December 19 ~ Cover your head, notebooks, tissues & more

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By Eva, +Eva+

Eva created the first hat from Steph’s tutorial that we’ve seen since our Gifts for Warmth compilation. Isn’t it fantastic? Eva has a great selection of handcrafted Christmas gifts, and they can all be viewed on her Flickr site. In addition to our various “warmth” tutorials, don’t forget about Irene’s Eddie cap tutorial.

Tissue Totes
By Kate, handmade kate

You should most definitely visit Kate’s blog, handmade kate, to see her amazing selection of handcrafted Christmas gifts and happy decorations! If you still need some cute, little gifts like Kate’s tissue totes, revisit our For Your Purse or Pocket tutorials.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Stephanie’s daughter, who can be seen earnestly decorating their Christmas tree in this photo, has a busy mama. Stephanie has been baking up a storm (enjoy her recipes for Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies and Peanut Butter Bon Bons), sewing great gifts and running her Providence Homemade shop (40% off and she’ll ship today). Enjoy her meme answers and more on her Providence Handmade blog.

Nikki posted a recipe for the monkey bread her family had every Christmas morning as she grew up. She’ll be missing her parents this year (they’re in Mongolia) and many others, but she’s making gingerbread ornaments, dancing to Bing Crosby with her daughter and doing more to make the holidays special for her family. Read more on Nikki’s blog, Fancy That.

Kelly is knitting five scarves, three hats, two shrugs and one cardigan to give this Christmas, and she’d love to receive some yarn! Each year she has a themed Christmas dinner (last year’s was German, this year’s is French) and she takes great joy in giving handmade gifts. Learn more on Kelly’s blog, Lefty’s frogging… again!

Mini Notebook Cover Tutorial
By Kristy, Knitting After Hours

Kristy shared her Mini Notebook Cover Tutorial with us and we thought we’d, in turn, share it with all of you! Enjoy the tutorial and the other great gifts Kristy is creating. For more related tutorials enjoy our Reading & Writing compilation.

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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114 Responses to December 19 ~ Cover your head, notebooks, tissues & more

  1. Javede says:

    The cap looks great…and my list is getting longer…

  2. Katie says:

    I made those cranberry white chocolate cookies and they are delicious!

  3. Lindsey says:

    Those tissue totes are so precious!

  4. marietta says:

    Just wanted to let you know how much i am loving the novmber/december handmade holidays ideas
    at first i was not interested in some of them but now that i am seeing the fabulous creations of others, i have been inspired to make even more items than originally planned

    love your blog! thank you


  5. Heather says:

    Just had to share that your blog has given me so much inspiration this season. I have had so much fun making so many things. So far the crayon rolls and the tutu’s have been a huge hit.

  6. Lil' d says:

    I think I’ll have to try that notebook holder

  7. Teresa says:

    The Cranberry White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies look incredibly good. Thanks for pointing me to the recipe.

  8. amelia says:

    handmade kate’s colors of her projects are so lovely, what a nice inspiration!

  9. Christina says:

    I love all of these ideas. Thank you so much. And, please, never take them off the site lol!

  10. DeAnna says:

    Oh, I’m so glad I found your blog in the midst of my procrastination sewing this past week. I just finished a quilted wallet last night and I’m off to make a few other great ideas I’ve found on here. Thanks so much!!!

  11. Jolene says:

    Aaah, I just love that hat. My (almost) three year would love it, too. I think I’ll try that after Christmas is over!

  12. Kati says:

    i made 8 of the tissue totes yesterday – i love them!!! they are the perfect stocking stuffer!

  13. Deanne says:

    I am a novice sewer and I am really enjoying your blog. It’s so inspiring! I actually made tote bags with a green toille fabric for a group of my girlfriends, and I used the gift tags you created wnen giving them. The girls loved the bags, and commented on how great the tags were too. πŸ˜‰ Thank you and Happy Holidays to you!

  14. nikkapotamus says:

    Cute hat!

  15. Valerie says:

    I am amazed and thrilled by the number of wonderful ideas and projects you have shared with your readers and customers this season. I have no idea where you find the time, but I appreciate it- it has been like a daily present to open each day!


