December 12 ~ Melissa’s tutorial links, wristlets & more

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We have lots of fun links for you today!

25 Days of Christmas Craft
By Melissa, One Crafty Mumma

Melissa is sharing a holiday craft every day through Christmas on her blog, One Crafty Mumma. Her site is full of fun tutorials (like this great Denim Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial and a tutorial to make the reindeer on our main page), and how-tos (we love this Glitter Playdough!). Melissa creates in Tasmania, Australia and we know you’ll have fun with all of her crafty inspiration.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Rachel is getting ready for her a baby girl (on the way any day now!) but she still has a few things left in her Vintage Songbird shop. She’s made lots of great gifts for friends and family and writes about them on her Vintage Songbird blog. Rachel’s made lots of quilted zippered wristlets like this one (which incorporates some of our favorite Katie Jump Rope fabrics!) using Caro’s tutorial in our Purses compilation.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme, continued!
Stefanie of Artsy Momma has a great collection of answers to the meme, including links to her favorite meatloaf recipe and a truly impressive handmade gift list. She has a nice theme gift idea, her Artsy Momma shop with lots of handmade totes and scarves and more for you to enjoy on her blog.

Melissa from Elemental Stitches also has lots of wonderful meme answers and her Scent of Rain Designs shop with gifts you can buy. Melissa’s favorite family holiday tradition is decorating the house and tree, and she has several loved ones she’s missing this holiday season. She shares “sneak peeks” at holiday gifts (with lots of intricate embroidery) on her blog too.

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

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147 Responses to December 12 ~ Melissa’s tutorial links, wristlets & more

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  10. Amy says:

    What cute Christmas trees! I’m making some now for my kids to decorate!

  11. Samantha says:

    SWOON!!!! I’m drunk on craft ideas……….

  12. Clarissa says:

    I was looking for some ornament ideas, Thanks for the links!!!

  13. Camellia says:

    I sooo love this time of year when many tutorial links are featured! I find something new everyday that I haven’t seen before. Thank you ever so much!

  14. Julia D says:

    Those trees are perfect!

  15. Brandy says:

    I love the gift tags, what a wonderful idea! Thank you!!

  16. I would like to say ‘Merry Christmas’ to you all. These tuts for christmas are a great idea. Thanks to every one.

  17. SuZ says:

    thanks for all the tutorials……

  18. Becca says:

    Love those denim tree ornaments… wonder if I can get myself to make 6 of them by Sunday. (As well as 6 dozen cookies, 6 post-it note holders, 6 altered Frapuccino bottles, 6 cookie bag toppers and a whole bunch of fudge, dip & spiced cider!)

  19. Jacqueline says:

    I love the links to new blogs I wouldn’t find otherwise. Thanks for all the creative ideas!

  20. Alana says:

    I love all the tutorials. Ive made ALL my gifts this year just from following this blog. πŸ™‚

  21. Karie says:

    I just love the blog One Crafty Mumma, That is now my new favorite… well other than this one of course. So many good ideas of Christmas Craft ideas!! I wish I had more time to make them all!!

  22. Marilyn says:

    Wonderful ideas! Thanks for posting!

  23. Kathleen says:

    OneCraftyMumma has alot of great stuff in her “25 Days” posts!

    Very cool!

  24. Leah says:

    I’m having so much fun browsing through all the posts here! Lots of inspiration! Thanks so much!

  25. Dani says:

    Wow! Melissa is a star! I am loving all of her super cute ideas! Thanks for introducing me to this fabulous blog!

  26. Mandie says:

    I stumbled upon your blog a few weeks ago, and can’t get enough! I love all the great ideas, and crafty blog links that you provide! Thanks so much for sharing!

  27. Katie Wools says:

    I love the idea of handmade ornaments. There is always story behind them. Love the Christmas Trees!

  28. jennie says:

    cute, cute, cute

  29. Mary Catherine says:

    Thank you so much for compiling all of these great tutorials! What a wonderful resource to get great Christmas gift ideas for this year! πŸ™‚

  30. Kati says:

    I love the Denim Christmas trees!!! The don’t look too Christmasy but they are very cute and fun. I doubt I’ll get any made before Christmas this year….but I am going to file this away for next year!!! I am enjoying your site! Thanks!

  31. Beth says:

    I love the quilted wristlets! So many projects, need to make time.

  32. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for all the tutorials. They are so inspiring!

  33. lindsay says:

    I’ve been reading your blog for the last month and would like to delurk to say its’s beautiful. I love your crafty ideas and the lay out of your site.

