November 7 ~ Passion for Teaching + Learning

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Our daily lives are full of teaching and learning, and we love it. If you love it too, you’ll have fun with our great selection of tutorials and more!… Enjoy today’s tutorials, and enter to win more giveaways below.

Also, be sure to check out the “Related Tutorials” section below for tons of additional ideas for teaching and learning!

Make It

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We absolutely love these Number Bean Bags from Mary at Craft Buds!
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The Zip-It-Up Pencil Case is a follow-up to Joanne’s popular Zip-Itself Coin Purse at Craft Passion. Both use zippers and ribbon in designs that “wow!”
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Rachel helps you create these practical and cute Lap Desks at Pleased as Punch.
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These Mini Clipboards from Amy at Let’s Explore would be so useful, and irresistible for kids and adults alike.
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Sandra from Sugar Cubes and Spice Cake created this handy School Desk Bag tutorial for our latest Back to School series at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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This Organizer Basket from Ayumillisis just right for tidying pencils, markers, and any other desk supply in a learning space.

Related tutorials you might just love: Laptop Bag, Gifts for College Students, Gifts for Teachers, Gifts: Teach & Learn, Back to School Pencil Case, Binder Pouch Tutorial, Fabric Book Cover, Art Smock Tutorial, Let’s Go Backpack Pattern & Tutorial, Easy Knit Book Covers, Messenger Bag, Back-to-School Desk Bag

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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Send your resident scholar out into the world with a little sustenance! The Lunch Bucket Bag from Sew Serendipity Bags is a free PDF project download here at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Buy It

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Emily Pritchard’s Animal Alphabet Poster from Crinkle Studio is an ABC poster created from 26 of her original tissue paper animals. The art is created initially on watercolor paper with torn tissue paper and water. We think this would be perfect in a playroom, kid’s room or… Just about anywhere!

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 Beth’s choice Dena’s choice

Mix It

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Amy shows you how to make these cute Oreo Snowman Pops at The Idea Room!

Print It

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Jen lets you download this fun and free Holiday Subway Art at eighteen25.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays or tag us on Facebook this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

We’re trying Rafflecopter! You can enter up to two times today to win the book prizes below. Comment on this post and/or sign up for our newsletter. Tell us what you did via Rafflecopter so we can keep track of your entries.




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.

Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe

Author: Shelly Figueroa, Karen LePage
Publisher: Wiley

In this innovative boys-only pattern book, you will find 24 projects–ranging from sporty to dapper–to create an entire handmade wardrobe little boys will love. The patterns span all seasons and include a selection of specialty items for playtime, art, and “on the go” accessories. You’ll get instruction and guidance on numerous techniques to add longevity to each pattern–not just for the boy who grows too quickly, but also for his little brother or cousin to wear and cherish later.

Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials

Author: Laura Bethmann
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Discover how to use found natural materials – such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain – to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from headboards to stationery to jewelry.

Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space

Author: Cate Coulacos Prato
Publisher: Interweave Press

Turn your vision of a dream studio space into a reality with Inside the Creative Studio. The professional artists and crafters of Studios magazine give you the tools to create your own one-of-a-kind artistic environment. Learn how to find space in your home, whittle down your stash, maximize your storage and organization possibilities, and manage your stash of supplies and equipment to keep your work space functional and fun to work in. Experts will also show you how to repurpose furniture, integrate recyclables, and showcase vintage items to establish a space with purpose and personality. You will spend less time struggling with your studio, or lack thereof, and more time actually creating in your unique space.

Candy Cane Lane: Quilts and More to Sweeten the Holidays

Author: Melinda Bula
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

If all you want for Christmas is a whimsical, colorful, and perfectly charming quilt, just peek inside this book! You’ll discover five projects sure to make the season merry and bright.

Enjoy all the fun motifs of the season— Holly leaves and berries, snowmen, candy canes, and more. In addition to complete instructions for the sampler quilt, there are smaller projects that you can make using the motifs from the lap quilt, like whimsical Christmas stockings, wall hanging with removable pockets for treats for the little ones (and maybe the grown-ups, too!), and a table runner.

Each project includes detailed step-by-step instructions and full-sized pullout patterns.

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

6 ~ Passion for Sewing
5 ~ Passion for Organization
4 ~ Passion for Relaxation
3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

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  1. [...] November 7 Winners: Candy Cane Lane: Quilts and More to Sweeten the Holidays: Julie Schock Inside the Creative Studio: Inspiration and Ideas for Your Art and Craft Space: Adriane (sturgeon) Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials: Angie (lanigan) Sewing for Boys: 24 Projects to Create a Handmade Wardrobe: Jessica (mcspud) Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Sewing Techniques for Sculpting Fabric Into Exciting New Forms: Liz (devens) [...]

