November 11 ~ Passion for Art

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Today’s features help you pair inexpensive, handmade art supplies with things like the Creative Suitcase below (or one of the many selections in the “Related Tutorials” section below). A set of finger paints or chalk with our Art Smock would make a great gift for young children on your holiday gift giving list. Hardback sketchbooks in a messenger bag would be so fun for artists of any age… Enjoy!

Make It

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The authors recommend using Classic Jello the first time you make this vibrant Jello Playdough, which also smells super-good!
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These Homemade Finger Paints from Tiffany at Easie Peasie are so vivid, and super-easy to make.
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Nat from ByNight designed this Creative Suitcase for a series on Whip Up. Artists of all ages will find the small pockets and zipper pouches handy for all types of art supplies. (We included two photos here to show you how the suitcase looks all zipped up, and then open with organized supplies.) The English tutorial can be downloaded at the link above, but there’s also a French version that can be found on Nat’s blog.
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Teach Your Tot shows you how to make Homemade Chalk, and the post also includes links to various themes that include activities you can do with your toddler and chalk.
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Amy from Angry Chicken shows you (in a video!) how to make these easy Hardback Sketchbooks.

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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This Feed Sack Messenger Bag from Megan at The Crafty CPA uses a belt for the handle; we think it would be perfect for carrying sketchbooks on the go.

Related tutorials you might just love: Vintage Smock Sew-Along (Part 1), Summer Camp Utility Apron, Sew Wild Mobile, Art Smock, Sewing Cards & Envelopes, Merry Stitches Ornaments

Plus these technique posts to help you create art with fabric: Raw-Edge Appliqué, Primary Tints: 
Beginning Fabric Dyeing, Tips for Embellishing Knits, Easy Applique: The Starch Method, Be My Bluebird ~ Wool Felt Valentine, Nature-Inspired Easy Embroidery Sampler

Buy It

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Riyo at Talk to the Sun designs these beautiful Hand-Carved Rubber Stamps from her home in Japan. In addition to the wonderful assortment of stamps you can buy in her shop, Riyo generously shares tips for how to make your own rubber stamps on her Talk to the Wind and Sun blog.

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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We’ve featured recipes from Mowie at Mowlielicious before. These Raspberry Swirl Marshmallows look just as good as everything else we’ve tried! Yum!

Print It

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Jessica at How About Orange shows you how to make the classic 5-Pointed Paper Snowflakes with a 5-point folding directions download. You can string them up to add a festive touch to your decorating or use them for wrapping!

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!

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing

Author: Sandra Bardwell
Publisher: Abrams Books, STC Craft

Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.

The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook (US Winners Only)

Author: Nora Abousteit, Alison Kelly, BurdaStyle
Publisher: Potter Craft

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the most comprehensive, hip and creative guide to learning to sew clothes with style. With more than 430,000 members around the world, BurdaStyle is the largest online community of sewing enthusiasts, fashion designers and DIYers. In their first book, BurdaStyle celebrates this vibrant, global community as they teach readers everything they need to know to design and sew an entire wardrobe of fashion-forward looks using the five fully customizable sewing patterns enclosed with the book. Filled with gorgeous photography, step-by-step instruction and contributions by 78 designers from 22 countries, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook will be the go-to guide for every fashion sewer.

Stash Happy: Felt: 30 Fun Projects for Felt (and Fabric) Lovers

Author: Amanda Carestio
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Lark’s new Stash Happy series is the cure for the common crafter’s dilemma: what to do with all those scraps and leftover materials!

The 30 fun projects in Stash Happy: Felt feature practical items (a fall-inspired tea cozy), cute accessories (a stylish retro-inspired clutch), unique home décor and holiday crafts (a felt flower bouquet), and adorable kid stuff (a repurposed wool bear cub hat). Everything you need is here, including illustrations, templates, and helpful hints from the designers.

Deux Petites Souris (a.k.a. two little mice) is Cinzia’s shop, a self-taught sewer and designer who likes to create beautiful and useful items with her sewing machine like aprons, bookwraps, bags and– most of all– quilts with a modern edge! She is also a sewing instructor for beginner and experienced sewers. This week Cinzia is giving away a Mini-Quilt Bookwrap in our Handmade Holidays series. She writes, “A great way to keep your favorite novel protected as you toss it into your bag. This book wrap features a handy slot to keep your book from slipping out as well as a built-in bookmark. Book wrap stays attached as you read. Just re-wrap and tie when you’re done. Adjusts to fit any size paperback novel! Makes a great hostess gift, or a gift for booklovers and teens.” Prize value: $25

Visit the Deux Petites Souris blog and shop for more from Cinzia!

Fig Tree Quilts: Fresh Vintage Sewing

Author: Joanna Figueroa
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Bring fresh vintage style to your home with five great quilts and a basketful of unique projects ranging from adorable pin cushions and charming aprons to pillows and journal covers. All feature Fig Tree Quilts’ signature palette of warm, inviting tones. See how easy it is to personalize each project with the creative use of embellishments such as beads, ribbons, and bows. For wedding showers, birthdays, or special sewing buddies, you’ll have the perfect gift every time.

