Handmade Holidays 2008

on October 30 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 137 Comments

We hope you’ll join us throughout November for our 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays extravaganza! Every day we’ll bring you the very best gift ideas, tutorials & products for each person on your holiday list. This year we are determined to out-do last year’s fun. Here’s what we have in store:
  • Each day is dedicated to a person you might find on your shopping list. We included grandparents, babies, sports fans, cooks and many others.
  • We rounded up 30 days of sewing tutorials, all different from last year’s tutorials.
  • We found some amazing craft tutorials, including crochet, knitting, paper crafts and more.
  • In case you can’t make all your own gifts but still want to give handmade, we highlighted many of our favorite indie shop products.
  • Since the holidays aren’t complete without festive treats we gathered lots of fabulous recipes, most of them perfect for gifting.
  • We’re dedicating every Friday to Holidays at Home, a collection of decorating ideas, recipes, ornament tutorials and other inspiration to help you make the days extra special.
  • Finally, we have a ton of gifts for you! We have books, magazines, patterns, fabric and gift certificates to give away every day of the month, so be sure to make reading and commenting part of your daily routine. We look forward to your feedback!

To get the party started, enjoy our unique printable gift tags. Download the free pdf, print on card stock or heavy paper, cut and enjoy.

Although we’re not a member of the fantastic handmade consortium, we want to be sure you know all about BuyHandmade.org. Visit and you can join over 28,000 people in pledging to buy (and make & request!) handmade this holiday season.

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137 Responses to Handmade Holidays 2008

  1. Annette says:

    Have only just found your site…by accident.
    Thank you for lovely tags..

  2. Debbie O says:

    Thank you so much for the gift tags . They are awsome!!!! I did all hand made gifts this year for both my girls and friends. Now I can add these wonderful tags. Thank you again

    Debbie O in Idaho

  3. Sarah Lemmon says:

    You did a fantastic job on all of these postings!

  4. Grumpy72 says:

    Awesome! I’ve been looking and watching for this! I missed last year, and got started right after Christmas – but I’m suddenly feeling lacking for ideas! Thanks for the beautiful gift tags – they’ll be perfect for my handmades! 🙂

  5. Mera says:

    I’m so excited! Wish I would’ve started earlier but I’m sure it’ll still be great!

  6. Amy DeCesare says:

    Count me in!

  7. NanaSewn says:


  8. jenniferL says:

    yay! can’t wait for the goodies.

  9. Melissa says:

    I’m glad I found this event before it was too late!!
    How generous of you to help all of us out and relieve some stress!!

  10. Elaine Morgan says:

    Thank you for organizing this great site! It’ll be a first thing in the morning “look see”!

  11. Tara Boos says:

    let’s get crafty! i’m ready…

  12. LollyChops says:

    YAY! I can hardly wait to see the parade of fabulousness!

  13. Liz says:

    YEA!!! It’s that time again. So excited! Where can we get that button for our blogs?

  14. Amy says:

    Yay! I am so pleased you are doing this again!

  15. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    yay…holidays are here!!!

  16. Stacey Clay says:

    Yeah!!! I LOVE HOMEMADE GIFTS – both giving and receiving. It’s just so much more personal – Who wants a gift card that took NO THOUGHT whatsoever…?

  17. Laura says:

    What a great idea. I didn’t get a chance to read last years “Handmade” Christmas and I bet I missed out on some great ideas. I am really looking forward to this years.

  18. Sue says:

    I can’t to see what’s in store this year!

  19. TamaleyDiva says:

    Thank you so much for the great tags, I love being inspired and getting my creative juices flowing! God Bless.

  20. Cheryl says:

    Sounds like FUN!!!

  21. Suzanne says:

    Found out about this Handmade Christmas a while ago. Have been looking forward to it. thanks for doing this for us all.

  22. Christy says:

    I’ve been waiting for this, yahoo!!!!

  23. Rebecca says:

    I am so excited, I wasn’t a reader or blogger last year, so this is going to be so much fun 🙂

  24. Gina says:

    Thanks for doing this. Can’t wait to see!

  25. Tammy R says:

    Can’t wait to see what all the ideas!

  26. Mary says:

    I’m thrilled that you’re doing this again! I can’t wait to see what’s in store. Thank you!

