November 16 ~ Passion for Reading

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Today’s for people on a constant search for their next read (even before the stack of books they have on the bed stand are anywhere near completion!). It’s for people who feel the characters they read about become a part of your own story in some way. Today’s the day for people with a passion for reading!

Make It

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You can use selvage or textual fabrics for the titles in this Mini Bookshelf Quilt from Don’t Call Me Betsy.
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Katy at Sweet Verbena shows you how to make this easy Glasses Sleeve. It’s perfect for reading glasses!
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Sara from Craft Snob designed these ruffled Bookmarks for a series at Skip to My Lou.
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Mo from Lime Gardenias designed this Summer Reading Library Book Bag for our Sew,Mama,Sew! Summer Sewing series. The bag incorporates lots of fun details.
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Make an e-Reader Case with this tutorial at Thimble. There are probably a few people on your list with e-Readers now, right?!

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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We love this cute Laptop Bag, designed by Joy from How Joyful for our Sew,Mama,Sew! Back to School series.

Related tutorials you might just love: Read!, Gifts for Scholars, Easy Knit Book Covers, Fabric Book Cover, Hanging Bed Organizer, Classic Tote, Reversible Bucket Bag, Hand-Stamped Labels (for the book spines in the mini-quilt tutorial above)

Buy It

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This I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie Tote Bag is made from 100% Cotton Canvas and includes free shipping. Find it at Pamela Fugate Designs! (Do you have that song running through your head now?!)

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:

Gabrien’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Say that five times fast! Jeannette from Everybody Likes Sandwiches shows you how to make this decadent Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn.

Print It

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Download PDF instructions for these Tea Bag Gift Tags at Studio of Mae. The post includes a link for matching tags too.

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!

Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Sewing Techniques for Sculpting Fabric Into Exciting New Forms

Author: Alison Reid
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

In Stitch Magic, fashion and textile expert Alison Reid teaches sewers how to manipulate and sculpt fabric by using such techniques as folding, cutting, pleating, tucking, gathering, and stitching, creating entirely new surfaces and textures in the process. The resulting fabrics, which look sophisticated and complex but are actually relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, can be used for entire textiles, such as cushions or blinds, or to create fashion accessories or embellishments.

Fabric-By-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Authors: Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The best-selling authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with another all-new amazing collection of 101 sewing projects. Responding to the increasingly diverse range of fabric weights and types now available, Fabricby-Fabric One-Yard Wonders is organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics.

Simple Style Easy Weekend Quilts

Author: Sara Diepersloot
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Show off your fabrics in big-piece quilts! Easy enough for beginners, intriguing enough for seasoned quilters, these designs will put your fabrics on center stage. Find over 15 great patterns for theme prints, Asian prints, batiks, pastels, and more.

Quick and easy, these quilts are perfect for retreats. Most projects are made from squares, strips, or rectangles, and a few feature large triangles just for fun. Piece one (or two) this weekend!

For each quilt, it has a list of materials, a cutting chart, easy strip piecing instructions, layouts, and color illustrated instructions from start to finish. This title also covers all of the quilting basics, such as adding borders, binding, and so on.

Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials

Author: Laura Bethmann
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Discover how to use found natural materials-– such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain-– to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from headboards to stationery to jewelry.

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

15 ~ Passion for Imagination
14 ~ Passion for Growing
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

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482 Responses to November 16 ~ Passion for Reading

  1. Jen says:

    Cute library book bag!

  2. Liz says:

    The E-Reader Case is perfect!

  3. Toni-Anne says:

    I found the specs tutorial useful and “sew” nice with the silky lining!

  4. Shannon says:

    Those are ALL amazing!

  5. jenny says:

    i like big fabric stacks and i cannot lie

  6. Audrey says:

    These look like great projects!

  7. Celeste says:

    The popcorn looks so yummy!

  8. Vanessa W says:

    book marks is simple and elegent!! quick easy pressie for my mums i think!!

  9. Libby says:

    I have so many readers in my family! Great gifts for all! Great selection of books!

  10. EmilyB says:

    The tote bag is perfect for lugging library books to and fro, but those teabag tags are just too cute!

  11. Nina says:

    Great theme. I love the bookmarks.

  12. deckert says:

    very good submit, i actually love this website, keep on it

  13. Judy D. says:

    i love the big books tote! and the ruffled bookmarks are a cute idea!

  14. Deb Cameron says:

    Since I could, I have been…reading that is! Great ideas for the bookworm, thanks.

  15. Nabiha says:

    some lovely books for giveaway today…thanks for the chance!

  16. Lindsay says:

    The library book bag is so cute!

  17. Anita says:

    I love the mini bookshelf quilt.

  18. Mary Jo says:

    book club will get book marks

  19. Patricia Crowley says:

    I’d love to win…thanks for the chance!!

  20. Aurélie says:

    Love the laptop bag!

  21. Ginger says:

    The little bookmark idea is SO cute! Love it!

  22. Catherine says:

    I’ve been struggling to come up with some gifts for my sister, but this post is full of perfect ideas! Now, I need to find more time to sew. ;) Thanks for the roundup!

  23. kate s. says:

    This is my favorite passion yet! I love to make bags so the book bag goes on the list! Love the bookmark and all the books as well.

  24. Allison C says:

    Love that lap top bag!

  25. Kami says:

    The bag is great! Made me laugh!

  26. Cricket says:

    Yes, yes I do have that song running through my head now. Thank you oh so much.

  27. Knititall says:

    Love all the bags (especially the big books one!)

  28. Serena says:

    Oh, the Mini Bookshelf Quilt! I know who I’d like to make that for (besides myself, of course)!

  29. Westin's Mom says:

    yes, i have that song stuck in my head now:) !!!!

  30. Ashley Williams says:

    ahhhhhh THIS IS THE BEST ONE YET!! I loveeeee love love loveeeee love love to read. It’s my escape. I need every thing on this list! And that quilt would be PERFECT to cuddle up under with a book! SO CUTE!

