Jennifer from JCasa *handmade finishes up a stellar 2010 full of Sew,Mama,Sew! tutorials with a free Happy Hostess Gift Box Tutorial PDF. Today’s gift boxes feature the Parisville collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics (a favorite of the year!). The boxes add the perfect touch in this season of giving.

Jennifer joined us every month this year to share a free tutorial featuring a new collection from our shop. Here’s the full list of fun: Pocket Tissue Pack, Fall Lines Reversible Table Runner, Flip Side Pillow, Aflutter Headbands, Patchwork Notebooks, Quilted Snack Set, Leisurely Dress Pattern, Undaunted Summer Top Pattern & No-Sew Fabric Wall Art.

We’re so thrilled Jennifer has been a part of Sew,Mama,Sew! this year and we look eagerly ahead to all she has in store for 2011. Jennifer has a book coming out soon, and always has something beautiful to share from new patterns to free tutorials at JCasa *handmade and so much more. Thanks, Jennifer!

Happy Holidays!

In this wonderful season of giving, and it seems like every day we are headed out to deliver meals and goodies to friends and neighbors, or on our way to a celebration with a hostess who most certainly deserves a special treat. I have created the Happy Hostess Gift Box this month as a way to dress up handmade gifts or homemade treats – each special box is a gift in itself that can then be used and enjoyed by the recipient throughout the year.

This month we are featuring the lovely Parisville collection by Tula Pink for Free Spirit Fabrics. I chose to highlight two complementary prints in two colorways; I loved the jewel tones of Eye Drops Pomegranate with Sea of Tears Pomegranate, and the Fans Mist with Topiary Mist are so charming together, offering a hint of Springtime to come.

To maintain the box shape I used a heavy interfacing I had on hand, although Fusible Fleece would also work well. This project includes instructions to create a 4” gift box, and you can easily create larger boxes by simply increasing the measurements; a set of nesting Happy Hostess Gift Boxes made by mixing and matching a few fabrics would be so great on a vanity!

As always, I hope you enjoy this month’s project and whip up a few gift boxes to for yourself and even more to share. You can download your Happy Hostess Gift Box Tutorial PDF today. If you make anything with Parisville from Free Spirit, or using any of our free patterns and tutorials, please show off your creations in the Sew,Mama,Sew! photo pools.

It has been a pleasure creating my Monthly Fabric Focus Projects for Sew,Mama,Sew! readers this past year– My sincere thanks for your kindness and support. Sending warm wishes to all for a very happy and healthy New Year. Happy making! xoxo