Help make a difference and give the perfect gift with these Eco-Conscious ideas…

Make It

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Give a favorite dress shirt a new life by up-cycling it into a Shirt Cuff Wallet from RePlayGround.
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Elizabeth at To Be Charmed shows you how to make a Sandwich Wrap and Place Mat all in one! Perk-up your lunch box and use less plastic by having a few of these on hand.
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With it’s drawstring closure, Ayumi’s Lunch Bag at Pink Penguin can be used for a wide variety of things. Wouldn’t this be a great bag for those on-the-go craft projects?
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Monica’s Tank Top Totes use a knit tank top to make a stylish bag. Find her clever tutorial for two versions of totes at Crafty Nest.
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By adding a little fabric and some felt, Katie gave her plain shirt a totally different look. See her Shirt Adornment tutorial at Blue Eyed Freckle for tips on how to embellish your wardrobe.
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We think this cute and simple Market Tote from Bijou Lovely would be perfect for running errands around town. These would also be great to giveaway as part of our Green Grocery Bag Challenge.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Alfresco Bowl Covers, Go Green!, Queen Anne’s Lace Pillowcase, Woodland Ornaments, and more Eco-Conscious.

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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Jason & Cara of Oh, Little Rabbit offer a set of 3 Reusable Produce Bags made from organic cotton muslin. You could also fill these with gifts and help reduce wrapping paper waste.

Mix It

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Even those with dairy and gluten allergies can enjoy these Cinnamon Rolls from Gluten-free Girl and the Chef.

Print It

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Jen offers this beautiful set of 10 Holiday Gift Tags for free at Blush Printables.

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.

Stitch by Stitch

By Deborah Moebes
(F&W Media, $27.99, ISBN: 1440211612)

From the Publisher:

So, you love all that gorgeous designer fabric and you really want to make something with it. Or maybe you’ve taught yourself a little sewing know-how but have become frustrated. Whatever your background, Stitch by Stitch guides you through everything you need to know to start sewing and make it to the varsity level.

Inside Stitch by Stitch, you’ll learn essential sewing skills—everything from basic stitching and backtacking to creating gathers, making darts and using multi-sized patterns—while completing appealing projects. In the book’s unique format, skills and projects build upon each other so that you get instant gratification and motivation to progress.

By Aimee Ray
(Lark Books, $14.95, ISBN: 1-60059-581-2)

From the Publisher:

This follow-up to the best-selling Doodle Stitching offers fans expanded and updated basics, 400+ easy embroidery motifs on the page and on a CD sealed in the back of the book, 17 projects, and lots of added inspiration. More than a dozen categories include Alphabet, Asian Chic, Baby, Celebrations, Embellishments, Fruits & Veggies, Space, Trees, Flowers, Winged Wonders, and Woodland Creatures-and each section includes one motif stitched by the author. The motifs on the CD are in simple black lines, so readers can easily manipulate them using their own image-editing software, print them out, and transfer them onto their substrate of choice using the instructions in the book.

(C&T Publishing, $12.95)

Transfer your imagination into art with TAP, a premium-quality transfer paper that allows you to transfer images to virtually any surface with the heat of an iron. Have more fun with fabric, paper, wood, glass, metal, and more!

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:

26 ~ Deck the Halls
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.