Free Fabric Friday

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Beautiful new fabric rolling in…

Isso Ecco & Heart

Isso Ecco & Heart from Lecien

These lovely designs from the Japanese manufacturer, Lecien, are printed on an 80% cotton / 20% linen cotton canvas. It’s sturdy enough for home dec, yet supple enough for apparel.

Forest

Forest from Hokkoh

We love this really unique collection from the Japanese manufacturer, Hokkoh! The Apple Trees are amazing and watercolory and the Thicket print has hidden forest creatures. (I should have taken a picture, but you’ll have to trust me–the selvage color dots are in the shape of apples! If you’re a collector of selvages, you need this!)

Wa-Modern

Wa-Modern from Hokkoh

Japanese, modern, hip, original and versatile–everything we love in a fabric collection! We can imagine these prints in handbags, quilts and home goods. Beautiful.

Dream On

Dream On by Urban Chiks for Moda

Just like vintage sheets you’ve always wanted, without having to hit the thrift stores. Plus, it’s 100% cotton instead of the weird poly blend so popular in the ’70s sheets.  What more could you ask for?  The yardage is here and we have a few charms left.

We’re busy wrapping up our Handmade Holidays lists and getting in the spirit of the season (already!) We still need a few ideas, so this week if you’d like to be entered into the Free Fabric Friday drawing, please choose one:

  • Link to a great winter holiday decor tutorial. (Preferably from 2009.)
  • Link to a free holiday printable. (Again, 2009.)
  • Link to a great tutorial for something to sew for men.
  • Tell us what you would make for sports fans, outdoor lovers, or scholars.

We’ll choose six people to win one yard on Monday. Have a fabulous weekend!

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298 Responses to Free Fabric Friday

  1. I am not 100% on this, but I do like the idea. Every little assists!

  2. igod chat says:

    Outstanding article once again! Thanks.

  3. Laptopy says:

    Happy New Year!

  4. Michael says:

    Dude, gimme more!

  5. Nila Mohead says:

    I’m truly glad reading your article.I’m grateful for release this information.

  6. barbara Peterson says:

    For my daughter, the scholar, I would make a reading glasses cae that she can carry in her backpack and of course, a matching pencil case

  7. Gloria says:

    I have always sewn for the girls.The boy would just sit there with frowns on their faces.But then I FINALLY decided we need to acknowldege the boy! So I made my son some NFL shorts with a matching hat.Finally the boy is acknowledged.I would love a nice yard of “Dream on”

  8. Tanja says:

    On my list – bird watching bags for my nieces – kid-sized messenger bags with fabric -covered notebooks and a couple of bird and butterfly guides inside.

  9. Julie says:

    For the sports fan, a blanket with sleeves! Yeah, they’re cheesy, but really warm and much better quality when you make them yourself.

  10. Jennifer says:

    I like this Advent calendar:
    http://weefolkart.com/content/advent-tree
    I’m currently altering it to make a Jesse Tree, with little felt ornaments. So cute! And I love all the handwork.

  11. Lucie says:

    Would would I make for a sports fan? What about one of those little pouches that you stuff with rice and heat in microwave and then warm with it whatever part of your body you need.

  12. Celeste says:

    A lovely set of ornaments here:
    http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2010/01/partridge-and-pear.html

    I’ve been scouring the web for handmade ornament ideas and these caught my eye.

  13. Kristen says:

    For holiday decor, I LOVE this idea from LollyChops (http://www.lollychops.com/lollychops/2009/10/smooshy-stack-trees.html) – I made a version last year and I can’t wait to put it back up. It’s a fun way to use up some fabric scraps, too!

  14. Tanja says:

    A custom rifle bag w/ accessories pockets for the outdoor shooter. =o) Unfortunately I’m not at that level of sewing…YET!

  15. Ramona says:

    I love this table runner! Plan on making one for myself.

    http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/11/stripey-skinny-seasonal-table-runner.html#more

  16. Erin says:

    Lumps of coal cookies! Can you imagine putting these in little stocking bags for coworkers and friends? Love it! http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=331719.0

  17. Naomi says:

    This is one of my favorite little gift boxes from How About Orange: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/12/printable-holiday-packaging.html

  18. Debbie says:

    I want to make a blanket..with a sport team theme or maybe a small quilt for my son. He loves sports.

  19. Sandy says:

    For the fall sports fan – it would be a lap blanket – college football – Univeristy of Virginia – orange on one side and orange/blue on the other – Go Hoos!

  20. Shannon F. says:

    This includes no sewing or fabric: http://www.designspongeonline.com/2007/11/diy-wednesdays-modern-paper-ornaments.html – but I always get compliments when other see this, so simple and beautiful.

  21. DebbyD says:

    I would make a little pouch for my DH so he cut put his cellphone, his navigarot and his wallet in there when he uses his (HUGE) sportsbag. So at least he can find his phone and answer me when I call, LOL

  22. Rosa in The Antipodes says:

    Wow! For a sports fan I would make a lap quilt with a matching cushion.
    For the outdoor enthusiast I would think about a picnic quilt.
    And for scholars a handmade messenger bag would do the job.
    I’m definitely in love the Floral Spray in Pink from Lecien collection!

  23. Jill B says:

    For scholars I would make matching laptop case + diary cover + notebook cover. And maybe a coffee cup cozy, too!

  24. Ellen says:

    My husband is just starting to get into cooking and is the tidiest person I know! I need to make him his own chef’s apron, something like this: http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-sew-an-adjustable-chefs-apron/

  25. Deb Cameron says:

    Hi I love this free Christmas Tree Ornament Tutorial from Fantastic Toys. If I cut all the pieces out then my young boys can help stick them all together and make their own ornaments, it is lots of fun and cheap, if you buy felt in bulk, as I’m sure most crafty Mums do :-)
    http://myfantastictoys.blogspot.com/2009/11/felt-christmas-ornament-tutorial.html

  26. Tracey says:

    Love the new fabric!

    For guys, i’m thinking of making my boyfriend and dad fleece car blankets (no tutorial) but thinking it would be handy to have in the car in case of an emergency!

    For an outdoor lover, I really like this idea: http://sew4home.com/projects/pillows-cushions/659-summer-fun-outdoor-padded-roll-up-cushion

  27. Melissa says:

    For the young outdoor lover, I would make an outdoor discovery bag. Something with burlap or a loose mesh that will allow sand and dirt to fall through would be perfect for my rock and pinecone collecting 2yr old daughter. I believe there is a great tutorial in Amanda Blake Soule’s Handmade Home book.

  28. carrot cake says:

    These ornaments are really adorable:

    http://handmadecathygaubert.blogspot.com/2009/12/fa-la-la-la-felt.html

  29. Heather says:

    For scholars I would make one of those bedside organizers that hold your glasses, a book etc. I think there is one in either Amy Butler’s In Stitches or Lotta Jansdotter’s Simple Sewing.

  30. Kate F. says:

    I love these gift wrap & tag printables. I’m partial to the partridge myself– maybe because my family always sang the 12 days of Christmas on Christmas eve, and as the youngest grandchild I had the honor of singing that verse.

    http://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/home/2009/12/18/free-printable-gift-wrap-tags-by-kellie-medivitz.html

  31. WhitneyG says:

    A lap quilt for a sports fan or a binocular bag to take to the games!

  32. empirewaist says:

    For outdoor lovers — an insulated picnic tote, with cloth napkins & cloth utensil holder.

    I am *wild* about Forest by Hokkoh! That fabric is gorgeous!!! Wow.

  33. Amy Smart says:

    This is a tutorial for a simple, quick but stylish holiday throw-pillow. I think I made four in one afternoon.

    http://www.diaryofaquilter.com/2009/12/snowflake-pillow-tutorial.html

    I dream of Dream On. Mmm.

  34. Karen says:

    My husband actually found this messenger bag online he liked and asked if I could make one for him. I’m very excited to try and make something for him that is so stylish!
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/56101565/messenger-bag-ipad-case-eco-friendly?ref=sr_gallery_37&ga_search_query=the+messenger+bags+mens&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=10&order=&includes%5B0%5D=tags&includes%5B1%5D=title

  35. April says:

    Oops! Forgot the link!

