November 1 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends

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Happy Handmade Holidays! Foster play, creativity and joy in 2011 with these fun ideas for Imaginative Friends of all ages! Don’t forget to comment for your chance to win one of the fabulous prizes below, and tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Make It

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Melissa from Tiny Happy created these wings for Small Magazine. They’re sure to remind you of warmer summer days. Made with cotton or linen, these Fabric Dress-Up Wings are great for a breezy weather when a little wind can help a child’s imagination take flight!
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Turn any friend into royalty with Jessica’s Felt Crown from Juicy Bits. Using some wool felt, a few appliquΓ©s or other simple decorations, you can sew one up for each member of your royal house in no time. (You might also recognize Jessica from her very popular Timber fabric collection!)
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From broccoli to kiwi to pot stickers, Jess has made nearly a pantry full of Felt Food. She shares her clever tutorials on her blog, where we recently spied her newest tutorial for waffles! Little ones will love to create their own imaginary feast. Find a complete kitchen’s worth of tutorials linked on her right sidebar at Craftiness is Not Optional.
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Bring their favorite story to life as your child flies around in this Peter Pan Costume. The costume from Make It and Love It is made from soft fleece & knit so they will be comfortable while battling that troublesome Captain Hook.
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Gather all your imaginative friends for some downtime in this Play Tent. Christina’s ingenious tutorial at 2 Little Hooligans uses a hula-hoop and three flat sheets that can all be easily hung or stored away as playtime allows.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Gifts that Sparkle, Laugh!, Whimsical Gifts, Craft!, Gifts for Play, For the Kids, Play Cape Costume

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:

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Buy It

spacer Rainforest Playsilks from Desert Dyeworks
Here’s a colorful set of three 21″x21″ playsilks which are dyed using non-toxic and wash-fast fiber reactive dyes. Each Rainforest Playsilk includes a colorful design that has been dyed, drawn, cut & printed completely by hand. Let their imagination run wild!

Mix It

spacer Three-Citrus Marmalade from Food in Jars

Marisa has some great suggestions for her Three-Citrus Marmalade such as pairing it with some goat cheese or spreading it on freshly baked scones and drinking tea with milk and sugar. We think it’s perfect for holiday gift giving.

Print It

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Start the month off with this Spool Advent Calendar from Cathe at Just Something I Made. Download and print templates for each day which you can use to write little notes or clues for their next gift.

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 one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Amy Butler
(Chronicle Books, $29.95, ISBN 97808118866699)

From the Publisher:

Celebrated designer Amy Butler’s most coveted products are her handbag sewing patterns. In Style Stitches, Butler presents an array of new bag designs for her fans across the globe. The book offers 12 basic patterns with enough variations to achieve 26 unique looks. Ranging from chic clutches and delicate wristlets to pretty hobo bags and handy coin purses, with instructions for altering dimensions, straps, and embellishments to get the desired look, each project incorporates Butler’s fresh, modern style and attention to detail. With illustrated step-by-step directions, a comprehensive techniques section, and a bound-in pocket filled with the patterns themselves, Style Stitches is an essential and fashionable addition to every sewer’s library.

By Amanda Blake Soule
(Trumpeter, $15.37, ISBN: 978-1-59030-595-9)

From the Publisher:

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

Filled with thirty-three projects made by reusing and repurposing materials, all of the items here offer a practical use in the home. From picnic blankets made out of repurposed bed sheets to curtains made out of vintage handkerchiefs, these projects express the sense of making something new out of something old as a way to live a more financially pared-down and simple life; lessen our impact on the earth; connect to the past and preserve a more traditional way of life; and place value on the work of the hands. Also included are projects that children can help with, allowing them to make their own special contribution to the family home.

More than just a collection of projects for handmade items, this book offers the tools to create a life—and home—full of beauty, integrity, and joy.

Not Your Mama’s Stitching: The Cool and Creative Way to Stitch It To ‘Em
By Kate Shoup
(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-09516-4)

From the Publisher:

Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet.Not Your Mama’s Stitching lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home decor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more.Β It covers:

  • The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without
  • Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece
  • A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches
  • Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box
  • Variations and ideas for customizing every project

Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects,Β Not Your Mama’s Stitching will have you in stitches in no time.

Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
By Melissa Averinos
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-54742-7)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with designer fat quarters is a great way to stretch your dollar without sacrificing quality. Now, Melissa Averinos, the face behind the popular Yummy Goods blog and one of the newest Free Spirit fabric designers, brings you a collection of projects dedicated specifically to making the most of your designer fat quarters.

From belts to handbags, from children‘s gifts to a laundry hamper bag, and much, much more,Β Small Stash Sewinggives you 25 sewing projects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed-for designer fabrics.

  • Gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Sewing with designer fat quarters is budget-friendly and hip
  • Melissa’s blog,, is read by thousands of dedicated fans

If you’re a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Sewing with Fat Quarters gives you the skills and know-how to create 25 stunning pieces that give new life to your home and fashion style.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!

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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843 Responses to November 1 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends

  1. Mel says:

    LOVE this!!! So excited about the Handmade Holidays this year!!!

  2. Squeaks says:

    Oh my – I’m adding these items to the list for my kiddies’ dress-up box Xmas present!

  3. Margo says:

    Small stash sewing – sounds like the perfect book for me, I’m just getting back into sewing after many years and rebuilding my stash – I’m hesitant to tackle big projects so these small projects are perfect.

  4. Paula says:

    Love the Play Tent, so fun!

  5. Jen says:

    Love this site! Beautiful ideas for the Holidays.

  6. Katherine says:

    I want to make everything in this post.

  7. Kristen says:

    The Amy Butler book is on my wish list! I absolutely love her bags!

  8. Christy says:

    *squeal* Such cute projects and tutorials!!!

  9. Shannon says:

    Great ideas! I’ve been wracking my brain trying to find more boy-ish stuff to make…

  10. Edytheanne says:

    Fa la la la la to Handmade Holidays !!!!!

  11. Julie says:

    You have too many cute ideas!

  12. Ashley O. says:

    Oh, so much cuteness! Thanks for the inspiration!

  13. Carrie says:

    My 2 year old is getting a play kitchen for Christmas. I’ll be sure to use the felt food tutorial to fill up the kitchen.

  14. Tanya H. says:

    I am loving all this handmade inspiration! Keep it coming ladies!

  15. Lobela says:

    I’m just learning to sew and I bought a stack of fat quarters to practice on. All those books look great, but I may just have to go buy the Small Stash Sewing book.

  16. Melissa Babecka says:

    I have two girls (11 years & 11 weeks) who wou love for me to make some of these things. Now if I could only find the time! I would love to win one of the books (espcially Handmade Home and Small Stash Sewing).
    Fingers crossed,
    Melissa B.

  17. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea! Fabulous handmade gifts! And a giveaway as well…..I LOVE this!!!
    Kind regards from Germany snds

  18. Breanna S says:

    I found several things that I would like to make! Absolutely love the felt food.

  19. Missie says:

    These are so cute!

  20. small stash sewing looks like a great book! love the wings too

  21. great selection of books today! love the wings too

  22. Samurai Mom says:

    I have seen a lot of play crowns but that one is darling!

  23. Fay says:

    ooh, I think the Advent spool calender is awesome, shall definitely be making one

  24. dorothy says:

    I can never get enough of the felt food… Love it!

  25. Jen C. says:

    great projects!

  26. Deb DeChurch says:

    Those felt carrots are SO cute! Great food for my felted bunny!

  27. Barb says:

    What a cute crown! Thanks for the chance to win.

  28. Rachel says:

    Finally, Handmade Holiday time!

  29. Mama24Monkeys says:

    Oh the crown and play tent (forget my kids…I want them for myself)

    kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

  30. Rachel says:

    AAAHHHH Felt food!! I’ve been mildly obsessed with the stuff for awhile but never manage to get around to making any and that blog is exactly what I’ve been needing!

  31. Carra says:

    HANDMADE HOLIDAYS! I got so excited when I remembered. That tent is so great.

  32. Karen says:

    Love the felt crown.. how adorable!!

  33. EllaJac says:

    Love it!! Now, to find the time…

  34. Deanne says:

    I see a couple play tents in my future, thanks for sharing the link! We have four little girls, no way I will get away with making just one, lol πŸ™‚

  35. Amy B. says:

    I really look forward to Handmade Holidays! I got such great ideas last year and am sure to get more this year.

  36. Debbie says:

    I love these ideas!

  37. Jennifer M says:

    The wings, oh the wings! What lovely play items!

  38. Mel P says:

    oh, I so want to make that play tent for my kids for Christmas!

  39. Donna B. says:

    Forget the kids, I want a tent for myself πŸ™‚ How awesome is that, it goes on the must make list right away.

  40. Rebecca says:

    I need to make some of the felt food. My kids love to play “cook” and the food would be great for them! I need to get started soon!

  41. Deb says:

    Oh my, I want to make them all!

  42. Denise says:

    LUVn IT!! This is the time of year when the dishes just MIGHT not get done:) Cuz Mama is at the sewing machine!! Thanks for all the lovely FUN ideas!

  43. Faith says:

    These are so adorable. I can’t wait to make some of these for my niece and nephews for Christmas. I think they will love them… just like I would love that new Amy Butler book. πŸ˜€

  44. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    My favorite month on Sew, Mama, Sew….I love the handmade holidays ideas and inspirations!

  45. any of those books would indeed be a Christmas Surprise

  46. Laura M says:

    I love the felt food! Can’t wait to try it, thanks!

  47. Katiegirl says:

    Very cute felt food!

  48. Pam G says:

    I love handmade holiday ideas. These books look great. I am commenting even though I have yet to win on any giveaway I’ve entered on any blog. Someday I will get lucky. Thanks for the chance.

  49. Sara K. says:

    I love the play tent! What kid doesn’t love playing in a tent? Such great ideas!

  50. Love me some handmade things for the home!

  51. Alicia says:

    Wow, So many great ideas! I have a hard time giving things away!

  52. Pat says:

    Tow grandchildren with wonderful imaginations..The outside tent is wonderful…. Thanks for sharing these great projects…

  53. laurel says:

    so many great ideas! i’ve been looking forward to the start of this – absolutely love the pleated bag.

  54. Katrina says:

    Oooh that tent looks like so much fun!

  55. almamater says:

    Yay for Handmade Home…I have been wanting that book! Love those felt crowns!

  56. Anna says:

    How brilliant is that felt food? My nearly 2 year old daughter currently has a toy stove set from the toy library, and it’s the most popular toy ever! She absolutely loves it. I suspect she might also relish a pantry full of toy food!

  57. Veronica says:

    I’d love to have any of these books.

  58. Elicia says:

    I was starting to feel like the holidays were going to be very sparse! Very excited to find out that there’s still a lot I can do on our budget. Thanks!

  59. Amanda says:

    love the robin hood costume

  60. Deidre says:

    Sew (!) happy that the handmade holidays has returned. Thanks for the chance to win!

  61. danielle says:

    oo, so much crafty goodness!

  62. Sue says:

    Love the fairy wings will have to make them for Lily

  63. Jennifer says:

    To contemplate a book…How can I choose? I love the Amy Butler bags. She has the most fab fabric.
    Because I have a large family, Handmade Home sounds wonderful to make things we can use!
    I love handwork, so Not Your Mama’s stiching would be a great addition, and teaching tool for my daughters.
    And who doesn’t need an idea book for all the small items in their stash?

  64. Melanie says:

    A few of the little people on my list will be getting felt food this year πŸ™‚

  65. Holly says:

    I’m planning to make my daughter a crown for her birthday next month!

  66. Sarah L. says:

    I am so excited to start working on this year’s Handmade Holidays – I will be doing some serious stashbusting! I am ready to be inspired!!!!

