November 22 ~ Gifts for the Eco-conscious

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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.

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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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336 Responses to November 22 ~ Gifts for the Eco-conscious

  1. Texana says:

    Green market bags are coming right along…won’t everyone be surprised to find their gifts in those instead of paper bags!

  2. janna says:

    Love the totes and the green market bags! Can’t wait to get started, thanks for the ideas!

  3. lesley says:

    heather bailey’s fabrics are delicious! i’m all over that napkin idea! lesley

  4. Kristi says:

    I want to try all three! But since I’m just learning I think the napkins are right up my alley!

  5. Jane says:

    I love napkins and will be making those babies.

  6. Mirjam says:

    Good idea! The more people use reusable shopping bags the better.

  7. emily says:

    the market bag is awesome!

  8. summerdae says:

    oooohhh. I like.

  9. Bronwyn says:

    Would love to win these patterns – just love Heather’s gorgeous stuff! Thanks to Lara too for her delish recepie of gourmet Rocky Road – pistashios and turkish delight!

  10. Liz says:

    Another day, another list of great ideas!

  11. Jennifer says:

    I love the idea of the napkin set. The tote bags are too cute too! I have been looking for a good pattern for holiday gift giving- I think this one is it!

  12. Michelle F says:

    That is the cutest napkin set ever!!!

  13. Hannah says:

    Great ideas!

  14. Anary says:

    I am a sucker for tote bags….so people I need one of each (This is on my wish list from now on!)

  15. Gillian says:

    I have been a big fan of Heather’s for a while now and that pear is just fantastic! I love to give napkin sets as wedding presents as well.

  16. Jenni says:

    thanks for all the great ideas and opportunities to win cool stuff!

  17. Limor says:

    The colors in those pics are amazing.

  18. Shannon says:

    the napkins would be an awesome gift for teachers as well, I’d think! or other “I don’t really know what they like” kind of people!

  19. Katie says:

    Heather Bailey always has the cutest stuff.

  20. Doris says:

    Great totes! I have just the fabric for them….

  21. Ashley says:

    I think I’m going to try and make the Go Green Bag. Thanks for the tutorial!

  22. Marie says:

    Gourmet Rocky Road?!? Sounds like a nice substitute for moose munch here!! thanks!

  23. amanda says:

    The classic tote is pretty high up on my “to make” list this year. They are pretty much great for anyone!

  24. Leslie says:

    I really love the go green market bag and the tote. They are great!

  25. Susu says:

    I’ve given cloth napkins and tote bags as gifts several times and people love them because they feel good when they use them.

  26. Corkers says:

    Ooh, lovely bags and napkins! I loved the Heather Bailey square pincushion tutorial, so I’m sure the patterns are great.

  27. Jane E. Petersons says:

    Yay for cloth napkins! Wow – I’ve been looking for a good tutorial – thanks so much!!

  28. Jaime says:

    I read the recipe for chocolate hedgehog and it makes me laugh. My daughter couldn’t quite remember the word EggNog so she called it Hedgehog. Is the hedgehog in the recipe similar to eggnog? I may have to try making it just to see and to help set my daughter straight.

  29. Karen H says:

    That is one great tote bag, good for so many things.

  30. kathy h. says:

    made napkins for a bazaar this year.

  31. Beth in Seattle says:

    This is such an amazing collection of ideas. THANK YOU!

  32. anja says:

    love the tote bag!

  33. Jill A says:

    I’ve got a few of these on my list!

  34. kelli says:

    I remember the napkin set. It’s beautiful. I think I’d like to whip some up for *MY* christmas stocking 🙂

  35. Genevieve says:

    Love the napkin tutorial with the pouch. What a great gift idea (and quick to make which is even better.)

  36. Alison says:

    so cute! thank you!

  37. Megan says:

    Loving the bags and napkins. They are just too cute!

  38. Betsy M says:

    These ideas are great!!

  39. Tina says:

    I just spent a lovely ten minutes looking over the tutorials on Heather’s site.

  40. Jenn S says:

    Those recipes looks yummy!

  41. lisa says:

    I love the napkin idea…got to make some of those for me and friends too. Also, the tote is super cute, a great size and I like the professional touches. Both on my to do list. Lisa

  42. pam says:

    I plan to make several of those tote bags. They look to be the perfect size for grocery shopping.

