November 5 ~ Gifts for Crafters

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Do you know a crafter? Do you want to encourage someone to get in touch with their creative side? Do you love to do swaps or exchange surprise snail mail with crafty friends? Enjoy today’s great gift ideas for crafters!

Make It

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Craft Leftovers has a PDF Crochet Hook Clutch Tutorial (be sure to click in to see how cute it looks all buttoned up). Don’t miss the other fun tutorials on Craft Leftovers as you visit! Kristin also sells similar clutches in her Green Prairie Fibers shop.
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Kellie from Don’t Look Now! has a unique Pointer Finger Pin Cushion Tutorial. Click over to see the cushion in action!
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We love Ayumi’s Fabric Basket Tutorial from Pink Penguin. It’s perfect for housing trims, scraps, yarn and more.
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If you don’t already know how, this might be the project that makes you want to learn to crochet… today! Enjoy this Little Acorn Pattern from Roman Sock. Brie says it’s the perfect little holder for sock knitters, and she shows a strawberry variation too.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Embellish!, Gifts for the Crafter and Pincushions & Pins.

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:

Kristin’s choice Lauren’s choice Meg’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Yarn from Hobbledehoy
As Liz notes in her shop, “Hobbledehoy is woolly batty yarn-blasting love!” The shop is full of absolutely beautiful yarn, the perfect gift for crafters on your list (and for yourself too!).

Mix It

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Stefani’s Pumpkin Butter Recipe from Blue Yonder would make the perfect companion to a loaf of fresh bread.

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

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

By Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala

Published in September, 2008
ISBN 9780811864039
ISBN10 0811864030

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 Christina from Chronicle sent us this beautiful book! The projects are absolutely gorgeous. Visit Chronicle Books for more information. Comment below for your chance to win this book . The winner will be announced Friday. See the growing list of other prizes we’ll give away this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
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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.

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347 Responses to November 5 ~ Gifts for Crafters

  1. apple tv says:

    Just wanted to say thnx for a great site and have a super cool 2011.

  2. janna says:

    I possibly can’t have enough baskets around the house, everything needs a place. Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Beth says:

    The fabric basket looks gorgeous. And what a great book!!

  4. CassiB says:

    The fabric basket is perfect I can’t wait to make it! Cute projects, Thanks

  5. Rhiannon says:

    That pin cushion is an AWESOME idea.

  6. mary says:

    That book looks wonderful! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  7. Tina says:

    I’ve been thinking about making the acorn bag for a long, long time. Maybe I should just pick up my crochet hook and get to it!

  8. curegirl0421 says:

    I made 2 of those fabric baskets yesterday, with an eye-spy theme. They were fun to make, really easy!!!

    Thanks for doing this!!

  9. bethany says:

    Love the pin cushion…

  10. pat says:

    I’ve made the pumpkin butter with our garden pumpkins – delicious!

  11. Jaime says:

    I loved the acorn and I took a look at her blog and found the awesome critters she makes. I love them and want to make a few for my nephews. So cool that she shares the patterns for free. Thanks for the craft ideas.

  12. Pam Fields says:

    I can’t wait to make all my quilting friends a pointer pin cushion.

  13. Sarah says:

    I love the fabric basket tutorial. I have been looking all over for a free pattern because I am new to sewing and I know I can’t make anything without a pattern. Thanks!

  14. Jessie says:

    Great choice on Ayu Mills’ Fabric Basket tutorial – I’ve already made two of my own!

  15. Sarah S says:

    I love the fabric basket!! Darling tutorial.

  16. Amy says:

    i just adore all of the acorn crafts out there right now! that one makes me want to learn to crochet better!

  17. anita says:

    This is such a great site, thanks!

  18. Beth G. says:

    Love the Acorn AND the basket.

  19. mary says:

    wow such great tutorials for great gift ideas. I would love to win t he book too.

    But now i’m off to the printers to print off the tutorials.

  20. MichelleB says:

    Wow, that sounds like a fabulous book. Defiantly on my wish list for the holidays!

  21. Sandy says:

    The Pointer Finger Pincushion is GENIUS!

  22. Jessica says:

    Can’t wait to make the fabric basket and the acorn is adorable! (and of course our pumpkins will become some pumpkin butter!)

  23. D'Lane says:

    All this yummy food is making me ready for the holidays and cooler weather. It is still 80 in Texas!

  24. Jo Anne says:

    The fabric basket is great.So many ideas!!

  25. Tara Boos says:

    i have made a fabric basket before, i found it on a japanese sight.. i use mine all the time. i am going to try and make the acorn basket. how is so stiff looking? have to find out… thanks for the great ideas and this internet blog stuff, sooo good!!

  26. Tera says:

    Love the patchwork fabric basket!!!

  27. yvonne says:

    that book looks great. i’ll have to put it on my wishlist!

  28. Hazel says:

    My mom has already asked for the fabric basket for Christmas! Thank you for posting this great idea!

  29. Mary says:

    ooh very cute Acorn. Learning to crochet was my new years resolution and I still haven’t done it. Thi could be just the project.

  30. Lissy says:

    I love handmade holidays, thanks ever so much…I’m off to make that pink basket!

