November 4 ~ Passion for Relaxation

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We could all use a little more relaxation in our lives, especially during the busy holiday season. Encourage your loved ones to relax a little with today’s gift ideas!

Make It

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Rachel from Four Wise Monkeys created this beautiful Pinwheels in the Park tutorial for Sew, Mama, Sew! While it’s perfect for the park, we think it would also be lovely to cuddle up under this quilt with a good book on a long, cold winter afternoon!
spacer Cozy Toes Slippers
These Cozy Toes Slippers from Sew News look so warm and pretty. Photo by Brent Ward Photography.

(It has come to our attention that the pattern is incomplete. You might want to try this cute pattern from Prudent Baby from 2010 instead.)

spacer Boy’s Pajama Shirt
Don’t you love this cute Boy’s Pajama Shirt from Elizabeth of Simple Simon & Co.?!
spacer Fit for a Princess Quilt
Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey created this tutorial for Sew, Mama, Sew! The Fit for a Princess Quilt would make another lovely, cozy gift.
spacer Fleece Toddler Slippers
Keep little toes warm with Tricia’s Fleece Toddler Slippers from Leafy Treetop Spot.
spacer Homemade Heating Pads
Whitney from Elm Street Life shows you how to make your own Homemade Heating Pads, featuring your favorite prints.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts: Sleepyheads, Gifts: Pamper, Gifts: Sit Back & Relax

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.

spacer Flat Bottom Zipper Pouch
Maryanne and Caroline from Sew Together designed this Flat Bottom Zipper Pouch. You could give it to someone with nail polish and a file, or tuck a few small, favorite lotions inside.

Buy It

spacer Rose Shea Butter Soap Bar
Rose Shea Butter Soap Bar from Sweet Petula is, in owner Cory’s words, “…A smoky, sexy blend but yet still very feminine and sweet. I’ve mixed Italian Bergamot, with Smoke, Amber, Peru Balsam, Jasmine, Musk, Sweet Honey, Pale Rose… And a touch of Champagne.”

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:

Liz’s choice Dena’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

spacer Spiced Chai Concentrate
This Spiced Chai Concentrate from Maggy of Three Many Cooks can last for up to a week in the fridge; you can add it to any type of milk, and it’s even good in plain yogurt or vanilla ice cream.

Print It

spacer Wee Birdy Christmas Gift Tags
These cute, free Wee Birdy Christmas Gift Tags (from Wee Birdy!) come in reds or blues, and there’s a fun variety in the mix.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays 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! The PUSH series books will both go to one lucky winner.
Sewing in a Straight Line: Quick and Crafty Projects You Can Make by Simply Sewing Straight (US Winners Only)

Author: Brett Bara
Publisher: Potter Craft

Create an entire world of sophisticated projects using one simple skill. Absolutely anyone can sew in a straight line. And with this one skill and some basic guidance, television host and crafty expert Brett Bara demonstrates how you can make custom home decor, stylish fashions, and one-of-a-kind gifts.

Sewing in a Straight Line is a step-by-step guide to creating 28 deceptively simple projects that look like they came from a chic boutique- far more impressive than you would expect for such little effort! These easy-to-make items offer quick gratification that even the busiest among us will appreciate. From a flirty two-hour miniskirt to the cutest plush toys, many of the projects take only a spare afternoon.

PUSH Stitchery: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Stitched Art

Author: Jamie Chalmers
Publisher: Lark Books

Announcing PUSH, a new series devoted to indie-crafters and artists pushing the boundaries of traditional crafting mediums!

Curated by Jamie Chalmers–a.k.a. Mr. X Stitch, a leading figure in the “new embroidery movement”– PUSH Stitchery profiles the cutting-edge creative work of 30 top stitching artists from around the world. Each designer is showcased with six to eight pages of gallery-style imagery. A fascinating question-and-answer section, along with bios, make this innovative and inspirational book a must-have for anyone interested in blurring the lines between craft and art.

PUSH Paper: 30 Artists Explore the Boundaries of Paper Art

Author: Jamie Zollers
Publisher: Lark Books

Innovative, interesting, exciting: the work gathered in PUSH Paper, part of a stunningly designed new gallery series, is some of the best paper art being created today. Thirty contemporary paper artists, from world-renowned names to talented up-and-comers, all put their own spin on cutting, sculpture, installations, pop ups, paper toys, and more.

A vibrant question-and-answer section with the book’s distinguished juror, Jaime Zollars, and a biography of each showcased artist complete this visual feast of paper craft.

Win a $30 gift certificate to Jennifer Ladd, Handmade Purses & Bags. Jennifer makes handmade bags and purses that are modern and elegant, simple and sleek, cute and quirky too. The gift certificate can be used for both merchandise and shipping. Jennifer writes, “Feel free to keep it for yourself OR give it as a gift!” You could buy a beautiful new coin purse like the one pictured here!

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.

Word Play Quilts: Easy Techniques from the UnRuly Quilter

Author: Tonya Ricucci
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Want your next quilt to send a special message? Now you can spell it out with no tracing, no templates, no paper-piecing, no appliquΓ©, and no precise measuring! Inspired by renowned quiltmaker Gwen Marston (who wrote the foreword), Tonya presents a terrific technique for free-pieced letters. It’s your chance to break rules, mismatch, go wonky, and enjoy yourself!

* Boost your ability to piece without a pattern; this easy technique is very forgiving.
* Discover fabulous, whimsical ways to give letters and words a featured role in your quilts.
* Find three practice projects and loads of quilt samples to instruct and inspire.