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

10 ~ Passion for Travel
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

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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380 Responses to November 11 ~ Passion for Art

  1. Jen says:

    Excited to make some of the finger paints!

  2. Liz says:

    Jello play dough?!? How awesome is that!

  3. Toni-Anne says:

    Glad to see some-one else loves books so much that she has made little quilts for them, Cinzia is a girl after my own heart!

  4. Nabiha says:

    Never heard of jello playdough till now…what a fabulous idea!

  5. Kylene Grell says:

    So fun and colorful today!

  6. Erin says:

    I’m going to have to make some of those finger paints! That might be the PERFECT present for my friend’s two small children…. and another set for mine.

  7. Kim McM says:

    I hope I’m not too late to enter. I just tweeted about your handmade holidays projects.

  8. DebbieKL says:

    The creative suitcase is awesome!

  9. jennifer says:

    I LOVE that creative suitcase. Looks so cute.

  10. Erin says:

    This entire post is full of so much goodness! I love creating with my girls and it’s more fun if we create the products we are creating with!!

  11. Joanne says:

    Some great ideas – lots of fun

  12. Whitney says:

    so far the bag a day feature has been the best part! I can never get enough

  13. loulou says:

    If I don’t win the felt stash book, it will definitely be on my holiday wishlist!

  14. bess says:

    my kids would LOVE those fingerpaints!

  15. Jenn Lee says:

    The Jello playdough is genius.

  16. wendy says:

    I love that creative suitcase! What a fab idea.

  17. anne says:

    um, i think this whole list just got pinned for future projects. again. you rock.

  18. Alli says:

    That creative suitcase is going on my Christmas to-do list!

  19. Sydney says:

    Jello playdough?! Get outta town… Is it bad to taste it?!

  20. Mrs. Not the Jet Set says:

    I don’t even know which one to start with! They all look like great projects 🙂

  21. krystina says:

    I can’t wait to try some of these for my little artist!

  22. leah says:

    the jello playdough looks yummy!

  23. mims says:

    love the belt as bag handle

  24. lm says:

    I’m going to save the fingerpaint instructions for a stuck-at-home day.

  25. Jeannie D says:

    Just downloaded the snowflake tutorial…Love the marshmallows too!

  26. Emmmylizzzy says:

    My little artist would have a blast with these projects!

  27. Wendy D. P. says:

    Beautiful paper snowflakes – thanks for all the inspiration!

  28. Mare says:

    The marshmallows look yummy!

  29. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    Love the dough and the paints — and the chalk recipes! Fabulous!

  30. Aurélie says:

    Great tutorials!

  31. Amy says:

    Awesome! I want to make the fingerpaints for my kids. Or maybe the playdough. And maybe a suitcase for my daughter. Now my list is getting longer and longer.

  32. Melissa says:

    Love all the links today!

  33. Dianna says:

    These tutorials are brilliant. Some lovely ideas for gifts. Yummy!

  34. OzKnitter says:

    Those marshmallows look delish!

  35. Carrie says:

    So much good stuff!!! That art case is amazing!

  36. Allison C says:

    The felt book looks great!

  37. lee says:

    The playdough and finger paints would be a great preschooler gift! thanks!

  38. Chris says:

    I love the creative suitcase – and am hopping over to see the French version. thanks!

  39. Ann says:

    Love this post! And glad to hear the good feedback on Stash Happy, I’ve been considering it.

  40. Mina says:

    love those books

  41. Would love to see that felt book!

  42. Julie says:

    love all these things omg, must make them all!

  43. Andrea says:

    Right, love the jello playdoh, and snowflakes…off to gather supplies tomorrow!

  44. I just got Stash Happy Felt last week and def. recommend it! Cool projects!

  45. Tammy says:

    Gonna have to print up so snowflakes! 🙂

  46. Crystal says:

    Playdough and paint and chalk – oh, my! Perfect for the grandchildren! Thanks for sharing again.

  47. Nina says:

    Great tutorials! Thank you!

  48. Candi says:

    ooo…i think i need a cozy for my french press now.

  49. Instead of bookmarking each tute I want from this page, I am marking the whole page! I love them all! My sister in law told me to make her daughter some doll clothes for Christmas, blech! I would much rather make that artists bag! Yay!

    Oh, and as for the hand carved stamps for the “Buy it” why not just carve your own? I love stamp carving! I don’t stamp much, but the carving them is pure relaxation. Good thing I have swaps to send them in.

  50. WandaFish says:

    Love the creative suitcase and I really will have to try the play dough too!
    More fabulouse giveaway prizes, thank you 🙂

  51. Rebecca says:

    I really like the Creative Suitcase!

  52. Bridget says:

    Cute stuff!