  43. Kate M. says:

    I’ve been looking for a good tote tutorial to make for my sister (a book lover). This one is just perfect; the gussets make plenty of room for fat hardbacks.

  44. Sara says:

    I can’t wait to try that classic tote- it looks perfect for a market bag.

  45. Lindsay says:

    I think once Christmas is over, I’m going to make myself several sets of cloth napkins. I love how they can add so much color to a table.

  46. Lynn says:

    I forgot about napkins! I need to make some.. christmas present for myself!

  47. Kate says:

    the napkins are a great idea and with the recent trend towards reusable bags who wouldn’t want to make a few of them?

  48. Steph Wehrman says:

    I am staying up way to late working on all these awesome projects this month-thanks for motivating me!

  49. Joanne says:

    It’s great to see some green ideas. That’s become a bit of a theme for my gift giving this year.

  50. Sara R. says:

    Oh, those napkins will go great with the table runner and placemats I’m making for gifts this year.

  51. Crystal says:

    I will be making the napkin set – thankyouverymuch.

  52. Samantha says:

    Definetly going to have to try the rocky road- yum!

  53. HeidiMonkey says:

    I’ve made the napkins and they really are excellent! Heather Bailey’s new patterns are gorgeous as well!

  54. Deborah says:

    All the projects are great but I think I will try the napkin set first. Thanks!

  55. Leah says:

    I don’t know how I missed the classic tote before but it’s perfect!

  56. Julie says:

    I love the bags!!!

  57. Carrie says:

    Loving those napkins. I have many of those in my future, me thinks!

  58. AndreaLea says:

    I loved the napkin tutorial last time you posted. It’s a wonderful gift idea.

  59. Elle Doughty says:

    Great tote – wonderful patterns! Thanks for sharing with everyone 🙂

  60. Cathy says:

    the pottery is gorgeous!

  61. erin says:

    The recipes sound yummy!!!

  62. britt says:

    You know the more of these I see the more I want to give everyone gifts with a tag explaining how it will improve their ecologicality in the world :-p

  63. Christie says:

    Always love more tote ideas, and the cloth napkin set is nice too. I can’t wait to try some of these out!

  64. Laura says:

    I love the Heather Bailey patterns–the pear is so cute!

  65. Tammy says:

    Love the Heather Bailey patterns, as well as all of the hand-made gift tutorials. Keep up the good work!

  66. essie says:

    those napkins look like a great idea! i’ll have a go at those, i think! 🙂

  67. Viv says:

    Good eco gifts!

  68. Kimberly says:

    Fabric napkins are on my to do list!

  69. Page says:

    I am a long time fan of Heather Bailey and she is a great inclusion for your line up of designers! I’d love to win her patterns! (:

  70. Nicolle says:

    Awesome stuff. Great idea to give the napkins. Thanks

  71. odd dotty says:

    I have always wanted to make my own napkins!!

  72. Sara says:

    I have been wanting a pattern for those market bags forever. Thanks!

  73. Valerie B says:

    So appropriate for todays world! I am so excited for Christmas this year! So many wonderful ideas to go with the baked goodies I already make for everyone!

  74. Laura F. says:

    I love the Heather Bailey patterns!
    Thanks for another great contest 🙂

  75. MelissaB says:

    Oh totes, everyone can sure use those!

  76. Amy Bundy says:

    Love Heather Bailey! And love that tote tute. Thanks.

  77. Jess says:

    I love the classic tote tutorial…its a great bag!

  78. Josiane says:

    This classic tote reminds me of my favorite tote, only better… Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

  79. Stephanie says:

    oh I love that tote, and it is perfect for my mother in law! I also love the Heather bailey patterns, thanks for the great giveaway!

  80. I really like the handbag pattern.

  81. Lynne in NC says:

    Wow! love the ideas, thanks!

  82. Debbie says:

    I love the napkin set!

  83. Sue says:

    Stop putting all these yummy recipes on here – I am seriously going to have to start exercising to burn it all off 🙂
    love the classic tote, I have made one and going to start making a few more for the family.

  84. Julie says:

    I love Heather Bailey patterns. The tote is nice.

  85. Jacqui says:

    I love that go green market bag!!!!

  86. Heide says:

    I don’t know if I’ll get any gifts made this year, I keep finding things I want to make for myself!

