November 8 ~ Deck the Halls

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We’re counting down the days!… Start now and fill your home with our Deck the Halls features & lots of holiday spirit.

Make It

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Fill a tree or top some gifts with this beautiful Patchwork Star Tutorial from Linaloo (where you’ll also find these pretty winter candles).
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This Pinecone Wreath from V and Co. will be lovely now through spring!
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Our Quilted Tree Skirt from Jacquie features a clean, modern design and two-sided decorating options.
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If you have a vintage quilt that has seen better days you can repurpose it into stockings with our Stockings from a Vintage Quilt How-to!
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Count down the days with your favorite fabric and Anjeanette’s Fabric Advent Chain Tutorial at Roots and Wings Co.
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The whole family will love our Quilted Advent Calendar from Elizabeth!
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Karen’s Scrap Stocking Tutorial from our Scrap Buster Contest was a big hit! Make a set of your own this year with the tutorial at maggie makes.
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We love these Elf Slippers from Maya at maya*made. We included them today because little (or big!) feet decking the halls in Elf Slippers are sure to help with a cheery holiday mood!
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Spend a fun afternoon looking through your buttons when you make this Button Wreath from Nicole at Craftapalooza (kids would love this project too!).

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Holidays at Home, parts One, Two, Three & Four, Fabric Ornaments, Woodland Ornaments

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Jessie’s choice Lauren’s choice Jennifer’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Eco-Friendly Retro Ornaments from rikrak
We like this great selection of Eco-Friendly Retro Ornaments from rikrak. Mix & match, and take a look at the huge variety of stockings too.

Mix It

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This Stained Glass Cookie Recipe from Simply Recipes looks delicious and beautiful.

Print It

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These free PDF Holiday Tags from Emily at Inside A Black Apple are some of our very favorite & accompany many of our gifts!

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 the book or one of four patterns. The winners will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

Better Homes and Gardens

(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-50395-9)

From the Publisher:

Deck the halls with tons of ideas and projects that help make the season bright
Whether you incorporate handmade items as part of your decor, celebrations, or gift giving, adding a personal touch to Christmas makes the holiday season even more special. Christmas Ideas is packed with easy and inspirational ways to help beautify and personalize your holiday season. You’ll get ideas for festive decorating schemes, stunning themed trees, quick-to-make ornaments and cards, appealing gifts, and easy crafts. So before you adorn your home or begin penning your Christmas cards, turn to this gorgeous book for

  • Projects that bring a handmade touch to holiday decor, gifts, and celebrations
  • Step-by-step instructions for craft projects
  • Ideas for holiday entertaining including kitchen-tested recipes
  • Gorgeous color photos that offer inspiration and guidance

Christmas Ideas is a treasure-trove of holiday merriment—a perfect source for creating unforgettable Christmas celebrations and traditions you’ll be proud to share with family and friends.

By Craftapalooza

(Craftapalooza, $10.00)

From the Designer:

Pattern for making your own adorable apple pincushion. An A5 8 page pattern and instructions. Full colour throughout with clear photography and instructions outlining steps to create the pincushion.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
7 ~ Exercise
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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

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394 Responses to November 8 ~ Deck the Halls

  1. Mare says:

    Love the Advent Calendar!

  2. Joyce says:

    Elf slippers – who doesn’t need a pair?

  3. buebau says:

    The advent chain is adorable. And looks simple!

  4. All of these ideas are reallt great – the elf slippers are just the cutest – keep um coming

  5. Amy says:

    I love all the Handmade Holidays posts. I want to make so many things! Will I have time??!

  6. Anne says:

    I love this site for the Christmas crafts countdown, so many great ideas! :) I’d love a chance to win the Christmas book giveaway. Thank you!

  7. jennsquared says:

    The stain glass cookies looks amazing! So pretty!

  8. Diane says:

    That tree skirt is lovely!

  9. Wehaf says:

    How could anyone resist those darling elf slippers?

  10. Betsy M says:

    Wow, that pinecone wreath is beautiful!!! Wonder if mine could turn out half as nice?

  11. Courtney says:

    As a small child I was always scared of elves – perhaps those cute slippers would have changed my mind. I just may have to make my daughter a pair!

  12. Shannon says:

    Oooohhhh! I’ve wanted that Craftapalooza Apple Pincushion pattern for so long (insert drooling here)! PICK ME, PLEASE!

  13. Suzy says:

    I love the pinecone wreath!

  14. Candice says:

    I think my front door is in need of a pinecone wreath! :)

  15. Laura says:

    Don’t know if I can add one more sewing project this year–will definitely add these ideas to next year’s list! Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Rochelle says:

    Beautiful quilted tree skirt.

  17. Bethany says:

    I really love the tree skirt and the pocket quilt.

  18. sy says:

    the button wreath is so cool

  19. Randi says:

    OMG…my crafting project list just got longer! So many cute ideas, “sew” little time!

  20. Marlene Wheadon says:

    Vintage quilt stockings? Amazing! Someone has answered my prayers; I have been holding onto what remains of a quilt that was once my grandmothers’s, not wanting to part with it, but no idea what to do with it. What a wonderful answer to my question – thank you!

  21. myriam says:

    Oh my- I think I need those elf slippers! Thanks so much for including them!

  22. Aimee says:

    I really like the patchwork star!!! How cute!

  23. jeanette says:

    I love your ideas!

  24. Ellen says:

    I’ve already made about three patchwork stars for gifts; it’s a great tutorial and a lot of fun to sew.

