Today’s ideas are perfect for photographers of any age, from cute toy camera for kids to a DIY camera bag for those with some serious lenses!

Make It

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Vanessa from Little Big Girl Studio shows you how to make your own Camera Strap with Lens Cap Pocket. She also sells straps in her shop.
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This Fabric Photo Album is interactive and perfect for children. Angela from The Artists’ House shows you how to make your own at the Moda Bake Shop. Angela also sells a quilt pattern with a similar concept, and has a quilt for sale that incorporates a Fabric Photo Album as well. (You can find links to those in the post.)
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Abi at Vanilla & Lace shows you how to convert your favorite bag with this Camera Purse/Bag Insert; it protects your camera equipment and looks good too!

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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Katie from FoxFlat designed the Osoberry Bag for a Whip Up series. It would be perfect with the insert above for a really special camera bag!

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Artists

Buy It

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Little Sapling Toys is a favorite around here! Check out their Wooden Toy Camera which can be personalized for your budding photographer. Sew,Mama,Sew! readers can take 10% off through January 2012 with discount code: SEW10. This works in their Etsy shop and on their new website too!

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 Irene’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Make Cookies and Cream Oreo Breakaway with this recipe from Baker’s Royale. It’s, “…A 20 minute, 2 ingredient, sweet and simple dessert filled with Oreo goodness.” Yum!

Print It

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This pretty “doilies plus kraft paper packaging suite” from Daily Suze includes
Doily Wrapping Paper and Doily Gift Tags.

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.

Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year

Author: Marie LeBaron
Publisher: Wiley

Highlighting the best of each month of the year, Make and Takes for Kids offers 50 projects to make with kids, each centered around an upcoming holiday or season. The ideas are unique and simple to produce, and each project is thoughtfully constructed and designed to create an ideal environment and setting for crafting. Each craft requires little preparation, few supplies, and almost everything can be readily found at home or at a local craft supply store.

Tamera from Peanut Envy writes, “I create handmade plush Matryoshka keepsake dolls for children to play with and cherish.” This week you can win a $25 gift certificate to Peanut Envy, which you can use towards a Matryoshka Plush Doll like Helga here!

Visit Tamera’s Facebook page, for coupon codes and other deals. You can also find more on her I Dare Say blog.

Urban Country: Quilts 15 Projects for the Home

Authors: Shelley Wicks, Jeanne Large
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks, authors of the best-selling ‘Tis the Season, won many fans with their chunky, funky appliqué projects. Now you’ll be thrilled to find quilts and other comforts in the same cozy style for decorating all year long!

* Appealing designs with floral themes are a little bit country with a dash of contemporary flair.
* Fifteen simple projects include wall hangings, framed appliqués, lap quilts, assorted pillows, a table topper, and a bed quilt.
* Easy fusible appliqué makes for quick work on both cotton and wool projects.

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

17 ~ Passion for Color
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

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