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

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