  25. Rachelle says:

    Thanks for all of the inspiration for a handmade holiday. Can’t wait to get to work.

  26. Kelli says:

    I want every single thing featured today. How do you do it everyday? Y’all are so awesome!!!

  27. Morgan says:

    I am loving the Handmade Holidays! Keep up the great stuff!

  28. Michelle says:

    Gorgeous ideas & giveaways!

  29. Amy says:

    What great ideas!

  30. Jo says:

    I am so enjoying reading all of these entries and getting so inspired just need more time now!

  31. Sarah D says:

    I am so making that advent calendar!!! i saw it on her blog this summer and I fell in love. Seeing it again reminds me that I need to do it! so beautiful.

  32. Liz says:

    The fabric chain is fabulous! And so much longer lasting than the old paper variety. I think I need to let the kids loose with the scrap bag and the pinking shears :)

  33. sofie says:

    I am dying over those elf slippers – I’m off to Goodwill tomorrow to see what sweaters I can find to get to work!

  34. alli b says:

    lovely apple pincushion. so autumnal :)

  35. Angela says:

    My head is spinning with all of these great ideas! What should we make for Santa?

  36. Sarahe4e says:

    What wonderful ideas from the first and continuing on. I love it. Thanks everyone.

  37. Misty.Creek says:

    I love, love, love that button wreath!

  38. Hayes says:

    Me! Me! Pretty please!

  39. Stacey Ro says:

    I really, really like the apple pincushion. Please pick me!!

  40. marcela says:

    All are beautiful and great ideas. I’ll be crossing my fingers for your great prizes! Thanks for sharing. (markymarcela (at) hotmail (dot)com.

  41. Hilda says:

    I’m loving the patchwork star!

  42. gigi says:

    i absolutely LOVE those stockings! definitely on my “to make” list this year

  43. Andrea says:

    I love the gift tags! Thanks! I’m getting in the spirit – going shopping with my Mom on Friday, yay!

  44. ChristineBolin says:

    I love the retro ornaments! I’m off to make some tonight!

  45. Judi B says:

    Christmas is my favorite time of year! I would love to win this book. Lots of cute stuff today too!

  46. Juliet says:

    Button wreath is awesome. I was thinking that handmade holidays should start in june so I can have time to make it all!!!

  47. Jen V says:

    Those elf slippers are too cute. They are going on the list!

  48. Julie says:

    The tree skirt is just gorgeous!

  49. Teresa says:

    Those Maya slippers are adorable! Always looking for new Christmas ideas!

  50. Bess bauer says:

    I think I am going to have to make little button wreaths as ornaments this year. The kids will have fun with that.

  51. shannon says:

    All really great ideas!

  52. Dacia says:

    I love those retro ornaments! how cute!

  53. I love love love the advent calendar! Gotta make that!

  54. Tabitha says:

    Oh, my Goodness! The elf slippers are divine!

  55. Kathy says:

    Hmmm. I might have to make the elf slippers for my husband. With his sense of humor, he’s wear them!

  56. Kerry says:

    Love all the ideas, especially the advent calendar!

  57. Michelle says:

    That button wreath is so cute!

  58. Desiree says:

    I love the star… & have already made a bunch!

  59. Chrissy Brooker says:

    I love the pinecone wreath and the elf slippers are adorable. Thanks for the tutorials!

  60. Krystina says:

    both of the wreaths are great!

  61. Crystal says:

    Impressed with those stockings! I would love to make one, but am feeling intimidated…

  62. Jill says:

    Just love Christmas and sewing-Hope to win !

  63. Jessica C says:

    I am going to make the tree skirt a soon as possible. I think I’ll shrink the dimensions so that it fits our tiny apartment tree.

  64. Love the ideas! Can’t believe Christmas is around the corner.

  65. Amy says:

    Oh, I love the stained glass cookies. So pretty!

  66. Grace says:

    I definitely need some elf slipper. I don’t think I can go another day without some, now that the idea is in my head! How cozy I’ll be while I work on my Christmas projects (and I certainly have a lot of things to work on, with all these great ideas on the blog)

  67. katie says:

    Love all the ideas! I’m thinking button wreaths are in my future. Thanks for ALL the great ideas and the chance on the book.

  68. Kim says:

    I love those elf slippers… I might just have to break down and learn a little more about felting so I can make a pair. SO cute!!

  69. erin says:

    The button wreath is adorable! I can’t wait to make one!

  70. Hashi says:

    Those stars would make lovely gift tags, with the recipient’s name written on the back. Hmmmm ….

  71. Stacy says:

    Love that advent calender and hope that I can squeeze out some time to make one!

  72. Melissa says:

    I would love to have the Christmas Ideas book~and I love all your ceative ideas!

  73. alison says:

    Love all of these ideas – thanks for the gift tags too!

  74. Sue D says:

    Today’s projects were great!

  75. Hayley says:

    My little family desperately needs matching stockings this year! I can’t wait to make those scrappy ones.

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  76. Jessica says:

    Great links! Thanks so much :) This series is helping me get in gear for my holiday creating!

  77. Marijke says:

    oh, I love christmas! Especially when I see all those nice things to make!

  78. Silvia says:

    Wow! all the projects are really wonderful, the star, socks, etc!Thanks for these tutorials!

  79. Cindy says:

    OOO this post is full of wonderful ideas. I love them all:)

  80. Alexis says:

    Great ideas, I have millions of buttons for the wreaths, and if only I had enought time I’d make the advent calendar – maybe next year.