  87. Sara D. says:

    Thanks for the napkin tutorial!

  88. LisaAlso says:

    I love giving eco-gifts!!

  89. Kimberly says:

    I love that crocheted bag! Not sure if I can figure it out but I might try.

  90. Sarah S says:

    I love these ideas…it wouldn’t be much to whip up a set of napkins for everyone on my list!

  91. Donette says:

    I love all things Heather Bailey! And I want to make that tote!

  92. shannoxx says:

    I love the fabric choices!

  93. Anne says:

    oh i love the heather bailey patterns!

  94. amy says:

    Such great ideas!

  95. Kelli says:

    Love the napkins and the bags! What great tutorials today. Thanks.

  96. I love making totes! thanks for the tutes.

  97. What a great book – thanks for featuring it

  98. Stacy says:

    Love the bags! If I knew how to crochet, I’d totally be making those grocery bags!

  99. Casey says:

    I need to learn to crochet, I want one of those bags!

  100. Lisa Allbee says:

    I love those!

  101. Heather B says:

    I’ve been wanting to try that tote tutorial, and I’m sure someone on my list would love one!

  102. Victoria says:

    I would love to win some of Heather’s patterns! Thanks so much for all the great ideas and giveaways!

  103. Emily says:

    Still love Irene’s totes. They’d make great gifts in sets of 3 or 4.

  104. Gen says:

    I can’t wait to make the napkin set & tote. I love that pear pincushion & the bloom handbag.

  105. mary says:

    Oh, I would love to win one of Heather Bailey’s beautiful patterns! Thank you!

  106. Heather says:

    All of your posts for holiday ideas have been so inspiring….I better get sewing!

  107. Carrie in KC says:

    Thank you, I have been thinking about making napkin sets for my sisters this year. I’m glad to see this tutorial!

  108. shelle says:

    This is in tune with my gifts for the neighbors, a knit dishrag, towel and a matching string bag. That is a great string bag, I will definitely try it.

  109. B says:

    Love those patterns.

  110. Krista says:

    Great ideas! I have been providing tips for my coworkers on how to have a green Christmas – will share these too!

  111. holly says:

    I’m excited to try the napkin tutorial, as well as the tote. I’ve made several totes, but that one looks nicer, I’m thinking my ‘charlie brown christmas’ fabric would look great on this design. and the chocolate hedgehogs sound scrumptious!

  112. Anne says:

    Great ideas and yummy treats – what more could I want??

  113. Christine Bolin says:

    What a great napkin set tutorial. I know several people who will get for Christmas this year. Thanks.

  114. Jodes says:

    I LURVE that pear pattern!

  115. Cindy B. says:

    great ideas… usual

  116. Catarina says:

    I have been wanting to do a basic tote. Maybe I’ll do it this time.

  117. Shelley says:

    Love the totes and the rocky road, mmmmm 🙂

  118. I never win, but enter anyway. 🙂 You never know, right? I SO love these patterns, and her fabrics are amazing, and her blog so inspiring. Thanks for the chance!!

    Shealynn Benner

  119. Nani says:

    Heather Bailey patterns….sounds yummy!

  120. Linda says:

    Fantastic series, helpful ideas to get my head into the gift making/buying mode.

  121. Natalija says:

    Love that tote!

  122. Lorraine says:

    Wish I could do cloth napkins with the kids. Someday. Also just found out that a french seam is called a french seam! I’d been sewing those for years and never knew what they were called. Silly and tragic all at once. Would love that pear pattern. Cute!

  123. beth says:

    the thing i think i love most about the napkin tute is the included pouch pattern. my french host mother kept a different fabric pouch for each member of the family so that the napkins she put out could be reused a few times, and i always thought it was a splendid idea.
    and i’ve had my eye on heather bailey’s pear pincushion for ages. i hadn’t realized that it was released as a pattern! how exciting!

  124. Kelley says:

    the napkin pattern is just what I was looking for, thanks!

  125. Yetta says:

    That pear is gorgeous. I want it want it want it.

  126. The napkins are a great idea – they would make a wonderful gift!

  127. Amy Q says:

    These produce doily bags are really cute and eco friendly!

  128. Julie says:

    I like the green market bag too cute. Any of these are good ideas though!

