November 15 ~ Gifts for College Students

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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

spacer Homemade Peanut Butter Twix from Life in a Peanut Shell
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 StyleΒ 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.

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486 Responses to November 15 ~ Gifts for College Students

  1. Seanna Lea says:

    I must make the twix. I’ll have to do a caramel version for my friends who are peanut averse.

  2. mck says:

    Thanks to Sew Mama sew for putting together such great ideas. It is difficult to choose which ones to make before Christmas as gifts and which to savor and save for me after the holidays.

  3. Margaret says:

    I really like the binder pouch and the laundry bag.

  4. Mel says:

    l NEED That laptop decal!

  5. Stacy says:

    I am obsessed with bags and love all of today’s tutes! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Squeaks says:

    That cassette decal is SO cool!

  7. Ange Moore says:

    That book bag is fabulous – would make a great nappy bag too!!

  8. Angela says:

    that pillow box is awesome!

  9. That peanut butter twix photo is incredible!

  10. Ana says:

    the woodland style book, looks very good! I’m on my way to search more about it!

  11. Nice!

  12. Katherine says:

    The pillow box!

  13. katevet says:

    I adore the bags! Everything is so pretty!

  14. I can hardly stand all the beautiful fabric you have in right now. I’ve been peeking but not shopping…but I think it’s time to pull out the card and make me a purchase! My fabric stash is starting to dwindle with all the gift making!!

  15. Amy C says:

    Can’t wait to make the bookbag – thanks!

  16. Laura J says:

    love the makeup bag!! might have to try my first zipper since high school!

  17. Jen C. says:

    cute projects!

  18. Kathleen says:

    College kids can be tough to craft for — I like these ideas!

  19. Beth T says:

    Oh, Quilts Made Modern is one of the new books I’m wishing for! Now I’m wishing I’ll win it πŸ˜‰

  20. Saskia says:

    Definitely making the make-up bag!

  21. Deb Cameron says:

    That laundry bag is a fab idea! And peanut butter twix! I love peanut butter anything!

  22. Holly says:

    Hmmm my makeup clutter is starting to get out of hand. Maybe I should make myself a bag.

  23. Nicole in VT says:

    That laundry bag will be great for my sister!

  24. Rachel says:

    I love the book bag! Hey, I’m doing my M.Ed so, technically, I’m a college student. Maybe I should make one for myself! πŸ˜‰

  25. Becky says:

    I wish I’d had a crafty Mom to make cute stuff like this for me!! The binder pocket is so practical and wonderful!

  26. Amy Schroeder says:

    The homemade Twix look delicious!

  27. cate says:

    thanks! i might just have to make the binder tidy for myself!

  28. Devon says:

    Great idea putting a pocket on a laundry bag. Love it!!

  29. mummy_chelle says:

    Love the laundry bag idea – maybe for all our rooms. And those twix bars look delicious!

  30. Jennifer says:

    Love that makeup bag!

  31. Danielle H says:

    I love that book bag. I may want one for myself too!

  32. kelli says:

    the dorm bag for laundry is great & I love the slouchy bookbag!

  33. Tish says:

    Love these ideas!

  34. Brandi M says:

    I love the college book bag and laundry bag idea… I’ll have to get started and make them! Thanks for the tips, and a chance to win!

  35. I love the makeup bag. so cute πŸ™‚

  36. Connie says:

    The laundry bag is awesome, I’ll definately try to make one of these for my kids.

  37. Malia says:

    Oh!! I Love the make up bag!

  38. Love everything – I really needed a pillowbox today! Thanks

  39. Erika says:

    Make my own Twix! OK!

  40. Mary Anne Fl. says:

    love them all!

  41. L says:

    I might have to try one of those makeup bags!

  42. Deb DeChurch says:

    These would also make great gifts for teachers. Love the book bag.

  43. BrendaDe says:

    great ideas! Thanks.

  44. Charlotte says:

    Thanks a lot for another amazing giveaway. My sister is a student and she’s sewing a lot as it saves her money and gives her all the wonderfully designed clothes she loves on a budget.

  45. LeeAnn says:

    Just added the binder pouch to my do-to list. It’s going to be perfect!

  46. Tanya says:

    I’m a mum, not a college (university) student, but I love these tutorials! Esp. The book bag!

  47. Samurai Mom says:

    I wish I had seen the pouch 2 months ago.

  48. Meghan says:

    mmmm… I can’t wait to try the Homemade PB Twix – sounds delicious!!

  49. Wendy Robinson says:

    Quilts Made Modern looks wonderful!

  50. erin says:

    Great ideas!

  51. mama lusco says:

    Love that Slouchy Book bag and the twix recipe looks amazing!

  52. Marcia W. says:

    My favorite is the book bag.

  53. Mama24Monkeys says:

    Love the sloucy book bag

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  54. Mama24Monkeys says:

    Love the slouchy book bag.

  55. Carrie says:

    I could really use some makeup bags for craft supplies!

  56. Sarah says:

    Love the laundry bag idea! I might have to make a slightly smaller version for my toddler’s room. It could serve as laundry bag, or, on rare days when it is empty – a hiding place!

  57. kimberly says:

    Great makeup bag!

  58. Elizabeth says:

    Very nice slouchy bag! Where was that when we couldn’t find what my teenager wanted????? Now we can make our own!

  59. SewLindaAnn says:

    Forget gifts, those candy bars would never make it out of the house. The book bag is a great idea, and love the binder insert.