  67. Kimberly N says:

    Thanks for the felt food link… I always need more of those!

  68. Jenna Z says:

    Ooh, that Handmade Home book looks right up my alley!

  69. Deb Cameron says:

    My girlfriend is the costume queen…so I sent her this post…I really hope she wins, if not I know she’ll be making some of these items for the little cherubs in her life (my boys :-))

  70. Samantha says:

    YEAH! Handmades have started!!

  71. Annabel says:

    I love the tent! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  72. Anne Marie says:

    Love the felt food and the crown – how precious.

  73. Sara R. says:

    ooh, that play tent looks awesome!

  74. Dempsey says:

    wow so cool!

  75. Great ideas, thanks for inspiring me.

  76. MelissaB says:

    That crown & felt food carrots are soooo cute!

  77. Heidi Anderson says:

    The felt crown is perfect for my soon to be 2 year olds birthday! Thanks for the great idea!

  78. Jennifer says:

    I love the play tent idea! Just need to get a few sheets from the thrift store…

  79. Marnae says:

    I love handmade holidays–now I just have to find the time to make them!

  80. Danielle says:

    I’m so excited about this giveaway! Thanks!

  81. Nicole says:

    That tent is adorable! My nephews would love a gift like that!

  82. Laura W. says:

    Great ideas! Can’t wait to get started!

  83. Jennifer says:

    I have been waiting for Handmade Holidays! I would love to win a book too!

  84. louise says:

    what great ideas! have just been handed down a sewing machine and was looking for inspiration for presents. Thanks

  85. Denny says:

    These look like fun projects! And I’d love to win these special books!

  86. Amanda Boyette says:

    inspiration is always found here! thanks for getting us in the mood to create!

  87. Jesse says:

    The felt food is to cute!

  88. Trish says:

    My daughter is totally getting some felt food for Christmas!

  89. Shannon says:

    Love the handmade holidays posts!!

  90. Alisa says:

    I like the felt crown and the felt food.

  91. Mary Anne Fl. says:

    Love all the ideas!

  92. Carolyn Wood says:

    Thanks for ideas for my 16 month old grandson.

  93. JYM says:

    So many fun projects here! Tough to decide where to start…

  94. Paulina says:

    It’s so fun for me to imagine my little son with a Peter Pan outfir hiding in a tent :)! It’s winter coming, so i’ll have some time to make this true.

  95. Christina says:

    The things we get to look at during Handmade Holidays always amaze me.

  96. Clara says:

    Yea for Handmade Holidays. I love this feature.

  97. Annette says:

    So many great ideas!!

  98. Anna says:

    Fantastic felt food link!

  99. Debbie Laney says:

    I have never used a book before in making something and would love a chance in trying to make something from one of the books.

  100. joy says:

    Love the ideas and the giveaways!

  101. Hannah says:

    You guys are getting me so excited for the holidays! I can’t wait to have some little ones in my life so I have an excuse to make some felt food…

  102. jennifer says:

    Handmade Home is a great book! I checked it out from the library…and I am thinking I would love to win my own copy!

  103. Sonia says:

    I need to make a play tent, my kids would love it!

  104. Leah says:

    These are great! I love the play tent.

  105. KT says:

    Cute ideas! Wish my kids were still young enough to make some of these.

  106. Val Payne says:

    I’m going to add some of these ideas (Peter Pan, crown, carrots,wings and play tent — wait is that all of the ideas) to my sewing list for Christmas. My little girl is very interested in dress up thse days! Of course I’ve purchased wings already (after Halloween clearance!), but I imagine the ones here will last a little longer!

  107. Farscapegirl says:

    Incredible holiday contest! I already decided to make a friend a belated b-day gift using the pleated clutch tutorial posted on Noodlehead blog…so many great gift giving ideas πŸ™‚

  108. Jenny says:

    Great books! My girls would like the play tent.

  109. Alyssa says:

    Oh My Gosh!!! I love all of these great ideas! I’ll be scrolling back up to the advent printable momentarily & I think the wings will be finding their way under the tree for my daughter!!

  110. Kelli says:

    I just love imaginative toys! The little Peter Pan costume is especially cute πŸ™‚

  111. I never even thought of fabric WINGS before! They look terrific. The felt crown is awesome too but my sewing machine is super basic and doesn’t have any fancy stitches beyond zigzag. One day though!

  112. Ange Moore says:

    Robin Hood is too cute!

  113. Cricket says:

    I’ve been so excited for November to start just for Handmade Holidays! I have always loved felt food. Maybe this is the year I will finally make time to make some.

  114. I have been working on felt food for my grand children for Christmas. Thanks for sending me to some new resources!

  115. DebbieKL says:

    Small stash sewing looks like a great book! Love the Peter Pan costume too.

  116. Lynda says:

    The felt food is so cute! It would be great to use in a play kitchen! πŸ™‚

  117. Dacia says:

    How Fun!

  118. Serena says:

    I love the peter pan outfit!

  119. becky diehl says:

    Hooray for the holidays!

  120. Lynn says:

    Handmade gifts are the best!

  121. Emily says:

    I made the Peter Pan costume this year for my nephew for Halloween. It’s a great tutorial, and his costume was adorable!

  122. Jocelyn says:

    What fun ideas. I’d love to win any of those books!

  123. So many great ideas!

  124. alcheme says:

    What a lovely play tent!!!

  125. Ellu says:

    Wonderful gifts and ideas!

  126. Jen says:

    I love the tent made from the hula hoop, the perfect gift for my niece!

  127. Silvia says:

    Children would love all these projects!!! Excellent!!

  128. Jenny says:

    So excited for Handmade Holidays again! Yay!

  129. kimberly says:

    The play tent makes me wish we had a tree in our yard…

  130. Melissa says:

    Love the felt crown and felt food…I could put my giant felt stash to good use!

  131. jenne says:

    so excited this is kicking off again!

  132. Nicole in VT says:

    The tent and felt food are going on my list for my kids. πŸ™‚

  133. Oooooh gifts for little people…My favorite! Sure wish I’d had that tent tutorial when I was making one myself last year!

  134. Kirsten says:

    I love the felt crown. Must make that for the next birthday around here!!!

  135. Tiffany says:

    I need to make some of those dress-up wings and felt food for my cousin’s kids, they would love it!

  136. Laura says:

    Yeah!!! so excited for another round of Handmade Holidays!!! great ideas and great giveaways!!

  137. Nicole Balazs says:

    Too bad I don’t know more kids! I’ll be making some of these projects for the two I know, though πŸ™‚

  138. Ing says:

    i love the advent calendar! such great ideas.

  139. Christy says:

    Great ideas! I love the advent countdown spool!

  140. Jen B says:

    Thanks for the link to the felt food! It was on my list for Christmas gifts but I hadn’t had time to go looking for tutorials yet.

  141. Mandy K Court says:

    the felt food looks like so much fun!

  142. Love the wings!

  143. Maree says:

    Loooooooooving that crown – not just for the wee peeps either:) AND am so looking forward to the rest of Handmade November – yay! Ciao

  144. D'Lane says:

    My little one is getting a shopping cart for Christmas. I can’t wait to fill her basket wtih felt food!

  145. Kim says:

    I love felt food as gifts for kid…they get hours of enjoyment out of it.

  146. Emily says:

    Such fun ideas! Thank you for gathering tutorials on great topics.

  147. Danna says:

    I love the wings! And the felt food, all great ideas. Thanks for sharing. πŸ˜€

  148. Jansie says:

    I look forward to this time every year! I have obsessively back tracked through all your archives and just LOVE seeing all the cool ideas. Thanks so much for putting this together.

  149. Mamatini says:

    I the felt hat and the tent are wonderful. I have some kiddos in mind for those.

  150. Heather says:

    I love all of these ideas! I’m relatively new to Sew, Mama, Sew, but I LOVE it!

  151. Larissa says:

    **does the happy sewing dance** Woo hoo! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  152. kim says:

    what a great collection of felt food!!!

  153. SaraD says:

    Love the felt food! And all those books are amazing!

  154. desiree says:

    I love that tent!

  155. jennee says:

    How sweet. I love this time of year. Can’t wait to whip up some felt food!

  156. nikky says:

    Such wonderful ideas my girls will love that tent(castle) for sure and what’s a castle without a princess and her crown!!!

  157. Jennifer says:

    love this!

  158. Kadybug says:

    The crown and play food are adorable! I bet they are pretty durable too. Something plastic crowns are sadly lacking.

  159. Katie says:

    I just love the play tent! What a great idea!!! I can’t wait to make one for my niece.

  160. Megan Presley says:

    I love the felt food and the Peter Pan costume! They’d be so neat to make!

  161. April says:

    i know a certain head-covereing-obssessed toddler who sure would flip over a crown like that!

  162. SheilaC says:

    That costume is just too cute! Thank you for sharing!


  163. Jessica says:

    That crown is to die for, I love it! And the play tent rocks! Thanks for featuring such great tutorials.

  164. Leanna says:

    Yea! I love all the great ideas you give!

  165. Bethany says:

    Those are some great tutorials. I need more little friends like this.

  166. Chasley says:

    Who couldn’t use some more creative books and new ideas? I know I’m always looking for inspiration!

  167. Rebmara says:

    Nice start for the handmade holidays πŸ™‚

  168. I need to start remembering to check these everyday again. So many good ideas! I like the wings. Let’s see… who would dig wings for Christmas?

  169. KathyR says:

    Count me in, too! Lovely things!

  170. Betsy M says:

    My kids are going to love that tent and those wings. Thanks!

  171. Mary Lou says:

    I always love the handmade holidays blogs. Such creative ideas.

  172. Amanda says:

    those wings are so cute. I love that you can flap them!

  173. robyn says:

    my pledge to make homemade gifts for everyone just got easier!

  174. Fabienne says:

    Can wait to have some free time to make those nice holliday projects. thnaks for everything!

  175. Heidi says:

    I like the crown. I might make them for the kids for christmas.

  176. Mel H says:

    Love them all! I want the tent for myself so I can hide away

  177. annie says:

    Love handmade holidays!! My favorite time of year!

    Love that Peter Pan costume, too. Adorable.

  178. tiffany says:

    Off to a great start!

  179. Greeblygreebly says:

    My niece needs a felt crown! πŸ™‚

  180. sook hyun says:

    lovely gifts.. thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  181. Susan C. says:

    Love these! I can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings!

  182. Megan says:

    Those wings are awesome!! Thanks for the ideas. I’m so excited about this year’s Handmade Holidays!

  183. mamabear says:

    I’m making a ton of felt food for my kids for Christmas. I’ll have to add some doughnuts and some of those cute burgers.

  184. Mel says:

    Makes me wish I was a kid again …

  185. Aimee says:

    Handmade holidays is my favorite time of the year!!! These are great~! I love the peter pan costume. Can’t wait to see all the other ideas! thanks for all the work you guys put into this series!!!

  186. Laura says:

    Those play silks are beautiful! Wow!

  187. Patty says:

    Yeah…it’s started!

  188. miktha says:

    great prizes… ! i love the play tent… thank you for the inspiration.

  189. linda says:

    So much inspiration – thanks for stirring on the excitement for the holidays πŸ™‚ I am loving the Not Your MamaÒ€ℒs Stitching book and small stash sewing…will have to check ’em out!

  190. So many great books! I’m writing my Xmas list from the prizes and will hopefully make some gifts from the posts.

  191. kathleen says:

    Love everything.

  192. Vanessa says:

    The play tent is great! I have to start with my xmas presents!

  193. Shira says:

    I love all those things πŸ™‚ I wish I would win something…!
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  194. Jesi says:

    I loved seeing the first post for Handmade Holidays! I cannot wait to whip up that marmalade.