  34. Stefanie says:

    Thanks for featuring my blog!!!

  35. Laura says:

    I love these ornaments, thanks for such a great blog!

  36. Javede says:

    I love wristlets, must try a quilted one soon.

  37. Dorte says:

    What a great blog, melissa has! thanks for sharing.

  38. ainhoa says:

    It’s difficult to chose one project. They are so lovely…

  39. Elaine Perez says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely gift tags. I printed and used them for my handmade gifts this year, and included a pic of one of the tags on my blog. It was really generous!

  40. Carrie says:

    Ooo, Denim trees! Love.

  41. Linda says:

    These links are wonderful! Could you include one tomorrow on how to add hours to the day so I have time to create all the things I want to?

  42. Christy says:

    Love the gift tags~Thanks!!

  43. Cindy Shelton says:

    Just clicking around the craft blogs I came upon Sew Mama Sew just a couple of weeks ago. Thank you so much!! I am so inspired to get busy–The tutorials and projects are wonderful–Thank you so much–all who contribute!!

  44. Rosemary P. says:

    Thank you for all the delightful ideas and links to the respective blogs. I love it all.

  45. Samantha says:

    Love that little reindeer!

  46. Teddi says:

    Every day I say, “That’s it…no more projects for this year’s holiday giving” and then more fabulous things pop up on your site! I can’t wait to dig in every day – you’ve inspired the sewing right into me again! Thank you and I love coming here every day!

  47. Amy says:

    These are darling ideas and you inspire me to take time out for myself and do something fun! I am so glad I have found your blog. ~Amy in Missouri

  48. Kim says:

    AWESOME tutorials, thank you!

  49. Cathy says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials! Exactly what I need!

  50. Piroska says:

    Hey, glitter playdough, what a fantastic idea!

  51. Katie says:

    I LOVE the gift tags!!!

  52. Libby says:

    Love the ornaments.

  53. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for the gift tags! I printed out a bunch and am using them like crazy! Love it! You guys have so many ideas, it’s hard to keep up! Em

  54. Melissa says:

    Thanks for the great comments! Happy Holidays!

  55. Susan says:

    Oh boy, see what happens, you post that picture of the lovely wristlet from Rachel’s Vintage Songbird Shop and they are now gone! I didn’t even get to look because I was out all days. The adorable denim trees are great, the ideas just keep flowing.

  56. Gina says:

    LOVE the fabric! Hope my name is drawn! Thanks!

  57. Kelli says:

    The denim trees are adorable. What an inspiration this whole blog is!!

  58. Audrey says:

    I have really enjoyed the homemade holiday countdown!. With several projects made and several more to go, your site is inspiring.

  59. Kimberlee says:

    I thought that I was finished with my Christmas decorating and shopping and crafting! That is, until I started reading this blog! Everytime I come here I find a new project I want to start! I love it! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  60. Laura Lane says:

    I’m having fun exploring your site. It just goes on and on. How inspiring to my creative side!

    Thanks for your time
    Merry CHRISTmas!


  61. Sarah Hovan says:

    I love the reindeer picture with a button eyeball. Whimsy rocks down to its roots! I’m a new sewer and have already filled my tree with awesome craftiness from this dear website!

  62. Alison says:

    I’m so happy to see more christmasy crafts πŸ™‚ gotta deck out the tree

  63. Michele says:

    The glitter playdough is fabulous!

  64. jen says:

    thank you so much for posting all the links to these wonderful tutorials and patterns…everyday, i have found myself looking at new blogs i never seen before! thanks again!

  65. Julie says:

    I am still loving your blog! I just blogged about it on my own blog and hope to drive some more traffic your way! Your sight is a sewers dream and I am just in LOVE with it! Thanks a buch!

  66. stephanie says:

    I love your site. I have picked up a few new sewing projects thanks to you all!!

  67. mama k says:

    ooh that glitter play dough is so fun!

  68. Heather says:

    I love all these tutorials. I think I have enough projects planned out now, ha ha.

  69. Amy says:

    Those denim trees are SO cute! I’ve gotta make me some!

  70. Ann says:

    Those trees are super cute! have really been enjoying your countdown to Christmas. too bad I have a job! πŸ™ I would be working on these projects all day!

  71. dianne says:

    Oh my hell, you guys are killing me this year! You’ve outdone yourselves – thanks for all of the tutorials. Now I will get started on my Christmas stuff for NEXT year . . .

