Pair one of these gift ideas with some special coffee or tea for a truly great gift!

Make It

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Thomas from Thomas Knauer Sews designed these Teapot Trivets with Embroidery Designs for readers here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Make an easy Hand-Printed Tea Towel with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess. (There’s also a great post to help you make your own coffee syrup as gifts!– Perfect.)
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Wild Olive shares these Coffee Embroidery Patterns which you could use with this great Coffee Gift Bag.
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John from Fat Quarterly shares his Ziggity Mug Rug here at Sew,Mama,Sew!. It’s a quick and easy tutorial for the little “mini quilts” sweeping the sewing blog scene in 2011.
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Make a Tea Cozy with Teresa at My Patchwork!
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We love the patchwork in these easy Tea Towels from Maritza at Knotty Bits.

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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Here’s another Sew,Mama,Sew! exclusive! Print the PDF pattern for this Reversible Bucket Bag from Lisa Lam’s The Bag Making Bible.

Related tutorials you might just love: Reverse Applique Quilted Heart Coaster, Denyse Schmidt’s Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters

Buy It

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Whitney Smith Pottery has some absolutely beautiful designs. We love all of the bird additions, the gorgeous nesting lotus bowls and this Sugar and Creamer Ceramic Set. From the listing:

The Dogwood Ceramic Sugar and Creamer Set have a sweet vintage style with the dogwood blossoms on the sugar bowl and organic lines of the creamer. The bud creamer looks small and delicate, but you could hold a tea party for 10 with this jug and never have to refill it. The Dogwood Ceramic Sugar and Creamer Set makes a wonderful gift for people who like a little milk and sugar and add a lovely touch to any table.

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 Irene’s choice

Mix It

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Make some delicious Brown-Sugar Pumpkin Cheesecake with Chocolate-Shortbread Crust (Wow!) with this recipe at The Hungry Mouse.

Print It

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Jenny from Allsorts helps you get organized for the holidays in the cutest way possible with her free Jolly Holiday List printable. We love last year’s version too.

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!

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing

Author: Sandra Bardwell
Publisher: Abrams Books, STC Craft

Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.

The New Crewel: Exquisite Designs in Contemporary Embroidery

Author: Katherine Shaughnessy
Publisher: Lark Books

One look at these pages and you know this is not your grandmother’s crewel, but a hip, contemporary update that will have everyone reaching for a needle and thread.

And these projects are easy, too, because crewel has no counting, no grids, and no cross-stitch–just beautiful free-form embroidery. Dive right in, guided by a basics chapter that explains how to do the different stitches, ranging from French knots to laid filling. Novices will swiftly move on to the 30 practice designs, all accompanied by easy-to-follow instructions and diagrams, and a dozen lovely projects. Make a card or keepsake scrapbook embellished with stitched motifs, colorful totes, table runners, and an elegant tryptich.


KSC Designs (Knit, Stitch, Click!) is the result of owner Dani Miller’s need to have anything and everything organized. Her shop is full of meticulously handmade rolls, bags and cases, perfect for knitting needles, jewelry, makeup or artist brushes and more. Have something particular you need a case for? Custom orders are always welcome! This week you could win an item of your choice from KSC Designs! (Prize Value: $35-$55)

Everyday Handmade: 22 Practical Projects for the Modern Sewist

Author: Cassie Barden
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Cassie Barden, author of the best-selling The New Handmade, and talented designer Adrienne Smitke, present an exciting new array of designs for the modern sewist. Discover creative, stylish, and above all, practical projects by young designers who really know how to sew.

* Find 22 enticing ideas for bags and accessories, items for travel, and home decor; a terrific value.
* Learn a variety of ways to personalize and embellish.
* Follow clear, step-by-step instructions to create beautiful projects you’ll appreciate for both their utility and style.

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

23 ~ Passion for Writing
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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