  195. Patricia says:

    Thanks for the great ideas. I’m always looking for a special little christmas gift.

  196. Awesome giveaway!!! I love Handmade Holidays and look forward to it every year!!!!

  197. Tracy L says:

    Oooooh have been eying that handmade home book for awhile now. Great book giveaway! And awesome Christmas ideas too, now I just need to find the time.

  198. Judith says:

    I have really been looking forward to November this year! I was thinking about making fabric play food – love the carrots!

  199. Jen says:

    I was so excited to realize it was Nov. 1 and that would mean the handmade holidays ideas would be here…I look forward to it every year!

  200. Shelly P. says:

    Hello!! Thank you for the awsome ideas! And Of course, keeping my fingers crossed for a fun giveaway!!

  201. Crystal says:

    Cool gifts for the grandkids – just waiting to be made!! Thanks for the ideas and the giveaway!!

  202. Amy says:

    I am excited to get a little head start on my Christmas gift list!

  203. Rocio H. says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a book I can keep instead of having to return it, and wait to check out at the library!

  204. Jennwith4 says:

    Love handmade holidays!!

  205. Gali says:

    Great play tent idea, (and wonderful books πŸ™‚ )

  206. Veronica G says:

    This makes waiting for Christmas even funner! If I was a kid again, I’d love the hanging tent! Keep up the great ideas and posts!!! Gracias!

  207. Jennifer says:

    Oh, I want to make ALL of that felt food since I’m giving my daughter a play kitchen for Christmas!

  208. Cinnamon says:

    the spool advent calendar is genius. I love it and the kids would love it too.

  209. Katie says:

    I like that you offer non-sewing ideas as well!

  210. so excited for this month!

  211. Jocelyn says:

    These are adorable. I would love to make some of these for my nieces and nephews.

  212. Alana says:

    Wow, what an exciting month! I love all of the creative holiday ideas!

  213. Abbie says:

    Loved the Handmade Holiday ideas last year and it’s off to another great start. Love the felt food ideas!

  214. Amy says:

    Great books!

  215. Jennifer DeVries says:

    Thanks so much for all the inspiration! I’d better get busy!!!

  216. Marcia W. says:

    I’m looking forward to seeing some great ideas for handmade holiday gifts. Thanks for organizing this.

  217. Mindy says:

    Can anyone have too many books on creative arts? I certainly think not!

  218. Mary says:

    Ya for handmade holidays! That tent looks amazing. Perhaps I can steal away some time to do it!

  219. Sherri says:

    WOW! Here we are again! Fantastic!

  220. courtneyb says:

    I’ve been waiting for the ‘Handmade Holidays’ tutorials to start. Let the crafting begin……

  221. Joann says:

    I think that this is the 3rd year that I am following Handmade holidays. All the ideas are very inspiring.

  222. Jeannine says:

    These giveaways are fantastic and plentiful! I’m so looking forward to the rest of the month. Those fairy wings look pretty fantastic.

  223. YEAH! Handmade Holidays has started! Sooo happy right now.

  224. Kathy says:

    We’re doing a largely handmade holiday this year and I’d love some more ideas of things to make for this and future celebrations!

  225. Perla says:

    Wow! Those books look great! I hope I win ;D

  226. I have been wanting to make a play tent, this one is lovely!

  227. Leslie Schmidt says:

    Those designs are so cute, it makes me wish I had someone to make them for. It’s just fun to look over the ideas and maybe use them as a jumping off point for something else.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  228. Runa says:

    wowee…so its finally started…thats one fantastic collection of books! Fingers crossed!

  229. Andi says:

    Wonderful ideas!

  230. Kate says:

    Another year of handmade holidays, YAY!!!

  231. Christy says:

    oooo handmade holidays is one of the things I’m so thankful for each November!

  232. Rebecca says:

    Fabulous ideas! Great way to kick off HH!

  233. Can you enter me πŸ™‚

  234. S A says:

    Yum. I’ll have to try that marmalade recipe. Thanks for the post.

  235. amber says:

    I am so excited that handmade holidays has started. I had so much fun looking at and making gifts from the posts last year and I can’t wait to get more ideas for this year. Thanks SMS!

  236. Deborah says:


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  237. Deborah says:

    The play tent is my fave. I’d love to do this for my nephews.

    Homemaker Honey
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  238. Rose L says:

    Hooray for Handmade Holidays! It is now my pre-holiday tradition to read each day of November. I love the play tent… πŸ™‚

  239. Heidi P says:

    I love tweeting about your giveaways! Also, am just learning to sew…. wouldn’t winning these books be fab??!?!?!

  240. meredith says:

    just the motivation i needed to jump on the christmas gift list…breaking out the sewing machine asap!

  241. Amber says:

    Love the ideas!

  242. Roberta says:

    I tweeted 4th Annual Homemade Holidays πŸ˜‰

  243. Mary Beth says:

    These books look great!

  244. Roberta says:

    wow…all of these books are great and I’m trying not to freak out about only having 53 days until Christmas…ahhh!

  245. Martha says:

    Love these ideas! Thank y’all so much for all the inspiration. I’m looking forward to even more.

  246. Jessica Sadlier says:

    What a great giveaway!

  247. christine says:

    I am so happy November has gotten here. I love SMS’s holiday ideas. Thank you!

  248. Lucie says:

    The felt food is always the best. Who wouldn’t want the fun little carrot? Thanks for the giveaway! Lucie (

  249. LoVe!!! the gift making ideas, planning another handmade holiday, the giveaways… YaYYYY!

  250. Leesa says:

    I love the November Handmade Christmas feature. And I so need a new book.

  251. Melissa says:

    I’m expecting my first child next month and can’t wait to make her one or more of these adorable things!

  252. Charity says:

    My girls would love that play tent. Thanks for the great ideas!

  253. Alicia says:

    So excited that the Handmade Holidays are here! What a great first day!

  254. Ramona says:

    That tent is so cute and I just love felt food. Off to a great start for this month.

  255. Love the play tent–my son would have so much fun playing in it!

  256. Christina says:

    Felt crowns and felt food have never let me down as present ideas.

  257. starjumper says:

    these gift series are GOLD! i found the one from last year and dug through it too!! :S

  258. Beth says:

    Love the dress up ideas! Now just gotta find the time to make it . . .

  259. missd says:

    Play food is adorable…perfect for a special little girl I know.

  260. KristiA says:

    Yeah! I’m so excited for November and the chance to win these wonderful books! Thanks for the chance!

  261. AP says:

    The felt food link in awesome! Just what I needed for my son’s cooking “experiments.”

  262. Totally into that felt food link(s). Thank you!

  263. I’m going to get swamped with ideas…aren’t I? Oh, well…prepare to CREATE!

  264. Christie says:

    I love the felt crown – so much sturdier than the paper ones we make!

  265. Rebekah says:

    Wonderful! My baby is celebrating her first birthday this week and will LOVE the felt food!

  266. Thanks for featuring my play tent tutorial as part of your handmade holidays. I love the play food and hope I can win one the the great reads, thanks!

  267. Brooke says:

    I can’t wait to start my Christmas list now that handmade holidays are here!

  268. Annie says:

    Hoping SO hard for a copy of Small Stash Sewing…it’s just what I need! Looking forward to even more great gift ideas!

  269. Meghan says:

    I love the Peter Pan costume and the play tent. Such fun ideas for gifts, and with over a month to go, plenty of time to make some gifts! Thanks!

  270. Megan says:

    So excited to see what’s in store this month!

  271. Christine says:

    I’m ready for the handmade presents holidays. You guys do such a great job of cheering us on. Thanks!

  272. Alex says:

    ooooh, the tent! I wonder where I could hang that indoors for winter playtime fun?

  273. Shannon says:

    My two kiddies love playing picnic and deli counter and I’d be chuffed to mintballs if they could play with felt fruit instead of the plastic stuff!

  274. Dianne McLean says:

    Some great ideas and this is only day 1!

  275. Leah says:

    excited for this year’s handmade holidays month!

  276. Lauren says:

    So excited for the Holidays of the Handmade variety this year =) I can think of a few children (as well as a couple of adults) who will enjoy a few of these imaginative ideas, particularly the wings! Looking forward to seeing what will be posted tomorrow =)

  277. sarahjane says:

    Yes! So excited for this month’s posts! Count me in!

  278. Jennifer says:

    This is going to be so much fun! My to-do list is going to grow so big!

  279. Shawna says:

    I love the play tent! Brilliant idea! I always wanted one of those as a kid, now I can make one!

  280. kathyh says:

    What a great start to the month.

  281. Marcia W. says:

    Would enjoy winning any of these books and prizes. My favorites above are the robin hood costume and the crown. The crown is for me! Now, just need to find an awesome purple felt!

  282. Amy H says:

    This is my favorite time of year on Sew Mama Sew! I think I will be making the wings, crowns, and felt food for sure. Several imaginative folk in this house:)

  283. Erica says:

    I just ordered felt to start a bundle of fun food — thanks for the inspiration!

  284. Patti Tyrell says:

    Finally! Something to do with all those empty thread spools!

  285. Laura says:

    I’m so excited for Handmade Holidays – 2010 version! What great ideas (and generous prizes!) to get started with. πŸ™‚

  286. Nikki Rainey says:

    I am so excited that you are having the handmade holiday postings again this year. I gleaned so many great ideas last year. I handmade almost all my gifts because of the great links you posted here.

  287. Lindsey says:

    I’ve been so excited about the start of handmade holidays! I can’t wait to see what’s next!

  288. knitsewreadlove says:

    Oh wow! So excited about the felt food tutorials – my little one is getting a “kitchen” for Christmas. Only the first day, and you’ve already made my holiday! And all the possibilities for the giveaway look amazing… some were already on my Christmas list!

  289. Kristin says:

    Oh man, I’m drooling! I may have to make one of those tents up there, how cute is that??

  290. Nancy says:

    I would love to win any one of these books. The felt carrots are adorable.

  291. Julia says:

    Delightful as always!! I’m already feeling teased by so much inspiration and a severe shortage of time. (but, it’s fun to see all the fantastic handmade ideas!)

  292. Diane says:

    Looking forward to all the great ideas this month!

  293. Ingrid says:

    What creative gift ideas! I especially love the felt crown. Oh how that would have come in handy when I was young!

  294. Erin Gustafson says:

    So glad the Handmade Holidays are back!

  295. Tiffany says:

    The felt crown idea is great- especially since my son could actually help with parts of it! (makes it much easier to get the time if he gets to “help)

  296. Lisa says:

    I love the advent calendar idea. It’s great, I have most of the supplies and I most like that the kids can help. πŸ™‚

  297. I’ve been wanting to make some felt crowns for a while and I’m so happy to have the tutorial today. Thanks!

  298. Mirza says:

    I love the felt food and the play tent would be perfect to use in the summertime as a changing room when the kids are using the pool.

  299. Natalie says:

    Yay, I love Handmade holidays! Today’s ideas will be great for my nieces and nephews – can’t wait to see what else you fabulous, creative crafters come up with this month πŸ™‚

  300. Emily S says:

    I think that I need to make my daughter every single one of those!

  301. Tanya says:

    Oh what great books and looking forward to some fabulous ideas!

  302. Marsha says:

    I know a few adults who are perfect candidates for that crown!

    (Plus, I am insanely excited that the Handmade Holidays are back! It’s the perfect kick-off to my elf-ing activities!)

  303. maget says:

    So many neat ideas! I really love the spool advent calendar. I look forward to more of these posts throughout the month!

  304. Carrie says:

    I’m all about small stash!

  305. Greta says:

    I want all of these books! great choices!

  306. Rachel says:

    I love this time of year here!

  307. I’ve been thinking about making felt food. I also love the idea of the tent too!

  308. Tiffany says:

    Great prizes!