  72. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love this blog, thank you! I made a wristlet too, but no pics up yet as my camera is in the shop for repair. These are absolutely awesome tutorials.

  73. Christine says:

    I found this site today while searching for easy beginners sewing projects. You’ve inspired me! Great site!

  74. Anna H. says:

    Wow, so much holiday eye candy! Thank you so much for compiling all these wonderful ideas and tutorials! I look forward to your posts everyday now. I am busy making some ornaments – so much fun it should be illegal ha, ha

  75. Love the wristlet!!! And those denim trees are too cute!

    With friendship,

  76. Sarah says:

    Such great ideas!

  77. I am loving the links each day! Thanks:)

  78. Christie says:

    So many days, so many crafts…

  79. Barbara says:

    Wish I had time to make more gifts, but sometimes my commonsense wins out πŸ™‚

  80. Alison says:

    I love all the crafty ideas/blogs you link to! I have so many things I want to make now, I don’t know where to start!

  81. Addie says:

    i always have to make sure the baby is sound asleep before i start reading this blog. there is so much fun stuff to read and look at. thanks for all the great blogs and ideas!

  82. Thanks so much for featuring my little tree ornaments and other projects on here, that was so sweet of you Sew, Mama, Sew!
    Thankyou to everyone that has left such lovely comments on here too :O)

  83. oooh, i NEED a wristlet! πŸ™‚ so cute!!

  84. emily says:

    I can’t thank you enough for all of the fabulous ideas and tutorials! This is the best place online for sewing ideas and resources. thanks again!!

  85. Kellie says:

    Delurking to say hello. I love your handmade Christmas List! Such talented people! I have gotten so many great ideas! I’ll be busy all year!

  86. layla says:

    Oo I love these trees!

  87. Mrs. Pear says:

    We are definitely going to be making the One Crafty Mama ornaments! They are so cute!

  88. Glaucia says:

    So many lovely ideas! I hope you keep these pages, and the others from november through 2008, so we’ll have a hole new year to do it all! Thanks for sharing!

  89. Momo says:

    I can’t wait till finals are over so I can get started on these tutorials! Thanks for your awesome and inspiring site!

  90. Amber says:

    You guys are great – thank so much for all the inspiration!

  91. Megan H says:

    Great ideas.

  92. Elizabeth says:

    Love the link to the glitter playdough. I think I need some for me.

  93. Amy says:

    One Crafty Mumma is official on my list of must reads! Great Blog!!!

  94. Steph W says:

    Thank you for your fun contests!

  95. Eva says:

    next year i’ll prepare for christmas way ahead of time so i can make more handmade gifts πŸ˜‰

  96. sarah says:

    I Love Mels blog and really enjoying the daily posts.
    Sarah x

  97. I love the free gift tags. Thanks!

  98. Geo says:

    Hurray for One Crafty Mumma!

  99. jodie says:

    Thanks for sharing a link to Melissa’s blog! WONDERFUL!!

  100. Leah says:

    Will the good ideas never stop?! I now have sewing projects for the next bazillon years!

  101. marissa says:

    More great ideas! Thanks!

  102. renee says:

    Cute ornaments! Just what i needed to top off gift baskets for family.

  103. Lindsey says:

    I LOVE the wristlet! I know what I am making after the holidays!

  104. Natalie says:

    Today’s the day… I am gonna sew and sew and sew! Brace yourself cheap little sewing machine!

  105. Emily S. says:

    Thank you for the gift tags-very cute and much better than what’s available in stores!

  106. Lil' d says:

    Sounds like more great ideas. Thank you.

  107. Nichole D. says:

    That purse is just too cute. It would be great for keeping knitting doodads in!

  108. erin rae says:

    My list of projects I want to do just keeps getting longer! Thanks for all the great links.

  109. Challice N says:

    I just adore reading your blog! My poor husband is looking at a dining room table filled with craft idea’s thanks to you. πŸ˜‰ Thank you!

  110. Jill T says:

    Love the gift tags. Thanks!

  111. Darcy Shepard says:

    This was a great bolg to check out – I loved the little reindeer food and poem to go along with it – loads of great ideas – thanks!

  112. patty says:

    I just recently discovered your blog and I’m finding it so inspiring! Thank you!

  113. amy m says:

    I *love* that zippered wristlet… soo darn cute!
    And the denim trees! cute! those would be cute to add to the front of some packages for some of my friends!
    and glitter playdough.. yea!

  114. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Just what I’ve been looking for, for my girls to make for gifts. Thak you!

