November 6 ~ Sit Back & Relax

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We could all use a little more relaxation in our busy lives. You can tell from our selections that we place a lot of importance on a good pillow to rest your head, prop your feet & position your back just right for comfort… Don’t you know someone who would enjoy gifts from our Sit Back & Relax features today?

Make It

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Pick two favorite fat quarters and click over to Teresa’s Stipple Quilted Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial at Patchwork.
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Allison’s Scrap Buster Fall Pillow Tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew was one of our Grand Prize Winners in the Scrap Buster Contest last month, but we wanted to remind you about it as you plan for holiday gifts. It’s an easy project with great impact!
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Janet Clare solves the pesky problem of what to make “…For all those really ‘hard to craft for’ men” with her Blue Sky Thinker Tutorial!
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Don’t forget about our easy Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial. It will definitely help your favorite giftee with relaxation & wellness.
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These soft pillows are made from fluffy bath towels and look perfect in this window seat. Find the ‘Easiest, Softest, Cheapest Floor Pillows Ever’ Tutorial from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Homebodies, Pillows, Warm Those Toes, Blankets for Baby,

Buy It

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This one is definitely going on our wish list! These pretty Knitted Hot Water Bottle Covers from patmellor come in a variety of designs & colors.

Mix It

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Susan from Farmgirl Fare has a Christmas Cranberry Scone Recipe that gives you “a pile of perfect scones” in just about 40 minutes. Susan writes, “Although I called them Cranberry Christmas scones, these easy to make treats are tasty any time of year. If you feel like going all out (or making it seem like you went all out, because these two recipes really are quick and easy) I recommend rounding out your holiday table with my Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones with Feta.

Print It

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Relax… Now you don’t need to track down wrapping paper for all of those special, small items. Visit mae and click on the graphic in the lower right corner for some nice Free Downloadable Wrapping Paper (we’re partial to the polka dots!). The mae shop offers a wide selection of wall stickers made from fabric (they are also removable, non-toxic, washable & completely reusable!).

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 both of these great prizes. The winner will be announced next Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Lisa Congdon

(Chronicle Books, $14.95, ISBN: 9780811867634, ISBN: 10 0811867633)

From the Publisher:

20 cards (4 designs, 5 each), 20 envelopes (1 design), color illustrations

By Lisa Congdon

(Chronicle Books, $9.95, ISBN: ISBN 9780811867627, ISBN: 10 0811867625)

From the Publisher:

Birch Forest Flexi Journal — As subtle and colorful as an autumn walk in the woods, this journal features a wrap-around landscape painting by Lisa Congdon

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

5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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310 Responses to November 6 ~ Sit Back & Relax

  1. Hi, just today found this blog and I have to say that it looks impressive. I totally concur with your post. Have a good day, keep up the nice effort and I’ll definitely keep reading.

  2. Wehaf says:

    I just moved into a new (but old) house, and it is very leaky; I could definitely use a hot water bottle, and if I am going to have a hot water bottle, I should definitely have a cover for it!

  3. Vera says:

    Love the rice bags. I made mine out of flannel for that warm and fuzzy feeling. Also made a long narrow one for a neck roll (5″ x 18″)

  4. Courtney says:

    I like the idea of the scrap buster pillow. It would be cute for family members to write something that they are thankful for on each of the leaves while celebrating Thanksgiving.

  5. Suzy says:

    I love the scrap pillow!

  6. mara says:

    Do I have to give these away? I want the water bottle covers and rice bags for myself!

  7. Megan says:

    still loving that fall pillow! thanks for the great tutorials, yet again!

  8. Kirsten says:

    That scrap buster fall pillow is awesome!

  9. megelin says:

    that fall pillow is adorable!

  10. Kelli says:

    I love the fall pillow and I love Susan from Farmgirl Fare. Oh, and I made the rice pillow for my sister last year in the wellness basket I gave her (based on y’alls!). Great list today!

  11. Liz says:

    what a beautiful tree pillow! one of these days…

  12. Dacia says:

    That scrap pillow has been on my to-do list!

  13. Jessica C says:

    I want to rush home now and make the fall scrap pillow!

  14. Stacey says:

    Love the Blue Sky Thinker pillow the idea of using suiting for something else is great. (umm I sound like a geek here sorry)

  15. Rebmara says:

    Again, some wonderfull ideas! Where’s that shop where I can buy some extra hours in a day…

  16. Ingrid says:

    the floor pillows are gorgeous – I’ve got the window seat already!

