December 10 ~ Coasters, bags, pincushions, embellishments, a fun tutorial…

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Today we have coasters, bags, pincushions, embellishments, a fun tutorial… And so much more! Don’t forget to comment anywhere on the blog for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! each Friday!

Colorful Coasters
By Mame, mame*’s photos

We love colorful coasters and Mame’s fit the bill with sweet embellishments and a great selection of fun fabrics. Make some of your own with our For the Table tutorials. They’d be a great gift for anyone on your list (add in a bottle of wine or sparkling cider and they’ll be set!).

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Shari from Always a Child writes about how she loved a handcrafted gift she received as a child and then went on to make similarly treasured gifts for others. Shari likes to make something different to give to loved ones every year. She writes, “I’ve given drawings, oil paintings, acrylic paintings, pottery, crocheting, prayer pillows and all different kinds of crafts.” This year she printed some of her photos, matted them and is giving them away as presents. Enjoy more (including Shari’s Corn Casserole recipe) on her blog.

Kerri has created a great selection of bags to give this holiday season. She used Blair’s tutorial to embellish the bag shown here, and her craft area is full of her sewing plans in progress. Check out Kerri’s bags and more on her blog, Way Out in the Desert.

What are you sewing? Tell us all about it!

Pincushions
By Joanna, Joanna’s Scraps

We’ve shared a good selection of pincushions but we figure you can’t go wrong with these cute, little gifts for any crafty people on your list! Make some of your own with our Pincushion & Pins tutorial selections. Joanna’s been sewing up a creative storm so be sure to check out her great selection of gifts (we especially love her felted wool boxes made with Marianne’s tutorial).

Coffee Cozy
By Suzanne, pink milk and fairycakes

We featured some of Suzanne’s craftiness earlier and thought you’d enjoy her fun Coffee Cozy Tutorial. As Suzanne mentioned, these would be especially great gifts with a coffee card tucked in the cup!

Want to join us? Check out the Sew, Mama, Sew! Handcrafters’ Holidays blog meme!

Our Gift to You
You can print our free gift tags for attaching to all of your lovely handcrafted gifts. They read “Handmade with Love” and “I made it for you.”

Want more handcraft inspiration? Visit the Handmade Holidays photo pool and don’t forget about our Handmade Holidays Tutorials.

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84 Responses to December 10 ~ Coasters, bags, pincushions, embellishments, a fun tutorial…

  1. Carol C. says:

    I can’t wait to get some Insul Bright to make some of the coffee cozies for my friends!! Thanks!!! :)

  2. Lizzie says:

    I love those coasters! Well, I love everything. But still! The coasters are cute. :)

  3. Becca says:

    Can’t wait to make some coasters!

  4. Kathleen says:

    I started several coffee cozies, but didn’t finish them. I was having a hard time figuring out how to finish them (button, seam, velcro, etc). Thanks for the tutorial — the tape is sheer genius!

  5. Carrye says:

    I can’t wait to try making one of those coffee cup holders. Would make a great gift too!

  6. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for all the tuts. Love them.

  7. Stacy says:

    Wow! How did I not know about your website? Although I am thoroughly inspired, I am also finding it hard to pry myself away from reading past posts. Thank you for all you do! Fun!

  8. Glaucia says:

    Nice works! And the coasters fabrics are so beautiful.

  9. Lynn says:

    Oh man, I’ve seen a lot of quilted coasters, but those ones are adorable! thanks for the inspiration!

  10. Louisa says:

    Ooh! Thanks for the link to making the coffee cozy. I had wanted to make one last year but ran out of tie and then forgot about it. I think that I can squeeze one in this year!

  11. Tracy says:

    I thought that I was finished (or almost) with handmade gifts until I came across the coffee cozy. I’ll definitely need to make some of these to have on hand, just in case!

    (Silly me, not checking back after the excitement of November – I just love hanging out here!)

  12. Clarissa says:

    Thanks for the tutorials!!! I am going to try some of these for the holidays.

  13. stacey says:

    Thank you for the cool gifttags! And the tutorial for the funky flower!

  14. Michele says:

    The coasters are cute!!

  15. Oh, love the coffee cozy & the coasters!

  16. heather w. says:

    great ways to use up scraps! I love this blog!

  17. Michelle says:

    Coffee cozies are a great idea, I’ll have to sew up a couple and have my sister stick them in her handbag. That should save at least a couple of trees over the course of the year!

