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Today’s gift ideas ideas are perfect for the crafters in your life! You may also want a few Craft gifts for yourself this year… (Take advantage of our archive links today too– There are tons of great projects in there.)

Make It

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Malka shows you how to make these pretty Hex Pincushions at a stitch in dye. We’re also very excited about Malka’s new book, released earlier this month! Color Your Cloth: A Quilter’s Guide to Dyeing and Patterning Fabric looks beautiful. Malka writes, “It’s got lots of information for folks who want to learn how to dye and pattern fabric with wax resist and 12 patterns to sew.”
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Melissa recently shared her “Housewives” Needlecase Pattern at tiny happy. The pattern is based on a version she found in a vintage craft book. (Be sure to check out Melissa’s Coco version too!)
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Our Pincushion Organizer from Elizabeth includes lots of ingenious little details to make your sewing more efficient (and your sewing area more beautiful!).
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You can easily adapt our Crochet Project Roll Tutorial from Lara to fit knitting needles, paintbrushes or crayons!
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Susan from FlossieBlossoms shares this clever organizer tutorial for sewing on the go. Susan writes, ” I live in NW Arkansas in the Ozark Mts with one happy husband, 3 dogs and 4 rascally cats, one of whom prompted the invention of this particular sewing caddy– a kitten well-named ‘Nosey Parker,’ who wanted to eat my pins, needles and thread. Hence– a fold-up, portable, put-away-able sewing organizer/sofa caddy. I made this to fit MY needs, but it’s very customizable, I hope people will take what I’ve given them and change it if they need to and make it work for them. The caddy is very handy and would make a great gift for a sewer or stitcher. I made mine out of selvages, but I’ve also made several using regular quilting cottons and they always turn out great.”
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We like this tiny Checkered Pincushion from Sharon at The Sproutz Store Blog. It would make a nice little ornament for a crafter too, with some ribbon attached in a loop at the corner.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Patchwork Sewing Machine Cover, Fabric Boxes (perfect for craft areas), Drawstring Bags (the Bagsket link is a great tote for knitters), Gifts for the Crafter, Pincushions & Pins, Gifts for Artists, (More) Gifts for Crafters

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:

Amy’s choice Alissa’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

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This functional, retractable measuring tape has a mushroom pull tab. The cute (and handstitched) Owl Measuring Tape is one of several measuring tape designs in the shop; visit Yoko’s feltmates shop for more options, plus handbags, feltmates, necklaces & more.
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Kate writes, “I love to sew and have always wanted a vintage sewing machine. I always have a place to write down inspirations and sketch out my next project, which is how I came up with this hand-screenprinted and hand-bound book. It is the perfect gift for any seamstress!” Kate’s Vintage Sewing Machine Journals are on clearance at the moment, and are just one of many pretty designs in her shop.

Mix It

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Laurie from The Wooden Spool shares this yummy (and gluten-free) Pumpkin Spice Cupcake Recipe. Laurie has an intolerance for wheat and has thus channeled some of her creative talents into creating delicious, gluten-free meals. Visit her blog for gluten-free foods of all kinds. Laurie is working to publish a colorful cookbook full of gluten-free recipes and wants to show people “that you don’t have to miss out on any kind of food,” even if you have a gluten intolerance.

Print It

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Amy from Craft Chi designed these Embroidery Thread Cards for you to download & enjoy. Choose from the whimsical or ornate sets (or print both!).

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win both of these great prizes. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Lark Books

(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-376-3, ISBN13: 9781600593765)

From the Publisher:

It’s hip to be crazy for cozies! This latest entry in the successful Pretty Little series elevates the cozy from humble to cool, as crafters everywhere embrace it as the latest sewing craze. Thirty-two cute projects, created by a pool of talented designers, show just how great a comeback can be: they’re colorful, modern, and playfully feminine. In addition to the usual suspects—including covers for iPods, cell phones, CDs, and cups—there are wraps to cuddle such delightfully unexpected objects as a French press, scanner, video game controllers, and a pan handle. An overview of sewing basics, embellishment techniques, construction methods, and fabrics make the crafting easy, even for beginners.
Join the Lark Books Quilt It! contest!

How Much Fabric Reference Cards

Gwyn Hug

Set 1: Women’s Clothes
Fabric yardage requirements printed on 5 cards:
  • Skirts
  • Pants
  • Tops
  • Dresses
  • Jackets
Card size: 3â…œ” x 2â…›” (Credit card size)
  • Sometimes the perfect fabric catches your eye and demands to be bought, but you do not have a particular pattern in hand. How much should you buy?
  • These reference cards will help you estimate as accurately as possible, by providing tables that summarize actual fabric requirements from real patterns, broken down by outfit size and fabric width.
  • Over 2,000 patterns were used to build the tables, including patterns from Simplicity, McCalls, Butterick, Vogue, Burda, Neue Mode, Kwik Sew, Hot Patterns, & New Look.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
9 ~ Play
8 ~ Deck the Halls
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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