  17. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    Another fabulous day of projects! I am continually amazed at people’s creativity and talent…

  18. Kristen says:

    I love that scrap pillow. Thanks for all of the great ideas!

  19. JJ says:

    Loving all the great gift ideas and giveaways! Thanks!

  20. Making some of those scrappy pillows, totally!

  21. Amy says:

    I am planning on making some of the heat therapy bags as gifts this year. i saw some with eucalyptus and some with cherry pits instead of rice or buckwheat.

  22. Jennifer says:

    I really love the scrap buster pillow. I think I’m going to use this idea for decorations for my daughter’s 1st birthday. It would be with paper instead of material.

  23. Jo says:

    Love the hot water bottle cover tutorial.. i have to make one!!

  24. lorena says:

    I love those notecards! :)

  25. Linda J. says:

    Both pillow patterns are terrific! The “Thinker” is just perfect for both my DH and DS…. ;-D

  26. Salihan says:

    Oh a man pillow! I know a bro-in-law that might like that. :)

  27. scenelady says:

    I love that rice heat therapy bag, perfect for my aching back!

  28. Casey says:

    I love the hot water bottle covers! now I wish I had a hot water bottle.

  29. Limor says:

    Those scones sound delicious.

  30. dorothy says:

    I’m adding the hot water bottle cover to my Christmas-gifts-to-make-list. So lovely.

  31. mjb says:

    Such good projects.

  32. Kaye Prince says:

    I adore that scrap buster pillow – I voted for it during scrapbuster month!

  33. Allison says:

    The rice heat therapy pillow looks like a perfect gift for my mom for Christmas!

  34. Lisa says:

    Do they still make hot water bottles? Love the covers for them!

  35. Heather says:

    lovin’ the manly pillow! Would love to win the birch tree journal, too. So many creative people who are willing to share their ideas and skills. feeling very grateful!

  36. Em says:

    I LOVE the scrap buster pillow! I may just ditch all of the pillows that came with my couch and replace them with beautiful hand-made ones! So pretty!

  37. La Yen says:

    I love that pillow!

  38. Whistlepea says:

    You’re making me want to make / buy all these things for myself! I’m such a horrible person.

  39. Deborah says:

    Love the hot bottle cover and the floor pillows! Look forward to making them. Thanks!!

  40. Lori Krause says:

    I love the rice bags I think the way my back has been feeling I need to make/gift one for myself.

  41. Elizabeth says:

    I love the hot water bottle covers and of course that beautiful fall pillow, which I can’t wait to try making! :)

  42. Candy says:

    What a great set of comfy things to make – & I can’t wait to try the cranberry scones! Yum!

  43. Christy says:

    Awesome ideas! I just adore that “blue sky thinker!”

  44. Valerie says:

    I <3 the scrapbuster pillow!

  45. Shirley Taylor says:

    Love the hot wter bottle covers. Shame it will be summer here. Will bnookmark it for our winter

  46. Oh, thanks to all these wonderful inspirational projects, this will be my first handmade Christmas ever! I cannot wait to see the look on my families faces! :) Thank you!!!!!!

  47. Lisa Fenwick says:

    every thing is so great, I love hot water bottles, and the covers are darling!

  48. Stacy says:

    I love it when I see a project, and have someone immediately in mind to make it for, fantastic!

  49. Amy says:

    I am using that cute pillow as a beginning to a wall hanging. I just love it and have my friend is making one too.

  50. Susanne says:

    Forget gifts… I’m making some of these for myself! :-)

  51. laura says:

    oh so cute

  52. Rochelle says:

    Love those hot water bottle covers and I have that fabric! I think I’ll copy that project. Thanks for the idea!!

  53. Bunny says:

    As always I love each and every gift idea you guys find. Thank you!

    That journal looks fantastic, I might just have to put it on my own holiday wish list. ;)

  54. Gigil says:

    Love the rice heat therapy bags. Have one for my shoulder, 1 for my neck, 1 for my low back….oh yeah, and a couple that I have for the hubby. Also, fill with herbs and spices like lavendar, etc.

  55. Samantha says:

    I just love that autumn tree pillow. I have to make that one.

  56. Erin H. says:

    I love the Hot Water Bottle Cover—it’s going straight to my To-Do list!

  57. Sharon Griffith says:

    I really like the pillow and the covers they are a really cute idea….thanks for all the wonderful things you put out to us it is really fun and relaxing to come here

    Sharon
    TM

  58. Gretel says:

    I LOVE the quilted hot water bottle covers! They are gorgeous!