  31. Stacy says:

    Love the summer library tote! Thanks for sharing!

  32. Kim says:

    That book quilt is to die for! Have a very book-y sister who would LOVE it!

  33. Melanie says:

    I’m a librarian, a book blogger, and a sewer, and I LOVE all these ideas! I want to make the bookshelf quilt, an ereader cover for my new Kobo (I love it too), and a good handful of ruffled bookmarks. The tea bag tags are adorable too — think I have a lot of gifts planned after this post ;)

  34. Melissa Q. says:

    oooh, sewers and book lovers make the world sexy. great group of projects and books!

  35. KeriCan says:

    I also like big books and I cannot lie! Awesome!

  36. Erika says:

    Love these ideas! Especially the tea bag tags and ruffle bookmark!

  37. jessica marie says:

    Wow I am an avid reader and I am in love with the bookshelf quilt :)

  38. julia carter says:

    I luv the ereader case!

  39. Lisa Readman says:

    No if only I had an e-reader to put in that case! Cute ideas again.

  40. Holly V says:

    Love all the ideas for avid readers! :)

  41. Ana says:

    “I like big books and I cannot lie” ehe… awesome! Really like the mini bookshelf quilt.

  42. Carrie says:

    I love that popcorn! Sounds delish!

  43. Awesome books!

  44. Colette says:

    Aack! I want everything from this post! Swoon!

  45. Penny says:

    The bookshelf quilt is way too cute. I love it. Love the other items too but that one would be a great gift for my MIL

  46. OzKnitter says:

    I know just who would love a reading glasses case!

  47. Anne Marie says:

    Great ideas – love the book bag.

  48. Sydney says:

    haha.. that tote bag made me laugh! I like it :)

  49. Genevieve says:

    Just love all these ideas!

    Genevieve

  50. Summer says:

    The popcorn looks awesome!

  51. MarciaW says:

    mmmmm – popcorn sounds great – really like the library tote bag and the one yard wonders book sounds good

  52. Morgan says:

    This whole post just makes me want to go to the library. :)

  53. Valerie says:

    That mini quilt is great! And I love that library tote bag!

  54. Hueisei says:

    I love all these ideas! Thanks!

  55. Laurie says:

    Great ideas. One can never have too many books or bookmarks!

  56. april says:

    I would love to check out the one yeard wonders book! they sound like projects i could tackle!

  57. funda62 says:

    I’m honestly not sure what I’m more addicted to books or fabric! Thanks as always for the inspiration.

  58. Debbie says:

    Great ideas!

  59. Kaz says:

    Those bookmarks are perfect for a stocking stuffer or two!

  60. Desiree says:

    I love that tote :)

  61. SewLindaAnn says:

    I am all about the bookshelf quilt! and I’m going right back to print out the tea bag tags – how awesome!! Every single one of those books would be great for me. Cannot wait to see the new one yard book!

  62. Marita H. says:

    haha! i love the I LIKE BIG BOOKS AND I CANNOT LIE bag! so great.

  63. Joanne says:

    Would love to win “One-yard wonders”!!

  64. I love that bookshelf quilt, I’m so making that for my mom.

  65. Kylene Grell says:

    Ha ha! I love the “I like big books and I can not lie” bag

  66. Steph W says:

    I’m loving anything to do with books!

  67. Samantha says:

    So many things I really like on today’s post- and not enough time!!

  68. Jennifer Cheek-Payan says:

    Love that laptop bag! I need to make one for myself. Thanks so much!

  69. Natalija says:

    The One Yard Wonders book looks very interesting.

  70. Wonderful books! And Wonderful projects! And lovely fabrics to make them with.

  71. Alyssa says:

    I think this might be my favorite so far, I have a DEEP passion for reading. :-)

  72. Jenn says:

    Love those gift tags, so cute!

  73. Aletta says:

    The bookshelf quilt and the teabags are awesome!! I love books and tea and these tutorials really suit me!

  74. Anne says:

    Aww, love the bookshelf mini quilt!

  75. Amanda says:

    loving that tote bag

  76. Bonnie says:

    Ha ha, I love that big books bag! And the mini bookshelf quilt is awesome–there is a skirt somewhere in blogland that follows the same idea and it is super cute.

  77. kim says:

    ahhhhh! too many things to make!

  78. nrnoodle says:

    What a great category. I have a family of readers so these ideas are perfect.

  79. Carole B says:

    I saw some popcorn like this in the store yesterday and thought, “I need to find a recipe for that!” How cool is that?

  80. KT says:

    Love the bookcase quilt! Thanks for sharing!

  81. Melissa Ann says:

    That book quilt and the tea bag tags remind me so much of my friend Colleen!

  82. I like big books and I cannot lie – LOVE IT!

  83. Kim T. says:

    lovely!

  84. Keza says:

    I LOVE the bookcase quilt! I really really want to make it.

  85. Shayla says:

    I think I have to make everything on this page! And I LOVE the “I like big books…” bag.

  86. Heidi Anderson says:

    Oh wow! I love the quilt, it is beautiful!Thanks

  87. Garilyn says:

    I love that “Big Book” library bag. I have several friends that would absolutely love that bag!

  88. Carmen says:

    The popcorn looks fabulous and thanks for the song that is likely to not leave my head all day ;)

  89. Elizabeth says:

    That bookshelf quilt is fabulous! I love how it uses selvage for titles! So Smart!

  90. Celtic Thistle says:

    I love the bookshelf quilt, it would make a great gift for my son who works for a publishing company. Another thing to add to my, unfortunately, ever-growing list of projects :)

  91. krystina says:

    All of these are great but I love the e-reader case! Very useful this holiday season!

  92. Erin says:

    That e-reader case is in my favorite fabrics! Maybe I should make one… just in case Santa brings me a kindle fire.