  31. Wendy says:

    Oh I love the fabric basket! And it could be made for all sorts of people for different uses – in the bathroom or in a baby’s room. Love it

  32. kathy haggblom says:

    love the ACORN!

  33. Krista says:

    I’m just learning to sew and your blog is so (sew!) inspiring. I’ve admired the Home Sewn book in the bookstore but haven’t felt worthy yet. I’d love to win it! Thanks for all the inspiration πŸ™‚

  34. Laura says:

    Thanks for the ideas – I think I’ll try the fabric basket!!!

  35. Molly Webb says:

    I love these blogs. I am starting a list for this season!

  36. Megan says:

    Oh I want to win the book! And I really love the little fabric basket. The tutorial is awesome, I’m going to have to try that out soon!

  37. Whistlepea says:

    That book looks amazing!

  38. Tendril says:

    I saw this book in Barnes and Noble today and literally whipped out my little notebook and added it to my Christmas wishlist. I have two different people that I plan on making the little acorn pattern for, besides the one I plan on making for myself, of course.

  39. Amanda says:

    All of the ideas are wonderful. Thanks so much for doing this!

  40. Liz says:

    Wish I could crochet as well…the acorn is too cute!

  41. Mrs. H. says:

    I love, love, love the little finger pincushion. I would have never thought of such a thing myself, but it looks so handy!

  42. Jenny says:

    Love that fabric bag & the fabric choices!

  43. mara says:

    i love that little acorn, except i don’t crochet, but maybe i’ll have to send the link to someone who does with a gentle holiday hint…

  44. Heather says:

    so many ideas to fill my mom’s stocking. thanks.

  45. Hilary says:

    I love all the projects on this page. I am close friends with so many crafters and there is a gift for everyone. Now I just need to get them all done before I start work on the 17th

  46. Jodie says:

    LOVE the fabric basket – that would be super cute at the top/bottom of our stairs. We always have a collection of random items that need to go either direction. Thanks for the tutorial!

  47. Tammy says:

    That acorn is adorable!

  48. Betsy says:

    That book looks lovely!

  49. Amy Hachem says:

    ooh, i just made a batch of her pumpkin butter like a week and a half ago and am down to our last little jar already πŸ™‚ …. Good thing i picked up more goodies at the grocery store today to make more! I HIGHLY recommend it! YUM!

  50. Sunny says:

    I HAVE to learn how to crochet and knit! (I am pouting.) I am rotten at it! I want that acorn dang it! The basket is a must for Christmas presents! Holy cow, I LOVE SMS!

  51. Rachel R. says:

    Those little finger pincushions are adorable. And that book looks fantastic; I’d love to have it. πŸ™‚

  52. Erin says:

    I LOVE crafty sewing books! I hope I win it! I love the pointer finger pincushion, too.

  53. JLu says:

    hot diggity! i’d love the home sewn book! the buttoned up clutch is adorable!

  54. Kimberly says:

    yum, pumpkin butter!

  55. Jennifer M says:

    This looks like a lovely book. My husband would be so thrilled to put this under the tree for me. (After I wrapped it, of course). πŸ˜‰

  56. Christy says:

    I love the fabric basket! It would be a great gift with the pumpkin butter in it!

  57. Sarah AJ says:

    Love the fabric basket!

  58. Tracy says:

    Can’t wait to try the pumpkin butter recipe! The book looks fantastic.

  59. Elizabeth says:

    You all are full of so many great ideas!
    Thanks so much for putting all this together.
    I love the pin cushions and the fabric tote.
    The problem is, I want them for me!

  60. Alana Jo says:

    Wow! I love that fabric basket!!!!

  61. Doris says:

    That looks like a great book! Thanks!

  62. ran says:

    Loving the ideas, but would come back here for the recipes! Pumpkin butter…..MUST try!

  63. Jessy Roos says:

    Love the fabric bag. Methinks I’ve found a present for my friend and her space challenged house!

  64. Pip says:

    Emailing the acorn basket to my MIL immediately – she loves to crochet all winter long.

  65. Colleen says:

    The yarn looks lovely, as does the pumpkin butter. Thanks for the inspiration!

  66. I just love the pointer finger pin cushion! What a smart idea.

    And the book does sound great, especially the color photographs– fabric is just eye candy for me!

  67. Mariposa says:

    I love the fabric basket – I’m adding this to my holiday sewing!

  68. Michaela says:

    Oh, I am making one of those pointer finger pincusions for me, for sure.
    Thanks again for great ideas.

  69. Kelly says:

    All excellent ideas! Where to start?

  70. apple cyder says:

    That book looks amazing!

  71. Jody says:

    This book looks like a lovely way to while away the chilly days of winter. Thanks for the opportunity.

  72. The pincushion is such a great idea! And cute, too!

  73. Kelly says:

    If the rest of the ideas are as fabulous as the first days have been, I wll be done with everyone on my list. Yahoo!!! Oh and I think I’d love the book.

  74. I love the acorn!!!

  75. meg says:

    oh I’m putting my name in the hat for that one!

  76. Jessica says:

    The fabric basket and acorn are absolutely adorable! This is perfect because I have a [growing] number of crafty friends [it’s infectious! It really is.] and now have tons more ideas of things to make them …

    Oh yes, and thanks for the link to pumpkin butter. I’ve been wanting to make some for awhile now!

