December 14 ~ Journal covers & meme links

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Today’s the last day this week to comment for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew!. Don’t miss our Five Favorite Sewing Patterns, and take lots of great ideas from today’s journal covers and meme answers!

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Lisa’s working on placemats and coasters and she’s missing her Grandma Ida, with her happy spirit and unconditional love for Lisa. Learn more about Lisa on her blog, ‘Burbs of DC.

Cheyenne made this cute apron to go with a duster and broom for her daughter’s Christmas present. She also makes jams and jellies in the summer to give throughout the holidays to neighbors and friends! Enjoy Cheyenne’s meme answers on her My Little Sewing Blog.

Patchwork Journal Covers
By Mystele, Hotwater Cornbread Handmade

Mystele’s journal covers incorporate, “cozy patchwork combos of vintage and new, vintage-style fabrics (Kaufman and others) with cushy batting and sweet coordinating lining fabrics.” Wouldn’t these be fun to make? Round up some of your favorite scraps and use one of our Reading & Writing tutorials as a starting point. You could also buy some of Mystele’s lovely creations in her Hotwater Cornbread shop!

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme (more!)
Becca has a great “compilation gift” idea in her meme answers. She loves egg nog, hangs the same three ornaments right away on the Christmas tree each year and loves the tradition of “taking a nap at 9pm and waking up around midnight to hear the sleigh bells.” Santa then arrives and the whole family opens presents. Enjoy more on her blog Re: Becca.

Amy sells these (and many more!) intricately embroidered hair clips, perfect for stocking stuffers, in her My Zoe Bug shop. She also shares a great Candy Bar Tutorial and lots of holiday traditions on her My Zoe Bug blog.

Log Cabin Journal Cover
By Hyein, Christina’s

Hyein has an amazing selection of journal covers in her Christina’s shop. In addition to the honeycomb version on our main page and the log cabin cover here she has many more sweet styles for you to enjoy. Take inspiration from Hyein and revisit our Reading & Writing tutorials.

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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130 Responses to December 14 ~ Journal covers & meme links

  1. SmilynStef says:

    How cute are those journal covers … and everything else … love the blog.

  2. Serena says:

    Everything is so cute! I love the patchwork!

  3. Erica says:

    This has become one of my favorite blogs! Thanks for putting everything together in such as usable format. The apron featured above is absolute beautiful as are so many of the other handmade creations. I have really been making an effort to plan handmade items this year and to give the items with confidence while feeling good about my decisions.

  4. nalani says:

    Thanks so much for the all the tutorials and the gift tags! I have been busy trying to complete my gifts…and this is the first year ever that I have tried to sew it all. Thanks to this blog and the community of sewists and crafters!

  5. Jody says:

    I love all the great ideas you have! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Those journal covers are so lovely. I really need to try that!

  7. Yvette says:

    Love the patchwork journals!

  8. Lisa says:

    Oh I LOVE the apron! And the journal cover is cool! If I only kept up with journaling.. but I’m inspired now to make a gardening apron for my daughter and put some tools with it..

  9. Libby says:

    The log cabin journal cover is a favorite. I just wish I had more time to make everything.

  10. Teresa says:

    Stop you are killing me softly with all these wonderful ideas. I am afraid I will have to save them for birthdays and next year.

  11. Jenni says:

    Love the apron. The daisy’s are beautiful.

  12. Elise says:

    These journal covers are absolutely lovely. What a thoughtful gift that can be turned into a well-loved journal, scrapbook or classroom notebook! The fabric choices are perfect.

  13. Kat says:

    The fabrics are soo pretty, it makes my stash look boring.

  14. Melissa says:

    How do ya’ll keep coming up with such cute, fresh ideas? It’s beginning to look a lot like a crafting frenzy at my house!

  15. Stephanie K says:

    I agree, I have a really hard time taking on patchwork items—that’s a lot of finicky sewing.

  16. Avlor says:

    @ Claudia

    Why not make a set for yourself? Wear something wonderfully outrageous with them just to see what you can pull off for an outfit! πŸ˜‰

  17. kirsten says:

    Love the hournal covers!!! I sent most of my homemades today…one heck of a postage bill.

  18. Bridget says:

    THANK YOU!! Every thing you have featured this week (and always) has been great. Very inspirational.

  19. Pamela says:

    A Log Cabin Journal Cover! πŸ™‚ Now that is something I can make for ME. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Emily says:

    Oh the patchwork journals are just the thing I need to add to my bridesmaids gift bags! I love them!

  21. Amanda says:

    lovin those journal covers,,,, even if i don’t journal, still cute enough to fool people into thinking i do.

  22. Ginny says:

    What pretty things, love the journal!