  81. I’m a new quilter and I just made the 3-2-1 baby quilt from a previous posting (my second quilt EVER), and now feel brave enough to attack the Tree Skirt. Yeah crafting! And I’m doing it all while we remodel a kitchen!

  82. Deanne says:

    Thanks for the advent calendar wall hanging – I will be working on this for my grandsons.

  83. Abbi says:

    Neat projects. I love the elf slippers and the wreaths!

    The book you are giving away looks fun too!

  84. Janie says:

    I’m loving the pinecone wreath…so simple yet elegant. I think we will be collecting pinecones this week. Thank you for another wonderful giveaway.

  85. Sissy says:

    I love the cookies…sew festve!

  86. elizabeth says:

    Love it all, but I think the stockings are what I most need to do this year. I wish I had come up with the idea to do something like this as a wedding gift. So smart!

  87. crazyestonian says:

    I love the quilted advent calendar! This looks just perfect size for my first foray into free motion quilting :)

  88. Serena says:

    I will be attempting the tree skirt and wreath this week! Sweet!

  89. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    I love crafting decorations..and what great ideas! Thanks!

  90. Ingrid says:

    I love the vintage-style ornaments from rikrak!

  91. Kristen says:

    I am so excited about these stocking patterns – I have been searching for one to make some stockings for the little ones in my life, and want to do it this year before they get much BIGGER! (Why does that happen so fast?!)

  92. Jill says:

    The button wreath is so fun and something my kids could help make! I love it!

  93. Laura says:

    Love the Christmas ideas!

  94. Beautiful quilted tree skirt! And the elf slippers are so cute! I think I’ll try the elf slippers. Thanks!

  95. Sarah says:

    what awesomeness!!! I’m parking infront of all these ideas this week :) thanks a bundle!

  96. rikrak says:

    superthanks for having me here! i’m most honoured – and i just adore all of your finds, nicies! thanks!

  97. Kerry says:

    Wow! :)

  98. Hannah says:

    I love the advent calendar pattern. I am working on binding mine right now.

  99. Jennifer says:

    I love the elf slippers! I have a felted sweater I was intending to use for a pillow, but I might need to change plans…

  100. Lynne says:

    I love the advent calendar. What a great idea!

  101. Lucie says:

    I am always so curious to look at your picks. The tree skirt is amazingly beautiful.

  102. Wendy D. P. says:

    Such wonderful ideas! Thank you!

  103. Somer says:

    Way to bring the holiday spirit. Fun ideas.

  104. Missie says:

    I just love the retro ornaments. Those are so cute!

  105. Messa says:

    Gotta make those slippers for my little elf!! Love it!

  106. Amy says:

    Oh, I want to make some of those stockings. Thanks for the ideas!

  107. carla says:

    I so have to make the stained glass cookies. My kids would love those.

  108. Toby says:

    So many fabulous Christmas decorations…now the hard part. Where to start!

  109. Jessica says:

    I’ve just started to think about holiday prep so this is perfect!

  110. Beth says:

    Oh, I’m so in the mood now. Thanks for the inspiration. Off to my button box, now!

  111. Kate says:

    I particularlyliked the patchwork stars, quick, cute a good way to use up some scraps.
    Tx Kate

  112. Gabriel says:

    Love, LOVE, LOVE the fabric chain advent calendar. How many advent calendars can one get away with reasonably?

  113. Nichole D. says:

    Love the button wreath! I’m going to have to go through those big tins of buttons and find a bunch of red, green, white, and gold ones.

  114. Ammie says:

    I love these projects, too. The quilted tree skirt and stockings are great, and I love the button wreath and the adorable elf stockings. This is so fun. Thanks for your great library of ideas.

  115. elizabeth says:

    I love that tree skirt. The square shape is a nice change from the standard circles.

  116. Mrs. Berry says:

    Those elf slippers are so cute! And I’ve been looking for a good pinecone project. Thanks, SMS!

  117. LOVE that pinecone wreath! Stunning projects again… thank you!!!

  118. DebbieKL says:

    Love the elf shoes! I think I’ll make a set for my son and I.

  119. Nicole says:

    The elf slippers are just darling!

  120. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’m going to check out the elf slippers and the stockings. I have a couple of old ragged quilts just begging to be something else!

  121. Em says:

    These ideas are going to do me in! There are SO many to chose from – and I just don’t have time to do them all! Great picks today!

  122. Jane says:

    So many great ideas. I love the stained glass cookies!

  123. By far this is the best day so far. I love the fabric advent calendar and scrap stocking.

  124. Karen says:

    I love the patchwork star. I’m always looking for handmade ornament ideas, and got several here. Thanks!

  125. Cecily says:

    The elf slippers are wonderfully fun.

  126. JJ says:

    Love these two giveaways! And the ornament ideas…I swear, you can not have enough cute ornaments!

  127. qsogirl says:

    oh, i can’t wait to start decorating for Christmas! I love that fabric chain!

  128. lorena says:

    Oh, I love giveaways! Thanks for the opportunity! :)

  129. Kim K. says:

    What a fun tree skirt! Can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the giveaways!

  130. Sylvie says:

    I love the quilted tree skirt, I should definitely make one for my mother’s tree.

  131. Lorrie says:

    The Elf slippers are adorable!

    Lorrie

  132. Natasha says:

    The quilted tree skirt just inspired me to head to the craft room and get working. Thanks for the great ideas!

  133. Amy says:

    Oh boy, I want to try the tree skirt and the advent calendar. So much stuff and so little time.

