Help folks on your list get out to enjoy nature! Enjoy today’s great gift ideas for outdoor adventurers…

Make It

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These Felted Recycled Wool Mittens from Erin at Lucky Star Lane will keep adventuring hands toasty warm.
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Perfect for hikes near or far, this Picnic Blanket Tote from Jessica at Zakka Life is sure to be a welcome gift.
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Help parents of young children get out and move more freely with our Pea Pod Hip Carrier from Sascha.
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The Upcycled Water Bottle Sling from Betz, guest posted at Petite Purls, helps kids tote their own water bottles and gives them a special place for treasures found along the way.
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Winter will be more fun with this cute Snowman Kit from Calli at Make It Do.
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Has your family caught the geocaching craze? These Geocaching Swag Bags from Emily at Saltwater Kids will make the whole process even more fun!

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Season Pass Holder, Exercise!, Gifts for Fit Friends, and Picnic Blanket.

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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GISetc has a cool selection of Holiday Postcards for those who love geography, geology and geocaching. GISetc will be giving away two sets of 10 postcards to one lucky winner with your Handmade Holidays comment on this post today. Please specifically mention geocaching, GISetc or your love of exploring in your comment if you’d like to win this specific prize.

Mix It

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Kathy at Food Lover’s Odyssey takes a trip down memory lane every time she bakes these Snowball Cookies. Bake a batch for family and friends using her delicious recipe and begin your own holiday baking memories.

Print It

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These charming Wintry Holiday Gift Tags from Kristen at Domestifluff will top off any gift nicely.

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 Lexie Barnes
(Storey Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-092-1)
Your bag, your way! Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to create customized bags using fabrics that you love, pockets where you need them, straps that feel good on your shoulder, and dimensions that work for whatever you want to carry. Barnes’s simple instructions make it easy and fun to sew totes, messenger bags, drawstring sacks, handbags, and much more–exactly what you want, exactly the way you want it.

ByAmie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
(Storey Publishing, $16.95, ISBN: 9978-1-60342-578-0)

From the Publisher:

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book also includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

By Martha Stewart Living Magazine
(Potter Craft, $35.00, ISBN: 978-0-307-45058-6)

From the Publisher:

Whether you just bought your first sewing machine or have been sewing for years, Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts will open your eyes to an irresistible range of ideas. A comprehensive visual reference, the book covers everything a home sewer craves: the basics of sewing by hand or machine, along with five other time-honored crafts techniques, and step-by-step instructions for more than 150 projects that reflect not only Martha Stewart’s depth of experience and crafting expertise, but also her singular sense of style.

Encyclopedic in scope, the book features two main parts to help you brush up on the basics and take your skills to a new level. First, the Techniques section guides readers through Sewing, Appliqué, Embroidery, Quilting, Dyeing, and Printing. Following that, the Projects A to Z section features more than 150 clever ideas (including many no-sew projects), all illustrated and explained with the clear, detailed instructions that have become a signature of Martha Stewart’s  magazines, books, and television shows.

An enclosed CD includes full-size clothing patterns as well as templates that can be easily produced on a home printer. Fabric, thread, and tool glossaries identify the properties, workability, and best uses of common sewing materials. And, perhaps best of all, when you need it most, Martha and her talented team of crafts editors offer you the reassurance that you really can make it yourself.

The projects are as delightful as they are imaginative, and include classic Roman shades, hand-drawn stuffed animals, an easy upholstered blanket chest, a quilted crib bumper, French knot-embellished pillowcases and sheets, and Japanese-embroidered table linens, among many others.With gorgeous color photographs as well as expert instruction, this handy guide will surely encourage beginners and keep sewers and crafters of all experience levels wonderfully busy for many years to come.

By Ray Hemachandra
(Lark Books, $17.95, ISBN: 1-60059-493-X)

From the Publisher:

Right from the start, crafters embraced Lark’s Pretty Little series—and they’ll love this exciting new entry, too. Acknowledging the widespread popularity of quilting today, Pretty Little Mini Quilts focuses specifically on this hot trend in stitchery. Mini quilts are no larger than three feet in length or height, making them perfect for quilters in the mood for a smaller, quicker project.  These wonderful, modern designs—suitable for beginners and intermediates—are the creations of 25 leading artists, many of whom have a prominent online presence.The featured techniques, all explained in the Basics section, include machine and hand quilting, piecing, embroidery, fusing, embellishing with beads and other materials, and trapunto.

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:

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.