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

3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

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405 Responses to November 4 ~ Passion for Relaxation

  1. […] ~ Passion for Relaxation 3 ~ Passion for Clothes 2 ~ Passion for Play 1 ~ Passion for […]

  2. RobynK says:

    Still backtracking after missing the first week. This is wonderful!

  3. Catherine says:

    I really like ALL of today’s projects! So many great gift ideas here. πŸ™‚

  4. stephanie tipton says:

    I’m making the heating pad – for myself and gifts. The chai looks great too. Oh, love the pinwheel quilt too!

  5. Tracy says:

    going to try the heating pads soon

  6. Jenn says:

    That pouch is super cute!

  7. Jodie says:

    Those green slippers are adorable!!!!

  8. the slippers seem so cozy!

  9. Genevieve says:

    Love the free printables today!


  10. Kristy says:

    Love them all.

  11. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    Homemade heating pads — what a brilliant idea!

  12. Kristin L says:

    I’m loving your collections of gift ideas. The PUSH books look really interesting — I’ve not seen them yet. Would love to win the fabric one. πŸ™‚

  13. Kathy H says:

    What great things you have today! I’m off to check out these tutorials!!

  14. krystina says:

    These are great ideas! I especially love the jammies. Thanks!

  15. wendy says:

    Heating pads – fab idea, why haven’t I made any yet? I’d love to make slippers too. I did try it once and they were a disaster!

  16. Joanne says:

    More great ideas – love handmade holidays month!

  17. Celeste says:

    The toddler slippers are adorable!

  18. alli b says:

    love the slippers. warm cozy feet here I come.

  19. Betsy says:

    fleece slippers-on the list!

  20. Lisa C. says:

    I’ve tried that Chai before, it’s amazing!!!

  21. Stephanie C. says:

    Love those boy pjs!

  22. Those Cozy Toes slippers look…well, cozy! πŸ™‚

  23. Crystal Turner says:

    Can’t wait to try the heating pad!

  24. Laura says:

    definitely making the heating pads – maybe that bag too!!

  25. Cinnamon says:

    That Farm Anatomy book looks so intriguing!

  26. Deb Cameron says:

    Wow, I got lost in Simple Simon & Co’s Blog for about an hour, that woman is awesomely talented! I’m so glad she is willing to share her creativity with us lesser beings. Thanks for yet another amazing post

  27. Ashley Williams says:

    I love those slippers!!!

  28. Karen A says:

    The slippers are so cute. Wonderful ideas.

  29. Amy says:

    Okay I’m not sure where to start with these cute things. I might just have to make them for next Christmas. Love the quilts. I have 2 princesses and they would love that quilt.

  30. Shawna says:

    The Pinwheels in the Park quilt is gorgeous!! I’ve made the “heating pad” with rice inside. Works well! Thanks for a chance to win.


  31. Wren says:

    Beth’s fabric choice is stunning!

  32. Jodi G. says:

    Oh I’m loving the pjs. I’m sure my grandson would
    love a pair. I know I’d love a pair of the slippers!

    Thanks for a chance to win.


  33. Lyanna L. says:

    I love all of these ideas – especially the homemade heating pad. I need to make some of those! =) Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. Lyanna L. says:

    I love all of these ideas – especially the homemade heating pad. I need to make some of those! =) Thanks for the chance to win!

  35. […] tonight. There’s still time to comment on the posts to win: Passion for Organization, Passion for Relaxation, Passion for Clothes, Passion for Play, Passion for […]

  36. Morgan says:

    Love the toddler slippers, and the farm anatomy book is super intriguing.

  37. Amber says:

    I’ll be making up some chai concentrate tonight. With all the money I’ll save by not buying my daily chai in the morning I’ll be able to add to my fabric stash. I love Liz’s choice.

  38. dianne mclean says:

    Some great ideas!

  39. Gift tags downloaded! Thank you!

  40. MarciaW says:

    cute slippers

  41. craftytammie says:

    love these ideas! thanks!

  42. Cory says:

    Both sets of slippers have piqued my interest….oh and the heating pad looks like a keeper.

  43. Gill says:

    I love the cosy toes slippers! Thanks!!

  44. kristin says:

    love the idea of homemade heating pads- been thinking about making them for years.

  45. Heidi says:

    My MIL loves spiced chai! one more gift idea for her! Thanks

  46. Chris says:

    I love pinwheels and adore the pinwheel quilt. thanks for the giveaways.

  47. Lee says:

    The slippers are great ideas! thanks!

  48. Michelle W says:

    Oh, my goodness, I might be dead of cute from those fleece toddler slippers.

  49. Lindsay says:

    The pinwheels in the park quilt is beautiful. I love the fabrics in it!

  50. Rachel says:

    Oh those slippers look so comfy. Christmas presents!

  51. rp says:


  52. I could definitely use a homemade heating pad!

  53. Mandi says:

    I love the pinwheel quilt!

  54. ashley says:

    I am going to add a few of the heating pads to my list of gifts to sew this year.

  55. SmilynStef says:

    Love those cozy slippers … and chai concentrate sounds delicious.

  56. Ingrid says:

    I’ve been seeing word quilts elsewhere on the Web – now I can make my own!

  57. Dorothy says:

    Mmmm…chai concentrate.

  58. julia carter says:

    I love the quilts, i am gonna make one as soon as i get sime courage, i am a very new sewer so i really dont know what im doing…

  59. Cerise says:

    Such great ideas! Love the zippered pouch!

