We’re making an effort to moderate our impact on the world… How about you? Do you have friends who try to re-use instead of throw away? Today’s gifts are all great for eco-conscious friends and family. If you know of a favorite “eco-conscious” tutorial we missed, please feel free to add a link in the comments today!

Make It

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Helen’s Napkin Set Tutorial from angharad was a winner in our Tutorial Contest this year. Just about anyone on your list will appreciate a beautiful set of cloth napkins for their table (goodbye paper towels and napkins!).
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Suzetta from Suzies Stuff has a great crochet Go Green Market Bag pattern for you. It stretches to hold everything from the market!
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Irene from Mushroom Villagers (and our wonderful forum moderator) shared this Classic Tote Tutorial during our month of Summer Sewing this year. It continues to be our very favorite tote tutorial (with french seams and gussets it looks very… professional!). We plan to make a set of several bags for some of our family members this year as they’re perfect for shopping, but also just right for lugging everything else around in your day!

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Drawstring Bags (a nice alternative packaging for holiday gifts), Recycled Slippers in our Warm those Toes compilation, Recycled Bath Mat & Rag Rug from For the Home, Tote Bags & Lunch Bags.

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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Sarah from Marymee Studio sells fine art pottery (choose beauty instead of a paper plate!). It’s difficult to select one favorite piece but we particularly love her vases… Beautiful!

Mix It

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Today we have two more recipes from Lara (and Australia). These recipes were passed down in her family (and now they are passed along to you!):

Gourmet Rocky Road
300g toasted marshmallow with coconut, chopped coarsely
400g Turkish delight, chopped coarsely
¼ cup (40g) toasted blanched almonds, chopped coarsely
½ cup (75g) toasted shelled pistachios
450g white eating chocolate, melted

1. Grease two 8cm by 26cm bar cake pans and line base and sides with baking paper, extending 5cm above long sides.
2. Mix the marshmallow, Turkish delight and nuts in a large bowl. Working quickly, stir in the chocolate.
3. Spread the mixture into the pans, pushing down firmly. Refrigerate until set. Slice as desired.

Chocolate Hedgehog
2 ¼ packets Marie biscuits (plain sweet biscuits)
1 cup walnuts
300g butter
¾ cups cocoa
1 ¼ cup castor sugar
3 eggs

1. Coarsely crush biscuits and nuts
2. Melt butter – add cocoa and sugar. Stir on low hear until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and cool.
3. Beat eggs into chocolate mixture – add nuts and biscuits
4. With damp hands – press into large tray (lined with cling film). Cover with cling film and refrigerate one hour before icing with chocolate topping.

Chocolate topping: 300g dark chocolate buttons, 65ml vegetable oil. Melt in microwave and mix together.
5. Spread over hedgehog. Refrigerate at least half an hour before slicing.

Share It

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Win It

Heather Bailey Sewing Patterns

We’re pleased to be carrying all of the lovely new Heather Bailey patterns in the shop. Today we’ll give away both the Marlo Bloom Handbag pattern and the Fresh Picked Pincushion pattern to the lucky winner. Visit Sew,Mama,Sew! to get a closer look at the pattern details (on the back of the package), and stop by Hello My Name Is Heather for some inspiration from the divine Ms. Bailey. Comment below to for your chance to win. Visit the Handmade Holidays 2008 Prize List to see the other great give-aways we’re offering this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
21 ~ Holidays at Home
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

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