    This isn’t technically a winter tutorial, but I found it at the time that I was noticing all of the scraps I had left over from Christmas. I made some with ornaments and Crristmas trees instead of easter eggs. I’m so glad it’s almost Holiday time so that I can actually put them up!

    http://www.vanessachristenson.com/2010/03/tutorial-appliqueing-with-used-dryer.html

  36. April says:

    This isn’t technically a winter tutorial, but I found it at the time that I was noticing all of the scraps I had left over from Christmas. I made some with ornaments and Crristmas trees instead of easter eggs. I’m so glad it’s almost Holiday time so that I can actually put them up!

  37. Rachel B says:

    for sports fans i think a lap quilt with a matching tote or handles that wrap would be great in the colors of their team

  38. Vanessa says:

    For my nature-loving boys and their cousins, I’m planning to make Nature Bags, drawstring and made with hemp. I’ll fill them with a nature journal, felt pencil roll with colored pencils, and a few wildlife nature guides.

    I may even cross stitch a little bird on a branch I saw in a Martha Stewart Craft book.

  39. Maeve says:

    I love the printable downloads available for free at http://www.quiltingarts.com. There are so many ideas for any time of year gifts. And I just love sewmamasew.com for everything sewing! It’s the best!

  40. Andrea P. says:

    I’d make a large tote bag to carry all that great outdoor equipment!

  41. Lisa E. says:

    For the scholars (well, maybe they’re not really scholars, but they are readers) in my life, I plan to make bookmarks this year for small gifts.

    Here’s one tutorial I’m considering: http://sewsimplycreative.blogspot.com/2009/11/bookmark-tutorial.html

    These are for sale, but I think I can make something similar…
    http://www.sandists.com/buyproduct/quilted-bookmarks.shtml

    These look ridiculously easy to make:
    http://www.misshunt.com/bookmarks__fabric-intro.asp

    I’m in a book club and I am a librarian….so I have a LOT of friends who read…..

  42. Kelli says:

    My husband is a huge sports fan, his hobby is wood working and construction, and he’s a high school teacher, so I think he fits in the scholarly type too. However, he’s not big into “stuff,” so a cooking apron, tool belt, or even a school colors scarf won’t work for him. I was thinking about a messenger bag for him to carry to school or some manly looking baskets he could store stuff in his barn.
    He’s impossible to gift to because he doesn’t need anything and he’ll just go buy whatever he wants (within reason of course!!), so coming up with something he’ll use gets harder and harder. Everyone else just gets him gift cards! ;)

  43. Aunt Spicy says:

    I LOVE holiday crafts! Here are two, one with fabric one with buttons but the same idea:
    http://auntspicy.blogspot.com/2008/12/last-years-christmas-craft.html
    http://auntspicy.blogspot.com/2009/12/holiday-craft-with-ee.html

  44. Jennifer says:

    This modern tree skirt would be a great holiday project for fun fabrics. http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/390-citrus-holiday-simply-quilted-patchwork-tree-skirt

    Love the new fabrics you showcased above!

  45. I’m a scholar. I love “pad-folios”…you know, the folios that hold a pad of paper…with a slot to slide the cardboard backing in. I really go crazy for cute stuff like that. Also, I like book covers, kindle covers, pencil cases. I love a little zipper pouch for coins and business cards with a clear vinyl opening on the front to keep my university ID and a key ring attached. I have a great Vera Bradley one, but it’s wearing out. A great bag for my computer would be nice. I have a 17″ laptop, and it’s really hard to find a pattern or premade bag to fit my laptop. Any cute desktop organizing stuff is always goo, too.

  46. Melissa says:

    I have really young “scholars” in my home, and I am wanting to make fabric book holders for bunk beds.

  47. Jasmine says:

    My father is the letter writer of the family, and loves to send postcards while off in the wilds in Alaska somewhere. This year, I made him a set of 24 fabric postcards…he loved them! Easily crammed into any available space in his pack, and he doesn’t have to worry about water damage. I used this tutorial: http://www.momfetti.com/2009/06/tutorial-fabric-postcards.html

  48. priti says:

    This is a wonderful home decor tutorial from year 2009.This is a tutorial for a shabby chic pleated lampshade !
    It is full of lovely, romantic ruffles, and has only 4 steps involved! Making it in warm colors will make it just right for winters!
    http://www.rufflesandstuff.com/2009/09/shabby-chic-pleated-shade.html

  49. Kristin says:

    I know it isn’t the most exciting thing, but I am making for my college-freshman cousin (scholar!) a messenger bag for her specific laptop. Who can’t use another bag?

  50. It’s all so pretty, and I’ve been dying to get some of the Dream On. Love it!

  51. artycraftydiva says:

    My daughter is a scholar at want Americans would call a Community college, studying Film and Television Production. She has been after me to make her a bag in which she can transport her headphones, external hard drive and folders. I’ve seen afew messenger type bags on various blogs. If I start now it may be done by Christmas!

  52. Sorry, I’m posting one more time… I just got excited. Here is a link to a picture of a flatware holder:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/16sparrows/2621936821/in/photostream/

    okay. I think I’m done. :)

  53. I also found this (which the silverware holder with the cute matching cloth napkins could go into) again for the outdoor lover.
    http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-sew-picnic-blanket-tote.html

  54. I meant silverware. Darn misspellings.

  55. For the outdoor lover, a silverwear holder/roll, kind of like the crochet hook or paint brush roll. Little compartments for forks, knives, and spoons, some elastic to hold it, and a way to roll and tie it. (Also, maybe some matching fabric napkins that could be rolled in) Great for the camping box!

  56. Carolyn says:

    For the scholar, how about a colorful, fabric pencil case or cute laptop bag:

    http://www.mybackyardeden.com/2010/04/laptop-bag-tutorial.html

  57. Janet says:

    My daughter needs a laptop bag for college. Love the Lecien fabric.

  58. erin says:

    A lot of my family is in school, so I like to make them book marks, book totes, and messenger bags.

  59. For an outdoor lover, I would make a picnic bag/tote.

  60. Nichole says:

    Outdoor lovers who cook with dutch ovens would like hot pads and/or the hot pad sleeve for a cast iron pan. Another good idea would be a flannel sleeping sheet for inside a sleeping bag, it could zip up or have snaps to hold it together.

  61. Jeannine says:

    What about some lunch bags to take to the beach?

  62. SewLindaAnn says:

    For sports people to use in cold football season I would make a quilt with either flannel, fleece or thick cord for the backing with a major batting inbetween. It would have to be huge (king size?) for 2 people to cuddle in. Also because I’d fold it in envelope style on the bottom and sew a seam. Then I’d make a tie on either side to keep it closed in the middle. Sort of like feetie pajamas for two.

  63. Alice says:

    Well, this particular scholar would welcome something like a quilt or a pair of slippers over something specifically academic. Dorm rooms are cold ^_^.

  64. SmilynStef says:

    http://justsomethingimade.blogspot.com/2009/12/vintage-printers-cuts-and-frames.html

    A free download of some vintage cuts & frames for the holidays. Thanks for the chance to win … love those fabrics.

  65. Marcia W. says:

    The men in our family are outdoorsmen and like to hunt and/or fish. Hunting season just started. When not working or in the woods or on the water or chores, they likely are sleeping holding the remote while football is on TV. That said…a cot sized quilt is perfect for tv watching when is chilly – we are going to make one lucky guy a “deer” quilt and another a soft homespun/flannel cabin-like quilt.

  66. alisha says:

    One of the things I’ve considered making for some of the guys in my life is cool ties. Those things you soak in water then wrap around your neck to keep you cool — not ties that are cool. :) I know it would be much appreciated when it’s hot outside, I’m just not sure it’s a good gift for Christmas. It’s just hard to come up with ideas for guys!

