|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!|
|Fabric Dress-Up Wings
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!
Turn any friend into royalty with Jessica’s Felt Crown from Juicy Bits. Using some wool felt, a few appliqués 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!)
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.
|Peter Pan Costume
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.
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.
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:
|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!
|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.
|Simple Spool Advent Calendar
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.
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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 SouleMama.com, 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. 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, 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, 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, yummygoods.com, 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.
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