pam says:

    LOVE the grocery tote idea! Simple, practical and cute. Also thinking about zippered makeup/supply bags and key fobs.

    And those owls are just too cute. The owl is the mascot for my daughter’s school. Guess I’ll have to make my way over to the SMS store.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  127. laurie says:

    I’m still working on Halloween. One costume of Link for ds10. I made 2 Christmas pillows this week though.

  128. DHB says:

    This is my first Christmas making homemade gifts. My plans include a yoga bag, artsy clutch purse, and gift bags for coworkers. With the “Handmade Holidays: 30 Days of Gifts to Sew” coming up my list may just start getting longer!

  129. Liz says:

    I plan on sewing some pencil rolls and knitting needle rolls for some loved ones in my life. That owl and leaf fabric is to die for!

  130. Jessica Hood says:

    i haven’t even begun to think about holiday crafting projects b/c i’ve been so consumed with halloween fun! eek!

  131. Angie says:

    I made my nephew a great apron and chef’s hat to be paired with a Kid’s Cookbook. I included a monogram freezer paper stencil on the apron and band of the hat. It was SO much fun… I will admit that I modeled the chef’s hat for quite a while…

  132. Amy says:

    I love the floral print in the middle next to the owls. I think I have a shopping visit in my near future 🙂

  133. Lisa says:

    Can’t wait to see the 30 days of gifts. I have decided to make most of my gifts this year and have no idea where to start! I love the new fabrics and I am so glad that I have discovered this website!!


  134. Ariana says:

    Christmas is still in my thoughts…I better get moving though!

  135. Carrie says:

    i WANT to make patchwork scarves with names or initials embroidered for the girls in my family… will it happen? no idea! 🙂

  136. Andrea says:

    Arghh.. I am finishing the kids costumes this wekend. It shouldn’t take musch time. But time is scarce when you have three kids. So far I have made 1 gift for xmas for a friend.

  137. Carrie says:

    I’m working on a thanksgiving table runner and placemats, hopefully I’ll find time to make napkins to match!

  138. mj says:

    I still don’t know what I’m going to be for Halloween, so I have no idea if it will involve crafting or not! I might do less making for Christmas this year, but I still plan on buying a few things handmade.

  139. Suzanne says:

    Oh! I’m so impressed with the people who have started (or finished!) their crafting. I’m still not done with my summer (gasp) UFOs.

  140. Joanna says:

    Oh! That Juicy Jungle is TOO much! I usually don’t think about really winning Free Fabric Friday, but I want, I want, I want!!

  141. Valerie says:

    I’m itching to get started on my homemade marshmallows and cocoa mix, which means I’ll need to make up some little handmade coasters to go with them for all my neighbors. That and at least two lap quilts for Christmas gifts this year. I’m sure as the holidays get closer my crafting list will get longer!

  142. erinmalia says:

    i’m so organized it’s almost sick. SIL’s needlework is done. niece’s apron is done. mom’s apron is done. twin niece’s fleece outfits are done. nephew’s custom tee is done. even got a rag quilt for my own not-soon-enough-to-be-born child. only a couple of sofites left! now if only i was this good about getting my fall swap projects done…

  143. Kerry says:

    What great new fabrics! For Christmas I’m working on some cute plush animals and other softies…current projects are an otter for my dad (who loves otters), and a dragon requested by a good friend’s daughter (yikes! That’s a tough one!). Depending on how these projects go, there’ll be more…

  144. christina says:

    Still working on Halloween – a geisha costume. Then the holiday crafting begins! One year it was aprons; last year it was hand-stamped dishtowels; this year…?

  145. Jeannine says:

    I have 3 (ack!) baby quilts that I am hoping to finish in time for Christmas. Actually two, and the third is for a dear friend’s baby due mid-January.

  146. veronica says:

    ugh, I’m still working on Halloween…actually, I haven’t even started. But I will have it cut, sewn, and put all together before tomorrow(!) evening’s town festivities (i hope).

  147. earthchick says:

    Oh, that owl fabric is too sweet!!

    I’m still on Halloween – trying to crank out costume #2 (an owl, actually) in time for a party tomorrow morning. Costume #1 was a bunny.

    I haven’t started on Christmas sewing yet, and I know I have too much on my list (3 more stockings, plus multiple gifts and decorations). My current priority (after Halloween costumes) is to finish up a stole I’m knitting for a wedding I’m in 2 weeks from tomorrow, and to finish sewing fall jackets for my boys before that trip as well. (am using the great child’s jacket pattern reviewed on this site a few weeks ago – LOVE it).