  60. Amanda says:

    I love that you guys always include the recipe and the printables items too. I find such great stuff in those!

  61. Chasley says:

    Love the slouchy hand bag and makeup case.

  62. nadine says:

    those homemade twix bars look delicious!

  63. Jansie says:

    That make up bag looks incredibly awesome.

  64. Laura Reich says:

    The slouchy bag is super cute.

  65. ~Helena~ says:

    Ok now I need the twix dessert, yum.

  66. Ellu says:

    Quilts made modern make my mouth water πŸ˜‰

  67. Deborah says:

    Homemade Peanut Butter Twix?! YUMMMM!

    Homemaker Honey
    homemakerhoney @gmail .com

  68. Em says:

    Love that make up bag…. looks like it would be just the thing to pop my on the move crafting projects in too… πŸ™‚

  69. Vanessa says:

    My sister is moving away to college this year. . . that laundry bag will be perfect!!! Great tutes!

  70. Angelica Macklin says:

    The handmade Twix looks sooooo good!

  71. Kate says:

    Wish I had had such a cute laundry bag in college! Thanks for sharing all these great ideas.

  72. Thanks for adding the links to the gift archives! This really gives us TONS of ideas for things to make! Now I just need to find more time. πŸ™‚

  73. Gretchen says:

    I’m not giving gifts to any college students, but all of these ideas are fab!

  74. that pillowbox is so awesome. hope to win!

  75. Elizabeth says:

    I like that book bag in particular — I could see that as a possible commuter bag, too. I’m also wondering what it might look like in a traditional menswear fabric like a nice faint gray pinstripe?

  76. JennX says:

    don’t know any students at the moment but anyone could use that book bag- me included!

  77. carrie says:

    That laundry bag is too great!

  78. Jenn Lee says:

    Mmm, homemade peanut butter twix!

  79. Desiree says:

    great ideas, as always. thanks

  80. Kelli says:

    Great ideas for young adults!

  81. Tracy says:

    I miss college!

  82. LisaMarie says:

    i really love the book bag – the fabric is great! thanks for the book give-away!

  83. Gwen says:

    The quilts made modern book looks really interesting!

  84. Colette says:

    love that slouchy book bag and I soooo want that book “Quilts Made Modern”!!!

  85. Jasmeen says:

    Slouchy book bags look perfect for trips to the library with the kids.

  86. JennE says:

    LOVE the dorm laundry bag! Would be good overnight bag for my girl!

  87. Catherine says:

    love the laundry bag – wish I’d had one in college!

  88. Rachel Locke says:

    Those homemade twix look so good!! Thanks again for all the great ideas.

  89. The binder pouch is BRILLIANT! Love it.

  90. Jaimie says:

    Love the Laundry bag!

  91. Nancy says:

    These are very good ideas. Thank you. I wish I had these when I was in college.

  92. Brigette says:

    I like how the laundry bag has the pocket. Good idea.

  93. Elizabeth says:

    Really excited to see the peanut butter twix on the roundup, had to go cold turkey from the peanut butter twix addiciton when I moved back to the UK. Disappointed to find there’s no actual recipe (crying emoticon), we don’t have Betty Crocker in the UK.

  94. Anne Marie says:

    Great laundry bag!!

  95. Southern Gal says:

    My daughter would love the book bag and make up bag. Love these ideas.

  96. Annwen says:

    Lovin’ that Laundry bag!

  97. Leah says:

    Great ideas… Thanks for posting those ideas.

  98. Cass says:

    Love the Cassette Laptop Decal. What a blast from the past! πŸ™‚

  99. Artkat says:

    The make up bag is cute… in fact all of them are great

  100. Kristin says:

    I am going to make one make-up bag for me and then one for each of my best friends!

  101. Lizzie says:

    PB Twix?! If I try to make these as gifts, I doubt they’d make it out the door between my husband and I!

  102. Wendy B says:

    I want a slouchy bag.

  103. Lauranie says:

    mmmmm peanut butter!! And what a great slouchy bookbag! Thanks for the chance!

  104. Melissa says:

    Another day of great ideas!

  105. Tracy L says:

    that binder pouch…so handy!

  106. Michelle J. says:

    I looks like I’m going to have a busy week sewing! I love all these tutorials. THANK YOU

  107. Angela says:

    oooooo…. quilts made modern looks good!!!

  108. Deanna says:

    I really like the slouchy bag. Will have to look at that one.

  109. rebecca says:

    I really like all of those bags! I may have to whip up a slouchy book bag for someone!

  110. LizW says:

    Best selection yet – thank you!!

  111. Kathy says:

    Love the Quilts Made Modern book.

  112. Lucie says:

    I want to try the Twix bars. Sounds so yummy!
    Lucie (

  113. lindsay says:

    Classes start in January, and I definitely need the book bag! Love it!

  114. Danielle says:

    I can definitely use some of these items! Thanks!

  115. Jessica says:

    The Homemade Twix recipe looks like a keeper! My hubby is a recent convert to the namesake candy bar, but still has a hankering for Reese’s. Maybe I can make him a devoted convert with this version?

  116. Kimberly says:

    Love the backpack. Thanks.

  117. alisha says:

    I’m planning on making a satchel for my SIL and the slouchy book bag looks perfect! Thanks. That’s another tutorial/pattern I don’t have to search out. πŸ™‚

  118. The Quilts Made Modern book looks amazing! (I’m not sure I should thank you for linking to the homemade peanut butter twix recipe but OMG!!!)

