December 20 ~ Tutus, totes & more

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Will the Handmade Holidays group and Sew, Mama, Sew! general photo pool just explode with crafty goodness next week once your loved ones receive their gifts? Have you peeked at the groups lately? There’s a lot of productivity, beauty and a lot of photo inspiration out there! Before you browse don’t forget to comment anywhere on the blog for your chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates to Sew,Mama,Sew! this Friday.

By Sarah, Still Life in Yarn

Sarah made this tote bonanza (with a break or two for gingerbread!) to sell at market, but wouldn’t a fun selection of basic totes also be great for grocery shopping? They make great packaging for hard to wrap gifts too. You can find several easy tutorials in our Tote Bags compilation.

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Avlor has finished the last of her 2007 Christmas sewing for her daughter with this little tutu and a fun ball. Avlor discusses her inspiration and resources for the tutu on her blog, Fox Downs (Kitsunetachi).

Aurora writes that her favorite holiday tradition is a, “Solstice ‘Return of the Light’ celebration, with folk music, homemade cookies, fruitcake, eggnog, mulled wine and the lighting of my collection of over 40 white candles.” She loves to share handcrafted gifts for the holidays and her favorite gift to give is fruitcake. Aurora shares her “The Fruitcake Haters Holiday Fruitcake” recipe in the same post with her meme answers on her blog, Foxy Art Studio. Visit and try it out!

By Cyn, Cyn Contemporary

We like the shape of Cyn’s bag but we absolutely love the appliqué design, an aesthetic you can see throughout Cyn’s paper cuts, pins and more. For bag tutorials visit our Purses compilation and for appliqué and more visit our Embellish! tutorials. Wouldn’t appliqué designs like Cyn’s be great on some Fabric Boxes?

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme, continued
Lisa of The Domestic Diva’s Disasters outdoes herself with a huge list of great compilation gift ideas. She also writes about her favorite gift to give (hint: it relates to labels) and family traditions like their “Italian Christmas Eve Seafood dinner–lobster, clams, crab, calamari and mussels along with lots of pasta.” Yum! Visit Lisa’s blog (and don’t miss her shop link) for much more.

Chole has been the official lecherli maker of her family for almost ten years now, and she already received her Christmas gift of a redesigned sewing studio! Chole also has lots of gift ideas (be sure to check out her shops), shares lots of traditions like the family’s visit to a special Indian restaurant for dinner on Christmas night each year and this holiday season she’s missing the special pets she lost last year. Visit Chole’s blog, The Green Cottage, for part one and part two (including the Lecherli recipe!) of her meme answers.

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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101 Responses to December 20 ~ Tutus, totes & more

  1. love the totes!

  2. Oiyi says:

    That purse by Cyn is gorgeous!

  3. Autumn says:

    I love the felted tote! very inspiring!
    Tks for a great resource!

  4. Mary says:

    Man, I am just loving that purse!

  5. Louisa says:

    I’ve finally done enough of my holiday crafting that I am letting myself look at the photo pool! Wow! What inspiration. Thanks!

  6. Becca says:

    Look at all those tote bags!

  7. Christy says:

    I love all the purse/tote tutorials you provide!

  8. Larici says:

    Love the black purse. The applique is gorgeous. I need to try to do one with that shape.

  9. Sarah says:

    Thanks for featuring my totes on your blog! It was fun to make them and be part of my daughter’s Economics project, but I don’t want to see another tote bag for a while. 🙂

  10. Javede says:

    I adore Cyn’s work! One of these days I’m going to buy a bag from her.

  11. Natalie says:

    what a darling tutu!

  12. Kim H. says:

    ooooh, do you think my 2 year old son will let me put a tutu onhim? of course he will! but will daddy be happy about that? lol…

  13. Celeste says:

    Cute, cute purse!

  14. Michelle says:

    I love that pic of the totes. I really need to get some new fabric!!

  15. Sarah says:

    This blog is AWESOME!! I’ve got so many ideas from here that my brain is abuzz with colors and fabric! Thank you for all the tutorials..Love the totes…

  16. LouAnne says:

    re: the link to the “totebag compilation”. I can’t seem to access this page. I have gotten error messages over the past few days while trying. I want to check it because I’m looking for a tutorial I saw somewhere for turning a purchased tote into a nicer one using the purchased one perhaps for the liner? I thought I bookmarked it or mailed it to myself, but I can’t find it again anywhere! I hope you see this comment!

  17. Trina says:

    I did part of the meme – does that count? on my blog here –
    I loved the sight of all those lovely tote bags! I made my own grocery shopping bags this fall, and have loved using them – it makes even grocery shopping fun! you can see them here –
    All the handcrafting I do can be seen on my blog under the “From the studio” category. sew mamma sew has been such an inspiration to me to continue to enrich my life with hand crafts even in the busy season of motherhood. thanks for all you do!

  18. Woohoo! Go Chole! One of my favorite people! 😀 Been loving Cyn from Craftster for ages, too!

  19. ainhoa says:

    It’s very difficult to chose one bag among all those pretty things.

