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Give gifts to help lessen our impact on the earth… Go Green!

Make It

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Ashley’s two options for Scrappy Patchwork Cloth Napkins from our Scrap Busters Month will add a touch of color and cheer to the table!
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Kyoko has a PDF Easy Lunch Tote Pattern & Tutorial at Cotton & Cloud. Kyoko adds that you can find lots of inspiration on her site, particularly if you’re interested in Japanese knitting and sewing.
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We Wilsons brings you a handy Reusable Snack Bag Tutorial so you can replace your plastic sandwich bags.
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Holly’s Cloth Napkins 5 Ways Tutorial at Chez Beeper Bebe shows you everything from a “basic, no-frills napkin” to an “embroidered vintage happy face napkin.”
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This Eco-Friendly Industrial Wool Felt Bag Tutorial from Jenya at EvaForeva also incorporates recycled leather.
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We thought Angelina’s Scrappy Reusable Produce Bag Tutorial from A day in the life of the Hooks… & the Scrap Buster Contest was brilliant!

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: For the Table, Tote Bags, Lunch Bags, Eco-Conscious Tutorials

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 Lauren’s choice
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Buy It

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Laura has a great selection of Eco Cup Cozies in her Laura Bucci *handmade shop. We really like the pocket! While you’re shopping, be sure to check out her linen pouches, wallets, teapot cozies & more.

Mix It

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Bake some bread, wrap it up and share something handmade & delicious with everyone this holiday season. We like Aunt Colleen’s Zucchini Bread Recipe from Ellen at The Long Thread.

Print It

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Jenny Hart of Sublime Stitching offers Free Holiday Gift Tags for you to print, including a selection of images from Dutch Russian, Winterland, Camp Out, and Cute Little Heads patterns.

Don’t forget: There’s still time to win Sublime Stitching Embroidered Effects by Jenny Hart with a comment on our November 2 ~ Adorn post. You can also find a great selection of Sublime Stitching patterns at Sew,Mama,Sew!

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 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 Joanne Seiff

(Wiley, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-42679-1)

From the Publisher:

Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you “green-up” your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You’ll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you’ll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.

  • 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
  • Full exploration of green knitting product options
  • From the author of Fiber Gathering

From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear

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