  53. craftytammie says:

    we love homemade playdough, but never thought of adding jello, brilliant!

  54. Addy says:

    I’d love to try the jello play-dough sometime.

  55. Melanie says:

    So many great ideas! Now, where to start?

  56. stephanie tipton says:

    I love the handmade journals. They’d make great gifts paired with color pencils or a nice pen.

  57. Amy says:

    Awesome projects. And I love those button stamps… hmmm… I’m thinking they may need to be a x-mas gift for myself. 😉

  58. By Night says:

    Thank you so, so much for featuring my creative suitcase. I still can’t believe I am on your amazing blog 😉 Merci!

  59. That jello playdoh sounds like lots of fun. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  60. Marita H. says:

    All the projects and books look great!

  61. Celia says:

    Curious about the finger paints, I think it is a good idea, but I am afraid it will spoil fast.

  62. Margaret says:

    homemade chalk- how cool!

  63. MS Laura says:

    Any of those books would be a great win!

  64. Rebekah says:

    Great selection of books!

  65. Lynne says:

    Lovely ideas! The creative suitcase is just fabulous! Thanks for the tutorials!

  66. Bobby says:

    My kids are going to love me after reading this post. :0)

  67. Mary says:

    Great kid projects; I am going to share with my sister.

  68. Jennifer says:

    My goal this Christmas is to attempt homemade peppermint marshmellows! Thanks for a great recipe.

  69. Kristin says:

    These are great today! What fun ideas.

  70. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas.

  71. Karin says:

    Every single one of these projects is a gem! Thanks for sharing them all. 🙂

  72. Shelby says:

    I love the finger paint idea for holiday gift for the little ones in my family. Thanks for sharing these great ideas!

  73. Claudia says:

    Such an amazing idea….snowflakes for everyone!
    Thank you for the chance to win!
    Kind regards from very cold Germany

  74. sangeetha says:

    They are awesome !1

  75. Katina says:

    Fun art tutorials, like the suitcase the best.

  76. Michelle W says:

    Just pinned a tutorial for chalkboard paint on my Pinterest… the homemade chalk goes with it just fine! Thanks!

  77. Lowena says:

    I gotta try making the marshmallows!

  78. wendy says:

    Mmmm, those marshmallows look yummy!!

  79. Helena says:

    Wow, my favourite day of tutorials so far, I have enough little ones in my life to make all of these wonderful things! Hopefully they will let me play with them too!!

  80. deborah says:

    yum, marshmallows!

  81. Tina L. says:

    Love the book wrap. What a smart idea.

  82. Abbington says:

    Wow – I’ve never heard of playdough being made with Jello before! Will have to give that one a go!

  83. Valerie says:

    I love the idea of using a belt for the bag strap. Good inspiration!

  84. Deanna says:

    A messenger bag is on my To Do list. More choices?!?!

  85. Michelle B says:

    What fun! I think I need to make ALL of these things!

  86. chibidani says:

    those finger paints are amazing. i must make them. (eventually)

  87. Deanne Johnson says:

    Great tutorials and giveaways. Thanks.

  88. Sue Ellen T says:

    That bag does look perfect for sketchbooks! Good-bye gardening, hello sewing!

  89. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    So many great ideas for my toddler! I can’t wait to make the finger paints… Thank you for posting all of these!

  90. Marie says:

    I like the belt idea for the bag. The “recipes” for the kids activities might be worth a shot.

  91. I love the feed sack messenger bag. I love anything made with old feed sacks. Tells my age!

  92. beverly says:

    Thank you! Once again some really great ideas!

  93. Beth says:

    Love today’s bag, and those marshmallows look YUMMY!

  94. Jodi G. says:

    When helping kids make art, chalk, paint and playdough are a must. How great is the creative suitcase. Great ideas. Can’t wait to checkout the Raspberry Swirl Marshmellows as well.

    Thank you for the giveaways and a chance to win.


  95. Lindsay says:

    Can’t wait to try out the Jello Playdough and the finger paints!

  96. Sherri S. says:

    Wow, I love the bag…it’s super cool. Thanks!

  97. Kerry says:

    I love the BurdaStyle book and Sewing Basics. Thanks for more great tutorials!

  98. Camille says:

    So awesome! How do I “tag” you on Facebook?

  99. Genevieve says:

    Fun! That playdough sounds great!


  100. marthaeliza says:

    I love the feedbag using a belt; I have some leather belts that have somehow become too short. It’s not the cookies, I swear.

  101. Christine says:

    Wow! So many inspiring pieces! My inner child is dying to make the playdough and finger paints!

  102. Summer says:

    I love today’s tutorials!

  103. I can’t wait to make some of these!

  104. Dawn says:

    I was just looking for a playdough recipe…. Jello playdough sounds way more fun!!

  105. Kate says:

    The playdough is like one I’ve made with kool aid but these colors are much brighter and better!

