November 4 ~ Go Green

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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!

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2 ~ Adorn
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353 Responses to November 4 ~ Go Green

  1. Texana says:

    I really need to spend more time making napkins–they make such unusual and welcome gifts.

  2. Alanna says:

    Limor: Oilcloth Alley has super-cute oil cloth yardage for sale…I’m buying some to make these bags myself. They are going to be cute stocking stuffers for my family!

  3. Lia says:

    I LOVE KYOKO’S BAG!!! oooo so lovely

  4. Wehaf says:

    I love zucchini brad, and am kicking myself for not planting zucchini this spring. Next year I definitely will!

  5. I love these ideas…and I would love that awesome knitting book πŸ˜‰

  6. megelin says:

    yay fabric napkins!

  7. alli b says:

    really inspired to make a set of napkins as a housewarming prezzie for friends.

  8. Hayes says:

    Love a knitty!

  9. Marissa says:

    Great ideas, I really like the reusable snack bags.

  10. jeanette says:

    Love your ideas!

  11. Kyoko says:

    Wow! Love everyone’s project!! Thank you very much ;D

  12. Samurai Mom says:

    I love the rick rack cloth napkins

  13. Peggy B says:

    Felt tote, lunch tote I LOVE them all!!

  14. rebecca says:

    Love today’s ideas! I see cloth napkins in my future!

  15. Ting says:

    Cloth napkins is on my every growing list of things I must make! Thanks for the other ideas!

  16. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow! there some great stuff, I really should make the snack bags so I can stop using ziplocs.

  17. Stacy says:

    The produce bags are great, what creative ideas.

  18. Ingrid says:

    knitting and sustainability already are a good match. I’d love to have the book for fresh ideas.

  19. Liz B says:

    I love those reusable snack bags and am thinking of doing some for Christmas gifts. I’ll have to think about using PUC; it’s not something I have really seen locally. I suppose the bags would wash easily enough so some crumbs etc inside would be ok even if there wasn’t PUC.

  20. sherry says:

    This is so much fun! I’m enjoying all the ideas!

  21. Angel says:

    Diana–PUL is a laminated fabric usually used to make cloth diapers–it is awesome! So soft and flexible. If you are familiar with you can get ‘diaper cuts’ which are about the size of a fat quarter.

    Oilcloth–there are a few people on etsy who sell oilcloth–I’ve used oilcloth addict

    Haha, I have tons of scraps of both, I should do a giveaway on my blog so that someone could help me reduce the scraps. = )

    I LOVE eco-friendly ideas–we are all about them. I want to make cloth napkins and the snack bags…I freak out with all the used ziplocs for school snacks!

  22. Toby says:

    Everyone in my family packs lunch. This might just be the stuff to cheer my kids up a little with their’s πŸ™‚

  23. Judi B says:

    As and interior designer and crafter I am always looking for ideas to green things up a bit. Hope I might win.

  24. Madeline says:

    I have been wanting to make some produce bags for myself – maybe I will now make that a gift for each of the families on my list!

  25. Rebecca says:

    Thank you so much for gathering together so many great tutorials! Our Christmas is going to be so much more wonderful for your help.

  26. Brittney says:

    Awesome! Knitting is about the only craft I have time for right now!

  27. Sarah AJ says:

    I love all the napkin variations!

  28. Amanda says:

    Love the bags!

  29. perches says:

    Cool, I’ll try the reusable scrappy produce bag – it’s the best version of the project I’ve seen so far. And that zucchini bread recipe, yumm…

  30. Lisa says:

    Oh I really like the produce bag. I know exactly who I can make that for! So many ideas – so little time. Thanks!

  31. annette says:

    Such great projects that are small enough to do in multiples… Thanks!

  32. Hashi says:

    I bought some lovely soft Kaffe Fassett laminated cotton yesterday, and made a dozen snack bags in different sizes and shapes. So easy, so quick, so pretty! Thanks!

  33. I definitely need to make the lunch bag.

  34. Hilary says:

    I love all of these projects, gifts to go green were one of the big areas that I am hoping ot give this year. (not ot mention make for myself.

  35. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the snack bag pattern- after using about 6 baggies just this morning, I need it!

  36. Pebbledash says:

    So many great ideas here to try, thanks!

  37. Katrina says:

    I love going Green…I would so benefit from this knit green book…I hope I win! Such cute ideas…now I just need to get a gift to try all the sewing ideas.

  38. Christina says:

    thanks for all the inspiration! We will get good use out of snack bags around here.

  39. tara says:

    love the green concept in all of these items. really good ideas for Christmas for sure.

  40. Joann T. says:

    I liked several of the tutorials in this post. I hope to set aside some time to try a few of them.

  41. Madrona Tree says:

    Wonderful ideas! I especially like the snack bag idea… and the napkins!

  42. ejmosley says:

    I love this site, and hope I win a contest one day!

  43. Hannah says:

    Ooooo, I just started to knit. I would love this book.

  44. Trisha says:

    Can’t wait to try to baggies and maybe even the napkins!

  45. Ashlie M says:

    I love the cloth napkins! Thanks for posting this.