  129. Q says:

    I love all the tutorials – thanks so much for pulling them all together. I plan to make the napkins for my family this year. Thanks so much!

  130. Michelle says:

    Oh I love Heather’s designs. I hope I win this week!

  131. meg says:

    great eco ideas… and i love the idea of using re-usable bags as wrapping!

  132. MaryL says:

    i sure wish i could crochet!

  133. Laine Odle says:

    I would love to win those patterns! Did you get a good look at that cute pear??!!

  134. gardenymph says:

    My bookmarked list is growing and growing!!! Thanks!

  135. i remember that napkin tutorial ~ i totally planned to sew them and never did! and thanks for linking the drawstring bag tutorial~ i need to sew some for holiday gift giving!

  136. Courtney says:

    I would love to win those cute patterns.

  137. Jill C. says:

    Heather Bailey just rocks- what fun it would be to win this giveaway!

  138. brooke says:

    I’ve already made two sets of the napkins for gifts in the last couple months and will probably make a few more before the holidays are over. Great tutorial!

  139. Janellybelly says:

    I love the Market bag and Tote, so much nicer than the Coles/Woolworths ones we buy at the shops.

  140. brittany says:

    lara’s choice is so great! i can just imagine all the wonderful things i would make with it!

  141. I’ve been thinking about making the switch from paper napkins to cloth napkins. With our large family we use a ton! I love the tutorial.

  142. Liz says:

    I love the classic tote. I will be adding those to my long sewing list right away. Thanks for sharing!

  143. Liz says:

    LOVE the napkins and the tote!!

  144. Shawna says:

    The patterns are so fun!

  145. missknitta says:

    Yum! thanks for the hedgehog recipe 🙂

  146. juliecache says:

    It’s so nice to see options for buying and cooking 🙂

  147. Stacy T says:

    Love that classic tote!! 😀

  148. Sarah L says:

    I love that crochet bag!

  149. mojoandco says:

    I’ve been keeping an eye out for a crocheted market bag. And who doesn’t love Hedgehog and Rocky Road??!

  150. whitney says:

    These are just wonderful!!

  151. Lisa Martin says:

    such great ideas, as usual!! thanks for sharing

  152. Paige says:

    I absolutely love using cloth napkins – I can’t even remember the last time I bought paper ones!

  153. Tricia says:

    such great ideas!!! I need more time, can you help make that??

  154. Kristi says:

    I just love tote patterns – Those would make wonderful gifts. Thanks for sharing!

  155. Jennifer says:

    These suggestions look great.

  156. Anya T. says:

    I love making reusable grocery bags. Thanks for the tutorials. And for the chance to win the patterns.

  157. Rane says:

    These are wonderful too…. Ack too many ideas and not enough time!!!
    I need some elfs!

  158. Stacey says:

    From groceries to sewing class, the classic tote is so useful and pretty! Wonderful ideas!

  159. Ginny says:

    I just finished up some tote bags today and will be making matching napkins so they can be used as lunch sacks. Thanks for the timely tutorial!

  160. Emilee says:

    Oh, aren’t those napkins beautiful? I love them!

  161. Samantha says:

    Cue bags!! Can’t wait to try them- I can sew, but I’ll first have to learn to crochet for the other………..

  162. Thank you for the cloth napkin tutorial. I’m definitely making these for my friends.

  163. Ashley Ann says:

    Great tote tutorial!

  164. Lalli says:

    I love all of them. 🙂

  165. Mary says:

    I have the fabric cut for one of those tote bags. I just went hunting for the pattern last night. I should have just waited a day! 🙂

  166. Beth says:

    This months Handmade Holidays has been so inspiring… thanks! The Heather Bailey fabrics and patterns are too cute!

  167. Lisa says:

    Cute napkins! My Christmas sewing list is getting so long.

  168. Christy says:

    I love coming here everyday!Thank yuo for all these inspiring tutorials. 🙂

  169. Carol says:

    I guess I am not an eco-conscious person (yes, yes, I live in Florida and my A/C runs all day long, killing the planet) but I have to admit that I love the idea of the fabric napkins. Great tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

  170. Grace says:

    Yummy hedgehog! Kitchen, here I come!

  171. Geri says:

    Again…I love Lara’s choice. Would like to make one of the Heather Bailey Bags in this fabric.

  172. Jessica says:

    what a yummy sounding recipe!!