  309. Nicole says:

    I look forward to Handmade Holidays all year! I’m so excited to see what’s next.

  310. Rachel says:

    Totally making the crown and the tent. Love them! Hoping for Amy’s new book too! =)

  311. Vesta says:

    I love working with felt!

  312. alli b says:

    So glad Handmade holidays is back!

    allisonbright at gmail dot com

  313. Shelly M says:

    Yea! It’s time for Handmade Holidays! Love the felt food!

  314. Nikki says:

    great ideas for my little ones!

  315. Amy says:

    These giveaways are wonderful! I love all the ideas in this post for projects that foster imaginative play, too.

  316. Mama Lusco says:

    Love those felt crowns! I’ve also made felt food and that makes great gifts!

  317. Michelle J. says:

    Very clever! Can’t wait to start sewing.

  318. Sara P. says:

    Love the idea, love the books!

  319. Tanis says:

    I LOVE the idea of handmade holidays & have been trying to incorporate more handmade-ness every year. My little boys would LOVE lots and lots of these ideas!!!

  320. Rachel G. says:

    Love the crown!

  321. Kerstin says:

    My little nieces and nephews would LOVE the play tent! I’m so excited to see everything you have all compiled for November; I have been waiting eagerly the last week for Nov. 1st to come!

  322. faye says:

    I love love love crafting! Thanks for the greatness of this site!

  323. Cece says:

    Thanks for doing this again this year! Cant wait to get
    started on homemade gifts!

  324. Susan says:

    Cute stuff for all those dress-up days!

  325. Nandini says:

    I have to make the cape for my daughter!

  326. kathy jacobsen says:

    These books are so fresh looking! Handmade gifts are so treasured!

  327. Malia says:

    Okay… the felt food is adorable! Yay for handmade holidays!

  328. Sarah Wick says:

    The spool craft–so cute! Thanks for all the great offers, SMS.

  329. Lisa says:

    I want to add all of these books to my collection! Part one of my Christmas wish list done. πŸ™‚

  330. Natacha says:

    Eeks! Already November! Time to get that machine sewing. Thankfully, I will not be out of ideas. I especially like that tent.

  331. Jill says:

    this is just what I needed to get my holidays started…well, at least my gift making!

  332. carrot cake says:

    Hooray, Handmade Holidays!!! November is going to be awesome! I’m super inspired. Thanks SMS!

  333. Natalie says:

    Love the play tent… I would love to see a wispy one of those hanging in my front yard.

  334. November has begun!! I love the felted food – and the crown – crowns are always a huge hit in this house!

  335. Tracy Imle says:

    love the play tent…will have to make that asap!

  336. Kris says:

    wow! what great ideas for little nieces and nephews and my own boys.

  337. Kat says:

    What great giveaways this year, and as always, super cute and easy tutorials! I told myself I wasn’t going to get all crazy this year, but already, I must make some felt food and that spool advent calendar. Just yesterday, I was looking at my grandma’s collection of wooden spools with my young daughter. Family project!

  338. Debi says:

    would love a chance to win the cute book on using Fat Quarters …I’m really looking forward to November entries. Peace, Debi

  339. Jenny says:

    I’ve made a few of those crowns for friends and they’ve all been a huge hit!

  340. Maeve says:

    Love those fairy wings – how sweet! Would love to win any of these books, lots of great inspiration! Thanks!

  341. Rosalie says:

    I look forward to handmade holidays on SewMamaSew all year long. So glad it is here!! Yippee!

  342. Anya says:

    I LOVE the felt crown and felt food. The crowns would be great for a birthday!

  343. jennifer says:

    I see a fairy princess costume in someones future as a gift.

  344. Lisa C says:

    I love this time of year where making homemade presents is so rewarding…love the free stuff on your site!

  345. Sam says:

    I look forward to the handmade holidays bonanza every year – so much inspiration. Thanks for pulling it all together πŸ™‚

  346. Michelle says:

    Love, love, love the felt food! Can’t wait to make some more with these new ideas.

  347. Kim says:

    I’m so excited to play along! Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  348. Becky says:

    Great gifts for the kids in my life. I love Handmade Holidays!!

  349. Kristi in AL says:

    Just heard about this! LOVE some of the ideas!

  350. Miz says:

    Ahh, I wish my niece and nephew were still young enough to enjoy these things. Once you get into the pre-teen years, it’s hard to come up with handmade presents they’ll like.

  351. Andrea says:

    I actually have Handmade Home and it is one of my most treasured books. The Amy Butler book is actually on my Christmas list!

  352. Laura says:

    Can’t wait to get started!

  353. Lauren says:

    Yay for more homemade holiday ideas!

  354. Vale says:

    I am always looking for sewing inspiration, thanks for the features on these books!

  355. Cindy B. says:

    I always get ready for the holidays with “Handmade Holidays”
    Let the fun begin!!

  356. Cherie says:

    Thanks for all the great tips!

  357. Kristy says:

    This is an awesome giveaway, I would love to win!

  358. Mary says:

    I’m just starting to read Peter Pan out-loud to my kids, so I think the Peter Pan costume will make a great gift for my son!

  359. Cherie says:

    Thanks for all the helpful hints!

  360. Terri Schanz says:

    I love your Handmade Holidays ideas. This is the third holiday season since I found your blog and I have used a number of the ideas each year. Keep them coming!!

  361. Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  362. Beth says:

    Gifts that stimulate the imagination are the very best! I love the play tent and the felt crown is perfect for my niece. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  363. Allie says:

    So glad you guys are starting this up again! I have been browsing 2009 & 2008 archives all weekend! πŸ™‚

  364. kate c. says:

    I inherited a bunch of wooden spools (with dubious thread) from my father’s godmother, and have been looking for something to do with them! Love the ornament idea! Thanks!

  365. Sarah says:

    Yay for Handmade Holidays!! I love the crown and felt food!

  366. JDMcC says:

    Love the felt food idea… imagination is your only limitation. πŸ˜‰

  367. Julee says:

    So excited that November is here! Your ideas each year are fabulous and so inspiring! Love it, love it, love it!

  368. Rebecca says:

    I’m excited since I have eight little ones I’m planning on crafting gifts for this year. Yikes, I’d better get started!

  369. Rachel says:

    I love these projects!

  370. victoria says:

    The wings are fabulous! I can’t wait to see what else is coming!

  371. Louise says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to get some great stuff!

  372. Holly Walsh says:

    Hurrah! Handmade holidays has returned. NOW I’m in the holiday spirit. Bring on the inspiration!

  373. Lindsay says:

    I already went to Jo-Anns today, but I’ll be on my way back once DS wakes up to buy felt for making food! Thanks a million for these great ideas!

  374. Cindy says:

    All the felt food is adorable and the play tent looks is something that I could make.

  375. WandaFish says:

    I can see that the queen of the fairies will need wings, a crown and a play tent palace! Great projects and some fab books you’re giving away too – WOW πŸ™‚

  376. Nancy V. says:

    The felt food is a hoot!

  377. Sara says:

    I’ve been waiting (im)patiently for the Handmade Holidays to start:) Thanks for posting such great ideas!!!

  378. Debbie Bishop says:

    I’ve been waiting for handmade holidays. Looking forward to all of the great ideas. Thanks!

  379. Elizabeth says:

    So excited for Handmade Holidays! Woo hoo! And what great ideas to get the ball rolling!

  380. Elizabeth says:

    Yay! No whining for me this year about a soggy northwest November when there is such a fun book giveaway to occupy my thoughts!

  381. Alyson says:

    Love the play tent idea! So simple, and yet so creative!

  382. Betty Rollins says:

    I sure would love alot of those books. Thanks for the blog candy!!

  383. Andi says:

    I wish I had more little ones on my list – these ideas look like so much fun!

  384. Debra says:

    Felt food is great! My kids also love their crocheted food their aunt made them!

  385. Vieve says:

    OMG! I have been waiting for this post for weeks now…I love the month of November here at Sew Mama Sew. And the prizes are incredible this time around. I really like the tent in this edition. I actually thought of making my nephews a teepee, but this might be easier to pack into a suitcase to take home for the holidays. Thanks for the ideas. Now of to tweet about it!

  386. Jennifer says:

    Wow! These look amazing! I am so excited for these giveaways!

  387. Liz says:

    not sure why it never occurred to me to make wings out of fabric rather than nylon, but i love that idea! so much more durable.

  388. Pam A says:

    What great ideas, and an awesome giveaway. Thank you!

  389. Mel says:

    I think felt food is a must for at least one little girl on my list!

  390. Consuelo says:

    All of the ideas are so wonderful and creative. My kids would enjoy the ideas in this book.

  391. Rachel L says:

    I’m so excited about this month – you always get me inspired with these.

  392. JP says:

    SUPER EXCITED that Handmade Holidays has started! I think these imaginative gifts are perfect for little ones! I think I will even make a big felt crown for the big people in our house to wear on special occasions. It is fun when you can celebrate each other and these gifts are just the way to do it! Thanks!

  393. Renae says:

    I LOVE the crown, it would be pretty awesome to pair it with a castle play tent!

  394. Melissa says:

    I love finding such great new ideas on your blog!

  395. Gail says:

    That Peter Pan costume is adorable! What fun this month will be!

  396. Kristy says:

    HELLO Handmade Holidays!! I was beginning to wonder if I’d get any holiday spirit going … you’ve helped me find some today!!
    Looking forward to the days, thanks for the fun!

  397. Laura says:

    Oh how I’d love to win one of those books! Fabulous selection! I have Handmade Home and adore it – it truly is one of my favorites. Thank you for all the wonderful tutorials – they are great! Love those fairy wings and felt crowns/food….actually, love all the ideas!

  398. Laci says:

    I love handmade holidays!

  399. Sarah AJ says:

    Yay! I was so excited when I realized today was the start of Handmade Holidays!

  400. allyson turner says:

    Amazing book prizes! Thank you.

  401. Andrea says:

    Yeah! So glad it is time for Handmade Holidays!

  402. Great ideas. My daughter is definitely the creative type, so these woudl all make great gifts for her!

  403. Tonya says:

    I have some little neices that may be getting handmade stuff for the holidays! Love the ideas so far!
    The books would be great too for me. :o)

  404. a play tent is a GREAT idea!

  405. Cameron H says:

    These are great ideas! The felt food will be a hit at my house.

  406. Anne says:

    Finally…. it’s here! I have been giddy with anticipation!

  407. Brigette says:

    Wow what great ideas. I love the play tent and the wings.

  408. Michelle says:

    My little guys would LOVE the wings and the crown. I think I have two chirstmas gifts to make now πŸ™‚

  409. Jenn Lee says:

    Yay for handmade holidays! I look forward to it every year!

  410. Jessica says:

    Wow! A lot in one post, I love it!

  411. Sharron says:

    What great ideas! I need to get busy!!

  412. Lisa says:

    Oh that tent is darling! I could see my kids playing in it for hours! So excited for handmade holidays!

  413. Gretchen R says:

    I have to make one of those tents! That looks super easy!

  414. Love that advent calendar idea!!

  415. Yay! So excited that Handmade Holidays is here now! I love the felt food! I’m hoping to make some for my toddler for Christmas.

  416. ~Helena~ says:

    Wow, Wow. This is going to be so creatively fun.

  417. Wendy B says:

    I am soo looking forward to this month and all the great ideas.

  418. Liz W says:

    Yaah my favourite month has begun!! Love the play tent & of course a play tent needs a set of wings so my niece can fly – thank you!!

  419. Megan says:

    Currently working on a couple of scrap-busting projects and then eager to try some of this month’s tutorials – such cute things in today’s post!

  420. Sarah says:

    Such great ideas! I’m so excited Handmade Holidays has started again!