  2. Kate says:

    I want the book for boys as well! I have a new grandson and it has been hard to find “cute” patterns for him!

  3. Christie S. says:

    The kids will love these Oreo Snowman Pops

  4. Elizabeth P. says:

    Cute projects!! I’d like to try the number beanbags!

  5. Huh, handprinting nature looks like a neat book — would love to look inside!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Oh, I should make some of those organizer baskets, perfect for the clutter on my counter!

  7. Bianca says:

    the zip it up pencil case looks awesome. i gotta try it out.

  8. Norma M says:

    these projects are so awesome and useful!

  9. Liz says:

    animal alphabet! so cute!

  10. Sam says:

    Love the organiser baskets. I can see a use for lots of those.

  11. Jen S says:

    The little bean bags are a great idea for early education learners in numbers and the alphabet. It’s on my to-do list for a preschool friend of mine. Plus, the basket organizers are perfect for my office.

  12. Alexandra O says:

    Love all the tutorials.

  13. Sarah S says:

    Love the beanbags, now who can I make them for?! Gotta make the organizer baskets for myself to pretty up my office.

  14. Laurie says:

    I love having granddaughters to sew for!

  15. Nik Kamisah says:

    oh!the bean bags with numbers are fantastic ideas for kids to know numbers or in fact teachers can organize games of throwing bean bags and students will shout for the number they get..what a lively game!

  16. Beth says:

    So many useful items here! Love them all and that zip it up pencil case is genius! Smiles~Beth

  17. jennifer says:

    I love the organizational baskets!!

  18. Ginger says:

    neat ideas. but I’m not really loveing the rafelcoptor thing.

  19. Lindsay says:

    I’m doing my student teaching, and these would make great gifts for my supervising teachers! Thanks!

  20. Shannon says:

    Time to get sewing! fun projects!

  21. Amanda says:

    the lap desk is such a great idea

  22. Crystal Turner says:

    Love the number bags!

  23. Elizabeth W says:

    Have to make the numbered bean bags for my nephew. Too cute!!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Galatina says:

    oooh. looks great

  25. anne says:

    a diy lap desk?! brilliant!

  26. Julia Irene says:

    I love the school desk bag, and the oreo pops! Yummm! Thanks for the chance to win! I would love the Handprinting Nature or Creative Studio books.

  27. Jenn says:

    Those organizing baskets look great! We always need more things like that!

  28. By Night says:

    I love the number bean bags! what a cute idea!

  29. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    Brilliant!

  30. Laurie says:

    The number bean bags are such a simple, fun idea for little ones.

  31. Carrie says:

    Ah! Love the lunch bag!

  32. Jodie says:

    Seriously – the book links in these posts is enough to get me inspired and excited. Great tutorials, too! I’m anxious to jump in. :)

  33. Libby says:

    The organizer baskets are so cute and so useful!

  34. Katrina H says:

    School desk bag is cute!

  35. Mary says:

    Love the lap desk idea – for me!

  36. Sherri S. says:

    So many good ideas! Thanks so much!

  37. nicole says:

    LOVE the oreo snowman pops!

  38. Aurélie says:

    Everything is just so cute! I’d like to make everything! So little time though …

  39. Samantha says:

    love the snowmen pops!

  40. mims says:

    love the lunch bucket

  41. Glenys says:

    So many projects so few fabrics.

  42. Stacy says:

    Love the lap desk idea! Thanks for sharing!

  43. Frolip says:

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  44. Maggie says:

    Would love to have any of those books for my sewing library. Thanks!

  45. Snowmen are adorbs!!!!

  46. Toni says:

    Such great ideas!!

  47. Amy says:

    I love the snowmen pops!

  48. That lap desk is on my to do list! I so want that boy sewing book

  49. Prachi says:

    The pencil case and school desk bag are adorable. Thanks !

  50. Genevieve says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!!!

  51. Candy says:

    OOh, I’m loving raffle copter – and that chair organizer would be great in the sewing room, as well as on my boys’s chairs!

  52. Rebecca says:

    love the chair organizer idea. Keep thinking I need to make one of those for my desk chair at home :-)

  53. Lauranie says:

    the zip up pencil bag looks so cool!! thanks again!!