  77. Victoria says:

    Yay! What an awesome book! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  78. Jemellia says:

    I am really excited about the pumpkin butter recipe, there is a gourmet kitchen store (WS) that sells it, I would rather make make own!

  79. Brookie J says:

    Wow…love all of these. Thanks for the great ideas!

  80. Paula Jablonski says:

    Looking at this makes me want to buy some amy butler fabric. It’s just yummy!

  81. I trult love the acorn- even tho I don’t crochet much- (more of a knitting gal) I HAVE to try this!!

  82. Lori says:

    I am in love with the basket! I have a feeling that will be a project for this weekend.

  83. Agne says:

    Lovely ideas – I’ll make some of them!

  84. frida says:

    I love the little acorn …. and I’m absolutely loving every little bit of this daily inspiration!!!
    Of course I’d also love to win something …. just anything!!!

  85. joy newman says:

    i am loving the ideas from handmade holidays. there just aren’t enough hours in the day! what a beautiful cover to a wonderful sounding book.

  86. Janellybelly says:

    Those Pink Penguin fabric baskets are my favourite!

  87. Liz says:

    fabric basket’s looking fabulous to this knitter! here’s hoping i have enough time to make one for some friends before the holidays. i think this would be a great thing in which to keep baby board books too.

  88. BethieB says:

    The fabric basket is adorable, I can’t wait to make one! Thanks for the opportunity to win that amazing book as well…and the pincushions are my absolute favorite thing ever!

  89. Mirza says:

    I am so glad you are doing this again this year. I just wish I had more time to make everything I see. I love linking over to the tutorials you post and then to my surprise, I discover more fun things at all the different blogs that I get to explore! I love this pin cushion and the crochet hook case is so nice.

  90. CC says:

    I have a love/hate relationship going on here. I love seeing all the new projects and reading all the new blogs but I hate all the projects that are being added to the list. I still don’t have all the ones made from last November’s goodies.

  91. Mari says:

    The acorn is absolutely perfect! And I’d love to get that book… πŸ™‚

  92. Emily says:

    Oooh –
    I saw that adorable acorn awhile ago, but had forgotten about it! I think I’ll make it for a crocheting friend! Soo cute! The fabric basket would be great for corralling my daughter’s endless piles of stuff! I wonder if it goes together easily?

  93. Hallie says:

    What a beautiful book! Here’s to hoping!

  94. Wendy says:

    Aw…that little acorn is so sweet. Now to think of someone who knows how to crochet. I’m more of a sewing or paper kind of gal.

  95. Sarah Ness says:

    Ayumi, of Pink Penguin, does beautiful work and the lovely fabric basket tutorial is amazing.

  96. Marie says:

    Pumpkin butter?!?! sounds so yummy, i totally have to try that. And the adorable pincushions.

  97. Katie Phipps says:

    Please enter me in the contest. That book looks so fun!!

  98. Jen says:

    Sigh, another cute pincushion to make. I’ll have to buy more pins to put onit!

  99. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    AAAAHHHHHH….thank you, thank you, thank you. I absolutely adore pumpkin butter and havent even thought to make it myself. i usually indulge in a jar from williams sonoma once it comes out. Now I can try it myself! Alright. I am so excited.

    I also keep forgetting to try out the fabric basket. its such a good idea.

  100. Samantha says:

    That fabric basket has tons of potential. It would be a good way to use some charm squares. The book is gorgeous!

  101. Jenn M says:

    Such great ideas! Thanks!

  102. Annie says:

    I want to thank you for the fabric box tutorial, I have made 2 so far and just bought more interfacing..only a small amount of 4 yards! Just a little right? I want to make this awesome fabric basket today! I have been admiring your blog here for some months and thought I could never mae anything like what I see here, till I took the plunge and thought why not!? Now I want to sew mama sew!! =)

  103. Lorelie says:

    Too cute fabric basket. Great idea for Christmas, filled with yummy treats and a cute basket to use for later. Thanks for all the great ideas

  104. amy says:

    I would so love to win the book! The pointer finger pin cushion is just adorable!

  105. laurel groh says:

    amazingly cute acorn! and the pin cushion. can’t wait to try them!

  106. Myam says:

    oh, i am making me some fabric baskets!

    thanks! πŸ™‚

  107. AmyM says:

    love the little acorn. just might make me learn to crochet! :o)

  108. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for providing links to last year’s handmade holidays. I re-discovered a few projects I want to do that I had forgotten about.

  109. Bethany says:

    It all looks so good!

  110. Stacy says:

    I love that fabric basket and think that I am going to have to make myself some after the holidays are over. Thanks for the tute!

  111. Yvette says:

    Love the fabric basket – going to have to try that one!

  112. Camille says:

    I love print. Blogs are great, but there’s nothing like a well put together how to book in print.

  113. Jess says:

    This is great! I want to make all of these things for myself and a bunch of other crafters on my holiday list! Thank you!

  114. sefchen says:

    I’m learning to crochet, and I need a place for my needles, this is great.

  115. Libby says:

    The basket is cute and the pumpkin butter sounds delicious.

