December 11 ~ Holiday cards, traditions & balls

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

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Paula has a really lovely discussion on her blog, Hearty Works, responding to all of the meme questions. Paula shares how she really tries to learn about a person and then works to give them what they may have a hard time giving themselves (she worked for seven years to get just the right gift for her father-in-law!). Enjoy Paula’s discussion of holiday traditions, follow her shop link and see much more on her blog.

Addie also sells lots of items you may just want to give in her Waldeck Dry Goods shop! She answered the meme questions in two parts on her Waldeck Dry Goods blog; look here for part one and here for part two. Addie especially loves searching for just the right tree and getting the ornaments out to decorate.

Aurora from Foxy Art Studio has been making these holiday cards with (re)purposed postage stamps. This is a great way to gift beautiful holiday cards to the people you love. Don’t forget to follow Aurora’s shop link too!

Baby Balls
By Tanya, Grand Revival Designs

Tanya’s Ball Tutorial (under “Free Patterns” on the right sidebar) would be a fun gift for the babies and kids in your life (you could add something like lentils to the filling for older children to facilitate throwing). Tanya is the designer of the Barefoot Roses line, which you can buy in the Sew, Mama, Sew! shop. We think these balls would make fun ornaments too, with a little ribbon loop sewn in the top. Have fun!

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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79 Responses to December 11 ~ Holiday cards, traditions & balls

  1. Deb says:

    aaawwwww, I love the baby balls = }

  2. Kathleen says:

    With two little girls in the house, I’m going to have to try that ruffled skirt pattern!

  3. Holly Elam says:

    Thanks so much for sharing the ball tutorial. I am going to have a baby in May of 2008. I will definitely be making some of these. I love your site.

  4. Jennifer says:

    These balls are the cutest. They will be great on the tree or as a little something for my nephew.

  5. Kari says:

    Baby balls… how cute!!! That is such a great idea to use up scraps.

  6. Yvette says:

    The color combination on the ball ornaments are wonderful. They are so cute!

  7. Anusha says:

    Love those Baby balls! My 3 year-old has asked me to make 4 of those. One for her and one each for Darby, Willie and Jock… her friends. They are our neighbour’s dogs!!

  8. Shelley says:

    Love those balls! Thanks

  9. Jean says:

    The balls are a great project- and one I have been hoping to find a tutorial on!

  10. lauraloops says:

    those fabric balls would also make great
    1. pincushions
    2. dog toys (add a squeaker)
    3. decorations- make a bunch in silver and put in a nice glass bowl as a centerpiece
    4. potpourri sachets, add essential oils or lavender

  11. Doreen says:

    I had just the fabric to make a ball for my almost 11 month old daughter. My 3 year old son has enjoyed playing with it with her. THANKS!!

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  13. April-May says:

    I love the baby ball tutorial! I’ve been wanting to learn how to needle felt so I could make some, but I already know how to sew! Thanks!

  14. the baby balls are so cute! my little one would love these 🙂

  15. cecile says:

    I was looking for a pattern to make a ball just like that ! Thanks for those great tutorials.

  16. michelle says:

    Thanks so much for the lovely gift tag printable!! These will go nicely with some of my handmade gifts!! Your blog is so inspiring, thanks for all of the wonderful ideas!


  17. Glaucia says:

    The ball tutorial is great! It´s a lovely ideia fro using colorful scraps from stash, thank you!

  18. Ruthie says:

    What a wonderful blog! Thanks so much for the gift cards.

  19. Meg says:

    Those little balls have just made it onto my list for my baby. He’s going to be one next week. It sure is difficult to have a baby so close to Christmas!

  20. ambre sautter says:

    thanks for the ball tutorial! my one year old will love these!

  21. Lynn says:

    The ball pattern is great! I love it when I don’t have to think!

  22. Greta says:

    I love the balls! It would be so fun to have a basket full of those! Thanks!!

  23. Tina M. says:

    Love the gift tags! I printed mine on light cardstock and they’re gorgeous! Thank you for all of this 🙂

  24. Chris Worthy says:

    The ball pattern is fantastic. It is clearly one of those spatial things I never would have figured out without a pattern. 🙂 I wonder if six different fabrics, each with a different texture, would work. That would make for a fun baby toy!

  25. Steph says:

    thanks so much for the baby ball tutorial!! I wanted to make some this year for my godson and wasn’t quite sure how to go about it. Again, the ideas here are great and inspiring. Thanks for getting them all together.
    Steph in CT

  26. Louisa says:

    I really love the gift tags. Thanks for sharing them! I have followed a similar pattern for making cloth balls. It was great fun. I would never have thought to use them as Christmas ornaments. It sure would be a cute idea!

  27. Javede says:

    This reminded me that I wanted to write christmas cards this year to a lot of people…hmm, wonder if it’s already too late for them to get overseas…

  28. Dorte says:

    I love how the stamps are stiched onto the cards….

  29. those balls are great!!

  30. Serena says:

    Thank you Tanya for saving me the effort of drafting up my own ball pattern!

  31. Joanne says:

    So many cool projects, so little time.

  32. melissa says:

    love those balls. i’ve been thinking about bean bags…maybe balls are better? thanks so much!

  33. Clarissa says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!!!

  34. Libby says:

    I love the idea of using the balls as ornaments.