  54. Kristy says:

    I have been meaning to make beanbags for five years now! Maybe it’s time…

  55. Lynn Hey says:

    Number bean bags are so much more fun than flash cards! My sewing room needs the inspiration of the Creative Studio book:)

  56. Chrissy says:

    I can see so many uses for that desk chair organizer!

  57. SewLindaAnn says:

    Your killing me with all these amazing ideas and pictures and tutorials!! I’m never going to get anything deleted with all these fab ideas!

  58. Cynthia I says:

    Wow! the lap desk tutorial is fantastic. What can I scavenge to make these!!

    The book on hand printing. Oh. My. Love the projects you all have put together.

  59. Lyanna L. says:

    I love those numbered bean bags. So cute! Thanks for the ideas. =)

  60. Amy says:

    Love the alphabet poster. SOO CUTE!

  61. Keelin says:

    I’ve been wanting a lap desk!

  62. Fabienne says:

    rafflecopter works well! Great ideas again.

  63. Maureen says:

    Such creative ideas!
    Wonderful book selection.

  64. Abbington says:

    I love the look of the lap desks. Great tutorials, as usual!

  65. Jayne says:

    So many great things! Thanks so much for giving me a ‘kick’ to get going!

  66. Tina L. says:

    So many good ideas. If I only had more time.

  67. Helena says:

    Those number bean bags are perfect, I know two little people I need to make those for, and I love the lap desk too, what a great idea.

  68. Michelle says:

    Love the bean bags!!!

  69. pat upton says:

    I love them all too! Hope I win!

  70. Christy says:

    Love the zipper bags!

  71. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    What great ideas here, too! I love the directions for the clipboard, and the little baskets for pencils will be very useful.

  72. AnnaPK says:

    I am trying out the rafflecopter-thingy.

  73. Wendy says:

    oreo snowmen! count me in :)

  74. alcheme says:

    Good ideas… I can’t choose just one…

  75. I love the snowman pops! Thanks for all of the wonderful ideas.

  76. Michelle W says:

    I’m definitely a fan of the organizer baskets. Thanks for another great list of tutorials!

  77. Erin says:

    Love the organizer baskets and the lap desk! Totally useful and fun.

  78. I really need to make those divider baskets!

  79. pammalammadingdong says:

    Thanks for the beanbag tut! I was thinking of making these for XMas gifts!

  80. pammalammadingdong says:

    I get your newsletter!

  81. Christina G. says:

    Love the organizer baskets and zipper pencil case.

  82. MBMeadows says:

    Ooooh I love the Handprinting From Nature book!

  83. Stephanie says:

    The snowmen oreos look adorable and not too hard either!
    Thanks for sharing the idea.

  84. crazyestonian says:

    The organizer baskets look fabulous!

  85. Mare says:

    I love the snowmen pops!

  86. Angi says:

    Looking foward to a lot of fun sewing. Think I will make the bean bags.

  87. kathyh says:

    I’m already signed up for the newsletter so I am leaving a post.

  88. Kay says:

    The zip up pencil case looks so fun!

  89. Sherry J says:

    as a preschool teacher, i really like these ideas. thanks.

  90. April Hurley says:

    I would really like to have any books for my new sewing library!!

  91. Samantha says:

    So many great ideas

  92. Jennifer N says:

    There are some amazing people out there sharing their talents and ideas. I’m in awe. Thank you for sharing these all with us.

  93. Sarah says:

    Getting so many ideas for holiday gifts!

  94. Rebecca says:

    great suggestions!

  95. Pat Kelley says:

    I really like the organizer baskets. Would make a great gift with a loaf of bread in it. Two gifts in one.

  96. katie says:

    i love the bean bag numbers!

  97. Bethany says:

    Fun stuff, I like the school bag on the chair idea…really cute!

  98. julie says:

    These are sooo cute. I love these ideas. I’m going to start some of them right away!

  99. Nice! I have a dear friend’s birthday this week and I was looking for something fun to make, and you gave me a good idea with the lap desk, thanks!

  100. Lee Ann Bailey says:

    I have to quit procrastinating and choose one of the great projects! The holidays are barreling down on us and the projects are sooo hard to choose from. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  101. Julia says:

    Oh, yes!! I’m pretty sure my Pre-school class NEEDS me to make a set of numbered bean bags! We use animal ones but, how much more fun to mix it up!!

  102. Sarah B says:

    love the organizers

  103. krystina says:

    I love the lap desk. I’ve been looking for a way to cover the back of my kids’ magna doodle thingy and I think this may work!

