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Pamper yourself or someone you love with today’s features!

Make It

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This Manicure Kit Cover from dhbuscher.com looks both pretty and easy to make!
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Make a Powder Puff with this fun tutorial from The Natural Beauty Workshop. The tutorial has lots of good suggestions for making your own body powders so you can pair the powder with a puff as a gift.
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If you don’t know how to crochet you may want to learn in order to make this Owl Eye Mask from Brie at Roman Sock. Brie also has a great selection of free crochet patterns on her right sidebar for everything from the beautiful Munro Bag to Robins, Meerkats & more!
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You can find this fantastic Spa Set from Joanna and Michael Miller Fabrics at making it fun. Download instructions for the soft basket, eye mask, bath mitt & therapeutic neck wrap and get to work!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Gifts for Homebodies, Sit Back & Relax, Child’s Pool Robe, Rice Heat Therapy Bag, Warm those Toes

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:

Jennifer’s choice Lauren’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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It’s hard to pick just one thing to feature from Rebecca Jay Studios but this Large Peppermint Twist Bath Puff is so lovely and festive! Visit the shop for beautiful cotton facecloths, dishcloths, scrubbies and more.

Mix It

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Treat yourself to chocolate, with a twist! Michelle from Brown Eyed Baker shares a super-easy Peppermint Bark Recipe for you to make & enjoy (and possibly share!).

Print It

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Lolly from LollyChops has a really amazing and generous selection of download & print freebies for you. We love these Holiday Bird Tags!

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 one of these great prizes (the book or the set of three issues of Stitch.) The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Linda Permann

(Potter Craft, $24.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-45196-5 (0-307-45196-8))

From the Publisher:

Does last season’s skirt need a little more flash? Want to breathe new life into your favorite tee? If you love crochet and quick, gratifying projects, Linda Permann will show you how to turn your old duds into a new wardrobe with yarn, a hook, and inspired ideas! By adding trims, embellishments and lace–or even changing the design of a garment–with simple crochet stitches, you can give your clothes a whole new look. These fun-to-make projects are a great second chance for clothes from your closet or thrifty finds–and they’ll even look great with the gems already in your yarn stash. When someone asks, “Did you make that?” you will love to answer “Yes!”
Plus, Linda shares new ideas for accessories and home decorating with projects that include earrings, aprons, and pillows. She’ll guide you through color theory (to keep your clothes and yarn in harmony), help you develop an eagle eye for embellishable clothes (so that you can reap all the benefits of thrifty finds), and share all the details you need to know to customize each project to your own size and style. With helpful how-to instructions and illustrations, 20 inspired projects, and a stitch dictionary of extra trims, motifs, and patterns, you’ll have all the tools you need to embellish anything and everything–just the way you like it.

By Quilting Arts

(Interweave Press, Item #: SM0910, SM0905, SM0800)

From the Publisher:

Stitch is a special issue sewing magazine all about creating with fabric and thread. Whether you are new to sewing, have been sewing for years, or are returning to sewing after a long hiatus, Stitch will give you a fresh perspective on sewing. It is packed to the brim with original projects by innovative designers, from wearables to home décor to fabric gifts. Stitch also brings you news, trends, products, designer profiles, and inspiration from the exciting world of sewing and textiles. From Japanese craft books and Project Runway to classic designer fashion and modern home décor trends, from fiber art to Etsy.com, vintage to fashion-forward—our focus is on contemporary sewing that celebrates the handmade lifestyle.

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


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