November 26 ~ Remember

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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.
spacer Baby’s Soft Book of Colors
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!
spacer Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder
Share treasured family recipes with Elizabeth’s Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder!
spacer Super Simple Fun Kid Tote
This collaborative project from Deanna and her daughter would make a heartfelt gift. Find the Super Simple Fun Kid Tote Tutorial at Just Deanna
spacer Wonky Half Log Cabin Pillow
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.
spacer Braided Necklace with Portrait
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

spacer Letterpress Recipe Cards from 1canoe2
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

spacer Pieces of Heaven Marshmallows
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.
Join the Lark Books Quilt It! contest!

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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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219 Responses to November 26 ~ Remember

  1. sy says:

    photo coffee sleeve is a great idea

  2. Megan says:

    I love that book! So fun! And these are great tutorials too. Thanks again SMS!

  3. Gwyneth says:


  4. Angela says:

    love it

  5. Tina Mackey says:

    That looks like a great book. I love sewing for babies!

  6. Michelle says:

    I love all of these ideas, and they’re all new to me! Thanks for doing this every year, one of my favorite things about November.

  7. Alexis says:

    Loving the travel frame

  8. Jennifer says:

    nice photos

  9. susan mzf says:

    the photo cup holder is a brilliant idea!

  10. Ticia says:

    think the giveaway is closed, but worth a try…..

  11. Christie says:

    Love the ideas – especially the travel picture frame one!

  12. allie says:

    i totally just drooled on my computer. Those marshmallows look SO yummy!

  13. Jessica C says:

    I have this book on my wishlist already! And I really want the recipe holder now!

  14. Tabitha says:

    That book is on my wishlist – fingers crossed to win!

  15. Serena says:

    I love the Baby’s colors book. So great!

  16. Katie says:

    I love the colours book! Great, great, great!!! I wonder if I have time to make one before Christmas?

  17. Totally digging the laminated recipe cards. Thanks for another great post!

  18. Laurel says:

    Ooooo what a neat book!

  19. Diane says:

    Love the coffee holder!

  20. Sarah says:

    I’m still in love with the rainbow color baby book — must make!

  21. lorena says:

    The Travel Frame is such a great idea!

  22. Bethanyu says:

    very cute!!!

  23. Megan says:

    I like the colors book! And the very sweet giveaway book!

  24. Sara says:

    mmmmmmmmmm marshmallows!

  25. Alisa says:

    I like the idea of making a tote together with my girl. Maybe not for Christmas but for a friends birthday…

  26. Julie says:

    Yum, homemade marshmallows. And I would love to win the book.

  27. Gotta make those marshmallows! And I love the gift tags today!

  28. Kerry says:

    Ooh, ooh, ooh! Can I win the book?

  29. Michelle says:

    Adorable projects as always!

  30. megan says:

    I have lots of friends having babies, this book would be great

  31. megan says:

    thanks for another great giveaway!!!

  32. Jennifer says:

    As usual, I’m amazed. I can’t wait to try out the marshmallow recipe. Yum!

  33. Anja says:

    These are so sweet projects!!! Love them

  34. Marianne says:

    So many cute ideas! Thank you!

  35. Lindsey G. says:

    The sweet baby book is such a great idea- and the printable gift tags are nice 🙂

  36. LOVE baby’s soft book of colors! 🙂

  37. Ingrid says:

    Love the marshmallows and the baby book would be perfect for my new granddaughter!

  38. Becky says:

    The Wonky pillow is too cute. Believe I’m gonna try my hand at the little picture frame. Thanks for all of this!

  39. Emily says:

    Great ideas – love the coffee cozy…

  40. mommymae says:

    the wonky log cabin pillow is very cute! and i love homemade marshmallows. i must give that recipe a try.

  41. Amy says:

    How cute is that baby book. I can imagine so many different possibilities for that. Thanks! Happy Holidays.

  42. Alissa D says:

    Baby’s Soft Book of Colors will be perfect for my new niece (not to mention the little one we have coming soon)!

  43. Jessica says:

    I love the travel frame.

  44. jackie says:

    love these ideas! that book looks awesome too!

  45. Courtney says:

    I really want to try making marshmellows. These are lovely things.

  46. JD says:

    Mmmm… homemade marshmellows!

  47. Limor says:

    I love the soft color book. I’m going to add it to my standard baby gift list.

  48. Megan S. says:

    I’m expecting #2 in June so this book would be so perfect!

  49. Amy says:

    The giveaway book looks like it would keep me awfully busy.

