We have a hunch that Moms and Grandmas will appreciate your handmade thoughtfulness more than just about anyone else around! Enjoy our finds today…

Make It

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This Little Purse from Janet of Quiltsalott would make the perfect makeup or travel case in a favorite fabric.
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Cheryl’s Monogram Stenciled Canvas Bag at Tidy Mom is an easy, classy tote for around the town.
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Use favorite kid, grandkid or pet profiles to create this Silhouette Pillow from Jill of Homemade by Jill, guest posted on Ucreate.
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There’s a trick to this simple Glasses Case from Jessica at Two Shades of Pink (scroll down for Tip #2)!
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We think Moms & Grandmas will appreciate the special cheer and extra effort in these Lazy Daisy Pillowcases from Ellen at The Long Thread.
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Elizabeth’s Quilted Potholder from Oh, Fransson! is the perfect way to add a touch of color and fun to Mom or Grandma’s kitchen.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Remember!, Gifts for Grandparents, Pamper!, Gifts for Homebodies, Sit Back & Relax!

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:

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Buy It

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Add some beauty to her work place with a lovely Mouse Pad from Sally of Shim + Sons.

Mix It

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Mowie shares his Grandmother’s Spectacular Spekulatius recipe on his blog, Mowielicious. With cinnamon, cardamom, and cloves, these cookies can be devoured alone or as a delicious base for many other desserts.

Print It

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Cathe at Just Something I Made has Little Paper House Boxes that can be downloaded & printed for ornaments, gift card holders or party favors.

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 Keiko Kubo
(Trumpeter, $19.95, ISBN: 978-1-59030-673-4)

From the Publisher:

Celebrate a loved one or add a touch of color to your home with these twenty distinctive flower arrangements. Inspired by the elegant and minimalist style of ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arranging), and constructed using the techniques that promote the functionality and portability of Western designs, these arrangements place sophisticated style into small containers that are easy to move from room to room or to the hands of a friend.

Illustrated with beautiful photographs, each arrangement uses just a few easy-to-find floral materials and Western tools and materials. Clear step-by-step instructions with photographs, along with a range of tips and techniques on manipulating and using the materials, are sure to broaden the skills of both beginners as well as those already familiar with the floral arts.

Make the arrangements in this book and share the gift of flowers with your friends and family.

By Sharon Bowers
(Storey Publishing, $14.95, ISBN: 9978-1-60342-548-3)

From the Publisher:

Build a candy fantasy! Sharon Bowers shows you how to use ordinary store-bought candy and cookies as the raw material for a brand-new kind of crafting. Top a sheet cake with a crushed-cookie racetrack, tiny candy cars, and a candy pit crew—and watch the delight on your birthday boy’s face. Set out fudge-striped cookies and peanut butter cups to keep small family members busy making pilgrim hats on Thanksgiving Day. Spend a rainy afternoon with your kids, making a pirate ship complete with little pirates made of licorice and candy corn. You’ll find simple, step-by-step instructions for making dozens of things children love, including spaceships, butterflies, a fairy-tale castle, a dump truck, planes, Egyptian pyramids, aliens, a steam train, Christmas trees, Easter eggs, and much more — all crafted with candy. The sweet possibilities are endless!

By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-49781-4)

From the Publisher:

Come stitch alongside celebrated fabric designer Anna Maria Horner as she prepares for her own new baby. This stunning collection of nursery décor, keepsakes, maternity wear, baby s clothing, and more is all breathtakingly photographed as Anna Maria progresses through her pregnancy.

Mothers-to-be, grandparents, family, and friends will treasure this collection of sewing projects to welcome home a new baby. Stylish prints and colors combine in unique designs to give you 24 projects ranging from booties and a quilt to an embroidered family tree and a thank you note organizer and everything in between.

Saturated with gorgeous full-color photography, Handmade Beginnings gives new and veteran sewers colorful, contemporary, yet classic, patterns to mark one of life s biggest milestones.

Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
By Melissa Averinos
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-54742-7)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with designer fat quarters is a great way to stretch your dollar without sacrificing quality. Now, Melissa Averinos, the face behind the popular Yummy Goods blog and one of the newest Free Spirit fabric designers, brings you a collection of projects dedicated specifically to making the most of your designer fat quarters.

From belts to handbags, from children‘s gifts to a laundry hamper bag, and much, much more, Small Stash Sewinggives you 25 sewing projects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed-for designer fabrics.

  • Gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Sewing with designer fat quarters is budget-friendly and hip
  • Melissa’s blog, yummygoods.com, is read by thousands of dedicated fans

If you’re a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Sewing with Fat Quarters gives you the skills and know-how to create 25 stunning pieces that give new life to your home and fashion style.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

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.