Handcrafters’ Holidays Finale

on January 2 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 47 Comments

Did we miss anyone? It was so much fun to find lots of new blogs to love, great projects to enjoy and new gift ideas and family traditions to incorporate into our own celebrations. If you participated in the Handcrafters’ Holidays meme (including your link in our meme post) but didn’t see your words featured here in December, please email us at beth@sewmamasew.com. We want to make sure we included everyone!

Handcrafters’ Holidays Meme
Julia loves to give bags as gifts (she loves to make them and “can only use so many!”). She made this great selection of gifts for one family (lucky family!) and has a great story about her adventures with flannel PJ pants and her serger on her blog, Sometimes I Sew. Visit for her movie compilation gift idea, gingerbread creations and more.

Samantha writes about her discerning approach to finding the perfect Christmas tree with her family, includes a delicious Cranberry Bread recipe and writes about how her family tradition of the kids getting an ornament each year has changed as they’ve grown in such a kind and thoughtful manner! Samantha shares pictures of some of the wonderful gifts she made for family members in the post on her blog, La Vita è Bella, and she’s now traveling in Germany (and posting pictures each day!). Visit and travel vicariously through Samantha’s blog!

And a little more handcraft fun…
Jennifer shares lots of handcrafted gifts she made for the holidays on her Scrapdash blog in part one of her response. She made this set of heat/cold therapy bags from Kristin’s Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial, she made beautiful stitch markers and Jennifer also shows the handcrafted chatelaines for quilting, sewing, needlework and knitting she sells in her Etsy shop. In “part deux” of Jennifer’s meme answers she shares fond memories of holidays past and a Cocoa Mint Cake with Cocoa Peppermint Icing recipe. Yum. Visit and enjoy!

Amy made a great road rug with four layers of felt and some lessons learned. She also made some baby shoes from Joanna’s tutorial in our Warm those Toes compilation, a teething doll and much more for holiday giving. Take a look via Amy’s blog, Them Crazy Davises.

New Christmas Jammies
By Kristi, Lost and Found

We were a little late in adding this image to our Happy Recipients post the other day. Kristi made these Christmas PJs for her children and it looks like they were well-received! Make some yourself with our Dress the Kids compilations (pick one of the easy kid pant tutorials in the Boys’ Clothes Tutorial Round-Up and use either Amy’s Freezer Stencil Tutorial in the same round-up or Barbara’s great appliqué tips in our Embellish! tutorials for the shirts).

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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47 Responses to Handcrafters’ Holidays Finale

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  6. Annie says:

    I made these for some perfect birthday gifts after the holidays and they were received very well!! Thanks for the great tutorial, it was easy to follow and my projects turned out great.

    NOTE: I used lavender essential oil and you literally only need THREE drops per rice bag. Very potent stuff!!

  7. Becca says:

    Such great inspiration!

  8. alison says:

    There have been some really hard-working people out there this Christmas!

  9. McArt says:

    I loved every minute of it. Only thing is for the life of me I can’t download Joanna’s tutorial on warm up those toes, the little shoe pattern, and I would really love a copy of it, if anyone could convo via my etsy page, http://www.mcart.etsy.com, I would be most grateful.

  10. Jodie says:

    So glad I found this site…I have had such fun!

  11. Sheryl-lyn says:

    This was a great selection of tutorials! I will be reading your blog forever now that I have foind it!

  12. Terry Helms says:

    The tutorial list was so helpful to me! Thank you so much.

  13. Challice N says:

    I have so many cool idea’s for Christmas 2008! Thank you so much for taking the time to upload all these.

  14. Lil' d says:

    So can we start handmade holiday for 2008 in January this time, to give procrastinators like me a chance?

  15. April M. says:

    Love the fabrics in the heat therapy bags!

  16. Georgiann says:

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their great ideas — I have so many in my notebook for next year! Finding SMS is one of my great joys of 2007.