  93. Rachel says:

    The laptop bag is so cute

  94. Deidre says:

    Love the mini bookself quilt! Thanks for all the ideas and the chance to win!

  95. Kim McM says:

    I am so inspired by books. Thanks for another great giveaway!

  96. Jess says:

    Love the library bag! Too many projects to do!

  97. Shaila says:

    The popcorn looks so yummy!

  98. Shawna says:

    Can’t wait to make these things!

  99. Crystal says:

    I will be making the bookmarks as part of the Christmas gift I give my nieces every year – books!

  100. Molly Martin says:

    I need to make a library tote for each of us… It rains so much so, I am thinking oilcloth…

  101. Corin says:

    Salted. Carmel. Almond. Pretzel. Popcorn…..It just gets better with every word doesn’t it?

  102. Hillary S. says:

    Love the bookmarks! They look like they would also be a great way to use up some scraps.

  103. Kristy says:

    Wow! Thanks for all the links! Some great gift ideas and stocking stuffers! :)

  104. Jenn says:

    I love that bookshelf quilt! What a great way to remember favorite fabrics!

  105. evelin says:

    Plush I tagged on fb!

  106. evelin says:

    Fantastic ideas today!

  107. Erin says:

    The laptop bag is so cute and would be great for a summer/pool/beach bag. I might have to make one so that it is all ready for summer time!

  108. Alicia LaFrance says:

    I love the one yard wonders! Perfect for that fabric sale and there is only a little left on the bolt! I will keep an eye out for that at the book store!

  109. Celia says:

    I had been looking forward to an e-reader tut, thanks! And I love the bookshelf quilt!

  110. Prachi says:

    The library book bag and the laptop bag would make perfect B’day gifts for my cousins.

  111. Ann S says:

    Love the tote bag, can’t get the song out of my head!

  112. Beth says:

    More awesome projects and give-aways. Thank you!

  113. Von says:

    I so relate to the “I love big books” bag.

  114. Sarah K says:

    Perfect for all the book lovers in my family!

  115. Debbie says:

    one yard wonders would be a great book to have

  116. mac says:

    Love the library book bag. It’s on my to do list. Thanks.

  117. Bianca says:

    i loved the first ‘one yard wonders’ and would love to get my hands on the next “episode”. good stuff…

  118. Ange Moore says:

    Love that bookshelf mini-quilt! I’m loving the handmade Christmas ideas – thank you.

  119. Barbara says:

    That mini bookshelf quilt is a wonderful idea!

  120. Claire says:

    I know my father is getting a Kindle, so the e-reader cover would be perfect!

  121. Mary Cobb says:

    salted caramel almond pretzel popcorn. heck yes!

  122. bruinbr says:

    The mini bookshelf quilt is adorable and I can’t wait to try it!

  123. Mama Lusco says:

    Love that laptop bag!

  124. Cherri says:

    Ok, now I have that song in my head-LOL!

  125. Elizabeth says:

    I have so many friends that love to read (well, love to read “too” I should say). One’s in grad school for library science. I think I have her Christmas gift ideas all on one page!

    (And I love the one-yard wonders! I got the book for my birthday!)

  126. Rachel B. says:

    Love the mini book shelf quilt!

  127. Katina says:

    The Library Book Bag does it for me this week as I am probably one of the few that still enjoys an actual book!!

  128. Jen S says:

    Thanks for the “passion for reading” theme with so many choices. I like them all. Question is, where to start?

  129. EmGabs says:

    Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn…I’m drooling as I’m typing.

  130. bess says:

    that e-reader case is now on the list!

  131. Katie says:

    I want…no I NEED that totebag!

  132. Jennyroo says:

    That tote bag totally put the (ahem) saltier version of the song lyric in my head. I was singing it to my little 6 month old all afternoon. Good thing he can’t understand what it means (hey, wasn’t that a Friends episode, too?!?). And that pretzel popcorn looks heavenly. I love salty and sweet together!

  133. Charissa G says:

    Great tutorials! The popcorn looks delicious!

  134. Deanna says:

    When am I going to find the time to make all these great bag ideas?

  135. Beth T says:

    The mini bookshelf quilt has been on my list for awhile. I simply must get started on it.

    The “I like big books” tote is a hoot, but I can’t buy it or I’ll never get that song out of my head. (And the Friends episode, know the one I’m talking about?)

  136. MissMary says:

    Very cute little bookmarks!

  137. Sarah says:

    I have most of the links opened … but I think I should get some sleep and read them all later.

    Thanks for a great list!

    A book lover :)

  138. duff says:

    someone just asked for an e-reader case–perfect!

  139. Dayna says:

    I’m so inspired by all of the projects. I love the daily themes. I’m pretty sure that the next several years are mapped out for me. :-)

  140. Becky says:

    Bookmarks for everyone!!

  141. Deanne Johnson says:

    Nice book marks. Easy to make and practical.

  142. Crystal says:

    I LOVE that bookshelf mini quilt! It’s so cute! Thanks for inspiring and for sharing!

  143. Susan says:

    More great ideas! Love the bookmarks and glasses cases.

  144. ems says:

    so much fun stuff to check out. reading is awesome, and so is sewing <3

  145. Jolene says:

    I like big books, too :)

  146. I love November for all your wonderful Handmade Holidays ideas! Thank you for another exciting day.

  147. adriane says:

    Yay, so happy to see that new one yard wonders book!! Can’t wait to either win it or buy it soon!

  148. Em says:

    There are some really cute and simple ideas here. Add a favorite book and you have a perfect gift!

  149. Those eyeglass cases would make great gifts!

  150. Timmi says:

    I like that big books bag

  151. Meghan says:

    The tea bags have me curious… thanks for the idea!

  152. Briana says:

    I love love love reading and I’m not sure if I’d be able to share these items with someone else if I made them :)

  153. Angie says:

    This is my favorite post yet!!! Thank you! Thank you! Awesome ideas.

  154. stacey says:

    cute cute everything! now to find the time!