  46. bex says:

    I wonder if there will be any day that I *don’t* think the prizes look fantastic. This is very thoughtful of you.

  47. Rachel says:

    I’m totally going to make some snack bags and napkins — or perhaps use some the ideas for napkins on the dishtowels that my sister requested for Christmas.

  48. Mary C says:

    I cannot wait to check out this book.
    All summer I made cloth napkins 12 x 6 for the counter top basket out of project remnants. They are the perfect size for snacks or a cup of coffee. The size came about due to the size of my rotary ruler. I just cut with the rotary and serge the edges.
    I have just started making them two sided. One side is a cotton remnant backed with pieces cut from old t shirts.

  49. Deb Cameron says:

    Those snack bags are on my must do list, love all the napkins and cute bags too!

  50. scenelady says:

    I just made my first set of cloth napkins. It was so much fun, now I just have to make more than four!

  51. juliecache says:

    snack bags is a new idea to me. thanks for posting.

  52. DebbieKL says:

    I have the Patchwork Cloth Napkins on my to-do list. I’ve also been meaning to make snack bags, so the tutorial will help!

  53. Erica says:

    Loving the vintage happy face napkins! Some great ideas guys, thank you so much!

  54. ara jane says:

    Noticed the patchwork cloth napkins during scrapbuster month, and am happy to be reminded of them again. These just might become a lovely x-mas present!

  55. Lucie says:

    Yes, would LOVE to win this book!!!

  56. Katie says:

    That bag looks ::AMAZING:: but seems like a whole lotta work!! I’m afriad it would end up unfinished a the bottom of my closet!

  57. Sarah Vee says:

    I love the cloth napkins and the printables. Thanks for the link to zucchini bread too.

  58. Jessica P. says:

    I just found this site and I love it!! I have been telling all sewing buds about it!

  59. Sara says:

    I love everything today!

  60. Ali says:

    I’m going to use the cloth napkins tutorial with some Kaffe Fassett to make my own version of similar-looking napkins currently at Crate and Barrel. And in more colors too!

  61. PenguitoSmile says:

    Super cute ideas!!!
    Love it!

  62. Elle says:

    Once again, Very impressed!

  63. Heidi says:

    Beautiful ideas

  64. Jennifer says:

    Made my own version of the snack bag with the kids names on them. Also made 25 of them for 5th grade Earth Day last year. I also make the cup cozies and the mesh produce bags. I have made lunch bags and cloth napkins as well. What makes a nice gift is a lunch set: set of three bags, in different sizes, a lunch tote and a matching napkin.

  65. Michelle S says:

    I sure do love “green” projects! Many of my favorite projects have been made with repurposed materials.

  66. Jenn says:

    That book looks wonderful…count me in!

  67. gigi says:

    really love today’s ideas!
    am going to look to make that lunch tote for my niece for Christmas πŸ™‚
    thanks for all of the fantastic ideas!!
    gigi kennedy

  68. Angie says:

    The re-usable produce bag is great! thanks for posting instructions — I need to make one for me.

  69. Kathie says:

    Wow, great day. This was my most downloads/visits for patterns so far. I can’t wait to see what the remainder of the month brings. Thanks.

  70. Kristin says:

    I love my cloth napkins! With my three-year-old we were going through paper napkins faster than I could believe…cloth is far superior. I definitely need more and these are so cute!

  71. Linda J. says:

    I made my first set of cloth napkins recently and love them! Working on a couple of sets to make as gifts for family this year….

  72. andrea says:

    Going green is always a good idea. I have been making the snack bags for christmas gifts for the last month. I have been able to get three bags from a fat quarter which is a nice set. I think everyone will love them. I like them for my carrot sticks the don’t get slimey!

  73. kristin says:

    i love using the coffee cup cozies! even if i don’t have a clean reusable cup and give in to starbucks on occasion, at least i can be armed with a cute eco-friendly cozy!

  74. Gill says:

    I’m going to get addicted coming here every day for great ideas. Love the bags today. Book looks fantastic too.

  75. Andrea says:

    I definitely want to make some produce bags for Christmas gifts (and myself!).

  76. Kate says:

    Those gifts tags are cute and sucha good idea.
    Tx K

  77. Jill Dater says:

    Who couldn’t use a new lunch bag. It’s a no-brainer if you ask me.

  78. Andrea says:

    Yum, zucchini loaf! Can’t wait to try it!

  79. I’l be working on the napkins soon. Great way to go green during the holidays. And the book looks great!!

  80. Debbie says:

    I will make the napkins and the produce bag. Again, lovely project ideas!

  81. One Sheep says:

    I recently didn’t win this book somewhere else, and somewhere else else again. Perhaps the third time will be a charm?

  82. mrs. h. says:

    The reusable produce bag is so unique!

  83. Ann says:

    I love the snack bags – such a great idea and so useful!

  84. BrendaDe says:

    once again – great ideas! Thanks.

  85. Gena says:

    Love the look of the lunch tote but the link wouldn’t work for me.

  86. Rene' says:

    Another group of wonderful projects. Love the “green” theme.