  60. mims says:

    the boy’s pajamas are unbelievably cute.

  61. Mama Lusco says:

    I’d love to try those slippers!

  62. Kirsten says:

    It’s so easy to make pajama pants, but this boy shirt is perfect for our Christmas jammies. Thanks!

  63. Rebekah says:

    Spiced chai will keep me going to finish all of these Handmade Holidays projects.

  64. Pauline says:

    The recipe for the spiced chai concentrate is awesome! Thanks!

  65. Julia Irene says:

    love the zipper pouch, heating pad, and chai recipe. thanks for the chance to win.

  66. Bianca says:

    These giveaways look great. And I’m definitely going to make some hot pads for the upcoming cold weather.

  67. Marya says:

    Those slippers look so comfy. I was trying to think what I could make my sisters for Christmas this year and these may be the winner! Does not look like it requires a whole lot of time to complete and they are really cute too! πŸ™‚

  68. Sandy says:

    The Jennifer Ladd coin purse is beautiful!

  69. Dawn says:

    I drink Chai almost every day, the concentrate will make it soooo much faster!

  70. Crystal says:

    I’m making one of the zippered pouches today. Thanks a million!

  71. Sandra :) says:

    The best thing about that flat bottom pouch tutorial – is that she tells you how to draft the pattern for ANY size bag – very handy!

  72. Amy says:

    Ohhh, the cozy toe slippers would make great gifts. And I’m diggin’ the Flat Bottom Zipper Pouch. Cool!

  73. Sherri S. says:

    Ach, that quilt is gorgeous (and the baby in the pjs is, too!). Thanks so much!

  74. Courtney says:

    love those fleece slippers.

  75. Cat says:

    i love the fabric used for the pouch !

  76. Brooke says:

    Love the pinwheel quilt.

  77. Sylvia says:

    Love the bag project.Thanks for the giveaway.

  78. Jessica says:

    those slippers look so comfortable!

  79. Kristie says:

    I think I’m going to have to try the toddler slippers. I have some non-slip material from replacing worn out pajama bottom feet. It’d be perfect for the bottom. Thanks for a fun idea!

  80. alcheme says:

    Cute Cozy Toes Slippers!!

  81. Linda says:

    Getting ready to make the the chai concentrate!

  82. Michele J says:

    so many great ideas – i love both sets of slippers/shoes.

  83. Jenn says:

    Love the little toddler slippers! So cute!

  84. Ingrid says:

    So many great ideas! I especially love those slippers.

  85. Angela B. says:

    Looking forward to trying something new! Thanks for the chance to win!

  86. Meghan says:

    I’m reading this post from bed…keeping in wt the spirit of the projects!

  87. Jayne says:

    Where to start! So many great ideas…I love the slippers!

  88. Maya says:

    Mmm…slippers, quilts, and chai!

  89. Debbie says:

    I can feel how good those slippers would be just by looking at the picture!

  90. Sarah says:

    Awesome pj’s!

  91. Katina says:

    Love the homemade heating pad!

  92. EmGabs says:

    I’m going into my stash of fleece to make my Little Man some toddler slippers!

  93. Morgan O. says:

    Love those cozy toes slippers – can’t wait to make them for a gift!

  94. Allie says:

    I can imagine my baby boy in those jammies and slippers. Love ’em!

  95. Anna says:

    My nearly three year old needs some new slippers, and because we’re heading into summer here in Australia none of the shops are selling slippers. Never mind that it’s hot one day and freezing the next! Those slipper patterns will be looked at very carefully!

  96. Rachel B says:

    I’d LOVE to win the Farm Anatomy book. I can think of a few people on my list that would love it. ps. I love this handmade holiday stuff πŸ™‚

  97. Sherry J says:

    oh, so much i want to do and so little time. please pick me.

  98. amorette says:

    love the toddler slippers and the chai concentrate!

  99. MissMary says:

    Oooh la la!

  100. ems says:

    the chai ingredients are on my shopping list

  101. Maureen says:

    Fun ideas and great books to own.

  102. Jen S says:

    I look forward to all those bag tutorials!

  103. Love the boy’s pajamas, and all of the neat ideas.

  104. Shayla says:

    I love all of these projects! The fabric for the bag is super cute!

  105. Shawna says:

    the slippers look divine!

  106. Meagan says:

    Can’t wait to try those slippers!

  107. Evelene Sterling says:

    Oh I love the pinwheel quilt. The colors are so pretty. Slippers, yes!

  108. Ramona says:

    I want to try the chai. The slippers and zippered bag are adorable too.

  109. Ginger says:

    Lovely ideas!

  110. Christina says:

    Those slippers look awesome!

  111. alisha says:

    The cozy toes slippers are so adorable. I’m going to try to figure them out even though the pattern is incomplete.

  112. MJ says:

    Bookmarked at least 3 of these, I lost count! This is my favorite time of year!! Thanks πŸ™‚

  113. Elizabeth says:

    Oh the slippers are so cute:D

  114. Timmi says:

    I love the pinwheel quilt

  115. Vida says:

    The boy’s pajama shirt looks adorable!

  116. Rachael says:

    Goodness, there are several things I want to make. And the books look like tons of fun!

  117. Cat says:

    Can I please win sewing in a straight line . . . that is what I am best at!

  118. Carrie says:

    Thx for the continued inspiration

  119. Julia says:

    Again! Lovely & right up my alley! Slippers & Chai.. Yes, please!!