  134. Elizabeth says:

    Love it all!

  135. Beth says:

    Oh, my! I am on Christmas craft overload — my list keeps growing!

  136. Jennifer says:

    Love the star, elf slippers, advent calendar, advent chain. What’s not to love? But, which one do I do first?

  137. Neala says:

    Oooh… I love these holiday roundups. I think the advent chain is on my list!

  138. Stephanie G. says:

    Love those slippers!

  139. Heidi says:

    Ooh-la-la… more christmas crafts to add to the list!! What a great post (would LOVE to win :)

  140. Angela says:

    Love the retro ornaments! And great prizes today too. That Better Homes book could keep me busy from now til Christmas!

  141. Livvie says:

    Love the vintage quilt stockings. Although my vintage quilt has seen better days, I don’t think that I have the heart to repurpose it just yet. I will be bookmarking that for next year or two.

  142. Rachel says:

    I love the felt/fabric ornaments.

  143. sandyandcosmo says:

    These are great ideas, the elf slippers are too cute!

  144. Tanya says:

    What a great collection today. I found several I want to make, topping the list being the tree skirt. I love the modern take on it. I also need another advent calendar as treats for three kids don’t fit in the one little set of pockets on ours.

  145. I have to bookmark those holiday tags. I’m aiming for no commercial wrapping this year: this will help! Thanks!

  146. Christy says:

    I am so in love with all of these lovelies!

  147. Mama Lusco says:

    Love the wreaths.

  148. amy says:

    More wonderful Christmas ideas. Thank you!

  149. Karen says:

    Just love those wee bootees. we have lots of leprechauns around here – so they would be perfect under the holley bush!

  150. April says:

    All of those projects are fabulous.

  151. Lorene says:

    This has me in the holiday spirit for sure!

  152. Ashley says:

    I just got done telling my friend I needed to make new stockings for my family. Now I have some great ideas! Thank you!

  153. Sarah says:

    I love all the choices! The count down blanket is too cute!

  154. kelly jo says:

    Ooh, these looks wonderful! I love the little wreath tutorial!

  155. Andrea Methvin says:

    I just might have to make that Advent chain-so traditional and quaint! Thanks.

  156. Amy says:

    so many wonderful projects, so little time…

  157. Nadia says:

    Yippee, it feels like Christmas already!

  158. Maeve says:

    I am sooooo in the Christmas spirit just reading your blog this month and oooohing over all the wonderful, happy, colorful projects. Today is no exception. Love the star, the apple pincushion, the patchwork stockings (I happen to have the loveliest vintage quilt I have begun cutting up into projects), the tree skirt, and so on. I do not know how you come up with so many wonderful ideas. Your blog is amazing! I’m hooked! And thank you for the plethora of giveaways – HOW do you do it all?

  159. Gretchen says:

    O this is my favorite one so far in this year’s handmade holidays! SO MANY great ideas! Will be bookmarking this page. What great prizes too today!

  160. Bethany says:

    I am ready to deck the halls…yeah!!!

  161. ~Helena~ says:

    I love the button wreath.

  162. Kerri says:

    I think I’m going to have to make the elf slippers. Maybe for everyone in my family. Then we could take a picture all together :) Wonderful tutorials.

  163. Sorahart says:

    Holiday sewing is so fun! I just might be still happily working on this stuff well into the next year.

  164. Rachel says:

    Love the patchwork star. I just sewed one together and have multiple diamonds cut out now waiting to be sewn together. Great and easy small gift idea!

  165. Line says:

    I’d die for elf slippers like these, waiting for me under the Xmas tree… All the ideas are just great, anyway, as usual on SMS!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  166. Love the button wreath! What a great idea.

  167. Shirley says:

    love the look of the stined glass cookies. Something to do while dd is asleep I think. Thanks for all the inspiration now I just need to choose what to make.

  168. Debra says:

    adorable stockings…better get cracking..:)

  169. Debra says:

    So many great ideas!

  170. mon ami says:

    I guess it is time to accept that the holidays are closer than I would like to admit!

  171. Amy says:

    I love that apple pincushion pattern! How cute!!

  172. Kathryn says:

    I will make one of those tree skirts one day! And I love that button wreath :)

  173. Carrie says:

    LOVE LOVE the pinecone wreath… so beautiful!

  174. Crystal says:

    I love all of them!! I love the elf slippers and I will definately make those!!!

  175. Jenne says:

    Awesome post. I want to make them all!!

  176. Angela says:

    ohh, this looks great! what a fun giveaway!

  177. Julie says:

    Eek, I think I need to break out some Christmas music! So many fun ideas!!

  178. Jenn X says:

    Elf slippers!!! I think I’m in love. . .

  179. Emily says:

    Wow so many cute ideas, I love the button wreath.

  180. StephanieS says:

    Christmas is such a happy time of year. It is made even better when you give a handmade gift! All the ideas so far have been great!

  181. Amy says:

    I am definitely going to make a button wreath this year. I love this one!

  182. Heather says:

    Time to start getting ready for christmas! Thanks for all the fun ideas!

  183. Megan says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  184. Ellen lamb says:

    Love the button wreath! I think it would be great with my grandmothers vintage buttons! Thanks for the giveaway!

  185. Celeste says:

    My mom would adore that button wreath!

  186. Annie says:

    Ooo, I’m an advent calendar girl, too– the fabric links caught my eye!

  187. crissy says:

    I love everyone of todays projects! I want to especially try the button wreath!

  188. Sonicka says:

    Oooh! My whole family NEEDS elf slippers! They look so fun!