  50. Kate says:

    I love the baby colour book. Oh for more time…

  51. I think this would be the perfect book for an upcoming first time sewing grandmother – ME!!

  52. Ellen lamb says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the great info!

  53. Jessica says:

    I made a colors book for my daugther. She loves it! It’s a little different than the one pictured though.

  54. Jena says:

    the braided necklace is adorable.

  55. Ruth says:

    O, yum yum marshmallows!

  56. Monica A says:

    Those recipe cards.. genious!!

  57. kelly O! says:

    Every time I check your lists, there are at least two more items added to my holiday to-do list! Thanks for so many great tutes!

  58. Ramona says:

    I loved the wonky cabin pillow more each time I see it. I must make one.

  59. Lori says:

    Oh, a ruffley baby bum is the cutest!

  60. Kaye Prince says:

    I love that Wonky Half Log Cabin Pillow – it’s just my style!

  61. I love the little tote bag–I can’t wait until my son is old enough to craft with me!

  62. Beth says:

    More great ideas!

  63. Kimberly says:

    Thanks for these great tutorials!

  64. Oh, nice things today, LOVE that wonky pillow! Thanks, people, for making November such a fun month!

  65. Sandra says:

    The quilted pillow and coffee photo holder are so cute, thanks!

  66. Silvia says:

    Beautiful log cabin pillow! I like the colours.

  67. Debra says:

    Thanks for sharing! Must make some of those yummy looking marshmallows…….

  68. Isabel Coelho says:

    I love the Baby’s Soft Book of Colors! Perfect!
    Thank you!

  69. Marijke says:

    Oh, I will really love making these items as a gift..

  70. Liz says:

    The soft book of colours would be a perfect present for my new niece and I am already drooling over the marshmallows 🙂

  71. carmel says:

    so many pretty things to make!
    this blog is such a insparation!

  72. Paulina says:

    The book of colors is great! Nice way to use some scraps that are left. And homemade marshmallow looks delicious.

  73. I love the photo and the color book!

  74. Myrnie says:

    Love the recipe card and holder set!

  75. i like the baby book!

  76. Jaana says:

    Homemade marshmallows – yum!

  77. Salihan says:

    Cute projects!

  78. bruinbr says:

    I can’t wait to try the wonky half log cabin pillow! Very cool!

  79. Leah says:

    I love the marshmellows….and the recipe holder is too cute.

  80. Stephanie says:

    This is a great theme for Thanksgiving Day. Thanks!

  81. Grace Wong says:

    cute tutorials!

  82. ~Helena~ says:

    Where to start, Im having to bookmark so many things this month, it’s great. Thanks for the ideas.

  83. Amy says:

    Again, thanks for the ideas!

  84. Love the frilly knickers on the front of this book. My gran has a whole photo album of her grandchildren and in pretty much every baby picture we are wearing frilly knickers 🙂

  85. Chelsey says:

    I have always wanted to try making my own marshmallows. Maybe we’ll get around to it this year…

  86. amye says:

    i have so enjoyed checking the site everyday for inspiration. great job!

  87. Danyelle says:

    So cute!

  88. amber says:

    I love marshmallows!

  89. Julia says:

    Great Ideas!! Plus, I love the sweet booties! Super cute!

  90. Brookiej says:

    Super ideas…loving the coffee sleeve for my SIL. Happy Thanksgiving!

  91. Heidi says:

    I love the idea of making your own marshmallows. Plus that book looks like it has lots of great ideas.

  92. Bron says:

    Thanks I hope I win.

  93. amy says:

    wonderful, count me in!

  94. Lindsey says:

    Awesome projects again! love the recipe cards and folder…thanks!

  95. beth says:

    What a fun book! Thanks for yet another great giveaway.

  96. Tong says:

    Really love the Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder!

  97. alisha says:

    I’ve been wanting to make something like the take away frame. Great tutorials today!

  98. Jessica says:

    Yea! More gift tags! The soft book is a great idea and is perfect for using up left over scraps…thanks!

  99. Andrea says:

    I love all these ideas. I’m overwhelmed. How long till Christmas?!?

  100. D'Lane says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am thankful for all the great ideas!

  101. Adviga says:

    Which one DON’T I want to try! What a wonderful bunch of ideas! I’m already putting together my list for next year’s gifts!

  102. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration !

  103. I love the gift tags, so simple yet they stand out. Great for my Christmas gifts!

  104. Shannnon F. says:

    I have a six month old I’d LOVE to have this book for!