  120. Kelly says:

    This is the BEST blog! I am so glad I found you! The ideas are amazing…not just “crafty” stuff, but really cool, functional, and beautiful treasures! I cannot wait to dig in deeper and pull out my sewing machine. Seriously…you are inspiring me SO MUCH!

  121. Amanda says:

    loving the toddler slippers!

  122. Andrea says:

    I am in labor and I want to start a project!

  123. Susan Shreve says:

    Lots of fun stuff here! Hope I win!!

  124. Sarah says:

    I think I’ll just have to try my hand at those cozy toes slippers. They are so cute!

  125. Susan R. says:

    So many wonderful ideas!! I don’t know where to start!

  126. Yan says:

    Sewing In A Straight Line is on my Christmas wish list, but hopefully, I can wish for something else instead if I win!

  127. Brenda says:

    Wonderful options to choose from. How will I make it all?

  128. loulou says:

    No adult jammies? Guess I’ll have to curl up in one of those cool word quilts!

  129. beth lehman says:

    So many ideas!! I love the zipper pouch and anything by Julia Rothman. Brett Bara has some great videos for her book on her website – very fun ideas! Thanks!

  130. Jen says:


  131. click true says:

    Thanks a lot. Very interesting article!

  132. Deanna says:

    Off to make some slippers. Thanks!

  133. what fantastic looking comfy slippers!

  134. Megan says:

    love the flat bottom zipper bag! enjoying all your “passions”!

  135. Virginia says:

    Yeah a pattern for boys!

  136. Fabienne says:

    Everything looks so cozy and conforting

  137. elizabeth says:

    Wow! It’s only November 4th and you have already had the best projects….seriously can’t wait for more!

  138. Definitely need to try the spiced chai concentrate!

  139. Alli says:

    Ooh, so many good tutorials to bookmark!

  140. Westin's Mom says:

    I love the toddler fleece slippers!

  141. Jessica says:

    I might need to make that chai concentrate right now! I was just craving a warm delicious fall drink!

  142. Hillary S. says:

    My daughters may be finding those slippers under the Christmas tree…

  143. susan mzf says:

    I must try those slippers – they look so comfy!!

  144. Jane S. says:

    I’m going to have to make that chai tea concentrate! Thank you for the giveaways.

  145. Louby Lou says:

    I’m so gonna try that Chai Concentrate, tried my first chai last winter and loved it but never been able to get the same flavour. So this will be worth a try!

  146. Nina says:

    I love the pyjama shirt for boy, thank you!

  147. M Evans says:

    I just bookmarked pinwheels in the park for my next project!

  148. Whitney says:

    another great post! Really really want to win the sewing in a straight line book!

  149. Ellen M. says:

    Another great day! The Fit for a Princess Quilt looks easy enough for a beginner quilter.

  150. Fran says:

    The flat bottom bag is super !
    & those books are over the top….
    thanks for the ideas & tutorials.

  151. Rebecca says:

    My little girl has been asking for a new set of slippers ~ thanks for the link!

  152. erin jewell says:

    those fleece slippers are too adorable for words

  153. Kelly says:

    Everybody is getting slippers!

  154. Bridget says:

    Ok, slippers, zip bag and chai?! Love all of it

  155. Sophie says:

    Those toddler slippers look cool!

  156. Tong says:

    So many great ideas again! Love the baby pajama shirt!

  157. Erika says:

    I love the heating pads but anyone have suggestions other than lavender??? I am allergic to lavender and that is all I ever see suggested for this type of project.

  158. JamieS says:

    The pinwheel quilt is almost too pretty for the park! Great pattern and tutorial.

  159. JamieS says:

    The pinwheel quilt is pretty and perfect for the park!

  160. Melissa Ann says:

    Chai Concentrate: Mmmm… Love it!

  161. Michelle B says:

    That zippered pouch is so cute I could pinch it. I guess I’ll have to sew it in order to do that!

  162. kathyh says:

    AAHHHCCK. I’m in the middle of the Junebug dress from yesterday. I just need to sew the side seams and then add the skirt part. Now there are more great projects today. Can’t keep up.

    Thank you. Really good ideas today too.

  163. Suze says:

    What a lot of great ideas I’ve seen here recently! Thank you!

  164. Kate says:

    The shoes are great, I’ve never thought of making them before. Thanks

  165. Anne says:

    Everything looks so good…especially the quilts!

  166. Julia says:

    I love the pajama shirt and toddler slippers!

  167. Katie B says:

    Great projects! Love the slippers.

  168. greta says:

    Yay sew in a straight line!

  169. Barbara says:

    I love the bag tutorials and this pouch is definitely something I will have to try making.

  170. Emmmylizzzy says:

    That pajama shirt is fantastic!

  171. Jana Sterling says:

    I love Beth’s choice on the fabric. I’m making apron, tea towel, pot holder combos for my sister-in-laws. Definitely using this fabric for one of the sets.

  172. I love it all!! The first blanket is fabulous. And the slippers, they look so comfy.

  173. Sherly says:

    love the cozy toes! very cute πŸ™‚

  174. Galatina says:

    great projects & great giveaways. can’t wait to try the chai!

  175. Definitely making those heating pads!

  176. Peggy Grow says:

    I LOVE those little slippers. Sigh.

  177. Java Jane says:

    You guys rock! That is all.

  178. Jen V says:

    I’ve been meaning to make slippers for son #1. Another one on the list.

  179. Christina G. says:

    Love the little bag, and the slippers. Both would go nicely with some Chai πŸ™‚

  180. Marianna says:

    Love today’s ideas

  181. Theresa says:

    neat ideas

  182. Jasmin says:


  183. Rhonda S. says:

    Loved the first week of ideas! Thank you for all the work you do to put this together!

