It really is time to deck the halls! Remember to comment on any post this week for a chance to win one of our fantastic prizes, and tweet #handmadeholidays for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Make It

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Jen at Tatertots and Jello shares her Burlap Wreath tutorial where she used left over materials to create a new look for her door.
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Send someone a handmade Christmas message using our Something Special Card + Envelope from Jennifer of JCasa Handmade.
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Here’s a great kid-friendly project that uses old crayon pieces to create some holiday cheer. Donni shows you how to make these Wax Pine Cones one her blog, The Magic Onions.
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These gorgeous Hand-Stitched Ornaments at Annekata take a little more time, but Kathrin assures us that they look more complicated than they really are and well worth the effort.
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Bianca of Sadie and Lance shares her Christmas Tree Bunting which would look festive on any wall or mantel. Also, you may want to check out a project Bianca runs called The Toy Society where people make a handmade toy and leave it in a public place as a gift for a stranger. It’s a fun way to spread a little Christmas Spirit!
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Create a personal gift for friends, neighbors and family with an Initial Ornament from Kristin of Lu Bird Baby.

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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Add a set of Magic Snowball Candles from The White Magick Shoppe to your table top or bathroom for a pretty and sweet smelling Holiday decor.

Mix It

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For those who don’t prefer cookies, here’s a recipe for Salted Pistahio Brittle at The Kitchn contributed by guest blogger Kristin of The Kitchen Sink.

Print It

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Download and print this Paper Christmas Tree template at KI Memories to make a pretty 12″ tree using your own festive papers. You can create a merry forest in no time!

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 Lotta Jansdotter
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811872287)

From the Publisher:

There’s something so satisfying about stenciling: It’s easy, affordable, and it yields such impressive results. Especially when all the design work is done for you by the talented textile artist Lotta Jansdotter. Lotta’s hand-drawn stencil motifs are cut out of durable plastic so they can be used again and again on all sorts of surfaces, from walls to fabric to furniture. Simply wipe the stencils clean with soap and water and stow in the handy storage pocket provided. Project instructions and photographs demonstrate how to repeat a design on a structured grid to achieve the look of wallpaper (for a whole lot less money), or apply designs randomly for a unique, playful effect. At just $24.95, this package is a DIY decorator’s delight—a real bargain, and beautiful to boot!

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!

Material Obsession 2: More Modern Quilts with Traditional Roots

By Kathy Doughty and Sarah Fielke
(STC Craft, $27.50, ISBN: 978-1-584-79880-4)

From the Publisher:

By nature, quilters are fascinated by fabric, color, and pattern. And Sarah Fielke and Kathy Doughty have been feeding that fascination ever since the publication of their first book, Material Obsession (STC Craft, 2009). In Material Obsession 2, the popular team presents more than 20 new quilts in their trademark style, combining fresh, modern fabrics with traditional designs. The quilts were created in pairs: that is, the two quilters started with the same concept, then worked independently, producing completely different, equally beautiful results. Patterns range from easy to advanced, with a comprehensive technique section so quilters of all levels can join the fun.


From the Publisher:
Support Whipup by purchasing the third annual 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:

25 ~ Artists
24 ~ Co-Workers
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

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.