Do you love to break from the daily routine with trips both near and far?! Is a loved one heading out on a big trip in 2012? Use these tutorials and gift ideas to support your travels. Bon Voyage!

Make It

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This handy Passport Cover from Deploy That Fabric is a free, exclusive download for you at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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This is another free PDF project download for you here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, this time for Cosmetic Cases by Leah Williams from Sew Spoiled.
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These fantastic Travel Organizers from Margie at Ribbon Candy Quilt Company are perfect for car trips, for both kids and adults! Margie also shows how the pockets can be used in your home to lend a little organization there too.
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Did you miss this beautiful Travel Sewing Case the first time around? Dawn from UK lass in US designed this for Sew,Mama,Sew! based on a vintage version she loves.

Bag a Day

There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.

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Jan from Daisy Janie shows you how to make a Hip Pouch to keep important documents (and money!) close as you travel. The link takes you to Day 3 of a sew-along, with links to every other day in the intro.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Travelers, More Gifts for Travelers, Wallet-to-Tote, Sushi-Roll Changing Pad and Diaper & Wipes Pouch

Buy It

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We love these Customizable State Pillows from Love, California. You can select your state and color, and they even offer a few countries and continents!

Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Dena’s choice Kristin’s choice Liz’s choice

Mix It

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These Homemade Gum Drops from Glory at Bakerella are so fun! Glory includes a “Goodie Goodie” gumdrop label for you to download too.

Print It

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Use these free, Printable Vintage Labels from Cathe at Just Something I Made for the tops of jars and more!

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays or tag us on Facebook this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these books!

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children

Author: Liesl Gibson
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

Home sewers love to dress the children in their lives in garments they have hand-crafted. No one understands this better than Liesl Gibson, who is both a mom and the founder of Oliver + S, a sewing pattern company known for its contemporary yet classically sensible kids’ designs, its precise, easy-to-follow instructions, and its charming paper doll-inspired packaging. In Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, you’ll find 20 accessories for children, such as a hat with bear ears, scarf, vest, tutu, art smock, backpack, and quilt– All impeccably photographed by Laurie Frankel. The book includes two full-size pattern sheets and, as an added bonus, two cardstock paper dolls that can be dressed with “clothing” cut from the book’s jacket– A little something extra to keep young ones occupied while grownups stitch new items for their wardrobes!


Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations

Author: Joel Henriques
Publisher: Shambahla Publications

Delight young children and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book are meant to encourage open-ended play. Organized by kid-loving subjects, the toys here follow the themes of Zoo; House; Blocks, Cars & Trucks; Dress-Up; Music; and Art. Overall, the projects here are meant to stimulate imagination, build confidence through success and enjoyment, and enhance the bond between family and friends through the creation of unique, artistic handmade toys and crafts.

Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight (US Winners Only)

Author: Brett Bara
Publisher: Potter Craft

Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill. Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, television host and crafty expert Brett Bara demonstrates how you can make custom home decor, stylish fashions, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Sewing in a Straight Line is a step-by-step guide to creating 28 deceptively simple projects that look like they came from a chic boutique- far more impressive than you would expect for such little effort! These easy-to-make items offer quick gratification that even the busiest among us will appreciate. From a flirty two-hour miniskirt to the cutest plush toys, many of the projects take only a spare afternoon.

Gramma’s Linen Closet creates upcycled clothing and accessories from vintage and repurposed textiles. They want to make sure gorgeous vintage clothing and linens don’t stay buried in a trunk or closet! They specialize in custom work using treasured items from your past. This week you can win an upcycled tote from Gramma’s Linen Closet, made from a unfinished quilt top. It’s fully lined, and has an interior pocket. Prize value: $35.

Take 5: Quilts from Just 5 Fabrics

Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilters everywhere love Take 5 patterns from The Teacher’s Pet, and this book is packed with them! Simply take five minutes to choose five fabrics (one focus fabric plus four coordinating fabrics), stack them, cut them simultaneously, and you’re ready to sew! It’s the relax-and-have-fun way to create visually stunning quilts.

* Choose from 15 designs that look intricate but are very simple to construct– Excellent for beginners.
* Take the stress out of selecting fabrics with Kathy’s straightforward approach.
* Create a lap-sized quilt this weekend– Experienced quilters can finish in a day.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2010 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

9 ~ Passion for Cooking + Baking
8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure
7 ~ Passion for Teaching + Learning
6 ~ Passion for Sewing
5 ~ Passion for Organization
4 ~ Passion for Relaxation
3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

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