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Celebrate all year long with our fun & festive ideas to make any day or event extra-special…

Make It

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Check out these great Felt Crowns from Jaime at Sew She Sews. They look easy & adorable!
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Tresa’s Paper Mache Party Lights from reese dixon will add a beautiful glow to your celebration!
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Kristin at Grace Violet shows you how to embellish a celebratory cupcake t-shirt with her Ruffles as Icing Tutorial.
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Make cute & lasting Fabric Covered Party Hats with Char’s tutorial on Crap I’ve Made. You can coordinate the hats to your party decorations!
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This Foam Cake from Lier at ikat bag is amazing! Visit Lier’s blog for the patterns and look at all of her cake variations… Amazing! The cake was one of five parts in a series on sewing with foam that Lier shared in the spring. Lier also adds that she thinks you may enjoy this foam dirt & unicorn flowers tutorial too.
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This My Special Day Chair Cover Tutorial from Kathryn at nannygoat is sure to make someone feel important.
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Our Scalloped Fabric Garland from Jessie makes everything festive!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Whimsy, Drawstring Bags (for party favors!), Gifts for the Whimsical, Denyse Schmidt Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters (for cocktail parties!), Write It & Wrap It (for the gifts!), Holidays at Home, parts One, Two, Three & Four

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 Beth’s choice Jessie’s choice
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Buy It

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Sue has a great selection of pretty party banners at Ladybug Suebee’s Country Store, like these Mix It Up Party Flags. Sue adds that she loves to do custom orders!
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The Cupcake Girls shop has everything from date books to holiday ornaments and pushpins. We think their Little Birdie Cupcake Toppers would add a special touch to your celebrations!

Mix It

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When it’s time for the adults to celebrate you can break out this Irish Cream Liqueur from Jessie at The Hungry Mouse (yep, she shows you how to make your own vanilla and your own liqueur!).

Print It

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Adorn everything from tea towels to dress and skirt hems with these super sweet Cupcake Embroidery Patterns from Lolly at LollyChops. Download, print & enjoy!

Win It

Twaiku contest! (Haiku on Twitter.) Post your original haiku on Twitter this week and include #HH3 (trying to save you a few characters.) The theme? Handmade Holidays, of course! Our 2 favorites win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

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

Cloth-Paper, scissors

(Interweave Press, $7.99, Item #: SU0909)

From the Publisher:

Studios – Fall 2009 – Show off your ArtAttract customers & gain exposure through Open StudiosWhether your goal is to find a community of like-minded artists, sell your work, or just set a deadline to force yourself to create a lot of art (or even clean your studio), an Open Studios event can help you achieve it.

The Fall 2009 issue features collaborative studio spaces, Open Studio events and how they can benefit your art, how to decorate your studio with rich fall colors plus tips and tricks for making your space hospitable!

By Linda and John Meyers

(STC CRAFT, $27.50, ISBN: 1-58479-808-4)

From the Publisher:

What some view as trash, Linda and John Meyers see as raw material. The wife-and-husband team—subscribers to the “reduce, reuse, recycle” ethos—have perfected a design strategy that will save you money, help the planet, and provide hours of DIY fun. The strategy? First, visit a yard sale, construction-site dumpster, or even your own attic. Select something that somebody (even you) thought had outlived its usefulness. Then, transform that castoff into a piece that’s interesting and usable.
In this witty book, they apply their ingenious approach to seating (a chair made from pool noodles), lighting (a lamp from discarded pastry bags), storage (an umbrella stand from industrial steel pipe), tables (a wall-mounted table from a rusty basketball hoop), and all manner of decorative objects (Astroturf pillows, a pickle-jar terrarium). These super-clever authors show you that with a little ingenuity and elbow grease, everything old becomes new again.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
14 ~ Shop
13 ~ Go
12 ~ Clean & Tidy
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.