  155. Jasmin says:

    I know some new little readers that will love the ruffled bookmark.
    Thanks

  156. Michelle says:

    great projects!!

  157. Ginger says:

    What neat ideas!

  158. Anita says:

    The bookmarks are unique.

  159. SS Sews says:

    The book bag made me giggle. Yay for books!

  160. Amy G. says:

    I love that mini book shelf quilt!

  161. Susan mitchell says:

    Hahaaa love the bag that says “I love big books and I can not lie”!!!

  162. Wendy D. P. says:

    Love those bookmarks – definitely on my Christmas to make list!

  163. Sarah says:

    I really like the bookshelf quilt! What a cool idea!

  164. Margaret says:

    Love the big books tote, thanks for the chance to win :)

  165. Ramona says:

    I love the mini quilt bookshelf and will be making the e-reader case for my daughter. It will make a great adjunct to the e-reader she is getting for Christmas.

  166. Kristy says:

    Big books – awesome. And salted caramel popcorn what! Sounds delish!

  167. Sam says:

    Lovely e-reader case. Oh, if only I had something to fill it ;-)

  168. Carrie says:

    All very clever!

  169. Miranda says:

    That tote bag is hilarious!

  170. Lynn Hey says:

    The e-reader case is a great scrap buster pattern. So many great ideas. Thanks for keeping me motivated to make more gifts.

  171. Ella says:

    Great ideas and great books!

  172. Gina says:

    Love, love, love to read. Great projects. Super prizes!

  173. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Great projects and I love that book quilt!

  174. caroline says:

    OMG — I *love* that bag!!
    And I would love One Yard Wonders.

    Happy Wednesday!

  175. Morgan says:

    Still smiling about “I like big books”. So clever. And my kids will love those bookmarks!

  176. Tiffany says:

    I LOVE today’s post- I AM one of those people who is looking for my next book— as my night stand cries out from under my pile :). I love today’s ideas :) Thanks so much!!

  177. Steph G. says:

    Love the book quilt! Must make.

  178. Sarah says:

    The bookshelf quilt is very clever

  179. Jane S. says:

    Yes I DO have that song in my head now, thank you very much! lol

    Thanks as always for the great giveaways.

  180. Shannon says:

    tea bag gift tag! LOVE. IT! not to mention that I didnt think I could like popcorn anymore than I already do. . . must try the recipe. Thanks!

  181. Christine says:

    Love the bookshelf quilt. I think I would write some titles of my favorite books on the spines. Thanks for the tutorials.

  182. Jen says:

    Oh, I love that bag!

  183. Jenni says:

    I’m loving this bag a day idea. If only I had enough time to make them all.

  184. Beth says:

    Love the summer reading bag, and all things salted caramel!

  185. M Evans says:

    I need to make the reader case for myself!

  186. Andrea says:

    I love reading so I’m partial to all these ideas. The tote is just fantastic!

  187. Meg says:

    Best. Post. !!! Y’all really did a super job on this on! I’ve gotta get busy!

  188. Marci Girl says:

    That laptop bag is wonderful!

  189. Jen says:

    Such a cute library book bag!

  190. Lalani says:

    That quilt is perfect

  191. Kristin H says:

    I love the gift tag, such a cute idea!

  192. Jayne says:

    So many things I want to make and eat! I love the little bookmark! It would make a great “thinking of you” present. Glasses case! To die for! wonderful ideas!

  193. Stacy says:

    very cute laptop bag

  194. kristel says:

    Lots of lovely projects today! Love the bookshelf quilt, and I really should make myself a sleeve for my e-reader.

  195. Hurrah!A book theme! And easy things to sew too. Love ‘em all.

  196. Cayce says:

    I love that book bag. That is awesome. I’m going to add it to my Christmas wish list! great tutorials too! Thanks.

  197. Anya says:

    Love the bookmark. My kids and I made the library book bags this summer for their summer reading program and they turned out great!

  198. Patti says:

    I remember seeing the mini bookcase before, and at the time thinking how much I would love to make one. It’s back on the list!!

  199. Tong says:

    Awesome ideas! A tote bag in Circa 1934 black typewriter keys would be so awesome!

  200. Jess says:

    Ahhhh, I really love that mini book quilt!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  201. Lorri says:

    The tea bag gift tags are so cute! My in-laws are British and I think that is such a perfect present tag for them! :)

  202. beverly says:

    I love all these ideas! Thanks!

  203. RobynK says:

    Love books, Love bags…what more can I say :)!

  204. Renae says:

    I’m thinking about that bookshelf quilt for a friend of mine.

  205. JodieR says:

    Some brilliant ideas today, I must sew!!!

  206. Jill B says:

    I love the summer reading library book bag!

  207. Marie says:

    no such thing as too many books! Great theme for handmade holidays. I love this whole series thank you so much for the work you have put into it!

  208. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    All very clever ideas. Love the laptop and e-reader ideas.

  209. Valerie says:

    I like them all–the library bag and bookmark especially! Thanks!

  210. Jessica H says:

    Hooray for books!

  211. alcheme says:

    Inspiring ideas!

  212. Erika says:

    love the laptop bag. I have been sewing with that fabric collection a lot lately for a home dec project. it is LOVELY!!

  213. Nina says:

    Library book bag is too cute! Thank you!

  214. Sarah B says:

    Great ideas and book inspiration!

  215. Tez says:

    Handprinting Nature NEEDs to find it’s way into my life!!!!

  216. Katie B says:

    Love the book bag!!

  217. Joanna H. says:

    I MUST have the ‘I like big books’ tote, my mom is buying herself an e-reader, so I can make her a case, and I love the bookshelf quilt!!

  218. Charlotte says:

    I love the bag that says “I like big books and I cannot lie.” :) And that book quilt is really cool! :)

  219. Elizabeth W says:

    The I Love Big Books bag is hilarious. But in the meantime, I want to make the mini bookshelf quilt. What a great way to use scraps!