  119. Crafty mumma says:

    I’ve been looking for a bag to make to carry all my work books and the ‘slouchy bag’ will be perfect. Thank you!

  120. AbberJabber says:

    The quilt on the Quilts Made Modern book is beautiful!!

  121. Nicole N. says:

    I am going to need to try the twix! They look amazing!

  122. Kate Sequeira says:

    I’m loving all the holiday ideas! I would like to have the slouchy bag for myself… it is much like one I purchased in college many years ago!

  123. mmmm… homemade peanut butter twix… mmmmmm

  124. Eve Nicole says:

    Everyone needs a makeup bag. Thanks for the tutorial!

  125. Lauren says:

    Once again, some really great ideas! Thanks for sharing =)

  126. Sharon T. says:

    I love that fabric on the right. It reminds me of a rocky creek bed. πŸ™‚

  127. Jill D says:

    Love the print on the second bag!

  128. Joy says:

    This is a great line-up of projects…thanks for posting them!

  129. karen says:

    Love the book bag!

  130. Shannon says:

    Thanks for these great ideas. My niece just started college and this has me thinking she will need a little makeup bag to go with the socks I’m knitting for her.

  131. Janice S says:

    Very useful gifts!

  132. Elizabeth says:

    I don’t know any college students anymore but the kids at my school would love the pencil pouches as presents or prizes. And the bars look so yummy!

  133. SheilaC says:

    Gotta make that slouchy book bag!


  134. Tiffany says:

    I kinda wish I’d had a binder pouch when I was in college.

  135. Lynn says:

    Great laundry bag. The fabrics really make it fun.

  136. Kristy says:

    those twix bars are calling my name, awesome!

  137. Martha says:

    I wish I’d had such a cute laundry bag!

  138. Annabel says:

    I love the book bag and HEY! I’m a student, so someone needs to make one for _me_! bellgirlsblog [at] gmail [dot] com

  139. Lisa says:

    The slouchy bookbag is super cute. I wish I was a student right now! πŸ™‚

  140. Renae says:

    Love the slouchy bag and laundry bag!

  141. jeni says:

    love the slouchy bag…and I might need to make the twix bars right now. Love the pillow boxes, too. πŸ™‚

  142. Ramona says:

    I love all the ideas for the college kids and since I have three kids in college, at least one of these will be made.

  143. Carly says:

    Those twix bars will be baking in my kitchen soon!

  144. Bailey says:

    Great ideas and the homemade twix…yummy!

  145. T says:

    As a college student, I can agree that any of those lovely gifts would be perfect! Going to make those homemade twix bars to share for sure! πŸ™‚

  146. Emily S says:

    Mmm… wishing I had some of those twix bars right now!

  147. Kristen says:

    Those squares looks delicious!!

  148. Stacy S. says:

    Love the makeup bag!

  149. Jen Richards says:

    I LOVE handmade holidays! So many great ideas and a great resource for the whole year. Thank you!

  150. wish i had a nice laundry bag like that when i was in college!

  151. Rina says:

    Love the slouchy book bag!

  152. Kerstin says:

    I would have loved the laundry bag when I was in college… in fact, I would probably love one right now!

  153. Heidi Anderson says:

    the homemade twix are calling my name, yum! Thanks for the printable gift box, its a great reusable wrap.

  154. amber says:

    omg! i can make twix bars at home? this changes everything.

  155. SaraD says:

    That make-up bag is so versatile!

  156. Annie says:

    everything looks wonderful!!

  157. Natacha says:

    That little pillowbox is very sweet.

  158. Kim says:

    Lovin’ these tutes!

  159. Celeste says:

    Wow–peanut butter twix!!

  160. Amy says:

    I am loving all the bag tutorials!

  161. Charlotte says:

    I would love to try the insul-fleece.

  162. Robyn says:

    Great Ideas!

  163. Molly DeFazio says:

    I love the slouchy book bag…..will look great in assorted colors!

  164. Sue says:

    My favorite here is the twix bars and the makeup bag.

  165. great ideas for a difficult age group.

  166. Kelly M says:

    OMG- homemade peanut butter twix? Genius! Can’t wait to try them!

  167. Katrina says:

    Love the printable boxes! Super cute items!

  168. Cindy B. says:

    Impossible to make just ONE!

  169. meikjn says:

    the laundry bag is really nice I might make one for my nephew.

  170. Heather S says:

    I’ve been looking for a better makeup bag tutorial. Thanks for sharing!

  171. Kelly Irene says:

    I might need to add “Quilts Made Modern” to my wish list if I don’t win…it looks really good!

  172. washmom says:

    great pencil pouch, will be nice to make one for my kids that won’t break or tear like the store bought ones.

  173. Tabitha says:

    Those Twix bars look so good and I know my college student will love a make-up bag.

  174. Kat says:

    If I use a dark solid for the makeup bag, can I convince my husband it’s a manly toiletry bag?

  175. Elizabeth says:

    those homemade twix bars look amazing!

  176. carrot cake says:

    Homemade Twix bars for Christmas! Yes!!!

  177. Rebecca says:

    The hamper is really cool. Must make it!

  178. Leesa says:

    I must try that recipe for Peanutbutter Twix. Even though I don’t have any college students to sew for I can see that these projects would be great for any one.

