Holidays at Home

on December 6 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 14 Comments

Last year we had fun throughout December, learning about your favorite recipes, gifts, traditions and memories. This year we’re doing it again!

Tell us what you’re up to! If you’ve already sent us an email with your Holidays at Home contribution you should have received an email back by now. Thanks!

amy a la mode

Amy writes, “My sister had a conniption after seeing the photos of my Weekender Bag and insisted on having one for her very own, graciously recommending that I could just make it for her for Christmas. You gotta know my sister (head shaking). At any rate, I decided to start on this last weekend and see how far I could get. Lo and behold, I finished nearly all of it before the weekend was up, and it took only one or two more evenings to completely finish it AND make the matching handle grip to go with it.”

Amy also completed Christmas Gift #2, an Amy Butler Blue Sky Hat for her mother. She says, “My mother spotted the photo of the one I made for myself a while back. She insisted that she needed one in red to wear to her Red Hat Society events so that she could say to all her friends, ‘My daughter made it!'” Check out the link to see the hat and peruse the blog for her family quilts series.


Valerie completed this amazing tree skirt in October!

Shop Wise Bags

We enjoyed learning more about Gabrielle’s holiday traditions at Shop Wise Bags. She loves holiday time with family. Gabrielle also talks about how they’ve opted for more simple traditions and expectations to ease holiday pressure and shift the focus of the season for her family. Learn more on her blog…

me and my 2 guys

Bree writes, “As part of Sew,Mama,Sew!‘s annual Holidays at Home celebration I thought I’d join in with the fun. Being in Australia our Christmas is a little different to that in the Northern Hemisphere. Christmas day is really hot and humid (about 35C) and we usually have a storm in the afternoon. Our day is spent usually eating cold meats and salads, drinking cold wine and beer and having a swim in the pool of an afternoon…”

Bree shares fun holiday memories on her blog, and her personal challenge to make all of this year’s Christmas presents by hand. This series in the picture is one of five gifts she’s finished so far.

The Clark Family
Jennifer created a tutorial on her blog for a hostess apron made from an old skirt. She writes, “…Being as money is tighter than ever this year for us– and probably for you too– I’m planning on making most or all of my gifts this year. But if you’ve done handmade before, you know, as I do, that even that can start adding up quickly as you purchase your supplies… So I’ve been looking for ways to use what I’ve already got on hand in order to lessen the cost of new supplies… I was totally inspired by this totally talented lady, who takes vintage skirts and turns them into adorable aprons. So, I went looking in my closet… I found this pink stripey skirt… and knowing that my little sister is loving pink and brown these days, thought it would be perfect for her!”

The Prudent Homemaker

Brandy has three recipes to share for the holidays. She writes, “Too busy sewing Christmas presents to make dinner? Here’s a quick and easy soup that you can make from items you already have in your pantry: Tuscan Tomato Bread Soup. Need a simple dessert for holiday entertaining? Do you want to impress your guests without a lot of fuss? This moist and flavorful Carrot Cake will win over even non-cake eaters! Want an artisan-style bread to give as a gift with some homemade jam or apple butter? Try this French Bread.” Yum!

Butter & Sugar
Amy’s working on holiday gifts too! She writes, “To me there’s nothing cozier than putting on a pair of warm pajamas and curling up in bed to read a good book. Hence the inspiration for my gifts to several of the children on my list this year: a handmade pillowcase, a pair of PJs and a book.”

Share Your Holidays

Grab the Holidays at Home button and send us an email to play along (see the guidelines here). Don’t forget to share your pictures in our Handmade Holidays photo pool too. You can easily spend an hour there, lost in all of the holiday inspiration!

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14 Responses to Holidays at Home

  1. Jacqui says:

    I love those ideas. I love the tree skirt, must tackle making one of these for next year.

  2. becky says:

    wow- such great stuff!! I picked the winner of last weeks give away today. Take a peek and a great special extra deal!!

  3. Lalli says:

    Love all the projects. 🙂

  4. shaina says:

    Love all of them!

  5. Anne says:

    I how I love that tree skirt – neatest one I have ever seen.

  6. Nani says:

    I love the handmade pillowcase

  7. Karen says:

    Love them all!!! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Dawn says:

    LOVE that Weekender Bag…what a beautiful job! Also the display of the carrot cake, so welcoming 🙂

  9. Michele says:

    Such creative ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Ramona says:

    I love that tree skirt. I threw one together about 20 years ago and my kids refuse to let me make a nicer one. They say that is tradition and it has to say. I still hope to replace it some day. Thanks for all the wonderful fun.

  11. Cheryl says:

    Such creative ideas! I love the fact that people are thinking outside the box more, and trying to use more of what they have! I think that it forces us to dig deeper into our creative side, like Jennifer did creating that cute apron from a skirt in her closet!

    Thank you to all of you for sharing!

  12. Marilyn says:

    Oh, the tree skirt and the apron and the bag….how beautiful!

  13. betsy says:

    thank you for such great ideas!

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