  189. Debra says:

    Great projects!!! Oh I am in love with that pinecone wreath. And those Elf Slippers are too cute.

  190. Jennifer C says:

    Love the tree skirt! … and the elf slippers!

  191. brittany says:

    love the quilted advent calendar! i might just need one for myself!

  192. jen says:

    cute, but not everyone who crafts celebrates christmas. jews like cute crafty suggestions too ya know.

  193. Aimee says:

    awe! so cute!

  194. I will be making that tree skirt and the wreath!

  195. Anna says:

    I adore the elf slippers!! Thank you!!

  196. Jennifer says:

    Those elf slippers would be great for my little one who will turn two on December 20th! And I happen to have old sweaters to use as well. :c)

    So many great projects! Thanks!

  197. Jen C. says:

    great ideas

  198. Carrie L says:

    I have so much I want to do before Christmas. How come you keep giving me more ideas? :)

  199. Roxanne says:

    Great giveaways! I love the advent calendar, I’ll have to make something like that.

  200. Adviga says:

    I’ve always wanted to make a quilted tree skirt! I love this pattern! The fabric advent chain is a great idea, too!

  201. danna osen says:

    love this time of year and especially the patchwork star ornament.

  202. MegSteph says:

    LOVE the advent calendar!!

  203. Julie says:

    I’m inspired!

  204. Erin says:

    So many good ideas today – wow, I can’t wait to get sewing! :)

  205. Anna says:

    Am in a frenzy of Christmas gift abd deco making! Thanks for the ideas!

  206. Marianne says:

    The scrappy star looks to be quick and cute!

  207. Jenny says:

    Oh how darling! I hope I win the apple pin cushion pattern! That is adorable.

    I think that the elf slippers are amazing! I’m making some!!!

  208. juliecache says:

    Your blog is the bomb.

  209. Thessa says:

    Those elf slippers are TOO cute. I’ll be making those for my little guy, for sure!

  210. michaelann says:

    i looove christmas stuff. i cant wait to try some of these projects! YAY

  211. Mikaela says:

    i have always wanted to try those cookies, maybe this year is the year.

  212. Bettina Groh says:

    Loved the elf slippers and I KNOW two grandchildren who will be each getting a pair for Christmas! I received a whole garbage bag full on wool sweaters free on Craigslist! Happy felting to me… happy felting to me!

  213. sarah says:

    a handmade advent calendar is high on my list this year… also love the button wreath…

  214. ara jane says:

    must… sew… stockings…

  215. Melanie says:

    ‘Tis the season to get crafting! Oh, those decorations give me such inspiration. I NEED to make an advent calendar this year….

  216. Alisa says:

    Wonderfully cute as always. Thanks for all the holiday inspiration! I especially like the little pointed slippers. :)

  217. Jody says:

    I need a new pincushion!!! The stockings are amazing!

  218. Serena says:

    Every single one of these projects is absolutely wonderful! Where to start…

  219. Lynn Hynes says:

    Those stockings from vintage quilts are darling – what a great idea!

  220. Gretchen says:

    i’m starting to feel bad that i haven’t made anything yet…but i’m thinking about it…really, i am!

  221. Sally says:

    Today is a Day of Warm Fuzzies! the quilted stockings are gorgeous!

  222. Tammy says:

    Love all the stockings!

  223. susan says:

    All such lovely projects, but I have to say I’m partial to the elf slippers. Thanks for the links!

  224. Susan says:

    I’m going to try to duplicate that pinecone wreath with all of the pinecones from my blue spruce tree. The wreath is gorgeous!

  225. amelia says:

    love those ornaments.

  226. Cynthia says:

    Lots of inspiration for holiday decorating! Thanks!

  227. Gretchen says:

    Many great ideas – these homemade things will be treasures for years to come!

  228. Stacy says:

    Fabulous!

  229. Stacy says:

    Love the stockings, I need to get to work!

  230. katherine says:

    Oh.My.Goodness! the slippers! too cute!! I would love to make an advent calendar this year!

  231. Jennb75 says:

    I love the fabric chain!

  232. Megan says:

    Now I really have to get crafting before my holiday party… thanks for the wonderful ideas! I love the wreath and the tree skirt. Time to get sewing!

  233. Kadybug says:

    Such wonderful Christmas ideas! My favorites are the advent calendar, scrap stocking, and elf slippers. I also love the prizes! I love that apple pincushion and the book looks full of neat ideas for the kids and I.

  234. Margaret says:

    The slippers and stained glass cookies are wonderful!

  235. cynthia says:

    I’m so making that tree skirt and those elf shoes so cute. What a great give away too. Thanks For all the inspirations!! Cynthia

  236. SMS, I am really impressed so far with the Holiday feature. These ideas are clever, festive, and CREATIVE! I can definitely see myself doing the fabric chain and pinecone wreath.

  237. Rachel says:

    Oh man! I may have to buy that book if I don’t win!! :)

  238. Caitlin T. says:

    i already made a batch of those patchwork stars as christmas presents. excellent tutorial!

    thanks!

  239. Missy says:

    Oh yes…another reminder that I have yet to make stockings for our family. These ideas are all inspiring, but I love the apple pin cushion!!!

  240. Amy says:

    I am so happy for Handmade Holidays! I look forward to seeing what you have each day! I am thinking some elf slippers may be in order for the nieces and nephews this year.

  241. Tammy Miller says:

    Love the apple pincusion pattern and the elf slippers are adoreable!