  87. Nina Chairez says:

    Yay! Awesome tutorials, thank you thank you. Perfect for Holiday crafting πŸ˜‰

  88. Grace Wong says:

    I would love to win the book!

  89. Marlana says:

    That zucchini bread looks delicious. I may have to make some.

  90. Lisa says:

    Those snack bags are the best. I was so tempted to buy some recently, but at $8 each, I just was not ready to do so. But, make my own? You bet! My girl will have the best looking lunch ever.

  91. Tong says:

    Great projects, and they all look like so much fun to make! I can’t wait to get started on them!

  92. Katy says:

    Ooo, I love that produce bag! I’ll have to try that out. Great idea!

  93. Kamal says:

    Love the napkins! So versatile, and they can be made in so many different ways.

  94. Kirsten says:

    i have lots of zucchini waiting for me in my freezer. Thanks for reminding me! Love the book too!

  95. Sonicka says:

    Gifts?!!?!? I want to make all these for myself! Thanks for the attention you are giving to green crafting!

  96. crissy says:

    Oh I need to make those reusable snack bags! That’s been on my list since my son started kindergarten this year and I have been trying to stay away from plastic bags. The book would be amazing to win as well! I love yarn. :o)

  97. Jeni says:

    that zucchini bread looks so good!!!

  98. Nichole D. says:

    The reusable snack bags are great! I’m excited to get sewing for the holidays. Thanks, guys, for putting these together!

  99. Tiffany says:

    I too have been feeling a bit wasteful when I throw out the plastic bags. I will have to give a bit more consideration to making some “zipoc” bags.

  100. Megan says:

    I LOVE cloth napkins! We only use cloth in our house; I don’t even buy paper napkins any longer! I cannot wait to make some “one of a kind” with all my fun scraps! Thanks! I also LOVE the reusable snack bags. I always feel a twinge of guilt when throwing out a snack bag that was used for a few hours before consumption. Three cheers for the Environment!

  101. Cindi says:

    I just discovered your blog and website. I love it!!! Great projects and tutorials. Everything about it is wonderful!

  102. Susanne says:

    Oh, I do love a nice bag…gotta give these a try!

  103. Beth says:

    What a fantastic list! I love every project and can’t wait to tackle a few of them. The re-useable lunch items are first on the list. Thanks.

  104. Jena says:

    Thanks for the tutes! I am making some of those produce bags and snack bags this year for all of my friends.

  105. Kerry says:

    What a good idea to make napkins! I’m thinking linen ones would be neat. πŸ™‚

  106. Brinn says:

    Ooh, now that’s a book I’d like to win. Also, the reusable snack bag things are a great idea, and I’ll be bookmarking that.

  107. K says:

    Love the idea of the produce bags. So much better than trying to reuse those plastic bags.

  108. Karen H says:

    I love everything on this page. πŸ™‚

  109. Jen says:

    I love the napkins. We’re having company for Christmas and need some extras around the house.

  110. Java Jane says:

    Hmmm…but where does one find oil cloth?

  111. Jen V says:

    These lunch bags and totes are just the kind of thing I plan to mass produce for the holidays. Thanks for more inspiration!

  112. sy says:

    going to make some napkins

  113. Abbi says:

    I have been really trying to go green around our house. I have made cloth napkins and that is what we use and I have also been getting in the habit of using cloth grocery bags. The knit green book sounds neat! I made a scarf once using strips I had cut from old t-shirts. It actually turned out pretty neat!

  114. Anna says:

    Love the “green theme” gifts!! Can’t wait to try the snack bags!! I’m making coffee cozies for gifts this year!!! Thank you!

  115. Cheryl says:

    I wish more people new how fun “going green” can be. Thanks for all the great ideas and tutorials.

  116. Amy says:

    I just LOVE the daily posts! I’m getting so many great ideas for those lucky folks on my Christmas list! Thanks a bunch!

  117. sandyandcosmo says:

    Love the produce bags!

  118. Tanya says:

    I especially love today’s today, fabulous tuts. Thanks so much.

  119. asprinkling says:

    I was thinking of making some coffee cup cozies like the ones that you listed, so it’s fun to look at some already made for ideas!

  120. Wendy says:

    Lots of great ideas today!

  121. Kristen says:

    I love the wool bag!

  122. Carolyn Wood says:

    I like Ashley’s napkins, clever twist.

  123. Stephanie says:

    Love the snack bags!

  124. Alyssa says:

    hooray for eco-giving… I want to make multiples of the snack and produce bags – the most functional gift for ANYONE.
    Thank you!

  125. Crystal says:

    I love the little snack bags. I see myself making a few in the future

  126. Sarah c. says:

    I love the snack bags – anything with velcro is so easy to make!

  127. Bunny says:

    The zucchini bread looks delicious, and I love the Knit Green book!

  128. Aimee says:

    ooh! how lovely! i should like it very much! thank you.

  129. Mama Lusco says:

    Thanks for more great ideas. I really like the cloth napkins and lunch tote.