  67. Dawn says:

    Last winter I made my husband a flannel throw ,with fish/outdoor fabric to go in his “fishing” themed man room. Lots of naps have happened under that throw.

  68. Jocelyn says:

    For scholars a Computer tote bag, cause all scholars need their computers ;-)

  69. Beth G. says:

    Scholar? Computer bag, or something for an IPad, etc.

    Cool Lecien fabric.
    b.

  70. knitsewreadlove says:

    Here’s a tutorial for making skinny ties out of purchased neckties. http://www.designmom.com/2010/08/diy-skinny-ties/ My husband has a bunch of hand-me-down ties he never wears because he thinks they’re too wide… hello, box of newly slender ties under the tree!

  71. pamela says:

    for outdoor lovers (especially the little ones!) … treasure seeking bags.

  72. Erin Waters says:

    For a man I would make a really heavy flannel shirt that is pretty much usable as a jacket, but looks like a regular flannel shirt

  73. Margaret says:

    For an outdoor lover I would make a quilt with all different green fabric. For a man I would make a manly quilt with checks.

  74. Rosieq says:

    I’m planning on making some easy little bags to hold things such as ipods and kindles…just a little rectangle of two layers of fabric and a batting quilted folded over finished off with french seams…leaving enough at the top to fold over a carpenter’s tape measure , insert metal tape measure, finish off the ends, and wa-la with a little strap attached…your ipod, kindle case. easy-peasy!

  75. amanda says:

    Poinsettia activities for preschoolers!

    http://www.first-school.ws/activities/alpha/p/poinsettia.htm

  76. Jenny says:

    i think i would make a soft cushion for a sports fan to take to the stadium for the football game! quilted of course.

  77. jessica says:

    I would make a stadium cushion, with a strap to attach a blanket!

  78. Genevieve says:

    I’d make a sports fan one of these wrist cuffs/sweat bands in the official colors… http://www.etsy.com/listing/18136311/so-80s-cuff

    Oh yeah, gotta love those 80’s sweat bands!

    Genevieve

  79. Susanne says:

    http://crafts.kaboose.com/fabric-angels.html

    Perfect for those pretty fabric scraps that are SO hard to just toss out : D

  80. Anie says:

    a water bottle holder for sport fans.

  81. Amy L says:

    I would absolutely make an e-reader cover for a nook, kindle, etc. The e-readers are so popular right now & you can download textbooks and everything to them:) These fabrics would be a fantastic way to cover an e-reader instead of paying an inflated cost to get a mass-produced cover sold in stores!

  82. Beth Ellen says:

    I would make a stadium blanket lined with fleece, or a bag for carrying hockey pucks to practice, but not with those beautiful new florals–I would save those to make something for me!

  83. Katie says:

    For outdoor lovers, a nice dark quilt that doesn’t show dirt! Or a two-side blanket with oil-cloth or laminated fabric on one side and something nice on the other. Ideal!

  84. Delia says:

    A handmade bookcover would be nice for the scholar in your life.

  85. julie says:

    I am going to modify a crayon rollup for my husband to hold his English chisel set. This way he will know where they all are and they will stay sharper longer. I might even make another to hold his srewdrivers.

  86. Erin H. says:

    Hand-sewn gift ideas for scholars?

    1. Warm fuzzies for late-night winter studying—maybe a lap blanket, slippers, a study jacket (like a smoking jacket, but, uh, for studying). Sitting still for hours with only books and papers for company is known to lower body temperature.

    2. Book sleeves or covers. While I like to keep my books pristine, my husband’s go into his backpack and emerge looking like Miss Havisham’s wedding dress.

    3. Labeled organizing pockets. With a head stuffed full of programming languages and ancient Greek, my husband has a hard time remembering the mundane quotidian tasks necessary for life in the twenty-first century. It might help him to see some pretty twill tape stamped with useful mnemonics like “PUT KEYS HERE” and “TAKE THIS PAPER WITH YOU TODAY.” I’m just saying.

    Thanks for the giveaway, and for the thought-provokers!

  87. Annie says:

    Most of my “scholarly” friends are also unabashed nerds about the subjects they love. I would make something centered around their interests, like a binary scarf (like here: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter06/PATTbinary.html) for a computer engineer.

  88. Susan says:

    For scholars: a kindle cover/case would be nice.

  89. Sakura says:

    I want to make this ornament this yr http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2009/11/craft-project-felt-christmas-ornament.html. I made this adorable and funny one last yr http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/11/felt-gingerbread-ornaments.html.

    I love the Isso Ecco & Heart Japanese prints and the Dream on fabrics! Wonderful!

  90. ariane says:

    A nice sturdy bookbag, in a favorite color or print, for a studious scholar!

  91. Katherine Armstrong says:

    I’m in love with this idea: http://sewmamasew.com/?p=863, and hope to complete it by Dec (better get started!) I also think that a messenger bag or chef’s apron are great gifts for guys. Mine keeps asking for a wallet as well!

  92. Charis says:

    I have made this for my girls’ room and I think it could easily be adapted to holiday decor with holiday fabric and shapes like stars, trees, etc.
    http://www.purlbee.com/mollys-party-garland/

  93. Natalie says:

    My 70+ year old neighbour loves the outdoors and every day (rain or shine) takes long walks in a nearby park. I was thinking of making her a water bottle holder – I imagine it would make a wonderful gift for anyone who is into hiking as well.

  94. Crissy says:

    For the outdoor lover, a foldable picnic blanket tote like this one…

    http://zakkalife.blogspot.com/2010/06/how-to-sew-picnic-blanket-tote.html

  95. For either sports lovers, nature lovers, or scholars I’d make them a messenger bag. Different fabric for each one of course. They make a great bag to carry stuff to the game (or just declare your favorite team). A great bag to carry journals and samples in an outdoor hike. Or a great bag for your books!

  96. helena says:

    I am making many, many of these dragon boats as gifts this Christmas! Craftsanity has a great podcast, too.
    http://craftsanity.com/2009/12/the-dragon-boat-wrapped-holiday-ornament-tutorial/

  97. Krystal says:

    For a sports fan, I would start with the fleece blanket in a favorite team’s print and maybe a seat cushion that they could bring to the stadium in the team’s colors.

  98. Jennifer says:

    Oops! Sorry, I posted the same idea twice in the last post. My toddler is “helping” me type, and just hit the undo button right before I hit send. Sorry!!!!

  99. Jennifer says:

    This is the idea my husband has been most excited about recently. Here’s the tutorial: http://www.designmom.com/2010/08/diy-skinny-ties/ It’s instructions to make “skinny” ties from preexisting neckties. He received a bunch of hand-me-downs from his father, but hasn’t worn them because they’re “too wide.” A box of newly slenderized ties is definitely going under the tree for him this year! =0)

    Also, these are just coloring pages, but I think they’re great base templates for holiday applique craftiness. I’ve been saving them in my pdf files for the past few months and plan to use them to make a couple t-shirts festive, and I’m also planning to incorporate the Christmas ornaments into a dress, I’m planning as well (all for my toddler)! Here’s a a Christmas tree (http://bit.ly/dvLaHF), and here are the aforementioned ornaments (http://bit.ly/bJG2io).

    Incidentally, this may have already been posted, but this is the tutorial my husband has been most excited about recently. http://www.designmom.com/2010/08/diy-skinny-ties/ It’s instructions to make “skinny” ties from preexisting neckties. He received a bunch of hand-me-downs from his father, but hasn’t worn them because they’re “too wide.” A box of newly slenderized ties is definitely going under the tree for him this year! =0)

    Yay for handmade holidays!!!

  100. hockeymom55 says:

    What to make for a sports fan….
    Well, our family are hockey watchers…and it’s always super cold in the arena. A team-colors lap blanket w/ hand pockets would be great. (And, a blindfold! I’m a goalie-mom, and it’s SO HARD to watch them shoot pucks at your nine year old boy!!!)

  101. Dianne says:

    I think the Forest from Hokkoh fabric would be great to make one of these great manly catchall. What man doen’t need one of those.

