From library totes to book page fabric, we’ve got your favorite scholar covered with some great gift ideas today! Don’t forget to comment to WIN one of our prizes, 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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Here’s a Wrist Rest Pad that delivers comfort and aromatherapy when heated just before use. Check out Joy’s clever tutorial on her blog, How Joyful.
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Create some of your own Book Page Fabric using Brenna of Paper & Ink’s tutorial she wrote for Design*Sponge.
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Whip Up’s Library Tote Tutorial written by Holly of Chez Beeper Bebe is roomy enough for a stack of books and also has a special pocket for a library card.
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Whether you prefer a larger or smaller bag, Kristie includes both sizes in her Messenger Bag Tutorial at Obsessive Crafting Disorder.
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Melissa at The Polkadot Chair shows you how to add vinyl to your favorite cotton print to make a Kindle Keeper that can be wiped clean. Any scholar regardless of age or gender will appreciate this handmade gift!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Teach & Learn, Write, Gifts for Science & Tech Lovers, Gifts for Bookworms, and more Gifts for Teachers.

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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We all know someone who would flip over this Periodic Table T-Shirt from Coryn and Adam of Dark Cycle Clothing. Check out many more of their “geeky, indie art” prints in their Etsy shop!

Mix It

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With a citrus and spice, Susan’s New World Wassail Recipe at Fat Free Vegan Kitchen will warm your toes and lighten your spirit on a cold day.

Print It

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We love Ohdeedoh’s collection of Printable Bookplates which are free for anyone to download, print and enjoy.

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.

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.

Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing
By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

Anna Maria Horner’s signature style combines the techniques of a seasoned sewer with the vision of an artist. InSeams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing, she walks you through the fundamentals, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to turn her designs into fanciful creations:

  • Sideways Squares Skirt
  • Prairie Blouse
  • Full Contact Cooking Apron
  • PlayingAlong Quilt
  • Doggie Dreams Bed

Vivid full-color photographs and designs will invite you into the creative process. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, the twenty-four projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.

Dare to Be Square Quilting

By Boo Davis
(Potter Craft, $21.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-46236-7)

From the Publisher:

Craft a modern quilt with independent quilt-maker Boo Davis, whose fun, slightly quirky designs take quilts into new graphic territory. Using only simple shapes like rectangles and squares you’ll see robots, skulls, alarm clocks, and owls come to life as fabulous, full-size quilts. With 10 charming quilt patterns, and 15 eye-popping patchwork projects perfect for afternoon or weekend crafting, Dare to Be Square Quilting reinterprets quilt traditions such as basket weave, rail fence, and housetop designs in a bold new way. With advice on color and fabric selection, and an extensive how-to section on quilting, Davis teaches the fastest, simplest, and most reliable methods modern quilting has to offer.

Dare to make a quilt that’s funny, fabulous, and from the heart . . . Dare to be square!

By Whipup.net
($5.00)

From the Publisher:
Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual Whipup.net calendar. Featuring 12 beautiful crafty images from 12 amazing makers.

Print any or all of the three printable ebook formats (vertical a4/letter, horizontal a4/letter and vertical 2 printed to a page a4/letter) or purchase the already beautifully printed hard copy from Redbubble.

Print as many whipup 2011 calendars as you like to give for last minute presents and budget gifts. These also are fabulous to hang in your kitchen, craft room or office.

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:

21 ~ Sports Fans
20 ~ Audiophiles
19 ~ Deck the Halls
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.