The festive fun continues with these ideas to help you deck the halls! Don’t forget to comment to WIN more prizes today, and tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Make It

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We think every house needs a set of these cheery Freezer Paper Stencil Holiday Pillows from Carolyn of My Backyard Eden.
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Betz White shows you how to create a beautiful 3D Ogee Ornament using some felt and just a little hand sewing. You might also want to check out some of her patterns we just started carrying in the shop.
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Kate has always wanted a luxurious tree skirt without the big price tag, and last year she created one! Check out her Fur Trimmed Tree Skirt and learn how to make your own at Centsational Girl.
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Q of Jaqs Studio shows how to sew a little festive fabric on plain napkins to make your own set of Holiday Napkins.
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Melissa of The Polkadot Chair shares her Tiny Handbag Ornament at Write it Down. Incorporate your favorite fabrics for a set of ornaments you will look forward to year after year.

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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Karla’s Season of Wonder Print would make a special gift when you personalize it with a frame of your choice. Check out EnRouge for more of Karla’s lovely prints.

Mix It

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Megan of Not Martha shares her superb recipe for these Tiny Gingerbread Houses. We are amazed at the size and details of these adorable houses.

Print It

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Today’s sweet printable from Amy of Eat Drink Chic is a La Dolce Vita Party Candy Cup which can be used for other parties and not just Christmas. We love the idea of a candy cup!

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 Keiko Kubo
(Trumpeter, $19.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-673-4)

From the Publisher:

Celebrate a loved one or add a touch of color to your home with these twenty distinctive flower arrangements. Inspired by the elegant and minimalist style of ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging), and constructed using the techniques that promote the functionality and portability of Western designs, these arrangements place sophisticated style into small containers that are easy to move from room to room or to the hands of a friend.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs, each arrangement uses just a few easy-to-find floral materials and Western tools and materials. Clear step-by-step instructions with photographs, along with a range of tips and techniques on manipulating and using the materials, are sure to broaden the skills of both beginners as well as those already familiar with the floral arts.

Make the arrangements in this book and share the gift of flowers with your friends and family.

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!

By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-49781-4)

From the Publisher:

Come stitch alongside celebrated fabric designer Anna Maria Horner as she prepares for her own new baby. This stunning collection of nursery décor, keepsakes, maternity wear, baby s clothing, and more is all breathtakingly photographed as Anna Maria progresses through her pregnancy.

Mothers-to-be, grandparents, family, and friends will treasure this collection of sewing projects to welcome home a new baby. Stylish prints and colors combine in unique designs to give you 24 projects ranging from booties and a quilt to an embroidered family tree and a thank you note organizer and everything in between.

Saturated with gorgeous full-color photography, Handmade Beginnings gives new and veteran sewers colorful, contemporary, yet classic, patterns to mark one of life s biggest milestones.

Sewn with Love: Classic Patterns for Children’s Clothes and Accessories
By Fiona Bell
(Interweave, $26.95, ISBN: 9781596683495)

From the Publisher:

An eclectic and unique collection of patterns and designs, Sewn with Love showcases the work of Fiona Bell, the founder of Their Nibs, the U.K.-based children’s clothing shop and label. Known for their contemporary retro styles and prints, with distinct influence from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s, Fiona offers 25 of her favorite and best-selling pieces, from boy’s classic shirts and playtime dungarees to girl’s party dresses and summer pajamas. Fiona’s beautiful, whimsical designs appeal to children and adults alike, and are ideal for sewist eager to dive into classic sewing techniques with contemporary results.

Divided into four sections (babies, playtime, parties, and bedtime), each project has easy-to-follow instructions and full-size patterns on an included CD-ROM.

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:

18 ~ Dads & Grandpas
17 ~ Hipsters
16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
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.