  421. Kris says:

    So happy November is here!
    I was thinking that the play tent would be great hung near your backyard pool or while you’re camping as an impromptu change area(maybe weight the bottom so a breeze doesn’t catch it!)

  422. Wendy says:

    I love Handmade Holidays–I look forward to it every year–a great tradition. Love the felt food and the spool advent calendar.

  423. Cathie says:

    Great stuff!

  424. Kelly Smith says:

    Hooray for November AND imagination!

  425. Sara says:

    Cool ideas for the coming holidays…

  426. virginia says:

    i can’t wait to make the felt food.

  427. Danielle says:

    Great giveaways – thank you!

  428. alison says:

    That play tent is genius! Love it!

  429. Lori says:

    Love the ideas. Can’t wait to see the whole month of ideas.

  430. Jeni says:

    I think a play tent out in the trees on my property would not only be fun but a great photo opportunity!! I can’t wait!

  431. DEBBI says:

    love them all. great post

  432. Tabitha says:

    Forget the kids–I LOVE the ideas!

  433. Bailey says:

    I’m loving the marmalade! I was thinking of making some type of jam for my daughters teachers

  434. Colette says:

    The marmalade looks delicious…I’ll definitely have to mix some of it up!

  435. Lizzie F. says:

    I love all these ideas, my son is just now getting into “dress up” so the peter pan costume and crown will be great startup projects for his dress up box!

  436. tierraazul says:

    I have been wanting to make wings and a crown. Now I need a good source for felt…

  437. annie says:

    I want a play tent for me!

  438. Acequiamadre says:

    Love these ideas!

  439. Laura says:

    My goal is to make christmas gifts this year. I need to start right about now and this blog always has great ideas. Awesome!

  440. Peggy Somers says:

    What a wonderful way to begin! I wish I was a kid again, or my kids were little again. How Fun!

  441. gabriella says:

    I’d love to win! Always so many awesome ideas here!

  442. Lola says:

    So pretty!

    Thank you for an awesome giveaway! πŸ™‚

  443. Elizabeth says:

    Yay! So glad handmade holidays has started. It’s my first one and I’m excited to see all the fun ideas.

  444. Michelle says:

    So glad Handmade holidays is back again!!! Love this time of year!
    And the prizes are amazing!!

  445. Stephanie S says:

    What a great kickoff to “Handmade Holidays”! There are lots of fabulous ideas. We’re planning to get my daughter a play kitchen for Christmas so I was really excited to see the faux food link.
    Keep the ideas coming!

  446. Rachel says:

    I love Handmade Holidays month! Can hardly wait for more great tutorials and the great giveaways. Thanks!

  447. Vera says:

    I love the felt food. Wish I had thought of that when my kids were little and playing with plastic pretend food

  448. Jane says:

    I love handmade holidays and the creative gifts are wonderful.

  449. Brooke says:

    Yea for Handmade Holidays! So excited it’s back – but at 8 months pregnant I had hoped I’d be more ready for Christmas before now… oh well, best get sewing while the sewing is good. Great giveaways (the style stitches book is already on the wishlist) and wonderful tutorials. Thanks so much!

  450. Jessy says:

    Seeing as I am a nanny for the worlds 3 cutest kids under 3, I am always looking for fun and imaginative gifts I can make them! What a great way to start out handmade holidays. πŸ™‚

  451. Alison says:

    LOVING the kids’ play items! My baby is 4 mos old, but can’t wait until I can help him play pretend!

  452. Sherri S. says:

    So great–this year I pledge to myself to actually make some of these marvelous things, not just bookmark them! Thanks!

  453. SofiAlgarvia says:

    I am so excited to see all the great ideais and prizes you gathered for us. Thank you!

  454. VickiT says:

    I just love giving things I’ve spent time making myself to my friends and relatives. I’m a perfectionist to a fault so I am never afraid to do so because I know they’ll love anything I give them. I just love all the felt food tuts I found just this past weekend and now you have another great site to check out for even more.

  455. Katie R says:

    Hooray for Handmade Holidays! I look forward to this every year! I was just telling my husband last night that I couldn’t wait for the handmade holidays lineup–he laughed and said it always blows my “to make” list for Christmas WAY out of proportion! Thank you so much for sharing and the hard work that goes into it.

  456. Ana V says:

    Some really nice tutorials! There aren’t any children on my gift list this year, except of course my own 2-month old. But I’m going to save a link for future reference.
    And in the meantime, I might just try that marmelade recipe!

  457. Jaimie says:

    my small friends are still tooo small

    but i love these great ideas!

    Yay for november!

  458. LOVE the wooden spool advent calendar idea! That’s definitely something I’ll be doing this year with my 4-year-old.

  459. Melanie says:

    I love the felt food! That is going on my to-do list. Thanks!

  460. Mandi says:

    That play tent is great! What a great setting for imaginative play!

  461. Michelle says:

    I am so excited for Handmade Holidays!!

  462. rosie says:

    i think all of those books are on my wishlist!

    and i love the wings…i know a couple of kids who need those.

  463. Alice says:

    Oh wow! I love the play tent: I almost want to make one for my college self.

  464. Andria says:

    These ideas all look so fabulous!

  465. Mary says:

    I have been looking forward to this segment since I saw it posted yay!!!!!!

  466. Serena says:

    Oh, the fabric dress up wings!

  467. Erin says:

    I LOVE when you guys start this series! And what a wonderful start! I’m starting on my Christmas crafting today!

  468. stacey says:

    such wonderful ideas! now, how do i choose?!!

  469. Alissa says:

    so many fun ideas! Thanks for sharing these tutorials. I love the felt food!

  470. Kathy H says:

    I love the fabric food. We always had plastic play food but I like the felt and fabric foods better.

  471. Beth says:

    Off to a great start! I already see lots of things that I want to make. No, that I’m GOING to make! Thanks!

  472. Emory says:

    I’m so excited for Handmade Holidays! So many wonderful prizes!

  473. Boupha Inskeep says:

    Love the play tent. I will have to make one for my niece!

  474. Misty says:

    Yay for Handmade Holidays! I’ve been really looking forward to the start of it again. The felt food is charming and I’ve got to add it to my Christmas gifts this year!

  475. can’t wait to see what’s instore for the rest of the month!

  476. aSprinkling says:

    I am definitely going to check out a couple of those tutorials!!

  477. Kristin says:

    What wonderful ideas!

  478. Reena says:

    These are great! Looking forward to a great holiday season!

  479. Krista says:

    Love, love, love the kids imaginative play projects. Guess I know what will be on my “make in time for Christmas” list.

  480. Tara says:

    Love the giveaways!

  481. Shauna says:

    What great gift ideas – I’m going to make a playtent for sure before next summer, but the felt food might be made by christmas. ;o)I can’t wait to see the rest of the holiday projects!

  482. Courtney says:

    This is so great, I’m bookmarking at least 4 of these projects!

  483. Michelle P says:

    So excited for this month of postings!

  484. Rachel says:

    The play tent is AWESOME! My niece and nephews would each love one πŸ™‚ We usually make forts out of chairs and sheets but this would be so much easier and less prone to being accidently torn down!!!

  485. Erin says:

    Love the play tent! I want to make one for myself!

  486. Leslie says:

    Fun. So many ideas, and not enough people to sew for.

  487. Carmen says:

    I was so excited to wake up this morning to a new month of Handmade Holidays!! *smile* Love the tent idea… I’m filing it away for this coming summer.

  488. Elizabeth says:

    These are all such great ideas! I can’t wait to get started. πŸ™‚

  489. Cheri says:

    Wow-what wonderful books. I hope I’m lucky!

  490. Staci says:

    I love the felt food! I think my toddler would have lots of fun pretending with that. Also, I would love to get my hands on a copy of Handmade Home. That looks so wonderful!

  491. Lanny says:

    I have already started working on my Christmas presents. Unfortunately, one cross stitch project is consuming all of my time. I can’t wait to get started on some presents for the kids. What great ideas!

  492. Michele says:

    Hooray! I’m so excited to see what you have in store for us this year – I love the felt food link. Thank you!

  493. Kristin says:

    So many ideas…so iittle time!

  494. Jennifer says:

    I found Sew Mama Sew through Handmade Holidays two years ago before I even owned a sewing machine and have been completely hooked ever since. I am SO excited for this year (especially now that I can tackle some of the bigger projects)! Thanks for a great start – I love the “Imaginative Friends” category.

  495. Haus Frau says:

    I love November! It is like an extended Advent for me. I cannot wait to read this site daily and hopefully implement some of the ideas into our Christmas. πŸ™‚

  496. Cayce says:

    thanks for the links! felt food sets (pancakes, pizza, burrito) are on my to-do list for the holidays.

  497. jasmine says:

    Love it! thanks for another year

  498. Kelsey D says:

    Oh, I really like these ideas. And I would love the Amy Butler book!

  499. Amanda says:

    Loving the felt food ideas! Thanks!

  500. Andrea Ryan says:

    I love to see the new ideas out there…I check your website every day!!!

  501. katia says:

    Looking forword for the rest of the month! Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  502. Bethany says:

    I loved playing in tents when I was little! Great prizes πŸ˜€

  503. Elle says:

    Very excited to see what you guys come up with this year! Wonderful ideas to start off!

  504. Lauren says:

    Love the play tent! Can’t wait to see all the wonderful projects in your Handmade Holiday series!

  505. Marianne says:

    This is a really impressive blog for putting together such awesome ideas and giveaways every day of the month! Thanks so much for the many chances!

  506. Kerry says:

    All great books!

  507. Rochelle says:

    What gorgeous detail work on that felt crown!!

  508. Lorrie Orr says:

    OOh I love Handmade Holidays! What a great beginning – imagination gifts. Love the crown.

  509. Kati Falzone says:

    I love the spool advent calendar! I’m always wondering what to do with my extra spools. I never throw them away because I know there has to be a creative use for them – now I have one!

  510. Susan says:

    Oh yippie! I have a feeling I am going to be overwhelmed with all the good ideas this year – and I’m so glad to see some projects that will work for little boys! I can think of a thousand things to make my niece and my daughter, and I get completely stumped on my nephew. Yay for Handmade Holidays!

  511. Krystina says:

    YAY! I look forward to November 1 every year because I love handmade holidays!

  512. Debbie says:

    I’ve been looking at felt foods for awhile, and I think it’s time my granddaughter received some!

  513. Robin E. says:

    Such a great list of tutorials to start the month off!

  514. Rae S. says:

    This was the first site I checked today, anticipating all the great ideas you’d have for us! And the books look great!

  515. Suzanne says:

    So many great ideas, so little time! I really love the felt food project. A few fpood shave been added to my sewing “To Do” list. Thank you!

  516. Nicole says:

    Really great current projects! I will definately be making a couple of these.

  517. Kelly says:

    I just love the Peter Pan costume! Who needs Halloween? I know someone that would wear it every day. πŸ™‚

  518. Kathleen says:

    Yay! It’s Homemade Holiday time agian! Thank you for putting this together each year for all us crafty folks looking for some inspiration.

  519. Jomie says:

    Love Handmade Holidays month!!

  520. Nicole says:

    I”m so excited to get in on the Handmade Holidays this year! My 3 little ones would absolutely adore that play tent…and I’ve LOVE to win any of these books as well. Thanks!

  521. jessieaucoin says:

    i love the idea of making an advent calendar out of old spools…a new launching pad for other spool-inspired ornaments. thanks!

  522. Suzanne says:

    I am SO excited to get crafting for the holidays and I’m thrilled that Handmade Holidays month has begun. I’ve been looking for a good felt food tutorial so you just made my day. Too bad I have work to do before I can start crafting.

  523. Robyn says:

    I love the crown!

  524. Laura says:

    I get so inspired every time I venture over here. I just want to spend all day creating!