  102. annie says:

    Hmm….my husband would love me to make some of these for him to hold his various things (tool parts, paint brushes, magazines, etc.):

    http://allbuttonedup.typepad.com/all_buttoned_up/2007/01/more_power_to_t.html

    Would that count?

  103. Sara says:

    I love this elf slipper tutorial from Maya Made. Super cute and thrifty for everyone on your Christmas list!

    http://mayamade.blogspot.com/2009/01/elf-slippers-tutorial.html

  104. Mary says:

    For sports fans, I have made golf shoe bags for men. I even made one with WI Badgers (football) fabric b/c the giftee was a fan.
    http://lifeon19th.blogspot.com/2009/04/golf-shoe-bag.html

  105. Allison says:

    I thought these Christmas cards were very cool:
    http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2009/11/19/super-simple-holiday-card-tutorial/
    I would love to have any of those fabrics- they are all cool!

  106. april says:

    I am planning to whip up a computer sleeve for my husband.

  107. Mama Mel says:

    Since I love to quilt, I would probably make a quilt for a sports fan, outdoors lover, or scholar… or all three! ;)

  108. Alana says:

    I love the Isso Ecco & Heart collection!

    For the holidays, I adore these super cute reindeer gift tags: http://www.creaturecomfortsblog.com/home/2009/12/2/free-printable-gift-tags-by-kristina.html

    Thanks!

  109. Caroline says:

    Fabulous new fabrics – i am off to the store after this to check it out. Here’s my fav ‘holiday’ tute for Halloween that is
    http://www.urbanthreads.com/pages?id=451
    and my own version of it ~ http://www.flickr.com/photos/trilliumdesign/4092187556/in/set-72157609316153975/

  110. Barbara says:

    I know exactly what I would make for an outdoor lover: the “Picnic Blanket with Rock Pockets” found right here on SMS.
    http://sewmamasew.com/?p=531
    What a wonderful idea for windy beaches or the like!

  111. Llamabean says:

    What about a basic insulated lunch bag but making it square/rectangle and adding some soft inserts,add a handle and a lid/ velcro flap and it could be used to hold a six pack at the game or at a tailgate, easy to make in favorite color or team colors.

  112. Leslie says:

    I am attempting to make quilts out of T-shirts for the my son and my daughter’s boyfriend.

  113. Samina says:

    Elizabeth Hartman’s 9 Patch Lattice Quilt is one of my favorite designs & I think it would look great in masculine or neutral colors.

    http://www.ohfransson.com/oh_fransson/2010/02/ninepatch-lattice-quilt.html

  114. for the outdoor lover, since it’s fall, i came across this great tutorial for a scoodie (scarf + hoodie), it even has a PDF pattern too! this would be great for men or women and all sorts of fun fabrics could be used!

    http://cyatutorials.blogspot.com/2009/12/scoodie.html

  115. Tina C. says:

    last year for a sports fan i made a zip-up vest in fleece of the team’s color, for a scholar i made a little pouch to put her special art supplies in, and for outdoors-men i made fleece hats (the simplest ones) and with the craziest printed patterns they were huge hits.

  116. Alex says:

    Outdoor lovers or students: reusable snack bags!

  117. A scrappy glasses case would make a nice sewn gift for a scholar that uses reading glasses.

    For Christmas Decor, I have finished my Spiderweb Christmas Tree Skirt and am currently writing the tutorial which will be packed with step-by-step pictures: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2010/08/very-merry-work-in-progress.html. I can send you a picture of the finished work. I’d love for my tutorial be included!

  118. Jen says:

    I actually just knit a scarf for a sports fan in the colors of his favorite team!

  119. Suzanne Shumaker says:

    I have been wanting to make my husband a football field quilt for some time. This is what I would make for a man. I would of course add his football team logo to it as well.

  120. Lynn says:

    I think a quilted scarf would be great to keep an outdoor lover or sports fan warm.

  121. Emily says:

    I love those “vintage sheets” fabrics! I just learned how to install zippers (finally…it’s easy!) and for my young scholars at home, I made zippered pencil pouches.

  122. Jennifer says:

    For a scholar like myself, I would make a cute bag that is big enough to fit spirals and notebooks, a laptop sleeve, and a really cute pencil case.

  123. Stephanie S says:

    I came across this tute for a holiday wreath a few weeks ago. I think it will be a great way to use up some scraps! http://piccadillypeddler.blogspot.com/2010/07/christmas-in-july-day-two.html

    I also just found this tute for making a Men’s Hoodie. I can’t wait to try it out!
    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie

  124. Alyssa says:

    I have been wanting to make a fabulous tree skirt and this tutotial looks amazing!

    http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/390-citrus-holiday-simply-quilted-patchwork-tree-skirt

  125. Cecily says:

    So technically this is a Halloween tutorial, but I’m thinking of making it with red and green and white scraps (and any shimmery scraps I might have) around a string of lights to decorate my door.

    http://www.homemadesimple.com/en-us/crafts/pages/festive-fabric-garlands.aspx

    I love Wa-Modern.

  126. Tricia says:

    I make my sports fans flannel Pyjamas in their team colours, or with their favourite sport on them. Great for sittin around watching the game.

  127. Doris says:

    A fun looking bargello styled tree skirt:

    http://www.sulky.com/project/treeskirt/

  128. Faith says:

    Oh my goodness, I love Isso Ecco & Heart from Lecien.

    One of my friends is a huge virginia tech fan. I created a special apron for her. The oven mitt made with the scraps actaully turned out to be my favorite thing. One of my other friend’s husband is a huge baseball fan; she just had a baby. I made her some baby accessories in her husband’s favorite team colors and fabric.

  129. Hannah says:

    For the men in my life, I’m thinking about making scarves that have wool suiting material on one side and probably fleece on the back. And I like the idea of seat cushions or else a fleece blanket in team colors for going to outdoor football games!

  130. Mary Margaret says:

    I am making appliqued stadium blankets for the football-lovin’ folks in my family. I’ve also been enjoying making bunting; it’s so easy to customize for any person or occasion!

    LOVE the new fabrics rolling in!

  131. Corrie says:

    I think sports fans (my husband and sons) love pajama pants in their team’s print or colors. Super easy, usable, and fun!

  132. Laura says:

    For the outdoor lovers, I would make some sort of “picnic/beach blanket”. I have a great pattern from Soule Mama’s book, but have yet to actually sit down and do it! For the scholar, you could always make a laptop case or case for a phone or ipod.
    Also for outdoor lovers…those especially who like to backpack or camp….I would give handmade soap. I’m not sure if you want only sewing ideas, but my husband and I make soap that is wonderful and safe for the environment as well!

  133. Keri says:

    My husband loves the outdoors and loves to go biking. On my to do list is to make him a bike pack to attach to the handlebars so that he can put small items (id, chapstick, etc)in it while he rides.

  134. Elaine says:

    Here is a cute Thanksgiving Printable, Placecards w/ an area to write what they are thankful for. =)

    http://www.erinvaledesign.com/leo_on_the_loose/2009/11/diy-free-printable-falling-leaves-thankful-for-card-set.html

  135. Java Jane says:

    Fleece mittens are a nice gift for outdoors people. The pattern I have used is found here:

    http://www.barlowscientific.com/technotes/home/mittens.htm

  136. anna says:

    a picnic/stadium blanket, and the old standby, mittens!

  137. pedilu says:

    Here is a really fantastic how-to for men’s boxer shorts. They will definitely fit!
    http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2008/08/19/boxer-shorts/
    I sewed it… for me! ;.)

  138. tierraazul says:

    I see skirts.

  139. Acequiamadre says:

    Love these. Love them.

  140. Rebecca says:

    For the scholar I would make a laptop computer cover!

  141. Carol says:

    This tote is one I have made many times, in many fabrics. http://www.coatsandclark.com/Crafts/Sewing/Projects/Accessories/CS0038+Reusable+Grocery+Bag.htm My husband used to grab a plastic grocery bag for his boat outings, until I made him a “Boat Tote” with this pattern. I added a front pocket from fish fabric and a velcro closure for the pocket to hold his boat keys. He uses it for EVERY trip now.

