Do you know someone on the cutting edge of popular culture? Here are some fun ideas for what’s everywhere right now. What did we miss? Zombies? Steampunk? Twilight? Share some tutorials in the comments for your chance to win some great prizes!* It’s almost Giveaway Day! Are you ready?

Make It

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Emma Pillsbury from Glee would totally wear this! Learn how to make it in the Sweater to Cardigan tutorial from xoxo, Trina.
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Make a flock of Angry Birds with this tutorial at Obsessively Stitching.
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Harry might not be cutting edge anymore, but we couldn’t resist this Knit Harry Potter Scarf from Tangle!
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iPads and iPhones are definitely everywhere now! These iPad/iPhone Gloves from Lil Blue Boo utilize metallic thread so you can use the devices out in the cold! Brilliant.
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Get a little “pirate flare” with Emily’s Layered-Look Pirate Shirt at The Boy Trifecta.

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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OK– This isn’t a bag, but we think it would make a great addition to so many little clutch and bag tutorials out there (like any of ours!). Vanessa shows you how to make these Easy Wrist Straps at Little Big Girl Studio.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Teens, Gifts for Hipsters, Hooded Tunic, Sweet Baby June Cowl

Buy It

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“Geeks” are always in around here! Check out the Geek T-Shirt from Shop Gibberish, where they help “celebrate the geek in all of us.”

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 Irene’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Mary and Allison at Butter + Cream show you how to bake this delicious Monkey Bread, perfect for holiday mornings.

Print It

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Make your own Holiday Village with these printable templates from The Crafty PC.

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!

Cake Ladies: Celebrating a Southern Tradition

Author: Jodi Rhoden
Publisher: Lark Crafts

In the south, cake ladies are the ones with the skills and heart to bring a little sweetness to life’s big moments–potlucks, christenings, weddings, funerals–and their communities treasure and depend upon them. Modern-day cake lady Jodi Rhoden shines a spotlight on this great tradition with profiles of 15 diverse southeastern women who wear the term with pride. Each profile features a bite of that woman’s “life in cake,” and includes luscious photos along with at least one signature cake recipe, from classic Vanilla Almond Pound and Hummingbird cakes to Mississippi Mud Cake and Vegan Red Velvet Cupcakes.

The Silver Diva uses sterling silver and birthstones or pearls to create personalized hand-stamped jewelry for moms and families from their sunny studio on Bainbridge Island, Washington. The art of hand-stamping involves striking metal with steel stamps to create letters, words and designs. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry.

This week you can win a $50 gift certificate to select something fabulous from The Silver Diva!

Amanda of Tenderfeet Stitches writes, “My passion for color and textured, coupled with my need to create has led me to design and write patterns for children’s clothing. I hope you can find inspiration to create something beautiful through my tutorials.” You can win a $25 gift certificate to Tenderfeet Stitches, where you can purchase PDF tutorials for children’s clothing designs. The image here is for Amanda’s Girl’s Classic Sundress PDF eBook for babies, toddlers and kids.

Learn more about Tenderfeet Stitches on Facebook.

A to Z of Sewing: The Ultimate Guide for Beginning to Advanced Sewing

Author: Kathleen Barac
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned sewer, this comprehensive book is a must. Filled with detailed instructions, A to Z of Sewing is an indispensable reference book for readers who wish to develop their skills and give each project a professional finish.

* Features a gold mine of more than 180 sewing techniques, all meticulously demonstrated.
* Includes clear step-by-step photographs and easy-to-follow instructions.
* Contains all you need to know about sewing machine basics, equipment and supplies, working with patterns and fabrics, and troubleshooting.

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

27 ~ Passion for Fitness
26 ~ Passion for Picnics
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. You can also see how versatile and pretty the bags are in our pattern sample posts!