  130. Monica says:

    I’m just starting to make napkins for Christmas gifts. I’ve had some Mary Engelbreit fabric for a LONG time – there are 15″ squares, with either “The Queen of Everything” or “The Princess of Quite a Lot” on them. I’m going to put them back-to-back and stitch ’em. Thanks for the additional inspiration on these.

  131. Bethany says:

    Great ideas for napkins!

  132. Brooke says:

    More great ideas – thanks!

  133. Nichole says:

    Great ideas here! Thanks SMS!

  134. Jen C. says:

    i like the lunch tote.

  135. Jodi says:

    Great ideas. I can’t wait to make some of the snack bags.

  136. Bettina Groh says:

    I’d love to win the “Knit Green” book! I have been enjoying seeing all the great ideas … We are having a handmade Christmas and these project ideas are tickling my “make it” gene. How about some ideas for the men in my family… they’ll be making handmade presents too!

  137. Gina F says:

    This is tutorial I was hoping would be early enough in the month that most everyone I know would be getting some snack and produce bags.

  138. Amy says:

    I’ve been meaning to make some cloth napkins. Thanks!

  139. Diana says:

    Any tips on a manly-looking lunch tote for a husband? :)And (pardon my ignorance), what is PUL, exactly?

  140. Jenn says:

    Thanks for the cloth bag tutorial, I’ve been meaning to make these.

  141. Bonnie says:

    So many good ones here. I have some double sided cloth napkins from quilting cottons and they are great–durable, wash well, don’t hold stains. The patchwork ones are super cute! And produce bags would be great!

  142. Deb V says:

    These are really great ideas. I love the reusable snack bags.

  143. ikkinlala says:

    I love this post – so many great ideas!

  144. jacqui says:

    i keep thinking i’ve found just the thing to make this Christmas then each day i find something new and wonderful! thanks for all the ideas!

  145. Allison says:

    Great ideas! thanks

  146. jessi says:

    Lots of good ideas! I have been meaning to make cloth napkins for a while now….

  147. alexis says:

    more great gift ideas, i want that book!

  148. Andi says:

    The Reusable Snack Bag is perfect for my toddlers on the go snacks. I am loving HH3!!!

  149. Rachael says:

    What great eco friendly (and inexpensive) gift ideas!

  150. Sarah says:

    Cute! I’ve seem some of those before and bookmarked them!

  151. yummy zucchini bread – the tutorials are again fantastic!

  152. Andrea says:

    Hmmm – the lunch bag may be the perfect gift for someone who has proven impossible to decide what to make for!

  153. Cinnamon says:

    The printable tags are adorable.

  154. Rachel says:

    Thanks for the napkin tutorials – those would be great addition to the Thanksgiving or Christmas table decorations too!

  155. Maeve says:

    Great “green” ideas for the home. I love cloth napkins and our family is using them now instead of paper. Now I have more ideas when sewing up a new batch! Thanks!!!

  156. Gretchen says:

    The link to the lunch tote site is so neat! I make cloth diapers, so always have some PUL on hand. This is a great use for scraps!

  157. Julie says:

    Great ideas! Thank you for sharing

  158. Tayla B says:

    What a wonderful post! I’ve actually been wanting to make some napkins for myself. And some snack bags too! I think this year I will be making some produce/shopping bags for the family. πŸ™‚

  159. Serena says:

    I’ve had those reusable snack bags on my list to make for a while!

  160. Gabriel says:

    I’ve got the stuff put aside to make those produce bags. I have the stuff for those cute snack bags, too. Plus I love the napkin options. Thanks!

  161. KT says:

    It’s time for me to make the switch to reusable produce bags…

  162. wooooo More things to make! Since I’ll be starting my new job soon I can makes some cool lunch bags.

  163. Jenny says:

    I love the idea of using napkins and to be able to stop buying the paper ones!!

  164. Grace says:

    oh this is perfect! I have so many friends who would love an environmentally friendly gift!

  165. Liz says:

    i love those snack bags! i was trying to conceive something similar for doggie treats, actually, so it’s super handy to have the actual tutorial. now i’ll just add a strap and go! thanks! πŸ™‚

  166. Kristin says:

    Love all the “going green” ideas!

  167. I’ve never learned to knit, but have always wanted to try!

  168. wendy says:

    Love the snack bags.

  169. Becca says:

    Love the ideas! And please enter me in the drawing!

  170. christine says:

    i have already started cutting out the fabric for the snack bags. i have been using a disposable one each day for my little on our way into work/daycare. now i can GO GREEN!

  171. bohemiangirlpdx says:

    Wouldn’t eco cup cozies be used on NON-DISPOSABLE (i.e., reusable) coffee mugs? Aside from that, I love the ideas. Definitely inspired to make some new napkins.

  172. Lea-Ann says:

    I love all the napkins! I want these for me!

  173. Meg says:

    Love the cloth napkins five ways!

  174. Kerry says:

    Wouldn’t that lunch tote be a cute tote bag/purse for a little girl? πŸ™‚

  175. Kate M. says:

    The produce bags were already on my to-do list from scrap buster month. Now I’ll have to add that cute lunch tote, too.