  16. I just posted the “brag book” tutorial on the 16th. It’s based on the Uncommon Threads episode my friends and I taped in ’06 (so it links to THAT tutorial). The book-covering idea is very flexible in that you could cover a journal, a photo album or a gifted book. πŸ™‚

  17. SuZ says:

    I’m sew glad I found this blog—thanks to all of you for posting all these wonderful projects !

  18. jennie says:

    well that settles it–i’m making myself a hat after christmas

  19. LisaAlso says:

    The mini notebook cover will be the perfect stocking stuffer! Thanks for the tutorial.

  20. Grace says:

    What a small world. I know Stephanie from Providence Handmade. How cool to see her featured on here. I LOVE all these ideas.

  21. Tina says:

    I made the wheat sack hot/cold packs last night for a work related gift exchange and I AM SOLD! I now must make many, many more as they are wonderful!

  22. Kimberly says:

    Oh, I love your site! Full of great ideas for christmas! Every morning I look forward to seeing what you’ve posted. Thanks!

  23. Dorte says:

    I love the beautiful hat, Eva made!

  24. Maxine says:

    There have been some fantastic ideas and tutorials on your blog over the last few weeks, thank you!

  25. Becca says:

    One more day of school/work and then I can spend much of winter break sewing! I love those tissue holders and the notebook covers too!

  26. Zoe says:

    I have LOVED all of these ideas. I have made several of them for my friends. These ideas seriously helped me in a pinch!!! Thank you so much for you time and efforts!! Merry Christmas!!

  27. Melissa says:

    darling hat! I’m going to use those tags for gifts for sure!!!

  28. OO LOVE th4e hat.. I think I may make that one tomorrow.

  29. heather t says:

    Nothing funner than covering things with fabric!

  30. D-lyn says:

    Hi just found your site!
    i love to sew and will continue to come and see what you have here!

  31. mel says:

    great stuff, i love the notebook cover tut. πŸ™‚

  32. Libby says:

    The link for the mini notebook is great. Thanks

  33. mandy says:

    Love, love, love the hat! Thanks for all the work you do, this is a fun place to visit!

  34. Nancy says:

    Stephanie’s daughter is so adorable !!

  35. MaryBeth says:

    I love it! Thanks for sharing such wonderful tutorials!

  36. RoRo says:

    The cap is awesome and I am going to make some notebook covers now those are too cute too pass up! Thanks for all the great holiday gift ideas!

  37. Emily says:

    All these links and tutorials in NOvember and December have been completely awesome! Thank you thank you thank you.

  38. stacy says:

    Once again, wonderful links! I can definitely use the mini notebook tutorial in the future.

  39. Carol says:

    Wow that notebook cover is impressive.

  40. loving all of your holiday inspiration!

  41. Tina says:

    Thank you for the hat tutorial! I’ve been looking for one!

  42. Suzette says:

    I love your blog. I have just recently discovered it. Lots of wonderful ideas and tutorials! Great inspirations. Now, I just need some more time in my day to make them all. πŸ™‚

  43. Amber Smith says:

    I love those gift tags and we’ve used them on many of our presents this year—–thank you for sharing them. The other ideas on this post are so helpful, too. Thank you.

    Best holiday wishes to all of you who participate in creating this helpful blog. πŸ™‚

  44. Joanne says:

    I LOVE THIS! Instead of scouring the internet for fabulous tutorials, they are all in one place. Thanks!!!

  45. Stephanie says:

    Robin in NJ!! Sorry about the chocolate omission! I just used a 12 oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1/2 cake of candy-making wax. Hope that helps!

    And thanks, everyone, for the compliments on my sweetie – she is the definition of a fiery redhead! I used to think that was an old wives’ tale – no longer!

  46. Thanks so much for all of the great ideas and the gift tags are wonderful!!

  47. Ling says:

    oh how cute! and how lovely of you! i’ve been my own and these would be a wonderful addition to them! πŸ™‚ Great site! I love it! x

  48. Kat says:

    Thanks for all your hard work, it’s very inspiring!

  49. Jessica says:

    I absolutely love the mini notebook cover!!! I’ll be making a few of those as stocking stuffers in the next couple of days!