  525. Jeanette Unger says:

    Love the play tent! It would make a great gift for my niece. I’m looking forward to Handmade Holidays month – thanks for putting homemade creativity out into the world!

  526. Kimiko says:

    I’ve used Jessica’s felt crown tutorial many times over. A quick project that adds a really sweet handmade touch to birthdays!

  527. alison says:

    It’s hard to believe it’s Handmade Holidays time again (although I have been looking forward to this for months). Looking forward to some more great gift ideas!

  528. Celeste says:

    I guess I’m not the only one who still adores felt food! Love those carrots!

  529. Taylor S. says:

    LOVE the spool advent calendar. so cute.
    Thank you for offering up awesome prizes!

  530. Jasmine says:

    The play tent looks awesome! I think we’d have to hang it inside (no trees outside), but my daughter would love that…

  531. Holly U says:

    You’re giving me great ideas for presents for my son. Thanks!

  532. Danielle H says:

    Happy Handmade holiday month! I love these posts/ideas! I think I might have to make the tent and wings for my daughter!

  533. Seanna Lea says:

    I love the felt food. It reminds me that my kitty needs toys too and these would be perfect to fill with catnip!

  534. laura says:

    I am looking forward to all the new ideas for this holiday season. I was so inspired last year and am excited to get started on my gifts for this year. Thanks!

  535. Shara says:

    So many cute ideas! I’m so excited for Handmade Holidays!

  536. Alethea says:

    I would have LOVED that play tent as a kid. It looks like a fun place to sit and read. I think I’ll have to make one for my daughter when she’s a bit older!

  537. elsa says:

    all these books look wonderful! thanks so much for the giveaways this month! count me in!

  538. Love that play tent!

  539. Tiffany says:

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting November 1st — Handmade Holidays! Love this stuff.

  540. Angie says:

    I would love any of those books!

  541. susan mzf says:

    gorgeous silks – the possibilities with those are endless!

  542. Jenn says:

    Those fairy wings are cute!

  543. Andrea H says:

    What a great idea for felt food! That would be fun for kids too.

  544. Helena P says:

    SMS you rock, I am so going to make the wings and the tent, can’t wait to check in everyday to see what else you have for us!!!

  545. Heather says:

    Hooray another homemade holidays! I cant wait to see what is in store this year!

  546. Heather Smith says:

    This is my favorite and first stop when planning my holiday making and giving. Thank you!

  547. Debra says:

    Wow, lots of cute tutorials. I love the felt food….looks prettier that any plastic food.

  548. Sara Suzanne Sews says:

    I love this time of the year – can’t wait to see what else you have for us!

  549. Bonnie says:

    Great! This month is almost more fun than December with this blog series πŸ™‚ Loving felt food for my 2.5 year old–waffles will be super cool.

    Thanks again.

  550. Sarah-E says:

    I love a holiday craft themed November!! & those books could absolutely go under the tree in my house πŸ™‚

  551. Corvus says:

    I’d be happy with the crown, and I’m 25 years old!

  552. Amber says:

    LOVE the food!

  553. Ana says:

    Love the Peter Pan costume!!

  554. Fawn says:

    How exciting! I’d love to make those wings for my niece:) Seems like her kind of thing. Thanks for these great posts. November is my favorite month just because of handmade holidays!

  555. Kelly says:

    What great inspiring projects and ideas… Love this blog!

  556. Michelle H says:

    Hurray for Handmade Holidays! I’m so excited to see what you’ve compiled πŸ™‚ That play tent is too cute. I’m bookmarking it for future crafting!

  557. Trisha says:

    The Peter Pan costume is SO cute!

  558. ItsLily says:

    I am sooo happy to see this begin again. Thank you for all the hard work and dedication you put into these posts.

  559. Carmen says:

    Wow, thanks for an amazing kick-start to this Handmade Holidays month!

  560. Candie D. says:

    Sooo Cute…

  561. Melissa says:

    Love the Peter Pan outfit! Too cute!

  562. Shalet says:

    Yay! I sooooo need to get started on the holidays!

  563. Jamie says:

    So many great ideas! Love them!

  564. britt says:

    love the spool advent calendar. i have been saving my spools and wondering what to do with them!

  565. Rachael says:

    Love the fairy wings!!

  566. Melissa says:

    Great ideas!!! My kids are going to love the crown!

  567. Ez says:

    Yay, it’s Nov 1st! Between Nanowrimo and this blog, it’s less of a dreary month.

  568. Kristie says:

    The odds are not in my favor, but I’d love to win one of those books. Looking forward to an exciting month. Thanks.

  569. Valerie says:

    That hula hoop tent is fantastic, and the books are all such great prizes! Hope I win!

  570. Kelli says:

    And the playtent just went down as a reading nook on my daughter’s Christmas list. There’s her handmade gift chosen, now I’ve got to get the right sheets and get sewing. You’ve started off the month well, I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us! Love it!

  571. Rebecca says:

    Those wings have my niece’s name all over them. I love all your wonderful ideas!

  572. Michelle says:

    I’m very new to SewMamaSew, only caught the sewing bug in the last couple weeks. I love all the tutorials and the fun, creative ideas everyone shares on here. Would love to win a book too!!! Thanks so much.

  573. Courtney says:

    I’m so excited to visit this blog throughout the holiday season — there are so many ideas and inspirations!

  574. trina says:

    Long live Handmade Holidays!

  575. Natalie in Toronto says:

    Wonderful ideas, great inspiration for creativity.

  576. beth says:

    hooray! it’s handmade holidays again! i can’t decide between joy/excitement over the coming holiday season or panic/fear over the state of my gift drawer (empty!)…

  577. Katie says:

    I love this month and am looking forward to all the great ideas!

  578. Louisa says:

    Wow! I love all of these imaginative play tutorials. I’m particularly fond of the idea of making a Peter Pan Costume. Thanks for sharing!

  579. Jessica C says:

    Love it! I’m planning on making some felt food for a good friends little girl. Depending on how much I like it… the kid’s ministry at church might have some new toys too!

  580. Liz says:

    Adorable. I think that play tent may become a Christmas gift for my kiddos — it would be awesome in their playroom.

  581. Annie says:

    Yay! Handmade Holidays is my favorite month in blogland!!

  582. Camille says:

    I love the crown! Maybe it would get my son away from wearing his cowboy hat all day long…

  583. Stacy says:

    The crown is adorable! I can’t wait to make that for my son’s birthday.

  584. Susanne says:

    I see a couple of useful ideas already! The holidays are quickly approaching, as I was reminded by one trick-or-treater last night.

  585. Pamela V says:

    So many books to check out!!

  586. Amy says:

    Great projects! I wonder if i have time to make the crown before my son’s birthday? Maybe… πŸ™‚

  587. Gina.S says:

    Just got done download crown and hanging tent. Grandkids are going to love it. πŸ™‚

  588. Amy says:

    Ah, my favorite month of the year! Off to a great start! Thanks for all the ideas…

  589. Erica (A Yankee In Jawja) says:

    I’m so excited for this! Also, I’ve been eyeballing Ms. Butler’s latest book. πŸ˜€

  590. Tonia says:

    Looks like a fun book. Kids of all ages should love it.

  591. Charmaine says:

    I am SO excited for the tutorials this month!

  592. Kelly Irene says:

    I think there are enough ideas in this one post to get me through to Christmas. Thank you for putting together so much fun for this month!

  593. Jeni says:

    So cute! My little cousins would love some felt food for xmas! πŸ™‚

  594. Heidi says:

    I love all these ideas! Can’t wait to try some of them.

  595. Laura Reich says:

    That play tent is the CUTEST thing!
    I’m so excited to see what else comes up this month.

  596. Larissa says:

    Oh, I’m dying for one of those books!

  597. I just purchased a bunch of wool felt for making felt food for the baby. Thanks for the link to tutorials!

  598. Sharon T. says:

    What a wonderful kick off to Handmade Holidays! Thanks for the great ideas and fabulous prizes!

  599. MaryKate says:

    I love the hanging tent–I want to make one for myself!

  600. Sarah says:

    Hooray! I really want to make all handmade presents this year. I hope to see some ideas for things to make for men in the mix! They are definitely the hardest to make for.

  601. Meghan says:

    Soo exciting to have this back. I swear, nothing inspires me to create like Handmade Holidays πŸ˜€

  602. Noel says:

    I am finally gearing up to make a play tent for my kids. My goal is to make it look like a tree to fit into their nature themed bedroom.

  603. Tine says:

    I love those fairy wings! They will be great for my almost 6 year old! What fab books you are giving away today!

  604. Robyn Wing says:

    What fun! I want to make that tent!! And any of those books would be great!

  605. MamaBee says:

    What great books!

  606. Amanda says:

    I am so excited! I can’t wait to start some holiday projects!

  607. Jenna H says:

    I love the play tent. I live in South Texas so it is finally good weather outside. My girls would love it.

  608. Adrienne says:

    So excited! I’ve been waiting for this all year long. How cute is that crown? My little girl may find one in her stocking this year πŸ™‚

  609. Jenn says:

    I love the felt food! SO cute!

  610. Mandy says:

    I love Handmade Holidays! I’m imagining a felt crown in pink and purple for my nieces already!

  611. Sonya M says:

    I LOVE Handmade Holidays, and I’m so happy it’s here!!!! I never imagined you’d have so many prizes in one post! Thanks for the great roundup of kids’ gifts – just what I need!

  612. Kristin says:

    I look forward to this all year! Love the peter pan costume. I’ve been planning on making my kid’s a robin hood costume, but maybe I’ll have to change to peter pan!

  613. Bethany says:

    What great ideas for my little ones!

  614. Tong says:

    LOVE that peter pan costume, so adorable!!

  615. Emily says:

    I’m so excited for the beginning of handmade holidays! πŸ™‚ I love that you guys do it every year!

  616. Linda says:

    Handmade Holidays is off to a great start! Thanks for the fun!

  617. Limor says:

    Those are the prettiest playsilks I’ve ever seen. I dyed some for my daughter a few years ago, but those are just gorgeous.

  618. Naomi says:

    Love the play tent! Have been wanting to make one for my daughter. So excited for Handmade Holidays! Love the new ideas every day.

  619. Lauranie says:

    Love the Peter Pan costume!! AND Hanmade Holidays!! Thanks so much for this AWESOME month of information, inspiration and stuff to WIN!!! πŸ™‚

  620. kelly jo says:

    Wow! Great books to giveaway today! Thanks for the projects and recipes!

  621. Emily says:

    i love those wings and those books all look amazing!

  622. Megan S says:

    Great crown! And I love the idea of making the tent!

  623. Barbara says:

    I LOVE this time of year at Sew Mama Sew–thank you for doing it again!

  624. Melanie T says:

    Such great giveaways!

  625. Sophia Patterson says:

    Love the Peter pan costume and the play tent. Looks like I am going to start another binder with ideas. This is going to be a fun month!

  626. kate C. says:

    I LOVE the felt food. I’m heading over to that blog right now to check it out! My daughters would love some of that!!

  627. Marisa says:

    Yay! Handmade holidays has begun!! I’ve just started my holiday crafting, and have high hopes to make most of my gifts this year. I’ve finished 3 projects so far: a tea wallet, a dress, and some mittens.

  628. Jolene says:

    This is my fourth year doing handmade holidays! I’ve been looking forward to it so much πŸ™‚

  629. shelle says:

    I love the Handmade Holidays posts, so much inspiration. Here’s another idea for the imaginative types colored pencil roll or wooden holder with a lovely sketch book. Thank you for putting this together.

  630. Virginia says:

    What a great post. Lots of things to keep me busy during the holidays.