  106. Amy says:

    That Jello Play-Doh looks interesting…

  107. Ginger says:

    Such neat colorful projects today.

  108. Emilia says:

    Marshmallows! Yay!

  109. Love the tutorials specially the chalk one, thank you.

  110. Another day of cool ideas that I want to make. My favorites are the messenger bag and the rubber stamps. Thank you, again!

  111. Ann S says:

    Love the playdough idea, thanks!

  112. Michelle says:

    love the finger paints and homemade chalk…what awesome ideas!

  113. Lorri says:

    What a neat idea for playdough! Love the bright color it produces!!!

  114. Em says:

    jello for playdough coloring! brilliant!!

  115. melanie says:

    i cant wait to make the play dough!

  116. Renae says:

    We love to make paper snowflakes at our house. Hubby brings home large blotter paper from work and we make a 3′ snowflake to hang in our picture window.

  117. Sunny says:

    Yum. i need to remember to try making marshmallows.

  118. Timmi says:

    I have been so scared to bring paints into the house, (a shame I know) But I think I will be making those paints and playdough for my girls this Christmas and may some others

  119. Barb says:

    Love all the tutorials,the creative suitcase would make a great Christmas gift 🙂 Barb.

  120. Beth T says:

    I can’t count how many pages I have bookmarked during this last week. Thank you so much for bringing together such wonderful ideas.

  121. MarciaW says:

    jello play dough, finger paints, etc. – need to read these more closely and see if can make something for my grandnieces that we keep — and marshmallow peppermint for me

  122. MissMary says:

    Sweetness calls me to create in media other than fabric 🙂

  123. Angela B. says:

    It just snowed today! Time for some snowflakes! Thanks for the chance to win!

  124. Alegria says:

    Love the fingerpaint!

  125. Christine says:

    Great ideas. I want to make the Jello playdough, too.

  126. Virginia says:

    I love the finger paint. it is so beautiful.

  127. Kim T. says:

    lots of fun!

  128. Erika says:

    the fabric choices of the day are fabulous.

  129. Ramona says:

    Love the paper snowflakes. Haven’t made them in years.

  130. alcheme says:

    Love the creative suitcase!!!

  131. Kristy says:

    Jello play dough is genius!

  132. Elizabeth says:

    Jello playdough sounds like a great project! A perfect gift for my niece and nephew!

  133. Emily says:

    Great stuff!

  134. carriem says:

    Those treats look amazing!

  135. Pauline says:

    Awesome tutorials…the jello play dough looks like mucho fun!

  136. I hadn’t heard of Burdo before – all of the books are fantastic!

  137. Kristie says:

    I didn’t even know you could make your own chalk. I see some great weekend projects in our future. Thanks!

  138. RobynK says:

    I’m so loving this. I think the grandchildren will need Christmas boxes this year not stockings :)!

  139. Stephanie Wehrman says:

    I have wanted to make fingerpaints for years!

  140. Carla G says:

    More fabulous tutorials! I love the Creative Suitcase! 🙂

  141. Sam says:

    The creative suitcase looks wonderful!

  142. Jennifer Lynch Postma says:

    Jello playdough seems like a great rainy day activity too.

  143. Heidi says:

    Lovely selection

  144. Liz says:

    thinking about those finger paints for a little friend of mine!

  145. sarahj says:

    Oh my goodness, my daughter would love the paints and chalk… time to get making ;-). Thank you so much.

  146. Lisa C. says:

    How cute! I’d love to make my nieces some chalk & finger paints for our crafty time!

  147. Laurie says:

    To quote Tiffany from Easie Peasie, “Art supplies make my {heart} happy.” Thanks for a great theme today.

  148. Stephanie says:

    Homemade play dough, finger paint and chalk ‘how to’s will be useful in our house. Yeah!

  149. Sarah says:

    Love all the homemade art supplies, great Christmas gifts!

  150. tiara says:

    love the five pointed paper snowflakes

  151. Crystal H. says:

    Fantastic ideas! I know my toddler and my nieces would love any of these! Fab ideas!

  152. All of these books look awesome, I’d love to win one. I love this whole post!

  153. Julianne Ross says:

    I think this day is my favorite so far!

  154. Jayne says:

    Too bad my kids are grown…too bad we didn’t have internet!! Great ideas and such fun!

  155. April says:

    I think we have some jello playdough in our near future. Thanks!

  156. Mama Lusco says:

    Love that messenger bag!

  157. Kelsey D says:

    Very nice!

  158. Andrea says:

    My kids are going to love all this stuff. So great!

  159. Heidi Anderson says:

    Fantastic! I love the jello playdough, and the raspberry marshmallows are a must! Thanks for the fun!!

  160. Liz says:

    I think I may make homemade play dough for all my daycare kids this year. Thanks for the idea!

  161. Louby Lou says:

    Love these ideas, there’s so much creativity to be had from simple finger paints and chalks. Thanks!

  162. greta says:

    i love the felt wrap for the coffee press

  163. Robin E. says:

    A boatload of “must make” items today!

