Share your creative talents with the help of these fun ideas for your Girlfriends… They’ll love something special made by you, just for them! 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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The BFGB from Floating on Cloud9 includes a soothing eye pillow, a weighty neck pillow and a comfy pair of slippers. After only a couple hours of sewing, your girlfriend can have a pretty bag full of comfy treats.
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Vanessa from V & Co writes, “This Fabric Flower Ring has become a staple in my gift giving! It’s my fast, easy and cheap project go to when I want to add to my get well card, thinking of you card, or thank you card. It’s also a great way to accessorize your own wardrobe and give you an extra little bit of color or texture!”
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Sachiko’s Recycled Scarf would be a great gift for any friend who can use a little extra warmth. Sachiko created this tutorial for Rhythm of the Home, but you may also be familiar with her Tea Rose Home blog. After a little cutting and some cute bias tape, you can whip-up this cozy gift in no time using this thrifty tutorial.
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When we asked for favorite tutorials to include in Handmade Holidays this year, Noodlehead’s Gathered Clutch was mentioned over and over (and over again!). This is one that you will want to bookmark and make soon! With stylish pleats and plenty of room for a checkbook & cards, this clutch will be loved and used by any girlfriend.
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For those who can’t get enough of pleats, here’s the “For Pleats Sake” Tote from U-Handbag that would be great for everyday use. The pleats add a unique look and lots of volume for you to pack it full of all those essentials. We’re huge fans of Lisa and her bags, and we’re so excited about her upcoming Bag Making Bible. We’ll have a book giveaway and free pattern from the book to share in early December!
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Who doesn’t need more clothing to lounge around in? Dana from MADE shares these super simple Simple Pajama Shorts, the perfect gift for a special friend. A pair or two can be sewn with just a little cotton and some ribbon for a comfy gift.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: More Gifts for Girlfriends, Shop!, Sew,Mama,Sew! Bags, Craft!

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:

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Buy It

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A classic look with boutique quality, Felt Fancy’s Women’s Cloche will be a beautiful addition to any closet. Stephanie’s hats are hand-crafted using her own pattern with an eco-spun felt and are made to order especially for you.

Mix It

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Use this Mexican Hot Fudge Sauce by Gluten-Free Goddess to perk up all your desserts from ice cream to brownies. Any girlfriend will find the combination of coffee and chocolate hard to resist!

Print It

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Download & print up a variety of craft projects from gift tags to paper flowers & note cards. Print these and use to adorn holiday gifts and 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 Cathie Filian
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-494-8)

From the Publisher:

Begin with a plain, inexpensive snapsuit–and make baby fashion magic! Cutting-edge clothing for little ones is all the rage, and this collection, created by one of the most popular hosts on cable TV, taps into that phenomenon.Each chapter features 8-10 projects, and has a small how-to section that explains the simple techniques, which range from tie-dyeing (with natural dyes, of course) to stamping, iron-on transfers, stenciling, embroidery, painting, and more. These one-of-a-kind fashions are perfect for hip, new moms, as well as family and friends looking to create a fabulous (yet low-cost) personalized gift!

Fairy Tale Knits: 32 Projects to Knit Happily Ever After
By A. Stewart-Guinee
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-26268-9)

From the Publisher:

32 whimsical patterns for children twelve months to eight years

Two timeless traditions-fairy tales and knitting-come together magically in the season’s most original knitting book. You’ll get patterns to knit pieces that are reminiscent of the world’s most beloved fabled characters, including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Robin Hood, Hansel and Gretel, knights, pirates, and many more. From a fanciful capelet and muff to a playful baby jumper and hat, these are the children’s knitting patterns dreams are made of.

Richly wrapped in the look and feel of a real storybook, Fairy Tale Knits is saturated with lush photography and a beautiful full-color design. Whether you’re a beginner or experienced knitter, these 32 imaginative projects truly make for knitting happily ever after. You’ll get

  • 32 patterns for innovative projects kids will love to wear
  • Designs that are wearable for everyday school and play
  • A full-color design featuring lush photography

Fairy Tale Knits is a sophisticated and enchanting knitting book you and your children will turn to again and again.

By Sandy Ston
(Lark Books, $19.95, ISBN: 1-60059-485-9)

From the Publisher:

Why pay the upscale prices at eco-chic boutiques when you can creatively upcycle? Sandy Stone presents her unique outlook on sewing and decorating: repurpose, reconstruct, and renew. Learn all the techniques and how to find vintage fabrics and furnishings “scavenger style” at thrift stores, then get to work at transforming these treasures with delightfully unexpected projects. Old ties become a sturdy chair back, vintage scarves become luxurious pillows, and a trampoline becomes a chic window treatment. With plenty of inspiration in each eye-popping photograph, Fabric Remix doesn’t just instruct stitchers, it upcycles their style.

By Lark Books
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-399-2)

From the Publisher:

Pillows are the perfect creative canvas—easy to sew and ideal for crafters (even beginners) eager to experiment and play. And this classic item of home décor will look more beautiful than ever with these inventive interpretations by a group of talented indie designers.  The creative projects include pillows adorned with chic appliqués; a bolster decorated with a child’s drawing embroidered onto the surface, and a cheerfully modern patchwork design made from fabric scraps.

From traditional squares to sculptural shapes, this collection will have crafters happily filling their houses with these pretty little creations—and giving them as beautiful gifts.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

1 ~ Imaginative Friends

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