  116. Viv says:

    I have that book on my wishlist πŸ™‚

  117. Karen says:

    Whoohoo! Another great day and tons of great ideas!

  118. Cheryl says:

    I love the pincushion! And I can’t wait to make the pumpkin butter! Great crafter ideas!

  119. 2hippos says:

    I love the fabric basket; it’s so versatile.

  120. Amelia says:

    The acorn is so cool!!

  121. Jenn L says:

    Now that is a nice looking basket. Would love to win that book, looks fab.

  122. Katie says:

    The acorn is fantastic, very cute! And the pumpkin butter sounds delicious, I can’t wait to try it. I’m in for a go at the French General book.

  123. Ramona says:

    I am trying to learn to crochet. That acron is so cute as well as that pincushion. I desperately need a new pincushion.

  124. Fuji Mama says:

    I love that acorn, so cute!

  125. Amber says:

    The book sounds interesting. Please enter me to win.

  126. Alicia says:

    Wow, dead on description of the acorn bag! I knit and I sew, but that bag makes me wish I knew how to crochet so I could make it. It looks so fun.

  127. Carrie says:

    Would love that book! How fun!

  128. I’m loving everything about this year’s projects. Thank you!

  129. Kathryn says:

    That pincushion would be PERFECT for using the scraps from boxing corners. Just sew up the cut end, turn out, viola!

  130. Rebecca says:

    I just love those little fabric baskets – easy and addictve!

  131. Tonya S. says:

    Oooh! I just saw this book in a magazine, and wondered if I should order. Would love to win!

  132. Elle Doughty says:

    The fabric basket is super-cute! I also love the “Petal Party Spring” Farmer’s Market fabric. The French General book will make a great prize for the lucky winner…I get my new Janome this weekend and can’t wait to start on some of these great gift projects. Thanks so much to all the contributors for sharing these great ideas πŸ™‚

  133. Alicia says:

    Pointer finger pin cushion will be great for friends who hand piece. PInk Penguin’s basket looks to be a great find- i’ve got orphan blocks i could use instead of piecing the squares. I’ll go try it!

  134. Lyanna says:

    What wonderful ideas — thank you so much! =)

  135. Carol Lewis says:

    I would love a chance to win this awesome book.

  136. Debie says:

    I can’t wait to try the pincushion. Thanks for all the great tutorials!!!!

  137. Karen says:

    Love the pincushion! I’ve never seen one like that before, what a great idea. Mine is always not where I need it to be, so on my finger would be really useful. : )

  138. Michelle says:

    Ah! I am SO inspired. I need to start crafting NOW.. too bad I’m sitting at my desk and will get odd looks if the needle and thread come out.

    I’d love the book! πŸ™‚

  139. Dallas says:

    The acorn is adorable!!

  140. sonrie says:

    looks like a great book to spend cold winter evenings with

  141. Mariana says:

    the best are the links to the cool blogs : )

  142. Lisa says:

    I want one of those acorns! And I’m totally gonna make some little baskets… one day soon… to store baby toys.

  143. janine says:

    I’m learning how to sew and I’ve been saving a lot of the tutorials that I’ve found on your site. To be honest, I think I’ve saved all of them :0)

    That fabric bag is amazing; I’m going to have to try it… once I complete the tote bag and the c.d. holders and the etc.

  144. Cara says:

    Yummy!! That pumpkin butter sounds nice! Another great day with lots of ideas!
    My free fabric arrived today!!! Thanks girls!! :o)

  145. Oh Goodness! I love all these homemade holiday ideas! I can’t believe I’ve only just found your blog recently!

  146. Denise says:

    Great gifts for crafters!! I like the pointer finger pin cushions! great way to use up scraps

  147. Carolyn says:

    Cute, cute fabric basket! Can’t wait to try that one.
    And please enter me in the book drawing!

  148. Donel says:

    Thank you so much for providing these great links all in one place!

  149. Teresa says:

    I’ve been wanting to make Pink Penguin’s fabric basket forever. I guess I just need to buckle down and do it. I really like the acorn as well, but I’ll have to learn to crochet first.

  150. ellen says:

    There is such great inspiration here to get sewing. Thanks!

  151. Somer says:

    I think you’re right about the acorn. I may need to learn to crochet.

  152. Jodes says:

    Ooh I’ve been looking for a pattern for a crochet hook roll, this one’s perfect. Thanks!!!

  153. Gail says:

    The basket is so cute. I’ve been meaninng to try one… thanks for the reminder and the link again.

  154. Deb says:

    The pincushion is really clever, and the other projects are wonderful too! Thank you!

  155. Melinda says:

    I love the fabric basket! It looks perfect for scraps!

  156. Lauren Elliott says:

    I really love this book. I flipped through it in Barnes and Noble and the projects are beautiful!!!

  157. Julia says:

    Thanks for putting these tutorials together.
    I’ve made some of these fabric bags yesterday & I’ll sure make one of the finger pincushions!
    Cheers, Julia

  158. Vicki says:

    I’m so going to make that fabric basket. One for my mother, one for my older sister, and one for myself πŸ™‚

  159. karissa says:

    the pin cushon looks really unique!

  160. Tara H. says:

    Thanks so much for all of the wonderful ideas! They are all so great.