  220. Debra says:

    Books & sewing: two great pastimes that go great together! What an excellent gift round-up.

  221. Annette says:

    Love the book bag, need to make one.

  222. Leah says:

    That tote bag is hilarious! I’d make extra trips to the library just to show it off!

  223. Theresa says:

    What great ideas!

  224. Karen A says:

    Another post with great ideas. Thanks!!

  225. Angie S. says:

    the glasses sleeve and some bookmarks may be on my to do list this weekend.

  226. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    We certainly Love books here! Thanks for all of the great ideas. Love those book marks for the kids’ stockings!

  227. Michelle says:

    Think I want to make all of these :)

  228. Thanks for the e-reader case, I need it!

  229. Doris says:

    Ahhh….books. I adore the printed titebag-too funny!

  230. Maeve says:

    Being an absolute book addict, I love today’s ideas, especially the library quilt! That I can make! Thanks so much for the goodies today!

  231. upstatelisa says:

    e-reader cases are a great idea!

  232. Ellu says:

    The glasses sleeve will be the perfect gift for my mum – thank you!

  233. Michelle says:

    Love, love, love, as always!

  234. Sherri S. says:

    Editor married to a librarian–so, books, YEAH! Love these…and the “I Like Big Books” bag is a winner. Thanks so much!

  235. Marilyn says:

    The new One Yard Wonders book looks really fun. Thanks for the chance to win!

  236. Perfect gifts for my sister! Thanks!

  237. YC says:

    What a lovely collection of book prizes! And that library bag looks even more appealing the second time around.

  238. Jenelle says:

    That laptop bag is fantastic! I was just looking through the instructions and I believe I will be making one. :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  239. chibidani says:

    Wow, cool tutorials. I like the bookshelf quilt, and I LOVE the big books tote. And yes, the song is stuck in my head again (for the THIRD time in the past week). Bah.

  240. I love that mini bookshelf quilt!

  241. Christy says:

    OMG, I love the wording on that tote! So great!

  242. WandaFish says:

    Another wonderful round up of goodies – thank you :)

  243. Adrienne says:

    That tote bag makes me giggle. Thanks for all of the giveaways!

  244. Wendy says:

    I was hoping you’d have an e-reader case!

  245. DebbieKL says:

    Love the laptop bag and bookmarks!

  246. kdaisy says:

    Thanks for the glass sleeve tute. My mom specifically asked for that!

  247. Megan says:

    Love the idea of a whole book of one yard projects!

  248. Katharine says:

    I love the mini bookshlef quilt!

  249. Liz Taylor says:

    Great ideas! I think I will make the book bag for a friend!

  250. Charity says:

    Some pretty cute projects…

  251. Kate says:

    Mmmmm……..popcorn!

  252. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Inspiring! I love it!

  253. Amanda says:

    the bookshelf quilt is so cute. My mom would love it!

  254. Kim N says:

    Love the bibliophile crafting!

  255. carriem says:

    I am an even more avid reader than sewer, so I love this roundup!

  256. marthaeliza says:

    e-reader case! Righteous! My mama loves her e-reader and I will love making this case for her.

  257. liz says:

    I love the Big Books bag – that’s fantastic. I the caramel corn looks so good!

  258. Christine M says:

    I love the bookshelf quilt!

  259. Lisa-Ruth says:

    Love the “BIG books” bag! (And, yes, now that song is in my head!) And I am so making that Mini Bookshelf quilt for my MIL, who is a reference librarian. How perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

  260. Betsy M says:

    I have got to check out that weekend quilt book. That looks like a perfect gift for a few people on the list.

  261. Jessica says:

    I like big books! Love it!!

  262. Cat says:

    I may actually treat myself with the ebook reader case ! Thanks for this tutorial !

  263. Sandy says:

    I love the big books tote bag and yes, now that song is stuck in my head!

  264. Julia says:

    The “I Like Big Books” bag is PERFECT for one of my friends – definitely a christmas gift!

  265. Gretchen says:

    my mouth is watering at the thought of that popcorn. If only I could be reading a book and munching on that right now!

  266. Stephanie says:

    The bookmark looks like a good idea. I have a problem with little hands taking them out.

  267. Holly says:

    what a great collection of books! I have to admit tho, it was the ‘big book’ bag that caught my eye…

  268. Hilary S says:

    I liked the first “One Yard Wonders” book – curious to see the new one!

  269. As a librarian, I appreciate this list. :)

  270. Michele says:

    Some great books in the giveaway today. I LOVE those one-yard wonder books!

  271. Kylie C says:

    I love the Mini quilt!

  272. Louise says:

    Great ideas for day 16 Thanks

  273. Jocelyn says:

    Very cool ideas!

  274. Deb says:

    Mmmmm hat popcorn looks scrummu

  275. Galatina says:

    I love reading & I love this blog!

  276. Laura W. says:

    I love books. I once tried to take out a garbage bag of them from the library, but in my greed I put in too many and the bag actually ripped. In my defense, I was seven…but to be honest I’ve still taken out more than I can fit in my library bag.

  277. Mina says:

    I have an e-reader that needs a case

  278. brenda says:

    Love the library bag. Thanks for the opportunity to win one of those books too.

  279. Melissa says:

    Here’s hoping!

  280. Sarah says:

    A post after my own heart. I absolutely love books, so I can’t wait to whip up some of these projects for myself – who needs to make them as presents for others?!

  281. Molly says:

    can’t wait to make that popcorn recipe – looks delicious! and love, love that mini quilt!

  282. Whitney says:

    so many great gifts this week! I’m bookmarking almost every tutorial

  283. Jess says:

    More great tutorials! I especially love the library book bag.

  284. Fabienne says:

    I think the glass sleeve is a very cute and easy present idea

  285. eleanor says:

    LOVE that tote bag!

  286. Kari E says:

    Great tutes again – love the book bag!

  287. Suzanne says:

    Great list of projects today.