  104. Mandy says:

    Clipboards and number bean bags, such good ideas!!

  105. Marguerite says:

    I’ve already got that lunch bucket bag on my to-make list for my sister this year – so clever!

  106. Rebekah says:

    I’m loving all these great tutorials! Thanks so much!

  107. Sue Ellen T. says:

    These remind me why I love teaching my children. Very creative projects1

  108. Megan L says:

    Love it! The zip up pencil case is kind of awesome.

  109. MissMary says:

    Le sigh… happy memories of being a teacher…

  110. Sylvia says:

    These are some great projects, for kids and adults :>)

  111. wendy says:

    That zip up pencil case is fab, though I do think my counting beanbags that I published a tutorial for are better than the ones show here as they have corresponding quantities of animals on the backs…

  112. Ellen M. says:

    Love the zip pencil case!

  113. Crystal says:

    Loving the lap desk – I may have to make a his and hers for at home!

  114. beth says:

    Fun bunch of ideas – my list is growing!

  115. Lots of great projects today. I really think that I’m going to try making the lap desk…..I was just looking at these the other day

  116. Brenda De says:

    love the lap desk – that may have to be on my to do list for Christmas! Thanks for the great ideas!

  117. Amanda says:

    Great ideas!

  118. Miranda McKown says:

    I LOVE the number bean bags. Thank you for the free Xmas printable! I was just thinking through how to decorate our entry table and I think that framed would be a perfect addition!

  119. Wendy D. P. says:

    Those bean bags are perfect!

  120. Paula says:

    Thanks for the tutorials; great choice as usual!

  121. Sus says:

    So many bags and organizers….my head is swimming!!!

  122. greta says:

    i love fancy clip boards

  123. Andrea says:

    Those bean bags would also be fun with letters on them! Another day of great ideas!

  124. Carolyn says:

    I am loving your Novemeber posts. Such inspiration.

  125. Marijke says:

    Great collection of projects today. I’ll make them all, including the snowman pops. I just love the number bags, for playing, counting down to Christmas or our own Sinterklaas or the summer holidays, laying out the numbers, place them in a bowl for decoration.

  126. Whitner Kane says:

    Still in the midst of nesting/organizing and the organizer container tutorial is perfect!

  127. Catherine says:

    I love those mini clipboards – they are perfect for my daughters art projects from pre-school!

  128. mac says:

    Great ideas – I need a laptop desk. A christmas present for me. Thanks for the give away.

  129. Nina says:

    Thanks for another awesome list of tutorials!

  130. Melonie says:

    The lunch bucket would make a great toy bag for out and about! It’s on my list now!

  131. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful surprise!
    Thank you for sharing all those

  132. Trisha says:

    Have been wanting to make a lap desk for awhile. Thanks for the tutorial!! Love the Snowman Pops. I will making some for my daughters classmates!!

  133. Tessa says:

    This is so inspiring, lots of fun ideas, I don’t know where to start. Maybe with those bean bags! Thanks.

  134. Sarah says:

    Those bean bags are very cool

  135. bruinbr says:

    Love the counting bean bags and those organizing baskets will come in very handy!

  136. Kylene Grell says:

    The clipboards are too cute!

  137. Molly says:

    Those beanbags are awfully cute and cozy…

  138. Joanne says:

    Lots of great ideas today – can see myself making several of them!

  139. Jeannie D says:

    Wonderful projects…specially like the laptop cushion an the little lunch bag! Also Loving Handmade Holidays so far!

  140. Rebekah says:

    Oh, how I miss my beloved rainbow striped lap desk. I just might have to make a new one.

  141. Deidre says:

    All wonderful ideas – thanks and thanks for a chance to win one of those great books!

  142. Bridget says:

    I love the clipboard idea – perfect for work!

  143. Celeste says:

    That school desk bag is great!

  144. sangeetha says:

    Awesome !!

  145. Jane S. says:

    The alphabet animals poster is so cute — I’ve got 2 brand new great-nephews so I’m thinking those posters should go and live at their houses.

    Thanks as always for the great giveaways! Those books look wonderful.

  146. Kerry says:

    Once again, I love all the great tutorials. Although I think I want to start with the Oreo Snowman Pops. My daughter is going to LOVE those.

  147. ems says:

    my kiddos will love the bean bags

  148. Amber says:

    Using different materials for the bean bags is a great idea. With different fabrics the bags seem more tactile and interesting. Thanks for the post.

  149. Robin E. says:

    Oh, I NEED one of those ribbon coin purse. Great tutorials that I know I’ll be revisiting.

