Send them off with a bit of handmade goodness! Today we have some quick and easy favorites for the college crowd…

Make It

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Laundry can be done in style with Sew4Home’s Dorm Laundry Bag. We especially love it’s “jumbo” size and the extra pocket.
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The Slouchy Book Bag is another great tutorial from Sew4Home that will be appreciated by any book-laden student.
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Help them stay organized with our Binder Pouch created by Anna that can be personalized with favorite fabrics and embellishments.
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Erica’s Make-Up Bag at BigSis LilSis is great for all those miscellaneous necessities and would help reduce dorm room clutter.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Work, Write, Gifts for Science & Tech Lovers, Gifts for Multi-taskers, Gifts for Bookworms, Gifts for Artists, and more Gifts for College Students.

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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Jazz up their plain laptop with a unique, vinyl Cassette Laptop Decal from Beepart.

Mix It

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Melissa will inspire you to make your own Peanut Butter Twix using your favorite recipes for the sugar cookie base, peanut butter caramel filling, and chocolate ganache. You might also want to check out Melissa’s bakery business located at Balaboosta’s Bakery.

Print It

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Perfect for small gifts or gift cards, this Pillowbox designed by Julie at Up Up Creative is easy enough for helpers of any age to help cut and assemble.

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 Marlene Hurley Marshall
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-552-0)

From the Publisher:

From a lakeside cabin to a hilltop farmhouse, from an urban brownstone to a suburban ranch — any house can be beautified with decorative pieces crafted from found bits of the woodland landscape, such as pine cones, moss, bark, twigs, and river rocks. Artist and author Marlene Hurley Marshall shows you how to use responsibly collected materials to create stylish wreaths, frames, furniture, collages, potpourri, birdhouses, garden pots, and much more. Featuring luscious photography by Sabine Vollmer von Falken,Woodland Style gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and meadows in your own home.

(C&T Publishing, $5.95)

Metalized mylar is layered between polyester fleece to create a high-quality barrier that reflects heat or cold. This special combination of materials is very flexible and easy to sew through. Once you have sewn it into your project, you can machine wash and tumble dry with no bunching! A handy 3/4-yard cut is enough for a large lunch bag or several potholders.

By Weeks Ringle & Bill Kerr
(C&T Publishing, $29.95, ISBN: 1607050153)

From the Publisher:

You’ll love the dramatic results you get with this modern approach to quiltmaking. Popular author/designer team of Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr present their design and construction methods with 10 projects, then show you how to transform their ideas into quilts that truly express who you are.

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:

14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
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.