  184. Jenny says:

    Can’t wait to make one of those flat zipper pouches, and I’d love that Word Play book! I’ve been wanting to get into improvisational piecing. Thanks!!

  185. Patricia says:

    Lots of great ideas here…including the tea! It would be sweet to win a new little change purse though…I love mine but I’ve been toting it in my purse with a broken zipper for way too long! My purse (sewn by me of course) is way to cute for the worn out hemp corduroy broken zip change purse, right?

  186. Jennifer N says:

    Love all of these great ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  187. Sarah B says:

    Love those P.J.s and slippers!

  188. Adrienne says:

    Yes please! Going to make the pjs for my little man, and the heating pad for all the other guys in my life!

  189. chibidani says:

    These posts are amazing. I always find at least 2 things every day that I like, often more! Thanks πŸ™‚

  190. beverly says:

    I love slippers, cozy, cozy slippers.

  191. Jennifer Lynch Postma says:

    Oooh Chai concentrate, that sounds so good.

  192. Brita says:

    Love the quilts! The chai looks yummy.

  193. Tonya says:

    Just amazing all around ! I love handmade holidays!!

  194. Deanne Johnson says:

    I’m going to make the chai concentrate and my daughter will be thrilled! Thanks.

  195. Shaila says:

    I love both of the slipper tutorials!

  196. Elizabeth L says:

    I’m loving “Bag a Day”. What great ideas!

  197. Tanis says:

    Awe the little boy’s shirt is so sweet! Love to see stuff for little boys!!

  198. Tanis says:

    the Word Play Quilts book looks really cool!

  199. Andrea says:

    Love the pinwheel quilt. I’ve been wanting to try one for such a long time.

  200. Dell says:

    Great suggestions. Thanks for sharing.

  201. Betsy M says:

    My little man is going to LOVE those slippers. Very cute!

  202. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Ooh my toddler needs slippers! Maybe I’ll make him some for Christmas!

  203. Marci Girl says:

    I love all these tutorials!

  204. Jacque says:

    The homemade heating pad is a great idea…love the pretty pinwheel quilt! Thanks for all these awesome ideas for gifts!

  205. Serendipity says:

    I just adore the pinwheel quilt and up next on my list of things to sew is the flat bottom zipper pouch. Cute!

  206. Can’t wait to make that chai!

  207. alison c says:

    boys pyjama shirt is just too cute!

  208. Silvia says:

    These toes sleepers seem to be so warm, they are perfect for the winter! πŸ™‚

  209. A couple of those things have been pinned for awhile. I want to try the chai concentrate. The sewing in straight lines book is right up my alley.

  210. sigh, so many great projects, so little time

  211. Mrs. Not the Jet Set says:

    Love the slippers!

  212. Candi says:

    Reading your posts makes me want a alot of new books! I’ve been in the mood to make a new quilt…

  213. Julie says:

    the heat pack what a genius idea!!

  214. Kristin says:

    I’ve been meaning to perfect a chai concentrate forever — looks like a great, spicy recipe!

  215. Beth T says:

    I have a serious crush on the Word Play quilt book. Anytime you feature something I’m longing for, I feel as if my wishes are ratified. πŸ™‚

    Love the segmented heating pad. I’ve been making them without segments, and they tend to “water balloon”. Trust you guys to always show me a better way to do something.

  216. Kelly Black says:

    So many lovely ideas. The Pinwheels in the Park quilt really drew me in since it’s in my favorite colors! And thanks for the chance to win great books!

  217. Jenn Lee says:

    Mmmm chai concentrate

  218. Sharon Meek says:

    I am making some heating pads for Christmas and love the gift tags. Thanks!!

  219. crystal says:

    love those toddler slippers!

  220. Wonderful Thanks!

  221. kathy h says:

    I love the slippers and the flat bottomed zip bag. very different and fun.

  222. eleanor says:

    Love the Christmas labels!

  223. ~Heather says:

    I’d love to get ahold of Brett Bara’s book!

  224. Maeve says:

    Love the pinwheels quilt, one I would definitely like to make. And the flat bottom zipper pouch looks easy and would make a great gift with some goodies inside. Thanks for all the tutes!

  225. Stacey says:

    What city kid doesn’t deserve a taste of farm life?!

  226. Kristi F says:

    Once again, awesome tutorials and prizes!

  227. AnnaPK says:

    I pinned those toddler slippers, they look so cozy!

  228. Kristy says:

    I love all these cozy relaxing gifts!

  229. Lea says:

    Great ideas. I love the pinwheels.

  230. Melanie says:

    Oooo! I need slippers! Thanks for the pattern!

  231. Elizabeth says:

    Love that boy’s shirt pattern! Lots of great ideas!

  232. Sam says:

    Love the heating pad and the chai concentrate sounds good.

  233. Sonya M says:

    That pajama shirt is adorable! I’d love to try it out for my nieces.

  234. Liz Devens says:

    So many projects I want to do for Christmas gifts, thank you!

  235. Megan says:

    Ooh! Those slippers are just the handmade project I’ve been looking for!

  236. 2hippos says:

    The heating pad tutorial is perfect for a gift for a friend who has been having headache issues. thank you!

  237. Renae says:

    It is that time of year again to get going on new rice packs. My kids love them. I’m going to try this style this year.

  238. Kim T. says:

    wonderful ideas. thank you!