  20. michal says:

    this bag is beautiful! such great detail

  21. Lisa Barton says:

    Thanks for all the inspiration! Just trying to figure out what to try first! I especially love the gift compilation ideas.

  22. Emily says:

    I’m in panic of handmade present creating! I keep finding new ideas, but am running out of time! Maybe there will be New Years gifts for some? My local yarn store is going “bagless” so I need to make myself a yarn shopping bag too – thanks for all the tutorial corralled into one handy list!

  23. Kathryn says:

    I love the tutu tutes! Yes, I am chuckling to myself. I’ll just have to remember that one for the summer birthdays, or easter, or just because….

  24. Lil' d says:

    Such beautiful work

  25. jessica says:

    pretty! this blog has inspired me to learn how to do more than hand sew.

  26. Joanne says:

    I love Cyn’s bag! That applique is beautiful.

  27. Chole says:

    Thanks for featuring my blog & what perfect timing! I just made a batch of Lecherli this evening. Naturally I blogged about it here.

    If nothing else to mark that I actually did make some before we devour the entire batch in an evening. I’m really enjoying reading everything that everyone else is up to this holiday season.


  28. Jodie says:

    Thank you!

  29. Teresa says:

    Ohhhhh, I need to make a tutu for photographing 1 year olds and this looks perfect.
    THANK YOU!!!!!!

  30. Nancy says:

    Just want to say how much I’ve enjoyed this whole wonderful series, and how useful these tutorials and suggestions and inspiring projects have been–so many of the things I’ve made for Christmas presents this year have come from this holiday countdown–thank you!

  31. Libby says:

    Totes are just plain fun. They’re usable and decorative and homey. I really need to make me some.

  32. Madame Purl says:

    This is a great bag. Totally love the appliqué on it.

  33. Carrie says:

    I am soooo loving that purse!!! If only I could be that creative. I have been sewing up a storm though and have made a few a few totes and purses myself this year…not as nice as these but I’m pretty proud of them!!! Keep the inspiration coming…

  34. eydie says:

    love the blog, love the inspiration, love the comradery! great stuff!

  35. Carol says:

    Is this the year of the purse/tote or what?

  36. jaes says:

    Thank you so much for your site! I am finally learning how to sew thanks to a few of your links!!

  37. Jill says:

    I love the tutt. Very girly and cute. I’ve been wanting to make one for my daughter but cutting the layers of toule straight seems so difficult. This tutu is beautiful and makes it look easy.

  38. Challice N says:

    Lovely! Another must project!!!!

  39. Dana says:

    These are all beautiful, and I’m sure I will have to attempt at least a couple.
    They will have to wait until after the holidays though. I’m sooo far behind.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!


  40. Tonya says:

    This blog has me running back to my sewing room on a daily basis! And that tote is simply amazing!!
    Thank you for changing my tight Christmas with no gifts to a glorious one, full of handmade treasures!

  41. Terri E. says:

    LOVE THE TOTES! Still haven’t started my tote making for Christmas—YIKES! But very motivated now thanks to your blog!

  42. patty skypants says:

    My birthday was yesterday. I am invoking my age. Prizes and gifts should be awarded in chronological order. That’s my opinion.

  43. Amanda H says:

    Tote bags are my next big projects to work on. Thanks for the little push 🙂 I can’t wait to get started.

  44. Jean says:

    Wow, Cyn’s applique is like nothing I have ever seen! Her use of color and precision are amazing!

  45. Kelley says:

    The applique bag is just beautiful in the pictures and I bet even more stunning in person.

  46. cindy says:

    Sarah’s colorful totes really motivate me to make the most of these last few holiday hours!

  47. Karen G. says:

    I love your blog – so inspirational! I’ve got a “to-do” list a mile lonmg now but I can’t wait to make some of the great things I’ve found here!!

    Happy Holidays,
    Karen G.

  48. kylie says:

    Totes and tutu’s is on my to do list today, that tutu looks great there is also a tutorial for one here:

    I never realised how easy they are to make!

  49. Jess Knight says:

    I love the totes! I am going to whip some out for Christmas presents!

  50. Penny says:

    You girls have been busy! I didn’t do much this year, but there’s always next year. You guys inspire me!

  51. Lynn says:

    The tote bag with the appliqué is fabulous!

  52. Marcia Kerstetter says:

    I have had my daughter give the totes I made to all the aides who havve worked with her this past fall. They were given rave reviews. Thanks so much to all who have helped make my gift giving easier and so fun! Marcia

  53. stacey says:

    I love the bag with applique – how fun!

  54. heather w. says:

    that purse is adorable!!

  55. Heather says:

    Very cute totes! And the purse is adorable! A must add to the to do list!!!

  56. Meredith says:

    Happy last few days of crafting and creating, thank you for all you are doing, I love it all!!

  57. Love the bags! oh and I’ve been addicted to tulle for a long time–what an adorable tutu!!!

    Thanks for mentioning my site today!

    Wishing you all a very CREATIVE holiday!

    With friendship,

  58. Steph says:

    This weekend will be a whirlwind of bag making. Add in some coasters, placemats and cloth napkins…and hopefully Christmas will be done. I am so excited to have found this blog, it has rekindled my love for sewing… in a whole new way. I still can’t believe I was stuck in the world of mainstream patterns … no wonder I got a bit bored with sewing.
    Thank you for all the work you put into this blog, its wonderful.