  105. Courtney says:

    Thanks for all the ideas. The kids tote is so cute – I love the bright colors!

  106. tara says:

    these are great ideas! thanks so much!

  107. Hilary says:

    Thanks for the great ideas.

  108. Valerie says:

    Happy Thanksgiving All! What great ideas! I really like the ones that you can incorporate pictures into!

  109. Kathie says:

    Thanks for the patterns and give away.

  110. Andrea says:

    ooo-ruffly bum – love it!

  111. brittany says:

    i an thankful for all the great projects that have been posted this month!

  112. Celeste says:

    That soft book is lovely!

  113. Kelly says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all the ideas you are compiling and sharing.

  114. Caroline says:

    Those marshmellows look yummy!

  115. Somer says:

    I love these!

  116. Linda says:

    Once again, many thanks for the great ideas and the great giveaways!

  117. Julie says:

    I love that necklace!

  118. Christina says:

    wow – the letterpress recipe cards are so lovely

  119. Haha! Love the title of the book to win especially with the picture on the front cover!

  120. Wendy says:

    Love the letterpress recipe cards.

  121. Mona says:

    The baby’s book of colors may have to be my next special baby project.

  122. Debra says:

    Love the recipe cards!

  123. Stacy says:

    Love the simple kid tote! Thanks for sharing!

  124. Casey says:

    all great links again!

  125. Carrie says:

    I love that book! How sweet are those undies?

  126. Whistlepea says:

    So many great ideas!

  127. jessica hansen says:


  128. Tonya says:

    What wonderful ideas! Great way to spend surfing time after a delicious Thanksgiving meal!

  129. Christy says:

    Sweet ideas! Love them. Thank you SMS!

  130. Emily Dawn says:

    Only until recently did I know that you can make marshmallows.

  131. Joanna says:

    Really like the fabric recipe card folder idea!!!

    And thanks for the giveaway!

  132. Jo says:

    I love all these ideas, I need more time!!!!

  133. JJ says:

    That marshmallow recipe looks delicious!

  134. Stacy says:

    Great ideas, best wishes for Thanksgiving.

  135. Denise says:

    As usual you have collected some wonderful ideas!!

  136. Sarah Lorde says:

    I love making homemade marshmallows they are much tastier than the store bought thing.

  137. sarahe4e says:

    The color book is going to be under someone sweet’s Christmas tree. Thank you so much for the great idea.

  138. Julia says:

    That book looks cute!

  139. Leigh says:

    I love all of these!!!

  140. Junglewife says:

    I’ve been looking for a good homemade marshmallow recipe – I’ll have to try this one! The other ideas are great, too!

  141. Kate M. says:

    My soon-to-be-husband and I are going to be long distance for a few months after the wedding. The travel frame is perfect.

  142. Bunny says:

    Sweet. 🙂 I have been wanting to make a soft book.

  143. Kimberly says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the lovely ideas.

  144. love them all!!!
    Just got a desire of eating Marshmallows!!!

  145. Becky says:

    This is such a fabulous thing! I have found so many ideas for Christmas. My little guy NEEDS one of those colour block books, methinks!

  146. I know a Papa who would love some mellos! Thanks for sharing

  147. nilly ofan says:

    i liked the fun tote. great idea to do with kids

  148. dorothy says:

    mmmm… homemade marshmallows

  149. Greeblygreebly says:

    That coffee cozy is awfully cute!

  150. Anne Marie says:

    Great projects – love them!!

  151. jennsquared says:

    mmm… marshmallow! love the baby book and the recipe cards.

  152. Suzanne says:

    More great ideas! I love the bloomers 🙂

  153. Kirsten says:

    Must have those ruffled bloomers

  154. Jen C. says:

    more cute projects

  155. Joy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for the great project ideas.

  156. Jill D says:

    I’ve been thinking about homemade coffee sleeves for Christmas.

  157. Jodi says:

    Lovely ideas.

  158. DebbieKL says:

    I like the Baby’s Soft Book of Colors. My son is learning his colors now, so this might be perfect for xmas!

  159. Sorahart says:

    The baby soft book is such a fun idea!

  160. Ashley says:

    I love that little travel frame. I need one of those for when I’m on the road.

  161. Emily says:

    Yet again…great ideas. I ADORE “handmade holidays”!

  162. Tanya says:

    Love the idea of the photo coffee sleeve

  163. Lynne says:


  164. qsogirl says:

    oh that take-along photo frame is so sweet

  165. Lorene says:

    The travel frame is perfect!