  176. Melissa says:

    Tons of great ideas. Thanks!

  177. Julianne says:

    I use cloth napkins and now I think I’ll make some scrappy ones for relatives for Christmas!

  178. Christina says:

    Love them all! This is my favorite day so far – the lunch tote, napkins and reusable snack bags are great ideas!

  179. I love that lunch tote. I might have to make myself one too!

  180. Jazmin says:

    What great ideas! That lunch tote makes me want to go back to school!

  181. Mamatini says:

    We use cloth napkins all the time around here, and I always use leftover fabric to add to our napkin collection.

  182. Suzanne says:

    I love the reusable snack bags! And the other stuff too πŸ™‚

  183. Sarah says:

    Wow – something to do with the neon blue mesh I have in my stash! Those produce bags will be hard to miss πŸ™‚

  184. anna says:

    I love it all!!

  185. Sorahart says:

    I suddenly feel my holiday table becoming much classier with the addition of cloth napkins. Thanks for the ideas!

  186. Alexandra says:

    Everyday there are just more and more things that I want to make!

  187. Sarah says:

    Man, some of those napkins are adorable!

  188. rae says:

    i enjoyed this green installment. that books look fun! all of the prizes are fab!! πŸ˜‰

  189. Shannon says:

    How fun – I just started knitting and would love to start some new projects!

  190. Cara says:

    Love the cloth napkins and the produce bag! Great ideas!

  191. Lorrie says:

    More wonderful ideas! The cloth napkins with the patchwork strips would make such pretty gifts.


  192. Louby Lou says:

    Sooooooo many great ideas here, I love the lunch bag and reuseable snack packs – and eco friendly too! I love it!!

  193. Codecrafter says:

    I love the little snack bags and the napkins are so pretty!

  194. Caroline V says:

    I’m definitely making some cloth napkins for presents. Also knitting up some cotton dishrags, my favorite cleaning tool!

  195. Karen says:

    Am following the gift themes faithfully each day & love the wee gits tags – they are so cute!

  196. Jeannine says:

    I love cloth napkins. I have so many in my house. I would love to completely give up paper napkins, but I’m still working on that.

  197. Mary Ann Dove says:

    Found your site last month, love it, and check it nearly every day. Have lots of scraps so can use many of of the ideas. A great site.

  198. Jessica says:

    I’ve been thinking about getting this book, would be great to win it!

  199. Jessica says:

    I am loving that butterfly fabric! I’m off to go print the Sublime gift tags now! πŸ™‚

  200. Christy says:

    So many wonderful projects! Still lovin’ it.

  201. Stacy says:

    The cloth napkins and snack pouches are definitely going on my ‘to-do’ list. Thanks!

  202. Jessica C says:

    Me Please!!!

  203. Dacia says:

    how fun! my list just keeps growing. I better get to work!

  204. Becky says:

    I love the reusable snack bags!

  205. Rebecca says:

    Ooh! Time to make lunch sets for the nieces!

  206. Jennifer says:

    Thanks for all the ideas! Now just to find time to do as many as possible!!1

  207. Julia says:

    As a cloth napkin lover, I’m thrilled with these ideas! Thank you so much for featuring them. I’m not sure why I never thought to make my own…

  208. Jessica says:

    We are big fans of green crafting in our household. These are attractive and easy to make items that I’m sure everyone could find a use. I am a fan of the cloth napkins and reusable baggies; two effective ways to cut down on expenses and waste!

  209. Jenni says:

    Oo, awesome ideas. Those reusable snacks packs? Awesome. And I’m jonesing to make the produce bag – I hate using the plastic bags at the market! And I will definitely make a set of napkins for my brother and his new wife. Thank you!

  210. shannon says:

    These are great projects! And those printable labels are irresistible!

  211. Steph W says:

    I’m loving all these ideas!

  212. Ellen says:

    I love the snack bags and the lunch box! Such great ideas! Thanks πŸ™‚

  213. Kristen says:

    The snack bags look really cute. The book looks nice too.

  214. Betsy M says:

    I love that ruffled white napkin! All these ideas today are great. Thanks

  215. Bethany says:

    So Fun!!!

  216. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’m really excited to check out the produce bag and snack bag tutorials. They are perfect to eliminate a lot of excess bags.

  217. Finally a use for my odd scraps of PUL. I will be making some snack bags this afternoon. Thanks for the idea.

  218. Nicole V says:

    I’ve always wanted to try making Zuchini bread! Looks yummy. And I am totally making the coffee sleeve with the pocket. Brilliant!

  219. Brenna says:

    I am an avid knitter who really wants to learn how to sew!!

  220. Sarah says:

    Napkins and grocery totes are on the top of my gift list, thanks for reminding me.

  221. elsa says:

    as always, love the things you’ve posted! haven’t seen this book yet and I’m an avid book looker … would love to win it. Really like the use of the industrial felt, good to see something make from it. thanks for the opportunity!

  222. Kathleen C. says:

    The snack bags are on my list to make!
    It’s so important that we all continue to improve our “Go Green” life style by reusing, recycling, remaking and redoing.
    Kathleen C.