  150. Katina says:

    My fav is the Zip it up Pencil Case. I’d love for someone else to make me one!!

  151. Julianne Ross says:

    I’m lovin’ the school theme since I’m a teacher!

  152. Jess says:

    Those are all great ideas! I’d like to make myself some organizer baskets and my daughter some number bean bags.

  153. Amy G. says:

    We teachers thank you for these ideas!

  154. Emilia says:

    Seat sacks! I’ve made these but the tutorial is great. I also have sewing for boys & love it

  155. Linda says:

    I’ve seen that bucket lunch bag before, and would enjoy making it. Thanks for your links to great sewing ideas.

  156. Vida says:

    I like the snowman Oreo pops, so cute!

  157. Mindy says:

    I really like that over the chair book bag! What a cool idea!

  158. Kaz says:

    Oooh, not only do I love the themes this year, but you’ve chosen some amazing tutorials, too!

  159. Charmaine says:

    What wonderful entries today. Thank you again

  160. Carol says:

    Great bag tutorial!

  161. Christina says:

    I love the lap desk :-D

  162. Margaux says:

    Love all the ideas

  163. Ramona says:

    The oreo snowman pops are so cute and I love the school desk bag.

  164. Sarah says:

    I am going to try one of those zipper pouches, I love zippers.

  165. Charlotte says:

    Lovin the pencil case today! And the snow men of course!

  166. jessicac says:

    I have been wanting to try the zipper case project for a long time!

  167. Betsy says:

    Little baskets-love em.

  168. Anne Marie says:

    Such great projects – thanks for a wonderful post.

  169. laurel groh says:

    very, very cute – love these.

  170. Richelle says:

    The zip up pencil case looks cool!

  171. Jessica says:

    Another great day of things to make!

  172. BethAlice says:

    Wow! So many ideas! I homeschool, and saw many ideas here that we can use. Thanks!

  173. Erika says:

    the school desk bag is a great idea. so many applications.

  174. Beth says:

    Thanks for all the great tutorials! Where to begin????

  175. Jodi G. says:

    Every day has been so wonderful for inspiration or learning about a new tutorial, shop or book. I like the zipper pencil case and the numbered bean bags. Great fun!

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  176. Angela says:

    I love the number bags!!!

  177. Celia says:

    Sewing for boys would be a great one to have!

  178. Gina Shelley says:

    The tutorial for the mini clip board looks pretty straightforward and would make great gifts.

  179. Morgan says:

    Great tutes and the book of my dreams – Sewing for Boys. :)

  180. Whitney says:

    love those cute baskets

  181. Amy says:

    I love the bean bags!

  182. Kristin H says:

    So many great ideas!

  183. JenL says:

    bean bags and oreo pops – too cute!

  184. Beth T says:

    I’m heading right over to that subway art. Thanks very much!

  185. Hilary says:

    love these projects

  186. Lisa says:

    great ideas!

  187. Valerie says:

    The little storage baskets are great–so much better than the plastic ones! Thanks!

  188. Becky says:

    I need a new lunchbox! Is it wrong to make it for myself and not for a gift?

  189. SS Sews says:

    That poster is beautiful!

  190. Emmmylizzzy says:

    Great projects – my daughter would love these!

  191. Rachael Spencer says:

    I’ve been wanting to find lap boards for my kids who love to draw…perhaps I can just make them.

  192. Summer says:

    Ooh, Stitch Magic looks awesome and I am so going to make some Snowman Pops!

  193. Linda says:

    lots of great ideas!

  194. Theresa says:

    These are some great ideas.

  195. Renae says:

    I love chocolate covered oreos. Those snowmen are right up my alley.

  196. Beth says:

    Love the lap desk and organizy stuff

  197. MarciaW says:

    I really really like these learning tools such as the bean bag numbers.

  198. Anya says:

    Love the drawer organizers and the lap desk!!

  199. beverly says:

    great ideas! I look forward to making these as stocking stuffers.

  200. Kim T. says:

    love it!!!

  201. Jasmin says:

    Fantastic as usual. Great tutorials, beautiful things to make.

  202. Mhairi says:

    I had a school chair bag like this but mine was just made out of denim so it was nowhere near as fancy as this one but I loved it. I made them for children when I was older and used fabric markers to write their names and decorate them. Most of the children still have them on a chair in their rooms still.
    They are brilliant – thanks for reminding me of this great idea for gifts.

  203. Jess says:

    Great ideas for teacher gifts! I seriously want some oreo pops now!