  173. Kris says:

    Thanks for all the helpful links. I can’t wait to try some of these!

  174. Dawn says:

    That bird fabric on the napkins is absolutely gorgeous.

  175. Kat says:

    Lara’s fabric choice is so cute! Thanks for all the ideas!

  176. Jodie says:

    I love the napkin set!

  177. amylouwho says:

    Have you seen the fused plastic bags? A great way to use up those pesky grocery sacks.

  178. MichelleB says:

    I love that crocheted bag. Maybe I’ll dig out a crochet hook and try it.

  179. Karen says:

    Maybe I should make some Christmassy serviettes for myself instead of buying paper ones this year…

  180. Kristen says:

    Again, your post rescues me! The napkins will be perfect for the family gift exchange, along with a gift card…

  181. Jenn says:

    I love the tutorials–makes me want to learn how to crochet. Hopefully, I can make those napkins after christmas!!

  182. Libby says:

    Love the bags. I’m planning on making market bags after the holiday season. Also love the patterns.

  183. Catherine says:

    New to the site and love the eco friendly ideas!

  184. Nickie says:

    i love the napkins….cant wait to get started…thanks for the lovely ideas everyday.

  185. Alyssa N. says:

    Oh I love the napkin idea! The make it recipe looks great too!

  186. Somer says:

    Again, great ideas. Thank you.

  187. Shellie says:

    Thanks for all the tutorials….I think I’ll try the classic tote!

  188. Suzanne says:

    So many great ideas!

  189. Samantha says:

    I think it’s a great year to do green gifts. those napkins are calling my name.

  190. Leanna says:

    So fun to have options other than going to the store and picking up something that perhaps isn’t quite as meaningful!

  191. Heidi says:

    I love all three. I needed an idea for the wedding we’re going to this weekend. Back to the sewing room for me.

  192. debra says:

    Love the napkins and the tote. I think they would also make great teacher gifts this year.

  193. Rebecca says:

    I should really make those napkins for my kids.

  194. water works says:

    I’ve been making fruit and veggie bags for use at the grocery. I detest those thin plastic bags they use. What great ideas today.

  195. Katie Mitchell says:

    I made the tote this summer and I love it! I use it all the time and I plan to make another one soon.

  196. Pamela says:

    Love the napkins!!!! Must go make some now! Thank you for the awesome tutorial!

  197. betsy says:

    I needed an earth friendly gift idea. Thank you!

  198. June B says:

    ooh Heather Bailey patterns! Fabby! The cloth napkins idea is a great one–gonna go whip up a few sets of these. Thanks!

  199. Olivia says:

    I’d love to be entered!

  200. pjs says:

    The napkin set is gorgeous

  201. Lori says:

    Maybe this line of posts should have started in August. That way I would have plenty of time for gifts and things for myself!! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas.

  202. Christy says:

    I love the napkins and the tote! Thanks again for the great ideas!

  203. Mama K says:

    oh my. Those recipes sound heavenly!

  204. Kirsten says:

    Wow…those Marymee pots are gorgeous!

  205. Jayme L says:

    We can always use tote bags. Thanks for the ideas.

  206. Jill says:

    Beautiful tote, will have to make one for me too : )

  207. Ramona says:

    I have made the tote bags for a few people including myself and keep getting more requests for them. They are wonderful. I am making more for Christmas gifts. I really want to try those napkins and the crocheted bag. How fun.

  208. Caitlin says:

    I have wanted that pear pattern for so long, but just haven’t gotten it yet! I hope I win!

  209. Stefanie says:

    Those napkins are a great idea!

  210. sonja says:

    the napkin set is such a nice idea for a gift for someone you don’t know that well.

  211. KristenL says:

    This is perfect for my sister-in-law. I think I’ll make the napkin set. There are too many good ideas I’m getting!! My list is getting longer….and longer….

  212. Julia in MI says:

    I love the tote bag tutorial. I could use a whole bunch of those. Thanks again for the inspiration and directions for some great projects. I also love Heather Bailey’s products.

  213. Sara G says:

    Fantastic bag tutorials! Can’t have enough of those!

  214. Jackie says:

    I just created some custom fabric through Spoonflower, and I think I’m going to try making those totes for gifts. I’ll line mine, though, since it’s not home decor fabric.

