Enjoy today’s fun ideas for entertaining and celebration. Gather together during the holiday season, and party on into the new year!

Make It

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Kirsty at You Had Me at Bonjour shows you how to take a plain lantern (this one was from IKEA) and turn it into something special! The Party Lantern features mini-bunting made with bias tape… Fun!
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Lindsay at The Cottage Home shows you how to make Tile Coasters with inexpensive tiles from your local hardware store. These would be great for entertaining, and they’d also be a nice gift for someone who loves to throw parties.
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Chris show you how to make this cute Fairy Wand at Pickup Some Creativity. We think they’d be fun extra for parties!
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Make your own Ikat Table Cloth at Little Green Notebook.
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We love this list of 10 Ways to Make a Garland from A Beautiful Mess. Things are festive in an instant when you throw garlands into the mix.

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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Rachel Measham-Pywell from Four Wise Monkeys designed these Drawstring Bags + Dino Party Applique for party favors and so much more. These could also make the wrapping on your holiday gifts another gift in itself! Find the tutorial here at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Related tutorials you might just love: Any of our Celebration tutorials, Gifts: Celebrate, Gifts for Imaginative Friends

Buy It

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This Charming Candy makes small-batch, artisan hard candy lollipops in lots of intriguing flavors! We love the look of these Fruit Basket Lollipops!

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 Liz’s choice Irene’s choice

Mix It

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This Nutella Caramel Corn from Vittles and Bits looks easy to make, and it would be a fun addition to any party. (Your neighbors would probably like some for the holidays too…)

Print It

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We have more printable organizing help today. Download these Christmas Gift Lists from Atypical Type A, and get to work!

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 prizes!
Sewn by Hand: Two Dozen Projects Stitched with Needle & Thread

Author: Susan Wasinger
Publisher: Lark Books

Part nostalgia, part modern “slow movement,” Sewn By Hand celebrates the gentle comforts of creating pieces the old-fashioned way.

This contemporary collection allows stitchers to be eco-friendly and mobile.

With 20 items ranging from fashionable pillows and patched jeans to useful pincushions, sewers will produce gorgeous results even as they experience the simple joys of traditional stitching.

This week you can win three PDF sewing patterns from Dolls And Daydreams: the Mary Antoinette Dress Up Doll, Owl Softie and Easy Boy Doll PDF Sewing Patterns. (Total Prize Value: $33.99)

Sarah writes, “Doll & Softie PDF sewing pattern delights for you and your kiddiewinks alike! Each pattern comes with a detailed photo and instructional tutorial so that even beginners can easily follow along with me as we sew up our dollies together! My name’s Sarah, I design and make softie and doll sewing patterns suitable for beginners which are safe for children of all ages. All my softies are made from a mix of fabric, predominantly wool felt and cotton. You can find out more about me and step inside my doll studio at both my blog and on Facebook.
Spotlight on Neutrals Quilts and More for Any Decor

Author: Pat Wys
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

If you think neutral fabrics are only for backgrounds and blending, you’re in for a pleasant surprise. See what can happen when sophisticated taupes, warm browns, rich creams, and contemporary grays take center stage.

* Enjoy elegant pieced and appliquéd designs that redefine “neutrals” and open up new possibilities for black, white, gray, beige, and more.
* Choose from 12 projects with timeless appeal, including quilts, pillows, a square table topper, and a mantel scarf.
* Create stash-busting scrappy projects that can be used year-round, work in any home and with all decors, and make ideal gifts.

Tilda’s Studio: Over 50 Fresh Projects for You, Your Home and Loved Ones

Author: Tone Finnanger
Publisher: F + W Media

A gorgeous collection of over 50 projects inspired by Tilda’s studio.

* Choose from a stunning variety of designs for yourself and your home, including bags, accessories, clothing, decorations, gifts and soft toys.
* The colour palette used includes beautiful shades of lavender, pink, teal, turquoise, green and blue.
* Easy-to-follow instructions, gorgeous colour photos and delightful illustrations accompany each project.

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

24 ~ Passion for Coffee + Tea
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

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

You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details.