  27. This is a great idea and I think it will be great. I can’t wait.

  28. domoshar says:

    I discovered the 2007 Handmade Holiday extravaganza quite after the Christmas holidays.
    I am happy I will able to enjoy it this year! Thank you!

  29. Nicole says:

    I’m so excited…and I thin kI like it…I’m about to go and sew and I thin kI like it….oh yeah! 😀 (look what you made me go and type sms, you made me go there)

  30. Hayley says:

    This sounds like so much fun.. I am sure going to give it a try!!! How Fun!

  31. Susan C says:

    Can’t wait to see all the wonders this year!

  32. Pip says:

    Having just turned my husband’s old office into my new craft space with a permanent home for my sewing machine, I am ready and willing to tackle these – some now, some over the holidays. Thank you for making this huge effort, AND for the cute gift tags.

  33. Anja says:

    Yay!!! Can’t wait. You guys are the best!

  34. yay!! I’ve been counting down the days!!

  35. Jackie k says:

    Hooray for Handmade Holidays! I loved this last year.
    Also loving your concept this year for ideas aimed at specific recipients and a day for the home.

  36. Amelia says:

    When midnight hit last night, I announced that it was “Officially Holiday Season”. Let the baking and crafting begin! So, incredibly, excited! Horray!

  37. Dorte says:

    Great, I enjoyed it so much last year!!!!

  38. Christina says:

    I’m so glad you are doing this again! I can’t wait!!!

  39. Christy says:

    Yay! I’m soooo excited!

  40. Harley says:

    Woot woot!! I can’t wait, most of my gifts are going to have to be handmade this year! 😀

  41. Rebecca says:

    I’ve been waiting for this! Thanks so much for doing it again!

  42. Sadie says:


    I’m so excited about this! Although my lack of sewing skills hold me back for most of the projects, I’m still inspired just the same!

    Wheeee 🙂

  43. Deb says:

    I’m *sew* inspired to go entirely handmade for friends this year. I’ll be reading daily.

  44. Tonje says:

    I’m sooo excited to see what you have in store for us this year. I loved last years Handmade holiday.

  45. Casey says:

    Hoooray! I love this. I’m totally making all my gifts this year.

  46. Greta says:

    Sounds like an awesome lineup – can’t wait!

  47. Sounds like so much fun!!!

  48. Tricia says:

    we started our handmade holidays already, we are making granny a “hand” designed quilt with each of the grand kids making their own square, each aunt and niece gets her very own charm apron, and the boys get hmmmm, I am not sure yet.. Gulp. I am going to have to tune in for more stuff so we can find something for the boys!!!

  49. Nicole says:

    I’m SOOO excited!!! I checked the site religiously during last year’s Handmade Holidays. I can’t wait to see what you guys have in store for us this year!

  50. Laurie says:

    Keep up the good work; looking forward to seeing this year’s effort.

  51. Amy says:

    Oh WOW, I can’t wait! Thank you for the adorable gift tags; they’ll be perfect for the embroidered dishtowels I’m making.

  52. This sounds wonderful, I will be looking forward to it every day!!!

  53. Anary says:

    This is suc a delightful news….I am sure I will be more than inspired.

  54. Christine Bolin says:

    Can’t wait to see what’s coming up!!

  55. jpvicki says:

    Thanks so much, never thought about making tags along with the gifts. Look forward to the days ahead too!

  56. Pauline says:

    Wonderful idea. I am looking forward to all the tutorials and ideas.

  57. Letty says:

    Jumping up and down from exitement !!! Can’t wait for the 1st of November, last year was a lot of fun so I can’t wait to get started. Will put your button on my blog!!

  58. Toni says:

    Wow! I just heard about this! I can’t wait to see the tutorials. Thank you!

  59. Donna M. says:

    Although it friightens me a bit that it’s almost November already, given the looooong list of handmade goodness I have yet to start/complete . . I’m so excited about the handmade holiday starting here! Yay!

  60. Joy says:

    Last year I ran out of time before I ran out of your great ideas!

    Hoping this year I’ll be a little quicker with my sewing!

  61. Alana Jo says:

    Im so excited!!!! I followed along and did MANY of the posts last year.

  62. Anna says:

    Hooray! I love sewing, but I’m glad you’re also going to feature other crafts – *and* cooking. *And* home dec. And thank you for the gift tags!

  63. meg says:

    Well, this is going to be grand! I can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  64. Sam says:

    I’m so excited for this!