  142. iris says:

    I’ve used felt circle garlands, surrounded by blanket stitch in the past for Christmas. Here’s a generic “felt circle garland” tutorial, that can be made any color you like: http://thebusybudgetingmama.blogspot.com/2010/09/circle-felt-garland-tutorial.html

  143. Margaret Stevens says:

    http://melissaesplin.com/home/2009/12/2009-christmas-candy-box/
    This is a great link to small printable gift boxes for candies and chocolates. Very pretty.

  144. Xandi says:

    For men and the outdoorsy – how to make your own collapsible dog water bowl. Easy to pack when you are hiking or camping with your dogs.

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/41093/how-to-make-a-collapsible-travel-dish-for-your-pet

  145. Leslie says:

    For the football nuts in our family I am going to make koozies for christmas (my husband’s idea and I am executing). The inner liner will be neoprene and then some sort of leather and nfl team fabric. This is not exactly my idea of a gift, but I am sure the guys will love it.

    By the way, I this the Lecien and Hokkoh fabrics are fantastic. Great colors and designs!

  146. christa says:

    here’s a fun, free pdf file for making some interesting pumpkin faces. you said holiday and so i went with the one that is the closest! well, maybe that’s columbus day, but the one after that.

    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2010/10/some-halloween-goodies-.html

  147. Jennifer says:

    Here is a nifty pattern for a ironing board cover
    http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/2008/01/super-easy-iron.html

    The new fabric is beatuiful!

  148. Bobbi Beito says:

    I know this is from 2008, but I think some men would think this is a great gift to receive for their laptop (or ipod)! it’s totally original and it’s just an all-around, great idea for a gift!

    http://blog.betzwhite.com/2008/08/sketchy-maclaptop.html

  149. DianeY says:

    My husband is a golfer & being hot here, he never takes enough liquids with him. I’m looking to making him a large, insulated beverage holder that will fit on his push-cart without hanging from the handle-that flops around too much. Now I gotta figure it out!

  150. Karen says:

    For scholars I would make padded laptop or Ipad sleeves (I need one too); for the outdoors or sports fans, I think fleece backed hats, scarves and mittens.

  151. Sarah says:

    I’ve always wanted to do a holiday card holder. This is cute and inexpensive. I think I’ll sew a whole cover for mine with a fun base. Then I’ll run ribbon around it and hold the cards on the ribbons. Or maybe find some fun holiday pins? Endless possibilities.

    http://tatertotsandjello.blogspot.com/2009/11/more-burlap-projects-make-holiday-card.html

  152. All the new students in one of the colleges at the University of Minnesota are receiving IPAD’s so a great gift for that scholar would be an IPAD case. Here’s a tutorial:
    http://www.mahalo.com/how-to-make-an-ipad-case

  153. Natalie says:

    I’m making vinyl backed blankets for my sport fan/outdoorsy husband. We always seem to sit on the wet patch of grass when we watch our nieces and nephews games. It’ll also be great for picnics and camping…

    I hope you like this idea enough for me to win!!!!

  154. Catherine says:

    I have Soule Mama’s picnic/beach blanket on my list as a gift for several outdoors-loving families I need gifts for. I love the new Forest fabric by Hokkah. Thanks!

  155. Anne says:

    My cousin who crafts herself is always a challenge but being also a scholar who travels, I am planning on a new iPad cover. Now it’s only choosing the fabric.

  156. Alexis says:

    For a sports fan, I’m making a stadium quilt- super warm, backed with fleece and in team colors!

  157. Diane says:

    Gifts for a scholar could include any one of these: – stuffed owl, owl decorated tote, coasters, cozy for drink, covered notebooks or journals, bags of all kinds…scholars need them to carry pencils, books, pens….hair scrunchies as scholars want to put that hair up and not fuss, fabric snack basket and snacks to munch on while studying, fabric covers for ipads, ipods, kindles, or even their own fabric stationery. I saw this on etsy…and thought it could be done so cutely in any fabric for so many people:
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/36954810/green-and-pink-polka-dot-fabric?ref=sr_gallery_11&ga_search_query=fabric+gifts&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_page=4&order=&includes0=tags&includes1=title

  158. Sarah Vee says:

    How about a tie for men?!
    http://www.purlbee.com/fathers-day-ties/
    You should go to the end of the tutorial to print out a corrected pattern.
    Would love some of those apple selvages – and the fabric too! Thanks for the chance.

  159. Joelle Lambert says:

    I love “Forest” .

  160. Karisty says:

    I would probably make a computer or iPad cover depending on their favorite device.

  161. Catherine says:

    Beer cozies for men and sports lovers! Keep those drinks cold and your hands warm.

  162. Jennifer says:

    I think a messenger bag would be perfect for a scholar. A place for pens and pencils, a key loop, maybe a pocket for a snack!

  163. Rebecca says:

    I think this is just beautiful, and I hope to make one with fabric.
    http://missfancypants.typepad.com/little_miss_fancy_pants/2009/09/fancy-this-christmas-wreath.html

  164. Jennifer says:

    I love these paper latern ornaments. You could make them for any occasion by just using different printed paper. (found via How About Orange)
    http://thecreativeplace.blogspot.com/2009/10/tuesday-tutorial-paper-lantern.html

    Jessica at How About Orange has a bunch of great holiday projects and printables on her blog http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/search/label/christmas

  165. Jessica h says:

    I love the fabric. For the outdoor lover I would make a beautiful picnic blanket.

  166. For sports fans: I made my dad a Chicago Bears fleece pillow, hat, and scarf. He LOVE it, and it was incredibly simple.

    For lovers of the outdoors: Something I’ve made for myself and kiddos is a mini canvas messanger bag (leaves/trees fabric) with a special flap pocket inside to hold a small sketch book. There was also enough room for a pair of binoculars (make a matching case for binoculars with a snap), and plenty of room for a small bird watching guide (or whatever guide your recipient would use).

    Also, I can’t help but post this adorable pattern for repurposing an old sweater turning it into an adorable Christmas stocking! This is a 2009 pattern and absolutely free . . .

    http://blissfullydomestic.com/2009/how-to-turn-a-sweater-into-a-stocking

  167. HeidiMonkey says:

    I would make for a scholar, one of those bedside fabric caddies that tucks in between the mattress and box spring. The pockets are great to hold books, magazines, glasses, and all kinds of other things!

  168. Shara says:

    I’m working on Oh Fransson’s Advent Calendar, and hoping to finish it in time to fill it with goodies!
    http://sewmamasew.com/?p=863

  169. Amy Newbold says:

    I think the best sports project is a quilt I recently seen in a store. Here’s a link to it:

    http://pipersgirls.wordpress.com/2008/05/15/basting/

  170. Rebecca says:

    Not sure when this tutorial was posted, but this gym bag would be good for a man or woman, depending on the fabrics that you used

    http://sewing.about.com/od/bagstotespurseproject/ss/gymbag.htm

  171. Wendy says:

    For the outdoorsy, I would sew an earflap hat lined with fleece or flannel.

  172. Tina M says:

    How about printable pop-up cards from RobertSabuda the pop-up artist supreme?
    http://www.robertsabuda.com/popmakesimple.asp

    or printable toys/boxes:
    http://www.thetoymaker.com/2Toys.html

    :)

  173. Dempsey says:

    Love this garland! We made it last year for a Christmas party we had and everyone loved it: http://afieldjournal.blogspot.com/2008/12/homemade-christmas-garland-tutorial.html

    Also that Isso Ecco And Heart is ADORABLE!

  174. S. Majorins says:

    For a man: a tie!
    http://www.purlbee.com/fathers-day-ties/

  175. marilyn podoll says:

    I’m making pillowcases for everyone this year. They are very easy. Just my style. I am going to have to get Football team fabric (hmmmm). I like this tute:

    http://www.vanillajoy.com/pillowcase-tutorial.html

  176. Heidi says:

    Beautiful Fabric!! I’m having trouble coming up with ideas for my husband. But I think that it’ll end up being a hooded sweatshirt. Perfect for sporting events and playing outside.