  17. Ashley says:

    Wow! I thought I did good on hand made gifts. I should probably start working on gifts for next Christmas NOW. 😀

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  18. heather w. says:

    i have found many new blogs I read often through this handmade holiday! That monkey is adorable =)

  19. Emily says:

    I’ve really enjoyed the past two months on SMS. I’ve been utilizing the tutorials and examples for my wedding. I’m making tons of crayon rolls and children’s programs that are actually coloring books. Hopefully those will keep the little ones entertained during the ceremony. I’ve also made tissue holders and zippered pouches for my bridesmaids bags, to go along with a dress/garment bag for them.

    I cannot wait to see all the exciting things 2008 brings!

  20. Mia says:

    There just wasn’t enough time to make all the wonderful gifts. So I will have to start now for next year. What a blessing this site has been.

  21. Beth H says:

    So many wonderful tutorials! Thanks so much!

  22. Heather B says:

    Everyone made such creative gifts – thanks for compiling all here for us to see. It truly is inspiring & makes me excited about what will be created in 2008. I already have handmade birthday plans. Thank you again!

  23. Amy says:

    Thanks for a great December! I’m now looking forward to seeing what new fabric squares will be pinned to the Sew, Mama, Sew clothesline!

  24. ainhoa says:

    Thakn you for all the ideas and the links you give to us.

  25. Kim H. says:

    great idea for rice bags! mine were always so bland and boring, those ones are way cute!

  26. Julia D says:

    Thanks for the link. I’m so excited to share!! I’m already planning for next year!

  27. Libby says:

    I definitely have a lot of “must make” items I came across on your tutorial sites. It seems year 2008 is already off to a busy start. Thank You.

  28. Samantha says:

    Don’t tell me we are ending?!?! I want this to go on, and on, and on, and on………..

  29. Christy says:

    Thank you for all your effort into providing these tutorials.

  30. cute christmas jammies! i figure i better get next years crafting started… NOW!!

  31. Joanne says:

    This was so cool. I have so many ideas for gifts for next year. Thanks for compiling all the tutorials here.

  32. Shelley says:

    Ah! All are so cute! I can’t believe the holidays are over.

  33. amy m says:

    I love the rice bags… they are great for just a general gift too!

  34. Erica says:

    I’m so excited about crafting gifts for Christmas next year!!! I just didn’t have enough time to utilize the many ideas I found from this blog. Thanks for all the neat ideas!!

  35. Lynne H. says:

    I really like that sock monkey! I’d love to make one for our grandson. It was one of our son’t favorite stuffed toys when he was little.

  36. Dorte says:

    Grand finale! Thanks for doing this!

  37. Sally W. says:

    I LOVE seeing all of the sewn things!!
    They’re beautiful and give me so many ideas!!

  38. andrea says:

    what’s in store for january?

  39. Carrie says:

    I have so thoroughly enjoyed the handmade holidays! Thank you so much for putting all these wonderful resources together. I am so looking forward to what you have in store for 2008!

  40. Jenn says:

    Ditto what Coralee said. This has been so much fun – especially for a newbie sewer like me who could actually complete some of the projects because of the great photos and tutorials.

  41. ambre sautter says:

    I want to add my thanks too for all the wonderful ideas you compiled. i’m ready to get a jumpstart on next Christmas!

  42. Coralee says:

    I am so sad to see the end of handmade holidays! this has been a fantastic 2 months. thank you so much for the great lessons and inspirations!!!

  43. Katie Hoefle says:

    Those Christmas jammies are adorable! Wish I could applique like that!

  44. mama k says:

    Oh, love those PJs! I will have to remember that for next year.

  45. Michele says:

    The Holiday Meme gave me so many great ideas for next Christmas…I’m already starting my list for gifts to make! Thanks!

  46. Pamela says:

    Those are some cute jammies ! and kids! 😉 Thanks for sharing. Always fun to see what others make.

  47. Jen says:

    All of these tutorials have been AWESOME!! Thank you for taking the time to put all of these links together. I am already starting to complie my list of things to make for NEXT Christmas!

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