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We’re kicking off our third annual Handmade Holidays with Gifts to Wear. Brighten someone’s days with a really big and beautiful poppy boutonniere, make a tablecloth skirt for your best friend & greet 2010 with style only the right cuff can give… Let the gift-making begin!

Make It

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Kathleen from Grosgrain shows you how her Poppy Boutonnieres make the perfect accessories (adorn everything from silk pillows to a favorite sweater).
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We think our Ruffle Top from Rae is super-cute, easy and gives you really nice options, whether you select contrasting or complementary fabrics for the main pieces.
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A Scrappy Selvedge Bracelet from Steph at Stephalicious might be the perfect thing for someone on your holiday list…
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Julie from Joy’s Hope has an easy Bandana Dress Tutorial for all of the little girls on your list. She writes, “I also think that a little package of two bandanas, elastic, a spool ribbon and thread along with a little card for sewing lessons would be a wonderful gift. So many of my friends want to learn how to sew but are scared and something like that might just be the confidence they needed.”
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Our Ruffle Skirt by Emu is another easy project with high impact. This one works for girls and women!
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The Mama Chic Wrist Cuff from Jennifer at JCasa *handmade is fun to create in multiples!
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Vanessa from V and Co. has a fantastic Table Cloth Skirt Tutorial. She adds that table cloths often go on “major sales” so you can make some bargain skirts!

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Wrap Skirt Tutorial, Dress the Kids, Bandana Pants

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 Alissa’s choice Amy’s choice
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Buy It

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Janelle has some beautiful clothing in her BelleNoelle shop. We especially love this MiaBlue top! You can learn more about Janelle’s designs on her Sulking in Illinois blog.

Mix It

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Can’t you just picture yourself walking over to the neighbors, Pie in a Jar in hand all tied up with a cute little ribbon? It’s a fun holiday gift idea! Our Best Bites has a great step-by-step Pie in a Jar Recipe.

Print It

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Alex from Colliebox designed these free Handmade Holiday Gift Tags for you to download! Don’t miss the great selection of prints at Colliebox, including framed mini-prints ready (and perfect) for holiday gift giving!

Win It

Comment today to win this book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Bridgett Artise and Jen Karetnick

(Potter Craft, $24.95, ISBN:978-0-307-40527-2 (0-307-40527-3))

From the Publisher:

Fashion designer Bridgett Artise believes in second chances—a philosophy that extends all the way to her clothing line, B. Artise Originals. Fashion gave her a second chance at happiness and success, and, in turn, she gives vintage garments that have lost their luster another chance at being fashionable. Mixing contemporary clothing with the best elements of a vintage piece—like the collar of a funky fifties housedress or the pockets of a seventies-style jacket—and piecing them back together in a whole new way, she creates one-of-a-kind garments that are both trend setting and timeless.An old-fashioned ruffled shirt with terrific buttons, plus an inexpensive tank top, can become a unique top. A poodle skirt and that so-last-year’s knee-length cardigan sweater can be turned into anything from a mini-poncho to a structured tube top. With fashions for every season, Born-Again Vintage contains patterns for:
  • Pants that pair perfectly with winter boots and a sweater dress that’s sexy and simple
  • A cropped jacket + sweater corset that are perfect for a flirty spring fling
  • Dresses + bags to keep summer easy and breezy
  • Pretty-in-a-blink dresses + accessories for a big night out
Born-Again Vintage updates the trends of fashion eras gone by and brings the unparalleled quality of vintage into a new age. Complete with a vintage shopping guide, handy style tips, and ideas for reinventing disused cast-offs, Born-Again Vintage is a must-have for vintage shoppers and sewers alike.

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