  239. Heidi Anderson says:

    Love the pj’s! I am tempted to mix up a batch of chai right now. Once again, great list!

  240. Michelle says:


  241. Louisa says:

    I love the slippers!

  242. Brie says:

    I want to try the pinwheel quilt it just looks so intimidating! Such great tutorials so far, can’t wait to see what’s next

  243. MC says:

    Love that pinwheel block! Thanks for the inspiration.

  244. Carrie says:

    Adorable heating pad! Might have to make some of those!

  245. Robyn Meza says:

    I am loving all these ideas!! The zipper pouch will make great Christmas gifts!

  246. Kristin H says:

    The zipper pouch looks great for travel toiletries. I might have to make two, one for me and one for my husband!

  247. Oh boy! Theirs lots to try today!!

  248. Victoria Rebmann says:

    Oooh Love the Cozy stuff!!

  249. Crystal says:

    LOVE the zippered pouch! I may have to make these for my Moms and sister!

  250. evelin says:

    I’m loving this, but having a problem going back to days 2 & 3 … is it just me?

  251. Rebekah says:

    So many fun ideas!! Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  252. Sara says:

    I love the pinwheel pattern! I’m addinig it to my list of “to dos”!

  253. Sarah says:

    I love the bag pattern for today. It would make a great make-up bag.

  254. Tez says:

    totally trying the toddler fleece slippers and I have had the flat bottom bag bookmarked to try for a while, I think Liz’s pick might be perfect!!!

  255. Wendy says:

    Glad to see some ideas for slippers. Also love the pinwheel quilt!

  256. beth says:

    Great ideas! Thanks so much!

  257. Sara says:

    Love both of those quilts! And the slippers!

  258. Marie says:

    I love the pinwheels in the part and it will be perfect for a baby quilt for a friend due in March!

  259. Annie says:

    My sister has been hinting around for a pinwheel quilt for a while now… thank you for the perfect one! Downloaded the PDF version, and I’m ready to get cutting. πŸ™‚

  260. Julie W says:

    I’d love to try making the boys pajamas.

  261. jessie says:

    as soon as i wa done reading my blogs i was going to look up a heating wrap tutorial…nevermind–you guys got me covered! thanks!

  262. Maureen says:

    Everyone on my list is getting the flat bottom bag!!!!

  263. Courtney says:

    Great gift ideas today! Thanks Thanks!

  264. Wendy says:

    Pajamas are a great gift idea!

  265. Kelsey D says:

    Love it!

  266. Jen says:

    Such a great roundup!

  267. Samina says:

    How I love that blue fabric – I’m going to have order some of it.

  268. JenL says:

    Slippers and heating pads – already on my idea list! Now I have sweet new patterns! Thank you!

  269. Jennifer says:

    I definitely need to make some of those slippers! They look so comfy!

  270. Melanie T says:

    Yes! I would love any of these gifts! How fun.

  271. Cat says:

    the slippers look great ! and, oh, my ! how nice is this fabric for the pouch !!!

  272. Crystal says:

    I love the pajamas! Just what I needed for some xmas jammies for my girls this year.

  273. Seanna Lea says:

    I love the zipper bag. I would totally give it to my MIL with a few bars of soap (including Love Potion #9) from Sweet Petula. It would completely make her day.

  274. Jennifer says:

    So many things I love today…not enough time!

  275. denise says:

    I can’t wait to try some spiced chai mix on a cool day! Pretty soon we’ll have many. Those slippers look like something I could so in a jiffy for my grands and enlarge for my 6yr. old! I am loving all the wonderful ideas here! denise

  276. Margaret says:

    The pinwheels are so fun. Would love to make one in holiday colors.

  277. Jessica H says:

    Fleece toddler slippers are adorable. I may have to get on this.

  278. Stephanie says:

    Such pretty quilts and fun looking books. I can sew a straight line and not much more so I need to check out that book.

  279. Amy says:

    I love the fabric that the homemade heating pads is made of… so chic πŸ˜‰

  280. Rebecca says:

    Your give-away list is breathtaking! Wish I had a munchkin of my own to make the boy’s pajama shirt for because it is adorable πŸ™‚

  281. Rebekah says:

    Cute zipper pouch and the princess quilt is beautiful!

  282. Cassandra says:

    EVery year this handmade holiday lists keeps improving. Thanks for all your hardwork. It always makes me excited for the winter.

  283. Elaine says:

    I love the quilt and the slippers and I need a new pair anyway – might as well make them myself!

  284. Kathleen says:

    Bummer! The cozy toes pattern is just that — a pattern only. You need to buy their magazine for the instructions. tsk tsk

  285. Stacy says:

    The zipper pouch would make a great gift for lots of people in my life. The toddler slippers look so cozy.

  286. Kathleen says:

    Slippers! Yay — I was looking for a cute pattern!

  287. Steph G. says:

    Love the pinwheel quilt!

  288. Angela Fitch says:

    Yay! I love contests and free stuff. πŸ™‚ Love the bag and quilt today too….thanks! Angela

  289. Diana says:

    Homemade heating pads would be a great gift idea!

  290. jeanne says:

    Once again you have made my day!

  291. Joyce says:

    I love the flat bottomed pouch, zebra striped slippers and chai tea recipe! I will be exploring my passion for relaxing with these items this weekend. Thanks for the great ideas!

  292. Holly says:

    Those slippers (big and little!) sure look fun! Thanks!

  293. I would love those Push books! And those slippers. Another bookmark! Now I have to go buy the lining fabric! Curse you SMS! I love you so.

