We couldn’t resist a little picnic-centered fun today. Any combination of these ideas would make a great gift for families…

Related tutorials you might just love: Insulated Picnic Tote, Picnic Blanket with Rock Pockets, Fit For a Princess Picnic Quilt, Game Time Picnic Quilt, 1-2-3 Sew Insulated Lunch Sack, Passion for Exploration + Adventure

Make It

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Kate from Centsational Girl shows you how to make an easy Patchwork Picnic Blanket. This version has a vinyl tablecloth sewn to one side to make it water resistant.
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Kristin designed these Alfresco Bowl Covers, and shows you how to make your own here at Sew,Mama,Sew! (She’s the one showing us all of the “Wow!” Perfect Zip Bags this week for our big Perfect Zip Bags giveaway.)
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Lorajean’s photos in this Basket Liner post have us dreaming of picnics! She shows you how to make a picnic basket liner at Lorajean’s Magazine.
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Anj from Snowy Bliss made these cute Picnic Caddies, and now you can too!
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The pretty Sprocket Pillows from Allison at Cluck Cluck Sew would be great for patio picnics.

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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Laural’s Pleated Tote Beach Bag at Thimble is roomy enough “…To hold books, magazines, sunscreen, hats, and all that other good stuff”!

Buy It

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This set of six Letterpress Printed Cards from Paisley Tree Press is printed by hand on recycled cotton paper. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, today only, you can get 10% off any purchase with the code at Paisley Tree Press. (We also really like their Personalized Recipe Cards!)

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:

Beth’s choice Gabrien’s choice Irene’s choice

Mix It

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These Graham Cracker S’mores Cookies from Always With Butter would be a super addition to a picnic!

Print It

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Kalleen shows you how to print out and display this Believe Banner on her At Second Street blog.

Win It

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Farm Anatomy: The Curious Parts and Pieces of Country Life

Author: Julia Rothman
Publisher: Storey Publishing

What’s the difference between a weanling and a yearling, or a farrow and a barrow? Country and city mice alike will delight in Julia Rothman’s charming illustrated guide to the curious parts and pieces of rural living.

Dissecting everything from tractors and pigs to fences, hay bales, crop rotation patterns, and farm tools, Rothman gives a richly entertaining tour of the quirky details of country life. From the shapes of squash varieties to the parts of a goat; from how a barn is constructed to what makes up a beehive, every corner of the barnyard is uncovered.

A perfect gift for gardeners, locavores, homesteaders, and country-living enthusiasts alike.

Mister & Mouse bags are made with designer-quality fabrics and lots of love. Fabrics are carefully selected to give every individual bag its own character, so fabric pairings are almost always one-of-a-kind. In salute to history and pop culture trivia, each bag is named after an event that took place on the day the bag was completed.

This week you can win a Mister & Mouse bag of your choice! (Prize Value: $48)

Civil War Sewing Circle, The Quilts and Sewing Accessories Inspired by the Era

Author: Kathleen Tracy
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Kathleen Tracy, popular author of Prairie Children and Their Quilts and Remembering Adelia, has outdone herself with this combination of lovely projects and fascinating historical tidbits. Patterned after quilts made during the Civil War era, this collection is ideal for nineteenth-century reproduction fabrics.

* Choose from 16 easy projects, including large and small quilts, plus a pincushion, sewing box, and needle case.
* Learn how women’s efforts during the Civil War era led to increased civil and political involvement among women.
* See historical photos and read eloquent excerpts from letters written to and from soldiers during the Civil War.

Modern Log Cabin Quilting: 25 Simple Quilts and Patchwork Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Potter Craft

If you think quilting is too difficult or too complicated, you’re not alone. Cutting hundreds of pieces and joining angled seams can be tough work! But log cabin quilting, an artful and simple way to piece strips of fabric around a central square, is different. From the intuitive construction through the straight-line stitching, this style of quilting is simple as can be.

In Modern Log Cabin Quilting, Susan Beal outlines the entire process from start to finish, including basic quilting how-to as well as extensive design, fabric, and embellishment information. Since all log cabin designs follow the same formula, once you master straight lines and right angles, any of the 25 projects in this book are possible. From stash-friendly designs like the Charming Camera Case to more ambitious undertakings like the Vintage Linens Quilt, there’s sure to be a project that will get you into (or bring you back to) quilting!

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

25 ~ Passion for Parties
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.