  288. Silvia says:

    Great projects! The bag is so useful, and not only for books… :)

  289. Amy says:

    Great ideas! I love the one yard wonders books!

  290. Steph says:

    The bookmarks are so cute–they’ll make great gifts for my bookworm nieces.

  291. Christina G. says:

    Think I’ll make an e-reader case!

  292. Christina says:

    Mmm, Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn…
    ….stupid braces…….

  293. Amy says:

    Love the e-reader sleeve!

  294. Jolene says:

    I’m really getting inspired by all your wonderful posts!!

  295. stephanie says:

    love that laptop bag!

  296. susan hwang says:

    love the laptop bag!

  297. Lindsay says:

    Love Elizabeth’s mini books quilt!

  298. Elizabeth L says:

    very cute library bag.

  299. Linda says:

    You all manage to come up with the nicest tutorials, and offer the best books! Thank you for the chance to win.

  300. Natétoile says:

    I love that Laptop bag !

  301. Libby says:

    Another one of those round-ups where I basically want to make everything.
    For myself, of course!

  302. MollyP says:

    That bag is crackin’ me up!! I would carry it everywhere. Yes, that song is now perma-playing in my head, thanks very much. I love the idea of the glasses case, too. Great stuff, everybody!

  303. Rebekah says:

    I love to read (always have) and love these ideas! Thanks.

  304. Sally says:

    I <3 <3 <3 the mini bookshelf quilt, it is just so creative!

  305. Crystal says:

    One Yard Wonders is right up my alley!

  306. Jodi G. says:

    What cute ideas. Love the book quilt. How clever!! Can’t wait to try the popcorn receipe. Yummy!!

    Thanks so much for the great giveaways and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  307. Betsy says:

    I basically need to make and buy everything in this post.

  308. lm says:

    I love the summer reading bag as a teacher gift!

  309. Rebecca says:

    Oh, I think I need to make that popcorn stuff right now!

  310. Tabitha says:

    That quilt is wonderful!

  311. Tera says:

    Lovely grouping of gift ideas!!! : )

  312. jen says:

    love glasses sleeves!

  313. Jennifer says:

    I love the “I love big books and I cannot lie” bag. I can’t stop giggling! :)

  314. Courtney says:

    All wonderful ideas!

  315. mary says:

    i’m gong to make the teabag gift tags & fill them with lavender. they’d make great drawer sachets. Love the e reader cover design, too. I know a lot of people w/ereaders. Thanks!

  316. Hannah says:

    Love the bookmarks

  317. wendy says:

    Lovely projects again! I love the laptop bag and I really need one…

  318. MC says:

    That mini bookshelf quilt would be an awesome addition to our library, thanks!

  319. Kristin says:

    Love the laptop bag!

  320. Sarah says:

    I love the bookmarks. I know 4 people who could use them. Have a great day!

  321. Kristin says:

    That book bag made my day. :)

  322. deborah says:

    that bag is hysterical, and i want it. and i totally now do have that song going through my head. thanks!

  323. Rachael Spencer says:

    I really like that glasses sleeve and I like the fabrics chosen for the e-reader case.

  324. Alli says:

    That “I like big books” bag is hilarious. :D

  325. Beth Ellen says:

    I would love to win the Easy Weekend Quilts book! I will also be making that ruffled bookmark!

  326. ~T~ says:

    I was going to make a bookshelf quilt once. This one looks easier!

  327. Sherry J says:

    what cute projects! love the books too.

  328. kelly jo says:

    I can’t wait to make the bookshelf quilt for my 4 year old who just learned to read, she will love it by her real bookshelf!

  329. Melonie says:

    the bookmark is a lovely stocking filler !

  330. Ellen M. says:

    The e-reader case will be great – just what I need and great for gifts!

  331. Lorrie says:

    These are such great projects. Love the bookshelf quilt block and the e-reader case.

  332. Pauline says:

    That mini bookshelf quilt is too cute!

  333. Lori says:

    I want an e-reader! Do you suppose if I made a case I would get one for Christmas to put in it?

  334. BekahM says:

    I love the mini bookshelf quilt! I might just have to make one for myself.

  335. Carol says:

    Great ideas and a yummy looking snack!

  336. Louby Lou says:

    I’ve had my eye on that laptop bag tute, thanks for the reminder! lol

  337. Jess says:

    Yummy! And my grandmother might really like an ipad cover…

  338. Kelsey D says:

    Love it!

  339. Miss Julie says:

    One more reason I love Sew Mama Sew: You do such a brilliant job aggregating content from around the web. And today, thanks to you, I discovered the Mini Bookshelf quilt. Thank you!

  340. Andrea says:

    I love books! It would be fun to give a gift of a favourite book, tucked into a book tote, with a tea bag tag! :)

  341. Sarah says:

    I really like the book marks and the laptop bag.

  342. Joanne says:

    I do love big books!

  343. Annie says:

    Love the glasses and e-reader pouches! Thanks!!

  344. Beth says:

    The “Big Books” tote bag just made me laugh! I love it.

  345. Alexandra O says:

    Wonderful ideas.

  346. heh, that tote bag makes me laugh. and oh my, do I want that popcorn now!!

  347. Nat says:

    Ooh I could make e-reader covers for my dad & sister as they are both attached to theirs!

  348. Heidi says:

    I love the mini quilt. The bookmarks are on my todo list to go with the book from my sons wish list, I’ll have to boy them up a bit though.

  349. Vida says:

    I love the tote! Such a cute saying for book lovers. I’m also really excited there is a new One Yard Wonder Book. I have the previous one and I love it. I’m sure the new one will be just as good.

  350. Vikki says:

    Love those tote bags. Thanks for great giveaways.

  351. Addy says:

    I love the laptop bag!

  352. Linda R. says:

    Love the blog! Thanks so much for a chance to win one of these wonderful books.

  353. Emily says:

    I am cracking up at the big books book bag! I DO like big books! That is the perfect gift for one of my girlfriends!