  164. kristin says:

    love the tutorials that are also fun activities

  165. Sarah B says:

    I just love the creative suitcase, and must have the Burda sewing book!

  166. mac says:

    Love the snowflakes – will be decorating my math classroom with these.

  167. Andrea says:

    I think I’ve just finished my “shopping” for all the little artists on my list! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  168. Clara says:

    I can’t wait to make the jello playdough for my little one.

  169. Kaz says:

    Oooh, what awesome crafts today! Thank you for sharing!

  170. Celly says:

    love the creative suitcase!! so cute

  171. Silvia says:

    Love all these projects! The suitcase and the handbook are really wonderful! 🙂

  172. CathyC says:

    Maybe I can get my kids to make their own chalk.

  173. Sherry J says:

    these are great! love the book too. thanks

  174. JJ says:

    Jello play dough? Yes please!

  175. Amber says:

    I needed an activity to do with some kids this weekend and was going crazy trying to think of something. When I saw the post about chalk I thought “Ah ha!” it’s perfect.

  176. Tara Rose says:

    Thank you for the great ideas!!! I need to get started on some of these for Christmas!

  177. Shannon says:

    ready to give home-made paint a go. We seem to be constantly short a color or two.

  178. Karen A says:

    Don’t have any little ones any more, but these ideas will be great someday when there are grandbabies.

  179. Shawna says:

    Oh my goodness the Creative Suitcase is superbly fantastic!!!

  180. Sarah says:

    You can make your own chalk? Fabulous!

  181. Jen says:

    more stamps!

  182. Sarah says:

    I had no idea you could make your own chalk :O Thanks for the ideas x

  183. Rebekah says:

    still loving the daily great ideas 🙂

  184. Liz Taylor says:

    Thanks for the rubber stamp link–I like it!

  185. Julia says:

    ART!! Yay! (the marshmallows look FANTASTIC!!)

  186. Jen S says:

    I love the ideas for homemade chalk and finger-paint! Now I know what to make for my 8 year old niece for Christmas. Or perhaps as a kit and make it with her. And the Sewing Basics and Burda Style books are on my wish list.

  187. Mistyn says:

    I love felt projects!!

  188. Kristin says:

    Too many cool things to make!

  189. jeanne says:

    Once again you’ve hit the jackpot with all your wonderful ideas, projects, and products. Thanks again!

  190. Christina says:

    raspberry swirl marshmallows – yum!

  191. Jasmin says:

    The kids are going to love these.

  192. Jacque says:

    That suitcase for creative tools is stellar! I’m off to check out her blog….Thanks for sharing all these great ideas and resources.

  193. Hilary says:

    lovve the actual craft supply directions will have to bookmark this for when LO gets old enough to create

  194. Wendy says:

    So glad to find directions for homemade playdough, fingerpaint, and chalk all in one place!

  195. Jill B says:

    Wow! Those are some super-bright and cool ideas.

  196. Anya says:

    I love all the tutorials today!!

  197. Jenn says:

    I love the snowflake link…they’ll make great additions to my Christmas presents this year!

  198. Hillary S. says:

    The finger paints are beautiful!

  199. Wren says:

    I love the art suitcase. I have the perfect person on my list for this!

  200. Anita says:

    My kids would love the play dough and finger paint.

  201. Ellen M. says:

    The feed sack messenger bag is great!

  202. Michele says:

    Again…great giveaways!

  203. Deidre says:

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  204. Cindi C says:

    Today’s tutorials were so much fun! Makes me want to roundup the kids and play! Thanks again for another great day!

  205. Kate says:

    Oh wow, I’ve never come across homemade paint or chalk before. That will make a great holiday project.

  206. Kim N says:

    Great project ideas for rainy and not so rainy days with the kiddos!

  207. Brie says:

    lovin the marshmellow recipe. Might try it today!

  208. Tabitha says:

    Some raspberry marshmallows sound good RIGHT now!

  209. Cat says:

    the bag is super cute ! and the colors are lovely and lively ! thanks !

  210. ~Heather says:

    Delicious books!

  211. Mandi says:

    Raspberry swirl marshmallows!?! Delicious! And a perfect treat while doing art projects!

  212. Bianca says:

    i love the rainbows in today’s post. it instantly made me happy. lots of fun stuff to try out.

  213. Love these project ideas! It’s so worth the time I take to check this blog every day 🙂

  214. Nicolette says:

    So many great art crafts! Thanks so much for sharing!

  215. Michele says:

    What a great set of tutorials, the homemade finger paints looks like a great project to try out for my girls. Thanks!

  216. Jenny says:

    I would be happy for any one of those great books! Thanks for the chance.

  217. Anna Dorothy says:

    i can’t wait to make the playdough and fingerpaints for my little ones!

  218. kdaisy says:

    That recipe looks so yummy!

  219. Heather S. says:

    I love all of the great ideas for make-your-own craft supplies!