  215. Tricia says:

    I love the eco-tote ideas. I can’t wait to make one, or two, or five!

  216. Christy says:

    Those coffee cozies from last year would be good in this section too! Made a ton of those last year and gave with Starbucks GC’s. Love the HB patterns!

  217. Junglewife says:

    More great ideas! I especially love the napkin set!

  218. adriene says:

    the napkin set is great!

  219. Emily S says:

    The classic tote tutorial is one of my favorite go-to patterns. I’ve made it many many times and everyone loves it!

  220. Jenn M says:

    The Classic Tote is cute. I’m glad the world is trying to become more eco friendly!

  221. Lisa says:

    Cloth napkins I never even though of making them…. Hummm the wheels are turning. Thanks for posting them


  222. Shannon Reed says:

    The classic tote bag is perfect. Just the right design.

  223. Amelia says:

    Very nice napkins!

  224. Bonnie says:

    I like the napkin set and it looks really easy!

  225. BSue says:

    Love all the ideas but the Green Market Bag is really speaking to me at the moment. I’m off to grab my hooks, a skein of yarn, and prop up a sore knee and crochet :0) You’ve made my day!
    Bobbie in Texas

  226. Kacy says:

    I love the napkin idea! What a great way to encourage our friends & family to be more “green” 🙂

  227. Pamela says:

    I think I need to learn to crochet!

  228. Kathleen says:

    Love the crochet bag! Very cute!

  229. Southern Gal says:

    I love the carry all. I’m getting such good ideas from this site. Thanks so much for all the time and effort you put into it.

  230. Frogdancer says:

    Well how could I NOT comment with those beautiful patterns on offer.

    The hedgehog recipe with walnuts is an interesting variation… I’ve only ever had it without. I’ll have to whip some up.

  231. Bridget says:

    love all the tutes, especially the classic tote, good for all kinds of things!

  232. Michelle says:

    Nothing better than a list of tutorials to get your creative juices going on a Saturday morning!

  233. Tammy :) says:

    I have some fabric that has been waiting for a tutorial on napkins!

  234. Deanne says:

    Great way to use those old cd’s and add a sturdy bottom to the market bag.

  235. Shellyfish says:

    This is such an important time of year to keep environmentally-friendly solutions in the forefront! With all the packaging & wrapping – so much of it unnecessary – it’s important to do what we can, when we can!

  236. Amy says:

    Love of all of em’!

  237. Sam says:

    Oh yes, napkins. I shall enjoy making those.

  238. Kathy says:

    I’ve been too lazy to look up a classic tote pattern, and now here it is!!

  239. April says:

    Great ideas with nice tutorials!

  240. Joanna says:

    I love love love these patterns!

  241. Robin says:

    Love that tote pattern! I’m going to have to give that one a try. =)

  242. amanda says:

    Oh, I love that handbag pattern!

  243. Jenny says:

    Gonna go try the favorite tote tutorial right now during nap time!

  244. Mirza says:

    I am loving the patterns today!!!

  245. Celeste says:

    I really like the cloth napkin idea for some of my hard-to-buy-for relatives–thanks!

  246. Joy says:

    The napkin set is really fun and a quick gift! Thank you for sharing!

  247. Sam says:

    I love this one! I’ve made that classic tote a couple times now. Thanks for all the ideas.

  248. Kathleen says:

    I just love the Heather Bailey patterns! She is so awsome!

  249. Joy says:

    great day! I love ecco friendly crafts!

  250. Theresa says:

    thank you for all the great ideas this holiday season, especially today’s go green ideas. Everyone will be getting a tote from me – let’s banish the plastic bag!

  251. craftytammie says:

    I think I will have to refresh my crochet skills, that bag is cool. Especially the color!

  252. Margie says:

    I really need to make a few market totes & tote bags as gifts. That rocky road fudge sounds heavenly!!
    That a really cute purse patternfrom Heather.

  253. Teresa says:

    Thank you for compiling all of these tutorials! They are wonderful!

  254. Kristal says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. I think I’ll crochet the market bag for my daughter.

  255. Whistlepea says:

    Those recipes are so up my alley.

  256. Stephanie says:

    I love this topic! Thanks for including it.

  257. alison says:

    Those napkins would be perfect to go with the placemats I’m planning for my mom and m-i-l.