  179. Mel says:

    I want someone to make me the slouchy book bag. Is that wrong?

  180. Kathleen says:

    I’m so happy you had the Insu-Fleece here….I’ve been looking f for something like this, but hadn’t found it yet!

    Thank you!

  181. Keri says:

    I have a few college students on my gift list. Thanks for the ideas!

  182. I love this list! I’d love to win the modern quilt book πŸ™‚ Or anything for that matter! Keep up the fabulous blog!

  183. The twix look amazing. Maybe I’ll win some insul-fleece for new potholders to use while making them!

  184. sofie says:

    I want to get my hands on that quilting book!

  185. Jocelyn says:

    Very cool projects! Amazing books too.

  186. Abbie says:

    Great laundry bag & I love the pillow boxes!

  187. Andreia says:

    I was thiking to do some pillow boxes and noe thar printable will help me a lot. Thanks!!!

  188. kathyh says:

    good job thinking of my college students.

  189. Heidi says:

    That laundry bag looks great

  190. knitsewreadlove says:

    OMG PONIES! The slouch book bag and the makeup bag are both too cute! And to think, I almost didn’t check this before heading out to the fabric store. Phew! =0)

  191. Emory says:

    That printable pillow box is such a good idea!

  192. Stephanie says:

    Ok, that slouch bag is going on my list! I’ll have to test it before I can make one for the niece. Just to test quality. Honest. (Believe me? lol)

  193. Laura says:

    The modern quilt book is lovely πŸ™‚

  194. Megan says:

    My laundry basket is about to bite the biscuit (nice alliteration, eh?) and a laundry bag would be so much easier to heft down our steep stairs. WHo cares about gifts? I want all these projects for myself!

  195. Bonnie says:

    Love that Dorm Laundry bag!

  196. Nicole Balazs says:

    Love the laundry bag!

  197. Judi B says:

    Thanks for hosting another great day of ideas and giveaways.

  198. Margaret says:

    Having a daughter going off to college next year (hopefully), these are all great ideas!

  199. Elizabeth says:

    Homemade twix? Count me in!

  200. Kristi says:

    I wish I had had one of those laundry bags when I was in college!

  201. Chris says:

    Great ideas, and the homemade candy bar is making my mouth water.

  202. Greeblygreebly says:

    Tuck a roll of quarters into the pocket of that laundry bag (for coin operated machines) and it would be a fantastic gift indeed.

  203. Jessica says:

    great stuff!!

  204. Alex says:

    I could really use an insulated bag or advice on how to use my daughter’s nature finds! Thanks for the chance!

  205. Fawn says:

    The slouchy book bag and dorm laundry bag look really practical. I’ll probably end up making both but not this year, I got myself in over my head and it’ll be all I can do to finish what’s on my list!

  206. Rachel says:

    The modern quilt book looks especially worth having!

  207. mamabird says:

    The Woodland Story looks incredibly interesting.

  208. Michelle H says:

    the laptop decal is awesome, I think I might have to purchase that for myself!

  209. Kim says:

    Love the makeup bag and the laundry bag!

  210. Erika says:

    Ilove the Book Bag! And the binder pouch! And the printable Pillowbox will shurely be used next month! πŸ™‚

  211. Louby Lou says:

    Love that slouchy book bag tutorial!

  212. Jennifer says:

    What a great laundry bag!

  213. Cynthia says:

    Love that bookbag!

  214. DebbieKL says:

    I love the dorm laundry bag – I’m thinking of making one for each of my kids!

  215. Jessy says:

    I am in love with the slouchy book bag!

  216. Katie says:

    The twix bar looks killer delicious!

  217. Jannelle Kennedy says:

    I love the projects. Just in time for my holiday craft blitz! I also adore the Woodland Style book. Hubs and I are getting ready to build out log cabin. I’d bet there’s tons of great ideas in there!

  218. Maya says:

    I really like the laundry bag!

  219. Donna B. says:

    Forget the dorm room, I think those laundry bags should be in each of my children’s room πŸ™‚

  220. Judy R says:

    Love the binder pouch and the quilting book!

  221. Jen says:

    Oh my goodness, I must make those peanut butter twix for the playgroup mamas coming this week!

  222. Kimberly says:

    Homemade Twix. Be still my heart!

  223. LMarie says:

    Love the laundry bag…perfect timing with this idea!

  224. Krystina says:

    So many bags! I really like them keep it coming!

  225. Courtney says:

    Every project idea today is fabulous!

  226. Robin E. says:

    Ooooo more bags. Love them bags!!!!

  227. Stephanie S says:

    My mouth is watering just looking at the pic for the homemade twix. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  228. dorothy says:

    I would have loved that slouchy book bag for my college days.

  229. Consuelo says:

    Love the laundry bag!

  230. Larissa says:

    Gotta say I love bags!! Great ideas.

  231. Kate says:

    Those twix bars look scrumptious!

  232. Rachael says:

    That book bag is great! Thanks!

  233. Jessica C says:

    The laundry room bag is such a great idea. I could even still use one!

  234. JennyS says:

    I really like the book bag and also the laundry bag. Very Nice! Although I’m addicted to bags.

  235. April says:

    what a great book bag!

  236. Christine says:

    I would dearly love to try the insul-piece,

  237. Kadybug says:

    The laundry and makeup bags are divine!

  238. Melissa B. says:

    So many useful ideas and those twix bars look amazing!