  354. Melinda says:

    I’m so making that popcorn!

  355. Amy says:

    Those books look great! I have the first “One-Yard Wonders” and LOVE it!

  356. Larissa says:

    Book lover I am!

  357. Susan says:

    so many inspiring ideas!

  358. Tasha says:

    Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn, Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn,Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn,Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn,Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn….woo that was a lot :)

  359. Liz says:

    Amazing stuff!

  360. Angela B. says:

    Great selection again today! Thanks for the chance to win!

  361. Annie says:

    Perfect projects for me to make for my co-workers at the library!

  362. Another great theme! My daughter has requested that I make her that beautiful laptop bag!

  363. Sally says:

    Love the bookmark idea! Mo’s bag is DARLING! And I totally want that tote bag “I like big books and I cannot lie”. LOVE IT!

  364. Becky says:

    LOL, love the big bools tote!

  365. Pat Upton says:

    Ooooh! I love the bookshelf quilt! and the glasses sleeve! Must try them!

  366. Emily says:

    Love the fabric on the e-reader case.

  367. linda says:

    That is the coolest tote bag!

  368. Janelle says:

    That library book bag is too cute!

  369. Bethany says:

    I have been enjoying the whole passion for series…I love to see all the different things, just so much fun!

  370. Kristie says:

    I can’t wait for the new One Yard Wonders book to come out. I’ll definitely be buying it. Thanks for more great tutorials.

  371. Megan says:

    I love that mini bookshelf quilt! So cute for an office.

  372. Rebekah says:

    Love the books!

  373. Annie says:

    great ideas!

  374. That bookshelf quilt is genius! So cute!

  375. Melanie says:

    I need to make myself the e-reader sleeve – thanks for the project!

  376. Charlotte says:

    My daughters getting an ereader so a case is a must have. Thanks!

  377. Jennifer says:

    I love the e-reader case…I need to make one for myself!

  378. Rhonda S. says:

    Ok, that tote bag is sooooo funny! And the popcorn treat – delicious!

  379. Chris says:

    I love the tote bag and the glasses case! thanks!

  380. Jennifer N says:

    Our family is definitely a reading family, and it’s time I make some library bags for each of us. Thanks for sharing all of these great ideas. I just opened 5 new tabs to see tutorials and recipes.

  381. Lee says:

    I love the e reader case and the book hand printing from nature! cool!

  382. Danielle says:

    Uhh Ahh, the one yard wonders would help me a lot. I have tons of fabrics left over from my quilting and would love to make some additional items

  383. Beezus says:

    I love that tutee by Don’t Call Me Betsy, and I love the tote in the buy section! You guys rock. :)

  384. Alice S says:

    We love reading at our house! I hope to make the library back and e-reader case before Christmas.

  385. Linda says:

    That book bag is hilarious! And I love the book shelf quilt.

  386. Mandi says:

    I am in love with the “I like big books” bag! Hilarious!

  387. tmv says:

    I like the bookmark and bag! I’m pretty sure I’ve got ribbon and elastic at home to try the bookmark out tonight!

  388. laura reich says:

    I have been meaning to make a library bag for a while now- too cute.

  389. Jayme says:

    Love the tea bag tags!

  390. Kendra says:

    What great projects (and what great prizes!!)! I can’t wait to make the library book bag, it is just adorable!

  391. Sonya M says:

    I LOVE that tote bag to buy…. I just can’t help but sing when I read it!

  392. Jenn Lee says:

    I love the bookshelf quilt!

  393. Books, books books! My favorite gift together with art and craft supplies,of course! Love the quilt!

  394. Julie says:

    i love the laptop bag. i think i might have to make that one.

  395. jessicac says:

    I would love to win the Handprinting from Nature book! keeping my fingers crossed…

  396. Melissa says:

    I’m going to have to make the popcorn. And the book mini-quilt. Thank you for sharing!!

  397. Casey C says:

    I wish I had some of that popcorn right now. :)

  398. Rae says:

    This was perfect timing—I was looking for ideas for Christmas presents to make, and you reminded me of the Summer Reading Bag that will be perfect for my nieces. I’d love to win a book, too!

  399. Liz Devens says:

    The library book bag looks like it would make a great teacher gift too

  400. Whitner Kane says:

    Totally getting that book bag. Will be singing that song all day now too!

  401. Miquela says:

    I was hoping a post for readers was going to come up! Gonna make the mini quilt as a mug rug for my book club buddies.

  402. Kristen says:

    So many cute ideas!

  403. Esther says:

    Wow, thanx. Love that tote. I am so curious about the One Yard Wonders book.
    Esther.

  404. Love those totes! I now have some great gift ideas for Christmas.

  405. Sharon says:

    Cute e-reader case, thanks for the tutorial! I’ll be making 2!

  406. Margaret says:

    I am always looking for the quick make- those bookmarks fits the bill!

  407. Rebecca says:

    Great tutorials! Really love the bookshelf quilt. Very creative!

  408. jm says:

    Well, now I NEED that big book tote bag!

  409. It’s really weird. I am definitely a reader but non of these really appeal to me. WHY NOT? Maybe it’s not the right time of day. That might be it. I might have to check this again later.

  410. The use of selvages for the Mini Bookshelf Quilt is brilliant? I always save them … have a drawer full of them … and this is an inspired way to use some up! It should also be adorable as a table runner, or placemats, or a banner for a child’s bedroom door, with their name appliqued across the bottom? Wheels are spinning ….

  411. Julie W says:

    The Stitch Magic book looks interesting.

  412. Cari says:

    Hmm. Just got a kindle. I think I need that e-reader case.

  413. Sharon says:

    I’m planning on making an e-reader case as my Kindle fire is due to arrive today!!! Yeah!

  414. kristin says:

    love the typewriter key fabric

  415. Stacy says:

    I have to make the e-Reader case for my Mom!