  148. Nada Jones says:

    love those owls

  149. I am really excited about holiday craft season AND the tutorials because I am hosting a holiday craft day for a group of friends, some new to sewing, some not and we’re all going to make coasters, pillows, fabric napkins, placemats and/or other cute simple gifts to give away for the holidays. Perhaps we’ll find something else to add in the tutorials! I am still trying to pick out what projects and fabrics I will be making! Love the new fabrics! -Laura Lynn Marschel

  150. Javede says:

    This year I have no plans for christmas presents. My parents and my aunt+family won’t be here around christmas, they will spend some weeks at our house in Indonesia. Me and my brother decided for various reasons (like university in my case) that we would stay here. So I only have one person to get a gift for as we don’t exchange gifts among friends.

  151. Lil' d says:

    I’ve got some finishing touches for halloween to do first. I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for presents, but I think it will just be my kids that get homemade gifts – I think I’m too shy to give other people things that I’ve made.

  152. Love the juicy jungle prints!

  153. Kris says:

    I’m going to be making my Grandma’s aprons for Christmas and some purses for the other girls in the family. Extra fabric would be great!

  154. Kristine says:

    I’m LOVING the Juicy Jungle fabric.

    I have a couple gifts to make this year for my mom and sister. I’m super excited and can’t wait to start!

  155. Kacy says:

    I can’t even describe how excited I am about the handmade holiday gift ideas!!! Thank you in advance for setting it all up for us! 🙂

  156. Kristie says:

    Oops! Wasn’t done. I’ve started making Christmas presents — tote bags and purses. I’ll start on handmade cards soon. I didn’t make anything for Halloween 🙁

  157. Autum says:

    I’m looking forward to the gift making ideas I’ll find here in November. I’m such a procrastinator and seem to work best under pressure, so I have no idea what I’ll be making. I like the idea of PJ pants, something useful for the guys too. They always seem to get left out when it comes to handmade gifts.

  158. Kristie says:

    Adorable! My girls would love these!

  159. Valerie says:

    I am working on oven mitts and matching dishtowels for friends and neighbors and also making some quilter portfolios that hold notepads and pens for my kids teachers. I made scarves using the tutorial on this blog for all my neices and nephews, and am so looking forward to the holiday ideas coming up on Sew Mama Sew! I just placed ANOTHER order with you – I can’t help myself, your selection ROCKS!!

  160. marcie says:

    I guess I really need to start thinking about my crafts for Christmas. Hopefully your November tutorials will inspire me – I can’t wait for it to start! And I love that owl fabric!

  161. Tammy says:

    Your new fabric is pretty! I have a few gifts lined up to make, but since I give a lot of gifts to family members, and I didn’t start early, I’m not making a lot of gifts this year. Of course, that may change when I see all your tutorials! 🙂

  162. Lisa says:

    Almost done with Halloween. Halloween sewing over the past few days has reinvigorated me! Go, Sew!

  163. Heather says:

    Still working on Halloween & then I can’t wait for the holiday projects to begin!

  164. Lisa says:

    I am a newcommer to this site and I have absolutely loved what I’ve seen so far! As far as holiday crafting goes…I’m working on some fun canvas hand bags for the women in my life, and rag quilts for nieces and nephews. I can’t wait to start building my fabric supply with these great prints!!!

  165. Kim says:

    Still working on Halloween…putting finishing touches on my daughter’s Penguin costume and then wrap up my son’s mummy outfit. Wanting to do some Christmas gifts but have not started.

  166. Jill says:

    Crafting for the holidays….I’m finishing up all my UFOs! Big celebration here. Pillowcase dresses, lounge pants, bibs, napkins, curtains, pillowcases, embroidered dish towels, knitted afghans. Big plans, big plans.

  167. Carrie says:

    My biggest holiday project is a nativity scene for my mom. The idea started brewing when I saw some adorable wool felt dolls. They aren’t going too well but I’m being persistent! Trying to decide what fabrics/materials to use for the rest of the scene! I’m also knitting a few things and since I have to send them off before Thanksgiving I’m suddenly pressed for time!

  168. Marlana says:

    Your site always features the prettiest pretties! Thanks.

  169. Stephanie says:

    I plan on making a purse for my mom this year. And some knitted hats for my neice and nephew. I know this is my week to win the free fabric. I can feel it way down deep inside!!! :0)

  170. Risa says:

    I have so many Christmas projects I would like to make, but I’m not sure how many I’ll really get to.
    So far, I’m working on a quilt for my mother and a pair of socks for my husband. Hopefully I’ll have time for many more!