  177. Betsy says:

    For scholars, I like to take a special book and cover it in fabric. This works especially well for prayer books or Bibles.

  178. Jen Higgins says:

    Oh, fun! I’m going to check out the links! Here’s mine for a holiday tutorial.
    http://jeniferhiggins.blogspot.com/2008/12/paper-forest.html

  179. Kaye Prince says:

    I found this tutorial for sewing a men’s hooded sweatshirt (and it’s really nice looking) out of fleece. I think would be great not only just as a general “man gift” but also for someone who likes the outdoors; maybe a guy who likes to go jogging in the cold morning hours?

    Here’s the link: http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie

  180. Anita says:

    Opps forgot to mention what I make out of the fabric – probably a dress for my daughter!

  181. Anita says:

    I love the handmade holidays ideas – thank you!

  182. SaraD says:

    Fabric bookmarks!

  183. Lori says:

    For scholars, definitely laptop/ipad case.
    For soccer moms, I like the idea of a stadium bench pad too!

  184. Sarah says:

    Looks like my husband and I will be getting our first tree for our first official christmas as a married couple! I’ll need to make some of these fabric ornaments!

    http://www.make-stuff.com/projects/quiltball.html

  185. Jessica says:

    This isn’t a sewing tutorial but it’s super cute. And the perfect time to start. It’s gourd season!
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/09/how-to_make_russian_nesting_do.html

  186. Trina says:

    For a scholar, I would make a quilted messenger bag with a divided interior, where the divider is actually another huge zippered compartment. Since I just figured out how to do this for myself, I have to say that it makes a fantastic laptop bag- with room for my Kindle too!

  187. Jenne says:

    Gift for a guy! (perpetually so difficult to come up with stuff!)

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie

  188. Jessica says:

    For the scholars, I love making bags or pillow cases out of old college t-shirts. It’s a great way to save memories and make something cute and useful.

  189. Kristin says:

    It’s not done yet, but I plan on finishing it next week (not the calender, it’s done…the tutorial). It’s only taken me a year! :)
    http://seemommysew.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/advent-calendar-tutorial-under-construction/

  190. Angela says:

    These wine bottle printables look really cool, I think I’ll have to use a few this year since we always bring a bottle along!

    http://www.bhg.com/holidays/christmas/gifts/wine-labels/

  191. Sara Kok says:

    I would make a messenger bag for any outdoor lovers who like to go exploring and keep any their finds. I go out exploring and rock hunting and it would be great to have something like a messenger bag with lots of pockets to keep everything I find in it. If I make one for myself, I could make it girlie :).

  192. Alisa says:

    Hello,
    I would make some kind of small blanket. One that could be used for either sitting on(bleachers get hard by the 6th inning) or wrapping up in for those chilly night games. Love the fabric!

  193. Lina says:

    I haven’t made this yet but I’m really wanting my very own monster Christmas stocking:
    http://www.crapivemade.com/2009/12/monster-stocking-tutorial.html

  194. Lauren says:

    I’m hoping to make my sister a gardening apron since she loves being outdoors in her garden.

  195. Megan says:

    For men, I’m thinking about making a travel tie wallet (no tutorial to link to, just an idea rolling around in my head!). For the outdoor enthusiast: garden totes and insulated water bottle tote/cozies (tozies?). And for scholars, you just can’t go wrong with a good messenger bag.

  196. Lisa D says:

    Love the new fabrics! I love being outdoors and taking the kids for walks. I have a baby due in a few weeks. I’ve already sewn the mei tai carrier from Meg of Sew Liberated. It was an easy pattern and I would definitely make it for any outdoor lover.

  197. I would make a nice flannel blanket for my sports fan!

  198. Tess says:

    I think I’d make a set of book covers and bookmarks with a pencil case, too, for someone who loves school and learning!

  199. Kristin says:

    http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/390-citrus-holiday-simply-quilted-patchwork-tree-skirt

    Here’s a great tutorial for an easy and very pretty/classy tree skirt. I haven’t made it yet for myself, but am planning to once I can afford the fabric!

  200. jes says:

    love all the fabrics!

    Sport fans: I’d make a laundry tote with their favorite teams colors.

    Scholars: Ideas would be book covers for their precious books or maybe a quilt so they could read outdoors. A hat.

    outdoor lovers: first think comes to mind is a carrying case that fits in their trunk to take on their adventures. Another thought a pouch to wrap around their leg to carry thier keys/ money so thier pockets aren’t full while hiking etc…

  201. Kristie says:

    This is a link to a felted sweater blanket. It was the inspiration for a blanket I’m making for my husband for Christmas. Mine is made with 6 1/2 inch squares, handsewn, backed with a super soft blanket, tied, and bound. Or, it will be once I am finished. It’s a fun project.

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/10981/how-to-make-an-embellished-blanket-with-recycled-sweaters

  202. Carrie says:

    Ooo, yummy fabrics! I want them ALL!

    Outdoors *artist*: Make a sketch kit bag to hold a sketch book and an assortment of pencils. Similar to this: http://fromanigloo.blogspot.com/2010/02/art-bag-tutorial.html , maybe modified to be smaller and have a zippered pocket (on the outside?) to hold eraser/sharpener/small things.

    (I’d be willing to create a tutorial – I just don’t have a blog of my own).

    -Carrie
    jaynabug @ gmail . com

  203. Kelly says:

    My husband, the scholar, really wants a tweed jacket with leather elbow patches!

  204. Lisa says:

    I would make a touque with ear flaps! If I could knit! Please someone help me learn to knit! LOL

  205. Jana says:

    I go to many soccer games as a spectator. Invariably “bleacher butt” sets in early in the first half. I would make an easily totable seat cushion for the soccer mom(or dad).

  206. Wendy says:

    I would make a quilted picnic blanket for an outdoor lover (and myself!)

  207. Lindsey says:

    For scholars (being one of them) I would make fabric covered notebooks or find an old cute, antique book from a thrift store, take the cover off, add some blank pages and have it spiral bound as a super cute, super chic notebook. It also looks really cute to leave in a few of the old pages sprinkled throughout. It makes for interesting reading while in a class.

  208. Fawn says:

    For sports fans: make a throw using the colors for their favorite team (even jersey numbers or last names).

    Scholars: A sturdy but mobile filing system would be awesome!!! Research can be hard to keep organized!

    Outdoor lovers: What about a series of coordinating zipped pouches (can be used for stuff for the dog, small items while cycling, first aid kits, etc). They can be done out of a sturdy nylon fabric and maybe have a lining that is waterproof? They’d be great:)

  209. Tong says:

    this is actually from december 2008, but that’s close enough to 2009?? some cute holiday and crafty printables:

    http://afancifultwist.typepad.com/a_fanciful_twist/2008/12/printable-holiday-gift-tags-treats-all-over-the-place-fun.html

  210. Julia in WDM says:

    What would I make for scholars? everything on a tether so nothing gets lost or separated from their bag. phone, calculator, tissues, glasses, notebooks, computer, etc.

    for a man, i like this; http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/05/man-gift-toiletry-bag-with-oil-cloth.html

  211. Tuesday says:

    Oh, I hope THIS week is my week to win :P

  212. Kimberlee says:

    http://www.re-nest.com/re-nest/decorating/seasonal-decor-white-branches-102169

    I think this would also make an excellent porch/patio/balcony decoration. Spray paint the branches sparkly white, sink into pots filled with soil or Styrofoam, and hang with fairy lights. So pretty!

  213. Ohh ohh ohhhhhhhhhhhh – I want some – NOW!!! I feel like that spoiled girl from Willy Wonka…don’t care how, I want it NOW!!!

  214. Ellen Robinson says:

    Here is a great skeleton printable.. just in time for Halloween!
    http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2009/10/skeleton-papercraft-project.html

    The post contains the link to the actual printable with the steps to navigate that site.

    I love the Isso Ecco and Heart fabric line. The others are luscious too!