  65. betsy says:

    I have been waiting for this! Thank you

  66. lalli says:

    I am soo.. excited! Thank you so much. 🙂

  67. Viv says:

    Yay, what a fantastic Idea. I’ll be here lots for sure as I’ve recently made a pledge to make 95% of the Christmas presents this year, and requested that we be given handmade gifts or ethical gifts.

  68. Christina says:

    I am so excited! I had plans of making lots of my gifts this year.

  69. Shelly says:

    Yay! I found last years list just about a month ago and have already made a few things from it. Can’t wait to see this years! I am doing tons of handmade gifts this year – I just started sewing a few months ago and LOVE your blog!

  70. amy says:

    I’m so excited! Yeah!!

  71. Kimberly says:

    I can’t wait! Been working on some gifts from last year’s Handmade Holidays and I’m looking forward to even more great ideas!!

  72. Stacey says:

    Hooray! I’m so excited. I still find myself going back to last year’s list for projects to tackle. It sounds like it will be awesome again this year. Thanks so much for doing this!

  73. valerie says:

    I am so looking forward to this- last year was fantastic!

  74. Jamie says:

    I think this is my favorite feature of the year! Yeah!

  75. Kelly J says:

    I’m SO excited, I can’t wait.

  76. hooray! i’m excited!

  77. Kip says:

    WOO HOO ! I’m ready to start stitching !!

  78. Terri says:

    Wow, this sounds even more fun than last year! I’m so excited for all the wonderful goodies you announced that I can hardly think about anything else. Wahoo!

  79. Lesley says:

    Yeah! Just what I need for Christmas prep…fresh ideas & the know-how to get it done 🙂

    Thank you so much 🙂

  80. Erin says:

    sounds so exciting! I can’t wait!

  81. KC says:

    WaHOO! Loved it last year, and may be the only thing that keeps me on track THIS year…

  82. Mariana says:

    Ive been looking forwards for this all year! last year was great : )

  83. Lisa says:

    Oh, I’ll be watching for the updates every Friday. Thank you!

  84. Andrea Methvin says:

    I’m so very excited-can’t wait to see what you have in store! I am sewing for a Christmas Bazaar, and for family/friends gifts and always looking for new ideas.

  85. Bobbi says:

    Thanks for the lovely gift tags. I am totally 100% for giving “handmade”. I love watching this grassroots movement gain momentum.

  86. Carly says:

    I am new to your blog and LOVE it! Thank you for posting ideas for a homemade holiday. I love giving (and receiving!) homemade gifts! It will be especially appreciated this year with money being so tight! I’m looking forward to the inspiration!

  87. Jenn01844 says:

    Cool! I’m so glad someone shared this link with me! I can’t wait to read all the good tips!!

  88. Tammy :) says:

    I’ve been looking foward to this all year! This is my favorite time of year for crafts!

  89. Kacy says:


  90. Sara says:

    Can’t wait!!! I”ll be reading everyday!!!

  91. AWESOME! I am so determined this year to make all our gifts this year for our family and friends. I have bought several Amy Butler patterns and Bananafana to start the sewing. I am looking forward to seeing what you have in store!

  92. Bree says:

    yay I can’t wait to hear some of your ideas. I launched my own Christmas challenge on my blog yesterday, I’m making as many of my Christmas gifts as possible but there are always some people you can’t think of ideas for. Looking forward to some more inspiration!

  93. Lorrie says:

    This is going to be so much fun. I found you last year for the Handmade Holiday celebration – that was my intro to your wonderful site!


  94. ellen says:

    Can’t wait to get started….the tags are great! Thank you!

  95. Kate says:

    You guys are so awesome! I don’t know how you plan to top last year because it was great, has it really been a year?!!

  96. JoonToons says:

    Woohooo!! Finally! Been looking forward to kick off the holiday crafting season with fab tutorials for weeks now. 🙂

  97. Thank you – looking forward to it.

  98. Cara says:

    Roll on November!! I can’t wait for all the great ideas!! :o)

  99. Carrie says:

    I am Sooooo excited about Handmade Holidays!!! I am still marking projects off my list from last years tutorials and I can’t wait to add to that!

  100. Victoria says:

    Oh goody! Can’t wait!

  101. Susan says:

    Yay! I’m so glad you are doing this, I loved it last year.

  102. Jess says:

    Woohoo! I’m pretty psyched about this…I have a lot of Christmas to figure out!