  23. Trina says:

    Oh, please – you shared a link to a cute little gray wool hat for a child tutorial and I can’t find it! It was in the last two weeks, but I ran a search and everything….can you help me? I wanted to make one for my son for Christmas…thank you!

  24. Blakely says:

    I love all of these ideas.

  25. Christie says:

    to buy or to sew? that is the question. i can’t make everything i’d like to….

  26. Heather C. says:

    I love the patchwork journal covers! soo cute!!

  27. Carey says:

    I’m so happy to have found your blog and it seems like a great time to have found it.

  28. Sonicka says:

    So many great things to make I wish it was November again!

  29. Elizabeth says:

    Everything looks so amazing =O
    I especially love those Patchwork Journal Covers – very cute!

  30. Vicki says:

    You keep coming up with fantastic links and projects. Thanks :))))))))))))))))))))

  31. Jen says:

    Darn this full time job! There are so many cute things I want to make now! And not enough time! Thank you, ladies, for pulling all of these WONDERFUL tutes together! I have sooo many ideas now!

  32. Christen Krumm says:

    Wow! This site is amazing!! My sister gave me your link and now I can’t get enough of ya’ll!! πŸ™‚

  33. Julia D says:

    It’s so fun reading everyone’s crafty, sewy endeavors! Thank you for sharing!

  34. Angela says:

    I LOVE all these Christmas crafts! Thanks!

  35. Barbara says:

    Great gift ideas yet again! I love the little apron πŸ™‚

  36. meredith says:

    always great ideas. i am on an apron kick so i loved the apron and the journal cover is great!

    thank you for the great ideas as always!

  37. Stephanie J says:

    I see fun coming πŸ™‚

  38. Judy D. says:

    the honeycomb journal cover is lovely. i have a drawer full of hexagons for a grandmothers flower garden quilt but i’m too scared to even start. thanks for all the wonderful inspiration!

  39. Jennifer says:

    What a great idea! Your website & blog have truly been a wonderful inspiriation & source of awesome handmade sewing ideas! Thanks for all you put together!

  40. Tricia says:

    The barrettes are little gems! I’ll have some time tonight to make them for my little girl.

  41. Carrie says:

    I love that apron. I keep promising that I will make one for myself, soon!

  42. Laura says:

    I love that little apron!

  43. Mary says:

    Those journal covers are adorable! Too much to do, too little time!

  44. Glaucia says:

    This journal covers are sweet, I love the colors and the fabrics!

  45. Carol says:

    Journal covers are a great idea. A terrific way to personalize boring covers.

  46. Carrie says:

    Love the little apron and patchwork notebook covers! Must make a few of those…

  47. Kris says:

    Hi! Love your site. I love the way it’s organised!

  48. Pat says:

    Love the journal covers!

  49. Cici says:

    Hyein’s journal cover is too sweet – I love her little fabrics. ooh – too much crafting to do and not even time until Christmas. Happens every year!

  50. Love all of them! One’s sweeter than the next!

    I finally posted my handcrafter’s meme today. thanks for making the holidays so fun!

    With friendship,

  51. renee says:

    Love the log cabin one! Too sweet.

  52. Dani says:

    I really need to try some patchwork goodies but for some reason it is very intimidating to this newbie!

  53. Joanna says:

    I see I am not alone in my LOVE for the fabrics on the log cabin journal cover. Since I make all of my projects out of recycled fabric, I kinda have to take what I an get, so I secretly dream about Japanese and retro (Dick and Jane!) fabric. You know the proverb: Desire creates suffering…:)

  54. Teddi says:

    Love the journal covers – haven’t done them yet, but think my oldest daughter would be won over by them! I think I will keep these handy for when the winter blah’s set in after the holidays! Thanks for keeping the fun stuff coming! I look forward to coming here every day!

  55. Darby says:

    That journal cover is way too cool. I’d just have to figure out what writing was worthy enough to go inside!

  56. Karie says:

    Ohhhhh…. I just love the log cabin journal covers!! Very Cute!!

  57. Samantha says:

    The journal covers I love love LOVE!! I saw that Martha S. has a countdown of “Good Things” in December- it doesn’t hold a candle to Sew, Mama, Sew!! Wonder whaer she got the idea????

  58. heide says:

    I am SO loving all the crafty gift ideas. I just made once of those cute tissues packet holders for a craft swap. I don’t do Chrsitmas, but I do lots of crafting and swapping and you’re giving me kajillions of fun crafty ideas! Thanks!!!

  59. Nona says:

    Sew Mama Sew rocks. The last 2 months have inspired me to do so much! I wish I had more time to sew….Journal covers will have to be birthday gifts. Sigh.

