It might be dreary outside but we’ve got COLOR here today!

Make It

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Brett Bara shows you how to make this Color Spectrum Pet Bed at Design*Sponge.
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Put your small scraps to use with Kate’s Scrap Map at See Kate Sew.
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The Kaleidoscopic Kites Quilt is a free pattern from Faith at Fresh Lemons.
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Anneliese from Aesthetic Nest thinks every girl should have a Rainbow Wrap Skirt!
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Cheryl from A Pretty Cool Life designed this Rainbow Bunting Baby Quilt with appliqué bunting. Think of the possibilities!

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 pretty Eye Candy Clutch was part of our Summer Sewing series this year at Sew,Mama,Sew!. Tori from One Eleven shows you how to use shades of one color or this rainbow look for different versions.

Related tutorials you might just love: Crayon Box Quilt, Primary Tints: Beginning Fabric Dyeing, How to Refashion With Color-Blocking, Fabric Art, Fish Baby Log Cabin Quilt, Little Pink House

Buy It

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These fun, fabric Paint Chip Placemats are from Avril Loreti. She writes, “I always love picking colours for projects and really discussing the finer details of what a colour makes me think of and how it makes me feel. I’ve also always been jealous of the person who has the job to come up with names for paint chip swatches. So i came up with my own Paintchip Placemats. The titles all come from how the colours make me feel…”

Sew,Mama,Sew! readers get a special 20% discount in Avril’s Etsy shop from now through December 31, 2011! Use the coupon code: SEWMAMASEW20. Enjoy!

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 Irene’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Make some delicious Red Velvet Fudge with this recipe at I am Baker. (She has an incredible recipe archive, by the way, so be sure to check out the site!)

Print It

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Print out these Christmas Mail Tags from Ning Fathia at Babalisme and even if you hand-deliver packages they’ll still have that lovely “snail mail” feel!

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!

The Sewing Machine Classroom: Learn the Ins & Outs of Your Machine (US Winners Only)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Join author Charlene Phillips as you learn all about your new best friend—your sewing machine!

From fabric to feet to finished product, you’ll be guided through techniques for mastering your machine and using it to perform basic to advanced stitching tasks.

Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

Sewing Pottery by Machine

Author: Barbara Warholic
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Shaped like pottery but supple like fabric, each project is a visual and tactile treat! Learn the simple technique of wrapping fabric strips around cording to make coiled pots. Then take your skills to the next level and make traditional pottery shapes: vases, urns, jugs, and more.

* Join pieces to create pots with necks, rims, handles, and even a teapot spout
* Choose from seven projects and explore a gorgeous gallery for additional ideas
* Put your fabric stash to use and sew something spectacular

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing: Unlock Your Inner Sewing Goddess: Projects, Advice and Inspiration for a Creative Lifestyle (US Winners Only)

Authors: Carrie McLennan , Clare Nicolson , Suzanne Smith
Publisher: F + W Media

This title is designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day – which is most of them! The fun, quirkily styled projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can have the satisfaction of finishing, as well as starting, projects. This title is written by a truly busy gal with bags of personality and experience, as she learns to sew and discovers how to fit it into her lifestyle. It includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

Weekend Handmade: More Than 40 Projects and Ideas for Inspired Crafting

Author: Kelly Wilkinson
Publisher: Abrams/STC Craft

In Weekend Handmade, author Kelly Wilkinson encourages readers to celebrate the joy of crafting, both for the satisfaction of making something by hand, and because the finished items serve as reminders of time taken to slow down and create, no matter the day of the week.

The book is organized into three sections: Make offers projects to wear or decorate with; Grow presents projects inspired by gardens, fields, and farmer’s markets; and Gather spotlights projects that enrich casual get-togethers.

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

16 ~ Passion for Reading
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

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