  242. Christmas ideas are always appreciated! This is about the time I start freaking out about all the people I forgot to buy something for or still need to get or make something and my mind goes blank when I try to think of an appropriate gift!

  243. Tina Mackey says:

    Thanks for the holiday tags PDF!

  244. amber says:

    i love the holidays – and i love handmade stuff for the holidays even more. thanks so much for this month of hand made!!!

  245. Erin says:

    I love the patchwork Christmas stockings. And the advent calendar. And the elf slippers. I’m going to have to get moving!

  246. Erika says:

    I love the stocking. I think I’ll it make my new little one.

  247. Lola says:

    Sew many cute ideas! ♥

  248. Bunny says:

    How cute are those cookies?!

  249. Cara says:

    Great ideas.

  250. julia says:

    Decking the halls is one of my favorite things about Christmas time!! Thanks for all the great patterns! Woo-hoo!

  251. wow! what wonderful ideas and projects today. I think I’m going to be kept very busy creating over the next little while. I can see galaxies of patchwork stars happening!

  252. Megan says:

    My boyfriend needs a stocking. Perhaps I will get on that this year (I made him one out of wallpaper one year, but it was kind of a one-shot deal).

  253. Kathleen C. says:

    There’s no way to choose a favorite; I am always amazed by the creative ideas that come from so many people.
    Kathleen C.

  254. Emily Dawn says:

    I love Christmas!! And I love that apple pin cushion.

  255. Tayla B says:

    I love the stockings and the quilted calender! :)

  256. Leigh says:

    Such great ideas!!! I am extra excited about handmade holidays this year because last year I had just started sewing and was too afraid to tackle any “important” projects like stockings or a tree skirt.

  257. DawnMcD says:

    That quilted tree skirt is wonderful! I am hoping to make one!

  258. amandah says:

    I would love to deck my halls with some of these great ideas.

  259. Rebecca says:

    so many great ideas! i love handmade holidays♥

  260. Linda J. says:

    Time to pull out the Christmas scrap box and start sewing. What a great way to make stockings and ornaments!

  261. Paulina says:

    Great Christmas ideas, especially Elf slippers. They look fabalous as a gift. And this reminds me that Christmas time is not so far away from now.

  262. Andrea says:

    Seriously – quilted tree skirt? My brain just exploded – that is the best – thing – ever. So perfect for the holidays. Remember being a kid and lying under the tree? Imagine your kids doing that on a QUILTED TREE SKIRT! (Sorry I got over excited) Anyway, wow, gotta go and make a quilted tree skirt…

  263. Tracey says:

    Those stars are just so cute, and I have a bunch of christmas scraps that are just begging to become some to dance around my tree and mantle!

    Now to go and sew all day!

  264. Jessica says:

    Thanks for featuring the delights of RikRak and The Black Apple! Their shops are so whimsical and inspiring this time of year. I remember making stained glass cookies as a child, but never remembered how…so now I can share that memory (and recipe) with my daughter! Thank you for another great day of ideas.

  265. Christy says:

    Love the quilted advent calendar, thanks for sharing it again.

  266. Katie says:

    The pinecone wreath and elf slippers are my favourite!

  267. Fawn says:

    OOOohhhh!!!! I so wanna make the elf slippers. I’d already found the pdf tutorial for the quilted advent calendar and that’s on the books for Christmas 2010. Thanks for the continued great ideas :)

  268. georgia says:

    I do love those slippers–I’ll have to make some for my little guy who has outgrown all of his baby socks already! And I love that Maggie Makes stocking!

  269. Amanda says:

    love Christmas decorating! We moved into a new cabin too, so I need to deck it out!

  270. Danielle says:

    so many cute ideas! I love the quilted advent calender. I might just have to make one.

  271. Deborah says:

    Love the tree skirt and patchwork stockings. Hope to make at least one of each!! Thank you.

  272. Christina says:

    I have to make a few more stockings this year for new family members, so these projects are a great inspiration!

  273. BrendaDe says:

    love these ideas!…especially the stockings and the patchwork star.

  274. Shannon Reed says:

    Oh, elf slippers. You will be mine.

  275. Tong says:

    I love all the ornaments (and I’m in the process of making my own too), and those elf slippers.. how cute are those!!!

  276. Elizabeth says:

    I love the tree skirt. So cute!

  277. Suzanne says:

    So many ideas…so little time…

  278. Andrea P. says:

    Those elf slippers are so cute!

  279. Louby Lou says:

    Too many great ideas, I don’t know where to start! (love those stained-glass cookies – brill idea!)

  280. susan mzf says:

    thanks for all tha great ideas! I’m looking forward to trying the fabric chain – that would be cute in spring colors to welcome the warmer weather….

  281. Fiona says:

    Love the apple pincushion!

  282. Kristin says:

    The tree skirt is amazing!

  283. Linda says:

    Love the star and the fabric chain. Thanks again for this month of inspiration!

  284. alisha says:

    I LOVE those retro ornaments!

  285. Julie says:

    I like the fabric advent chain. Really cute idea, and reusable, too.

  286. Kimberly says:

    Today’s ideas are the best yet. Thank you!

  287. Whistlepea says:

    I love Lauren’s fabric choice! So pretty.

  288. would love to try the apple pincushion!

  289. Mary says:

    Wonderful collection of holiday sweetness! I especially love the retro ornaments by rik rak!

  290. Sarah AJ says:

    Love them all — especially the elf slippers!

  291. Vicki says:

    So many great items, but I love the tree skirt and the stockings!