  223. Kristin says:

    Love the produce bags and the Happy Face Napkins…my kids would be thrilled!

  224. megan says:

    It has been my goal to make one of everything that I really like and I can tell you that this page with keep me busy tonight after the kids go to bed. I have had 3/4 of these projects on my to-do list so this is the perfect time to get them done.

    I have been wanting to learn how to knit for a while, this book would be a great starting place for some fun projects.

  225. Jennifer says:

    I have been wanting some info on how to make cloth napkins. Thanks ever so much! Your blog makes me want to clean off my aunt’s old sewing machine and give it a whirl!


  226. alisha says:

    I just ordered some PUL yesterday to make cloth diapers. I’m so glad I ordered a little extra! I can use some to make the snack bags.

  227. Lorene says:

    I need to make some of those produce bags!

  228. whitney says:

    Love the eco cup cozies! Good Christmas gift idea.

  229. julia says:

    I have tons of mesh! I should make some produce bags!! OH! Shopping bags & produce bags would be perfect for my Portland Brother/sister in law!! I love all the fantastic ideas in your handmade holidays!

  230. Krystina says:

    Great theme today!

  231. Gretchen says:

    Ooh– can’t wait to make some of those cloth napkins! Too cute.

  232. Devon says:

    yum, zuchinni bread, my favorite!!…

  233. christy says:

    This is so much fun! Thanks for all these wonderful ideas… so many things to choose for gifts!

  234. Charmaine says:

    Last year I made reuseable grocery and produce bag sets out of vintage pillowcases. Maybe this year I will make more using this tutorial.

  235. Tina says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials today! I need to check out that produce bag. I’m so good with bringing my reusable bags to the grocery store, and then need to use the plastic ones when I buy veges. It annoys me! And I’m going to try out the snack bag tutorial. I’ve been making some using a different method and it’s not quite right, so I’ll see if this is better. I like to use ripstop nylon for the inside which is readily available and food-safe.

  236. Christine says:

    I’ve been wanting to switch to cloth napkins for forever but never even thought about sewing my own!

  237. Marianne says:

    Would love to win the book!

  238. Jenne says:

    really want to make the snack bags!

  239. Lynnette says:

    Thanks for the guidance, we need to make some cloth napkins. Now is we could figure out how to get the paper towels gone for good…

  240. Heather B says:

    I have plans to make the cloth napkins as part of teacher’s gifts for the holidays. Now that the count down has begun, I’d better get started!

  241. Elizabeth says:

    Loving the addition of the Buy It, Mix It, Print It sections at the end of each post. What a great idea for the layout and content!

  242. Rachel says:

    I love the handmade holidays lists…but am a bit disappointed this year. Are all the lists going to include only items that have been showcased before? Or, are new things going to be posted also? I am hoping for new things…it’s hard to get too excited about the same items over again. please, new things! πŸ™‚

  243. missknitta says:

    What great ideas! I’m headed to Kyoko’s right now to look for more inspiration. Thank you so much!

  244. Cassie Box says:

    Another great list!! I love the handpicked fabrice today as well!! Thanks girls!!

  245. Katy says:

    Great ideas, I really like the produce bag!

  246. Those napkins are too pretty to wipe a mouth on.

  247. Kitten With A Whiplash says:

    Please enter me for this prize. Thanks for the month of generous giveaways.

  248. Hilda says:

    some great ideas today!

  249. marisa says:

    Yum, zucchini bread!

  250. carla says:

    I love the idea of the reusable snack bags. That would save on a lot of sandwich bags my kids use. And the cup cozy would be a great stocking stuffer for my sisters-in-law, who just love coffee.

  251. Leigh says:

    I love those snack bags!!! Will definitely be making some of those for my daughter. And I’ve been looking for a good lunch tote tutorial for my dad!

  252. Marisa says:

    I am loving HH3! So many brilliant ideas! I also look forward to the mix-it and print-it category every day. Keep up the good work, SMS!

  253. Mia Gomez says:

    I am loving this year’s ideas!!

  254. Kate says:

    more good stuff. thanks!

  255. Tara says:

    Thank you for the napkin tute! That’s exactly what I was looking for! And I love the reusable snack bags!

  256. Jaana says:

    The produce bags are a great idea!

  257. Chrissy Brooker says:

    Ok, how about one of the lunch totes with a matching napkin. It would feel so indulgent. I may just have to make a matching placemat, too, so that the diner would be the envy of everyone else at the lunch table!

  258. Stephanie says:

    Cute ideas!

  259. Crystal says:

    Those are so cute. I will have to try those reusuable bags because we go through so many!!!

  260. Christina says:

    Thanks for today’s tutorials! I have been contemplating crocheting some produce bags, but sewing them would be so much faster, which means more homemade gifts for other people!

  261. Susan says:

    I have to admit that using fat quarters to make napkins hadn’t occurred to me. Anything that can save one step is welcome at my house! Off to make some new napkins for our kitchen….

  262. Nicole says:

    I love the patchwork napkins, they look like a great beginner project for me!