  161. Kathy R. says:

    The pointer finger pincushion likes simple and very handy. You always have great ideas and tutorials. I love checking this site for gift ideas ( for myself or others). The book looks interesting – I love the spiral bound books, so much easier to work from since it stays open. Thanks for the great projects.

  162. Sara D. says:

    Ooh – I love the fabric basket!

  163. EmmyLizzy says:

    I have been eyeing that acorn pattern forever! So cute!

  164. melissa says:

    LOVE the acorn!

  165. Yetta says:

    I’d love to get my hands on a copy of Home Sewn. I think I am going to have a different rooms in the house kind of gifts for this Christmas.

    As usual, thanks for all the great tutorials.

  166. Sara says:

    I’m needing that little needle clutch…

  167. Ellen B says:

    That pin cushion is wonderful….I wouldn’t have to use the arm of the chair I’m sitting in while stitching! The book looks great too!

  168. Kimmer says:

    I am drooling over that book! The fabric tote is something I should make, times 10.

  169. Shannon Reed says:

    Loving that pin cushion.

  170. Monica Gee says:

    I think I am going to need to send this link to my friends and family so they know what to get me! πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  171. Julie says:

    The fabric basket is so cute! Thank you so much for offering so many amazing homemade gift ideas!!!

  172. ooh, I’ve been eyeing that book. The projects look great and I can’t wait to try that pumpkin butter.

  173. Serena says:

    That crochet hook clutch is too cute!

  174. Cathy says:

    I’ve made the acorn– it’s awesome. I want to make the scrap basket now.

  175. buebau says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to crochet and knit for so long… and that acorn is just too cute and I must give it a try…
    And the fabric basket is great too.
    Thank you!!

  176. kristine hanson says:

    i have made several of the fabric baskets, they are so easy and so cute! i will be making some of the finger pin cushions today, the book looks beautiful!

  177. Nicole says:

    la la la Love the acorn!

  178. Suzette says:

    I am really enjoying these posts. They are so helpful when trying to come up with gift ideas

  179. Diane says:

    The book looks wonderful! Pick me! Pick me!

  180. DawnMcD says:

    great gift ideas here! i love that acorn! i made pumpkin butter this year as well. oh soo good!

  181. Julie says:

    I love the fabric basket!!!

  182. Maggie says:

    Love the pincushion!

  183. Jenn S says:

    Love the acorn!

  184. Kimberly says:

    Love that finger pin cushion! How cute!

  185. Amy says:

    I will be making the fabric baskets. Love them.

  186. Kristin says:

    I really need to make some of those fabric baskets to put all my other projects in!

  187. Jocelyn says:

    The fabric basket looks fabulous! That’s what I’m making for myself — myself?!? since when do I sew for myself !?! πŸ˜›

  188. Bree says:

    Go Ayumi!!!! I love her fabric basket tutorial and have made one myself. Am thinking will make some in Christmas fabric to put gifts in instead of wrapping paper. They are a great way to use up scraps of fabric and more environmentally friendly than wrapping paper.

  189. Lisa C says:

    I wish I knew how to knit because the acorn is adorable, but I am a quilter & I love the fabric scrap bag. These are awesome projects!

  190. Christina says:

    I can’t wait to try the crochet acorn!

  191. Annie says:

    Ooo, I really like the fabric basket! Seems perfect for my daughter who want more bags!

  192. nikole says:

    Great ideas, I want to try the fabric bag. I could sure use one myself! Awesome book too!

  193. Kirsten says:

    I need to learn to crochet…that acorn is adorable!

  194. BeckyR says:

    Love that little acorn, but I would have to learn to crochet.
    Definitely making that fabric basket……too cute.

  195. Mattie says:

    So many great projects to choose from, I don’t know where to start!

  196. Elaine says:

    I might have to make that fabric basket for myself! So happy to see the handmade holidays theme again.

  197. brooke adams says:

    mmmm… pumpkin butter! And the acorn is too cute!

  198. Pumpkin butter, yum! I love all things pumpkin.

  199. Bloom says:

    Thank you for another great lot of gifts. I have just made one of those little fabric baskets – too sweet & nice & quick to make up.

  200. Leigh says:

    I will be making the pointer finger pin cushion – for ME!!! So I can sew for the rest of the holidays!

  201. Kathryn says:

    That finger pin-cushion is going to make the best stocking stuffer for all of my crafty girls. All those adorable scraps I’ve been saving are calling to me from home… Can I leave work early today?

  202. Trina says:

    the best list so far!!! keep it coming!

  203. Ineke says:

    I like the acorn – should start crocheting again!

  204. Lalli says:

    Oh the book seems so interesting. I would love to have it. πŸ™‚

  205. Rina says:

    I vote to start with the pincushion – then you can use it while you make the basket!

  206. Heatherb says:

    What great ideas – especially the acorn!

  207. Hashi says:

    Ooh, I need one of those finger pincushions! Yeah!

  208. Julie says:

    Great pincushion!

  209. Catherine says:

    My sister-in-law is a crafter…loves these ideas for her Christmas!

  210. Jenni says:

    oooh. embroidery patterns!

