Do you ever see really expensive, fun jewelry out in shops and think, “I could make that!”? Today we show you how! Create something special for yourself or others this holiday season… If you don’t have time to make it this year we also have a couple of great shop features today!

Make It

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These pretty Jersey Fabric Bracelets from Vanessa at V & Co. can be made with old t-shirts or your favorite new knit. Vanessa writes, “When purchasing fabric for this project (if you aren’t using an old t-shirt) make sure you buy knit fabric that has some spandex in it, this will make sure your raw edges won’t fray. The higher the spandex % the less fraying will occur. Also please excuse the potty talk in the back ground, you just got a snippet of the REAL part of my life and family.”
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Clemence from Oh the Lovely Things shows you how to create a statement with these easy-to-make Leather Bow Cuff Bracelets.
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This Frame to Jewelry Holder tutorial from Angel at TaDa! Creations uses an IKEA frame, but any frame will work.
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Carrie at This Mama Makes Stuff created these Chrochet Doily Necklaces for her friends.
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Make a pretty Rosette Bracelet with Heidi from sew.craft.create.
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We love these Fabric Button Earrings from Sada at Casa de Lewis (there’s a link in the post to some other great DIY earrings too!). Sada is a photographer in San Antonio, TX, newly married and working to decorate her first home.

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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The Daisy Makeup Bag is an exclusive project download for Sew,Mama,Sew! from For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine. Pair it up with some jewelry and you might just make someone really happy this holiday season!

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Girlfriends, Sparkle, Fabric Flowers,
 Boutonnieres & More, Pearl Prong Western Snaps Tutorial

Buy It

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The Poppy Chain Boutique makes different versions of these Baby Rose Earrings. Ashley writes, “These vintage look baby rose earrings make a unique statement and give any look a special touch. I design each piece of jewelry personally, and delight in fulfilling custom item requests.”
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These mint green Greek Leather cord Bangles are made with really soft leather; each set contains 12 bangles with a silver plated tube. Find these and much more at Maribelle Campa, and for a limited time you get $5 off any leather bangle purchase in the shop so hurry over!

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:

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

Mix It

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April from Gingerbread made these Crockpot Sugared Pecans with a recipe on About.com, and writes, “…When they come out of the slow cooker they are warm and buttery!”

Print It

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Make Pillow Boxes with the help of Kiki from Kiki Creates. They’re the perfect way to wrap up some handcrafted jewelry!

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!

Contemporary Irish Knits

Author: Carol Feller
Publisher: Wiley

Celebrate the Irish countryside and create one-of-a-kind knitted projects. The patterns found in Contemporary Irish Knits showcase traditional Aran knitting patterns to create the more fitted and flattering shapes that modern knitters prefer. You’ll get 18 patterns for making one-of-a-kind Irish knits, encapsulating projects for women’s, children, and men’s wardrobe pieces, and accessories like bags, blankets, and shawls. Plus, you’ll get easy-to-follow instructions and guidance on how to construct and enhance your knitting experience to make for a more intuitively put-together knitted item.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Potter Craft

If you think quilting is too difficult or too complicated, you’re not alone. Cutting hundreds of pieces and joining angled seams can be tough work! But log cabin quilting, an artful and simple way to piece strips of fabric around a central square, is different. From the intuitive construction through the straight-line stitching, this style of quilting is simple as can be.

In Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Susan Beal outlines the entire process from start to finish, including basic quilting how-to as well as extensive design, fabric, and embellishment information. Since all log cabin designs follow the same formula, once you master straight lines and right angles, any of the 25 projects in this book are possible. From stash-friendly designs like the Charming Camera Case to more ambitious undertakings like the Vintage Linens Quilt, there’s sure to be a project that will get you into (or bring you back to) quilting!

For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine

Author: Jan Constantine
Publisher: C&T Publishing

* 21 signature applique & embroidery designs from popular designer, Jan Constantine.
* Learn basic applique techniques as well as a range of easy-to-master embroidery stitches.
* Jan’s bold and playful imagery will complement any home.

In this collection of projects, Jan features an inspiring mix of style-romance, nostalgia, patriotism, and celebration. Update your home with elegant new colors and chic accents. Choose from pillows, a quilt, a throw, place mats… Even aprons and totes too!

The Green Bag Lady has given away over 18,000 free shopping bags! She has a great super-simple pattern to make your own gift bags in this PDF. This week in our Handmade Holidays series Teresa is giving away a set of 12 fabric holiday gift bags to TWO lucky winners!

Prize value: Saving the planet…priceless! (Also: $36/set)

Bloom Creek Quilts

Author: Vicki Bellino
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Vicki Bellino, the creator of Bloom Creek patterns, presents 14 of her top-selling designs! Combine traditional patchwork with delightful appliqué shapes in projects ranging from wall hangings to bed-sized quilts–plus a great tote bag and pillow.

* Use precuts; many projects are perfect for convenient 5″ squares, 2 1/2″ strips, and fat quarters.
* Enjoy popular designs featuring fresh, new fabrics for a completely updated look.
* Find something for everyone–quilts are easy enough for beginners and appealing enough for advanced quilters.

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

11 ~ Passion for Art
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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