  60. Eva says:

    aww those barrets are great!

  61. Angie says:

    Great ideas, especially the log cabin journal!

  62. irene says:

    Oh that journal- so very cute!

  63. Jennifer says:

    I just discovered this blog about a month ago, and I have loved every single day since then! Thanks *so* much for all the great resources and links. I’ve created quite a few gifts, and have a long list yet to keep me busy for another 9 days.

  64. ChristineB says:

    I grew up sewing but because I live across the country from my mom and sewing teacher, it’s been hard for me to finish projects because I run into a problem and then don’t know how to get past it. Your tutorials have gotten back in the saddle again. Thanks you so much!

  65. Kristine says:

    I really need to get moving on making my gifts…

  66. Alana says:

    I love those patchwork book covers. It seems my patchworking never looks that good though πŸ™ BEAUTIFUL WORK!!!

  67. Andrea says:

    Love all the sewing projects! One of my most favorite places to look each morning.

  68. I have so enjoyed this series! Thank you so much for posting these every day. I’ve bookmarked a few to try after Christmas.

  69. Claudia~L says:

    I’ve always wanted to make those hair clips – too bad I have boys…I’ve got to wait for a niece to come along.

  70. Avlor says:

    Wah! How cute! I have to make a set of the hair clips for my daughter! (after sewing her tutu, finishing the capes for godsons, sewing a stufty and tote for a friend) Don’t think the clips will get done before Christmas, but will be fun to do anyway. I always love the projects featured here. It’s like “crack” for crafters. πŸ˜‰

  71. Vashti says:

    I love this website! I’ve been lurking here for about three weeks…and I’m so pleased to see all of the wonderful ideas. You make me want to have more time in my day, week, month and year!!! Thank you for all the wonderful ideas and links to other great websites. My favorites list in IE is getting so full…because of you!!!

  72. Tammy says:

    Oooh, those journal covers look awesome! I continue to add things to my “someday I’ll sew” list, thanks to you!

  73. Bailey says:

    Just wanted to say thanks again. My Christmas sewing continues. Today: pajama pants for a brother-in-law. Hope he doesn’t think that’s weird… From the November tutorials I made the crayon roll, the knitting needle case, lots of coasters, some ornaments and two aroma therapy bags (these are my favorites!). Probably other things too, but I’ve lost track! You’re the best! Thanks! P.S. I won free fabric a few months back (thankyou!), so I have no illusions of winning again!

  74. Michelle says:

    Wow, those journal covers are seriously amazing. I’ll have to revisit some of those tutorials, thanks!

  75. Celeste says:

    That little apron is adorable!

  76. Bonnie says:

    Oh man… not more good ideas!!! I’m NEVER going to get my Christmas list done!!

  77. Jenn says:

    Love the log cabin notebook cover!

  78. sharon says:

    this whole season has been so awesome with the inspiration, the tutorials … i so want to make at least one of almost everything!

  79. edina says:

    Love all the great ideas you share – thanks!

  80. Kari says:

    And the great ideas from all the bloggers just keep coming! Isn’t this a fabulous time to be a crafter!!!

  81. Shannon H. says:

    Oooh. Journal covers are nice. I’ll have to try and make a few to send to my sister, and a few friends!

  82. Lil' d says:

    I’m hoping I have time to make my nieces a covered journal – or at least a crayon roll.

  83. joleen says:

    what a fantastic blog!! so glad to have found you. πŸ™‚

  84. dede says:

    So much inspiration, so little time. Thanks for all the happy pushes this blog gives me.

  85. Alex says:

    Those hairclips are so cool! Thanks!

  86. Jennifer says:

    Thank You so much for all of the wonderful ideas! My family and friends are going to love their gifts this year!

  87. melissa says:

    you guys have done such a great job with the hoiday gift inspiration this year. thanks!

  88. Crystal says:

    OH, I need to make some of these! But I guess it will be for next year because I just don’t have enough time left for everything I want to do. Such pretty, pretty things!

  89. sara says:

    Thanks for the great links. This a project that has been on my to do list for a while now.

  90. I love this site! Thank you so much for sharing it.


  91. Cheyenne says:

    Wow! thanks for featuring my apron!

  92. Clarissa says:

    Those are really detailed snap clips. I love the journal cover idea too.

  93. Taryn says:

    the honeycomb journal is one of my favorites you’ve posted!

  94. Deb says:

    What a great take on the journal covers. I love the log cabin design and old-timey prints!

  95. nettie says:

    i’m lovin’ the journal covers…adorable!

  96. Shelly says:

    I read you every day, I promise!! ( when I found you 2 and a half months ago) You on my little bar at the top, and I love the ideas. Thank you for the inspiration to get me craftin’ !!