  59. Sue Atkins says:

    Oh I love that hot water bottle cover, think I will be making one of these to snuggle up to myself!

  60. Katie says:

    Those acorn cards are lovely. I made the rice heat-therapy bag the night before my son was born and it’s great AND easy!

  61. Valerie says:

    This is the perfect subject for unwinding after a long, tiring day at work! I love the wrapping paper, so cute!

  62. Marianne says:

    oh, that Birch Forest Journal is really nice!

  63. Megan says:

    Beautiful post today! Thank you! The water bottle covers are so cute. I’ll have to make a bunch for my chilly, old house!

  64. rebecca says:

    another lovely day of project ideas!

  65. Sara says:

    My husband even approves of the “Blue Sky Thinker,” so it’s definitely going on the list! Thanks for the idea.

  66. Lisa says:

    I love Lisa Congdon’s work!

  67. Kerry says:

    Wow – those hot water bottle covers are quite colorful! :)

  68. mrs. h. says:

    I had almost forgotten about rice bags! I sorely needed a couple this week.

  69. Darlene says:

    I really love this website…what great ideas!

  70. Jennifer says:

    I can’t decide which idea i like best. They are so lovely.

  71. Rachel says:

    The great ideas just keep coming! I have so much to make between now and Christmas!! :)

  72. I love the tree pillow, I am making one soon. Birch tree’s are so lovely this time of year!

  73. Nicole N. says:

    I love the idea of printable wrapping paper! Thanks for sharing!

  74. Beth says:

    Add that tree pillow to my handmade holidays list! I can think of so many people who would love this! Last year I made the rice therapy bag (actually the whole kit!) for my sister-in-law who has been using it regularly. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  75. Rachel says:

    Great collection of Tutorials… not sure which is my favorite but they all look fun.

  76. Grace Wong says:

    awesome tutes!

  77. Lisa D says:

    I am loving the floor pillow idea. Gotta add it to the ever-growing project list.

  78. Michelle says:

    Making the rice heat therapy for Christmas gift for my dad

  79. beccy says:

    I love the Cluck Cluck Sew blog! I’ve had my eye on that pillow since you featured it last month :) I made your rice heat bag last Christmas for my mum and she’s still using it now, so it must have been a hit!

  80. anja says:

    as always, lovely ideas.

  81. shannon says:

    I really like the scrap tree pillow and the downloadable wrapping paper. Thanks for all of these great ideas!

  82. Liz says:

    I am just loving all these suggestions! Thank you!

  83. Carrie L says:

    I like those hot water bottle covers a lot!

  84. sy says:

    love the pillow

  85. Steph W says:

    I’m very excited about the hot water bottle cover!

  86. Tabitha says:

    Those scones look quite yummy!

  87. --ginger. says:

    Love the water bottle covers. So excellent

  88. Amy/grrlTravels says:

    The Rice Heat Therapy Bag is sweet and would be so useful. Especially right now. I’d better get on it.

  89. Jen W says:

    if only my dear aunt selma were still around for one of those lovely hot water bottle holders. she was nuts for hot water bottles (which i also thought was weird), and one heck of a crafty gal herself.

  90. Jen C. says:

    great projects!

  91. Jessie says:

    Those scones are amazing! I can’t wait to make that tree pillow too!

  92. Anna says:

    Just started using a hot water bottle! Love the cover!! Thank you!

  93. Liz says:

    Great Ideas! If only you were giving away free time to make it all.

  94. Erin says:

    I’m a newcomer to your site, but have really enjoyed browsing the different projects and ideas. They’re so creative and fun! I can’t wait to try some of them for Christmas this year!

  95. Mama Lusco says:

    Great, easy gift ideas!

  96. Katrina says:

    Really cute items today…made me really wish I had a sewing machine…but the note cards and journal would be a great gift for myself this holiday season.

  97. Christina W says:

    I love that blue sky thinker pillow, definitely on my make list!

  98. Lori Kay says:

    Ooh, I love the Lisa Congdon giveaways! I’ve already printed out the scrap pillow idea – it’s on my project wish list.

  99. Jenni says:

    Oh, more to make! The rice heat therapy bag is perfect for my mother and her arthritis. And gosh, don’t I (an ecologist) love the note cards?

  100. Liz says:

    The hot water bottle covers are on my MUST sew list!!Thanks!

  101. Rachel Ann says:

    I’m looking at doing the rice bag and the tree pillow~!

