Our Fourth Annual Handmade Holidays series comes to an end today, but we predict craftiness will shift into high gear worldwide in coming weeks! Thank you for sharing this fun month with us. Thanks, also, to our fabulous Sew,Mama,Sew! Editorial Board. Shannon, Gabrien & Georgia worked so hard to find the best holiday inspiration for us all! December brings more fun to the blog, with a Giveaway Day (!), kid craft fun, new tutorials, book reviews and so much more… Happy Handmade Holidays!

Make It

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Disney of Ruffles and Stuff designed this No-Sew Flutter Cape for all skill levels. Using some fleece and a bit of ribbon, this cape can be put together in a flash!
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Help a young rider can carry their favorite friend along in Christie’s useful Bike Basket at A Lemon Squeezy.
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Meg’s Boy Belt Tutorial at Elsie Marley is a project that can be customized easily for the receiver. Dress it up or down, embellish or not- the choice is up to you!
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Elizabeth has a great collection of Pretend & Play Doll Accessories. From diapers and wipes to bags and carriers, check out her blog, Twelve Crafts Till Christmas for all her clever tutorials.
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Kara at Sew Hip Mama shows you how to use pipe cleaners and fabric scraps to make the spiral flowers on this Rosette Headband. We think this is the perfect accessory for a little one as well as an older one.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Art Smock, Fabric Book Covers, Sparkle, Laugh, Play, and more Gifts for Elementary Kids.

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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I Used to be a Tree offers a blank set of Family Wood Dolls. Each set come with ten families of five that you can paint and give as an original gift or to enjoy yourself.

Mix It

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Calli from Make It Do shares her version of Cookies in a Jar for your child to make and leave for Santa or for gifts to teachers & friends.

Print It

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Missy’s Letter to Santa Printable Set at Crafty Carnival includes a fill-in-the blank Letter to Santa, labels for baked goodies, and quick DiY for reindeer food.

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 Kaari Meng, Marcia Ceppos, Jon Zabala
(Chronicle Books, $24.95, ISBN: 9780811868907)

From the Publisher:

French steel-cut beads, mother-of-pearl buttons, spools of vintage ribbons . . . This exquisite book showcases the decorative bits flea-market hunters dream of. Hundreds of photos reveal rare European notions from the craft community’s most beloved emporium, Tinsel Trading Company. With these vintage baubles as her inspiration, Kaari Meng shares projects that crafters can make with their own flea-market finds or with contemporary materials they have on hand: a button charm bracelet, whimsical petite prize medals, an heirloom-worthy memory book, shimmering handbags, and more. Kaari’s colorful inspiration boards lend design guidance, while her tips and resources help notion-lovers build up their stash of treasures.

By Suzuko Koseki
(Trumpeter, $18.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-649-9)

From the Publisher:

The tradition of patchwork and quilted items goes back hundreds of years and most often conveys a sense of warmth and comfort. While the bold and bright designs in this book are meant for the modern crafter, that inherent sense of warmth is still expressed in these unique and stunning projects. Created in the distinctive Japanese craft style—and published in English for the first time—the projects in this book offer a look that is minimal, yet vibrant and full of life.

Explore the techniques of patchwork sewing, appliqué, and machine quilting through thirty-five simple and stunning projects. With beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and detailed diagrams, the pouches and handbags, quilts and pillowcases, tissue cases and pot holders are perfect projects for beginner and intermediate sewers.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of warmth and patchwork style to your life.

Craft Hope: Handmade Crafts for a Cause

By Jade Sims

(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-624-X)

From the Publisher:

It started with a pillowcase dress…and grew into a worldwide movement: crafters using their passion to help those in need. The Craft Hope blog-which organizes crafters to make handmade items for charities-has attracted followers around the world. This book, written by the site’s founder and featuring crafting’s hottest start, celebrates the cause and encourages others to join in.

Each project is matched with a specific charity, with alternative suggestions for local places to contribute the item. The projects-all with beautiful photographs, step-by-step instructions, and templates-include: cheerful quilts for hospitalized children, soft dolls for Nicaraguan orphans, tug toys for animal shelters, knit gloves for homeless shelters, a cloth backpack for schoolchildren in Africa, a stylish purse for women moving out of abusive relationships, and knit scarves for fostercare teens heading off to college. Contributors range from fabric designers Amy Butler and Heather Bailey to popular authors and bloggers such as Amanda Soule (Handmade Home), Karri Meng (French General), Amy Ray (Doodle Stitching), Celine Dupuy (Simple Sewing with a French Twist), Vickie Howell (Craft Corps), Cathie Filian (Creative Juice), Susan Wasinger (Eco Crafts), and Betsy Greer (Knitting for Good).

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:

29 ~ Organizers
28 ~ Teens
27 ~ Eco-Conscious
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.