  239. Amanda says:

    Love the Slouchy bag- I think I’ll have to make one for myself!

  240. jkeall says:

    I might have to mass-produce some of those make-up bags!

  241. Kathy G. says:

    great ideas!

  242. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks for the chance!

  243. Liz says:

    Wish I had such a great laundry bag when I was in college. I need a make-up bag now.

  244. Hannah says:

    Love the slouchy book bag!

  245. Tiffany says:

    Oh I could have used some of those Homemade Peanut Butter Twix from Life in a Peanut Shell when I was in school. YUM

  246. Erin says:

    Love the look of the Woodland Style book….

  247. Jocelyn says:

    What a great handmade binder pouch!

  248. Cynthia I says:

    Yum. The twix bars look very good. The slouch bag is just the size I have been looking for. And the Modern quilt book looks wonderful.

  249. Kathy H says:

    I love the ideas for college kids. Are there any for boys?

  250. Sarah says:

    the laundry bag is such a great idea- would come in great use!!

  251. Leslie says:

    Cute ideas. Thanks for a chance to win.

  252. Tracey says:

    That slouchy bookbag fabric slays me.

  253. Debbie says:

    Cute bags!

  254. Greta says:

    That laundry bag is such a cute project!!

  255. Melissa says:

    Great bag ideas!

  256. Suzanne says:

    I really like that you are posting Make It items that are easy enough for children to make. That is awesome!

  257. Keri C says:

    The binder pouch is a great use for my scraps.

  258. Cindi C says:

    Another great day for ideas! My list keeps getting longer and longer. I’m thinking we should do this earlier in the year. Thanks

  259. Janet K says:

    Both the laundry bag and the book bag are perfect – thanks!

  260. Kristin says:

    cute stuff!

  261. Emily V says:

    Once again half of them would be perfect for…me! Hehe. Thanks!

  262. I love to see supplies in the prize lists!

  263. Vanessa says:

    I love all the tutorials, all the books, everything!

  264. Jennifer says:

    AH! All of these are great gifts. Seriously hating work-wanna go sew!

  265. Lisa says:

    My daughter was asking me if we had a binder pouch the other day. It didn’t even occur to me to make her one – but now it has! Guess what I will be doing today. πŸ˜‰

  266. Emily says:

    The homemade peanut butter twix cookies have saved the day — early holiday cookie exchange tomorrow. Thanks, Melissa & Sew Mama Sew!

  267. Rebecca says:

    Love the laundry bag!

  268. Sherri S. says:

    I think I must make the book bag…for myself! Thanks!

  269. Becky says:

    Wow, those candy bars look amazing!!

  270. Jamie says:

    A recipe for a Twix-like bar? Oh dear. Getting a jump on making gifts is great; putting on the holiday pounds before Thanksgiving, not so much.

  271. Jennifer says:

    I love the slouchy book bag!

  272. Natalie says:

    What an adorable laundry bag! I love the printable today too!

  273. Vale says:

    The slouchy book bag looks like fun!

  274. Lynda says:

    Love the slouchy book bag πŸ™‚

  275. Sheri says:

    I’m going to make the slouchy book bag for an early Christmas present. My daughter’s book bag just broke, and she wants something more personalized. I’ll post an update when the project is finished. Love the clear instructios!

  276. odessa says:

    I love that makeup bag!

  277. Debra says:

    The laundry bag is awesome!

  278. Clara says:

    I love the make-up bag and the pillow box. I’m always looking for great ways to wrap gifts.

  279. Rita says:

    the laundry bag is so much better than trying to tote everything in a pillow case

  280. Rebecca says:

    Love the pillowbox!

  281. Betsy says:

    That twix bar is making me hungry.

  282. Sara says:

    The cassette deck decal is freakin’ awesome! Those candy bars look really tasty!

  283. brittany says:

    what a cool laundry bag!

  284. mary frances says:

    These projects cry out for me to make them for two grand kids in college.

  285. Jennifer N says:

    Great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  286. Rachel says:

    Great tutorials! Thanks.

  287. Trillian says:

    I must try those Twix cookie bars the next time the baking urge strikes.

  288. Deanne says:

    Love the laptop decal.

  289. jessica says:

    what a cute makeup bag!

  290. Stephanie says:

    I think that pencil pouch would be great for all ages!

  291. Sophia Patterson says:

    Homemade Twix! YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  292. Mary Lou says:

    Thanks for the ideas.

  293. Brooke says:

    great ideas and homemade twix! yum!

  294. MamaBee says:

    Such great projects!

  295. jeanne reynen says:

    Great gift ideas! Thanks!

  296. Llamabean says:

    The Slouchy bag is wonderful, adding that to my queue!

  297. Jennifer Barclay says:

    The quilts made modern book looks beautiful!

  298. Tabitha says:

    And now the slouchy book bag is on my list of things to make:)

  299. anna dorothy says:

    i need that laundry bag!

  300. Patti says:

    I love all the great ideas! I would love to win the Insul-Fleece.

  301. Gina.S says:

    Noodleheads has some great tutorials on her site. Love the bike bucket one! πŸ™‚

  302. Andrea Ryan says:

    I love the slouchy bag…and I am going to try and make it!
    It would be great on the sewing tutorials if the level
    of sewer could be included in instructions. Being
    a beginner sewer…this would be helpful

  303. mmm…. Peanut butter!