  416. Jen V says:

    Stitch Magic looks like fun. And, yes, I now have that song stuck in my head. The tote is genius.

  417. Liz says:

    Ten points if you laughed out loud at the big books bag! Bahaha!

  418. Allison says:

    Great projects!

  419. Sherly says:

    i’m digging the e-reader case :)

  420. Fenna says:

    love books!!!! the one-yard wonders book would be an awesome addition to my library… ;)

  421. Lisa C. says:

    Yep, I think I’m going to have to learn how to make a quilt for that cutie up there! I love the ereader case too! (Maybe a present for myself?)

  422. Cassandra says:

    Those tea pages are fabulous! I love them!

  423. Brianna says:

    I really, really love that big books tote bag. Going on my wishlist right now!

  424. Bobby says:

    This is the post for me! thanks for all the fun ideas!

  425. Gina S. says:

    I’ve always been a book nut,reading and hording them. Now i’m nuts over that book quilt! That would be so cute in a reading room or area.

  426. Lisa Zap says:

    The e-reader bag is a great gift idea! Also want to try to the salted popcorn treat. I’m really liking Beth’s fabric choice!

  427. Suzanne says:

    It is true. I do like big books. How did you know?

  428. Robin E. says:

    Oooo, I’m off to choose fabric for that ereader case right now. My sister takes her Kindle everywhere.

  429. MonicaTiesinga says:

    Just starting to teach my girls how to sew! Any would make wonderful starts. Thank you!

  430. Jackie says:

    I need to make a glasses sleeve today… And maybe the salted caramel almond pretzel popcorn ;)
    Thank you for all the great inspiration!

  431. Jenny says:

    That Big Books bag is cracking me up. And yes, I do have the song in my mind now.

  432. Carolyn says:

    All of these projects look fantastic!

  433. slacker says:

    I like big books and I cannot lie!!!

  434. Julia says:

    I want to eat that popcorn snack right NOW!!

  435. thea says:

    I literally started involuntarily singing out loud ala a choir of angels when I saw that popcorn!!! Cannot wait to make!!

  436. Hannah says:

    ooh, a glasses sleeve is such a good idea (and I’m kicking myself for not thinking of it myself!).

  437. Sherrie Wolfe says:

    I love that mimi book quilt!

  438. anne says:

    that bag cracks me up every time.

  439. Jennifer says:

    These are all great gift ideas. I love Elizabeth’s mini-quilt.

  440. Tammy says:

    That tea bag gift tag is too cute!

  441. Laurie says:

    Every day I add more projects to my “have-to-make-this” list from your Handmade Holidays. Thanks!

  442. Alina Rodgers says:

    I don’t know if you called it a passion for reading but I do have a collection of Agatha Christie’s novels, plus some “Murder She Wrote.” I love them; they are awesome!

  443. Jen says:

    OMG that tote bag is AMAZING

    And that song will be stuck in my head ALL DAY.

  444. Megan says:

    Mini Bookshelf quilt is SUPER cute!

  445. Heather says:

    Again, I am getting so many great ideas! Thank you so much for posting these! I’m also having fun following links to new blogs that I have not seen before, with even more tutorials!!!

  446. Abby says:

    That tote bag made me smile. I like big books. :) I would love to win Stitch Magic. I’ve been drooling over it since Gertie did her little series on techniques from that book!

  447. Sonja says:

    What a riot! I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie!!!
    And I love the library book bag.

  448. natasha says:

    I’m making those cute book marks for everybody, glasses sleeves for the men in my life, and the library book bag for my kiddos (the card pocket is genius).

  449. alexa says:

    That Salted popcorn looks so crunchy and yummy.

  450. Tiara says:

    Love that silly canvas bag

  451. Emily says:

    I like the book bag and the spot for the library card. Brilliant!

  452. Holly says:

    y’all, my list o’ stuff to sew is getting waaaay too long!

  453. Gill says:

    Thanks for the link to the tutorial for the e-reader case! Perfect for Christmas

  454. sarah says:

    loving those ruffled bookmarks!

  455. Jan says:

    Hmmmm, Stitch Magic is now on my wish list.

  456. Cindi C says:

    Wow! The first person to comment 2 days in a row. I look forward each day to seeing what you are highlighting that day.

  457. Diana says:

    I love the bookmark!

  458. Mistyn says:

    E-reader case is a perfect gift for half my family!!

  459. beth says:

    I have lots of readers on my gift list! Thanks so much!

  460. Michelle B says:

    Great theme! I love the tote bag!

  461. Bridget says:

    Glasses sleeve and bookmark – fabulous!

  462. cheri says:

    DD would love handprinting! :)

  463. Georgia says:

    Ooooo, those tea bag tags are cool!

  464. Mikaela says:

    Love the summer reading bag!

  465. Carmen says:

    I could use any and all of these items. Thanks so much for all the great ideas!

  466. Amber says:

    The salted Carmel almond popcorn is definatly getting served at my holiday party.

  467. Maile says:

    An e-reader case is a fabulous idea.

  468. greta says:

    I love the tea gift label idea. Its fantastic!

  469. kathyh says:

    I just read a Kindle Fire review which I would like to buy for my mom. -If she can learn to use it, I’ll need to make her a cover for it.
    Good ideas again.

  470. Melanie says:

    I love the Kindle case!

  471. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    The big books bag is hilarious!

  472. Kati says:

    I know a few teachers and librarians who would love the ” I like big books and I cannot lie” bag!! Too funny.

  473. Carla says:

    more great tutorials!

  474. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh I want to make all of these! :)

  475. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  476. Delia says:

    I love the bookshelf quilt! That is adorable!

  477. Mare says:

    I want that tote! HAHAHA!

  478. Christie S. says:

    My sister is a librarian. These would be great gifts for her.

  479. jennifer says:

    I would love to see that one yard wonders book! I got the first one from the library and it had so many great ideas in it.

  480. Charmaine says:

    The bookmarks are perfect quick projects. thank again

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