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Is there a cookie that can transport you back to the holidays of your childhood? Do you love to bake (or eat!) all season long? Does someone on your list need a pop of color in their kitchen? Enjoy our Bake ideas today!

Make It

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This Linen Apron from Living Creatively incorporates touches of embroidery and appliqué in a pretty design. Living Creatively is a popular craft website and online creative community from Australia. They write, “It’s all about inspiring women and men to discover, or rediscover, the satisfaction to be had from creative achievement. Here’s what you’ll find: Entertaining, informative articles on creative people and brands, whether they’re high fashion icons or the next big – or little – thing; Practical step-by-step project sheets and ideas to inspire your own creativity; Special offers and fun, creative competitions for members; Online forums to connect with others who share your creative interests.”
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These adjustable Chef’s Hats are perfect for young bakers and cooks in your life. Cam at CurlyPops shows you the three easy steps: Puffy Top, Headband, & Binding.
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Katie submitted this patchwork Bread Bag Tutorial in our Scrap Buster Contest and we thought it might be a really wonderful gift for someone on your holiday list! Find the tutorial at Adelaide Lemonade.
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Consider using our Quick-Piece Tiny Squares Tutorial from Elizabeth for place mats or a table runner. You could even use the patchwork created with this technique to whip up some coordinating oven mitts & hot pads (see our links from the archives for templates & dimensions in related tutorials).
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Make a cute and easy apron with this Tea Towel to Full Apron Tutorial from Alli at One Pearl Button.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Quilted Patchwork Hot Pads, Patchwork Kitchen Mat, Cloth Napkins, Reversible Appliance Covers, Gifts for Cooks, Aprons, Denyse Schmidt Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters Project, Gift Compilations, For the Kitchen, Place Mats, Lunch Bags

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:

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

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The Handmade Helps Recipe Book was created by artists and crafters from around the world to raise money for the Australian bushfire recovery effort. All proceeds are now donated to the Salvation Army. The Recipe Book incorporates, “treasured recipes and family favourites, donated by people across the globe who wanted to help including well-known chefs such as Margaret Fulton, Allan Campion and Michele Curtis.”
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Jenise creates some really fun aprons like this Hello Yellow and Black Full Bib Apron with Fabric Flower Pin. Find Hello Yellow at aflavoredlife plus lots of other great apron options.

Mix It

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Molly from MommyCoddle shares her family recipe for Crispy, Buttery, Crunchy: Sugar Cookie Perfection! We love the sprinkles; you could also add some Royal Icing (via

Print It

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Erin Vale of Vale Design has a free Bird Recipe Cardfor you to print in two sizes. Give a collection of your favorite recipes or include the recipe with a tasty treat this holiday season.

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

By Suzuko Koseki

(Shambhala/Trumpeter, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-649-9)

From the Publisher:

The tradition of patchwork and quilted items goes back hundreds of years and most often conveys a sense of warmth and comfort. While the bold and bright designs in this book are meant for the modern crafter, that inherent sense of warmth is still expressed in these unique and stunning projects. Created in the distinctive Japanese craft style—and published in English for the first time—the projects in this book offer a look that is minimal, yet vibrant and full of life.
Explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting through thirty-five simple and stunning projects. With beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, the pouches and handbags, quilts and pillowcases, tissue cases and pot holders are perfect projects for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of warmth and patchwork style to your life.

From the Make Good Crafts + Life Series

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
20 ~ Rock
19 ~ Organize
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.