  211. Karie says:

    I am so adding the fabric basket to my list of things to do… its a very long list…

  212. gretchen says:

    So many ideas…so little time!!!

  213. Shannon says:

    pointer finger pin cushion–A MIRACLE!! I must make one NOW! well, I’m at work, so maybe not right now…

  214. Nancy Cook says:

    great ideas
    i would love to win that book

  215. Jodie says:

    The fabric basket is great…I’m going to ttry one of those this afternoon! Thanks!

  216. Katie Mitchell says:

    Love the fabric basket idea!

  217. Lorraine says:

    I really like that perfect pattern tea fabric. If only it were life-size, it would save time drafting dress patterns!

  218. Fairlight says:

    I really like that fabric basket. How perfect for hold my little one’s toys, or for filling up with home baked goodies ready to be delivered to a dear friend!

  219. Jennifer B says:

    These are all so darn cute!! Love it!

    And that book will look really good on my shelf………….. hint, hint. πŸ˜‰

  220. Sam says:

    I am loving the acorn. It’s going on my list……..just as soon as I leanr how to crochet in straight and even lines.

  221. Terri says:

    I have been eyeing that book at the bookstore for a couple weeks now. It has gorgeous projects! Count me in for that goody!

  222. Andi says:

    I need one of those fabric baskets myself! I am definitely getting inspired for a handmade Christmas this year!

  223. Odette says:

    so many great ideas ! now to find the time !;-)

  224. Pamela says:

    Cute acorn! Thanks for sharing the tutorials. Adding to my to-make list. πŸ™‚

  225. Joy says:

    My daughter would love that cute little acorn! Thanks for sharing more great ideas!

  226. Tina says:

    I so want to make that little acorn! And the fabric basket is also adorable.

  227. Kelli says:

    Thanks! First pumpkin spice scones now pumpkin butter–y’all are killing me! Oh well–let the holiday eating and enjoying begin! Thanks again.

  228. Tabitha says:

    I’m making a couple of these for myself! Thanks again!

  229. Deanne says:

    Very clever pin cushion – a definite possibility for a Christmas gift for members of my quilting group.

  230. Shelley says:

    I’m definitaly making some pointer finger pin cushions, perfect stocking stuffers πŸ™‚

  231. Regina says:

    I like that hook clutch – the curve to the one side just makes so much sense. Hmmm – might just have to whip one of those up as a Christmas gift now…

  232. Jocelyn says:

    The little acorn is adorable! Love the fabric basket too! This might be a one for you and one for me Christmas gift!

  233. Ashley says:

    OMG! Yay! How fun! Happy almost holidays!

  234. ayumills says:

    Thanks so much for introducing my fabric basket tutorial!
    I love the pointer finger pin cushion a lot! So interesting and cute looking!

  235. nap says:

    I seem to be finding a lot of projects that I want to make for myself – crochet hook case here I come!

  236. Debbie says:

    Such cute projects!

  237. Emily says:

    Which to start with-the pin cushion or the fabric basket?

  238. Shanna says:

    Those pincushions are really cute and I think the Acorn is quite adorable.

  239. Lindsay says:

    Love the fabric basket!

  240. debra says:

    The fabric basket is definately on my to do list for the holidays. What a great idea!! The acorn is cute, if only I knew how to crochet!

  241. Aimee says:

    These are fantastic! The fabric baskets would be great for anyone. They could be made to match bedding or even kitchen curtain fabric. Wonderful idea. I can’t wait to start!

  242. Amy L says:

    I’ve already made one fabric basket for my mom and have a few more in mind for the holidays! Should make a wonderful gift bag for my son’s teacher!

  243. Vanessa says:

    I am working on building my craft resources. This book would be a great addition!

  244. Teresa says:

    All of these knitting projects make me want to learn!

  245. Jodie says:

    I love that basket!! As if I need more projects at the moment, you guys are killing me! I see things I want to do every day! πŸ™‚

  246. beth says:

    here’s the real question: if i made that fabric basket as a gift, would i be able to give it away?? and i’m with ms. cleaver – as soon as i figure out crochet, that acorn will be on my list…

  247. Grace says:

    Oh boy – I was just at a fabric swap last night and I am soooo ready to make a basket! Gotta go while the babies are sleeping!

  248. Amber says:

    This book looks AWESOME. I just moved and have am just starting projects for every room in our house!

  249. Anne says:

    Wow, I can’t handle all these prizes πŸ™‚ Love the fabric baskets, I’m definitely making some for Christmas this year.

  250. Sarah S says:

    Love the acorn and a new take on the crochet hook holder. Adorable!

  251. I am all over that pointer finger pincushion!

    How absolutely darling! Thanks

  252. Sue says:

    gotta try the pumpkin butter!

  253. Julia in MI says:

    I am loving these Handmade Holiday posts. Today, my favorite is the cloth basket. I could use a few of those. Thanks for the suggestion and tutorial.

  254. Susan says:

    I must make that acorn! Adorable — thanks for more great ideas!

  255. Kacy says:

    I love the look of that fabric basket. What a great way to package gifts instead of using lots of wrapping paper!

  256. amy says:

    That acorn is adorable! I think I will put that crochet hook cozy on my list of gifts to make, my mom would love it!

