|Co-workers who make the days better deserve an extra little touch of handcrafted goodness. These ideas are also perfect for gift exchanges, teachers, and other folks on your list who would appreciate a little gift this holiday season. Remember: Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew! and don’t forget to comment to WIN one of our many prizes.|
|Monster Gift Card Holder
Add a handmade touch to your gift card with this Monster Gift Card Holder from Mary Grace at White Waxflower.
|Repurposed Christmas Tree Pillow
Sarah at Create Studio shows us how to collect & re-use all those fallen needles to make a Christmas Tree Pillow. Extend that Christmas scent well beyond the New Year!
Trish shows us how to make pretty Patchwork Lanyards at Two Peas in a Pod. You might also want to check out her new line of patterns found on her blog called Sprouts.
Simple and fast to make, these Sachets from Jenny of Elefantz can be filled with a variety of items for a gift you can personalize for each receiver.
|Handmade Key Fobs
Help others keep track of their keys with these attractive Handmade Key Fobs from Jennifer at CraftSanity.
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:
|Whimsical Wellies Note cards from Sloe Gin Fizz
Great for a variety of occasions, these Whimsical Wellies Note Cards from Nicole of Sloe Gin Fizz would perk-up anyone’s desk or cubicle.
|Mini Christmas Cakes from Citrus and Candy
Check out Karen’s Mini Christmas Cake Recipe at Citrus and Candy for a little treat that could also make tasty office gifts.
|Angela Traunig Printable Art
Here’s a great little Art Print by Angela Trauning for Indie Fixx. You can check out more of Angela’s work in her Etsy shop, Ferntree Fine Art.
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By Kayte Terry
(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344)
From the Publisher:Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.
Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids: From Baby and Kid Projects to High School Graduation Gifts
By Better Homes & Gardens
(Wiley, $24.99, 978-0-470-56807-1)
From the Publisher:
Heirloom quilting and sewing are perennial favorites and continue to enjoy an upsurge in popularity as crafters look for more ways to hone their skills to make beautiful handmade pieces.
With Cherished Quilts for Babies and Kids, readers will find a stunning collection of 35 heirloom-quality quilting projects-5 of which have never appeared in American Patchwork & Quilting magazine. Every quilt is “quilter tested to ensure consistent results and the book’s convenient concealed spiral binding makes it a snap for quilters to lay open flat and follow along.
- Full-size patterns for all projects, including a quilt diagram, easy assembly instructions, and schematic illustrations
- Ideas and inspiration for making beautiful throws and bed-sized quilts
- Beautiful full-color photographs of every project
Perfect for gift-giving to children from birth to high school-age, the projects range from crib- and bed-sized quilts to keepsakes and more.
Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps
By Sandi Henderson
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-53924-8)
From the Publisher:
Sewing with scraps is an economical way to make the most of your designer fabrics-as well as a fun way to use up a stash of your favorite leftovers for smaller projects. Michael Miller fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that lets you make the most of bits and pieces of your beloved fabrics.
From a market skirt to a butterfly pin, from an embellished table cloth to hip hair accessories, Sewing Bits and Pieces gives you 35 sewing projects to make unique pieces that are perfect for gift-giving (or keeping for yourself)!
- Features gorgeous full-color photography throughout
- Detailed instructions walk you through each project
- Sandi’s popular Portabello Pixie blog is read by thousands every day
Packed with tons of fun, innovative projects, Sewing Bits and Pieces will have you creating sewing masterpieces in no time.
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.
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.
23 ~ New Parents
22 ~ Scholars
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
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