  292. Amy says:

    Great ideas! Love all the festive creativity out there :-)

  293. Sally says:

    Oh what a wonderful giveaway. What great ideas also for Christmas. It is definitely getting me geared up to make things for family members.

  294. jm says:

    The Elf slippers are so cute!

  295. Jodi says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. We need some of those elf slippers in our house.

  296. kayduh says:

    love these ideas, i can’t wait for Christmas this year!

  297. Michelle says:

    The tree skirt and the quilted Advent Calendar!!!! Soooo beautiful!

  298. Grace Wong says:

    thanks for the patchwork star tute!

  299. tanya Barrett says:

    I’m going to have to find a copy of that Best Christmas Ideas :)

  300. Missie says:

    Love this post! I’ve been looking for fun stuff to make for my mom as she is a Christmas fanatic. Gotta get working!

  301. jenn says:

    I like the retro ornaments, very fun and playful.

  302. Micah says:

    Making the pine cone wreath today!

  303. Mia Gomez says:

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year!! Can’t wait to start crafting for the holidays.

  304. Mandi says:

    I love the fabric advent chain! What a fun easy way to count down the days.

  305. Jane says:

    Oh my goodness, there are so many wonderful thing especially Jacquie tree skirt!! and I also love the star!

  306. megan says:

    It is all just to much fun and not enought time. I am going to have some late nights this week. I think I might put the kids to work finding pinecones.

  307. Kaye Prince says:

    Oh gosh, I just can’t wait until Christmas! This elf slippers are darling!

  308. Sarah Bruce says:

    These ideas are so genuine! This is my 3rd year of following handmade holidays!! Keep up the awesomeness ladies!!!

  309. I’m so excited about going handmade for the holidays this year! This is such a great resource for so many wonderful ideas–thanks!

  310. Katy says:

    another day of fun ideas! I love the giveaways too!

  311. These are all wonderful holiday projects–if only I had more time to sew!

  312. LeAnna says:

    We love Christmas crafting books at our house!

  313. Sandra says:

    AAAdorable…each and every one!

  314. Allison says:

    These are great projects! If only I had the skills to make that quilted advent calendar. It’s so pretty.

  315. Courtney says:

    What a great series! Thanks so much :-)

  316. Laurel says:

    love all the ornament ideas

  317. Casey says:

    yay! Christmas crafting!

  318. Susanne says:

    Great ideas!

  319. virginia says:

    I had been trying to find the advent calendar again. I am so excited to see it here. Thanks

  320. D'Lane says:

    My “to make list” is growing by the day!

  321. Fa La La La Lovely!

  322. I’m definitely getting in the holiday spirit, so I’m planning on making a lot of these in the next week or two!

  323. Amy says:

    Great ideas to get ready for Christmas!! Thanks! I had never thought of making a fabric advent chain.

  324. emily says:

    Ooo…. This has been been my favorite post so far! I love all the tutorials! Thank you!

  325. Kate M. says:

    I need to make that pine cone wreath for my winter wedding coming up! We have a pine cone motif going on.

  326. SahrangPanda says:

    Christmas Christmas Christmas! Oh how I love thee :)
    These projects are sooo cuute! This is probably, by far, my favorite holiday, not only because of the presents, but it’s a great opportunity to create new things! I’m all for the handemade holidays :)

  327. Maria says:

    I’m on this site every day now, looking for ideas for Christmas and other stuff. I’m having a blast!

  328. La Yen says:

    That tree skirt is perfect for my living room. Will I have time to make it before the holidays, is the question!?

  329. craftytammie says:

    so many great ideas! thanks!

  330. marie beck says:

    Hooray for Christmas!!!!!!!!!! Oh how I love thee :)

  331. Kirsten says:

    I love all the patchwork! The stockings and tree skirts are so cute.

  332. Marguerite says:

    The elf slippers are silly and adorable! Would love the book :)

  333. kim says:

    I definitely want to make several of these items: the tree skirt, ornament, and fabric chain. Great ideas!

  334. beverly says:

    I really love the handmade Christmas decorations. They’re good projects to work on w/ kids as well.

  335. Terri says:

    Definitely making those elf slippers. Adorable!!!!

  336. SparklePetal says:

    That apple pincushion is lovely, I would love to win a pattern for it. And the book too, I love having lots of Christmas ideas to choose from each year.

  337. Magda says:

    Those elf slippers have been on my list for a while now. Thank you for the reminder. Must go make them.

  338. Maggie says:

    I’m making those elf slippers for stocking stuffers here! I have one pair all ready done and they are the cutest things.

  339. Oh, more great ideas! I think the Elf Slippers are a hoot and should be mandatory footwear for the month of December!

  340. cinzia allocca says:

    I love the pine cone wreath. I used to make them with ametal frame. I still have three that pull out every Christmas. They’re about 16 years old!! I still love them.

  341. Courtney says:

    I love those little elf slippers.

  342. Ann says:

    I love the fabric advent chain. It reminds me if all those paper ones I made as a child.

  343. Anya T. says:

    Great ideas! Thanks.

  344. Leigh says:

    Love them all! Thanks!

  345. Ramona says:

    Oh that advent chain brings back great memories. We made paper ones every year when I was a kid and when my kids were little. I see a fabric one in my future. I actually love all the suggestions.

  346. Katie B says:

    I’m working on Elizabeth’s advent calendar now. Great tutorial!

  347. Amy says:

    Ooooh! That apple pattern is so cute – would make great teacher presents, huh?