  102. keren says:

    so many wonderful projects! I really like the Scrap Buster Fall Pillow!

  103. Krystina says:

    I’m loving everything so far! I am hoping to see some guy-ish stuff this year. I have no clue what to do for my dad.

  104. sandyandcosmo says:

    Okay, first I have to make the scones so I can scarf those down while making the hot water bottle covers and rice therapy bags!

  105. Robin says:

    I’m excited to try the Super Easy Floor Pillows. Quick and attractive for our no carpet house:)

  106. Kadybug says:

    I love all the yummy recipes being included with the crafts!

  107. Nichole D. says:

    Still no fix on the comments? The last few days it’s been cut off for me, still. Glad I get to comment today! I am in love with the rice heat packs- great tutorials!

  108. Tong says:

    I love those hot water bottle covers! The knit cover makes me want to learn how to knit! I must make some!!

  109. carla says:

    I’m planning on making the rice/heat therapy bags for some friends. Love your site. You have such great and interesting things.

  110. Jen V says:

    The rice bags are another quick & easy idea. I also like the birch forest. I’ve dreamed of using that subject for quilting but I’m not an art quilter so I haven’t had the guts to embark on that journey.

  111. Andrea says:

    Love the floor pillows!

  112. Christy says:

    Each morning is such a treat to log in and take a look at more amazing crafters!

  113. Cara says:

    Oooh – I’ve made the rice bags before, and I think it may be time for the hot water bottle cover this time.

  114. Codecrafter says:

    Beautiful, just beautiful. I need to make some hot water bottle cozies!

  115. Love Cranberry scones! yummy! I am getting so inspired I don’t know where to begin! This is fun, thanks!

  116. SewLindaAnn says:

    Sit back and relax, I think I’ll take your advice tonight as it’s been getting so cold in the evening. I’m going to make the fall pillow and maybe the rice pack. Thanks for the ideas!

  117. Serena says:

    The hot water bottle cover looks sooo cozy!

  118. Tammy says:

    Scrap buster pillow is gorgeous!

  119. Kathy says:

    Such great ideas! Where to start…

  120. mon ami says:

    as always, a great collection of tutorials.

    thank you!

  121. Rachel says:

    Love the fall pillow! It’s a beautiful idea!

  122. Sally says:

    That hot water bottle cover is perfect! And the blue sky thinker pillow? GORGEOUS!

  123. Lorrie says:

    Every time I see the Scrap Buster Pillow I remind myself that I definitely want to make it. And the Blue Sky Thinker pillow is being added to my list, too.

    Lorrie

  124. Andrea P. says:

    I like the fall pillow – great use of scraps!

  125. crissy says:

    I love the scrapbuster fall pillow, I need to give that a try!

  126. Tammy Miller says:

    The quilted hot water bottle cover is soooo cute!

  127. Kim K. says:

    I just love the tree pillow! Adorable!

  128. Serena says:

    I love the tree pillow as well as the rice bags. Will be making those this weekend for Christmas gifts! : -)

  129. wendy says:

    love the notecards!

  130. Cayce says:

    these giveaways are beautiful! love love love the trees! and scones…yum. you’re making me hungry every day :D

  131. perches says:

    I love pillows, and there are so many great projects on this list. Thank you!

  132. Elaine says:

    Wow – those scones look delicious!

  133. michelle says:

    oooh these are gorgeous :o) I LOVE the floor pillows.

  134. gonzomama says:

    loving both of those hot water bottle covers! such talented people!

  135. Jenny says:

    how lovely! I love the knitted hot water bottle!

  136. carmel says:

    the hot bottle water covers are beautiful! great pick of fabric

  137. js says:

    very nice prizes

  138. alexis says:

    i think my grandma’s would love the hot water bottles!

  139. Ruth says:

    Thanks for all the wondeful ideas…I look forward to reading this blog every day.

  140. Jessica says:

    Great ideas again. I really like the hot water bottle cover tutorial and know just the person to gift it to. Thanks!

  141. Candace says:

    we loooove those rice therapy bags in our house. they make a great gift for everybody!

  142. Fiona says:

    Love that journal!

  143. Cinnamon says:

    That birch forest journal is lovely, and I love Mae’s website. Thank you for the tip.

  144. Sherry says:

    Really pretty stuff, thanks!

  145. Grace says:

    Love the hot water bottle covers! I’ve never seen that before. What a great way to make something comforting even cozier!

  146. Sara says:

    Love the birch tree journal! And the water bottle covers, beautiful!