  304. linda says:

    love the binder pouch idea!

  305. Stacy says:

    I love those makeup bags. Great little Xmas gifts.

  306. Nicole says:

    These are great projects that will work for almost anyone!

  307. Paula says:

    The candy bars look yummy! I love the make-up bag too.

  308. Holly U says:

    Great stuff!

  309. Danielle says:

    thanks for the ideas – with a grad in May I might be able to get some gifts made

  310. Hashi says:

    One of the things I love about November is all the new designers and blogs I find via your site! Thanks so much!

  311. Meeta says:

    What a nice collection of ideas. I am sure not just college students but any age girl would love those.

  312. Krystal M says:

    The shape of that makeup bag is very unique! I like it!

  313. lucy says:

    the binder pouch would be great for all ages!

  314. Tong says:

    love the binder pouch – wish i was still in school. but i can still use the bake up bag!

  315. Andrea says:

    ok, the twix caught my eye today better than the other projects! πŸ™‚

  316. Alicia says:

    The slouchy book back woud make a great gift for anyone. Who doesn’t need a library bag?

  317. Sarah says:

    MMMMM, Twix. Sounds soooooo gooooooood!

  318. Shira says:

    loved the makeup bag and the Cassette Laptop Decal πŸ™‚
    They are so pretty!

  319. Mandi says:

    The slouchy book bag is awesome! I want one!

  320. Lauren says:

    I’m so making the twix cookie bar!

  321. Texana says:

    My kids are finished with college, but that doesn’t make these projects any less useful! My “to do” list just keeps growing! Thanks for the inspirations~

  322. Cherri says:

    love the laundry bag!

  323. Lisa C. says:

    Wonderful ideas!!

  324. Barbara says:

    Beautiful ideas! I would love to try making that book bag. Wish I had one in my college days…

  325. Debbie says:

    My niece will love the book bag and I’m going for the cosmetic bag.

  326. I love the slouchy bag. I think iPad cases are another tutorial to think about.

  327. Katiegirl says:

    The recipe for homemade Twix sounds so good!

  328. Tammy says:

    That laundry bag looks awesome!

  329. Jessica says:

    That slouchy bookbag is so cute! I also love the free printable for today.

  330. Anya says:

    Fun, fun, fun! And the peanut butter twix bars look delicous!

  331. Ana V says:

    That peanut butter twix looks good!

  332. Cherie says:

    Plan ahead for graduation!

  333. Jennifer DeVries says:

    Ooh, these would make neat graduation gifts too!

  334. stacey says:

    hmmm…almost makes me wish i were in college again! gotta try that make-up bag!

  335. Chrissy says:

    I love the binder pouch!

  336. Nikki Rainey says:

    What great gift ideas today!!

  337. Cara says:

    I may not have any friends in college, but the peanut butter twix recipe just gave me a great stocking stuffer for my husband! =)

  338. trina says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  339. kate C. says:

    I wish I had one of those homemade Twix right now – and it’s not even 9am yet!! Thanks for the good ideas! πŸ™‚

  340. MJ says:

    I really must stop looking at these first thing in the morning – I end up craving the baked treats all day!

  341. Melissa says:

    Thanks for sharing! I love the laundry bag. It’s perfect! Now let’s hope the kids will do their own laundry instead of bringing it all home.

  342. Joke says:

    As a college student, I’m personally smitten with the laundry bag! That money pocket does it πŸ™‚

  343. Susanne says:

    Cute pillowboxes!

  344. Nicole says:

    Cool! I think I know someone who needs that laundry bag….

  345. Melissa says:

    Cute laundry bag! Thanks for the book giveaways πŸ™‚

  346. Chrissyb says:

    Thanks for the dorm laundry bag tutorial. My youngest leaves for college next year and has asked for college necessities for Christmas this year. I have the perfect fabric for it.

  347. Gina says:

    These are such lovely ideas! I really like the makeup bag!

  348. Megan says:

    Love the cassette tape computer decal. Would be great for my sister-in-law!

  349. stephanie says:

    oh my gosh…the twix!!!

  350. EllaJac says:

    homemade twix?!? oh my goodness~

  351. Ing says:

    I’ve got to make the slouchy book bag!

  352. Woodbines says:

    I love the slouchy bag πŸ˜€ It would make a great gift

  353. Christina says:

    Absolutely loving those laundry bags!

  354. Michelle says:

    I’ve never worked with that batting before – going to have to look for it at my local!

  355. sarah says:

    homemade twix? seriously? need some of that!

  356. Sara says:

    Weeks and Bill spoke at our quilt guild (Chicago MQG) a few weeks ago, and the book looks amazing. I would love to win a copy.

  357. christine says:

    YUMMY! Twix are my all time favorite candy so I will be whipping up a batch just for me! Yippy! Also, I just added Quilts made modern to my Christmas list. It looks like a great addition to my collection. Thanks for the heads up.

  358. Natalie says:

    I know a couple of people who would love the makeup bag & frankly anyone would love the peanut twix!

  359. Bonnie says:

    Thanks for all the wonderful gift ideas

  360. Kelly says:

    Great gift ideas!! And keep me away from the Twix bars….ooh, yummmy!

  361. Melanie T says:

    Wonderful gifts, as always!

  362. linda says:

    Love the slouchy bag. Thanks for the tutes and giveaway.

  363. Crystal says:

    Love the printable pillowbox. Very handy.

  364. Holly says:

    Neat projects! Thanks.

