Sew up something unique for the gardeners in your life!

Make It

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These Felt Plant Pouches are something we haven’t seen before! They’re designed by Cynthia Shaffer, author Stash Happy: Patchwork and Stash Happy: Applique, and they’re perfect for a little unexpected splash of green.
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Stephanie from Under The Table and Dreaming shows you how to make this easy Lemon Sugar Hand Scrub to sooth rough hands.
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With a little clear vinyl and this tutorial from Design*Sponge, you can Sew a Terrarium for your own “tiny, private world occupied by lush greens and adorable figurines!”

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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Anna from Noodlehead created this Summer Madras Tote for a guest post on Grosgrain. We love the casual, fun look!

Related tutorials you might just love: Quilted Garden Tote, Fleece Boot Socks

Buy It

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Speaking of “adorable figurines,” these gnomes would probably be very happy in your sewn terrariums. Jessica at Yellow Tangerine creates this One Lone Gnome for a Tiny Terrarium and lots of other cute items too. There’s currently a sale on Three Tiny Gnomes, so head on 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:

Irene’s choice Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice

Mix It

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Glory at Glorious Treats shows you how to mix up this Lemony Lemon Bread, complete with lemon glaze and lemon syrup!

Print It

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These Bird Ornaments + Tags from Lisa at That’s Happy are some of our favorite printables on the Handmade Holidays list!… They’re so sweet. Download your own chickadees and cardinals today!

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!

Craft Activism (US Winners Only)

Author: Joan Tapper & Gale Zucker
Publisher: Potter Craft

Join the Handmade Movement! We make to give. We make to share. We make to connect with others. Crafters all over the world are using their hands and hearts to make a statement, change the world, and build community.

Craft Activism is an inspiring celebration of this growing movement. Inside, dozens of superstars of this grassroots phenomenon share their experiences, tips, and advice on living, teaching, and promoting a more meaningful DIY lifestyle. Learn to craft for your cause, connect with other crafters, think green, organize a fair, host an online exchange, create yarn graffiti, and more.

Sweetwater’s Simple Home: Sew Something Handmade for Every Room • 35 Projects

Authors: Karla Eisenach, Lisa Burnett, Susan Kendrick
Publisher: C & T Publishing

Make every room in your house feel more like home

* 35 beginner-friendly projects, including quilts, pillows, table linens, and accessories– Many can be made in a day or less.
* Fresh, modern ideas for making things pretty and practical.
* Bring Sweetwater’s popular signature style to all your sewing and craft projects.
* Learn simple, creative techniques for decorating with appliqué, stenciling, stamping, and embroidery.

Stitch Magazine Prize Package

Publisher: Interweave

This Stitch Magazine Prize Package includes the Winter 2011 issue and a DVD– Sewing Tips and Tricks with Tricia Waddell. It also includes International Quilt Festival Quilt Scene magazine (October 2011)!

Inspired by Tradition: 50 Appliqué Blocks in 5 Sizes

Author: Kay Mackenzie
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilters can’t get enough of Kay Mackenzie’s appliqué designs. In this elegant follow-up to Easy Appliqué Blocks, she presents 50 all-new designs with traditional appeal, such as Whig Rose, Pineapple, and Fleur-de-lis. The bonus CD features each block in five sizes, from 6″ to 12″. No need to enlarge–just print the size you need.

* See a color photo of each block design stitched in fabric, plus a line drawing for tracing.
* Find all designs on the CD both regular and reversed for hand or fusible appliqué.
* Discover Kay’s tips for enjoyable hand and fusible machine appliqué.

Sew to Swap: Quilting Projects to Exchange Online and by Mail (US Winners Only)

Author: Chrissie Grace
Publisher: Krause Publications

Gather a group of quilting friends and start trading fabric, quilt blocks and full projects for the ultimate community sewing activity! From fabric to block to project exchanges, Chrissie Grace and her team of all-star contributors show you the best way to organize and run your very own swap while making 12 beautiful projects. Whether you form your group in person or virtually online, you’ll love the excitement of giving and receiving handmade items.

Share your love of quilting with the sewers in your community. It’s simple-just connect, sew and start swapping!

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

13 ~ Passion for Decorating
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.