  115. Michelle says:

    Those tree ornaments are similar to the ones I made for my ornament swap!

  116. kjerstiye says:

    those denim trees are great! i love holiday crafts that aren’t obviously ‘holiday’!

  117. Kristi says:

    Such great ideas and tutorials the past couple of months. Thank you!

  118. Sarah Shulman says:

    Thank you for the best month ever! I must check back through the tutorials several times a day just to make sure I haven’t missed anything fabulous. Cheers to you and all the bloggers who make this possible.

  119. Jenn says:

    I love that quilted wristlet!

  120. Amy M. says:

    I love that wristlet! Everytime I think I’m almost done sewing Christmas presents, I realize there is so much more that I could be making!

  121. Karla says:

    glitter playdough!!!
    how fun is that!!!

  122. Rachel Ehorn says:

    It’s pretty good that I am my own boss – because I spend way too much time looking at crafting blogs and websites. Loved the ideas today – those little denim ornaments look so cute and also sooo easy. Why can’t I come up with anything on my own like that? Oh, I know why – I am too busy making all the projects I get from other people!!!

  123. Bonnie says:

    I love those tree ornaments and thanks for reminding me that little wristlets will make terrific gifts for some of my friends!

  124. Autumn says:

    The denim trees are adorable!!!
    On my way to the sewing room now!!

  125. Beth H says:

    More great tutorials! Thank you!!

  126. Ellen Banerjee says:

    I have truly enjoyed your blog and have been inspired into making 2 projects last week. Thanks for the inspiration!!! Between my full time job and a volunteer job, both doing accounting, I’d forgotten what creativity can do for the spirit!

  127. Becca says:

    I love the denim tree ornaments – a great addition to a country Christmas!

  128. heather w. says:

    so many links! so many awesome projects!!! THANK YOU

  129. amy says:

    love it her
    sew much

  130. nettie says:

    I love the trees! so cute

  131. Jennifer says:

    Can’t wait to get started on More presents, Thanks for sharing!

  132. Vickie says:

    Again, really cute things! I love the glitter clay!

  133. adorable ornaments!

  134. Claudia~L says:

    I really enjoyed going to Melissa’s blog. I loved her count down to Christmas with her craft and recipe ideas – where does she get the energy and time?

  135. Heather B says:

    Everytime I check a gift off my list, more names are added to the list! It’s great to have the link for your tutorials, because I just look back and presto a gift comes to mind. thank you.

  136. alison says:

    Love the denim Christmas tree ornaments and the zippered wristlet! Wth every blog post you make I keep adding more projects to my list! I’ve decided to stick to my original list and keep the added ideas for next year. Now just to get the time to get those original items completed!

  137. Anjanette says:

    Thanks for more great stuff! I was out of town for a week and just caught up with your posts. My mind is spinning! πŸ™‚

  138. Jessica says:

    I love that little reindeer!

  139. Amy says:

    I can hardly get over that new Katie Jump Rope fabric. It’s so adorable it makes me crazy, and looks super cute in that quilted wristlet. I *hope* someone I know has taken the hint and is getting me the fat quarter set for Christmas!!

  140. Mia says:

    What a wonderful website you found. She is definitely one crafty mumma. I can’t wait to try the apricot balls, and the denim Christmas tree ornaments.

  141. Monique says:

    OMG I am soooooooooooooo behind!!!! and poor on top of that! Oh well I absolutely LOVE LOVE all the links you put up but MAN oh MAN I wanna make them ALL!!!!! (Thus putting me even more behind!) I hope everyone loves reciving NEW YEAR gifts instead of XMAS ones , hahahaha

    Merry Christmas (or to be PC……… HAPPY HOLIDAYS) to all and hoping everyone spends this time with the ones you love

  142. Natalie says:

    yah! more fun tutorials, thank you.

  143. Susan Womersley says:

    It is SO hard to choose just a few of all the wonderful projects you’ve given us! I am already working on next year’s gifts!!! Thanks for all your creative work.


  144. Roberta Johnson says:

    As a crafter from way back, I got “lost” in your blog. And Ioved every minute of it. I will definitely come back for more!


  145. whitney says:

    Thanks for all the work you have all done in finding so many great projects! I have had tons of fun getting started, and am now racing to finish all my home made Christmas presents! There are just too many good ideas.

  146. Louisa says:

    Wow! I am amazed at your never ending supply of great new blogs to visit and ideas to share. Thanks so much!

  147. Mary says:

    Those denim trees are adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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