  257. Harley says:

    That pointer finger pin cushion is just the neatest thing!! how clever! πŸ˜€

  258. JenO says:

    I love these great ideas!

  259. Rebecca says:

    I love the crochet hook organizer, I think I could even adapt it for knitting needles if I make 2! The giveaway book looks like a fantastic one!

  260. Clara says:

    mmm, the pumpkin butter sounds delish

  261. Christy says:

    That pin cushion is so neat, too bad I ran out of fiberfill earlier this week πŸ™ Now I have to make a trip to the craft store lol.

  262. Jennifer N. says:

    I love the fabric basket. I can see that for bits of paper on my 6-year-old’s desk. Everything is important – and it would be great to have somewhere for those important things to go. Thanks for the great ideas.

  263. Carrie says:

    So much fun stuff! I’d love to win the book!

  264. Christy says:

    I’m going to make some of that stuff for myself!!!

  265. Sara says:

    I can’t wait to make a slew of those fabric baskets!!! We are making new shelves that would love some colorful storage containers!

  266. Susan Womersley says:

    Where do you find these wonderful projects??!!! So far, more than half of my holiday gifts are lined up (thanks to you) and it’s only the 5th of November! And yes, please, put me in the drawing for the fantastic book!

  267. alisha says:

    I love the fabric basket! And the pointer finger pin cushion is ingenious.

  268. Ms. Cleaver says:

    the crocheted acorn has been in my ravelry queue for months! Now if I could just get around to learning to crochet…

  269. Melanie says:

    It looks like a really great book!

  270. Josiane says:

    Oh, that pointer finger pin cushion is such a neat idea! And that pumpkin butter sounds soooooo good!

  271. Kristine says:

    The yarn is gorgeous! I think I’ll have to make one of those fabric baskets for all my crafty things laying around in the apartment…

  272. steph says:

    Ok, just looked at all the patterns on this page, love love love them. My daughter wants to make the pointer pin cushion right away! awesome!

  273. Jennie says:

    that pointer finger pincushion is genius!

  274. mommymae says:

    ooo. i love it

  275. Robin C says:

    love the acorn pattern and all the cute ideas for gifts.

  276. Amy says:

    I loooooooooove that acorn! And that pincushion is too cute!

  277. Michele says:

    The Pointer Finger Pin Cushion is fabulous! I cannot wait to make one. It would be perfect for embriodery too.

  278. Lorrie says:

    That crochet hook case looks like just the thing for my mother who always has a crochet project on the go. And the book…I love French General and have Kaari’s first book. So much eye candy!


  279. Jessica says:

    fabric baskets – what a great idea!

  280. Rane says:

    once again these are sooooo cute! THe acorn has my eye though! To bad I cant
    crochet. *Sigh* everything cute has kniting or crochet in them….

  281. Myrnie says:

    Ooh, that acorn is sweet!

  282. steph says:

    Love your site and glad to see the Holiday tutorials up again!
    Steph in CT

  283. Glaucia says:

    I´m so glad that you decided to make the Handmade Holidays again! This is such a good ideia, full of beautiful things and inspirations. Thank you!

  284. Sherral says:

    I love the fabric basket!

  285. Barbara says:

    Thanks for yet another day of wonderful holiday gifts! I would LOVE to win this book!

  286. Joanna says:

    So many great books! I would love to add this to my collection!

  287. That crochet clutch is really cute. I thought about making a friend that sews a pincushion and buying a special pin with pin topper off of Etsy.

  288. erica says:

    I can think of a couple friends and colleagues already who will be receiving pincushions! Thanks for the tips!

  289. joey says:

    ooh, I wanna win the “Home Sewn” book. Ooh, I really want to win it!!!

  290. Sara says:

    I love french vintage! Pick me!

  291. Margaret says:

    I am greatly enjoying your Handmade Holidays listings. I am making a quite a few homemade gifts this year, and have become inspired by your site!!

    Thank you

  292. bess says:

    that fabric basket is the cutest! i need to go make some right now!

  293. Jen says:

    Oh I looove the fabric basket. And I want to learn to crochet to make the little acorn!!

  294. Geri says:

    Can’t wait to make one of the fabric baskets! Thanks so much for all the wonderful tutorials!

  295. i don’t knit or crochet, but even i am yearning after that yarn!!! it’s beautiful!! yum!

  296. Mama Urchin says:

    I hadn’t seen that book. I’m loving these posts.

  297. Ashley Ann says:

    That pumpkin butter sounds delicious!

  298. Jane says:

    I would love this book and the wonderful Continental ideas for crafts. Tres Chic!

  299. Kendall says:

    Oh, that pincushion would come in so handy! And makes a great little gift for a couple of friends of mine.

  300. Sarah says:

    The fabric basket is very cool– I think I’d need to make 10 to hold all of my scraps!

  301. Kimberly says:

    What an adorable acorn! I love the look of that French ideas book, as well.

  302. Tammy :) says:

    That fabric basket is so cute! It would make an awesome Easter basket too!

  303. Kate says:

    LOVE all these projects!! I’m going to be doing the crochet hook clutch for myself πŸ™‚

  304. Jennifer says:

    that pumpkin butter looks delicious!