  365. Julia says:

    Those peanutbutter twix bars look amazing!

  366. Kayci N. says:

    Its one of the highlights of my day to check in and see all of the wonderful ideas and inspiration everyday πŸ˜€

  367. Susan C. says:

    Fabulous list! Thanks!

  368. HP says:

    Love these projects!

  369. Terri says:

    love it!

  370. Chantal says:

    I absolutely love that make-up bag! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  371. Lynne says:

    I love the printable pillowbox. What a great idea! Thanks.

  372. Hilary says:

    I’m intrigued by insul-fleece…

  373. Cayce says:

    i love that bookbag! thanks!

  374. Cindy says:

    Love the slouchy bag and laundry bag.

  375. Ellen Ban says:

    Love the makeup bag. Who can’t use one of those? Would love to win Quilts Made Modern…Thanks for a chance!

  376. Christy says:

    These all look great as usual. I am liking the laundry bag alot!

  377. Laura says:

    I am definitely making a couple of the make-up bags for my sisters, thanks!

  378. brenda says:

    I wish I had time to do all the great ideas you keep giving us.

  379. Rebecca says:

    Love how practical the gifts are!

  380. Dacia says:

    wow, I am going to have to try that homemade twix. sounds delicious!

  381. Sara K. says:

    The slouch book bag is adorable!! Such great ideas!!

  382. Katie says:

    Love the makeup bag!

  383. Jen says:

    Again, lovely ideas and lovely books to win!

  384. Deidra says:

    Homemade twix bars…yum. Those can be for ANY day! I’m downloading the recipe.

  385. Holly says:

    Mmm, homemade twix? Done.

  386. Jerimi says:

    I am in love with the colors on the pillowbox. Yay for something bright and happy!

  387. Katie B says:

    Love that laundry bag!

  388. Rachel says:

    Great ideas again!

  389. I don’t have any college kids to sew for, but these look like more great projects to make for myself!

  390. Sarah AJ says:

    The laundry bag is great!

  391. Jessica says:

    That laundry bag is now on my to-do list for my 17yr old sister!! Love it!!

  392. Myra says:

    Love the book bag, may have to make one for myself!

  393. Candace Henderson says:

    I love that book bag.. and anything cassette tape themes I am really into right now… thank so much. Another great day!

  394. I’m loving every day of this month at Sew, Mama Sew, thank you.

  395. Amy says:

    gotta make that homemade twix!

  396. Christina says:

    The ‘cassette’ made me laugh –thanks for brightening my morning.

  397. Dani says:

    Homemade Peanut Butter Twix looks soooo delicious!I might have to make some in the near future!

  398. Paula says:

    The Slouchy Book Bag looks great! Love the corduroy, so cute!

  399. Kristin says:

    MMM those twix bars look scrumptious!

  400. Laurie says:

    I just started sewing and am making 4 potholders (along with aprons) for Christmas. Thanks to SMS I learned that I need Insul-Fleece like you have on toady’s post. I just love this site!!!

  401. Wendy D. P. says:

    That binder pouch is adorable! I can’t wait to make one!

  402. monica says:

    Love the laundry bag! November has been so much fun on sew, momma, sew!

  403. Tez says:

    My oldest daughter starts college in January, such perfect gift ideas for her, so timely! I’m loving this “Handmade Holiday” thing!

  404. Amy says:

    Great projects!

  405. jane says:

    Thank you for all the wonderful ideas. I look forward to reading everyday!

  406. Christine says:

    Awesome ideas, thanks!

  407. Katie says:

    I love that slouchy bookbag!

  408. erikam says:

    Love the makeup bag!

  409. Megan P. says:

    I love the bags!

  410. Morgan says:

    That book bag looks great.

  411. I look forward to these posts every day!

  412. Amy says:

    Very cute projects. I look forward to seeing the new ideas each day.

  413. jill blackburn says:

    Love the laundry bag. This would be great for a camper too.

  414. Michele says:

    Oh, how I love the book bag!

  415. Katie says:

    Wonderful ideas!! My niece would love the makeup bag…and that insul-fleece would be a great find!

  416. Kaylin says:

    Would LOVE any one of these books!! yay!

  417. KT says:

    More great ideas! I’m going to have to make that book bag for my niece. Thanks for the ideas!

  418. Oh! I think I might try some of these! Thanks!

  419. Sarah J says:

    I’m going to make a slouchy book bag for myself!

  420. Emily says:

    The slouch book bag sling looks so cool and useful!

  421. Carole Ann says:

    Love the laundry bag!

  422. DebraL says:

    Oh I have a few nieces in college, so these are all great ideas!!

  423. Beautiful ideas! Love the peanut butter shell.

  424. s. says:

    How can I possibly find time to make all the projects I now want to make before x-mas?
    I love that woodland book.

  425. Michelle says:

    Definitely want to make these for gifts. Awesome!

  426. kate c. says:

    Such cute ideas – my 28 year-old brother might be getting that laundry bag seeing as how he does his laundry at my parents’ house! And the homemade twix? YUM!

  427. virginia says:

    The printable boxes are so cute!

  428. Chris says:

    I am a college student and I am going to make some of those peanut butter twix bars for my friends!
    thanks for the giveaways.

  429. karen cole says:

    great gift ideas—love the slouchy bag!

  430. Christina says:

    These will all definitely come in use. Thanks for the great ideas!

