Every Friday this month we’re sharing fun tutorials, recipes, fabric, printables, shop finds and more to help you deck your halls with festive cheer!

Make It

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These Super Simple Holiday Cards from Amy at Amy a la Mode are fun to make and receive!
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There’s still time for these Christmas Countdown Blocks from Mandy at Little Birdie Secrets. Mandy says her kids love to get the blocks out every year, and that this year they’re going to make a new set!
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Use favorite fabrics to make this pretty Christmas Wreath from Ronda of Help [ME] Rhonda, guest posted at Miss Fancy Pants.
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These Felt Dreidel Ornaments from Creative Jewish Mom would be great for “…Just about anywhere; on a doorknob, on a banister, around a little child’s neck as a necklace? Or make tiny ones, attach a pin back and give as gifts.”
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Do you have a Christmas tree yet?! Whitney from Shanty2Chic shows you how to create this Drop Cloth Tree Skirt with cheap supplies and a little ingenuity!
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Kids and adults alike will have fun making these Yarn-Wrapped Trees to decorate the house. Alli from One Pearl Button shows you how!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Advent Calendar, Stockings from a Vintage Quilt, Quilted Tree Skirt, Wrap & Present, More Deck the Halls, Write It & Wrap It, Holidays at Home Part One, Part Two, Part Three & Part Four, Celebration Tutorials

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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Add some holiday cheer to your crafts with this Holly Bough Rubber Stamp from Norajane.

Mix It

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Jules from Domestic Goddess in Training shares her version of a Marzipan Cake. Full of rich flavors and a sweet aroma, this is one cake you’ll want to bake more than once a year.

Print It

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Wreaths, lights, holly, and leaves can be downloaded and printed onto a 12 x 12 paper using free PDF files from Erinn at Alethiologie. The Printable Papers can be used for a wide variety of projects including Christmas cards and ornaments.

Win It

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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 Suzuko Koseki
(Trumpeter, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-649-9)

From the Publisher:

The tradition of patchwork and quilted items goes back hundreds of years and most often conveys a sense of warmth and comfort. While the bold and bright designs in this book are meant for the modern crafter, that inherent sense of warmth is still expressed in these unique and stunning projects. Created in the distinctive Japanese craft style—and published in English for the first time—the projects in this book offer a look that is minimal, yet vibrant and full of life.

Explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting through thirty-five simple and stunning projects. With beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, the pouches and handbags, quilts and pillowcases, tissue cases and pot holders are perfect projects for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of warmth and patchwork style to your life.

By Amanda Carestio
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-615-0)

From the Publisher:

‘Tis the season to make felt crafts-fa, la la la la! These 45+ festive Christmas projects will bring joy to crafters everywhere. Created by successful online designers from around the world, the adorable items range from a sweet garland of little birds to super-cute matryoshka doll ornaments. All can be made with simple sewing techniques, and there are both no-sew and eco-smart options, too. Both indie and mainstream crafters will love these fresh new ideas!

Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living

By Alicia Paulson
(Potter Craft, $22.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46235-0)

From the Publisher:

For Alicia Paulson, embroidery is so much more than simply pulling needle and thread through cloth. It’s a way to let loose the imagination, elevate everyday materials by decorating them with fanciful designs, and perhaps most of all, to enjoy the quiet reflection resulting from embroidery’s unique textures, vibrant colors, and gentle rhythms.

If Alicia’s first book, Stitched in Time, could be considered a valentine to the craft of sewing, then Embroidery Companion is Alicia’s full-on love letter to embroidery. This is the craft that captured her imagination as a child, helped her through the most difficult times in her adult life, and continues to stay closest to her heart. In Embroidery Companion, she shares stitch patterns and instructions for 30 beautiful projects, featuring three different kinds of embroidery: decorative embroidery, counted cross-stitch & crewelwork.

Inspired by vintage motifs and the folk-art traditions of various cultures, Alicia’s embroidered embellishments frequently draw from the archives of historical resources to bring a homemade modern touch to tablescapes, household items, and wearables. Alicia also shares all she’s learned through helpful glossaries, discussions of essential tools, clear instructions, and projects for crafters of every experience level.

Embroidery is an easy-to-learn  ––and easy-to-love–– craft that spans generations and touches many lives. Whether you’re attempting your first project, or you’re anxious to challenge yourself with a new technique, Embroidery Companion will be your guide to inspire and instruct for years to come.

By Emily Cier
(C&T Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 1571209603)

From the Publisher:

Here’s music for your ears! New settings and fresh fabric combinations for all your favorites-Log Cabin, Nine-Patch, Irish Chain, Flying Geese, Pinwheel, and more. You’ll love these quilt designs made with fresh, fun fabrics for any home.

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:

11 ~ Sleepyheads
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.