We hope U.S. readers had a very Happy Thanksgiving yesterday, and we hope everyone’s in the holiday spirit today! Don’t forget that you can share your spirit (and your blog and/or shop) with everyone on our December 3rd Give-Away Day. We’re also still looking for your holiday memories, plans, decorations, gifts and recipes!

Make It

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Anna Maria Horner shares her Felt Garland Tutorial, just right for a cozy day on the couch and cheerful decorations all season long. You might also be interested in her Christmas Couture Tags and Owl Ornaments, and don’t miss your chance below to win Anna Maria’s new book.
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Robyn from crochet by faye created this Dreidel Softie Pattern for you, for decoration and play!
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Tanya from Grand Revival Designs has a PDF download of St. Nick’s Stocking Pattern for all of your stocking needs this year.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Holidays at Home Week 1, Holidays at Home Week 2, Holidays at Home Week 3 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:

Lara’s choice Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

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We think it would be great fun to settle down with a Posie Felt Holiday Ornament Craft Kit from Alicia Paulson, and stitch away to thoughts of holidays past, present and future.
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We hope Santa knows about Sarah’s Nesting Dolls Stamp Set from The Small Object! They’d be perfect stocking stuffers…

Mix It

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Anna from London Foodie in New York says this Chocolate Yule Log Recipe requires a high patience level and a rainy or snowy day for all the decorating. She also says it’s well worth the effort, however, so try it! (Many steps can be frozen/completed ahead of time.)

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

SEAMS TO ME: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, November, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

In SEAMS TO ME, Anna Maria walks the readers through the fundamentals of sewing, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. While many books offer instruction or patterns, SEAMS TO ME offers both.

SEAMS TO ME includes vivid, full-color photographs and designs and a bound-in envelope containing 10 loose paper patterns. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran sewer, the 24 projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures, to be handed down for generations to come.

The mother of five, Anna Maria still finds time to share her thoughts on a blog that attracts more than 100,000 fans per month. One of today’s most refreshing and most notable fabric designers, she has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured at numerous exhibitions, including the Surtex art and design show and QuiltMarket.

Sew,Mama,Sew! would like to thank Sarah from Wiley Publishing for contributing this gorgeous book to Handmade Holidays. Did you catch the part about there being actual pattern pieces in there?! As always, Anna Maria’s work and photography are stunning. This book is a must-have for modern sewists. Visit the Wiley website to learn more about the book and the “Sew Like a Pro” Sweepstakes!

Comment below to throw your name in the hat!

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
27 ~ Artists
26 ~ Science & Tech Lovers
25 ~ Cooks
24 ~ Whimsical
23 ~ Fit Friends
22 ~ Eco-conscious
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

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