Today’s ideas might inspire you to keep a journal, or to get in touch with a loved one the old-fashioned way (real mail!). These are also perfect for the tricky people on your list who don’t seem to need anything; everyone could use a new notebook!

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts: Write, Something Special Card + Envelope, Patchwork Notebook, Love Note Pillow, Sewing Cards & Envelopes

Make It

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Larissa at mmmcrafts created this Mini Memo Book Covers tutorial for The Southern Institute.
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Angela from The Artist’s House shows you how to make Fabric Appliqué Greeting Cards at The Crafting Chicks.
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Use up all of those special, small scraps with this pretty Journal Cover from Ros at Bloom.
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Corinne has a super-simple Moleskine Cover tutorial at So September. Corinne writes, “These would make cute gifts for teachers, fun stocking stuffers and a nice little project for yourself!”

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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Meg from Elsie Marley designed The Awesome Bag, and shares the tutorial at Versus. We love the buttons and the strap… We love the bag!

Buy It

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Silhouette Blue has lots of great designs for their custom, personalized stationary and invitations like this Tandem Bike Stationery. We also love their 2012 calendar!

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:

Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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These Cherry Chocolate Kisses from The Curvy Carrot are super-simple to make, not-too-sweet to eat… And gone in a flash!

Print It

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This Vintage-Style Alphabet from The Handmade Home would be sweet as a gift for a child’s room or playroom. We also think it would be fun to print the first letter of someone’s name as an over-sized gift tag for presents, or to print off letters for a word (like JOY!) to decorate for the holidays.

Ashley encourages you to spend a little time looking around The Handmade Home; they have lots of free printables for you to download and enjoy!

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!

Pretty in Patchwork: Doll Quilts

Author: Cathy Gaubert
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Welcome to Pretty in Patchwork, a fresh new series that explores the sweet spot where sewing and quilting come together. Doll quilts are the perfect little package to start the fun: they’re pretty, miniature, and a wonderful canvas for experimentation and skill building. Twenty top online designers, led by Cathy Gaubert, contribute an adorable array of patterns that use applique, piecing, embroidery, and more. A brief basics section, photos of vintage doll quilts, and instructions for adorable extras (like matching doll’s clothes), round out this appealing volume.

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space

Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Books

Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.

Simple Graces: Charming Quilts and Companion Projects

Author: Kim Diehl
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Favorite author Kim Diehl is back with an all-new collection of distinctive pieced and appliquéd designs! These eight quilts are each accompanied by at least one additional companion project, such as a lampshade, tea towel, pincushion, or pillowcase, for a total of more than 20 projects.

* Discover endless creative possibilities; numerous tips and ideas for even more projects appear throughout the book.
* Enjoy Kim’s warm style and learn from her outstanding ability to mix prints and colors.
* Embellish with buttons and yo-yos; dabble in wool appliqué.

Today you can win a Quilting Arts Package, including: The Best of Quilting Arts, Quilting Arts 2012 Calendar and Quilting Arts Gifts 2011/2012, a special holiday issue magazine! For more details on each component of this prize package please see our Handmade Holidays Prizes ~ Week #4 post.

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

22 ~ Passion for Food
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

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