December 17 ~ Pouches, straps, delicious goodies and fun ideas

on December 17 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 45 Comments

The handcrafted gifts are multiplying, and the Handcrafters’ Holiday Meme answers are too! Enjoy today’s selection of thoughtful gifts, traditions, memories, great ideas and links to resources on how to get it done. 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.

Zippered Pouches
By Mary Beth, Salt and Chocolate

Mary Beth has some great zippered pouches and tissue holders (view more on her Flickr site), and many of them use some of our favorite fabrics! Make some of your own with our Purses and For Your Purse or Pocket tutorial compilations.

Holly separated her meme answers into two posts on her blog, Thoughts of an Incurable Midwesterner. Find the first post here and the second post here, and learn more about Holly’s fantastic compilation gift ideas, baking memories, traditions and her Great-(Great?)-Grandmother’s Clifford Tea Cake recipe. Holly has lots of gifts in the works including this (completed!) Advent calendar she made for a friend, inspired by one she saw on the Allsorts blog.


Liz has a nice selection of handcrafted gifts (and photos of the gifts!) on her Madre Adoptiva blog. Liz notes that, “A huge portion of my Christmas gift-giving list are children. They range in age from 16 months to 11 years old, with the bulk of them being between 2 and 5.” She’s giving crayon rolls, totes with covered journals, these wooden dolls and carrying case and much more.

Camera Straps
By Randi, i have to say…

Randi’s Flickr site has more detail shots of her patchwork camera straps for you to enjoy. You could add one to a camera bag from our Tech Gifts tutorials compilation!

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

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45 Responses to December 17 ~ Pouches, straps, delicious goodies and fun ideas

  1. Ekioart says:

    The camera strap tute is great! I just got a camera for someone as a gift and was thinking about getting her a strap. Now I can make her one ^-^

  2. nikole terry says:

    I’m in the mood to sew and there are so many cute ideas! love the straps!

  3. Lil' d says:

    just need the new camera!

  4. Kate says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas and the inspiration! I love your blog.

  5. PlazaJen says:

    I always feel like I’ve fallen down the rabbit hole with all these great ideas – if only I didn’t have to surface to pay the light bill! I wanna make this…. and this…… and that……. and going through to the tech bags link was like opening Pandora’s box. ;) Thanks for all you do!

  6. Kim Langston says:

    Thanks for the inspiration on the camera strap… I have been thinking how I needed a different non-scratchy camera strap. Now I need to inspire myself to make one!

  7. oh my…those little people in the bag are adorable! How creative!

    With friendship,
    Lisa

  8. Pinky says:

    love the camera straps and wooden dolls, I think I could do those!
    Pinky

  9. Emily says:

    Those camera straps are such a great idea! When I’m not sick anymore, I’ll have to make some for my camera! Em

  10. Talya says:

    the wooden dolls are fantastic!

  11. heather w. says:

    how cute are those wooden dolls?!

  12. Amber says:

    Those zippered pouches are too cute…thanks for the fabulous job you are doing!!

  13. Javede says:

    I really like those camera straps, bet there’s a bunch of pther things you could use them for.

  14. Gretchen Bradley says:

    Thanks again for all your help with ideas and new blogs to read!

  15. Samantha says:

    I LOVE those wooden dolls- reminds me of what my aunt used to make for me when i was a kid- my aunt is one of those genius wonder sewer/crafters………….. (she would make Vogue pattern clothes with boning and such just for “the challenge”).

  16. Becca says:

    I think I’ll quit my job and just click on all the links…which lead to more links…and then to more links… all day!

  17. Libby says:

    So many ideas, so little time left to sew. Thank you for all the great ideas.

  18. stephanie says:

    love the advent calendar from holly! gotta keep that in mind for next year :)

  19. Natalie says:

    I love the camera straps. I’ve already made some for gifts and they are fabulous.

  20. Amy says:

    I just love those wooden dolls. They are simply adorable.

    As usual I find way too many good ideas in this blog and not enough time to work on them all. Keep it up!

  21. Ashley says:

    Great post!

  22. Kat says:

    I love the japanese fabrics for the zippered pouches.

  23. sarah says:

    I love seeing what others are making/giving for Christmas. I especially love the fabrics that are being used! Now, to only find some family that would appreciate anything handmade… :-/

  24. mama k says:

    Those little dolls are so sweet!

  25. Liz says:

    Thank you, thank you for featuring me!!

    I am so loving those camera straps and the zippered pouches!!!

  26. Beth H says:

    So many crafts….so little time. I don’t know where to start! Thanks so much!

  27. Heather B says:

    The links you have provided are wonderful! It’s great to see everyone’s accomplishments & and to get inspired.

  28. Mia says:

    You can never have to many bags or pouches.

  29. Samantha says:

    How cool that someone achieved a handmade Christmas! I would love to be able to do that. Maybe next year? I would love to buy one thing for each child (the “Santa” gift) and make everything else that we give them or anyone else. I’ll have to start early, though. I also liked the idea of making things that I like to make and then letting my gift-ees “shop” for their favorite from my stash. Something to think about…

  30. Michelle says:

    I like the advent calendar!

  31. Becky says:

    I am already getting started on things for next year. I especially like the way my computer files are filling up with some great ideas. I never said how much I really enjoyed the handmade holidays month. I really did. I have made a bath mat, a pin cushion, a flock of embroidered bird ornaments, and I’m not done yet. This is the fun part of the holidays for me. Thanks!

  32. Michele says:

    I love the patch work camera straps!

  33. renee says:

    love the doll pouch. what a great idea. Going to have to whip some of those up today!

  34. Avlor says:

    Ohh, I love th camera strap idea. Will have to try adapting this for a more heavily padded version suitable for lugging an SLR with a zoom lens around my neck for a while. Current camera strap cuts my neck.

  35. Louisa says:

    Thanks for the link to the zippered pouch! I like it much more than the basic version that I make.

  36. ToadyJoe says:

    Ooo, I love that zippered pouch. Almost as much as I love this site! :) I’m off to research the purses & pouches; thank you!

  37. alison says:

    Those camera straps are perfect!

  38. Amy says:

    Patchwork camera straps — who’d a thought? Great idea!

  39. Alisha says:

    There’s so much good stuff here. Since I have to ship my presents overseas (from Europe to the U.S.), I’ve vowed to start much earlier next year. With inspiration like this, I may start in January! I think I may start with the dish towel tote — the ones on Liz’s blog look great.

  40. Alana says:

    I need one of those camera straps.

  41. Victoria says:

    I wish I had more time in the day just to follow up on all of these links! But I have taken a multitude of ideas from so many of these posts. And I’m going to attempt to get a jump on *next* Christmas to make that even more of a handcrafted holiday.

  42. Amy says:

    The Impatient Crafter has made it’s way into my favorites already…thanks for posting abuot all these beautifully talented people!

  43. Definitely going to check out some of these links! I love those patchwork camera straps!

  44. Louisa says:

    Thanks for the zippered pouch link. It looks much more fun than the standard zippered pouch that I make.

  45. Lynne H. says:

    There are so many talented seamstresses out there – thanks for sharing your ideas and skills! And with all the wonderful fabrics available… the possibilities are endless.

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