  263. Amanda says:

    Too many fun ideas today!! I need to get in gear & try some out. πŸ™‚

  264. wishes says:

    Nice theme today! I’ve been wanting to make a lunch bag, and I love Ashley’s scrappy cloth napkins! I really like that reusable produce bag as well!

  265. read2sew says:

    Love the napkins, cute ideas!

  266. Desiree says:

    Once again all great items. I love the produce bag!

  267. Katie Wilson says:

    I would love to give this book to my mom for christmas!!

  268. annalea says:

    love the snack and produce bags!

  269. annette says:

    Such wonderful projects today, great for gifting. The book looks lovely too!

  270. Maya says:

    I love sustainable “green” ideas. Being a spinner, knitter, and sewer I am always looking for great patterns and ideas to use in my crafting. That is one of the reasons why I like this blog so much!

  271. Dot says:

    as usual a fun month of ideas and today’s “Go Green” is great—-to me recycling art and craft is a real pleasure as one never knows what can be used for new project.

  272. Micah says:

    Love these ideas!! I’ve been meaning to make a produce bag for awhile– now’s the time!

  273. qsogirl says:

    I think those cloth napkins are so pretty with the grey!

  274. Chrissy says:

    I can’t stand it! There are too many ideas! I will be crafting non-stop until Christmas! Can you imagine “Mr. Postman, please have this reusable produce bag! Merry Christmas!”? (Which is especially appropriate in my hometown, one of the few in the nation to completely ban plastic bags!)

  275. Ana says:

    Ohh, this is great! Particularly like the produce bags.

  276. Emily says:

    Love this “day”… great ideas!

  277. Erica says:

    I love all of these tutes!

  278. Jody says:

    I love the lunch tote and the labels so much! All of these projects look like so much fun.

  279. Melissa says:

    I love this website and thank you for doing the the series on Handmade holidays! I love all the ideas!

  280. Megan says:

    I love these eco-friendly ideas! Thanks!

  281. Kelly K says:

    Great collection of Green items! I love the Reusable Snack Bag tutorial.

  282. ~Heather says:

    Oooooooooooo… THIS is the book I’d love to get my hands on! I’ve made so much t-shirt yarn, but you can only finger knit so much. ~H

  283. I love, love, LOVE those scrappy napkins and will be making some soon! Thanks for the ideas, everybody!

  284. Adviga says:

    Very practical! Great ideas! We go through cloth napkins like crazy (with a 3 year old) and home made ones would be a lot of fun!

  285. craftytammie says:

    the snack bags are on my stocking stuffer to make list, thanks!

  286. CAROLYN says:

    These projects look fantastic. It would be great to make the napkins and tuck in non-disposable cutlery! The knitting book is intriguing as well….

  287. Katie B says:

    I love the reusable snack bag idea. I’m going to try those soon.

  288. Allison says:

    Such good ideas! I’ve been wanting to give gifts like this, particularly the cloth napkins. My mom made some for me and I use them every day. I’d like to make myself some of those reusable snack bags.

  289. jm says:

    Those happy face napkins make me so …happy!

  290. Kathy says:

    Looks like a great book. Must check it out!!


  291. ms.cleaver says:

    The happy face napkins are too cute!

  292. Anja says:

    Oh, I love those napkins. i’ll make some with my school kids for the fair.
    And I sooooo wish to get this book. I’m all for green!
    Thank you,

  293. Cayce says:

    Thank you for including a “go green” section! Reducing single-use items is a passion of mine. I’ve also been eyeing this book. My daughter is starting to get into big-kid crafting and I’d love to do some projects from this book with her!

  294. Sissy says:

    Bonus round: green cloth napkins each made from a well loved item of each family member, can be used more than once if the napkin is assigned to that same member.

  295. Nanna says:

    The snack bag and cloth napkins are so sweet!

  296. Wendy D. P. says:

    These are all such great ideas! I love the napkins and lunch tote! Thank you!

  297. Lola says:

    That’s a pretty and great book to have! Γ’β„’Β₯

  298. Nadia says:

    Love Ashley’s patchwork cloth napkins. Am now seriously starting to freak out about how little time there is between now and the holidays for me to make all the gifts I want to make!

  299. Kaye Prince says:

    I try to be as green as possible in my everyday life – thank you so much for the great projects to make my life even greener!

  300. Ramona says:

    Love, love, love the reusable snack bags. That and the lunch bag are the perfect gift for a very earth conscious friend of mine. Thanks!

  301. cinzia allocca says:

    These are my favorite kind of gifts. Small things like coasters and bookmarks are great to make with leftover bits of fabric or old clothing. They make great last minute hostess gifts!

  302. Laura says:

    I’m especially excited by all the instructions for making cloth napkins. That’s definitely on my to-do list. Thanks!

  303. Terri says:

    I am so excited with all the wonderful projects! I am hoping to start creating this weekend! Hooray for Handmade Holidays by Sew Mama Sew!!! You guys are the best!!!! Thanks for the chance to win such amazing goodies!!!!

  304. Debra says:

    Love the snack bags…will be making those for my daughter who carries her lunch to school. The patchwork napkins would make a great gift.