  166. Michelle says:

    cute tags!

  167. Jenny says:

    making pillows for Christmas…might be using Jacquie’s tut. Thanks

  168. Beth T says:

    I’m on my way to dig through my scraps to make that sweet, soft book of colors.

  169. Shimra says:

    I love the kid tote.
    Great for keeping my almost-five-years-old many pictures – in a tote with his own picture on it

  170. Terri says:

    sweet, sweet, sweet

  171. Kimberly B says:

    I can’t wait to start sewing for Christmas!

  172. amandah says:

    C’mon how cute is that book!!!! Great theme for the day, too.

  173. Katie B says:

    Great stuff!

  174. Jenne says:

    I keep meaning to try homemade marshmallows.

  175. sandyandcosmo says:

    Homemade marshmallows are the best!

  176. Loralynn says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  177. Dacia says:

    love the book of colors! and those marshmallows look SO yummy!

  178. Alexa says:

    so in love with the baby book!

  179. Kelly Jo says:

    Love the photo coffee sleeve! Too cute!

  180. Jenny says:

    Mmm. Marshmallow look amazing.

  181. Lauren says:

    Those marshmallows look delicious, may have to whip some up in between holiday dishes today!

  182. Monica says:

    The coffee sleeves are brilliant!

  183. Michele says:

    What a great gift idea – love the Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder!

  184. megelin says:

    that little ruffly baby butt is so freaking adorable.

  185. Jeanelle says:

    Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for the inspriration!

  186. Julie W says:

    I like the baby’s soft book of colors!

  187. keren says:

    wonderful ideas! thank you!

  188. Sheetal says:

    uummm, sweet booties is a book i’d love to work my way through!

  189. frances says:

    the baby’s soft colour book is wonderful!

  190. Sissy says:

    Of course…the thought of heaven as marshmallows makes me feel dreamy and mellow!

  191. Amanda says:

    more fantastic ideas! Happy Thanksgiving!!

  192. Mary says:

    love the gift tags! going to print some out now!

  193. Mama Lusco says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  194. Chandra says:

    I can’t wait till my son is old enough to make pictures to sew on something like that bag.

  195. aurore says:

    homemade marshmallows — so yummy.

  196. Leisel says:

    Great ideas once again!

  197. Paula says:

    I finally figured out how to do my new idea, inspired by the frame above! felt! anyway, I digress. That book. looks. awesome.

  198. Susanne says:

    Love these great ideas!

  199. lisa says:

    Lots of cute projects today.

  200. Kristin says:

    cute stuff! Love the gift tags.

  201. Desiree says:

    I love that little fabric book. I may have to make one. 🙂

  202. JennB 2567 says:

    I love the picture frame cozy!!! Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving, Everyone.

  203. Southern Gal says:

    Oh, sweet booties! My daughter will make me a first time grandmama in June. I would love to win this!!

  204. Nicole V says:

    Mmmm…. I want marshmallows. I can’t stand the ones you buy at the grocery store. They are sidgusting. But home-made, they are wonderful.

  205. Grandma G says:

    Sounds like some cute projects in that book!

  206. Louby Lou says:

    I love that log cabin pattern of Jacquie’s and I’ve always wanted to try making my own marshmallows. Yum!

  207. Gretchen says:

    OOOOooo that sweet booties book! How cute! Since I sew cloth diapers, I’m oogling over that! Love it!

  208. Jody says:

    Oooo, I have always wanted to make marshmallows and I needed a tote bag pattern-Thanks

  209. Gretchen says:

    happy thankgiving!

  210. cinzia allocca says:

    Today I am thankful for this wonder network of creative individuals!!

  211. Andi says:

    Another great day of ideas! I just made a bunch of colour books as baby shower gifts and they were very well received. They would be even more special incorporating family fabrics.

  212. Amber says:

    I love those gift tags – so cute! and I have been wanting to make marshmallows – I love Jacquie’s pillow and that tote bag is so cute!

  213. Love the kids tote! My girls would have fun with that.

  214. amelia says:

    love that wonky cabin

  215. Danielle says:

    I love so many of these gift ideas! I think I might just have to make the frame for my hubby who travels alot for work!

  216. Fawn says:

    I love the wonky log cabin pillow!!!

  217. Carolyn Wood says:

    Love the color book.

  218. Hashi says:

    My husband is about to go away for four months; I think he needs a travel love frame to take with him!

  219. Sylvie says:

    Thank you for the ideas!

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