  97. Judy says:

    Great stuff… I have been sewing.. curlers and coasters ..tissue covers to name a few.. Thanks for a great blog and your great fabrics..I hope I win !!

  98. kara says:

    Love those journals and the hair clips!!!!

  99. sherri says:

    So cute! My machine is in the shop–boo! Bad time of year for sewing machine dysfunction… I love the journal covers so much.

  100. Steph says:

    I love the journal covers, what a great idea! The hair clips are adorable as well. The ideas coming in never cease to inspire me!
    Steph in CT

  101. Michele says:

    So many great links! Thanks!

  102. Heather B says:

    That’s a gorgeous apron. Also, the more I see the fabric journals, the more I know I need to make one for my little girl – a sketch/idea book.

  103. ambre sautter says:

    i love all the vintage fabrics! so sweet!

  104. Challice N says:

    Oh I love what you did with that! Definetly a project that is a must!!!!!

  105. Marie says:

    I love the card “50 Things To Sew” that you enclose with your orders – and the projects on your blog are awesome. I wish I had lots of money to spend on your site …it’s really terrifc. THanks for making such a great effort to provide inspiration and ideas !

  106. Annika says:

    My son (19 months old) is absolutely smitten with the patchwork journal cover. I guess we’ll be making one!

  107. Amy says:

    Love the journal soo very much! But her card cases may have just won me over!!!

  108. Anna H. says:

    I continue to be inspired by all these wonderful crafty women! I missed the boat this year, but next year I should be stockpiled with awesome handmade gifts for my friends and family πŸ™‚

  109. Christy says:

    Love the journal covers!

  110. Ann says:

    Thanks for all the ideas. I have had so much fun reading all of these. If only I had more time.

  111. Darcy Shepard says:

    Being a journal-er I love the composition book covers – actually just went and bought one from hatwater cornbread – a little christmas treat for myself! Thanks!

  112. steph calkins says:

    I am soo glad I found this blog! Every day I visit it to see what else I can make! LOL. And… the fabric is so great! (I finally gave in and ordered) πŸ™‚

  113. alison says:

    My daughter is interested in trying journal covers. I still have to do one first so I can show her how. This is the first year she is going to do a craft gift all on her own. Other years I’ve kind of helped her along – definitely not doing it for her, but getting her started and helping her along the way. I think she’s old enough now to take it on herself. Once I show her how to make the journal cover I’m going to sit back and let her figure it out and just be there if she needs help. The most important thing for her will be knowing she did it on her own.

  114. Kim says:

    Oh my goodness, I am going to have so many cute projects to start after the holidays!

  115. Danielle says:

    Wow! More great ideas. Thank you guys for all the ideas… I have next years gifts already planned now too!

  116. Michelle says:

    Love these new ideas for the journa covers!

  117. Bobbi says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas… If I didn’t have a full time job and wasn’t behind schedule for it, I would be making about half of what you posted!!!

  118. Jaime says:

    I just love all the links you find, and all the patterns on your blog and site… I am relatively new to sewing, and all these tutorials have made me confident in my abilities, and that I can do this! I feared the sewing machine for so many years, and now I have ideas for my own creations, thanks to the inspiration of all these projects! Thank god for teh interwebs!!!! πŸ™‚

    Have a wonderful weekend…

  119. Cristie B says:

    All the ideas are so great! Keeps my mind churning all day long. I love all of it! Thank you!

  120. Amy says:

    The vintage prints on that journal cover are so cute! Thanks for more great ideas!

  121. Stacey says:

    Your site is so inspiring! I can’t keep up, I want to make it all, needs to be more time in a day!
    In fact, yesterday I bought some fabrics from your shop because of your recent posts and resources. You have a fantastic selection. Everyday is a creative day! HooraY. Stacey

  122. Jenn says:

    I LOVE the patchwork journal covers….one more thing to sew for the holidays (except this one may be for me to KEEP!)

  123. Leah says:

    those fabrics on the log cabin journal cover are adorable – I love the Dick and Jane especially!

  124. Trina says:

    So many wonderful ideas and so little time to make them! Thank you for all the inspiration.

  125. Heather says:

    This blog has replaced my morning hot chocolate. Or at least postponed it. Heather

  126. mama k says:

    that apron is just darling!

  127. andrea says:

    once upon a time i tried a notebook/journal cover and it was just a smiggen (is that a word?) to small so it ended up in the scrap pile. really should give it another try because they are just so sweet!

  128. heather w. says:

    i love the fabric used on the journal! so sweet!

  129. Louisa says:

    Yay for more great ideas! Thanks for continuing to share such great ideas!

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