  204. Kim N says:

    Great set of projects!

  205. Michelle B says:

    Too cute! Great ideas, again!

  206. Carey says:

    I think I’ll make the clipboards and some felt-topped pencils for some of the younger cousins. Thanks for the great idea. I’m always so inspired. Love November!

  207. Cary says:

    I love these organizer baskets — really must try some this year!

  208. Marie says:

    I work at a school and some of these ideas would be great for the kids (and the teachers!). It’s going to be hard to set my priorities for making crafts/gifts this Christmas!

  209. Morgan says:

    Adore the bean bags and the alphabet poster!

  210. Jolene says:

    Loooove the lap desk!

  211. Claudia says:

    What a wonderful surprise!
    Thank you for sharing so many amazing ideas.
    Kind regards from Germany.
    Claudia

  212. Rachel says:

    Fun ideas!

  213. Kris says:

    Those snowman pops are the best!

  214. Sharon Meek says:

    So many cute ideas but I really like the seat bag. Thank you!!!

  215. Nicky says:

    wow! Awesome ideas. Love the lapdesk and clipboards!

  216. Jana Sterling says:

    Love the snowman pops.

  217. Megan says:

    Oh I absolutely would love to win Sewing for Boys! I’ve seen so many people make great projects from that book!

  218. Silvia says:

    Love the number bean bags!! Great idea to teach numbers to kids :)

  219. The Oreo Snowman Pops mmmmhhh, they look really good!

  220. Andrea says:

    The zipper pouch is adorable. Thanks for sharing.

  221. Heidi Anderson says:

    Like always, these are all wonderful ideas! The lap desk is fabulous!

  222. leah says:

    fantastic projects

  223. leah says:

    some great ideas! Thanks for sharing.

  224. Mandi says:

    So many things to love! I’ve got to make the zipper pencil case and those oreo snowman pops – how cute!

  225. Delia says:

    I like that pencil case, but I am at a loss as to where to purchase 80″ zippers. Thanks for the cool ideas!

  226. Tiffany says:

    I love those snowman pops- especially the melted snowmen. Those will definitely be around our parties this Christmas!

  227. Sonja says:

    I think i really need a lap desk. Too cool!

  228. Wendy says:

    All of these ideas are fantastic; love those clipboards and the little organizing baskets.

  229. Kristin says:

    I really love those clipboards; my niece would think those are so fun.

  230. Jane says:

    I love these projects.

  231. Louisa says:

    I love the subway art!

  232. Stephanie says:

    Great ideas! Thanks.

  233. Kate says:

    Ijust finished a cake pops class, these Oreo pops will go great with them. Thanks

  234. Mama Lusco says:

    Thanks! Loving the bag a day ideas!

  235. kelly_jeanie says:

    The little beanbags are too cute. Thanks!

  236. Christina says:

    That pencil zipper case makes my brain hurt — so glad someone else figured that one out.

  237. Ellen says:

    Some very good ideas! I’m determined to finish Christmas stuff before December…. hah.

  238. Deb says:

    Oh I love some of those ideas. Love the lap desk…. perfect for my little girl who has to spend the next month in a wheelchair as she broke her legs.

  239. Kate says:

    These projects are great. The bean bags will make a great Christmas present for my preschooler (and possibly some of his friends).

  240. benjamin says:

    love that lap desk, i had one when i was a kid!

  241. Wren says:

    Those pencil shaped baskets are terrific!

  242. Tanis says:

    Yay sewing for boys! I would love to win this book! Great tutorials today thanks!!

  243. Lorri says:

    Wow, I would love ot win the sewing for boys book! :)
    I think my favorite thing above is the numbered bean bags – great idea! :)

  244. Elizabeth L says:

    The organizer baskets could be used for so many different things. So fun.

  245. Anna Dorothy says:

    i’d love to win the sewing for boys book! (pregnant with twin boys…oh my!)
    i must say, i love the oreo snowmen! I want to do cute little treats like this for Christmas.

  246. Marci Girl says:

    Everything is so cute!

  247. Debbie says:

    Great ideas…especially the pencil case!

  248. Em says:

    I love all the great ideas! These books are wonderful.

  249. Erin says:

    I would love the Sewing for Boys book. I don’t have any boys but know a lot that would love some handmade gifts!

  250. Deanne Johnson says:

    Another day of good ideas.

  251. Stephanie says:

    I love the oreo snowmen. They look simple and adorable.

  252. Crystal says:

    I like them all.