  50. Kim H. says:

    oooh that tissue holder would be perfect to keep in a purse or diaper bag!

  51. heather w. says:

    I made my three year old a “tissue cozy” for his stocking…they are so easy and such a sweet handmade gift!

  52. Marcia says:

    Thanks for all your links. Now, I have all year to use them to get ready for gift giving next year. I did get a couple of bed caddies done for Christmas presents thanks to your site.

  53. Michelle says:

    Just found your blog, loving all these ideas!!

  54. julie says:

    Thank you for all of the great tutorials. I can’t wait to start NEXT year’s gifts!

  55. lindsey says:

    im thinking next year will have to be a handmade christmas!

  56. Tricia says:

    Wow, that hat is so cute!

  57. Alissa says:

    We are going to have to use the tissue cover. ‘Tis the season for tissues, especially with 2 little ones under 4 y/o.

  58. amy says:

    the cap is unbelievably cute- rushing to try and make one IMMEDIATELY!!!

  59. renee says:

    love that hat! i think i’m going to try it in wool felt for my son. Hope it works with felt!

  60. Carrie says:

    Love the hat and notebook cover…adorable!!! Adding them to the list right now!

  61. Sara says:

    I like the tissue totes. The plastic bags always get ratty in your purse if you are lucky enough not to be using them too frequently!

  62. Sequana says:

    That cap up there first is absolutely adorable.

  63. Julia D says:

    So many ideas. too few hours ’till gift-time!!

  64. Celeste says:

    Beautiful gift ideas. Maybe next year I will be more organized.

  65. Milehimama says:

    I’ve seen those tissue holders all over the blogosphere this year – they must be the new hot item!

  66. Jill says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  67. Shelley Jo says:

    Hopefully I can get ahead of the game and start on next year’s gift-making early in 2008???

  68. Betty says:

    I love the cap by Eva. The material looks great. I am thinking is it a wool? I bet if someone shrunk up a wool sweater and made it into a hat it would look great.

  69. brandie says:

    I love the hat!

  70. DHB says:

    Thanks for sharing all these wonderful tutorials! I just wish there were more hours in a day to get to them all! Of course, there’s always next year and other holidays in between. Happy Holidays!

  71. erin says:

    This website is the best!!!!

  72. Tracey Brown says:

    thank you for sharing all these fabulous ideas!!!!

  73. Rosemary says:

    It is all just lovely. Definitely some ideas to download and file away.
    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas.

  74. Samantha says:

    Those are my favorite tissue holders. Love the linen, love the floral, love the sweet button. Thanks for the daily linkage!

  75. Louisa says:

    Oh boy! I am very excited about that monkey bread recipe. Thanks so much!

  76. I need to try the notebook cover.

  77. Nancy Carpenter says:

    I’ve been studying your blog daily for all these great ideas. It’s wonderful and overwhelming. I sure hope you’re going to keep these accessible so everyone (especially me) can return for inspiration all throughout the year.

    Thanks so much.

  78. Heather says:

    Hey I am using that notebook tutorial today. My daughter has been asking for a journal covered with some beloved fabric. This will be just right. Heather

  79. Annika says:

    I love that cap! And I am loving Providence Handmade, too.

  80. Lisa Boyer says:

    Love your site! Love your fabrics! There are some under the tree for me right now. Guess what I’ll be doing Christmas day? Thank You.

  81. Robin in New Jersey says:

    Providence Handmade is a great blog. Thanks for the link. However, she doesn’t allow annoymous comments and she didn’t tell what kind or how much chocolate to use for the peanut butter bonbons. πŸ™

  82. debbie says:

    Thanks for making this list. It has really been helpful and fun.

  83. Amber says:

    I loved the cap tutorial. I reduced the size of the pattern to make a hat for my 1 year old daughter, and it looks fabulous! Thank you.

  84. Jessica says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! Keep it up.

  85. Eva says:

    i’m not a big hat person, but i want that hat! πŸ˜€

  86. Jennifer says:

    I appreciate your site all the time, but have especially loved everything you’ve done for us during the holidays! Thank you, thank you, and here’s to a magical holiday and a peaceful new year….

  87. Angela says:

    So many cute things to try! And what a darling little girl.