  35. Christy says:

    I’m using the balls as ornaments

  36. Addie says:

    Thanks for mentioning my blog! So cool to have some new visitors. Merry Christmas!

  37. Debra says:

    Ohhhh I love the ball tutorial! Those would be so cute to add to little one’s gift!

  38. Julia D says:

    Soft baby balls are a great gift!! I did one with hexagons fo a friens 1st birthday and he’s 4 now & still plays with it!

  39. Thank you for the ball tutorial! My son has Down Syndrome and I’ve been looking for a cute ball we could practice our gross and fine motor skills with. Now I can make my son his own ball with a personal made by mom flair! xox

  40. Michele says:

    Another great tutorial thanks!

  41. Teresa says:

    Love the cards. Thank you

  42. Heather says:

    I have a niece with a first birthday tomorrow. This will be a nice gift for her! hjm

  43. aurora fox says:

    Thanks for featuring my holiday cards on your blog! that was a nice surprise for me today!
    at this point, it is all beginning to feel more like holidaze to me…
    one more present to make and I’m done!
    love the baby balls….

  44. Ekioart says:

    Those baby balls are so neat!

  45. Beth H says:

    Oh my. I cant wait to try the ball tutorial. Thanks!

  46. Carolyn says:

    The ball tutorial is so great! What a great little gift this is! Thanks, again, for another great idea! If I only had about 3 more months, I could finish all the handmade gifts I would like to give this year 🙂

  47. Lala says:

    TY so much for sharing the ball tutorial!!! My sister just had twins and this will be a SUPER CUTE giftie for them!!!

    Lala :o)

  48. heather w. says:

    great fabric balls! I have made them before and they are always a hit! =)

  49. mama k says:

    Ok, enough already! There are just too many great tuts out there and not enough time!! 🙂

  50. Katie Hoefle says:

    These baby balls are just adorable.

  51. Jess says:

    Love the christmas stamp cards! And i have been looking for something to make for my baby boy, those balls are perfect!

  52. Joanna says:

    Love the baby balls! There are so many great ideas out there that I want to try, but they will have to wait until after this christmas. I am definitely going to start earlier next year!!

  53. Vickie says:

    Thanks for the baby balls! Just right for a baby gift I need!!

  54. Carol says:

    I’ve seen plenty of ideas for recycling old cards, but not stamps! I like it.

  55. Eva says:

    love the idea for the cards!

  56. Christie says:

    those stamp cards are really interesting

  57. Solidia says:

    I love your blog! Thanks for the cute ball pattern. I have been looking for one of these for quite some time!!

  58. Kris says:

    The ball pattern is darling. I have several friends expecting. This would be a perfect gift!!

  59. Natalie says:

    what great little fabric balls. i love that you can do different sizes. thank you.

  60. Toni says:

    I love the ball tutorial – what a great thing to do with the scraps!!!

    Thanks for all the ideas – I’ll never be bored again.

  61. Mika says:

    Oh, I love the holiday cards with the “recycled” stamps. My friends make little boxes (for fudge) from recycled holiday cards, but I never thought to reuse the stamps!

  62. amy m says:

    The little balls are cute and a good way to use up some scrap fabric. I love the cards with the repurposed stamps too!

  63. Becca says:

    Cute balls! What a great idea!

  64. Darma says:

    I think the balls pattern would make great ornaments too. I know they would be great filled with a bit of catnip for my cats too. Great pattern simple and fast.Thanks!

  65. Søren says:

    A set of three of those balls filled with rice or something similar would be an awesome present to help someone learn to juggle – I learned to juggle in acting class as a lesson in meditation – I know it sounds crazy, but you DO have to get into a rhythm and it can actually be calming! 🙂

  66. irene says:

    I was just thinking of trying out some balls for the boys’ to give as presents. Now I have a tutorial to help with it- thank you!

  67. Lil' d says:

    I’m enjoying reading about everyone’s Christmas.

  68. Krista says:

    I like the ball ornament idea!

  69. Love the balls, what a fun idea! They would make really cute ornaments!

  70. Lynne H. says:

    Such great ideas – thank you for sharing these.

  71. MrsH says:

    I, too, truly love digging out the holiday decorations and reliving all the memories.

  72. stacy says:

    Thank you for the gift tags! I plan on making some of those balls for baby soon!

  73. Celeste says:

    I kid you not–I was JUST hopping online to look for a cloth ball tutorial! Thank you so much; it’s just what I was looking for!

  74. Meredith says:

    Thank you for more great stuff!! I know I won’t be able to keep up, but I sure appreciate all the ideas 🙂

  75. Cocoa says:

    I’m going to have to try the ball tutorial. My little guy loves to throw balls and roll them around. The recycled stamp cards are ingenious!

  76. Claudia~L says:

    I have been looking for a ball tut to make for my baby niece – thanks!!

  77. Alisa says:

    I saw that ball tutorial yesterday. Aren’t they sweet! I printed out the pattern and am so looking forward to making a few (my sewing room is upside down right now, we are doing some moving around in our house.)

  78. Kacy says:

    Can’t wait to try out that baby ball tutorial. Thanks!

  79. alison says:

    Love the baby balls tutorial. I’ll have to add that to my list for some friends having babies in the New Year. I’m loving reading everyone’s memes.

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