  258. Terri says:

    Who doesn’t like eco-friendly! : ) Great tutorials! Awesome patterns! Thanks for the chance to win! : )

  259. Ms. Cleaver says:

    so many great ideas!

  260. Becky T says:

    I just discovered this blog today! I’m so excited to go through the archives.
    I’m making coasters for holiday gifts, but might throw in a set of napkins too.

  261. Lindsey says:

    I heart the napkins. I hate to admit that we use washcloths as our napkins. (only the green ones, that way we don’t mix the food ones with the bath ones)

  262. Bethany says:

    I love the great ideas! We love cloth napkins!

  263. ellen says:

    Love the market bag and the napkins! Keep the great ideas coming!

  264. Alana Jo says:

    I love the fruit bag. I cant knit or crochet or anything though.

  265. Katy says:

    Great ideas today! I’ll definitely be making up a couple sets of those napkins. Thank you!

  266. great ideas I can’t wait to make them!

  267. Rebecca says:

    What great patterns. I love using handmade napkins, it is not only eco conscious, but it feels elegant! The prize today looks like it would be a great addition to my collection 🙂

  268. Natalie says:

    Love the double sided napkins!

  269. Bunny says:

    As much as I enjoy the idea of stores selling reusable shopping bags, I would much rather see handmade shopping bags. That is even more eco-friendly! Thank you for bringing attention to the beauty of handmade!

  270. Tammy says:

    The Classic Tote looks like a great patternto make up and have on hand! I love totes, and I can think of people on my gift list who would like them too!

  271. Becky says:

    I love that napkin set. What a great hostess gift, or another of those “gift exchange” items from earlier this week.

    And Heather Bailey patterns are wonderful!

  272. Lorene says:

    Those are great! I am going to have to make some of those napkins.

  273. Sherri S. says:

    That basic tote is so nice–the question is, am I brave enough to try it? I’m a beginning sewer–I need to maybe plunge right in! Thanks for all the tutorials this month…they all look fabulous.

  274. Serena says:

    The Market Bag is great!

  275. Beth says:

    The tote bag pattern looks great!

  276. janine says:

    I just made that napkin set this week for my mom’s birthday! (I should probably comment on Helen’s blog and tell her what a fantastic tutorial it is.) The tote bag is on plan for this afternoon.

  277. Jessy Roos says:

    Ohhhh, the Heather Baily patterns are SO cute! Here’s hoping I win something this week!

  278. Michele says:

    All great ideas! Thanks!

  279. Coralee says:

    I have some catching up to do on this month’s post as our computer has been in the shop, but I am back online and love todays tutorials. Thank you so much for all the hard work you’ve put into handmade holidays!

  280. Natalie says:

    Thanks for the rocking Rocky Road recipe. It’s perfect for the Holidays!

  281. molly says:

    I like the eco ideas!

  282. Stacy says:

    Great ideas! I am going to make one of those market bags!

  283. julia says:

    Tote bags are always a great gift! And I love my cloth napkins!! Maybe my sis-in-law needs some!

  284. SarahB says:

    So many great ideas! If I knew how to crochet I’d definitely be making those market bags!

    Love Heather Bailey’s site — I already ordered the fruit pincushions but hadn’t seen the handbag!

  285. Avlor says:

    I so appreciate these tutorials today! Several friends and I are doing our own shopping bags and napkins now. This is so perfect!

  286. Katie says:

    The tote bag looks great! I just aquired some coffee bean sacks and was wanting to make some market bags with them, this will help me out :).

  287. Sunny says:

    I am going to be so busy up until December 24th!

  288. Debra says:

    I love the idea of using cloth napkins!! Love the bags too, a girl can never have to many.
    That pottery is beautiful too.

  289. Love the napkin set.

  290. Dawn says:

    Love the bag! Great for groceries. Gotta go check out the napkins. Thanks

  291. Dawn says:

    I’m actually planning on making a tablecloth/napkin set for my mother-in-law. Thanks for the tutorial!

  292. Hannah says:

    Too wonderful!

  293. joy newman says:

    i have made several totes from this tutorial and i love them! such a great idea for bags and the napkins are really cute, too.

  294. bessie says:

    yea! the chocolate hedgehog sounds so yummy. i think i’ll try this recipe out for thanksgiving.