  220. april says:

    i love that feedsack bag! i have some coffee burlap that i’ve been hoarding for the right project, and this might be it!

  221. Christina says:

    Love the Jell-O playdough and homemade chalk!

  222. Betsy says:

    That playdough is luscious.

  223. Cinnamon says:

    I so want that burda style sewing book! And the raspberry marshmallows look so yummy.

  224. Crystal says:

    This is the best one thus far! I can’t wait to make the ALL!

  225. Lisa Zap says:

    I loved Kristin’s choice of fabric today! So beautiful.

  226. Amy says:

    Such beautiful colors!

  227. Corin says:

    I’m going to have to make the jello play dough, the colors are so pretty.

  228. Tez says:

    so many wonderful ideas for a variety of crafter types! Thanks again!

  229. kim says:

    i make playdough all the time and have never heard of using jello!

  230. Marci Girl says:

    Love the button stamps, so pretty and such a great idea!

  231. Anne says:

    The handcarved rubber stamps are really neat. Thanks for the giveaway.

  232. Maeve says:

    The creative suitcase is so cool! And my granddaughter would love those yummy marshmellows! The handcarved rubber stamps are really neat too. Thanks for all!

  233. Hilary S says:

    So nice to see a book with felt projects that aren’t cutesy!

  234. Liz Devens says:

    I’ve never thought to make my own art supplies, thanks!

  235. Nat says:

    I’m going to have to try making the jelly play dough, it looks so pretty!

  236. Jen says:

    Oh, my! I need to bookmark so many things on this page!

  237. SS Sews says:

    I am so curious about the jello playdoh,I will have to check it out.

  238. Theresa says:

    These look like some fun ideas.

  239. Julie W says:

    I’d have lots of fun with the felt book!

  240. Debbie says:

    Cute ideas for kids.

  241. Galatina says:

    Oh – I want to play!

  242. Erin Waters says:

    I’d love to win the Fig Tree Quilts book. Thanks for being so generous.

  243. Tasha says:

    All so cute!!!!

  244. Taryn says:

    Awesome projects, awesome books. I pinned the first two projects–definitely going to make those.

  245. Rebekah says:

    Art time with my daughter will be taken to an all new DIY level with these awesome projects. Thanks!

  246. Courtney says:

    Those marshmallows sound delicious!

  247. Laura W. says:

    Thank you! We’re running low on our (smelly) Crayola finger paints and I was about to look up some homemade recipes.

  248. Lindsay says:

    I love these ideas–and those hand-carved rubber stamps are awesome!

  249. Cayce says:

    Yay! Can’t wait to make jello play dough!

  250. Christina says:

    I’ve never succeeded at making marshmallows. I should try again.

  251. caroline says:

    Ooh I would love any of these books!
    🙂 Happy Friday!

  252. linda says:

    love those handcarved rubber stamps!

  253. Kristin H says:

    What a wonderful set of tutorials!

  254. Larissa says:

    I think this post is my favorite by far – can’t wait to create!

  255. Peggy Grow says:

    Huh. Homemade chalk. Who knew???

  256. Thanks for more fun projects!

  257. Melissa says:

    Oh my gosh, where to start! I think every single project on this post is a must make for me!

  258. Stacy says:

    Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  259. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    This might be the best day yet! Two projects I’m definitely going to try (playdough and finger paints…can you tell I have a toddler?) plus a couple more I might try and I want every single prize! Keep up the good work with your awesome handmade holidays series!

  260. Beth says:

    The felty book looks cute 🙂

  261. Carmen says:

    The play dough and finger paints look like great stocking stuffers!

  262. Alexandra O says:

    Love the tutorials.

  263. Christie S. says:

    Thanks for all the homemade art ideas. And thanks for the great giveaways too.

  264. Nan says:

    The felt projects book would be super fun to create things with my artiste toddler! We’re going to make chalk today!

  265. Maureen says:

    Stocking Stuffers!!!!

  266. Jessica H says:

    Stash Happy Felt looks fun!

  267. ElizabethL says:

    So many great ideas, how do you know where to start?

  268. Christy says:

    What a great post today! I want to try everything!

  269. Cassandra says:

    That rasberry dessert looks devine.

  270. Natalija says:

    Those sketchbooks are a wonderful idea.

  271. Sandra :) says:

    The playdough looks good enough to eat, lol!

  272. Lynn Hey says:

    Wow! Best list of ideas yet. I want to do them all! Kristin’s fabric choice is awesome. Love it! I need to learn how to tag on fb.

  273. Jess says:

    Such pretty play dough colours! I have the equipment needed for lino cutting, so I might attempt some inspired little button prints…

  274. Kristi F says:

    My toddler will love these!

  275. Diana says:

    Love the homemade paints, chalk and playdough!

  276. Tera says:

    love, love, love it all!!! : ) The messenger is super cool and the jello play dough is definitely going on my list. THANKS!!!

