Handmade Holidays III

on October 31 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 128 Comments

Handmade Holidays is a tradition at Sew,Mama,Sew! There’s something special about the time and energy you dedicate to handmade that helps gift-giving transcend obligation. Handmade gifts are imbued with love, time, thought… Our third annual November event kicks off tomorrow with amazing prizes, tutorials, printables and much more! We hope you’ll join us throughout November because this year is even better than last year and the year before (We know!– It’s hard to believe!). We called on some of our tireless & savvy board members from 2009 to help us find the best of the best tutorials to share with you this year; we couldn’t have done it without the help of Jennifer, Amy, Alissa & Jessie!

What can you look forward to?!

  • We’ve organized by type of gift (2007) and recipient (2008). This year each day is dedicated to a gift-giving theme (Gifts to… Pamper, Remember, Celebrate, etc.).
  • We have 30 very full days of tutorials, all different from previous years’ tutorials.
  • If you can’t quite make all of your own gifts (!) but still want to give handmade we’re here to help. We’ll feature some of our favorite indie shop products every day.
  • We have great holiday recipes every day. While you’ll want to eat them all, most make perfect holiday gifts for your favorite neighbors, teachers & friends.
  • Finally, we have a ton of gifts for you! Don’t miss our huge selection of giveaway prizes every day of the month and be sure to make reading and commenting part of your daily routine.

Spread the word about Handmade Holidays!

  • We’d love your help as we spread the word about Handmade Holidays. Grab our button and tell your readers all about the fun!
  • Tweet #handmadeholidays and we’ll randomly select one person every week from Twitter to receive a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! (You can find us here on Twitter.)
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128 Responses to Handmade Holidays III

  1. Hello there! I am so excited for this whole thing! I love making handmade things for the holidays, and i know that my readers of my blog(all two of them!)do too. I just wanted to let you know that I am mentioning you on my blog, theglasshen.blogspot.com! Thanks!

  2. YAY, I need all the ideas I can get, TRYING to make gifts for 6!!
    With two little ones around a challenge to be sure.

  3. This is soooo wonderful, how lucky am I to stumble across this. I now have your button on my blog! πŸ™‚

  4. heather says:

    I’m so glad I found this site. Looking forward to what’s in store.

  5. charlie says:

    Scrap Buster month was terrific and now on it’s heels Hand Made Christmas, does it get ANY better?? SMS you are so the best. I love your site and can hardly wait to see what you will come up with. Thank you for sharing so much with all of us.

  6. perches says:

    Nice! I’m going to post the HH3 button on my blog right now…

  7. Michelle says:

    YAY.. it will be another great year.. πŸ™‚ can’t wait to get started!! πŸ˜‰

  8. Becky says:

    My first year in BlogLand and this is sooooooo exciting! Thank you Sew, Mama Sew! for last month’s scrap busters and this month’s holiday handmade fun!

  9. Julie says:

    homemade makes me smile

  10. Mary Lou says:

    Handmade holidays is always great. I won’t be able to use the ideas for this Christmas as I have to have everything done by Thanksgiving but it gives me ideas I can work on all through the year for next Christmas. Thanks a bunch.

  11. this is so wonderful !!!

  12. Toya McClurkan says:

    what fun! maybe i’ll really get started early this year!

  13. Aunt LoLo says:

    I’m so excited to get some Handmade Love into my holidays this year!!! (Easier on the budget, too!)

  14. crissy says:

    Oh happy day! So excited for November!

  15. Julie says:

    I’m enjoying seeing the creative ideas.

  16. Krystina says:

    Squee! I’m so excited.

  17. Nadia says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this for ages! I spent October going through the first two years and I’m ready to sew. Thanks for putting all these great tutorials together.

  18. Julie says:

    I wish I had more time to make so many of these things!

  19. Megan says:

    I’m so excited! Handmade Holidays 2008 is when I first starting filling up my delicious account, and fill it up I did! I can’t wait for this year! Thanks for ALL the hard work you all do. It’s amazing!

  20. Sandra says:

    I love your blog and I’m looking forward Homemade Holidays III.

  21. Erica K says:

    Sounds like it’s going to be a good month! πŸ™‚

  22. JenR says:

    Can’t wait for all the inspiration!