  147. ting says:

    the hot water bottle cover is so beautiful!

  148. LauraDodson says:

    goodness, i stil love that pillow with the tree. those LEAVES! ;o) and I want to try the rice pack, and really hope to win some notecards, because Lisa’s work has amazed me for years.

  149. MamaBee says:

    Thanks for the (much needed) inspiration!

  150. Katie says:

    I’m seriously in love with that tree pillow.

  151. Bess bauer says:

    That scrapbuster pillow is really beautiful.

  152. Sorahart says:

    I think I need to make some of these things for myself before I make them for others! :)

  153. Carla says:

    I must make that Scrap Buster Fall Pillow. I keep seeing it everywhere and it would look so nice on my couch.

    carlamo (at) ymail (dot) com

  154. Monica says:

    Those cards are beautiful!

  155. JJ says:

    Beautiful! I’m loving all the holiday ideas, gifts, and prizes!

  156. Ammie says:

    Oh, those water bottle covers are beautiful. And I would love to embroider a bird pillow. Sweet tutes!

  157. Katy says:

    Love the water bottle cover!

  158. Nicole says:

    Just don’t ship the rice bags internationally! :D

    Love the hot water bottle covers!!

  159. cinzia allocca says:

    Great idea! I could use the heat on my sore neck!

  160. Nanna says:

    I like the floor pillows and hot water bottle covers!

  161. Meg says:

    Love the fall pillow! Voted for that one. ;0p

  162. Gwen says:

    I love the tree pillow. Now I have to see if I have scraps in the right colors for it. Thanks!

  163. ikkinlala says:

    I don’t know if those cranberry scones will wait until Christmas!

  164. Bethany says:

    Another great day!?!?

  165. Jill D says:

    I’ve already printed out the scone recipe. Yum!

  166. Rebecca says:

    Gorgeous note cards!

  167. Stephanie says:

    Everyday I’m excited to see what the new theme is and the new tutorials that correspond. On top of that you give stuff away too!!!

  168. Anna says:

    I love the hot water bottle covers. The knit ones are stunning.
    I look forward to this month of projects all year long, thank goodness it is November already!

  169. sarah says:

    lovely– especially the “blue sky thinker”

  170. Aimee says:

    I love the hot water bottle cover.

  171. Kristal says:

    Oh, beautiful prizes. My daughter would love both of these.

  172. Cassie Box says:

    Fabulous projects!!! Love the printable wrapping paper.

  173. Stacy says:

    Love that pillow! zthanks for the ideas!

  174. Margaret says:

    Both the journal and the notecards are gorgeous. I remember seeing the rice heat therapy bag before and thinking it would be perfect for my mom, but this is good timing because I was just agonizing over what to do for her for Christmas! Thanks!

  175. Sarah Jean says:

    I love handmade holiday Month. Thanks for all the great ideas. I am going to make some new pillows, this gave me some great ideas.

  176. Sara says:

    The leaf pillow is my favorite! I loved it during the scrap busters contest and I really love that you’ve showcased it here too. I think it would also make a lovely baby quilt/wallhanging for baby’s room.

  177. Becky says:

    The blue sky thinker pillow looks perfect

  178. Christina says:

    i like the therapy bag and the tree pillow!

  179. angela says:

    These ideas are great the knit water bottle cover would be pretty easy to recreate with some thrifted wool sweaters.

  180. Debbie KL says:

    I love the Scrap Buster Fall Pillow! Rice bags are the best too – and so easy to make!

  181. Amy Hodge says:

    I love the idea of repurposing the suit fabric for the blue sky thinker cushion. Great idea!

  182. I love those rice therapy bags!

  183. Oh, wow! I love that water bottle cover to pieces! I think I’ll have to make one of those for sure. And the rice bag. And some pillows! Thanks so much for all the great ideas.

  184. Brenna says:

    Love, love, LOVE the pillow!! Thanks for giving away all of these wonderful prizes!!

  185. Mary Ann Dove says:

    Such great ideas, and I need new rice bags. I will be out of computer range for a few days. :(
    Mary Ann

  186. Michelle says:

    Those “Blue Sky Thinker” pillows are beautiful!

  187. elizabeth says:

    More great ideas! I made the rice heat therapy bag last year and I was very impressed with the directions and how mine turned out.

  188. kriswithmany says:

    The rice eye pillow looks wonderful.

  189. Jane says:

    Oh I love the rice heat bag, I need to make a few of those for gifts!

  190. rebecca says:

    i want to make the Scrap Buster Fall Pillow.