  18. Victoria says:

    Thank you for all of these amazing, inspiring links! They will provide ideas for years to come.

  19. Claudia~L says:

    I made coffee cozy’s for teachers this year using House on Hill Road’s tut – I like this one too, it doesn’t use buttons – not sure if it could be reversable though…
    I’m going to give it a shot though, my cousin in college said she wanted a ‘solo’ cup cozy, and this has inspired me to make it.

  20. Natalie says:

    I wish I knew more people who sew… there are way too many cute pin cushions!

  21. Nichole D. says:

    More awesome projects! You guys really rock.

  22. Ekioart says:

    That coffee cozy is so cute! I might have to make a few of those as stocking stuffers ^-^

  23. oh my! That coffee cozy is adorable! Love all the creations!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  24. Cute cup cozy.

  25. Javede says:

    I love the pincushions, wish I knew more people who sew to make more of them.

  26. Dorte says:

    The coffee cozy will be the gift for the teacher – perfect, personal and not too big or too laborious! thanks for sharing!

  27. ainhoa says:

    I love the coffee cozy. I think it’s wonderful!!

  28. brandee says:

    I love all the fabric choices for these crafts… :) They look so colourful and happy!!

  29. Lauren S. says:

    love all of the projects and everyone’s choice of fabrics! very colorful in a grim morning.

  30. kylie says:

    Again two days in a row a tutorial i have been looking for! I think the coffee cosies will be great as gifts!

    And another coaster tutorial to check out, thank you i was going to make placemats and coasters for MIL so now i have heaps of ideas!

  31. Krista Walker says:

    Loving the coasters. I’m hoping to make these for a hostess gift…I better hop to it :)

  32. MrsH says:

    I’m still working on a pin-cushion. Currently, I stick them in the end of my ironing board, which works when I’m working on the board. While I’m at the machine, though, they roll all over the floor. My poor husband has been wearing slippers a lot more lately ;-)

  33. heather t says:

    OOH, I need coasters for my friends to match the quilt I made them. (Plus use up all those little scrappies.)

  34. Libby says:

    Again you’ve given us some wonderful ideas.

  35. LisaC says:

    Love the bag! I sewed some similar bags with denim fabric and am giving them to my neices full of books. They are nerds like me and will LOVE it!

  36. Amy says:

    Thanks for keeping all the tutorials coming!

  37. Lil' d says:

    I like those pin cushions. I made an apple and pear one (tutorials on my blog if you’re interested), but then felt bad putting pins in them. So now I’m looking for a more, um, functional, I guess, pin cushion.

  38. julie kohl says:

    love the coasters. The fabrics are great. I’ll be making these as a gift for a friend.

  39. Cary says:

    Love all these great ideas!!!

  40. Danna says:

    Thanks for the gift tags, we put them on all the fun things the kids made for family! They were so excited that they said they had made the gift!
    Thanks!!

  41. Everyday there is at least one thing I want to make. Usually there are more, many more but I can’t make them all. Can I??

  42. Samantha says:

    All of those projects look great! I love the cup holder idea.

  43. Monica says:

    i used stumble upon and found this site, and i’ve been back here almost every day. i really love your ideas- i’m making coasters for several people for christmas!

  44. Kathy says:

    What great gift projects! I will definatly check in here often for ideas, I am not a very creative mind! LOL.

  45. Christie says:

    more coffee cozy love here.

  46. Sonya says:

    Just got up from the sewing machine (finished & bib & a wall organizer–yippee).
    A snow day helped…it feels like an extra day! Keep the fun tutorials coming!
    thanks for the help on my list this year.

  47. Julia D says:

    I think the coffe cozy would be a great way to give a coffee gift card.

  48. Tammy says:

    Oh, the coffee cozy is adorable!!! Love, love, love it!

  49. mj says:

    Those coasters are so great!

  50. Rita says:

    I just got a great idea looking at these great ideas–a coffee cozy using scaps of felted wool. Thanks!

  51. Oiyi says:

    Love the colorful coasters.

  52. Amy beam says:

    Wow, that coffee cup tutorial is super cute and I think I know a couple people I could make it for. Do you know if it is easy to find nsul Bright?

  53. Beth H says:

    Thanks so much for sharing what you have found. The coffee cozy looks like a great gift.

  54. Carol says:

    Coasters! I’ve been dreaming about making coasters and I think it’s high time I got to making them. Thanks for all the examples.