  23. Jennifer O. says:

    Yay! Bring it on!

  24. Rachel says:

    So excited to see the new lists. And to start some Christmas preps.

  25. jackie says:

    thanks for all the inspiration. i have been making presents and tutorials myself in preparation of chirstmas.

  26. Melissa H. says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait to see all of the stuff you’ll post!

  27. Samantha says:

    Happy happy joy joy- it’s back!!

  28. Christina says:

    I am so looking forward to this!!!

  29. Allison says:

    I just discovered your blog this year, so it’s my first holiday season reading all of your great tutorials. I’m so excited! I have to say that I woke up Nov 1st feeling so excited that it’s time to make presents.

  30. I’ve been looking forward to this, too. Got the button on my little blog, can’t wait to see what’s forthcoming!

  31. Sandra says:

    Ah, but what about those of us who don’t Twitter? At any rate, I’m sure looking forward to learning a lot this month and thanks!

  32. Marie says:

    I have recently found this great collection of ideas and I am looking forward to seeing the new ideas!

  33. Barrie petersen says:

    OOHH, so many of those books are on my wish list.
    would be great to one to work some gift magic up for the holidays.

  34. Lori Krause says:

    I am soooo looking forward to your holiday ideas and tutorials I love this blog/website it is the greatest thing since “sliced bread”! This place keeps me inspired!

  35. Lea-Ann says:

    This is great! I can’t wait to get some fresh ideas!!!

  36. RachelJ says:

    So excited to see what the tutorials will be this year!

  37. Julia M. in MI says:

    Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

  38. Crystal says:

    I am so excited! I love to give homemade gifts! this will help so much!!

  39. Margie says:

    I’m so excited!!!

  40. Sarah S says:

    Yay, I can’t wait! This is my favorite time of the year!

  41. Sora says:

    I’ve been thinking about what kind of Christmas gifts I can make for my friends and family. I’d love to have new ideas from those books.

  42. Katherine says:

    Looking forward to another handmade holiday – THANKS!

  43. ChristineBolin says:

    I’ve been looking forward to this!!

  44. Susan W says:

    Inspiration at its best. Thanks

  45. elsa says:

    well, let’s get started! need some inspiration!

  46. Jane says:

    Your button is up, let the party begin!!!!!

  47. JoAnn says:

    Yay!!! I have been waiting all year for this!!

  48. Nicole says:

    That’s the first season reading your blog, but I love it already the last few months so I can’t wait to see what is coming.

  49. julia says:

    Hooray!! I’ve got a good start and a big list already!! But I love to see new ideas and change it up!! Bring on the handmade holidays!!

  50. Kate M. says:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year– handmade holidays time that is!

  51. Mary says:

    So excited!!!

  52. Suzanne says:

    So much fun!

  53. Adrienne says:

    Yea! =]

  54. Kelli says:

    Can’t wait. I love Handmade Holidays and have used plenty of the ideas in the past!! My sister LOVED her wellness basket last year, so you’ve set the bar high for me! πŸ˜‰

  55. Kathleen says:

    This will be my first year following Handmade Holidays. I looking forward to all the fun.

  56. Mary says:

    I don’t twitter, but put the button on my blog.

  57. Ramona says:

    I am always amazed at the wonderful ideas that appear. Thank you!

  58. Trish says:

    This is going to be great! I can’t wait to get started! x

  59. Lela says:

    Yay!!! I love “Handmade Holidays”

  60. Joyzelle says:

    What a great idea. Thanks for organizing and sharing all these great ideas.

  61. Joan says:

    How very exciting! Let the fun begin!

  62. Cheryl A says:

    I am a newer subscriber, and am really looking forward to see the gifties that are made as well as the gifties that are given!

  63. Candice says:

    I’m so excited- thank you!!!

  64. Trisha says:

    I am excited to have just found out about this!!

  65. Maeve Binder says:

    I have enjoyed scrapbusters month so much, I KNOW the holiday ideas will be fun. I’m in the sewing mode right now, so this will be some inspiration for me. I plan on checking in daily! The prizes are great! Wow!

  66. Sue Atkins says:

    So excited to have found this site… before the holidays!