  253. Amber says:

    LOVE the lunch bag! Great ideas, all!

  254. Sherry J says:

    As a preschool teacher, i love love love these tutorials. thanks so much.

  255. Cindi C says:

    I love the seat bags. Everything right where it is needed. And the organizer baskets, can’t wait to try them.

  256. Seanna Lea says:

    I think I need to make the lapdesk for myself!

  257. Nat says:

    I love the little organiser pots – they could be used for so many different things :)

  258. Liz Taylor says:

    That pencil case is too cool!

  259. Stacy says:

    Love the oreo snowmen pops!

  260. chibidani says:

    Those Oreo snowmen look yummy! I like that you’re including non-sewing ideas every day too :)

  261. Lowena says:

    I was wondering how those lap desks are made. Thanks for the tutorial!

  262. Hilary S says:

    I’m intrigued by “Sewing for Boys.” Also that there is a Hillary S right above me!

  263. Virginia says:

    love the snowman pops!

  264. Suzanne says:

    I love Ayumi’s baskets. Wow!

  265. drinkingyourtea says:

    Great ideas once again :)

  266. Elizabeth says:

    Those little organization baskets are so cute!

  267. Hillary S. says:

    I love all the great ideas!

  268. Jayme says:

    ALready sent the Sewing for Boys book to a friend. Now I would LOVE my own copy!!

  269. Larissa says:

    Great ideas for student and teacher!

  270. crystal says:

    mmmm…those oreo pops look tasty!

  271. Lea says:

    Those little baskets…I need about ten of them…

  272. Sarah says:

    I am loving all these great tutorials! And I would love to win sewing for boys. Have a great day.

  273. Carla G says:

    Thanks for all these great tutorials! I love to check everyday to see what’s new! :)

  274. Cat says:

    it is sooo nice !! I already made the beanbags for my son, but I can see many little cases… oh my !

  275. Robyn says:

    Those snowman Oreo pops sound delish!

  276. Cat says:

    it’s getting better and better !! My sewing machine is at full speed, thanks to you !

  277. Sarah says:

    Great organizer baskets for the desk drawer!

  278. Kayli S says:

    That pencil case is perfect!

  279. Alli says:

    Those zip itself bags are so cool!

  280. alison says:

    I really like the lap desk.

  281. Nancy D. says:

    So many cute ideas and not enough time to do them! I entered through the Rafflecopter thing too.

  282. Nancy D. says:

    So many cute ideas and not enough time to do them!

  283. Miranda says:

    Oreo snowmen! How fun is that!

  284. Anne says:

    Thanks for all the great tutorials…they are really useful.

  285. Liz Devens says:

    I don’t know about my kids but I could use a lap desk!

  286. Margaret says:

    Love that desk, another great day.

  287. Kristi F says:

    I think I’m going to make some of those bean bags for my little guy for christmas!

  288. Jess says:

    I was just thinking my boys needed lap desks!

  289. eleanor says:

    As a teacher, I can’t wait to try these out!

  290. Marilize says:

    Fantastic projects – love the lapdesk idea :)

    Loving this Handmade Holidays series – so inspirational.

  291. lee says:

    I love that zippered pencil case! and the subway art too! thanks!

  292. That zip-up pencil case is SO COOL but I don’t think I’d have the patience to make it! :)

  293. Sarah says:

    I want to make the seat bags for my sister’s classroom.. I’ve been looking for a tutorial for those!!

  294. Carmen says:

    Those snowman pops are so cute:)

  295. Silvia says:

    I love the number beans bags!! Great idea to teach numbers to children :)

  296. Jen says:

    great ideas!

  297. Tabitha says:

    Zipper case and mini clipboards are perfect!

  298. Jess says:

    Making your own lap desks? That’s taking essays to a whole new level!

  299. Trina says:

    The animal alphabet poster is super cute!

  300. Jenn Lee says:

    That lap desk is awesome!

  301. Robyn Meza says:

    Love the number bean bags. This would be perfect for my kids! Now if only they would let me do some sewing during the day…

  302. Kylie C says:

    Thanks for the link to the School Desk bag- as a homeschooler this is perfect for my little ones.

  303. wendy says:

    Great tutorials… again! I love the zipper case!

  304. Pauline says:

    Lap desks! I must make these!

  305. Eve Grand says:

    Not sure who will get them but I love the bean bags!!

  306. Kati says:

    I’ve made some bean bags similar to those before. Love it!

  307. nrnoodle says:

    I never thought of putting numbers on bean bags. What a great idea.