  277. Stacey says:

    Always look forward to your posts this time of year (and every other time really.)Thanks for the giveaways.

  278. Jennifer says:

    Wonderful prizes today!

  279. Amanda says:

    I like the idea of homemade chalk. and I love the hardback sketch books

  280. Morgan says:

    Love all the homemade art supplies, what fun!

  281. Trina says:

    I love every single one of these tutorials!

  282. Meg says:

    Those marshmallows look so good!

  283. Janelle says:

    So many great ideas…thanks! 🙂

  284. Rachael Spencer says:

    Love all of the homemade art supplies. I’m going to have to try the chalk next summer.

  285. great tutes!

  286. Rocio H. says:

    Ohhh Burdastyle has a book that is awesome! I just discovered their website last week!

  287. Beth says:

    I look forward to these great ideas everyday!

  288. Hayley P says:

    I love that Jello playdough idea, something I will definitely be trying!

  289. Clearly I’ve been living under a rock. Jello playdough?? Amazing!

  290. jen says:

    again cute ideas – that feedsack messenger bag looks like a nice easy project and more fun than putting presents in bought gift bags!

  291. Kirsten says:

    My MIL, who is an artist, would love that artist’s bag. Must make for Christmas. 🙂

  292. Jennifer N says:

    I love these ideas – so many great ones to offer to my kids. We’re in the process of figuring out to make a handmade Christmas exciting. Thanks for sharing.

  293. Libby says:

    I’m pretty sure these round-ups are just to tempt me to make things for myself. Despite not being a toddler, I think the idea of making your own chalk looks really fun!

  294. Grandma G says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  295. Jessica E says:

    The projects all look so fun! I wish I had some little ones to make these for…I do love that messenger bag too though!

  296. Annie says:

    Just looking at the picture of the raspberry swirl marshmallows got my mouth watering…oh my!

  297. MC says:

    The feed sack bag is great!

  298. joyfulT says:

    Bookmarking the homemade finger paint to make for my son when he’s older!

  299. Kristin says:

    So many ideas and great prizes today! I’m totally inspired by the bag and the Crafty CPA site.

  300. Lynne in NC says:

    oooh, loads of ideas and raspberry swirl marshmallows, too?!

  301. Amy in VA says:

    I’ve book marked, pinned and swooned over almost everything in this post. I’ve let other days go by without comment as someone else may neeeeed those books. Today I throw my hat in the ring. Thanks for the chance.

  302. Katharine says:

    I could definitely use the sewing basics book and the felt book is cool too!

  303. Sharon Meek says:

    I am so enjoying this! Homemade art goodies are too much,thanks.

  304. bruinbr says:

    I have got to try the jello playdough recipe! My daughter would love this!

  305. Michelle says:

    Looks like fun!

  306. Jenn says:

    I have been wanting to try that playdoh recipe!

  307. Laurie says:

    Those yum raspberry swirl marshmallows are gonna haunt me all day, lol.

  308. Gretchen says:

    My boys are almost beyond the playdough age, but I bet I could lure them back with that Jello playdough! Amazing colors!

  309. Brigette says:

    I would love to have the sewing basics book!

  310. Christina G. says:

    Fantastic ideas – perfect for my kids.

  311. evelin says:

    I must make those marshmallows.

  312. tmv says:

    I really like the messenger bag! I don’t have any old seed bag fabric, but I’m sure I can find something else that will work, and I certainly have old belts! Thanks so much for the idea!

  313. shelle says:

    My favorite day so far! I love the jello play dough. I definitely see many paper snowflakes decorating my gifts 🙂

  314. Jen says:

    May have to whip up some jello playdough and finger paints over here. I have a little boy that would just LOVE those — making them and using them.

  315. Fawn says:

    I love these projects! I need to print them out and come back in a couple years when my son is a little older so he can properly enjoy them!!! Thanks!

  316. Kari E says:

    Great ideas!

  317. Joanne says:

    Yum! Raspberry marshmallows!

  318. kathyh says:

    I love watching Amy Karol’s videos.
    Lots of great ideas here today.
    I am off to finish some of my earlier handmade distractions.
    Happy sewing.

  319. Annie says:

    this looks awesome!

  320. Hannah says:

    I’m definitely intrigued by this Jello Play Doh!

  321. Kendra says:

    That suitcase is adorable! Thanks for these wonderful ideas 🙂

  322. Chrissy says:

    I can’t wait to make the Jello Playdough for my kids!

  323. Kati says:

    Going to have to add the homemade chalk and homemade paint to my list!! Fun!

  324. Louise says:

    Great ideas for day 11 thanks!

  325. Rhonda S. says:


  326. Brandy says:

    I’ve seen Jello Playdough on Pinterest. It’s definately on my To-do list!

  327. Celeste says:

    Those stamps are great!

  328. Anne says:

    Adorable, as usual!

  329. Briana says:

    My kids would love all of these gifts!