  305. Anna says:

    I would love to win that book!

  306. Avlor says:

    The ideas are all adorable! But I am severely tempted by the fabric basket!

  307. Sarah W. says:

    I love this month’s series! That acorn is too cute!

  308. Trina says:

    Really? I’m the first to comment?

    Wow. Wow for the tutorials. Wow for the prizes. Wow for the entire Handmade Holidays.

    I love November.

  309. Celeste says:

    Lovely ideas–too bad more of my family members aren’t crafters! But I might have to make a few of these for myself…

  310. JoonToons says:

    yaaaaaaaay! for more tutorials! if it wasn’t for all the other wonderful things about this season, i’d love november just because of the handmade holidays on sewmamasew. πŸ™‚

  311. Celia says:

    I love the fabric basket. I’ve already made one and plan to make more.

  312. Michelle says:

    I would love to learn to crochet, that acorn is really cute!

  313. Linda says:

    These are my favorite gifts so far. Love the fabric on the crochet hook clutch. I am coveting the book and the yarn too.

  314. I’ve seen many people making the fabric basket on there blogs now I know where they got it from, thanks! All the projects are great.

  315. Kerri says:

    I love all of the ideas for today. The problem will be that I don’t want to give them away πŸ™‚
    Thanks so much,

  316. Katy says:

    Mmmm. We love pumpkin! I’ll have to make pumpkin butter soon. I know a few quilters who would like those finger pin cushions, too…..

  317. Sharee says:

    That looks like a great book – I’d love to win it !

  318. Kathleen says:

    My gosh that little acorn is sweet! Just the project I need to continue perfecting my crochet!

  319. Cass H says:

    I’d like to consider myself a crafter! And I’m into crafty swaps at the moment so these are great ideas. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work! πŸ™‚

  320. The fabric with the sewing pattern pieces is so cute!

  321. Coralee says:

    will totally have to try the basket tutorial….looks so great!

  322. jackie bateman says:


  323. Sarah says:

    Stefani’s pumpkin butter is delicious! I highly recommend it.

    I love that fabric basket. It just went on the list.

  324. susan says:

    those fingertip pin cushions are so unique! what a great idea! thanks for the link.

  325. Alice S says:

    I would love to win the giveaway today. If I won, I would sit back and read it with some of that yummy sounding pumpkin butter on a slice of toast. πŸ™‚

  326. Robyn says:

    Love the crochet hook holder… since I don’t know many other crafters, I guess I’ll just have to make it for myself!!

  327. alison says:

    Loving the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays at sew, mama, sew!

  328. anita says:

    I just love your blog, I am really looking forward to future posts with holiday projects! Thank you!!

  329. Megan says:

    I love the fabric basket! I also love the French General book and have been coveting it at the book store for a while – crossing my fingers to win it!

  330. Marsha says:

    Crochet hook caddy! Score! My grandmother is the crocheter in the family (her grandkids and greatgrandkids can’t hold a candle to her prowess) and I think she’d really enjoy this. Much better than the book of stamps and Wal-Mart gift card I (ever-practical) gave her last year.

  331. Kathy says:

    I am so excited to see Handmade Holidays back this year. Thanks for sharing all of these ideas with us!

  332. quenna says:

    I love the finger pushcushion — so simple yet useful! Ditto on the acorn bag.

  333. indywriter says:

    I love the fabric basket! Thanks for this serious of posts… So many good ideas!

  334. Becky says:

    I love the fabric basket and the pointer finger pin cushion is so cute. What a great idea. I love this site with all the great things, instructions, ideas and patterns, especially at this time of the year, preparing for Christmas!

    I would love the book. I’m in the processing of redecorating my living room in a French theme. I lived in France for over seven years and miss it so much.

    Thank you,

  335. Patti W says:

    Ooh, so many good ideas. I just started frequenting this blog and luv it. I am sort of a beginning sewer, even though I’ve been doing it since I was young. I sort of just take it one project at a time. I am gearing up for lots of homemade xmas gifts. I saw that book in the store and loved it, as i am French, its just my style.

  336. Darlene says:

    Wow, that looks like an amazing book!

  337. Rebecka says:

    I’d love to win Kaari Meng’s book!!

  338. Betsy says:

    What fun ideas! My MIL is going to LOVE that pincushion.:) Thanks.

  339. Suzi says:

    I am loving these ideas each day. I look forward to visiting SMS each day. So many talented people. I hope to try many of these ideas.

  340. Carrie says:

    I have been eyeing that crochet hook clutch tutorial for a while now and it may just be the perfect gift for my mother-in-law…

  341. Shawn says:

    I love that acorn!

  342. kara says:

    Love the little pin cushion and fabric basket!! I can definitely see these being given as gifts this year.

  343. Greta says:

    Great projects and that pumpkin butter recipe looks delicious!!

  344. alison says:

    The pointer finger pincushion is brilliant! Forget presents – this one’s for me!

  345. Alana says:

    How cute is the pointer finger pin cushion?! Someone I know is definitely getting that this year!

  346. Miranda says:

    I love these ideas! Can’t wait to get started!

  347. erin says:

    Cute acorn! I should give this crocheting a try. I love to knit, but I am not fully confident in the crochet area.

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