  191. Sally says:

    the Floor Pillows are a great idea for anyone with small children – we moms (and dads!) spend far more time on the floor — might as well be cozy and chic!

  192. Nicole V says:

    The journal looks so pretty! I wish we had birch trees where I live!

  193. Thank you so much for the homemade holiday pages. I have already started a few projects for Christmas presents. My husband and I are on a very tight budget this year being newlyweds and this makes it easy to still give presents. Plus they are more thoughtful. Thank you thank you. I LOVE this site!

  194. qsogirl says:

    mmm all those cozy ideas! I’m thinking about making *myself* some of those rice heat therapy bags to keep in my office at work! reduce stress + keep warm in a chilly office!

  195. Crystal says:

    I love the pillow idea! I will have to make some for my living room!! I wanted to get pillows but the towel ones will add great texture to the living room and something I can wash easily!!

  196. amelia says:

    pretty things

  197. I just want to curl up with a blanket and a good book … I love the cozy pillows.

  198. Sally says:

    Cozy bath towels for pillows = brilliant!

  199. Natasha says:

    Great pics today! I wish someone would knit that water bottle cover for me.

  200. Sarah says:

    I love the hot water bottle cover. I also just love Handmade Holidays. I look forward to it everyday.

  201. rae says:

    love those cards!! too sweet. ;)

  202. lindsey says:

    The hot water bottle cover is just the thing for me. Thanks for some great tutorials.

  203. Judi B says:

    Fall is my fave time of year. I would love these notecards.

  204. Sonicka says:

    I have been eyeing that tree pillow… now I want to make the scones too!

  205. Celeste says:

    That Fall pillow really is gorgeous–I am glad to see it featured again here.

  206. Jaana says:

    I could use a heat therapy bag on my shoulders now ;)

  207. megan says:

    another round of fun projects, if you use flax seed instead of rice in the heat pack you won’t get that cooked smell when you put it in the microwave because the flax has a higher oil content. Just don’t get them wet or you will have a pack full of sprouted flax seeds.

  208. Susan W says:

    These are great ideas for a cozy rain filled day. Thanks

  209. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow just what everyone needs for the holiday rush. Can’t wait to try those cranberry scones.yummy.

  210. Ann says:

    The quilted hot water bottle is fantastic! I love using my hot water bottle in the winter and this is a perfect addition.

  211. Karen says:

    They are all so evocative of curling up and keeping warm. I’m a big fan of Janet Clare and that cushion is fab.

  212. jm says:

    I want those notecards!

  213. Cynthia says:

    I really like the rice heat therapy bag. I’ve done them before as gifts, now I’d like to do one for me!

  214. Julia M. in MI says:

    I love that tree pillow. Thanks for all the great gift ideas and recipes.

  215. Kathryn says:

    What great ideas! I especially love those hot water bottle covers :)

  216. julia says:

    I’ve made & given away stacks of the rice heat therapy bags & they’ve always been well recieved & used!! We even used them this summer by putting them in the freezer! Great stuff!

  217. Chrissy Brooker says:

    The quilted hot water bottle is beautiful. Maybe my mother-in-law could use one of those.I really like the blue sky thinker pillow for one of my brothers-in-law. he’s always hard to buy for. And those scones are definitely on the menu for the holiday season. Thanks!

  218. Heather B says:

    Beautiful projects … gets the brain planning!

  219. I think the tree pillow is begging to be made.

  220. Gabriel says:

    Beautiful prizes and cool ideas! Thanks!

  221. Kelly says:

    Love the Fall Pillow!

  222. Java Jane says:

    So I must not be the only person who enjoys using a hot water bottle. Amazing covers!

  223. Alisha says:

    I’m loving that hotwater bottle quilted cover–always looking for new ideas to dress up an old trick.

  224. Steph Wehrman says:

    I like the idea of the hot water bottle holders, especially after just reading the Anne of Green Gables series again, but I never knew where to actually purchase the hot water bottles. Any ideas?

  225. Courtney says:

    I can’t leave a long comment today … because I’m off to start stitching some of these great projects! :-)

  226. Tracy says:

    It just keeps getting better! Have a great Friday!

  227. Terri says:

    Rice Therapy Bags are my favorite!!! And the floor pillows coming in second!!!

  228. Hilda says:

    so excited about the fall pillow tutorial! what a great gift idea

  229. Karen H says:

    Wow, just gorgeous stuff today!

  230. Rene' says:

    Love the tutorials you have today.

