You can’t leave your best gal pals off your crafting/giving list, nor would you want to… Enjoy today’s great ideas for your friends (and if you’re lucky, maybe they’re reading today’s post too!).

Make It

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We love this Chic & Easy Bamboo-Handle Purse Tutorial from Stacy at Little Birdie Secrets! They’re a great way to feature your favorite fabrics, and Stacy really does make it look quite easy to whip up several for a variety of people on your holiday list.
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Cat from Cut Out + Keep does it again with her wonderful Life is Uneven Cowl Pattern.
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Kathy from froo*gal has another of our new, favorite ways to show off the fabrics we love (and make a girlfriend-worthy gift at the same time). Enjoy her Louis Vuitton “Knock Off” Fabric Bead Necklace Tutorial!
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We think the Monogrammed Handmade Handkerchief Tutorial from Kathleen at Grosgrain is the perfect thing for our friends (and our grandparents, and teachers, and Dad, and…).

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Where to begin?!… Gift Compilations, Fabric Boxes, Embellish!, Purses, For Your Purse or Pocket, Tote Bags, and several projects in our Sewing for the Home tutorials.

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:

Beth’s choice Meg’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

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Rebecca makes a beautiful variety of bags for her Retrofied shop. Bags are handmade to order and many feature some of our favorite fabrics!
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The clutches in Rowena’s Red Ruby Rose shop are stunning (and lined with silk!). They’d be extra-special gifts.

Mix It

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Michelle from Je Mange la Ville has a Lemon & Lavender Scone Recipe for you to bake and enjoy over coffee with your good friends.

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

Knitting for Good!: A Guide to Creating Personal, Social, and Political Change, Stitch by Stitch

Every time we knit, we have the opportunity to create positive change in ourselves, our community, and in the world. That’s Betsy Greer’s fervent belief, and in this book she shows us how. Betsy explores the ways we can use knitting to slow down in a fast-paced culture, while using the craft to benefit charities in our communities, to advocate for worthwhile causes, and to support individuals and communities across the globe. Filled with insights from knitters and crafters on how they use craft to benefit others, Knitting for Good! will get you thinking about knitting in a whole new way.

To learn more about the author, visit her website:

Again, we’d like to thank Shambhala for this contribution. We know a few crafter/activists who’ll be getting a copy of this inspirational book this year. Visit Shambhala Publications for more information. Comment below for your chance to win (tell us what you’ll be giving your bff!) See the Handmade Holidays Prize List to check out the other goodies we’re giving away this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
16 ~ Dads
15 ~ New Parents
14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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