  431. Addy says:

    Love these ideas! Thanks!

  432. patricia says:

    These look terrific. Thank you for sharing these tutorials. Those twix bars look yummmy.

  433. beverly says:

    Lots of good ideas. My niece is a freshman in college this year. I think she’d really dig the slouchy bag. Thanks!

  434. Hilary says:

    love the printable.

  435. Karen says:

    Adore the printable pillowbox! Can’t wait to try it!!

  436. kelly jo says:

    Cute little makeup bag – it’s new and different from other ones I’ve seen!

  437. I may have to whip some of these up for DD’s teachers – she goes to a preschool at the local university that’s staffed by students who are getting credit for child development studies.

  438. Gali says:

    the Peanut Butter Twix looks delicious.

  439. I love the slouchy book bag!! I may just have to whip one up πŸ™‚

  440. Tierney Barden says:

    So many favorite things today – let me pull up a sheet pan full of Peanut Butter Twix bars and slowly peruse through Woodland Style and Quilts Made Modern! Gorgeous slouchy book bag…I know just who I can make that for.

  441. Patti Tyrell says:

    I just love the quilt on the cover of the “Quilts Made Modern” book!

  442. Sonja says:

    Oh, my goodness…love the book bag and that corduroy is divine!

  443. Jenny says:

    more wonderful ideas!

  444. Mhairi says:

    I love the slouch bag. I am going to make one for me and for my friends. Another great list, thanks

  445. SofiAlgarvia says:

    Love the idea of the binder pouch!
    My heart also beats for peanut butter hummmm….!!!

  446. Becky says:

    These are some more great ideas. Last year I made my son’s artist girlfriend a paint brush roll and she loves it!

  447. Theresa says:

    That homemade Twix is looking delicious right now….

  448. Linda says:

    I especially like the slouchy book bag. Great ideas!

  449. Colleen says:

    I have three college kids – I will be making all of these! thanks!

  450. These are great. Love all these ideas!

  451. The Book Bag and the Binder Pouch are fabulous ideas!! I love the fabric in the book bag, too. πŸ™‚

  452. Pat says:

    Binder pouch tutorial….great stuff.. I have 3 nieces in high school. They might really enjoy this made from one of the new Amy Butler Fabrics. On second thought…this would be great for my crochet and knitting buddies… A case for those crochet hooks and double ended knitting needles we have been making socks with…Thanks.

  453. Andi says:

    I love the zippered pocket on the laundry bag! I could have used one of those when I was living in a dorm.

  454. Johanna says:

    I love the link to Sew4Home. There are so many great tutorials on that site, I just spend an hour on that site!
    Thank you for sharing!

  455. miktha says:

    I love the slouchy bag… great ideas… great prizes…!

  456. Staci says:

    Wow! The giveaways just keep coming,and the prizes are fabulous!

  457. Flower Petal says:

    Hoping to win one of the great prizes!

    leekat6 at verizon dot net

  458. Debbie says:

    I am busting to make some lunch bags so that insul fleece would be awesome!

  459. alison says:

    The binder pouch is a great idea – need to make some of those!

  460. melissa says:

    Those PB Twix Bars look awfully yummy – need to make a few of those binder pockets too!

  461. Rebmara says:

    This stays my favorite time of year here: handmade holidays! Great giftideas and giveaways. This year I did make some gifts already and plan to make some more!

  462. Penny says:

    Ooooo..I would love to win the Quilt book!

  463. Gill says:

    My daughter would love the book bag for uni!
    thank you

  464. Love the book bag!

  465. Jill B says:

    The perfect slouchy bag is perfect!

  466. Sarah McGrath says:

    Some great ideas here!

  467. Jo says:

    Thanks for sharing these

  468. Laura says:

    I’m checking out the book bag!

  469. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful idea! Fabulous handmade gifts! And a giveaway as wellÒ€¦..I LOVE this!!!
    Kind regards from Germany sends

  470. robin baker says:

    I love the slouchy bookbag. πŸ™‚

  471. Papgena says:

    that idea of the vinyl on the laptop is just fun!!!

  472. Valerie says:

    How Fun! I would have loved the laundry bag when I was in school!

  473. Caroline K says:


  474. Silvia says:

    Great projects!! The laundry bag can be very useful!!! πŸ™‚

  475. alcheme says:

    Wow!! They are all my favourites!!!!

  476. Melissa says:

    Homemade peanut butter twix!?! YUM!!!

  477. Violeta Petrova says:

    The Cassette Laptop Decal is amazing !!!! And I am defenitely trying the hommade twix πŸ™‚

  478. Crystal says:

    Our son (who is no longer a student!) will love a tin of those yummy looking squares! Thanks for your amazing inspiration this month.

  479. Louise says:

    Good stuff

  480. Ellen L says:

    there is nothing slouchy about that book bag…. nice one. πŸ™‚

  481. Rachaeldaisy says:

    Such wonderful ideas!! Thanks to all the lovely people who post tutorials for all to use and be inspired by.

  482. bruinbr says:

    The make-up bag tutorial is great! I will be making a few for sure!

  483. Cathie says:

    I’d love to win Quilts Made Modern!

  484. Jen B says:

    Going to try the peanut butter twix, but gluetn free and peanut free!

  485. Serena says:

    Oh, my, I don’t know which I like best! They’re all wonderful projects!

  486. Louana says:

    I love the look of that makeup bag, very cute!

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