  231. Tiina says:

    Hot Water bottle covers look really nice.

  232. Annmarie says:

    I made heat therapy bags last Christmas for gifts they were a huge hit, except I used flax seed instead of rice, both work well.

  233. I love Fridays, and they’re made even better when I know I get to read this blog! I’ve got to try to make one of those rice therapy bags.

  234. Debbie says:

    Great ideas! I’ve added the therapy bags to my list of gifts to make. I love the “Birch Forest” journal!

  235. Katie Bowlby says:

    The downloadable wrapping paper idea is so cool!

  236. annette says:

    Love those floor pillows… who needs a sofa?

  237. Jody says:

    I love Allison’s pillow from the Scrap Busters Contest. The scones look completely amazing!

  238. Adviga says:

    Ooooo!! Hot water bottle cover! I’ve been needing something exactly like that, especially since my son can be “cured” of just about any night time ailment with a hot water bottle! And downloadable wrapping paper?!?! Jackpot!!

  239. Jenny says:

    love that fall pillow! I’ve already giving a try at my own! scones look good…yummmy

  240. Megan says:

    My mouth started watering when I read the Cranberry Christmas Scone recipe! It made me want to curl up on a floor pillow (with a rice heat therapy bag!) and read a book whilst I drink tea and eat scones. I love the chill in the air! I wish fall would never end!

  241. virginia says:

    I love the hot water bottle covers and around house they will get lots of use.

  242. Desiree says:

    I absolutely love that fall scrap pillow. It is adorable & looks incredibly easy to make.

  243. Alli says:

    What gorgeous notecards! I also love the hot water bottle cover – so much nicer than an electric heating pad!

  244. Susan says:

    The stippled hot water bottle cover is gorgeous. I think I’ll plan what fabrics to use while munching on those delicious looking scones!

  245. Megan says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  246. Nikki says:

    Ok, I’m loving the pillow by Janet Clare. I’m thinking I this gift idea would be perfect for my godson who’s in college with his own and place and first professional job. I’ll just exchange the bird and words to something that fits him better. Thank you!

  247. beverly says:

    yeah! love it!

  248. susan says:

    I’m really looking forward to trying that scone recipe — my children love scones. Thanks!

  249. Vicki says:

    What a great collection of ideas! Thanks!

  250. Tara says:

    Love the scrapbuster pillow!

  251. Lorene says:

    The fall pillow is gorgeous!

  252. LisaAlso says:

    I am definitely going to make a stipple hot water bottle cover for my daughter! She will love it!

  253. Sandra says:

    There’s nothing cozier than a hot water bottle on a cold winter’s night. I love the way you’re having themes, covering all the bases with this HHIII…just wonderful.

  254. Kate M. says:

    Those quilted hot water bottle cozies are about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. What a pick-me-up if you weren’t feeling your best.

  255. Jennifer says:

    I am always looking for good scone recipes, these two look great!

  256. Stephanie says:

    Mmm…. scones. I love this series!

  257. Deanne says:

    I’ve been making rice bags for a long time – but just for home use – using a tube sock and a hair elastic. The tutorial takes it to a level that I can use for gifting. Thanks.

  258. Kristen says:

    The hot water bottle is so cute!

  259. alison says:

    Hey Sew, Mama, Sew team – you’re making my sewing list longer and longer :) Love the great handmade holiday ideas!

  260. Julie says:

    Cool prizes!

  261. Melissa H. says:

    These are beautiful!

  262. Leigh says:

    I love all these ideas – again! I love how the quilting looks on the hot water bottle cover!!!

  263. I love the hot water bottle cover.

  264. Caroline says:

    Those scones look so yummy!

  265. Sissy says:

    Yum, cranberry scones and a cup of hot cider…a perfect compliment while creating gifts of love!

  266. Kathy says:

    Gorgeous artwork!

  267. Jenn says:

    I know a couple people to make the rice therapy bags for! Thank you for all the wonderful tutes this month.

  268. I am definatly sitting back and relaxing this year just enjoying all the fun ideas!

  269. Bethany says:

    I love the quilted hot water bottle cover. My mother in law loves her hot water bottle, so that will make a nice gift! Thanks.

  270. JD says:

    Those would make some cute gifts too!

  271. Ramona says:

    The fall scrap buster pillow was one of my favorites last month. It is on my list to make. I never thought to use towels for floor pillows. Great idea for dorm rooms and first apartments.

  272. Marisa says:

    Wow! The acorn print is georgeous. And I *love* the hot water bottle cover – I’m going to make one for myself!

