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Happy Thanksgiving to those of you celebrating with friends & family today! We hope you’re creating happy, new memories… Enjoy today’s Gifts to Remember!

Make It

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Joanie’s Take-Away Love Frame at Nini Makes fits inside a little pouch for safe (& happy) travels.
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Jazmin’s Baby’s Soft Book of Colors at Homegrown Happy is just beautiful. You could even incorporate bits of special fabric from your family (maternity shirt, infant clothes, etc.) to make the book a treasured memory in years to come.
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Make a Photo Coffee Sleeve with Leigh Ann’s tutorial at the object project and combine two wonderful things on the go: coffee & images of your loved ones!
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Share treasured family recipes with Elizabeth’s Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder!
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This collaborative project from Deanna and her daughter would make a heartfelt gift. Find the Super Simple Fun Kid Tote Tutorial at Just Deanna
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Incorporate special family fabrics and vintage pieces in Jacquie’s Wonky Half Log Cabin Pillow at Tallgrass Prairie Studio, for a modern take on a traditional design.
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Pascale shows you how to create a Braided Necklace with Portrait at //Between the lines//.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Write, Gifts for Grandparents, Fabric Bulletin Board, Woodland Ornaments (create a holiday tradition!), 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:

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

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These beautiful Letterpress Recipe Cards from Beth at 1canoe2 would be the perfect addition to Elizabeth’s Recipe Folder (above). Beth also sells the letterpress recipe cards as a set with a handcrafted recipe box. Be sure to visit 1canoe2 to check out the fantastic letterpress & woodblock prints, a 2010 letterpress & hand printed calendars and much more.

Mix It

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Ashley invites you to embrace the cold with her Pieces of Heaven Marshmallow Recipe at Not Without Salt.

Print It

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Michelle from Little Paper Dog shares these Gift Tags with a round version too.

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 Valerie Van Arsdale Shrader

(Lark Books, $22.95, ISBN: 1-60059-315-1, ISBN13: 9781600593154)

From the Publisher:

These irresistible and simple sewing projects—more than 30 of them—come from the freshest indie craft designers around! And that sets them apart from other collections for small fry; every blanket, bib, bonnet, and more is fashioned from contemporary fabrics and features a modern, slightly edgy aesthetic that moms and dads will really appreciate.
The adorable, stylish creations range from a pair of tiny flowered shoes tied with a ribbon to a pair of witty bibs for boys and girls. A brightly striped sunhat glows with the warm colors of summer, while a sweet blankie showcases the stitched outline of a doggie in an airplane with a border of little bones. Other projects flaunt lovely embroidered and appliquéd embellishments.
A “Sewing 101” section makes a great intro for beginners or a helpful refresher course. It features valuable tips specifically for baby projects, including laundry-friendly fabrics and safety advice on adornments.
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More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
25 ~ Teach & Learn
24 ~ Meow & Woof
23 ~ Smell
22 ~ Count
21 ~ Bake
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


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