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Take steps to organize your home & your life, or give the gift of tidiness & efficiency with these great Organize features!

Make It

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Emily from The Domestic Notebook designed this Toy Storage Bag for her son’s toys, “In an effort to organize his growing assortment of mini-cars…”
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This Sofa Caddy from sew4home.com keeps remotes in reach! sew4home has lots of additional “Storage Solutions” tutorials & more. Their tagline says it all: “Sew4Home.com… Where we believe anyone can make their own home decor.”
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Learn how to make your own repurposed Craft Station at Craftynest.
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Our Stack & Nest Boxes from Elizabeth are just right for organizing sewing supplies, board books, knitting, toys, etc.
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Make a Fabric Covered Box for your scraps, or use it to present a collection of gifts. Katie from Adelaide Lemonade shows you how!
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Clean up (and entertain!) with our Toy Gathering Bucket from Kristin.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Weighted Pincushion Organizer, Gifts for Multi-Taskers, Gifts for Organization, Hanging Bed Organizer, Fabric Boxes, Fabric Bulletin Board, Drawstring Bags, Fabric Liner for Storage Baskets,

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:

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

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Jennifer has a great variety of fabric choices available for her In Touch Clutch at Downstairs Designs. She writes, “The In Touch Clutch ™ is the perfect way to stay close to what you hold near and dear. On the train, in a waiting room, between meetings or classes, spare moments can add up to so much. Stay in touch by having cards and stamps at the ready, have your inspiration-filled journals at your side, your products ready to show at a moments notice… ” We like this Sky Morning Glory In Touch Clutch but, then again, we like them all! Visit Downstairs Designs, find your favorite and get organized!
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The Houses Storage Bag from goodEGG Industries was created by Jenna Rose. Her hand drawn designs are screen-printed with water based pigments. Be sure to take a look at the really lovely selection of designs and products offered at goodEgg Industries!

Mix It

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Give a pretty jar of Candy Orange Slices this holiday season (“the best orange candy in the world!”). You can find the recipe at Brownie Points. (It looks like it’s taking a minute to load but wait & it’ll work!)

Print It

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Linda has a variety of Gift Tags for Crafters & Funky Gift Tags for you on the top right sidebar of her dzyning things blog. Linda is also participating in a Cross Country Designer Blog Hop, so take a look to learn more!

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 Alicia Paulson

(Potter Craft, $22.95, ISBN: 978-0-307-40626-2 (0-307-40626-1))

From the Publisher:

In Stitched in Time Alicia Paulson shares 30 beautiful, inventive, and thoughtful projects that encourage you to take your memories down from the bookshelf, out of the closet, or off the hard drive and bring them into your daily life. Creator of a charming line of handmade gifts and accessories called Posie: Rosy Little Things, Paulson organizes these adorable handmade mementos—each one incorporating unique elements such as photos, drawings, and other ephemera—into three sections: For the Little Ones, For Every Day, and For Special Occasions. Many projects are easy enough for the beginning sewer to complete, and Paulson explains all the necessary techniques, from hand- and machine-sewing to embroidery, appliqué, stenciling, and transferring photos to fabric.
In as little as a weekend anyone can create a keepsake for the ages that will be enjoyed every day­—whether it’s a quilt made from outgrown baby clothes, an apron featuring a favorite family recipe, a tote bag documenting a treasured vacation, or a stuffed animal fashioned from a child’s drawing. With love incorporated into every stitch, these sweet projects each evoke the feeling of a special time and place, and are so much more than just a commemoration of events. Whether you want to remember your family summers at the beach or a daughter’s first apartment, a perfect gift for a loved one or a memento to keep all to yourself is just stitches away.

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