  273. Lynn Hynes says:

    Thanks for the free downloadable wrapping paper! Cute designs and it’s always nice to have extra on hand!

  274. ktquilts says:

    I have made rice packs in the past, and I think that I need to make some new ones!!!
    Blessings,
    KT

  275. Ruth says:

    Those pillows look amazing! I really want to make some now.

  276. GailM says:

    Many thanks for all these ideas. I love reading about all the crafts each day. I’ve gotten lots of ideas to make small things for our school bazzar. Keep up the great work.

  277. andrea says:

    I love the rice therapy bags. I can’t wait to start some of them to give as office mate gifts.

  278. LeAnna says:

    The journal and notecards are beautiful. I would love to win them. Thanks for all the handmade ideas. They’re wonderful.

  279. Patty says:

    I’ve been seeing a lot of decorating with birch this year, love the idea of the birch votive candle holders. This journal is beautiful, especially with the blue sky background!

  280. Amy says:

    Love the birch journal! Happy Fall!

  281. Amy says:

    Simply lovely! Thanks for another beautiful giveaway!

  282. Emily says:

    I have absolutely loved all of these great ideas! I love that other crafters/sewists are so generous to share their how-tos with the rest of us. (Can’t wait to try the fall pillow–I’ve been looking at that for a few weeks now!) Thanks!

  283. brittany says:

    love the rice heat therapy bag! such a great idea for pampering.

  284. Sara Suzanne Sews says:

    I love notecards almost as much as I love sewing!

  285. Gretchen says:

    So many cute ideas today– thanks!

  286. Magda says:

    I love the stipple quilted hot water bottle bags!

  287. Tara Ann says:

    What great ideas! I love the water bottle covers.

  288. Sade says:

    I have a hot water bottle with a flimsy cover that would love a quilted one, or a knitted one.

  289. Jenni says:

    that floor pillow is great!

  290. Debra says:

    The Fall pillow is so pretty!! And the Heat therapy bag is a great gift idea for teachers so I will be doing a few of them.
    Thanks for such great tutorials.

  291. Deidre says:

    Wow! I love the prizes you’re offering for today! I also love the pillow patterns! There are so many cool things to make with scraps, too bad I’m just a beginner and don’t have a huge stash. Someday…

  292. jeanette says:

    i like the fall tree pillow very much.

  293. Andi says:

    I made a bunch of heat therapy bags for my work gift exchange last year and they were very well received. I am also in love with the tree pillow – definitely something for the to-make list.

  294. Megan S. says:

    I love the quilted hot water bottle covers!

  295. Beth T says:

    Oh…these are so lovely. As always, I appreciate you introducing me to such talented artists and reminding me to see the beauty that is all around me. Thanks for the chance to win these treasures.

  296. Cheryl says:

    I love the idea of using a hot water bottle. It really is a comfort.

  297. Silvia says:

    Wow! The Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial is a great idea! Very nice! Thank you for the tutorial!

  298. myriam says:

    I can hardly believe how quickly the holidays are coming- thanks for the inspiration!

  299. Erica says:

    Those scones look absolutely delicious! And I am personally making all of my friends some rice heat therapy bags for the holidays. Great ideas as always. :] And that journal is oh so cute!

  300. Bron says:

    Thanks again for the wonderful opportunity to win a lovely prize.

  301. Meredith says:

    What inspirations I always find here. I just love those notecards and the journal, too. The hot water bottle covers have me wishing I owned one!

  302. Joan says:

    WOW – just look at all these wonderful projects!! And those delicious looking scones! I love that pillow. Plus, I’m curious on how to stipple!

  303. Gina says:

    Oh gosh I’m off to check out the floor pillow.

  304. Michele says:

    Love the scrap buster fall pillow and floor pillows!

  305. Amber says:

    That pillow is just gorgeous – I need to make some new ones for my couch and have been thinking of that pattern! And I love Lisa Congdon’s journal – it’s gorgeous!

  306. Nadia says:

    Wow, you totally read my mind with the hot water bottle tutorial! Gorgeous stipple quilting and really easy-to-follow instructions.

  307. Sylvie says:

    I just love the Hot Water Bottle Cover! Thank you for the inspiration!

  308. Devon says:

    I am totally going to make the rice therapy bag!

  309. Cara says:

    Love the hot water bottle covers today!

  310. Mrs. Berry says:

    Those scones look so yummy–I’ve been looking for a good scone recipe!

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