  295. Shannon says:

    I have been wanting to try that market tote. What a great idea to give as gifts.

  296. karissa says:

    I think I will make a tote for someone for christmas!

  297. Amy says:

    I might have to try the napkin set.

  298. Kristine says:

    Yay more bags!

  299. sara says:

    I am so glad to see eco-friendly crafts on the blog, I’d love to see something on recycling fabics and scraps!

  300. Harley says:

    Fab projects. Love those bags. Hmm, never thought a hedgehog would sound appetizing!! 😀

  301. Kristin says:

    I’m so wanting to make some napkins. Now if I can just justify all the fabric they use to make them instead of buying them!

  302. christa says:

    I love the napkins. So pretty.

  303. Sarah AJ says:

    Great projects once again!

  304. Andi says:

    Wish I had some eco-conscious tutorial links to share – I love the idea of sustainable sewing! Your could make your tote bag even more eco-conscious by making it out of recycled materials – I have been saving all of my worn-out clothes which so far have been transformed into a laptop bag, messenger bag, purse and bathroom mat. By leaving out the worn-out sections you would never know they were made from old clothes. In difficult economic times eco-friendly is wallet-friendly too!

  305. Jen says:

    Loving the napkin set. Hoping maybe someone will make it for me!

  306. Christina says:

    i love those napkins!!

  307. Tammy says:

    all three are very good choices. I must also say I have made the tote bag, and yes, it does look very professional, is sturdy, and holds a lot o’ stuff!

  308. MegVS says:

    That crochet market bag pattern looks great! I have been looking for a pattern.

  309. I love that crochet tote, so eco-friendly. Now if I can just remember to bring them with me to the store. Dang!

  310. Paige says:

    Wow, these bags are wonderful!

  311. Jennifer H says:

    Love the eco friendly!

  312. Toebi R says:

    The napkins are really cute. I would love to win those cute patterns.

  313. Jocelyn says:

    Nice tutorial for the tote and french seams!Never have tried those but think I will now!

  314. Tine says:

    It’s such a great help making this a handmade Christmas. I would have been pressed for time if I had to find all the how-to’s myself! Thank you so much

  315. Deb says:

    Love the tote – added to list = }

  316. Jessica says:


  317. Tara says:

    I’ve always wanted to crochet one of those expandable market bags. Love Heather Bailey’s pincushion.

  318. Julie says:

    The tote bags are always a good idea. I want to make a bunch for various things.

  319. Amy says:

    I love the napkin set!

  320. Katie says:

    I’ve been dying to make some napkins.

  321. Shelly says:

    I love the tote! I’m going to have to make one. Thanks!

  322. Tammy Wittig says:

    Some grocery bags are on my to-make list this year – I really like theses!

  323. Jenny says:

    Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  324. trish tilly says:

    Fabulous website! I have been reading you for 2 years now and love all the creativity! I feel inspired everyday!

  325. buebau says:

    I wish I know how to crochet, because I love the Go Green Market Bag

  326. kerri says:

    wonderful! thank you for carrying Heather’s patterns. can’t wait to try them on! 🙂

  327. ulla fredriksson says:

    Lovely green crochet bag….oh I long for summer


  328. kara says:

    Those patterns sure are cute…

  329. Sandy H. says:

    I cannot buy these patterns fast enough. Would love to win them!

    Sandy in NJ

  330. Jennifer N. says:

    I love the bags. My mom gave us cloth napkins every month for a year . . . we love them, but don’t use them too often right now. Must be time to break them out again. Thanks for the reminders and the great ideas.

  331. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for re-posting the link for the drawstring bags tutorials…I had forgotten about them. A bag will be perfect for the Molly Monkey I’m making for my neice.

  332. georgia says:

    Mmmm, the gourmet rocky road sounds awesome! Now where to find myself some turkish delight in Utah?

  333. Kim says:

    Love the green market bag!

  334. Alana says:

    I’m definitely making those napkins this year! I’ll have to find fabric to match my mom’s kitchen first, that way I know she’ll use them!

  335. karen says:

    Love all the tute’s…it makes making most gifts this year for christmas much easier! Thanks tons

  336. Tiffany says:

    i love all three! i definitely have some green friends on my list and i think the market bag is just hte thing!! as for that napkin set, well that’ll be next on my list!!! 😀

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