  294. Amanda says:

    I love those cozy toes slippers!

  295. Sara D. says:

    LOVE those little fleece toddler slippers! And “Farm Anantomy”! How awesome! Esp since I am now a city girl that grew up on a working farm. will have to look for that one.

  296. Amy G. says:

    The cozy toes slippers are so cute!

  297. natasha says:

    I want to make everything!

  298. Alexandra O says:

    Love the boy pj shirt.

  299. Rachel says:

    I want to make those boy pajamas!

  300. Cari says:

    Love the slippers!

  301. Rebekah says:

    I think I’m going to be making a few slippers for Christmas this year!

  302. Kate says:

    The cozy toes slippers look great. But I went the the link, and all you get are the pattern pieces. You have to buy the magazine to get the step-by-step instructions. It also seemed like a lot of people are complaining about the fit. Just FYI before anyone gets too excited.

  303. thea says:

    I would love to try those slippers. I have not been able to find the magazine you have to buy for the instructions though…

  304. Natalija says:

    That Chai mixture sounds heavenly. I will have to bookmark that recipe.

  305. LisaVH says:

    Yummy! I love chai tea and this sounds perfect for this cooler weather we are finally getting.

  306. Paula says:

    Thank you for this wonderful choice of tutorials; gave me many ideas for Christmas presents!

  307. Mina says:

    So many choices today, I am not sure what I want to make first!

  308. Addy says:

    I’d love to make one of each of these!

  309. Anta says:

    I don’t know how you guys continue to provide us with so many fresh creative ideas. Thank you!

  310. Those slippers (both the adults’ and the kids’) are adorable! What a cozy and clever gift idea!

  311. Lisa Zap says:

    That Chai concentrate seems perfect for these colder days!

  312. Jennifer says:

    Cute little shoes and slippers!

  313. Cindi C says:

    Another day with some great ideas. I have a spring baby to make a quilt for, the pinwheels are perfect. Also the fleece slippers for baby, cute! Too bad we don’t get the pattern for the Cozy Toes without buying the magazine. Can’t wait for this weekend to get started.

  314. Christine says:

    I made some handmade heating pads a couple of years ago. It might be time to make some more.

  315. Steph says:

    I love the little jammies–so cute!

  316. Molly Martin says:

    Hooray for boy stuff! Those pajamas are adorable!

  317. Meg says:

    So many good ideas everyday! If only I had the time to execute them all.

  318. Abby says:

    Oh, I want those cozy toes slippers right now! They look so warm.

  319. Andee says:

    Spiced Chai Concentrate? Genius! I have a friend or two who will love that. Thanks!

  320. Anita says:

    Love the slippers.

  321. SS Sews says:

    I like the pinwheels quilt! And will have to check out the chai concentrate for sure.

  322. Joy says:

    Oh, so much to love: cozy slippers, chai, great gift tags, and Jennifer Ladd’s cute purses! Thanks for the inspiration!

  323. Stacy says:

    I love the cute birdy Christmas tags. Makes me eager to start wrapping my gifts!

  324. Bobby says:

    I’m excited about the quilt tutorials. That is going to be my next push to do. I’ve never quilted and these look perfect to try. :0)

  325. Melanie says:

    Love the chai concentrate!

  326. Brianna says:

    Love the color scheme for the Pinwheels in the Park quilt.

  327. Erin says:

    I will have to try making the spiced chai concentrate. My Mom is in town for the week and she loves chai so it would be great to have on hand for her!

  328. Kati says:

    I really like the flat bottom sipper pouch! Great fabric choice!

  329. Sarah K. says:

    You’ve done it again! At this rate I will have enough handmade projects to hand out next year too…

  330. Melissa says:

    Love that flat bottom bag! I might have found my sister’s Christmas project! Thank you!

  331. Georgia says:

    Oooo, I might need a pair of those slippers for myself. πŸ˜‰

  332. Lesley says:

    Homemade heating pads are my FAVORITE! My entire family has them and we all cannot live without them.

  333. Suzanne says:

    Boy, are those cute shoes! And a Batman Smells tag?! My boys are going to love those!

  334. Lynne says:

    I love those slippers! Thank you for the inspiration!

  335. Tera says:


  336. Jess says:

    Oh I love the bag pattern! I’m obsessed with zipper pouch patterns right now. Thanks for all the tutorials and the giveaway.

  337. Ellen Ban says:

    Love the homemade heating pad/cold pack! Need to make some to keep in the freezer for my migraines..

  338. Melissa says:

    Oooh- I would live the sew straight book. :-). Thanks!

  339. Katy says:

    That heat-pad tutorial might just be forming some of my Christmas presents. Although having looked at the comments attached to it, I’m wondering the same thing as someone else now – if you used unpopped popcorn kernals to fill it, why don’t they pop when you microwave it? Perhaps I’ll stick with rice to be safe.

  340. Lanny says:

    Love it all! Keep it coming!

  341. Robin E. says:

    Love that zipper bag! It would make a perfect travel toiletries bag, and I can size it to fit everything I need instead of having to pack multiple little bags. Oooo, I could make multiple little bags to go inside the one big bag! Ideas are spinning… My sister travels monthly and it would be a nice gift set for her!

  342. Christina says:

    Oooooh, I need some slippers!

  343. Heather says:

    I love both sets of slippers!

  344. Pat says:

    The PUSH books sound so interesting, I would love to spend an afternoon reading them.

  345. Laura says:

    I’m definitely going to make those fleece slippers for my baby!! Thanks!