  215. Tara says:

    I can’t wait to make this for Thanksgiving… it’s a fall garland.

    http://beeinourbonnet.blogspot.com/2009/11/banner-for-november.html

  216. Ginger K says:

    http://www.craftideas.info/html/felt_christmas_cookies_c.html
    This seems like a cute holiday craft. I think you could use any fabric scraps and embellish with buttons, sequins, beads, etc.
    If you use other fabrics, a little interfacing would be needed. Some machines have fancy stitching to embellish as well.

  217. Bethany says:

    First of all, I love love love the Isso Ecco & Heart collection! I don’t have a tutorial to link to but my man loves the cozy sweatpants I made for him a couple of years ago. Just the other day he asked for a new pair because the other pair is worn out and shrinking. Or you can sew him a set of bags for the awesome corn hole game that he made.

  218. Alexandra says:

    I would make outdoor lovers a small bike satchel and sports fans a little cushion that folds up (so much left over batting must be good for something!). These are already on my to-do list. :)

  219. I want to make felted sweater stockings for Christmas this year. I have the pile of felted sweaters, now I just need to find some time! I like this tutorial because it uses just the sleeves leaving the main part of the sweater for other projects–
    http://www.craftevolution.com/?p=1310

  220. William says:

    One of the things that is super easy to make. And is especially appreciated by the hunters of the family would be fleece “tubes” that attach to the belt buckle. Perfect way to keep the hands warm while sitting out in the woods in the cold.

    You can make them with a pocket on the inside to keep the little hand warmer packets to make it really toasty.

  221. Debbie says:

    These fabrics are all so lovely! My nephews are sports fans and they would like a blanket made in the colors of their favorite team.

  222. Tammi Yarber says:

    Shopping for gifts for men can be so difficult! I would love to see a quality tutorial for a sewable masculine gift on the blog this holiday season. Looking forward to the 2010 Handmade Holidays lists!

  223. Emily S says:

    I love this printable gift tags from Ann Woods….
    http://annwood.net/blog/2009/12/08/new-birds-and-diy-gift-tags/

  224. Becky says:

    For Outdoor Lovers (especially children) – LOTS OF POCKETS PANTS!
    Made my daughter a pair with Scientific Seamstress Easy Fit Pants pattern and then used every pocket pattern/design/tutorial I could find to literally cover them in pockets (might want to scale back a bit for adult pants:). Pocket sizes vary to accomodate field guides, tiny acorn collections, and a random dinosaur toy or two. Like cargo pants on a caffeine rush:) She loves them and I find myself more than a little jealous every time she wears them on a family hike!

  225. Louise says:

    I would make a water bottle holder for long walks in the sun!

  226. Alexandra says:

    This is older (and not MY tutorial – can we post others?) but it’s so cool I thought I’d pass it along:

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/10/christmas-tree-skirt-tutorial.html

  227. Kristin says:

    Here is a great item to make for “scholars” (http://www.youcanmakethis.com/info/featured-products/Notebook-Slipcover.htm)

    :) Love the new fabric!

  228. Blossom says:

    Pretty fabrics! Hmmm, something for scholars…maybe a messenger type bag?

  229. beverly says:

    I made hand warmers for my neighbors that walk their dog. The original link was from Martha, but was taken down b/c it recommended using pie weights inside. Unfortunately, there were reports of fires in microwaves w/ this method. I used rice instead. Never heard any complaints (or fire alarms) from them.

  230. alison says:

    Here’s a video tutorial for a hoodie blazer (just adding a hood to a blazer). http://www.5min.com/Video/Thread-Heads-Hoodie-Blazer-Tutorial-11211

    Not sewing related but this tutorial for “Bug-Banishing Candles” would be great for outdoor lovers. http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2010/06/homemade-bug-banishing-candles.html The same blog has homemade mosquito repellent http://www.positivelysplendid.com/2010/06/make-your-own-mosquito-repellent-spray.html

    I could see a little village of these paper houses on my window sill http://www.twelve22.org/2009/11/winter-time_paper_house_freebi.html

    This fabric wreath tutorial over Moda Bakeshop is fabulous! http://www.modabakeshop.com/2009/11/fabric-wreath.html

  231. Leanna says:

    Something fun for outdoor lovers and sportsfans would be a fold-up blanket of some kind that can be stowed in the car/backpack without taking up too much room!

  232. Annmarie Tegen says:

    Ooops – forgot the link:

    http://www.sewing.org/files/project/cup_can_cozy.pdf

  233. Annmarie Tegen says:

    How about a cup cozy? You can vary the fabric to suit the person – sports fans, outdoor lovers and scholars. Easy on the environment too.

  234. Amy says:

    I love the idea of linen drawstring bags for camping gear, maybe printed on the fabric or a picture on the outside of what is inside.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  235. Deb DeChurch says:

    There’s a great tutorial for a men’s fleece hoodie at http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie

    Hope I win!!

  236. Jenny says:

    Well, it’s not a step by step, but it’s homemade and easy to figure out! I saw this advent calender in the Garnet Hill catalog and just knew I could make it for less than the $68 that they were charging!

    http://www.thesoutherninstitute.com/2009/12/its-finally-done.html

  237. Mandy says:

    You can sew lounge pants for men – or matching PJs for the whole family: http://craftedition.blogspot.com/2009/12/pajama-pants.html

  238. Carolyn says:

    This is a great question, and I can’t wait to see the results. I plan to make manly water bottle carriers for my brother and hiking brother-in-law.

  239. autumnesf says:

    For my sports lover I am going to make some fleece lounging pants for football day — in a print with his fav team logos of course!

  240. elana says:

    i love this tutorial for a water bottle holder: http://pm-betweenthelines.blogspot.com/2009/09/water-bottle-holder.html

    perfect for outdoor lovers and sports fans! you can do them in any team colors!

  241. Heidi S. says:

    Dream On is absolutely beautiful! As an idea for sports fans, my vote would be a seat cushion/stadium seat, or school color themed hat/mittens/scarf set – as the wife of a band director, those bleachers get COLD on these lovely fall nights!

  242. For scholars I would make book covers. I love the idea of fabric books covers to protect them as you lug them around…and the best part is they are reusable!

  243. Liz says:

    This is a hard one. Where I live there are TONS of college football fans, however none in my family! But I’m thinking if there were, I would make a table runner in school colors, maybe with an applique of the teams letters. Then the sports fan could bring it out for game day!

  244. Tez says:

    This one is older than 2009, but I had to include it because I love it and it is so quick and cute.

    http://blog.creativekismet.com/2006/12/14/8-quick-easy-wreath/

  245. Chris says:

    I love the FFF picks this week. They are pretty!
    I would pick
    Tell us what you would make for sports fans, outdoor lovers, or scholars – need some ideas for my brothers !

  246. Mary Beth says:

    I Love the Urban Chiks Dream On line! Such a vintage appeal!

  247. Colleen says:

    Thanks as always for the free fabric Friday! I would choose –
    Tell us what you would make for sports fans, outdoor lovers, or scholars.

  248. Michelle says:

    I would make fleece lined scarves for outdoor lovers, or a journal cover such as http://sew4home.com/projects/fabric-art-a-accents/553-french-desk-set-journal-cover for my sister, a teacher.

  249. Anya says:

    I’d make a notebook cover for a scholar….or a fleece blanket for a cold dorm. Thanks for the chance!

  250. Sara A says:

    For sports lovers I would make an equipment bag… something in a very basic fabric, but with a little something special as well to individualize it. Something that reflects something about the person.
    Scholars…. easy…. a computer bag, again with a very personal touch on it.

  251. Courtney says:

    A holiday shower curtain would be fun to change up a bathroom. I have a shower curtain tutorial here. http://sweeterthancupcakes.blogspot.com/2010/08/shower-curtain-tutorial.html

  252. lola g says:

    I think I would make some sort of coasters for a sports fan. Maybe using fabric in their team’s colors or even with a team’s logo printed fabric. :)

  253. Tez says:

    I know that the free patterns to sew for men are few and far between online, but this is one I found earlier this month and I’m making a couple for the men in my life, for Christmas!

