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We have something today for writers of every age!

Make It

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Holly shares How to Build Your Own Little Coloring Books at Chez Beeper Bebe. We love these!
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Ashley has a Composition Book Art Journal Tutorial at Lil Blue Boo. It includes links to a comprehensive, five-part series of posts about journaling.
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Make these Fabric Postcards from Tuppence at Momfetti, and send them around the world (or keep them for your playroom post office!).
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Bernadette Noll & Kathie Sever from Future Craft Collective share this Family Connection Letter Writing Center tutorial in a thought-provoking article. You can find more about Kathie at Ramonster and more from Bernadette at Slow Family Living, the site she co-founded.
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Use your favorite fabrics in Blair’s Fabric Covered Moleskine Tutorial at Wise Craft.
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Here’s another fun Postcard Tutorial from Diane and CraftStylish. This version includes quilting and Diane writes, “They make beautiful invitations!”
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Susie from boygirlparty.com shows you how to make a Quick & Easy Sketchbook.
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This Moleskine Cover Tutorial from Josie at mr. monkeysuit includes a pen pocket.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Reading & Writing, Write It & Wrap It, Artists, Gifts for College Students, Bookworms, Gifts for Teachers, Gifts for Tweens & Teens, Crochet Project Roll (adapt for crayons, colored pencils, artists’ brushes, etc.),

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:

Beth’s choice Alissa’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

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Renate from Kreativlink (and Austria!) writes, “My goal is to create books which are great to look at, lovely to touch and a joy to use.” Find her wide selection of handcrafted leather and fabric journals at Kreativlink.

Mix It

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We sure could use some of this today! Jan from Mixing Bowl Kids has a great Hot Spiced Cocoa Recipe to warm you this season.

Print It

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Renee from Wolfie + the Sneak has these marvelous Holiday & Everyday Tags just for you. The images on the tags are from illustrations Renee did in fine tip marker for her 2010 calendar; you can find the calendar, prints, originals & more in her Wolfie + the Sneak shop.

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

By Kata Golda

(STC CRAFT, $19.95, ISBN: 1-58479-798-3)

From the Publisher:

With no more than felt and thread, Kata Golda creates toys and practical items for the home that are undeniably charming, stylish, and sweetly imperfect. Her whimsical creations have been selling at high-end boutiques for several years, and now, in Kata Golda’s Hand-Stitched Felt, she shows crafters of all skill levels how to make 25 of her favorites.
Ranging from children’s finger puppets and a tooth-fairy pillow to photo “brag” books, messenger bags, and curtains and blankets, most of these projects can be completed in an hour or less. They are made from basic shapes of wool felt sewn together and customized with unique details, all using simple, large stitches. Step-by-step instructions and templates, along with adorable photos and hand-drawn illustrations, make each project simple to replicate. Playful tutorials, such as how to personalize projects with a variety of facial expressions, add to the charm of this delightful book.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
17 ~ Tote
16 ~ Frame
15 ~ Celebrate
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.