  348. Elle says:

    How many days until Christmas? Better get of the computer and start creating now!

  349. aSprinkling says:

    Fun stuff! I would love to win the Christmas idea book!

  350. Heather S. says:

    mmm. looking forward to trying those stained glass cookies.

  351. Andi says:

    Those elf slippers are so cute! I used to make stained glass cookies (and gingerbread houses with stained glass windows) when I was a teen – they are so much fun to make and definitely add that “wow” factor to your holiday baking. Thanks again for so many great ideas!

  352. Carly says:

    I love the patchwork stars. Lovely ideas!

  353. Caroline says:

    I love the wreath! And the little slippers are so cute!

  354. Jenny says:

    love the advent calender!

  355. Astrid says:

    I LOVE the Pinecone Wreath! Thanks for sharing it.
    Hugs
    Astrid

  356. Marilyn says:

    The Christmas Tree skirt is so pretty! I hope to make it this year.

  357. Jill D says:

    Those Elf slippers would be a fantastic addition to the Christmas PJs that I’m going to make for each member of my family. I better get sewing!

  358. Debbie says:

    Thank you for sharing so many projects.

  359. Trisha says:

    I love the patchwork star and the quilted tree skirt – how fun!

  360. Adrienne says:

    Lovin’ all the holiday cheer!

  361. LisaAlso says:

    The fabric advent calendar is a novel way to count down to Christmas!

  362. carmel says:

    the Fabric Advent Chain is super cute!
    and the quilts are beautiful!

  363. Rene' says:

    Great ideas today. Can’t wait to check out the tree skirt pattern.

  364. Jenn says:

    I’ve had my eye on that advent calender tutorial for a while now…lets see if I can actually do it!

  365. Julia says:

    The holiday tags from Inside a Black Apple are so cute!

  366. Sade says:

    The elf slippers are lovely.

  367. beccy says:

    We used to make thise stained glass bicuits at junior school! Gosh, I must have been about seven… I’ve GOT to make some of those :) I love the elf slippers too! Great finds as always guys, and thanks for the links back to last years posts too!

  368. Trisha says:

    Love all the ideas today. Already had the tree skirt on my to do list, if not this year, next year for sure!!! I love the scrap stocking, I have been looking for a pattern for my family. And the stained glass sugar cookies are a must for my little one and me to do. Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  369. Joan says:

    Oh My Goodness!! Where to Start!! These are all excellent “Deck the Halls” projects. I Love the patchwork star, the fabric chain, and the pine cone wreath. (I’ve been collecting pine cones, too…thanks for this tutorial.) The stain glass cookies are so pretty! The “Win It” items are Great,too! Many thanks to all of you at Sew Mama Sew for having such a terrific blog and sharing so many wonderful ideas for all of us. A lot of work goes into making this blog – and it is very much appreciated by so many. Thank you.

  370. Anja says:

    Hello, first one to comment again :)
    I love love love those slipers. They are the cutest think ever!!! Thank you so much for the link!

    Best, Anja

  371. Tara Ann says:

    What great ideas!

  372. Ashleigh says:

    Nice ideas… if only there were pinecones around here…!!! Hmm… maybe a good excuse to go away for a weekend to a place with fir trees! Thanks!

  373. Junglewife says:

    Too fun! I’d love to make the advent calendar!

  374. Sylvie says:

    Oh I love those ideas!
    I will definitly do the patchwork star, and maybe the tree skirt too! What fun!

  375. Claire Schwarz says:

    What fantastic ideas. I love Quilted Advent Calendar and scrap stocking. Will definetely attempting these. The elf shoes are so cute.

  376. Michele says:

    Wonderful – love the elf slippers.

  377. Tammy says:

    So many things to make, so little time!

  378. Deb says:

    I am loving all the christmas ideas so far. Would enjoy reading through the BHG book as well.

  379. Jacqui says:

    How could you not skip while wearing those elf slippers! And I love those rikrak ornaments too, the colours are fabulous.

  380. Sarah J says:

    I love the patchwork star….;-0

  381. keren says:

    The holiday tags are wonderful! I really like the cup tag, so cute!

  382. Estee says:

    Thank you once again for these wonderful opportunities to win theses amazing books. This is on is so so so appropriate, I love it.

  383. kelly O! says:

    Love the pine cone wreath! My tyke’s been “collecting” pine cones for a while now. May have enough for a lovely wreath! Thanks for so much wonderful inspiration!

  384. Jo says:

    Elf slippers look so adorable^0^

  385. Jens says:

    Thanks for all those great ideas – now I know which kind of slippers I’ll sew as christmas gift for someone special. It’s always wonderful to know that you are collecting beautiful ideas from everywhere on the internet.

  386. Devon says:

    I am getting so excited for christmas…I wonder if I can make all of these things in time!

  387. Bron says:

    Yes please and thanks for the chance.

  388. Megan S. says:

    I can’t wait to do the quilted advent calendar!!!! What a treasure.

  389. Candace says:

    oh my goodness. i love the crosses on those scrap stockings. so cool!

  390. The elf slippers are adorable!

  391. Lisa says:

    Cute Christmas tree skirt. I keep thinking I’m going to make one of these some year – lol.

  392. Would love to win! How awesome you are with all of these giveaways!!!

  393. brendajos says:

    aah that star is awesome! It is going to be great for my ornament exchange this year. Thanks for the link.

  394. Candy says:

    Oh! That tree skirt is fantastic…and Maya’s slippers – so cute! Must make the days 36 hours long…then maybe I can get everything I want to do done!

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