Today we begin our 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays series with some great ideas for the tweens and teens on your gift list. Don’t miss our giveaway info too… Enjoy!

Make It

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Word is that it’s lots of fun to cart your pencils around to class with this vinyl pencil case! Make one or many with Jodie’s Vinyl Pencil Case Tutorial from Ric-Rac.
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Jessica from Juicy Bits shares a fun way to use up fabric scraps with her Scrappy Summer Belt Tutorial (good for all seasons of gift giving!).
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Nicole from You SEW Girl has a fun and easy Laptop Sleeve Tutorial, perfect for those who want to cart their computer around in style. The PDF is hosted on Australia’s Living Creatively site, another great resource for creative ideas.
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Joan from Nini Makes offers this great “present for a young stitcher.” You’ll want to make multiple gifts with her Needle Book Tutorial and some felt.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives (fun for Tween & Teen gifts): Fabric Boxes, Drawstring Bags, Fun for Hair, Tech Gifts and For Your Purse or Pocket.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Lauren’s choice Kristin’s choice Meg’s choice
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Buy It

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We love the huge selection of amazing wall decals from David and Alicia’s Dali Decals shop. You can be sure to find something for the tween or teen on your list (and you’ll definitely find something for yourself!).

Mix It

Beth’s Mom’s Easy Fudge
This is the easiest way to get delicious holiday treats in a hurry. Kids enjoy the process (and the results!).

1 pound confectioners (powdered) sugar
1/2 C cocoa
1/4 C milk (you can use soy if you want)
1/4 pound butter
1 t vanilla
1/2 C chopped walnuts (optional)

Spray an 8″ square pan with spray butter. Place sugar and cocoa in a non-metal mixing bowl & stir. Add milk and butter but DON’T STIR. Heat uncovered in the microwave for two minutes. Add vanilla & stir rapidly until blended. Pour quickly into pan & refrigerate for at least one hour before cutting.

There’s at least one antique bowl Mom has that doesn’t work with this recipe and metal bowls are out. Be sure to use glass or a newer ceramic mixing bowl.


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Win It

Christmas Stockings: 7 Classic Holiday Treasures to Knit

Author/Editor: Editor: Elain Lipson
Delivery Method: Electronic PDF
PRICE : $14.95

From the publisher:

Celebrate the joy, beauty, and charm of the Christmas stocking tradition with seven knitted holiday stockings from some of today’s top designers. From classic to contemporary, easy to challenging, there’s a stocking for every personality in this unique and inspiring e-book.

Christmas Stockings: Classic Holiday Treasures to Knit edited by Elain Lipson is an exclusive e-book from Interweave. These beautiful holiday designs were taken from a collection of stockings, Christmas Stockings: Holiday Treasures to Knit by Elaine Lipson (Interweave, 2001), a popular book no longer available. The difficulty of patterns range from beginning designs to master the easy technique of sock knitting, to unique designs any experienced knitter will love.

A big thank you to Jaime from Interweave for donating a copy of this e-book. Visit the Interweave site for more information about this and many other excellent knitting resources. We wanted to give this one away right off the bat so you have plenty of time to knit beautiful stockings for the whole family!

Comment in this post for your chance to win this e-book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Take a look at our Handmade Holiday Prize List to see what else you could win this month!

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.