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A few announcements:

  • Place an order in the shop today (Cyber Monday) and get free shipping to US addresses! (Offer ends at 11:59 pm 11/30/09.)
  • Today’s Sparkle features bring us to the end of our Handmade Holidays series and we’re so very happy you’ve joined us for the fun! Once again we’d like to thank Amy, Jennifer, Alissa, Jessie & Lara for helping us find the very best tutorials, recipes, printables & shops. Our Season of Giving kicks off December 2 with Giveaway Day, and continues all month long with wonderful projects, prizes, tutorials and so much more.
  • Jessie and Irene have started a Garland Sew-Along in the forum to deck their halls. Join in!

Make It

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Kathleen from Grosgrain shows how to create this no-sew Midsummer Nights Dream Tutu with tulle.
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Jessica from Happy Together shares a quick & easy Fabric Flower Earring Tutorial.
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Fawn from Mommy Blessings designed these Fairy Wings, and then she embellished the wings with glitter and flowers.
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If you know someone going through a “major tutu phase,” this Tutu T-Shirt from Julie at Joy’s Hope might just be the perfect gift.
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Jessica from Happy Together also has this Ruffle Necklace, perfect with “fancier fabrics” or your favorite cottons. Jessica has a really wonderful collection of tutorials at Happy Together, including many of the pretty/ruffly/sparkly/glittery/fun-variety just right for the holidays. Check it out!
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This Yo-Yo Necklace from Hideous! Dreadful! Stinky! was a big hit in our Scrap Buster Contest last month; we thought you might like a reminder about this fun look as we head into the holiday party season.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Ruffle Skirt, How to Make a Pleat, Fat Quarter Handbag, Embellish!

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:

Jennifer’s choice Jessie’s choice Beth’s choice
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Buy It

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Drea from Faeried Treasures creates some absolutely beautiful pieces, like these A Little Too Much Chocolate Vintage Glass Earrings. Faeried Treasures has free worldwide shipping for Cyber Monday today so take a look!

Mix It

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Elizabeth mentioned her Oh, Fransson! Cookie Recipes at the end of her Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder Project last week. Pictured here are her Frosted Vanilla Cookies looking a) delicious, and b) a little reminiscent of snow! Be sure to take a look at Elizabeth’s beautiful 2007 cookie boxes in her baking category…

Print It

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Don’t forget about our Sew,Mama,Sew! gift tags from Handmade Holidays 2007 & Handmade Holidays 2008 (2008 sample pictured).

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 one of these awesome, newly-released books! (A big congratulations Meg and Rashida!) The winners will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

Sew Liberated: 20 Stylish Projects for the Modern Sewist

By Meg McElwee

(Interweave Press, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-59668-161-3)

From the Publisher:

Get liberated! Meg McElwee, author of the popular Sew Liberated blog and boutique sewing pattern line, teaches you how to transform sewing by adding personal touches with appliqué details combined with embroidery, beadwork, buttons, ribbons, and more.Sew Liberated is the first how-to book of its kind to resurrect the art of applique for today’s generation of sewists looking to imbue their work with creative style.You will learn hand- and machine applique techniques for use outside the traditional quilting context, plus how to create fabric collages.Applique, a technique in which pieces of fabric are sewn onto clothing, bags, quilts, and other creations, allows you to take embroidery to a new level; it’ an ideal format for those with some sewing experience to break away from the constraints of sewing patterns and create uniquely personal designs.

Explore the history of applique and how it was rediscovered in the fiber arts, learn appliqueand embroidery techniques, and create 20 modern, stylish sewing projects ranging from aprons, skirts, pillows, bags, totes, a duvet cover, a wall clock, blouse, baby quilt, scarf, and much more. Projects range from simple to advanced in difficulty.

Step-by-step instructions, color photographs, and comprehensive how-to embroidery instructions make Sew Liberated and all-in-one resource and guide. Sew Liberated provides you with all levels of new techniques, creative challenges, and a full range of projects ranging in difficulty and time commitment.


I Love Patchwork: 21 Irresistible Zakka Projects to Sew

By Rashida Coleman Hale

(Interweave Press, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-59668-142-2)

From the Publisher:
Sewing doesn’t have to be complicated to achieve innovative results. Create sophisticated patchwork projects in the popular Japanese zakka style — the art of seeing the savvy in the ordinary — by combining linen and print fabrics using simple quilting techniques.I Love Patchwork! offers a modern approach to this sewing technique that will appeal to beginning to intermediate sewers and quilters.You will learn basic sewing, quilting, and patchwork techniques combined with applique and stamping to create inventive, useful projects. Learn how to buy, work with, and care for linen, plus how to choose colors for maximum effect.Patterns range from a travel sewing kit, sewing machine cover, fabric covered box, table runner, apron, eco bag, towels, calendar, lap quilt, tote bag, mobile, pillow, pencil cases, shoulder bag, and much more.

All projects use natural linen paired with colorful patchwork; in addition to simple fabric piecing techniques, projects include many types of easy embellishments such as ribbons, buttons, stamping, applique and hand and machine embroidery.

These sophisticated projects are small enough to work up quickly using bits of fabric from the your stash, with charming design details that are easy and fun to make.

From home decor and gift items to wearable accessories and baby items, all projects require only basic sewing skills to get stylish results.

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More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
29 ~ Laugh
28 ~ Wrap & Present
27 ~ Work
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


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