  103. Andi says:

    Yay!!! I can’t wait!!! I’m always sewing everyone pajamas for Christmas and although it has become my trademark I am looking for some new ideas.

  104. Dawn says:

    I am sooo looking forward to this!

  105. Gail says:

    Great. I really enjoyed this event last year. I have a unique “green” totebag tutorial that I’d like to share with you. It’s on the side of my blog. Contact me if you like.

  106. jackie says:

    i have been looking so forward to this….can’t wait! 🙂

  107. Robyn says:

    I’ve been trying to decide what to make from last years list!! Now it’s going to get even harder!! I can’t wait!

  108. Tina says:

    Hooray for Handmade Holidays!!!! I can’t wait!

  109. Ms. Cleaver says:

    I can’t wait – last year was so fantastic and it sounds like you have a great month in store!

  110. Ali says:

    Hooray! I’ve been waiting for this years ideas. Can’t wait to start making holiday gifts.

  111. Abbi says:

    I can’t wait for the 30 days of handmade gifts! I’m so excited!

  112. erin says:

    I can’t believe it is already this time of year! I can’t wait!!!

  113. shelle says:

    I can’t wait! Thank you for the adorable gift tags 🙂

  114. Tine says:

    YIPEEE!! This is just what I need! I’m trying to do a handmade holiday this year, and this will be so incredibly helpful. I have already seen some projects from last year that I will be using, so thanks for that link too…

  115. Sandra :) says:

    Wooooooohooooooooooooooo I’ve been waiting and watching for this — I’ve been working on my Christmas gifts for months now but I’m definitely up for new ideas!

  116. Catherine says:

    This will be my first Sew-Mama-Sew “Handmade Holidays,” but I’m SO EXCITED at all that’s coming!

  117. Amber says:

    Oh fun – I can’t wait! I loved last year’s and am so excited to see what you’ve come up with for this year!

  118. Sara says:

    Oh yay! I so enjoyed this feature last year, I’m glad it’s time for more!!

  119. Hashi says:

    YIPPEE! I can’t wait!

  120. Coralee says:

    Hooray! I am so excited! Last year’s was so great and I’m sure this year’s will be, too!

  121. Tammy says:

    How exciting! I can’t wait!!!

  122. meg says:

    can’t wait! I’ve been gearing up for some holiday swaps, so I’m looking forward to trying out some of the ideas posted here!

  123. Beth says:

    Woo Hoo! I’ve been waiting for this. I have a huge list of gift recipients. So, I started making gifts in September with Handmade Holidays ideas from last year- economical and just plain nicer than those from the store. I’m so excited to find out what other projects I’ll be squeezing in before Dec. 25!

  124. Vanessa says:

    I am so excited about giving more hand made gifts this year in place of store bought stuff. Wish the whole thing started yesterday!

  125. apple cyder says:

    I love that you are doing this again. Thanks!

  126. JenR says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this ALL YEAR!!! Yippee!!

  127. Kathleen says:

    eeeeeeeeeee!! I can’t wait!!

  128. Jocelyn says:

    OOOh! I’m so excited!! Loved the projects last year and have already started Bean’s potholders for this year! Can’t wait til Saturday!

  129. deb says:

    These tags are so cute, love the leaf motif. what better than a handmade gift tag to go with your handmade gifts!

  130. Myrnie says:

    Gotta love gift tags! I can manage to make my gifts by hand, but never seem to get around to cards or tags! Maybe this year I can change that 🙂

  131. Maria says:

    Thank you,Thank you….Have been getting some stuff ready for the holidays and this would be great to get more ideas.

  132. Hannah says:

    WOOHOO! I am sooooo excited!

  133. Jen says:

    I have been waiting for November for weeks now just for Sew, Mama Sew’s handmade holiday’s!! I can’t wait for all the goodies you girls have in store for us. THANK YOU so much for all the work you put into this.

  134. Tiffany says:

    I look incredibly forward to a handmade holiday! I only wish I hadn’t waited so long to start making things I now feel incredibly swamped!

  135. Alice S says:

    I’m so excited for Handmade Holidays again this year. I keep coming back to tutorials from last year for making gifts all through the year. It sounds like this year will be just as inspiring. I always wind up with more ideas than time.

  136. Rebecka says:

    Thank you so much for the lovely gift tags, can’t wait for the party to continue! 🙂

  137. Liv says:


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