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Make Work a little brighter with our project & gift ideas…

Make It

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Jennifer from Jennifer Ladd Handmade designed this Cute Business Card Case Tutorial and adds that it’s easy to customize the case to “represent your own business style.” You can win this case from Jennifer (see “Win It”).
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Candy shows you how to Recover an Office Chair at Candied Fabrics. Candy writes, ” I am constantly inspired by the color and patterns I see around me. I find that I MUST be making something, and the media that sings to me is white fabric and dye.” Candy wanted some color on that chair!
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Katie shows you how to turn tin cans into Fabric Pencil Holders at Making This Home.
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Several people on our lists would love our Laptop Sleeve from Elizabeth, made with some nice home dec fabric!
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Make a Patchwork Lanyard at mairuru with fabric scraps (for those ubiquitous work ID cards). Mai adds that she made pouch straps the same way here.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Gift Exchange (small gifts for co-workers, etc.), Gifts for Organization, Tech Gifts, Gifts for College Students, Classic Tote, Quilted Garden Tote, Fabric Bulletin Board, iPod Cozy

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 Jennifer’s choice Lauren’s choice
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Buy It

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We like these “envelope-style” Laptop & Tablet Covers from Cathy at fernfiddlehead. Cathy takes custom orders and also offers laptop bags, coasters, iPod pockets & more.

Mix It

Recipe Round-Up
We’re nearing the end of our Handmade Holidays features & there’s just no good way to fit it all in! Today we thought we’d share a recipe round-up of some holiday recipe favorites. Feel free to add links to your favorites in the comments.

You might want to try: Gingerbread Cake from Hey, that tastes good!, Plum Crumble from Orangette, Gingerbread Man Cookies (on sticks!) from 101 Cookbooks, Chocolate Caramel Crack(ers) from smitten kitchen, Sufganiyot from Peace Love & Chocolate, Minty Chocolate Christmas Cookies from 101 Cookbooks, Almond Tea Cookies (gluten free) from The Wooden Spool, Pumpkin Cookies from Joy the Baker, Crunchy Maple Corn from turkey feathers, Chocolate Earl Grey Truffles from delicious days, Pumpkin Gingerbread from Spruce Hill, Excellent Eggnog from Al Dente, Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce from Spruce Hill

Print It

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Yasmine from a print a day has a huge selection of free downloads for you to enjoy. Try these Tags, Stickers & Notebook, and then look through her wonderful “Download” category.

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 Jennifer Ladd

A beautiful hand-made business card case by Jennifer Ladd.

By Wendi Gratz

(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-377-1, ISBN13: 9781600593772)

From the Publisher:

Absolutely A-line…absolutely adorable! The classic, always fashionable A-line undergoes a charming reinvention at the hands of stitching whiz Wendi Gratz and a host of talented designers. Working off a single, simple pattern, they demonstrate the versatility of the basic form by creating over two dozen adorable variations—all just for little girls.The 26 projects, all captivatingly photographed, feature a range of structural adaptations and styles. Some have pockets, others have sleeves, and still more have embellishments such as appliqué, piecing, embroidery, and quilting. And there aren’t only dresses, but also jumpers, smocks, tops, and skirts. The book includes the full pattern, with children’s sizes from three to eight.Because the A-line dress is one of the easiest garments to sew, it’s the perfect canvas for crafty moms and grandmoms who want to make unique clothes for the special girls in their lives.

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More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
26 ~ Remember
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

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.