  346. Alice S says:

    I want to make the boys pajama shirt for my littlest boy!!!

  347. Katie says:

    I have seen that tutorial for the cozy slippers all over the place and I printed it to make. I can’t wait! I have about 4 pairs of homemade slippers. Where I live, it isn’t possible to have too many.

  348. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Can’t wait to try the jammies and slippers for my little man!
    Thank you for posting all of these tutorials.

  349. Sue Ellen T says:

    Those tags are adorable! The bag today would be a fantastic gift for my daughter to make for her friends! Thanks so much for all the incredible tutorials!

  350. Hannah says:

    Those cozy toes slippers look soooooo comfortable!

  351. Brigette says:

    The flat bottom zipper pouch is so cute!

  352. Emily says:

    The slippers for mom and toddler are cute and would be so cozy.

  353. Marilize says:

    Ooh – comfort πŸ™‚ Gonna whip up some slippers tonight for hubs and myself.

  354. Another hit! So many great projects.

  355. lisa says:

    oooooh, some more good ones. i am already having “too many choices overload”! ha!

  356. Beth says:

    Great giveaway books, yet again! And I love the flat bottom zip pouch. Can’t wait to make a few of those!

  357. Those pajamas are adorable! I plan on making my kids several pairs of pajamas this winter.

  358. Jess says:

    These are all awesome, but I know some little kids who would LOVE those fleece toddler slippers!

  359. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  360. Andrea says:

    I love warm and cosy gifts! I need some of those cosy toes slippers myself! πŸ™‚ I’ll definitely be making some of those homemeade heating pads, too. Thanks for the daily inspiration!

  361. Kari E says:

    Such fun! can’t wait to get get started!

  362. Morgan says:

    Those Simple Simon PJs are super-cute!

  363. shanna boatler says:

    I would love to add this book to my collection!! great post today:)

  364. Beth says:

    I love the fuzzy slippers. I want some on my feet right now!

  365. joyfulT says:

    Those pjs look adorable! I may just have to make some slippers for my 7 month old.

  366. Tara H. says:

    What super ideas! My favorite would have to be the pajamas.

  367. monica says:

    Love the little fleece shoes. November has to be my favorite month at SMS!!

  368. Addie says:

    Love all of these ideas! Can’t wait to see what’s coming up for the rest of the month.

  369. Jess says:

    So much fun!! Now you’ve got me wanting chai tea … LOL! I especially love the quilts and the slippers this time around!!

  370. Christina says:

    Those toddler slippers are fab.

  371. Rachael Spencer says:

    I love the baby boy pajama shirt. The edging around is my favorite part.

  372. Kris says:

    Those slippers are so cute!

  373. Tammy says:

    I love the slippers (adult and toddler!) and I’m checking out that recipe right now. I love chai!

  374. jill says:

    I am going to make that little bag today

  375. Ann S says:

    Great post, very inspiring.

  376. another great post! Today’s prizes are amazing! “word play quilts” looks interesting!

  377. Summer says:

    Those slippers are too cute and I love anything Katy makes!

  378. Heather says:

    I want fleece slippers in my size!

  379. pocketsize says:

    I love the look of the Farm Anatomy book. And I think I’m going to be making some heating pads soon.

  380. Sonja says:

    My family will love thos cozy slippers! Thanks!

  381. Larissa says:

    The toddler pj’s and slippers are so wonderfully cute! Thank you for the great tutorials – can’t wait for more!

  382. Becky says:

    I love the homemade heating pad. It looks perfect for keeping warm this winter.

  383. Sydney says:

    OMG.. I love that baby (and the pjs!) I also bookmarked the pinwheel quilt and the chai! I can’t wait to get started!

  384. Lynnea says:

    I love the bag, the pajama shirt, the chai. So much goodness.

  385. Sus Briggs says:

    That pinwheel quilt is adorable…. and I have two brand new Great-nieces!

  386. Mary Kaplan says:

    So many great ideas! I can’t decide which to do first.:)

  387. Glenys says:

    Ooo so many books! I hope I win one of them. πŸ™‚

  388. S White says:

    I have made Pinwheels in the Park for a special little girl who just became a big sister. It was a fun project. Great gift ideas!

  389. Jill B says:

    The pinwheels quilt pattern is just what I have in mind for my daughter.

  390. Valerie says:

    I really love the flat bottom zipper pouch. It’s always good to fit more in!

  391. emilia says:

    slippers and chai go great together!!

  392. emilia says:

    mmmm chai!!! drink while wearing cozy slippers!!!

  393. How to make heating pads. Exactly what I need to know. Thanks!

  394. Natalie says:

    Ooh I just love chai, will have to mix some of that up.. Also it’s lovely to see a tutorial for little boys; they turn up so less often than girly clothes

  395. Gretchen says:

    I’m wondering if I can make those jammies in my size πŸ™‚

  396. Kristin says:

    So many cool things to make!

  397. Carmen says:

    Yum! Chai concentrate is definitely going in my fridge!

  398. Erin says:

    Love those toddler slippers! My son could use some of those for his tootsies!

  399. linda says:

    Looking forward to all the bag tutorials!

  400. Louise says:

    Lovely ideas for day 4 Thanks!

  401. laura reich says:

    Love the zipper pouch!

  402. Christine says:

    Oh, I love the pyjama shirt for boys, it’s marvellous!

  403. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful surprise!
    Thank you!
    Kind regards from Germany.

  404. wendy says:

    Chai concentrate… genius!!

  405. deborah says:


    that is all.


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