Today’s ideas are all about wrapping your gifts in style. It’s hard to believe it’s time to wrap up our 5th Annual Handmade Holiday series too! Thank you for joining us each and every day. We hope you were inspired to make, buy and give handmade this year. The fun continues in December with Giveaway Day, Modern Block of the Month posts and so much more!Happy Handmade Holidays!

Make It

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Our Happy Hostess Gift Box designed by Jennifer from JCasa *handmade would be the perfect way to present something small and special.
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Sachiko from Tea Rose Home designed these Fabric Key Rings for a series at I {heart} Nap Time. They’d be a fun gift topper!
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Amy shows you how to make these fun Springy Fabric Buckets at Badskirt.
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This Wine Tote is quilted, so wine stays super-safe during transport. Make your own with the tutorial at Needle and Spatula.
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Inspiration for this Fabric Gift Pouch at A Spoonful of Sugar came from a Japanese magazine.

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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Make multiple Drawstring Bags for reusable gift bags with this tutorial from Jeni at In Color Order. Jeni is currently working on a pattern version of this tutorial to include more sizes, as well as instructions for how to create your own size.

Related tutorials you might just love: Something Special Card + Envelope, Pocket Tissue Pack, Sewing Cards & Envelopes, Gifts: Wrap & Present and any of our Bag Tutorials

Buy It

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These Christmas Gift Bags from Crafty Clementines are cute, muslin bags. They are hand stamped with retro style snowflakes and “Happy Holidays” messages, and they’re perfect for party favors.
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This Birds & Berries Tea Towel Calendar is Lisa Ekström’s design at Spoonflower (where it placed in their recent contest). Here’s a link to a really pretty photo of the tea towel all printed and sewn.Lisa also made a slightly larger variation of this same design specifically for printing on the larger linen-cotton canvas, and there’s a companion design too; check out Lisa’s Sweet Year Tree Tea Towel Calendar. You could give these as a beautiful gift, or use them to wrap something else for two gifts in one package.

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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This is Lindsay’s photo at A Wooden Nest, of Spiced Chai Concentrate made with thecatnipcat’s recipe at Tasty Kitchen.
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Brin’s friend shared this recipe with her, causing her to start pilates just to work off the crockpot candy calories! Check out the recipe for Debbie Sue’s Christmas Crockpot Candy at My Messy, Thrilling Life.

Print It

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Download our PDF Gift Tags (Version One + Version Two) from earlier Handmade Holidays series! They’re cute and free.

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!

I Am Cute Dresses: 25 Simple Designs to Sew

Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Interweave Books

Start sewing simple and adorable dresses that you’ll love to wear. You don’t need complicated patterns to make these 25 easy, loose, and effortlessly stylish garments. Each of these dresses is designed from basic, simple shapes that require no difficult or advanced tailoring, and will be flattering on everyone. You just need the basic template for each dress, and then you can adjust the width using an included formula, and length by simply raising or dropping the hemline. These easy-to-sew and easy-to-fit cute dresses will quickly become staples in your wardrobe.

This week you might win two patterns from The Cottage Mama! (Retail value: $25) The Cottage Mama Sewing Patterns include the printed Shortcake Reversible Romper + Dress and Janey Jumper patterns. (The darling Janey Jumper is pictured here!)

Find more from Lindsay at The Cottage Mama and The Cottage Home blog.

Oliver + S Little Things to Sew: 20 Classic Accessories and Toys for Children

Author: Liesl Gibson
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

Home sewers love to dress the children in their lives in garments they have hand-crafted. No one understands this better than Liesl Gibson, who is both a mom and the founder of Oliver + S, a sewing pattern company known for its contemporary yet classically sensible kids’ designs, its precise, easy-to-follow instructions, and its charming paper doll-inspired packaging. In Oliver + S Little Things to Sew, you’ll find 20 accessories for children, such as a hat with bear ears, scarf, vest, tutu, art smock, backpack, and quilt–all impeccably photographed by Laurie Frankel. The book includes two full-size pattern sheets and, as an added bonus, two cardstock paper dolls that can be dressed with “clothing” cut from the book’s jacket–a little something extra to keep young ones occupied while grownups stitch new items for their wardrobes!

Win a $25 gift certificate to Tortagialla! Artist Linda Tieu creates handmade leather journals, illustrated art prints and craft zines– striving to bring joy, empower and inspire us all to live happily. Find more from Linda at

Schnibbles Times Two Quilts from 5″ or 10″ Squares

Author: Carrie Nelson
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

What’s a schnibble? A little bit or leftover–as in those fabric bits you’re ready to use up!

What could be more fun than a small quilt from 5″ charm squares? A large one just like it from 10″ Layer Cake squares! Enjoy 12 pairs of beautiful quilts, with a large and small quilt in each design, from the creative mind behind Miss Rosie’s Quilt Company. Each quilt includes a materials and cutting list, and the assembly directions are the same for both quilts in each set. Learn from Moda’s go-to gal for quilt designs. This author knows her stuff!

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

29 ~ Passion for Animals
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!