  171. Robin says:

    I made a lined tote from “Bend-the-Rules Sewing” for my niece and I’m planning on another one for a friend of mine. I also want to try sewing some pants and jumpers for my daughters. I’m new to the whole clothes sewing thing!

  172. Candace says:

    Working on a Halloween tote bag for my daughter to take trick-or-treating & then I need to get going on holiday stuff. gifts….sock monkeys & doorway puppet theater for the kids. Then gifts for friends & family…..aprons, patchwork dishtowels.

  173. Michelle says:

    I’m finishing up a lot of charity knitting this month, but next month (next week! yipes!) I plan to start knitting, sewing and crocheting reusable shopping bags for everyone in my family. And I need to put the binding on a quilt I’ve been making for my husband for years now, then I’ll be able to finally call it done.

  174. I’m planning on planning to craft for the holidays. I’m excited about the november theme.

  175. Jen says:

    I’m planning on pillows with the kids’ artwork on them. Not sure if I’m screenprinting, stenciling, embroidering or what, but we’re traveling this holiday too, and I want something I can pack flat. The pillow forms I can buy there.

  176. Mary says:

    I’m thinking about stitching up some purses and maybe a couple of wrap skirts to give the women in my life. If I get caught up on some other sewing, I may try to tackle some softies but not sure if that’ll happen.

  177. Heather says:

    Ahhhh! Holiday crafting. I always plan on being further along than I am. This year I have been sidelined with a 4 week cold and pregnancy. I am working on pajama pants for my nieces and kiddos, a clapotis for my mom, a pair of socks for dh and many other sewing items for my dd.

  178. sharon says:

    I’m making scarves, bags, pouches and padfolios (that’s the plan anyway!)

  179. Kristi says:

    That owl fabric is so darn cute!

  180. linda p says:

    I made an owl halloween-ish banner to celebrate october ( and just finished with the patchwork swap i organized (here’s what i made: I love the new animal prints- I just finished a quilt top with another alexander henry animal print ( I guess I have been busy!! Next I’m getting started on items to sell at the local holiday bazaar.

  181. Meghan says:

    I don’t have any specific holiday crafting plans, but I did see the greatest little tree cards made by Shim & Sons, and am considering some sort of fabric-card creation myself.

  182. gatorgirl says:

    I am waiting on the 30 days tutorials to get started on my Christmas crafting!! I want to use “stash” and not have to purchase much – which, for me, should be really easy!!

  183. Lisa Clarke says:

    I’m actually very excited about handmade gifts this year, since it’s the first year I can sew! I am a polymer clay artist and have been for 12 years, so I think my giftees have had enough clay jewelry to last them a while, LOL! I’m hoping to make some scarves, aprons, and napkins. Not sure what else yet.

  184. Kathleen says:

    I looooove the Amy Schimler fabric! I can’t wait to get some! For Christmas this year, it’s going to be aprons all around. Even for the little girls 🙂

  185. Alicia says:

    I’m going to be making luggage tags and tissue holders for everyone – something small and light I can travel with.

  186. Christy says:

    I’m making bags for Christmas! Lots of bags! Diaper bags, and tote bags of all sorts…

  187. Sarah says:

    Ah, that owl fabric is cute cute!

    I’m up to my ears in quilts for christmas! I’ll also be knitting some quick scarves and some other little crafty items. Can’t wait to see the tutorials next week!

  188. CArol says:

    Just finished Halloween tablecloth and napkins last night; now I am on to planning for Christmas. Lots of aprons to be made here this year!

  189. Carrie says:

    I’ve been knitting reusable tote bags and hats to give as gifts.

  190. anne says:

    For gifts this year I am planning to make a bunch of take-along grocery bags for everyone. It’s boringly practical, but extremely economical and environmentally friendly so I should get extra points there, right? At least I’m hoping so!

    I was going to make spiffy Halloween napkins, but due to home projects, my sewing room still isn’t in a usable state at the moment. Maybe next year. Or I can buy clearance Hween fabric this year for next year!

  191. shannon says:

    We are going to England with some friends for Christmas. Since our gifts have to be small enough to fit in our luggage I am going to make zipper pouches, lugguage tags and coaster sets. I love all the new fabrics especially the owl prints. Looking forward to the tutorials in November!

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