  631. Ms. Fine says:

    The play tent is perfectly timed–I needed some sort of “hideout/private place” to cover a fun chair in bunny’s playroom that has really high ceilings… This looks like it could fit the bill.

    Thanks for giving away these awesome prizes.

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  633. karen says:

    I love handmade holidays, I look forward to them every year!!

  634. HP says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I have a creative, imaginative child who has grown out of the commercially-produced dress-up clothing and would love some of these items! Now I know what to whip up for her for the holidays.

  635. Lisa L. says:

    Yay! I’m so excited that Handmade Holidays is here. I ADORE that Peter Pan costume. I am definitely going to have to make it for my little boy who is named after the boy who never grew up. How perfect. P.S., I love that it’s something for the boys. So often things are girl-oriented so THANK YOU! for remembering the boys.

  636. Rachel Locke says:

    Can’t wait for all the great tutorials!! Thanks for putting this together.

  637. Kimberly says:

    I’m checking out that play tent tutorial right now!

  638. Kathy G. says:

    Great gift ideas!!!

  639. Erin says:

    Yay for homemade holidays!! My daughter is getting a kitchen from Santa so I will be helping the elves make some felt food =-) Plus, now there are a few books to add to my wish list. Thanks for the great info!

  640. jeanne reynen says:

    Love your blog and website–check it every day!

  641. Meikjn says:

    I have 3 girls they will all be getting crowns for their birthday this tear I am making Christmas, so this website has me very excited.

  642. Elizabeth says:

    I love all of these great ideas and am so excited to see even more! Thanks!

  643. Hashi says:

    I am sooooo excited that November is here at last! Thank you!

  644. Amanda F. says:

    I have been looking forward to Homemade Holidays since last years homemade holidays ended πŸ™‚ I am so glad that it is finally here!

  645. Tez says:

    I’ve already started my handmade projects for the holidays! Looking forward to more ideas and projects to give and to keep!

  646. Kaye M. says:

    I’ve been looking forward to Handmade Holidays for weeks, I just love it! There are so many great ideas! I’d be thrilled to win an Amy Butler book, she is so talented. Thanks for putting this altogether.

  647. T says:

    What great books!

  648. Christina says:

    That play tent would make a great bed canopy.

  649. Sandra :) says:

    Fabric. Waffles. With. Syrup. And. Butter. Could NOT be any cuter, LOL!!

  650. Kelly Sas says:

    Yea… Nov. 1st is here and so is Homemade for the holidays!!! Love the Spool Advent Calendar idea. Thanks for the great ideas!

  651. Shaz says:

    Hooray for Handmade Holidays!

  652. Joy says:

    Can’t wait to start making Christmas gifts. Thanks for the great ideas.

  653. Chris says:

    I love anything that fosters imaginative play for my children. Costumes seem to do that in spades. They would also love the play tent, too.

  654. Kristina says:

    What a great idea! I love the idea of imaginative gifts!!

  655. Sheila Fisher says:

    I can’t wait to see what’s in store everyday on SewMamaSew!
    These ideas for kids play are wonderful. Encouraging little ones to be imaginative is so important! What to make? So many cute ideas!

  656. Miquela says:

    This is the first year of Handmade Holidays for me…very excited!

  657. April from SD says:

    I love the crown and I love Elizabeth’s comment about putting a number on front for a kid’s birthday. Great prizes!

  658. Debbie says:

    Thanks for Handmade Holidays, I really enjoy all of the wonderful ideas!

  659. Vitor says:

    Winning one of these books would be awesome! Anyone will be a great gift to give to my wife. πŸ™‚

  660. Amy says:

    Wonderful ideas as usual!

  661. Kerry says:

    I love, love, love the fabric dress-up wings. I was looking for some ideas like this for my daughter. She is 2 1/2 and is addicted to Disney movies right now and loves to dress up like a princess.

  662. Jenna says:

    Those carrots are so cute! Love them!!

  663. Tracey says:

    Love the advent calendar with the wooden spools! What a fun idea! Looking forward to the whole month of projects and inspiration!

  664. Jill says:

    Just in time! My son just started asking for a cape to be like “Iron Monster” Thanks, SMS!

    (Oh, and i’m in love with that crown, too)

  665. heather b says:

    I think I might try out some of the felt food – the old plastic stuff doesn’t look as appetizing!

  666. Rhea says:

    I’ve been waiting for Handmade Holidays to start all last week! Wonderful tutorials and some awesome prizes. Can’t wait to see what you have in store for us.

  667. Bobby Sue says:

    I have decided that this is my new favorite site for the holidays! I love these ideas and the pattern is one I’ve been wanted to get!

  668. Amy Schroeder says:

    The crown is awesome! I can’t wait to see all of the projects this month!

  669. Diana says:

    The play tent looks like it would be a ton of fun. I would have felt like a princess in it when I was a kid!

  670. Bethany says:

    The felt food is too cute! I might need to add some of that to my daughter’s kitchen.

  671. Looking forward to the whole month of Handmade Holidays! Thank you so much for these wonderful ideas!

  672. elizabeth says:

    I have to make that crown for my daughter’s birthday. I think I’ll put a 4 on the front, instead of her initial.

  673. Eve Nicole says:

    I am so excited for this month of beautiful hand work. Thank you so much for organizing this. I look forward to this every year.

  674. Liz says:

    I am looking forward to the whole month of Homemade Holidays. Would love any of these books.

  675. lucy says:

    I am overwhelmed with all the ideas here!!! So exciting!

  676. Katharine Lake says:

    Ahhh.. Handmade Holidays.. the most wonderful blog of the year.

  677. Trina says:

    Handmade holidas is turning November into my favorite month of the year! I would love to win something- anything! It’s all fabulous.

  678. Melissa Ann says:

    Those wings are delightful!

  679. Katrina says:

    Love the felt food – can’t wait to whip that up for my daughter’s kitchen

  680. Kati says:

    Yea for felt food! I need to learn to make some for my daughter’s Christmas present!!

  681. Kristi says:

    Great Ideas. My children would love the play tent and felt food.

  682. amber! says:

    whoa! I’ve had my eye on most of these books for a while! Thanks for the chance to win!

    ambernoel226 at gmail dot com

  683. Corrie says:

    Okay, I comment all the time and I never win, but I would love to win that Amy Butler book! πŸ™‚

  684. monica says:

    LOVE the felt food blog by Jess. I’m totally going to try some of those cute projects for stocking stuffers this year.

  685. Elise says:

    I love the spool advent calendar but everyone should definitely click over to Cathe’s site and follow a link on that post to her “thread nests”. I have to empty spools and or bobbins sometimes and that was a great idea for what to do with that leftover thread. πŸ™‚

  686. Jaime says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a new canning blog. Adding it to me feed. The recipe looks fabulous!

  687. Erica says:

    Super ideas, I’ll definitely be able to find something to make for everyone on my list this year! Thanks!

  688. Megan says:

    Such cute ideas, and great books to giveaway!

  689. Lauren says:

    I love the play tent, a great idea for an extra Christmas morning surprise!

    I’ll also be making marmalade, some to give and some to keep πŸ™‚

  690. Amy says:

    Wow! I’m SO excited for another month of Handmade Holidays. Thanks for sharing such fantastic ideas.

  691. rebecca says:

    Love all the Ideas and all the Books!

  692. Hannah says:

    I wish I knew some children to make gifts for! I love the play tent so much. I might actually make something similar to use in the outdoor area at school (I teach little ones).

  693. What a good start to November!

  694. Cary says:

    I’ve been so excited to see what’s coming for November. There are so many great ideas today. This summer I started making some felt food, so was happy to see the felt carrot tutorial! Thanks for such great ideas.

  695. Rebecca says:

    How fun! I want sewing books! πŸ˜‰

  696. Tammy says:

    OOOoh, I’m checking out the felt food right now! How fun! I think my daughter would love that!

    The spool advent calendar is adorable! I’m laughing at myself because I just sold a whole bunch of wooden spools on my Etsy shop that would have been perfect for this (because I had NO USE for them!). Oh well….

  697. Lissa says:

    oooh – great crafts for today. Small/easy enough I can still make them before christmas!

  698. Melissa says:

    I’m so excited for the start of another round of “Handmade Holidays”

  699. jess says:

    thanks for the wonderful ideas! lovely giveaway – crossing my fingers to win one of these fab books!

  700. leigh7911 says:

    Awesome felt food roundup at that link, my kiddo (who just got a kitchen for her birthday) thanks you!

  701. Deidra Foster says:

    I love the felt food. I wish my kids were younger so I could make a whole batch!

  702. Erica says:

    That tent is too cute!

  703. Amber says:

    I would have loved those fabric wings as a child!

  704. Meeta says:

    Can’t wait to make the Peter Pan outfit for my little nephew.

  705. Llamabean says:

    Wonderful! I can’t wait to check out the felt foods tutorials and the other imaginative play ideas are great! Thank you and a wonderful start to my month.

  706. Jocelyn says:

    I am so excited for this year’s handmade holidays. I have used this every year since you started it and made bunches of great gifts. Thanks for all of the hard work putting this together ladies. Oh and Merry Christmas! ;o)

  707. Jennifer says:

    Love these ideas! Can’t wait to whip up some felt food!!

  708. Katy says:

    What a wonderful selection of goodies….. the small stash sewing looks particularly interesting!!

  709. Cara says:

    I absolutely love these gifts! Now I need to rustle up some kids to give gifts too so I have an excuse to make them!

  710. Karen C says:

    These are perfect for my 5 year old! Thanks for the great ideas as always!

  711. Lisa Wiehle says:

    Can’t wait to follow the blog this season!

  712. Wendy D. P. says:

    I love the Peter Pan costume! So cute! Can’t wait to see all the ideas this month brings!

  713. Katie says:

    I can’t wait to see all the great ideas this month!

  714. Nadine says:

    Some great prizes today! I love the Peter Pan costume!

  715. Chrissy says:

    Wooo Hoo! It’s back! I love Handmade Holidays! It’s going to be a great November!

  716. Erika M says:

    These are some great ideas!

  717. QSOgirl says:

    oh what adorable projects. i just love costumes and felt food!

  718. Sarah says:

    Wow! All of these books look great. I’m really interested in Not Your Mama’s Stitching. It looks like it has some great ideas.

  719. Milica says:

    I just love felt food! My kids love the cookies and cupcakes they have already and I’ll be adding to the collection this year also! Great tutorials all around!

  720. Oh my – those fabric wings are fantastic!!!

  721. Cami Guffey says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas. I can’t wait to get started on some home made holiday gifts!

  722. Terri says:

    So excited about the 4th annual Handmade Holidays!!! I look forward to it each year!!! THANK YOU!!!

  723. Debbie says:

    Would love to win any one of these fabulous books!!

  724. Michelle says:

    Ohhh. I can’t decide which book looks like the most fun!! I’d love any of them… and just may have to scoop them all up!

  725. Anya says:

    Great post and great giveaway! thanks for the chance!

  726. Awesome ideas!!

  727. Katie B. says:

    I love that crown!

  728. Deanne Johnson says:

    Great ideas, but I really like the Advent Calendar and the play silks are wonderful.

  729. Tanya says:

    Yay! Let the good times roll, this is a great way to start, imaginatioon and kiddies, what Xmas is all about for me! Tan x

  730. maryanne says:

    I discovered Sew Mama Sew during November Handmade Holidays 2 years ago and have been an avid reader ever since. Thank you for another exciting November. With your great ideas I know my Christmas sewing list will be close to unmanageable by December 1st!!

  731. Lisa says:

    I’m so excited for the Handmade Holidays. Always such great ideas.

  732. Jill says:

    Love the Peter Pan costume. My kids are in a peter pan play and that will come in handy.

  733. Marilyn in San Antonio, TX says:

    I love all these…I want them all…just gotta finish this quilt for my G-daughter.

