Today’s ideas are perfect for everyone on your holiday list who loves to bake, cook and/or eat!

Make It

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Malka’s Tree Improv Placemats at Sew,Mama,Sew! are a guaranteed gift-giving hit!
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Emily’s 5 Minute Bread Bag at Saltwater Kids would be perfect for so many people on our holiday list, especially when gifted with a fresh loaf inside!
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This Pleated Apron with Built-In Hot Pads from Destri at The Mother Huddle helps you create an easy, classic option for gift giving.
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Make a Quick Fix Grocery Bag from //Between the Lines// for everyone on your list!
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Dress up someone’s kitchen with these Quilted Canister Sleeves from Kari at Handmade Mommy.
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This {Hand Towel} Apron from Sarah at A Little of This, A Little of That is easy to make and easily adaptable… Make it with one ruffle or two!
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Young foodies will appreciate this Child’s Chef Hat from Cindy at Skip To My Lou.
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Hashi shows you how to tote two bottles of wine in style with this Double Wine Bag at Hashiworks.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder, Alfresco Bowl Covers, Bake!, Quilted Patchwork Hot Pads, Patchwork Kitchen Mat, Cloth Napkins, Reversible Appliance Covers, Gifts for Cooks, Aprons, Denyse Schmidt Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters, For the Kitchen, Lunch Bags

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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Visit Sparkle Kitchen’s Etsy shop for a box of delectable French Macarons. With nine different flavors to choose from, each macaron will be a treat anyone will thoroughly enjoy.

Mix It

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Anita (a.k.a. Pastry Girl) is a dessert blogger and cookbook author who shares her tasty recipe (and a little of the history) for Christmas Mediants on her blog Dessert First.

Print It

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Lolly from LollyChops has put together a huge Free Printable Collection. Download and enjoy her colorful recipes, ornament tags, cards and much, much more!

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 Sharon Bowers
(Storey Publishing, $14.95, ISBN: 9978-1-60342-548-3)

From the Publisher:

Build a candy fantasy! Sharon Bowers shows you how to use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting. Top a sheet cake with a crushed-cookie racetrack, tiny candy cars, and a candy pit crew—and watch the delight on your birthday boy’s face. Set out fudge-striped cookies and peanut butter cups to keep small family members busy making pilgrim hats on Thanksgiving Day. Spend a rainy afternoon with your kids, making a pirate ship complete with little pirates made of licorice and candy corn. You’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions for making dozens of things children love, including spaceships, butterflies, a fairy-tale castle, a dump truck, planes, Egyptian pyramids, aliens, a steam train, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, and much more — all crafted with candy. The sweet possibilities are endless!

By Ashley English
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-491-3)

From the Publisher:

Yes, you CAN! More and more people have discovered what grandma always knew: canning and preserving supplies you with wholesome, tasty treats year round. And this Homemade Living guide provides all the practical, hold-your-hand basics along with plenty of step-by-step photos. Learn about the necessary tools of the trade, crucial safety tips, and hot water bath processing and pressure canning. Discover the all-important science of salt and sugar, and how to select the best possible ingredients, favoring seasonal, organic, and local options.  Three topic-specific primers cover pickles, relishes and chutneys; jams, jellies, butters and curds; and whole fruits and veggies—and each offers at least two “Canning Classic” recipes with variation ideas.

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.

Sew Charming: 40 Simple Sewing and Hand-Printed Projects for Home and Family

By Cath Derksema & Kirsten Junor
(Potter Craft, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-58659-9)

From the Publisher:

Create these simple, modern sewing projects using your own one-of-a-kind fabrics!

Transform what you sew. Personalize and customize your sewing projects in a whole new way by learning to design, print, and embellish your own fabrics. Sew Charming includes forty fresh, easy-to-sew projects with optional fabric-printing ideas. Inside you’ll find patterns for clothing, accessories, and decorations for every room in your house.

From the designers of the popular fabric line, Prints Charming, invite you to get creative and offer step-by-step instruction for basic screen-printing, sewing, and embroidery techniques. They provide everything you need to handcraft truly one-of-a-kind pieces—from cozy baby quilts to sophisticated table linen, chic wall art to playful sundresses. Whether you are eager to experiment with fabric printing or already have the perfect material in your stash, these simple yet creative projects are ideal for all levels of sewers looking for bold inspiration.

With beautifully photographed stitch and screen-printing guides, detailed instructions, and three pullout pattern sheets, it’s never been easier to create bright, modern items to enliven your home and the people that share it with you.

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:

12 ~ Deck the Halls
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.