  330. Marilize says:

    Loving all these tuts 🙂

  331. Christina says:

    Ooooh, the Burda book! Also, I loove the finger paints in ball jars- so pretty!

  332. cheri says:

    I have always wanted to try homemade marshmallows!

  333. Jessica says:

    What a great list. I’m sharing this with a close friend who has kiddos in the perfect age range for this!

  334. Rebekah says:

    I can’t wait to get my hands on the Burdastyle book.

  335. Lalani says:

    This was the perfect day for my little artist. Thanks.

  336. Sus says:

    Will pass these on to a friend with children and a school teacher I know!

  337. Stacy says:

    Wow those marshmallows look yummy!

  338. oooh, wonderful ideas today!!

  339. Marianna says:

    More projects to try!

  340. Amy G. says:

    I’m going to make some jello playdough!

  341. laura reich says:

    The creative suitcase is so clever!

  342. Jocelyn says:

    Wow what great crafts!! And what a great selection of giveaway books! Thanks!

  343. Lisa Readman says:

    I will be trying out these finger paints soon! These would be a good stocking stuffer.

  344. Pat Upton says:

    Great messenger bag tut today! I also love the idea of an art suitcase. I think with all my junk, I need to make one even larger!

  345. Melanie T says:

    Wonderful! Thanks for the chance.

  346. Abby says:

    I wasn’t going to decorate for Christmas, since my partner will be out of the country over the holidays, but those awesome paper snowflakes have changed my mind!

    Also, I’ve been oggling that BurdaStyle Handbook since they announced it. I’m buying it after Christmas if I can’t manage to get it here or for a gift!

  347. Casey C says:

    Pick me.

  348. beth says:

    Jello playdough? Amazing!

  349. Shayla says:

    That bag is pretty awesome!

  350. Rebecca says:

    such fun ideas! Makes me wish I was five and could fingerpaint all day instead of sit in front of this computer at work 🙂

  351. Kacey P. says:

    The fingerpaints and chalk look like so much fun! Thanks for the ideas!

  352. alison says:

    those marshmallows look amazing!

  353. Mirza says:

    The creative suitcase is just perfect for my kids!

  354. Ashley says:

    I already had a couple of these pinned and just added a few more. My boys are going to have have awesome stockings this year! My goal is to do all homemade stocking stuffers aside from some small books. It is a family tradition to include a book or two in the stocking every year.Thanks you sewmama sew and bloggers who came up with these awesome ideas! Also thanks for a chance to win some awesome craft reading!

    HAppily following Ashley @ Thereisnoplacelikehomemade (dot)blogspot (dot) com

  355. kathy h says:

    What a great list of fun things to make. I wish I had known how to make my own chalk and finger paints.

  356. Natalie says:

    & now I want to make marshmallows…! The finger paints look amazing.

  357. Sandy says:

    I can’t wait to try the Raspberry Swirl Marshmallows!

  358. Jolene says:

    Such great ideas for all my kids, thank you!

  359. Heather says:

    I think I’m going to need to try the finger paints! Look like they’ll be great gifts for my nephews!

  360. Georgia says:

    I want to make every single one of these. And I want that book cover!

  361. Cari says:

    Love all the tutorials! Some great ideas for my kids and nieces and nephews!

  362. Mel says:

    more great projects!!

  363. Liz says:

    You have really done a great job finding great projects and books to buy!

  364. adriane says:

    love that bookwrap!

  365. Pat says:

    Great prizes, love them all.

  366. Morgan says:

    my little artistic girlies will love these ideas! The jello playdough is so beautiful!

  367. My daughter LOVES art!! That suitcase would be great for restaurants and the finger paint is hugely up her alley! So fun!

  368. Steph G. says:

    These crafts are going to come in handy during vacation!

  369. Steph says:

    I’ll have to try the playdough recipe–my son and I love playdough. (I hate the store-bought stuff, though. I can’t stand the smell!)

  370. oh so genius to use a belt for the messenger bag strap!

  371. Melissa Jensen says:

    I just love your website!

  372. Brenda De says:

    love the creative suitcase! Great ideas!

  373. Sarah B says:

    I look forward to checking the tutorials during handmade holidays every morning! Thanks so much!

  374. Carol says:

    I am fairly new to sewing and have not yet tried any of the zillions of awesome bag tutorials. I think that todays featured Messenger Bag may be my first bag creation!

  375. Lisa C. says:

    Love these tutorials….thanks so much!

  376. Delia says:

    I think homemade marshmallows are included in your list every year. My plan is always to make them, but it never seems to happen. Maybe this Christmas I will actually get them done! Love today’s round up. These would make great kid gifts year round.

  377. Katy says:

    LOVE today’s tutorials!

  378. Carmen says:

    Wow, the bag belt is just about the greatest idea ever — thanks so much for posting that! What a great use for old belts.

  379. Susan says:

    my fingers are crossed!

  380. MBMeadows says:

    Love the Burda book!

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