If you love food– from cooking and baking right through the eating— today’s for you! We have some fun tutorials for the kitchen and dining room…

Make It

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Jess drafted the pattern for this ingenious Bapron (Baby Apron) based on a friend’s Japanese bib. Learn how to make your own at Craftiness is not Optional.
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Anneliese shares these pretty Rickrack Napkins + Placemats at Aesthetic Nest.
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Corinne shows you how to make this Kitchenaid Mixer Cover, which holds shape even without the mixer inside! Learn how to make your own at Heart of Mary.
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This Protect Your Produce Boxed Grocery Bag from Ali at a.squared.w incorporates a standard box to give the bag shape (and to give produce a little space too!).
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Aubrey’s Ultimate Re-Usable Snack Bags at Mauby’s are machine washable and they stand upright!
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You can always join our Sew,Mama,Sew! Color Block Napkins + Placemats Sew-Along. The series posts are all there for you to work at your own pace, and the design from Elizabeth Hartman of Oh,Fransson! works for the holidays and beyond.

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 1,2,3 Sew Insulated Lunch Sack is a Sew,Mama,Sew! exclusive download from 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Foodies, Gifts: Bake, Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards & Recipe Folder, Quilted Snack Set, Sew Serendipity Lunch Bucket Bag, Doodle Stitching Farmer’s Market Tote Bag

Buy It

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Dimmalimm Home Fest Stay on Coasters are coasters and wine tags together in one design. The different coasters attach to your wine glasses and allow guests to remember which glass is theirs. They offer a variety of colors and designs for these unique coasters, so be sure to browse at Dimmalimm Home.

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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Rosco and Stella share their “10 Commandments” for baking macarons at Brave Tart, full of troubleshooting advice to help you make perfect macarons. Their macaron recipe is linked in the post, and they also have a popular Nut-Free Macaron recipe.

Print It

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Print these bright and cheery Holiday Gift Tags from Kate at Marmalade Moon.

Kate writes this about her Marmalade Moon site: “November brings the release of the Winter Shift. An unconventional goal kit that helps you experience more ease and flow in your life by living in harmony with the cycles of the seasons. In December I’ll be hosting a free 22 day long soulful spa to bring some rest and playful fun to the hectic time leading up to the holidays. There will be one idea every day, for things you can do to relax, listen to your intuition and find easy ways to be creative. All this will be delivered in small, bite sized manageable chunks that only take you 5-15 minutes.” Learn more at Marmalade Moon.

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!

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.”

Countdown Calendars: 24 Stitched Projects to Celebrate Any Date

Author: C&T Publishing’s Design Collective
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Count down creatively – any season, any reason!

* 24 projects to anticipate and celebrate your favorite special events.
* Make one for Christmas, Chanukah, the first day of school, a new baby, and many more occasions.
* Learn innovative sewing and embellishing techniques using Lutradur, felt, and ribbon.
* Includes a few no-sew projects that you can make in just a couple hours.

Make Your Bed: Quilted Bed Runners, Pillows, and More to Suit Your Style

Author: Leslee Evans
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Discover nine gorgeous sets of bed runners with coordinating projects such as pillows, shams, and embellished sheets. Specially designed to drape across the foot of the bed, each stunning bed runner offers a quick and beautiful way to decorate.

* Includes many two-sided designs for added versatility– Change the look of a bedroom with the simple flip of a quilt.
* Offers a variety of sets to suit your mood: sassy, serene, playful, elegant, charming, and more.
* Inspires quilters to experiment with new ideas and techniques on smaller projects.

Sew Serendipity Bags: Fresh & Pretty Projects to Sew and Love (US Winners Only)

Author: Kay Whitt
Publisher: Krause Publications

Take your pick of styles:
With full instructions for twelve bags- and with a few clever variations thrown in- there are plenty of designs to choose from (20 total projects)! Pick a handbag that is sweet, sleek, or funky. Or check out some of the other great designs: a flirty little backpack, the perfect lunch bag, convenient shopping bags and handy task-oriented bags (whether that task involves a laptop, gym clothes, or diapers). Each design is easy to adapt to your style.

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

21 ~ Passion for Sleep
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

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