  305. brittany says:

    love the reusable snack bags!

  306. Tina Mackey says:

    I’ve been inspired to make cloth napkins!

  307. Tracy says:

    Knit green looks like a good one! Thank you!

  308. virginia says:

    The lunch tote is perfect for the kids.

  309. Sally says:

    I am crossing everything cross-able to win this book! Today is my favorite so far! Thank you for bringing all these amazing patterns together for us!!!!!

  310. Cara says:

    Oooh – a lunch bag filled with snack bags would make a great gift for my very eco-minded sister.

  311. I love all the cloth napkin ideas, what a easy way to save a little money.

  312. Georgia says:

    I love the reusable snack bags! I’m going to make some for my first grader.

  313. Patty says:

    I think the net veggie bag is such a good idea! Would love to win the Knit Green giveaway!

  314. Cynthia says:

    The reusable snack bag is an awesome idea!

  315. Caroline says:

    I needed that napkin tutorial!

  316. Deanne says:

    Great ideas – I now have a project for some of those fat quarters that have been languishing in my stash – betweeen the snack bags and the napkins.

  317. elizabeth says:

    i love the napkins! in the process of making a set of 8 for thanksgiving, but 40!! Wow

  318. beth says:

    Oh, yeah! A knitting book. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for all the wonderful ideas in this post.

  319. Jenni says:

    very nice grouping idea!

  320. Magda says:

    I love to use cloth napkins and am always looking for new ideas. Thank you.

  321. Frisette says:

    Lots of nice ideas in this post! I think I will use them all!

  322. B says:

    Beautiful stuff!

  323. I wait all year for November and Handmade Holidays- I get so much inspiration from the links to the links to the links… Only problem I have is I spend so much time linking to yet another great idea, that I don’t spend enough time MAKING!

  324. Lynn Hynes says:

    We should all be concerned with sustainability – thanks for devoting a day to it! The scrappy patchwork cloth napkins are darling!

  325. Julia says:

    Knit Green sounds like a fabulous book. Fingers crossed!

  326. christa says:

    I am so excited about all of these ideas! Thanks for posting these.

  327. Salihan says:

    I really love how all the ideas shown in today’s post is sure to be a hit with everyone and so quick to make in the crazy season. Thanks for sharing!

  328. Tiina says:

    I love the idea of snack bag.

  329. beccy says:

    That easy lunch tote is really cute – I’ve just found another thing that everyone will get for Christmas! Thanks for all the links πŸ™‚

  330. Junglewife says:

    Too fun! I am loving all these ideas!

  331. Sarah J says:

    I love the napkins… I will definately be making some of these for gifts.

  332. Denise says:

    There are some very fun ideas here!! I am thinking about doing the reuseable snack bags. The print it tags are really cute too!

  333. Amber says:

    Oh cute- more gift tags…I love all of them. And I have been wanting to make some of Ashley’s napkins!

  334. Roxanne says:

    I love this theme!

  335. Kerneknop says:

    The easy lunch tote has a great shape, I think. And the colors are gorgeous too…

  336. Anna says:

    What a useful book this would be. I’ve recently started to knit a lot more, so some help in learning how to be more sustainable in these endeavours would be great πŸ™‚

  337. Leigh says:

    another great list of gifts!

  338. carmel says:

    great idea! going green for the holidats is very educational

  339. Mary says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. Particularly like the wool felt bag.

  340. Bec says:

    There are some fantastic ideas here. Thanks so much. These will keep me busy for a while!

  341. Silvia says:

    Wow!! the Holiday Gift Tags from Sublime Stitching are great!! Thanks for all the projects!

  342. Amy says:

    Oh this is so perfect! This year I have been planning to make all my gifts, and that each gift would support an eco friendly lifestyle! thanks so much!

  343. Sylvie says:

    Thanks again for all those great ideas!

  344. Estee says:

    Ive NEVER been the first to post here… is everything ok up and working?? Anyhoo, thanks for the links, I love the lunch tote. Seriously, I really need to dust off the ol’ Singer.

  345. keren says:

    I love the Reusable Snack Bag. already made few for my kids and they use them everyday!

  346. Tara says:

    Even more wonderful tutorials! I am really interested in the snack bags, will have to take a look πŸ™‚

  347. Bron says:

    I am loving that you have so many fantastic ideas I just wish I had much more time.

  348. bruinbr says:

    That easy lunch tote looks great! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  349. MelodyJ says:

    I like the napkins and the lunch tote. Maybe I’ll try those.

  350. I will try the napkins!

  351. Katie says:

    Yum, zucchini bread! I love the gift tags too. And that mesh bag would be perfect for a day at market.

  352. Limor says:

    I need to find some cute oilcloth to make some of those snack bags. I’ve been wanting to make a few in different sizes for a while now. I hate buying and throwing out all of those ziplocs.

  353. Michelle says:

    Cloth napkins all around! I absolutely love them. In fact I always whip up one or two from any left over fabric that I have laying around after a project is finished. Makes for a rather mismatched bunch, but that’s the way we like it ’round these parts.

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