Make your home a little more “you” with today’s tutorials, or create something special for family and friends!

Today’s the last day to enter to win giveaways from 11/6 – 11/12, so be sure to comment on each daily post.

Make It

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Larissa from mmmcrafts created this West Elmish Pillow tutorial as a guest post on Kojo Designs. You can find more from Larissa in her mmmcrafts shop.
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Dora at Show, Tell, Share made these Bleach Art Linen Table Runners, and now you can too. She shares tips for using bleach pens on fabric (she makes Bleach Pen T-Shirts with the same technique).
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Rebecca from Chasing Cottons designed this Birdcage Pillow for us here at Sew,Mama,Sew! She makes it look easy in the tutorial!
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Isn’t this Doily Bowl beautiful?! Caro shows you how to get the same look at Sodapop Design (the tutorial is in German, but the photos make it easy to understand).
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Michelle at Floating on Cloud9 adapted an IKEA product for this pretty Fabric Lamp, featuring some pretty Cloud9 Fabrics organic cotton fabric.
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Sara’s Starched Fabric Headboard is fabric applied directly to the wall! This technique could be used for some fun silhouettes all around the house. Find out how on Sara’s Metal & Mud blog.

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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Jessica shares a free tutorial and pattern pieces for the Knot Tote at Me Sew Crazy.

Related tutorials you might just love: Any of our many For the Home tutorials, Wedding Decorations (not just for weddings!), Frame

Buy It

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These beautiful Bud Vases from Cynthia Vardhan Ceramics are made from a proprietary, fine translucent porcelain; if you raise one to a lamp, you can see light coming through it.

Cynthia Vardhan creates handmade ceramic work known for its translucent properties and intricate raised surface treatment. Characterized by exquisite craftsmanship, precise detailing, and creative innovation, her ceramic vases, dishware, candles and other household pieces are designed to integrate into the domestic landscape. Popular as anniversary and wedding gifts, her pieces suit many tastes and work with a variety of styles- from mid-century modern to shabby chic.

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 Liz’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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We find these Peanut Butter Reindeer Cookies from Bakergirl irresistible!

Print It

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Download your FREE 8.5×11 or 11×14 Holiday Print from Rebecca and Shannon at Fresh Chick Design Studio.

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!

Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home

Author: Nina Wanat
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Sweet Confections: Beautiful Candy to Make at Home gives us the opportunity to make our favorite candies (plus new concoctions) right at home! Candy making can be a little trickier than making cookies, but many of the recipes have just a few ingredients and are fairly simple, as long as you own a candy thermometer! Sweet Confections is filled not only with real candy recipes, but tons of eye candy as well!

The author refers to candy as being “the most gem-like of foods” with its jewel-toned colors and the absolutely gorgeous photography by the very talented couple from the White on Rice Couple blog does so well at featuring each glorious piece. In case you are new to creating your own candies, there are step-by-step photos that teach how to temper chocolate, dipping and rolling candies, and how to correctly cook sugar.

The Rhythm of Family: Discovering a Sense of Wonder through the Seasons

Author: Amanda Blake Soule
Publisher: Shambahla Publications

Many of us with busy families yearn for a slower and simpler life with our kids— One that is connected to the seasons and the natural rhythm of the year, one that has our children spending more time out of doors rather than in, one that balances out some of the busyness of our lives— the computers, the televisions, the cell phones— with a deeper connection to the Earth and an appreciation for and understanding of the natural world. The Rhythm of Family is a guide to living such a life for any family.

Following the course of a year through the passing of the seasons, this book explores the ways we can create deep family connections and meaningful memories through living in tune with the cycles of nature. From stomping around in mud boots in the spring to gathering around the wood stove in winter, our activities naturally change from season to season— From the rhythms of the seasons comes the rhythms in our homes, our hearts, our families, and our every day.

The Knitter’s Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

Author: Gwen Steege
Publisher: Storey Books

Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next; you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!

Slightly Biased is a store of unique, handmade bias tapes and quilt bindings made from 100% cotton designer fabric. This week you can win a $30 gift certificate to Slightly Biased to pick out lots of beautiful bias tape in your favorite fabrics!

The New Handmade Simple Sewing for Contemporary Style

Author: Cassie Barden
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

In an age of mass-produced fashion, express your individual style! Create handmade projects for your wardrobe and home with only a small time commitment and basic sewing skills. Now you can make fun, useful accessories and gifts with the contemporary fabrics you love.

* Choose from totes and bags, cases and covers, fashion accents, and home decor projects.
* Learn techniques you’ll use again and again, such as installing zippers, using fusible appliqué, and basic machine quilting.
* Mix and match the elements to make each design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.
* It’s fresh. It’s unique. It’s handmade!

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

12 ~ Passion for Jewelry
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

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