  67. Sarah Ness says:

    I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the past two editions of Handmade Holidays and can’t wait for this one!

  68. Kirsten says:

    I can hardly wait to get going on the Christmas fun. Thanks for all the inspiration and ideas. Bring on November!

  69. Suzy says:

    Can’t wait to see what ideas are on the way..

  70. Carrie says:

    I am so excited for Handmade Holidays. My church has been encouraging us not to buy into consumerism during the holiday season as it is not the true meaning of Christmas. Instead, we have been having a DIY craft fair each fall to give people ideas to make and give more personal and relational gifts. Your Handmade Holidays has been very inspirational!

  71. Em says:

    I added the button and tweeted about it! I’m excited about handmade holidays!

  72. Rebecca says:

    oh, i just love all of the ideas you have had over the last two years. i’m excited to see what fabulous projects you have for us this year πŸ™‚

  73. Jennwith4 says:

    How fun! I’m looking forward to seeing all the gr8 ideas!

  74. D'Lane says:

    Scrap busters already gave me a few holiday gift ideas. I cna’t wait for more!

  75. Joy says:

    I am so excited for handmade holidays to start again! I love all your fun Christmas ideas every year.

  76. Beth says:

    I have found so many great things this year searching through old Handmade Holiday ideas! I can’t wait to see more!

  77. Christina says:

    hooray! i’m having a hard time deciding what to make from the ’07 and ’08 compilations as it is! can’t wait for more great options!

  78. PenguitoSmile says:

    Wow, I am super excited for Handmade Holidays…I love love sew mama sew…I have gotten some amazing ideas from here, and I can’t wait to see the tutes and get some more! I am soooooo looking forward to this!!! And amazing give aways!
    My fav website=sew mama sew!

  79. I can’t wait! Put your button on my blog.
    Cheri S

  80. Help! How do I grab the button and link to my blog? Thank you!

  81. How do I “grab the button” and link it to my blog? Thank you.

  82. --ginger. says:

    Woo Hoooooo!

  83. Nikki says:

    i’m dying to see what you’ve cooked up for us this year!

  84. Handmade Holidays are how I found SMS waaaay back in 2007. I still am inspired constantly with the projects you feature. I can’t wait for this holiday’s array of goodies!!! XOXO

  85. sarah says:

    I refer back to handmade holidays throughout the year… so can’t wait to see what’s in store!

  86. Corvus says:

    Ooo, exciting. Money’s tight this year and my stash is relatively large, so I’ll be paying close attention.

  87. Christine Bolin says:

    This was so great last year. I’m ready for starting now!

  88. Claire says:

    Absolutely loved the Scrap Busters month – so many inspirational ideas. I’m new to the site and only discovered last months theme on the 29th. I knocked up a few book marks yesterday and have bookmarked many other ideas (love the winning cushion).

    Anyway, this is just to implore that you feature the Remember theme early on – I have an important date coming up in the middle of November and would love to do something special for someone that I care about…

  89. Susan says:

    My daughter and I made all the gifts she gave friends and co-workers last Christmas based on your holiday tutorials. We can’t wait to get started again! And scrap busters was a wonderful theme: timely because of the economy (making do with what you already have). Please do it again soon.

    P.S. My daughter (college aged) wants a theme based on costumes–historical, theatrical, child, adult, pet, etc. Maybe one day you can make her dream come true?

  90. Casey says:

    Seriously excited for the month that is to come!! I love Handmade Holidays month!

  91. Bonnie says:

    This is my first year sewing (well, since childhood) and I cannot wait for this month! Sounds so fun.

  92. Ashleigh says:

    Wow. I had no idea this was coming. I am beyond excited. And grateful (ideas for the whole family can get tough… especially when you’ve waited until now to start working (as per usual)). Yay for festive crafting! Thanks!!

  93. Lisa Fenwick says:

    Oh yay! Hopefully this will help the crafting slump I’m in and kick me into gear for Christmas gifts! thank you so much for doing this again!

  94. Alisa says:

    I’m excited!!

  95. Jaki says:

    This is my first Handmade Holidays but thanks to a friend I’m ready and waiting for the 1st Nov πŸ™‚
    In the meantime off to scour the archives for the last 2 years HH!!

