Bump up the coziness factor in 2011 for the people on your list who could use a little more relaxation!

Make It

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Jaime helps you “sleep cute” with these Sleep Shorts at Prudent Baby.
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Who wouldn’t want a new pair of Snickerdoodle Cozy Slippers?! Learn how to make this cute style with Stephanie’s help.
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Madeleine Mini Bloomers from Colette Patterns might be a perfect gift for yourself this holiday season!
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These Cosy Slippers will work for men, women & children on your list. Find the how-to from JoJo at A Bit Of This and A Bit Of That.
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Speaking of men… Here’s a great tutorial for Boxer Shorts from Joanne Craft Passion.
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Cozy up the bedroom with these Zippered Throw Pillows from Design*Sponge.
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With fun extra details, these Shirred Pajama Shorts from Suzannah at Adventures in Dressmaking will be something they’ll lounge in well beyond bedtime.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Pamper!, Flip Side Pillow, Sit Back & Relax!, Quilted Pillow, Crayon Box Quilt

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:

Buy It

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Inspired by an Owen Jones drawing, Erin made this gorgeous Natural Muslin Pillow using unbleached cottons and non-toxic inks. Check out Appetite Home for more amazing handmade and handprinted homewares.
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Anyone can make their favorite herbal tea combination using Cook Outside the Box‘s Large Herbal Tea Kit, which include recipes and instructions for how to make your own teabags.

Mix It

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Indulge your sleepyhead by baking them a delicious Babka, a sweet bread filled with cinnamon and chocolate. Jenny of Rainy Day Gal shares this melt-in-your-mouth recipe as a guest blogger on CakeSpy.

Print It

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Choose from two original designs by Kellie Medivitz to complete your gift with matching Gift Wrap & Tags, available to download for free at Creature Comforts.

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.

Edited By Shufunotomo
(Trumpeter, $17.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-731-1)

From the Publisher:

Transform a simple sheet of paper into a delicate snowflake, a sweet flower, or a dainty doily—or create an enchanted forest using a modern twist on the traditional technique for making paper dolls. Paper cutouts get a fresh look in this contemporary approach to the practice of transforming paper into art. It’s full of clever and cute designs and a range of different cutting techniques that you can use to make your own cutouts for display, decoration, or embellishment.

Offering a range of styles, this book presents paper cutting techniques through clear step-by-step instruction, detailed diagrams, and templates. Once you’ve mastered the basics, creative uses for paper cutouts are offered, including as cards, gift wrap, mobiles, collages, stencils, garlands, and more.

By Krystina Castella
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-576-6)

From the Publisher:

Tour the world of cake! Cakes are at the center of life’s celebrations, big and small, in every corner of the globe. A bite-size lamington is a treat with tea in Australia. In Africa, golden fritters bursting with sweet fruit are popular street snacks. Honey cakes celebrate new beginnings in Jewish tradition, and peach buns are a symbol of longevity in Taiwan. Fruitcakes, from Germany’s stollen to Italy’s panettone, are popular Christmas fare. This delectable cookbook offers more than 150 irresistible recipes accompanied by mouthwatering photographs, ideas for delicious variations, and fascinating historical and cultural facts. This is a must-have for anyone who loves making (or eating!) cake.

By Nathalie Mornu
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-508-1)

From the Publisher:

We’re issuing another challenge—and that means FUN for creative crafters! This second entry in the popular new Craft Challenge series shines a spotlight on the humble but beloved tea towel, with its terrific graphics and nostalgic charm.  More than two dozen projects show how to transform this functional item into fabulous wearables (slippers, a halter top), accessories (totes, a belt), and beyond (a doggie backpack, bicycle saddlebags). A basics section provides a primer on the techniques and how-to illustrations and templates enhance the instructions.  Fresh, contemporary photography captures the projects in urban settings.

Simply Sublime Gifts: High-Style, Low-Sew Projects to Make in a Snap

By Jodi Kahn
(Potter Craft, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46446-0)

From the Publisher:

Want to give the ultimate one-of-kind gift? Create it yourself!

Simply Sublime Gifts offers more than thirty fun and imaginative gift ideas to make quickly, inexpensively, and with little to no sewing using clever short-cuts and inventive techniques. You’ll find a well of inspiration for any occasion, including Handy Hand Towels for hostess gifts, fancy Fabric Bangles for her, Tailor-Made photo frames for him, charm necklaces, holiday ornaments, and more. Accompanying eye-catching gift-wrap ideas are sure to complete the perfect present for everyone on your gift list.

With projects that are a snap for beginners—and that provide a fun challenge for experienced crafters—Simply Sublime Gifts is loaded with hints, tips, and tricks of the crafting trade. Many of the gifts are also made from accessible, recycled, or repurposed materials, like the kitschy, cool Wonder-ful Apron created with iconic Wonder Bread® wrappers! Kids, family, teachers, and friends will love the customizable treasures found in this book, and you’ll love giving gifts that are special and meaningful, original and personal.

With author Jodi Kahn’s clear instructions and step-by-step illustrations, in less than a day you’re on your way to creating a gift that is simply sublime.

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

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