Do you love things neat and tidy? Do you strive for a little more order to your days? Do you know someone who gets a kick out of organizing?… We have great ideas for you today!

Make It

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Creative in Chicago shows you how to use jute and piping cord to make these super-simple DIY Rope Vases to organize pencils and more.
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Christina from 2 Little Hooligans shows you how to make these great Round Nesting Baskets!
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Rachel from Always a Project created these fantastic Hoopla organizers, utilizing embroidery hoops as the hanging hardware!
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Erin from Dog Under My Desk showed us here at Sew,Mama,Sew! how to make this Grocery Bag Stuff Sack in our Summer Sewing series. Keep all of those extra bags tidy in the house or on the road!
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These Fabric Storage Boxes from Make It and Love It are fairly inexpensive and easy to make, and they feature side handles and a front window for labeling.
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Lee from Freshly Pieced designed this Lego Storage Bag + Play Mat to contain all of those little pieces! It would work lots of different toys, and it’s great for travel too.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Organizers, Gifts: Organize, Back-to-School Desk Bag, Easy Knit Book Covers, Happy Hostess Gift Box

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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Rashida from i heart linen designed this Snappy Coin Purse for SEW Timeless. We think a bunch of these would be a great help to organize cavernous bags, and they would also make nice little holiday gifts too (maybe with a small gift card tucked inside?!).

Buy It

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This 2012 12 Month Calendar from Leah Duncan is professionally printed on 100% cotton paper. She writes, “The calendar features drawings and patterns reflecting geometry and nature in shades of dark indigo, gold, coral, beige, gray, and pink. There’s a space at the bottom to write notes and when the month is over, you can trim off the month and frame the artwork or send it as a note!”

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:

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

Mix It

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Mique’s Bread in a Can from 30 Handmade Days isn’t a recipe, but you can bake your favorite bread (banana bread, anyone?!) in a can in the oven just as you would in a regular pan. We love the inspiration photo, and the idea of using a favorite paper or fabric to wrap it all up.

Print It

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Mel shares tons of envelope templates, and a great compilation of additional templates and tutorials at Mel Stampz. Use Over 100 Envelope Templates + Tutorials this holiday season!

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!

At Home with Handmade Books: 28 Extraordinary Bookbinding Projects Made from Ordinary and Repurposed Materials

Author: Erin Zamrzla
Publisher: Roost Books

The handmade books presented here offer creative ways for you to explore your personal styles and interests: Create a record of this year’s garden with a book made out of seed packets. Collect your favorite recipes under the protective cover of a plastic cutting mat. Make simple memo pads out of recycle bin scraps. In this collection of twenty-eight Japanese bookbinding projects, traditional techniques meet contemporary style, from easy-to-fold accordion books to the intricate and interesting Japanese stab-stitch bindings.

Countdown Calendars: 24 Stitched Projects to Celebrate Any Date

Author: C&T Publishing’s Design Collective
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Count down creatively – any season, any reason!

* 24 projects to anticipate and celebrate your favorite special events.
* Make one for Christmas, Chanukah, the first day of school, a new baby, and many more occasions.
* Learn innovative sewing and embellishing techniques using Lutradur, felt, and ribbon.
* Includes a few no-sew projects that you can make in just a couple hours.

The Knitter’s Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

Author: Gwen Steege
Publisher: Storey Books

Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next; you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!

3-Fabric Quilts: Quick Techniques for Simple Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Leni Levenson Wiener
Publisher: Krause Publications

Selecting fabrics and making great quilts has never been easier! In 3-Fabric Quilts, Leni Levenson Wiener gives you the tools to make twelve fantastic quilts that each require only three fabrics. With each quilt composed of geometric squares, rectangles and strips, cutting and piecing has never been so fast and simple.

Inside you’ll find:
* Advice on choosing the three fabrics, including tips on understanding color, value and print scale, making fabric shopping easier than ever.
* Illustrated instructions for twelve 3-fabric quilts, each with yardage requirements and instructions for a small and large size.
* A unique quilting template for each project, specifically designed for the quilt.
* Basic rotary cutting, piecing and finishing instructions.
* Fun, fresh, contemporary fabrics, layouts and patterns, perfect for gifts or to decorate your own home!

Deck the Halls: Quilts to Celebrate Christmas

Author: Cheryl Almgren Taylor
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

In this rich collection of Christmas patterns, you’ll find festive quilts to deck the halls— And mantels, tables, floors, and more! These projects include delightful designs for children as well, so you’ll soon have everyone dreaming of Christmas!

* Choose from 10 warm and welcoming projects for decorating or gift giving.
* Prepare for the holidays with wall quilts, table toppers, a tree skirt, a mantel quilt, and stockings.
* Create pieced and appliquéd projects that include floral appliqué motifs such as poinsettias and mistletoe.

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

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

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