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There’s something so satisfying about a Clean & Tidy home!…

Make It

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We love everything Lisa does at U-Handbag! We think this SUPER Easy Ironing Board Cover Tutorial & her Kaffe travel board would make ironing a lot less tedious.
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Rhondajean tells you how to make natural Cold Pressed Soap at down to earth. You can easily customize the soap to include your favorite color, fragrance and/or herbs.
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Nanette from Freda’s Hive writes that her Waffle Dish Cloths are an “easy project, and it makes a very simple and inexpensive gift.”
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Hannah from Knick-Knacks & Ric Rac based the pattern for this cute Dirndl Clothespin Bag on her favorite vintage clothespin bag!
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Krista shares an easy Reusable Swiffer Cloth Tutorial at Look Ma No Patterns.
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Make a Laundry Sack with Randi’s handy tutorial on i have to say…

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Patchwork Kitchen Mat, Fabric Liner for Storage Baskets, Patchwork Kitchen Towels, For the Kitchen & Gifts for Organization

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:

Lauren’s choice Jessie’s choice Jennifer’s choice
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Buy It

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Flower Press sells beautiful tea towels in a variety of prints and colors. We love this Tomato Filigree Linen Tea Towel! Susie adds that her tea towels are, “…Made of the most beautiful linen which wears fantastically. And these unbleached towels are the most beautiful natural colour. I’m proud to say too that my inks are environmentally friendly.” Visit Flower Press and take a look at the tea towels, prints & more.

Mix It

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Susan from Wild Yeast shares this pretty Chocolate Panettone Baked in Folded Paper Baskets Recipe. Her daughter loved the Panettone, and if you like chocolate you might just love it too! The recipe post also links to Susan’s general tips on making panettone, including why and how to hang it after baking.


Photo by Wild Yeast

Print It

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iHanna from Sweden designed this whole sheet of red labels for holiday tags, journals, scrapbook pages or other projects (it’s just like the one on her print-on-demand book A Creative Year). You could also use them to label tubs/bins/baskets as you clean & tidy! Learn more about iHanna’s art, craft and creativity at iHanna’s blog.

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

By Amy Karol

(Potter Craft, $21.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-45183-5 (0-307-45183-6))

From the Publisher:

ABOUT THIS BOOK
You’ve bent all the rules with sewing, so now what? It’s high time you made your own fashions even more you with Amy Karol’s next craft revolution: Bend the Rules with Fabric.
Using simple, high-impact techniques:
• painting
• stamping
• dyeing
• silk screening
• photo transfer
You’ll learn everything you need to know to turn a plain piece of fabric or a garment into the perfect showcase for your personality.

In this follow-up to the wildly popular Bend-the-Rules Sewing you will see how easy it is to alter fabric, making and using your own custom stamps; make stencils that will totally transform totes and tees; rescue tired clothes with a new dye job; and use appliqués to spruce up anything that needs a little TLC. With Amy’s familiar, friendly tone and valuable advice, you’ll see every piece of fabric as blank canvas for your artistic vision!

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
11 ~ Pamper
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.