  59. Dianna says:

    I love the tutus! 🙂 We use a serger to do a rolled hem here for ours! 🙂 I

  60. Chris Aiton says:

    Your website/blog is so inspirational. I am sewing more lately than in several years. thanks

  61. Lynne H. says:

    Such pretty fabrics and lovely idea! I think my plain cloth library book bag needs a colorful, happy replacement like one of Sarah’s totes! Thanks for the tutorials.

  62. Kristine says:

    The tutu is so cute!

  63. Sherrie says:

    Oooh, lovely! I’m a big fan of the tote! (Maybe because I’m a teacher? Is that a requirement of the profession?)

  64. Michele says:

    Now I definately want to make a tutu!

  65. Kristin says:

    Wow! That purse is lovely!

  66. Heather says:

    Cyn’s purse is beautiful! I love the applique. The tutu is adorable!

  67. Michelle says:

    After seeing the link all these days, I’ve finally just clicked on your free gift tags, and they are just beautiful. Love the colors, and the subtle elegance. Thanks!

  68. Meg says:

    People are so crafty and creative!

  69. Kristi Van Os says:

    When I logged on to your blog today all I could say was “WOW!” I love love the bags. Thanks for sharing.

  70. Liz says:

    Yum! This is so inspiring….I mean, a gal can never have too many totes!

  71. kjerstiye says:

    wow! cyn’s purse is GAWGEOUS!

    thanks for the inspiration!

  72. Lorrie says:

    This site has so much inspiration – I go to bed at night with my mind whirling with ideas. Oh for more time…

  73. hippydippy says:

    I am thoroughly impressed with all the craftiness! That tutu may just end up on my to do list 😉

  74. Sarah says:

    I adore the embellished bag! So lovely!

  75. amy m says:

    Love the tote bags. I am planning to make some to take to the store with me and use them instead of the plastic bags. Those cashiers put 3-5 items in a bag and I always rebag my stuff to fill them to the brim!
    So yes, going to make tote bags in 2008 for grocery shopping!
    and i love tutus, wish i could wear one all the time. hee hee!

  76. alison says:

    I am now officially on a sewing break since my machine is in the shop. Hopefully I can get if before Christmas (they aren’t promising that). I still have a few items to complete for Christmas eve, so I may have to borrow a machine (I hate hand sewing!)

  77. Katie Hoefle says:

    I love the tutus! My little one will love these!

  78. Doreen says:

    The tutu is just gorgeous!

  79. Samantha says:

    Love the applique bag!

  80. Mary says:

    Cyn’s purse is incredible! Thanks for sharing and for the inspiration!

  81. Beth H says:

    OMG… I love that purse!

  82. Jen says:

    Oh My! Cyn’s purse is gorgeous! And those totes…
    I think if I sew one thing on my new ‘things to sew’ list every day for the next year, I MIGHT get through it. 😉

  83. Krista says:

    I really am loving seeing everyones twist on patterns. Thank you for bringing us all together 🙂

  84. Kim Langston says:

    The purse is brilliant with the bright colors!

  85. mama k says:

    That purse is amazing! Great job!

  86. Alisha says:

    The totes look great. I can’t wait to make some — but I think it will have to wait until after Christmas.

  87. Amy says:

    Love the tutu…I ahve made one for my little girl this year too! She is going to love love love it!

  88. Julie says:

    Your site just gets better everyday!

  89. Megan says:

    That appliqué bag is stunning!

  90. Megan D says:

    Thanks for this amazing site and inspiration! I made the stacking fabric Cmas trees and they are super cute.

  91. Kirsten W. says:

    Ooh, I love that applique purse with flowers. SO pretty!

  92. Tina M. says:

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to see even more pics as the secret present pictures come out.

  93. Amy says:

    Cyn’s appliqued purse is really adorable! My head is starting to hurt with trying to figure out how to use all the great ideas you keep posting here. Thanks! (I think!)

  94. mj says:

    I love those totes, and the tutu is just too cute!

  95. Leah says:

    That purse is phenominal. You’re right, the applique is just lovely.

  96. cute totes!!!!!

  97. Linda F. says:

    Hmmm…totes…I think I may have to add this to the sewing pile!

  98. Avlor says:

    Oh my gosh, that purse is cute! I definitely need to learn to applique. Chalk up one new year’s resolution!

    (blush) Thanks for featuring the tutu.

  99. Søren says:

    I can’t remember if you all mentioned it anywhere, but there are a lot of things on Instructables (especially in conjuction with things people did with ETSY) that will make *great* presents!

  100. Teddi says:

    Wow! Just when I start to think I’m a teensy bit crafty…I view some of the fine handiwork posted here and am blown away! Cyn’s work is amazing! Seriously, the applique work is so inspiring and something I should try my hand at! love the tutu by Avlor and all of Sarah’s totes! Nice to know there’s been many, many happily buzzing sewing machines all around this holiday season!

  101. Thanks for all the tote tutes. This just gave me a much needed second wind for xmas crafting

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