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie

    This craft for christmas decor is simple enough that I’m organizing to do it with my grade 9 students! Many opportunities to vary the design.

    http://www.womansday.com/Articles/Crafts/Holiday-Craft-Fabric-Wreath.html

  254. Andy Thorpe says:

    This is a great tutorial for something to sew for men, a water bottle carrier. My husband loves the one I made for him.
    http://pinkchalkstudio.com/blog/2006/07/10/whiplash-challenge-water-bottle-carrier/

  255. Anne Marie says:

    I would make a cozy quilt for all the sports fans and outdoorsy lovers – got to keep warm.

  256. Lindsey F. says:

    I have made coasters using material that has a motif that matches the sports fan/outdoor lovers interest…in my case, it was fish for a fly fishing enthusiast.

  257. patricia says:

    A link to a tutorial for something to sew for men would great. I am always short on ideas for things to sew for men/boys. The Japanese fabrics are super.

  258. Kristy says:

    Here’s a good tutorial for making Christmas Stockings, I’m going to make one for each of us this season!
    http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/2009/11/christmas-stocking-tutorial.html

  259. Chris Aiton says:

    Here’s a link to a paper tree that I made last year but it would look fantastic done in ribbons or fabric strips. thanks for the chance to some of that lovely fabric!
    http://chrisaiton.blogspot.com/2009/12/paper-tree-tutorial.html

  260. Holly says:

    I would love to make a handlebar bag or seat bag for my bike!

  261. Beth says:

    A great thing to make for a sports fan or outdoor lover would be a portable seat cushion. Maybe in the team’s colors? Or with a nature theme? Another idea is for a water bottle tote/cover.

  262. sara says:

    Multi-tasking here but for the Man/outdoors lover/academic and sports fans I think the only possible option to consider is a handmade Trapper hat. While I haven’t found a pattern I love, I think a modification of this basic idea would be easy enough (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=87662.0). A little bit of sueded-minkie combo or a fleece with an unexpected orange or magenta ultra- suede would be perfect. I’ll be adding this one to my handmade gifts list this year.

  263. Leandre says:

    I love this very simple holiday card idea: http://www.amyalamode.com/blog/2009/11/19/super-simple-holiday-card-tutorial/

  264. Love the fabric it is all beautiful. I would love to have access to a holiday printable from 2009. Thanks for all you do.

  265. Megan says:

    For outdoor lovers: fleece boot liners, for scholars: a quilted book cover, bookmarks, handmade journal…can’t wait to see all the ideas!

  266. Allison says:

    Here’s a tutorial for sewing a men’s fleece hoodie:

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/30695/how-to-make-a-mens-fleece-hoodie/page/all

    I love that pseudo-vintage sheet fabric. I have a friend making a quilt with it.

  267. cynthia says:

    A nice cozy quilt for those cold winter nights in the dorm. I went to college in northern Michigan and thats all I can remember sometimes is how cold it was.

    Thanks Cynthia

  268. Megan L says:

    As a sports fan, I’d probably make a reversible quilt for another special football fan. College football on one side, NFL on the other.

    Awesome.

  269. Octavia says:

    I would like to make a hoodie cowl for all the parents at soccer games…team’s color of course.

  270. Zegi says:

    For a sports fan – a quilt in the team colors (I absolutely HATE novelty sports fabric) backed with flannel for extra toasty warmth on the bleachers.

  271. Beth says:

    All I can think about are garlands that were popping up some time ago – they really are festive and can be done with felt or paper… http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2009/12/26/mollys-sketchbook-new-years-garland.html
    http://annamariahorner.blogspot.com/2006/12/cozy-up-with-blanket.html

  272. Alice S says:

    I”m not sure if this is holiday decor, but its a pocket advent calendar that’s adorable.
    http://mylittlemochi.typepad.com/my_little_mochi/2008/11/pocket-advent-calendar.html
    This gumdrop wreath is a favorite of mine.
    http://kiddley.com/2006/12/19/gumdrop-wreath/
    This is a lovely snowman printable.
    http://indiefixx.com/2009/12/07/decembers-feed-your-soul-the-free-art-project-monday-download-week-2/

  273. Lael says:

    For outdoor lovers- I’d make a picnic blanket via the likes of Oh! Fransson’s!

  274. Melinda says:

    For a sports fan? A nice fleece backed lap quilt (colors coordinating with their favorite team of course) with a matching set of fleece mittens and a hat.
    For the outdoor enthusiast? How about a picnic quilt with a set of matching napkins and placemats… all gifted in a nice lined (matching!) basket!
    And for scholars… A handmade messenger bag with a matching pencil case, change purse and lunch bag.

    =)
    PS I absolutely love the Floral Spray in Pink in the Isso Ecco& Heart from Lecien collection!

  275. Andi says:

    For outdoor lovers I would sew a messenger bag, binocular bag or camera bag (a camera dry bag for water sports enthusiasts), a water bottle bag, reusable snack packs, fleece socks (I know, I know, some people wouldn’t think socks a good gift, but seriously, fleece socks are so warm when you are outside in the snow….)

  276. Catriona Macleod says:

    For a sport lover, or an outdoor lover, I’d make a bag with velcro straps to attach to their bicycle’s handlebars. There’s a nice tutorial for a bicycle frame lunchbag on:
    This could easily be altered to fit on the handlebars to carry lunch, a camera, or a map.

  277. Ima says:

    Great new fabrics! We’re outdoor lovers ourselves and one of the favorit things I’ve made for our walks is a Meitai-babycarrier. It can easily be folded and put in a bag without much extra weight to carry and when the little feet get tired, you get it out and carry your todler for a while.

  278. Veronica says:

    Tiny Fabric Bag Ornaments! Cute, easy and fun!

    http://kheaney-writeitdown.blogspot.com/2009/12/day-9-of-handmade-ornaments.html

  279. Lindsay says:

    For an outdoor lover I would make a small roll up mat (just about bottom sized) with some sort of waterproof backing e.g. oil cloth that they could carry around with them in their back pack and use to sit on when they stop for their packed lunch along with a water proof lunch back to keep their packed lunch dry.

  280. Thirza says:

    O my word, those Dream on fabrics indeed shout THRIFT SHOP! Those soft tactile sheets in prints you find after having gone throught two big piles on unfolded discount duvet covers.

    One tutorial for my midwinter decor that has been bookmarked since I found it in January (it is from December 2009), is Betz White felt ogee ornament: http://blog.betzwhite.com/2009/12/felt-ogee-ornament-tutorial.html

    I think it is absolutely gorgeous and hope to make a few for this year’s festivities.

  281. Gill says:

    A picnic blanket in the beautiful Lecien fabrics!
    Gill

  282. Ramona Burke says:

    My college used keycards to get into all the buildings, and at the library… I’m thinking a bag like this would be awesome, especially a subtle version in my school colors (dark blue and white)…
    http://whipup.net/2010/10/06/2010-whipup-guest-blogging-series-library-tote-tutorial/

  283. Valerie says:

    I liked these tags last year! They came in really handy and weren’t too traditional!!

    http://www.domestifluff.com/2009/12/free-printable-wintry-holiday-tags/

  284. Lorenna says:

    My husband is a scholar, and I am hoping to make him a new laptop case this year for Christmas, personalized to his needs! But if I had anything from that forest collection, I would make case/cozy for my husbands hiking GPS (he is also and outdoor enthusiast).

  285. Bree says:

    This tutorial for a carpenter apron I put together is great for little kids and big kids. Ideal for use as a carpenter apron or for a gardening apron.
    http://meandmy2guys.blogspot.com/2010/02/little-carpenter-apron-tutorial.html

  286. Teresa says:

    It was tough to find something sewn that a man would actually use. I found this tutorial for a gardening tool belt. It could easily be made into a manly tool belt with some sturdy fabric, like a denim or something.
    http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-tool-apron-from-sew-what-bags-4498/

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