Happy Friday! It’s almost time to really decorate your home in earnest (or have you started already?!). Each Friday we focus on making your home cozy and festive for the holiday season (enjoy our previous Friday posts).

Also: Don’t forget to share your preparations with us, and be sure to check out Giveaway Day!

Make It

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Alicia from Posie Gets Cozy (have you fallen in love with her new book?!– Wonderful!) shares a Gumdrop Wreath Tutorial, hosted on Kiddley.
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Mason-Dixon Knitting, home of so many brilliant knitting adventures, brings us a Felted Ball Tutorial. It’s a great way to involve (even quite young) kids in a fun, decorating project. Make up the balls, let them dry and then string them into garlands!
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This Ribbon Wreath Tutorial was created for Halloween (hence the black), but we think it would look perfect for the holidays with some beautiful, red ribbon (or sewing scraps?!). Ellen from The Long Thread always has great ideas!
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Meg from elsie marley (and our board) created this Woodland Ornament Tutorial (pine cones, mushrooms & a sprig of holly) series with a PDF pattern download just for you! We’re already planning the fabrics we’ll use for our pine cones.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Holidays at Home Week 1, Holidays at Home Week 2 and Fabric Ornaments.

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:

Meg’s choice Beth’s choice Lara’s choice
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Buy It

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Betz White’s Felted Wool Christmas Stockings sell out fast, so you’ll have to visit her Betz White shop on the 24th for her next update. In the meantime, however, you can snap up her many other felted pieces like beautiful scarves, journals and more.

Mix It

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Janelle from Talk of Tomatoes makes her Eggnog Recipe a priority, and you should too (it takes at least three weeks for the flavors to “marry and marinate”)!
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Lara, one of our board members, shared one of her Australian family holiday favorites: Pavlova! Find the details in this Pavlova Recipe from Exclusively Food.

Share It

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Win It

French General: Home Sewn
30 Projects for Every Room in the House

By Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala

Hardcover
Published in September, 2008
ISBN 9780811864039

8-3/4 x 8 in; 160 pp ; color photographs and illustrations throughout, 6 pattern pages and embroidery transfers for 30 projects in an attached envelope

From the publisher:

French General: Home Sewn — As the founder of the renowned crafts and notions store, French General, Kaari Meng scours the French countryside and Parisian flea markets for vintage treasures. Now, this beloved designer has gathered her favorite patterns into a charming sourcebook sure to be coveted by crafters, Francophiles, and home decorators. She offers 30 simple sewing patterns for French-inspired projects—a scalloped tablecloth, piles of pillows and bedding, a festive party garland, totes—and more. Lay-flat spiral binding and ready-to-use pattern sheets and embroidery transfers, plus step-by-step directions, gorgeous photographs, and helpful illustrations make it easy to bring the palettes and pleasures of traditional French living into any home.

Kaari Meng sells vintage and new textiles at her store in Los Angeles and to retailers in the U.S., Europe, and Japan. She and her husband, photographer Jon Zabala, live in southern California.

We’re so excited that Chronicle sent us this beautiful book! The projects are absolutely gorgeous. Visit Chronicle Books for more information. Comment below for your chance to win . The winner will be announced next Friday. See the list of other prizes we’re giving away this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
20 ~ Gift Exchange
19 ~ Grandparents
18 ~ College Students
17 ~ Girlfriends
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.