December 24 ~ Wrapping up

on December 24 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 49 Comments

Holiday gifts are getting all wrapped up around here (some are still in the works though, to be honest!). Today we want to share a few photos and links that evoke a handcrafted holiday spirit, and tomorrow we’ll have a little something special too. We’d love for you to visit this beautifully written post by Emily over at shining egg about giving handmade. There was a flurry of excitement here all through our Handmade Holidays posts in November, and a buzz of handcrafting energy through December. It’s nice now to ponder, even just for the moment, the importance of what we all do when we work with our hands to create and share with others.

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100% Handmade
By Meg, elsie marley

We love Meg’s big pile of beautiful, handcrafted items, ready for holiday giving. The handmade spirit is thriving!

Tree Trimming Party Dress
By Jennifer, Mama Urchin

Jennifer made this darling dress from Moda fabric and pattern #22 from the Autumn 2007 (4/2007) issue of Ottobre. It was completed before the family’s tree trimming party, with enough extra time for Jennifer to make food for the guests! Check out the zipper detail and learn more about the dress on Jennifer’s blog, Mama Urchin. (Oh, and while you’re at it would you please be sure to look at her completed projects from 2007… WOW!)

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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All links and photos from blogs on our Handcrafters’ Holidays posts are used with permission.

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49 Responses to December 24 ~ Wrapping up

  1. Kathi says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!!

  2. Deb says:

    what a wonderful dress!!

  3. cute little dress!

  4. janet says:

    Very cute dress. Great ideas. Happy Holidays.

  5. Nettie says:

    I have had such fun admiring all the wonderful handmade items produced through the holiday season, via this site. My sister over at has made some amazing gifts, and across the Pacific, here in Australia, her family members have been the lucky recipients. I am so inspired by her work, and the fabulous creations of many other bloggers, that I might even convince myself to prepare early for next holiday season, and get creative. Thanks for a great site.

  6. Clarissa says:

    That dress is adorable and great picture of the handmades.

  7. i love the pic of all the handmade goodies! we had a lovely handmade holiday in our home! and i used the above gift tags for all the gifts i gave out 🙂

  8. heide says:

    What a sweet tree-timming dress!

  9. alison says:

    wow there are some very productive people out there!

  10. Yvette says:

    Thanks for sharing Emily’s post – love it!

  11. Lil_Birdie says:

    That dress is just to cute 🙂
    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas
    Merry Christmas

  12. heather w. says:

    I love that sweet dress!

  13. Rei says:

    what an adorable dress!

  14. Becca says:

    Look at that adorable dress!

  15. How everything!

    here’s all my daughter’s gifts…

    Happy Holidays!

    With friendship,

  16. mama k says:

    What a lucky little girl!

  17. Julia D says:

    Amazing dress, beautiful hand-made gift pile. Maybe next year…

  18. Linda says:

    Thank you for the wonderful ideas. I’m ready to start for next year.

    Merry Christmas!

  19. Samantha says:

    I’m so impressed with those who achieved the handmade holiday this year. Wow! I love the shot of the pile of gifts…

  20. Lynne H. says:

    The dress is so sweet with the layering in different coordinating fabrics….lovely!

  21. Libby says:

    Your blog has been a pleasure to visit each night. Thank You and have a Merry Christmas.

  22. Jennifer says:

    My daughter’s holiday dress is still a pile of fabric. With everything else, I never got round to it. There’s always next year. Thanks for the inspiration.

  23. Jessica says:

    Merry Christmas Sew Mama Sew. You’ve been absolutely awesome! So many great links. I’ll be back as often as possible.

  24. Judy says:

    I have sew enjoyed your blog the last couple of months…so inspiring Thanks so much.. Merry Christmas to all

  25. Marqueta says:

    I have been so inspired by your blog this last month-thanks for putting it all together! And Merry Christmas, too!

  26. Louisa says:

    Wow! I am mightily impressed to see all of Jennifer’s finished projects. I think I will keep a similar, although I am sure less impressive list, for projects that I finish in 2008.

  27. Natalie says:

    what a darling little girl in her christmas dress. i’m going to have to whip one up for my daughter.

  28. Lorrie says:

    Merry Christmas one and all! Thanks for all the inspiring gift ideas. I’m still making a few to give at a family gathering after Christmas.

  29. Oiyi says:

    Wow, Meg’s gifts look amazing!

  30. Sheryl-lyn says:

    I am so happy that someone sent me to your site!! Thanks for all the great ideas and motivation. Merry Christmas!!

  31. Michelle says:

    That dress is adorable!

  32. Joan says:

    The tree trimming dress is adorable. While looking at all of Jennifer’s completed projects I wondered how one person could find time – then I saw the recycled frapacinno bottles. Now I know her secret. Thank you for sew many wonderful ideas. I may never leave my sewing room next year. Merry Christmas everyone!

  33. Julia M. says:

    Thanks for all the fabulous hand made gift ideas. I have given two of my handmade gifts so far and received great feedback from the recipients. Merry Christmas!

  34. Jodie says:

    Love Elsie’s half eaten gingerbread man!!

  35. Bean says:

    Thanks for doing such a great job this holiday season, I don’t know where I’d be without your master list of tutorials! The post you linked to is beautiful, it’s amazing how wonderful and stress-free everything can be when you take the consumerism out of gift-giving (even if you’re up until 2am on Christmas Eve finishing that last little gift!) 🙂

  36. Amy says:

    i had just found elsie marley’s blog earlier this week and fell in love with her half eaten gingerbread mad ornament…love it…i definitly plan to keep visiting her blog…so many wonderful things!

  37. Great ideas as usual! I love the printout gift tags.

  38. Carol says:

    I love Meg’s sock animals, way at the bottom of her blog. That and the poor eaten gingerbread man!

  39. maggie says:

    Merry Christmas to all!
    Cute tags, will have to think of those for next year since I am done with wrapping and all! Yeah!

  40. Pamela says:

    Thank you for sharing about Emily’s post on Shining Egg. 🙂 Lovely to read. And everyone be sure to check out the half eaten gingerbread man ornament pattern on Meg’s Elsie Marley site. Very cute. Definite craft for next year’s tree. Merry Christmas!

  41. Teddi says:

    I am typing this as I close up my very own “Santa’s Sewing Workshop” for this holiday season. I am breathing a very happy sigh of relief at being done! Thanks so much to everyone here for contributing to my holidays… the inspiration has been amazing and my holiday spirit has been boosted through all the thoughtfulness shared here! Merry Christmas to all!

  42. Amanda H says:

    Uh oh, went to the Elsie Marley website and now I want to make some of the things she made! Well, there’s still a few hours, maybe I can get a couple of the gingerbread men out between everything else.
    Thanks for all your sewing inspiration and SUPER tutorials!
    Amanda H

  43. Tammy says:

    Wishing you a merry Christmas!

  44. Jeannie Crockett says:

    A perfect little girl’s dress! I must make one for someone!

    Merry Christmas!

  45. Amber says:

    That dress is beautiful! Thanks for doing all the work you’ve put in to this blog -I just love it!

  46. Christy says:

    Oh yes. Merry Christmas!

  47. Christy says:

    The dress is so adorable and original.
    This Christmas was definately a handmade one for me.

  48. Shelly says:

    Thanks for a great month of ideas and tutorials and fun stuff!!!

    Merry Christmas.

  49. Samantha says:

    What an amazing dress!!! I’m off to visit relatives- even though Christmas is tomorrow, I plan to continue checking back to the blog!! Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year to you all………..

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