Today’s tutorials show you how to incorporate a little more from nature into your days, and in your sewing too! (Don’t miss today’s related tutorials section; there are several really pretty hand sewing projects perfect for those with a Passion for Nature.)

Make It

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Aura from mimimou shows you how to create this fun Kokedama String Garden on Design*Sponge. This would be a totally unexpected, happy gift for the nature-lovers on your list.
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Jessica from How About Orange tested a light-sensitive dye that turns ordinary cotton into Sunprint Fabric. We think this would be really fun to incorporate with favorite prints in special sewing projects.
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Lindsay from Shrimp Salad Circus shows you just how easy it is to make beautiful Wooden Branch Buttons.

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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Mary from Bugglebee shares a free pattern to help you upcycle with this Shirt to Purse Bag.

Related tutorials you might just love: Woodland Ornaments, Nature-Inspired Easy Embroidery Sampler, Embroidered Felt Brooch, Fleece Boot Socks (for nature walks!), Queen Anne’s Lace Pillowcase, Eco-Conscious Gifts, Gifts: Go Green

Buy It

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We think these Organic Wedgewood & Golden Pineapple Onesies from Green Goat are just lovely. Mary writes, “I strive to always work in as many earth and kid-friendly ways as possible. I use organic cotton whenever available. I hand dye the garments using low impact dyes, which have a higher than average absorption rate… This means less water is required in the rinse process and less dye runs off in the water; therefore, the dyes have a lower impact on the environment. Low-impact dyes also typically do not contain heavy metals (like chrome, copper and zinc), nor do they require toxic chemical mordants to fix them to the fiber. Everything is hand printed by me using eco-friendly and non-toxic water based inks, making it a safe and wonderful addition to anyone’s wardrobe. Having fun, playing with color, and using safe and eco-friendly materials is what the Green Goat is all about.”

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:

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

Mix It

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Glory’s Christmas Cookies at Glorious Treats are so pretty! Click over to look at the different styles she’s created over the years… The post includes links to Glory’s sugar cookie and royal icing recipes, in addition to lots of great decorating tips.

Print It

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Mollie at Wild Olive shares some fun designs you can print to make Cookie Chains for Santa Claus. You could also start with a chain on 12/1 to for an easy Christmas countdown!

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!

This week you can win a copy of the Versatile Messenger Bag PDF pattern from Candied Fabrics, along with all the hardware and hand dyed canvas you’ll need to make one! The winner will choose colors from these palettes. Retail value: $60.

Candy writes, “I am addicted to color! I dye fabric so I can have just the hue and texture I want, and then I use it to make art quilts and ‘everyday art.’ I’m an avid blogger and I’ve had several publications in art quilting magazines. These publishing opportunities have led to me filming 4 episodes of the PBS show Quilting Arts TV (703, 709, 901 and 903). I also have a DVD workshop just released by Interweave titled Dyeing to Stitch.”

Strip-Smart Quilts 16 Designs from One Easy Technique

Author: Kathy Brown
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Discover 16 stunning quilts that are easy enough for anyone to make. Just stitch strip sets and cut them using the Creative Grids 90° Double-Strip Ruler (or another right-angle triangle ruler with appropriate markings) to create each mesmerizing design.

* Presents a super-easy triangle technique from the popular author of Take 5.
* Provides options–quilters can start with precut strips, fat quarters, or yardage.
* Makes it possible to create either scrappy quilts or designs with a more controlled loo.

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations (US Winners Only)

Authors: Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Publisher: Potter Craft

Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive and memorable.

Handmade Home: Simple Ways to Repurpose Old Materials Into New Family Treasures

Author: Amanda Blake Soule
Publisher: Roost Books

For many of us, our home is the center of our life. It is the place where our families meet and mingle, where we share our meals and share our dreams. So much more than just a space to live, our homes offer us a place of comfort, nourishment, and love for us and for our children.

In Handmade Home, Amanda Blake Soule, author of The Creative Family and the blog SouleMama.com, offers simple sewing and craft projects for the home that reflect the needs, activities, and personalities of today’s families. As Amanda writes in the introduction, “As a crafter, I’m always looking for the next thing I want to make. As a mama, I’m always looking for the next thing we need—to do, to have, to use—as a family. The coming together of these parts is where the heart of Handmade Home lies.”

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

19 ~ Passion for Technology
18 ~ Passion for Photography
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

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