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

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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

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Win It

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

By Kaari Meng
Photographs by Jon Zabala

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.

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