  734. Kim Mears says:

    I love the play tent! I am going to Goodwill to get some “manly” flatsheets to make some for my boys! Maybe I will find white ones and let them paint it with fabric paint!

  735. Morgan says:

    The felt food is awesome! What great ideas.

  736. Olivia says:

    Great start to handmade holidays. Been looking forward to this for a month now!!! haha.

  737. Katie says:

    That Peter Pan costume is so gorgeous and I also loved the matching tinkerbell on the website

  738. bibliogrrl says:

    This is the best birthday present ever! I’m so excited for Handmade Holidays again.

    There is also an excellent chance I’ll be making that felt crown for dressing up – for me. πŸ˜€

  739. Camille says:

    I recently made the felt crown for a gift. It’s a fabulous tutorial and the crown turned out really great!

  740. Addy says:

    I love these ideas for kids, and I love the prizes being offered too!

  741. beverly says:

    I’m so excited for the handmade holiday posts! Thanks!

  742. Sonickasalisbury says:

    Woohoo! I am so excited that November is here! You all do such a great job on this every year. You are off to a great start!

  743. Caroline K says:

    off to a great start! Thanks!

  744. brittany says:

    i have been dreaming of a set of felt food for my son since last christmas! ought to get started now i guess…

  745. Coralee says:

    hoooray! It’s november and handmade holidays time – thank you so much! I can’t wait to read your blog each day

  746. Robin D says:

    I would love any of these books. just the inspiration I need. thank you.

  747. Paige says:

    Oh, how I love the Handmade Holidays series!

  748. Jeanne S says:

    I love handmade holidays. Just the thing to get those creative juices flowing. Sometimes the projects just take off on there own, sparked by the creativity of your contributors.

  749. Holly says:

    What fun! I *LOVE* y’all’s handmade holidays posts each year!

  750. Katie says:

    I’m so excited that Handmade Holidays is back!! I’ve purposed to make everything I give this year myself. I’m certain I’ll be using lots of ideas I find here. Thanks for all y’all do!


  751. Suzanne says:

    There’s a lot of goodness here!

  752. Tara H. says:

    My daughter and I are so excited about all of the great tutorials and giveaways this month.

  753. Rebecca Makas says:

    What a fabulous way to start the holiday spirit! Make something handmade to give away. I will go tweet right away!

  754. Mary says:

    A great start! I love the felt crowns. πŸ˜€

  755. Megan says:

    oh dear, three citrus marmalade sounds amazing!

  756. Amy says:

    Wonderful ideas! I’m really excited about this blog series and I’m sure I’ll be linking to it often.
    Hugs & Stitches,

  757. Elizabeth says:

    November becomes my favorite month, because of your crafting tutorials! Thanks for your great gift ideas and now your great giveaways.

  758. Sandy says:

    That Peter Pan costume is adorable!

  759. Beth says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  760. Jewel says:

    The spool advent calendar is adorable!

  761. Renate says:

    Awesome ideas! Awesome prizes! Sure would love to win. πŸ™‚

  762. Kimberly L says:

    All those books look fabulous!

  763. Eleanor says:

    What cute projects, I can’t wait to see the rest of the ideas for this month.

  764. Shawna says:

    Those wings are really neat! I’m so excited about this month!

  765. Beth says:

    Darling. Just darling. I need to bookmark these for my future kiddies.

  766. Nichole says:

    Fun stuff – I am loving the crown for my daughter!

  767. Jill B says:

    I could definitely see myself making that play tent – my kids would love it!

  768. BrendaDe says:

    I’m so excited for November to begin — so I can see new sewing projects every day! Thanks for the giveaway! Would love to win one of the books!

  769. Kimberly A says:

    I like the play tent idea. That’s something the kids would have lots of fun with.

  770. Kim says:

    It’s finally November 1! What fantastic giveaways – all of these books would be such great resources!! I am so excited about making this holiday **handmade** πŸ™‚

  771. Amy Woods says:

    Oh wow! wow! wow! I’ve been anxiously awaiting this day! It is going to be a fun November!!! πŸ™‚

  772. Mhairi says:

    I love the crown and the other ideas. I would love to win one of those books too.

  773. Patty says:

    I would love to win any of these books. Thanks for the opportunity.

  774. Colleen says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful ideas. I am going to make the hanging playtent. What a cute idea and smart to use the hula hoop!

  775. SequinK says:

    Great tutes! I may need to make that play tent!

  776. Chris says:

    Wow – I would love to make the marmalade! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  777. Mary says:

    These books all look like they would be really helpful.

  778. Heidi says:

    yippee for handmade holiday crafts ~ one of my favorite round ups that you all do! Here’s hoping Amy Butlers new book makes it my way this season!

  779. Tara says:

    I love the crown!

  780. Sandra says:

    Thanks so much for another year of HH; I am planning to make the marmalade. There’s nothing quite like edible gifts for those who say they “have everything”. But that felted food looks like fun, too. Oh me oh my. XOXO

  781. melanie says:

    Thank you for all the great links!

  782. Andreia says:

    This is so amzing that have shared it on twiiter, facebook and on my site here

  783. Liz B says:

    Very cute projects! I can so imagine my niece in those wings.

  784. Casey says:

    That crown is delightful!

  785. Kate F. says:

    This is awesome. I have been scrounging around for some felt food tutorials for my baby cousin… little did I know that one blogger had tutorials for everything I was looking for!

  786. The play tent is a wonderful idea. I can see doing it up in camo sheets for the boys. Thanks for sharing!

  787. Jo says:

    And we’re off! πŸ™‚ happy holidays!!!

  788. Tara says:

    What wonderful ideas! Gonna have to try the play tent idea. My daughter would love it!

  789. Allison says:

    I love the play tent and the felt food.

  790. Terea says:

    This is a great opportunity to (hopefully!) win some of the books that have been on my wish list! Thank you!

  791. Great tutorials all kids of all age’s love dress up!

  792. Java Jane says:

    Just purchased some wool felt last weekend and was seeking ideas on how to make some gifts for littles using it. The felt food is beyond clever! Thanks for posting this link.

  793. Andreia says:

    I would love to win of of this amazing books! The others remain in my wish list…

  794. Jennifer says:

    Terrific idea’s! I am really liking the Peter Pan dress up for boys
    It is going on my to do list!

  795. Raheli says:

    Thanks for putting this together — I am just realizing that it’s NOVEMBER!! and the holidays are much closer than I had realized. Gotta get started!

  796. TakiJ says:

    The Felt Food is too cute. I can see kids playing with this all day.

  797. Lara Thorarinsdottir says:

    Lovely! This month will be awesome!

  798. PeachRainbow says:

    Thanks for the chance!

  799. Sarah says:

    Love the advent calendar. How clever!

  800. Jo says:

    Awesome projects! I just love all these tutorials! Thanks for putting all this together

  801. Hilary says:

    so many creative gifts to inspire the young and creative in our lives.

  802. alexa says:

    I love the idea of the play tent. My daughter would love it.

  803. Cass says:

    I love the look of those books, especially the Small Stash Sewing. πŸ™‚

  804. Andrea says:

    Very excited to see what the rest of the month has in store for us!

  805. Debbie says:

    Love those little advent calendar spools! Also going to make some of that marmalade – it’s a great present for a male (my dad to be precise)

  806. Corrina Colquhoun says:

    I am so excited!! What a way to start the month!! Ideas everyday. Thanks so much for all the effort that goes into this!!

  807. Jilli says:

    Love the spool advent calendar! Counting the days πŸ™‚

  808. danielle says:

    i love the felt food- perfect!! im off to the blog now to have a look and get crafty!

  809. Ginger says:

    Love the tent idea–I have a little girl on my list that would love it.

  810. Nahuatl says:

    I´m so exvited aboit this amazing giveaway!

  811. Would love to win!

  812. Abbington says:

    I made one of the playtents for my kids this summer, and my son loves reading in it. But I need to add some pockets at the bottom for rocks to weigh it down! Or else put some fishing weights in the bottom!

  813. Alice S says:

    Cute ideas, as always! I can hardly keep up with my daughter’s vivid imagination, so imaginative toys are great gifts.

  814. amber says:

    Oh, those carrots are too sweet!!!!

  815. Bloom says:

    Oh, how I love November as your Handmade Holidays post roll around! Thank you for all the time and effort you obviously put in to spoil us all with tremendous inspriation. Best wishes, Ros x

  816. Natalie says:

    Fantastic ideas, I’m so pleased to see things suitable for boys too! I’ve been looking forward to the handmade holidays list for ages, time to get present-making πŸ™‚

  817. Sarah J says:

    ok so todays jobs now include playtent and marmalade…. I love this feature and it’s only day 1!

  818. Genevieve says:

    Lovely! I just love those ideas! Maybe for my little niece? πŸ™‚ She’d love the wings!


  819. Nettie says:

    I’m really looking forward to joining in on the Handmade Holidays this year.

  820. lili says:

    I’ve done handmade (or secondhand) gifts for the last two years – I hope I’ll have time this year, with NaNoWriMo as well!

  821. Melissa says:

    What great costumes! Loving those books too!!

  822. Catherine says:

    we had an impromptu sheet house the other day, which was great, except I lost access to the whole clothesline! I’m thinking that the play tent is a much better idea!

  823. Alyssa says:

    I love the projects! Especially the felt crown and advent calendar!

  824. Kristy says:

    I lov pretend play!

  825. Alexis says:

    Loving the tent idea – that’s definitely on my to-do list, but I think giving birth might take priority!

  826. Shira says:

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ˜€

  827. empirewaist says:

    We are the luckiest readers ever. What a fabulous assortment of gift ideas!!! I love SMS!

  828. Elisha Niven says:

    What amazing books, I would love to win one. I will be coming back every day this month πŸ™‚

  829. Valerie says:

    I think my daughter would love some of those butterfly wings. It’s so great to get a head start!

  830. bruinbr says:

    I made the felt crown for my daughter’s first birthday and it was a huge hit! I can’t wait to try that play food out! Those carrots look adorable!

  831. Cynthia says:

    Those felt food tutorials are amazing!! Thanks for pointing us in her direction!

  832. Janet K says:

    I love the felt food! yay for Handmade Holidays – thanks!

  833. Glenda says:

    I’m sending the Play Tent idea to my sis-in-law; I bet that could be adapted to use indoors on cold-weather or rainy days!

    I’m not sure if we have the option to ask to be in a drawing for a particular book, but if so I’m throwing my hat into the ring for Small Stash Sewing (I’ve already read or own the other 3 books).

  834. jackie says:

    so excited for Handmade Holidays…and off to a great start. thank you so much for this, four years running! πŸ™‚

  835. Karo says:

    yay!! handmade holidays month!
    i’m not sure i ever liked november as much as i do now that i’m a SMS reader. really looking forward to lots of fabulous ideas.
    happy november, everyone! πŸ™‚

  836. Devon says:

    Love those wings!! Got to make some of those for my daughter this year!

  837. Melissa says:

    I love that play tent! And what a great idea to use a hula hoop. Now I just have to find a good tree…

  838. Shira says:

    Thanks for the giveaway πŸ™‚

  839. gina says:

    So many fun ideas. Will check back though the month for more. I’ve had my eye on a couple of those books especially the Amy Butler one, finges crossed!

  840. Louana says:

    Wow what great books! fingers crossed

  841. Katy says:

    Hurrah for handmade holidays! Love the felt food and crown… definitely adding those to my list for Christmas gifts. So excited for the month ahead!

  842. Stace says:

    Yay! I’ve been waiting for a while for Handmade Holidays to start. Such cute children’s items today. They will be squirreled away for the future. πŸ™‚

  843. liliana says:

    I have two small friends at home that would love these imaginative presents!

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