Don’t leave special animals in your life out of the gift giving this holiday season!Related tutorials you might just love: Mini-Tent Pattern, Gifts for Pet Lovers, Gifts for Pets

Make It

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Erin at Dog Under My Desk shows you how to make a Fleece Dog Bed. Erin has a series of great tutorials to help you make special things for dogs, including a Little Dog Seatbelt, Little Dog Harness and a Little Dog Tie pattern; find them all at Dog Under My Desk.
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This fun Rabbit Softie was designed by Sleepy King on Etsy for the Lark Crafts blog. It uses an old scarf for the body.
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Check out the free Dog Toy pattern download from Laura Griffin at Dreaming Out Loud.
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Keep the back seat clean when you bring pets on the road with this Car Seat Cover from Katrina at exscapes.

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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Emily’s Grandview Bag (Part 1) at The Boy Trifecta has lots of pretty ruffles, and Emily says it isn’t too difficult to make. Here’s Part 2 of the tutorial.

Buy It

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Our Forest Friends Slippers are a Betz White PDF Sewing Pattern. You can purchase and download the pattern and get right to work, making Happy Hedgehogs, Mischievous Mice and Rascally Raccoons.We have lots of wonderful Toy and Softie Patterns in the shop featuring favorite animals!

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 Liz’s choice Irene’s choice

Mix It

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Do you know about Nanaimo Bars? They’re a Canadian dessert that originated in Nanaimo, British Columbia. These are Jamie’s version at My Baking Addition, made with a recipe from the City of Nanaimo.
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Make some pretty (and delicious) Candy Cane Cake Pops with Amber from Hostess with the Mostess!

Print It

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Adriana specializes in one-of-a-kind pet portraits at Adriana Willsie. If you subscribe to her newsletter you can download and print these cute Christmas and Hanukkah Tags. She also has Free Holiday Cards for you to print.

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!

Linen & Lace: Simple-to-Sew Homestyle Charm Using New and Vintage Lace (US Winners Only)

Author: Chantal Sabatier
Publisher: F + W Media

This title includes 24 hearfelt, handmade sewing projects that combine new and vintage linen and lace with stunning results. New home sewn projects are very fresh and modern, from gifts for children and friends, to chic additions to your home or closet. Experienced crafters will be inspired by the mix of practical and decorative projects, while beginners will be able to finish simple projects in an evening or weekend with spectacular results.

Marie Osmond’s Heartfelt Giving: Sew and Quilt for Family and Friends

Author: Marie Osmond
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Enjoy the fun of quiltmaking in the delightful company of Marie Osmond!

Marie learned to sew at an early age, as you’ll see in a rare look at some of her favorite childhood photos. She continues to share her love of quilting and sewing by making treasured gifts for family and friends.

You’ll find exquisite photos and step-by-step instructions for more than 20 projects, including her “Paper Roses” quilt, bags, aprons, and gifts for babies, teens, friends, and even pets.

Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs offers fabric flower hair accessories and small home decor items. Kassandra writes, “Our hair accessories are categorized by headbands, barrettes, and bobby pins. All headbands are one size fits all, with an option to upgrade to a plastic headband. Each piece is one of a kind and handmade with love.” This week you can win a $25 gift certificate to Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs!

For shop updates, exclusive discounts, and DIY crafts follow Kassandra’s blog at Coffee and their Kisses.

Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Sewing Techniques for Sculpting Fabric Into Exciting New Forms

Author: Alison Reid
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

In Stitch Magic, fashion and textile expert Alison Reid teaches sewers how to manipulate and sculpt fabric by using such techniques as folding, cutting, pleating, tucking, gathering, and stitching, creating entirely new surfaces and textures in the process. The resulting fabrics, which look sophisticated and complex but are actually relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, can be used for entire textiles, such as cushions or blinds, or to create fashion accessories or embellishments.

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

28 ~ Passion for Pop Culture
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!