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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