  96. angie says:

    I’m so excited –Handmade Holiday is my favorite Sew Mama event. I just found out about it last year—so I’m looking forward to being able to look day by day this year. Great books in the giveaway!

  97. Kathleen C. says:

    I am going to love looking at everything and reading the tutorials. I make many things for my library’s Holiday Sale, to benefit the childrens library room.
    And I’d love to win a giveaway!
    Kathleen C.

  98. kristi says:

    Love your handmade roundups. Can’t wait to play along again this year!

  99. Denise says:

    I am new to all this and can’t wait to see what it coming! I will be checking out the archives!!

  100. Rene' says:

    I’m really looking forward to all your ideas.

  101. Stephanie says:

    I can’t wait! The lists from past years are my go-to idea bank all year round. I’ve held off deciding on some gifts just so that I won’t miss anything great in this year’s offerings!

  102. Laura says:

    I just found this site and I am excited to try some of these ideas.

  103. Kathy says:

    Yay! I can’t wait for all the fun tutorials. I love your blog and shop.

    Thank you.

  104. Cara says:

    It’s finally here! Yeah!!!

  105. Paula says:

    Good! I need someone to tell me what to do. I’ll borrow your creativity this year for gifts! Less work for me. Yeah for handmade holidays!

  106. LisaC says:

    I nearly have my Christmas blankets finished, so it will be time to start on some other projects. I can’t wait to see all the good ideas!

  107. This is great!! I love making everything for the holiday, with four kids and two live-in grand kids I have too!!! This will sure help, I need all the ideas I can get!!

  108. Amber says:

    I cannot wait – I love this time of year – you guys are always amazing and I absolutely love all the ideas!!

  109. Mona says:

    Yea!!! I was going through the handmade holidays archives this week, trying to find something for a quick gift to make this weekend. Nothing like waiting until the last minute! πŸ˜‰

  110. Jane says:

    Looking forward to Handmade once again.

  111. rhilborn says:

    I’m so excited! This year my family is suspending our sibling gift exchange (I’m 1 of 5 children and we’re all married) in lieu of more personal/homemade gifts for everyone. I am eager to have so many great ideas at my fingertips:).

  112. Hurray! I’ve been looking forward to Handmade Holidays for whole year. πŸ™‚

  113. carolyn says:


  114. brittany says:

    ohhh!! i was just reading through the handmade holidays from previous years last night looking for some ideas! cant wait to see what is in store for this year!!

  115. Barbara says:

    I plan to make most if not all, of my gifts this year. Have a good start so far, but I’m really looking forward to seeing the new ideas!!

  116. Heather says:

    Very much looking forward to all the goodies. It seems I have a pile of WIPS, that I need to finish, before I can get to this. Maybe the extra hour this weekend will do it:).

  117. Jody says:

    I can’t wait see all the ideas!!

  118. Kaye Prince says:

    I’m so excited for handmade gifts this year – I’m sure I’ll find lots of inspiration here!

  119. Rachel says:

    Loved looking over the great ideas! Thanks for compiling and sharing.

  120. Jenn X says:

    I’ve been using the last two years as inspiration all year long! I can’t wait to see this year’s list!

  121. Coralee says:

    this is my absolute favourite month at Sew Mama Sew! I can’t wait!

  122. Hashi says:

    I made many gifts from the tutorials in the past two years, and I am chomping at the bit for this years’. Bring it on!

  123. amanda says:

    I can’t wait!

  124. Trina says:

    I am so excited! Hooray for Handmade Holidays!

  125. Julia says:

    I’m so excited!
    Scrap Busters month was great.

  126. Alice S says:

    Awesome! Handmade Holidays always grows my “to-do” list and I always end up with more awesome ideas than I could ever make. Thank you for doing this and I can’t wait for the posts to start tomorrow.

  127. Lorrie says:

    I’m getting excited about the holidays already – I can easily skip Halloween and just go straight to Christmas!


  128. Sam says:

    I’ve loved browsing throught the two previous years of handmade holidays. The posts are so full of inspiration, it’s difficult to know where to start.

    This year, my basic sewing skill are going to get a shot πŸ˜‰

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