  55. Mellissa says:

    I saw the coffee cozies at House on Hill Road, too. I’ve been waiting for a tutorial. Thanks so much!!!

  56. Lorrie says:

    Such wonderful inspiration here. I’ve created something that you can see on my blog. Here’s the link http://fabricpaperthread.blogspot.com/2007/12/use-it-up.html.

  57. Jaime says:

    That was a great coffee cup cozy tutorial… I didn’t even know that insulbright existed, and thanks to Suzanne, I now have about 50 projects lined up in my head… for NEXT YEAR of course hahaha…

    Thanks for providing all these great links to tutorials…as a novice sewer, it is so wonderful to have these step-by-step instructions with photos, so I know what I’m doing!

  58. Eva says:

    wish i had more time! i’d love to sew full-time, maybe i’m just saying that cuz i don’t have to do it full-time?!

  59. Heather B says:

    Thanks for compiling all the handmade goodness. It’s great to see what everyone is doing & so inspiring.

  60. Alisha says:

    Just got a new machine and I’ve been sewing away on some coasters. I’ve been thinking about the coffee cozy and now I won’t have to go searching for a tutorial. Thanks!

  61. Janice says:

    Am I the only one who is going to be so sad when December ends here? ;)

  62. Meredith says:

    Oh yippee, more great stuff, thank you again!!!

  63. alison says:

    What beautiful projects everyone has been working on!

  64. Violet says:

    I will have to make a few of those coffee cozies…
    -violet

  65. Sandy says:

    I love the coffee cozy. I’m hoping to translate this tutorial into beer cozies.

  66. nicolette says:

    I made a pincushion, easy and fun to do! Thanks again for all the inpsiration!

  67. amy m says:

    I have been looking for a cozy for my coffee cup. thanks!
    I tried one of those pincushions… but it didn’t quite turn out as pretty as joanna’s… guess I need to practice my patchwork skills!

    I finally got my little girl aprons done, will blog about them soon, I did put pictures up in the flickr group for handmade holidays.

  68. renee says:

    I’m addicted to making these pincushions! I found a bag of old scrap quilt squares that were already sewn together cutting the work in half. I was wondering what to do with them and voila!

    Loving the coasters too…next on the list!

  69. Amy Myers says:

    I just love the tutorial for the coffee cozy. I know several Starbuck’s/Dunkin Donuts addicted friends who would adore that. Thanks for the great idea!!!!

  70. Lynne H. says:

    These are such great projects for gifts!

  71. melissa says:

    love those colorful coasters! i crocheted a coffee cozy once for my fall swap partner (no photos though…the camera was broken). love the idea so much!

  72. Nicole says:

    I have been looking for a coffee cozy tutorial…Thanks!! I am also going to make some of those coasters fot neighbor gifts. So fun! :)

  73. Kathleen says:

    Aha! Now I know what to do with my coffee bean fabric :-)

  74. debbie says:

    I have loved reading all the tutorials for the past two months and have made several. Thanks for putting it all together!

  75. mama k says:

    fun stuff! I especially like that coffee cozy.

  76. Michelle says:

    I am so going to make one of those coffee cozies! Just one more way to reduce waste – stop using those paper ones all the time! Thank you!

  77. Carrie says:

    Love the coffee cozy!!! I picked up some coffee themed fabric a while back and have been serching for the perfect use for it. I should have known you wouldn’t let me down!!! Thanks again for all the great inspiration…everyday I’m adding something new to my list!

  78. Infrared says:

    I love the coaster ideas. I have a room full of fabric I inherited when my grandma passed away. Those are great ideas to start using some of it for cute gifts!

  79. kathy says:

    I love those pin cushions. May be just the right stocking stuffer for my daughter.
    :)

  80. Amy says:

    Love the coffee cuffs I have seen all over blog land…thanks for sharing your tutorial!

  81. Mia says:

    I get so inspired when I come to this site! I love the coffee cozy, it looks fast and easy. I can’t wait to make one. So many wonderful things to make. I need more time!

  82. Kabira says:

    I could say ‘Golly-gee, where do you find all these wondrous projects’ but truly it is that they and you display how much wondrous creativity is being shared on the web – ya-hoo! and many Thanks!

  83. Vickie says:

    Everything here is very cute and inspiring!
    Thanks!

  84. Natalie says:

    the coffee cozy will be perfect for teacher gifts. thank you!

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