  88. alison says:

    Love the mini notebook cover tutorial. And those tissue totes – adorable!

  89. ChristineB says:

    Since we’re “covering” things on this post, I made monogrammed flannel shoe bags for my husbands Christmas stocking last night, great to keep everything clean in a suitcase!

  90. Pamela says:

    Thanks for sharing the link to the Mini Notebook Tutorial. Those will be fun gifts for family and friends. πŸ™‚

  91. Stefanie says:

    Has anyone seen a tutorial for a hat with ear flaps? I have a request to make one and I may just have to buy one the only pattern I found is for women and the gift is for my dad.

  92. aurora fox says:

    I love this hat! I have been wanting to learn to make a hat like that for awhile, so thanks for the link….

  93. Michelle says:

    I love all these ideas! This is a great idea for holiday gifts. I can’t wait to make mine!

  94. Kim says:

    Oh I really love that hat! Thanks for posting it =D

  95. Meredith says:

    I have enjoyed your blog so much this holiday season and before. What lovely ideas you continue to share. Thank you so much!!

  96. Amy says:

    Cute notebook cover! Thanks for sharing about more wonderful crafty people! My “favorties” are getting crowded !

  97. DeerDominique says:

    Eva’s Cap is Wonderful!! I’m hopping right on over to look at the tutorial.

  98. Alisha says:

    I love, love, love the cap by Eva.

  99. Susan Fisher says:

    I so love hats! I have been inspired to make this cap. This site is so wonderful! Because of this site…I have been sewing again. I made two robes yesturday for my children. They are just going to love them! Thanks again Sew Mama!

  100. Katie Wools says:

    I love this hat and want one for myself!!! I hope it turns out half as wells as Eva’s.

  101. Stephanie says:

    You guys have gone above and beyond this year to help us with our Christmas crafting needs – thank you so much!

    And I was THRILLED to receive my fabric from you yesterday – can’t wait to get started on our stockings. πŸ™‚

  102. andrea says:

    Love the hat!!!!!

  103. Natalie says:

    I am just going to keep sewing through Christmas 2008… thanks to you!

  104. Kris says:

    I really like the notepad cover. I made some similar for some of my Christmas gifts this year. Kris

  105. Bethany says:

    I just wanted to thank you for the sweet gift tags. I printed them out on card stock and they put the finishing touch on my handmade gifts!

  106. Amy says:

    The tutorials are great, but today my favorite thing is the little redhead -reminds me of me when I was little. Makes me want to send her a bottle of SPF 65–you are going to need it, little one!

  107. Michelle says:

    I am loving all your tutorials that have linen in them. I really want to get some!!

  108. mama k says:

    What a sweet little one. Love that red hair!

  109. Darcy Shepard says:

    Thanks for the mini notebook cover Kristy – I’d been looking for directions for something similar and this is perfect! I love it!

  110. Linda F. says:

    Oh, how I wish I had found your blog earlier! Such wonderful ideas and projects! But that’s okay. I have lots of bookmarks of projects to do when I’m snowed in this winter. Thanks for such beautiful work!

  111. LouAnne says:

    I have enjoyed all the links you have posted during this season and even tried a few things! One thing I saw on a post here I think was a link to instructions/tutorial for making a stylish tote using a pre-made purchased tote from like Michael’s Craft Store. I though I had printed it off or saved the link, but now I can’t find it.

    Do you know anything about such a tutorial? Sound familiar? Sure hope I can find it before Christmas! But if it’s after I guess I can wait to make one for my daughter next year or for her birthday.


  112. Heather B says:

    Thanks for all the work you have done! As I read & see everyone’s holiday goodness, it gets me more excited each day for Christmas. It’s good seeing all the handmade items, recipes & family traditions. (Much more Christmas-y than a mall!)

  113. Amy says:

    Stephanie – your daughter is adorable! I just love all that red hair.

    The handmade tags are very nice. Thank you for posting them. I have already used several of them.

    Happy Holidays!

  114. lacy says:

    I’m usually pretty on top of my xmas crafting but I’m way behind this year! I think I’m going to use several of the tutorials and start next years stuff as soon as I finish up this years gifts! Everything looks great πŸ™‚

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