Most people we know– from teenagers on up– appreciate the restorative power of a good, deep sleep! We definitely have a Passion for Sleep (especially with a baby in the house)… All of our fabric choices today feature cozy flannels; there are some really beautiful flannels in the shop right now, perfect for pajama pants, special pillow cases and more!(We also have an especially great “Related Tutorials” selection today so if you’re looking for more ideas, click away!)

Make It

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Whip up a bunch of beautiful Sleep Sacks with this free pattern from Jessica of Running With Scissors.
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We love this idea from A Lemon Squeezy Home! The Sleepover Pillowcase includes a special spot for a stuffed animal or book. These would be great as gifts, with a new stuffed friend or book tucked inside.
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The technique for this Chevron Chenille Blanket from Aesthetic Nest is really fun… Anneliese shows you how to use three layers of 100% cotton flannel with a chevron print to create the zigzag chenille effect. Brilliant, and it looks fantastic too!
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Thouraya at Amelie and Atticus designed this Eye Mask based on a favorite vintage mask.
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Ashley from Film in the Fridge gives you instructions for easy french seams in this tutorial for a Pretty Quick Pillowcase.
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You know about Quillows, right?! It’s a quilt that folds up into a pillow (or, a pillow that folds out into a quilt!). Nova shows you how to make your own Quillow at A Cuppa and a Catch Up .

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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Sierra from Blue Robin Cottage created this fun Ruffle Tote for a series at Ucreate.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Sleepyheads, Gifts for Sleep, Super Simple Nightie, Rice Heat Therapy Bag, Queen Anne’s Lace Pillowcase, Sweet Dreams Nap Mat, Any of our Blankets + Quilts or any of the Pillows in our For the Home tutorials

Buy It

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The Organic Cotton Lounge Pant from Sandmaiden Sleepwear is part of the Garcon women’s sleepwear range and is made to order. The shop has a beautiful selection of handmade sleepwear and lingerie in natural fibers.

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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Christina shares her recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter Surprise Cookies at Sweet Pea’s Kitchen. She writes, “Chewy chocolate cookies with a creamy peanut butter center. The best cookie I have ever made! They remind me a piece of buckeye candy inside of a cookie… And you can’t go wrong there.”

Print It

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How Does She? has a nice assortment of Gift Giving Printables you can download, including gift tags, money envelopes and gift card envelopes.

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!

Inspired to Sew

Author: Bari J. Ackerman
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Popular designer Bari J. brings her bright and feminine signature style to 15 new projects-ruffled quilts, a unique tunic and bag, plus sweet decorations and accessories for every room in the house. Readers will appreciate the book’s luscious photography, as well as Bari’s in-depth advice on fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine applique, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the Modern Seamstress (US Winners Only)

Author: Sarai Mitnick
Publisher: Krause Publications

A great plan, a great pattern, a great fit, a great fabric, and a great finish: These are the five fundamentals for perfecting any sewing project. Sarai Mitnick, an independent pattern designer setting the high water mark in the industry, shares her knowledge of these fundamentals and offers five beautiful projects to go with them.

* Powerful instruction: A former expert in user experience in the tech industry, Sarai Mitnick’s Colette Patterns line has gained a great deal of respect for comprehensive, clear instruction.
* Comprehensive resource: The chapters cover sewing techniques, planning and fitting, working with patterns, working with fabrics, working with linings, finishing techniques? In essence, each chapter focuses on what the entirety of another book might cover.
* Gorgeous package: Pitch-perfect combination of illustration, step-by-step photography and beautiful project shots, all with a clean, lovely design.

Modern Basics: Easy Quilts to Fit Your Budget, Space, and Style

Author: Amy Ellis
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Love the idea of quilting but limited by time and resources? Oh, and the fact that you barely know how to sew? Here’s the answer! With bright, modern prints and simple patterns, Amy Ellis eases new quilters into a lifelong creative adventure. Simple instructions guide you at every step, from cutting and piecing to finishing your fabulous first quilt.

* Choose from 14 striking designs; each is made from just one block.
* Create beautiful blocks that showcase fun, contemporary fabrics.
* Find great tips for squeezing creativity into your busy life.

Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments

Author: Shufu-to-Seikatsusha
Publisher: Interweave Press

Make a closetful of comfortable and easy go-to garments without needing tons of patterns. You need just the eight included basic templates which show you how to fold and cut for each of the 25 unique designs. The patterns are easy and adaptable with no-fuss sizing, so it’s simple to sew clothes that are perfect for you. If you’re a beginner sewer you’ll love the basic shapes and stylish results. Once you’ve mastered the patterns you can get creative and make each piece your own by using a variety of fabrics, or by adding fashionable embellishments like a print lining or contrast-stitching.

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

20 ~ Passion for Nature
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

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