  308. Natalie says:

    Eek just HAVE to make the bean bags… & the lap tray & the clipboards… Oh and the chair-storage.. Fabulous!!!

  309. Sarah says:

    I LOVE the lap desk. They’re normally so ugly, so it’s great to see a tutorial so we can make our own and use pretty fabrics.

  310. susan says:

    you are always so generous!! great tutes.

  311. Jennifer Lynch Postma says:

    Oreo pops! Perfect!

  312. Michelle says:

    those snowman pops are darling!! thanks for all of the great ideas!

  313. Molly Martin says:

    Lap Desk how clever! Something my 5 year old NEEDS!

  314. linda says:

    So many books added to my wish list – thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!

  315. Holly says:

    That lunch bag! How fun!

  316. Linda Sandusky says:

    so many great projects & ideas….how will i find time to do them all???

  317. Kirsten says:

    I absolutely love the lap desk idea. I was just going to buy one of these for my daughter…

  318. Jess says:

    Love the lap desk!

  319. Em says:

    I’ve been meaning to make alphabet bean bags for ages (similar to the number ones). I hope to have them finished by xmas.

  320. Bobby says:

    I haven’t been on the internet all weekend and missed out on the cool things from the last 2 days! So cool!

  321. I sure could use some of those Organizer Baskets. Such fun ideas! Thanks!

  322. Courtney says:

    Those Oreo Snowman Pops are so cute!

  323. evelin says:

    All the books look so great!!!

  324. Sandra :) says:

    The number beanbags just went on my Christmas crafting list – what a cute idea (and the bonus is that it’s a good stashbuster, lol) :)
    (I hope this comment doesn’t show up multiple times – I keep getting error messages when I try to post it …)

  325. Allison says:

    Sewing for boys has been on my list since it came out. Lots of great projects again today!

  326. Sarah B says:

    Love these ideas, especially the alphabet poster :)

  327. Lots of great ideas here!

  328. amy says:

    Beanbags make great gifts!! My daughter loves the ones I made for her. :)

  329. Karla says:

    OOOHHH…hoping to win the gift card, so many presents to make!

  330. Kristin says:

    I’m still in awe of great ideas that are popping up here EVERY day. Thank you!

  331. Asta says:

    Stitch magic looks so so cool.

  332. Sandra :) says:

    The number beanbags just went on my Christmas crafting list – what a cute idea (and the bonus is that it’s a good stashbuster, lol) :)

  333. Kristin says:

    I’m getting excited for Christmas! :)

  334. Jessica H says:

    I love the animal alphabet poster.

  335. Amanda says:

    Those Oreo pops are adorable!

  336. Kayla says:

    These are great! I’m so enjoying the creative genius of others :)

  337. erin jewell says:

    these clipboards are so cute they would really add a little life to our home office.

  338. Loving the organizing baskets and the snowman pops!

  339. laura reich says:

    The lunch bucket bag is adorable. I might just use one for Lego transportation.

  340. Heidi says:

    Those desk chair bags would make a great PTA project/fundraiser. A friend made 30 for her sister who is a schoolteacher in an inner city school, then her church group filled them with school supplies for the kids.

  341. kristin says:

    love the beanbags and the tree fabric.

  342. Sophie says:

    Those organizer baskets and bean bags look very cute! So much crafting to do, so little time.

  343. Rhonda S. says:

    Thanks for more great ideas. Love your fabric choices at the end of the post!

  344. I cannot wait to make a Lap Desk – such a great idea!!

  345. Jen V says:

    The laptop desk looks great for squirmy kids who can’t seem to sit at the table to work.

  346. Louise says:

    Great ideas for today thanks

  347. tmv says:

    The number bean bags look like a great idea of my goddaughter!

  348. Annie says:

    everything here looks awesome! so many wonderful ideas!

  349. Beth says:

    Thank you, Sew Mama Sew! I am pleased as punch that I won a book prize in last week’s raffles.

  350. JJ says:

    That alphabet poster reminds me of Eric Carle!

  351. Angela B. says:

    Great ideas! Great books! Thanks for the chance to win!

  352. Darcy says:

    Love all these great projects – especially the organizer baskets!

  353. beth lehman says:

    sewing for boys – looks like such a great book! fingers crossed!

  354. Melissa says:

    I am totally going to make those bean bags! Perfect!

  355. i have fond my memories of my soft squishy lap desk from when i was a young girl, oh i need to make another for me!!!!!

  356. Timmi says:

    Love those snowman pops I think I’ll save those for a playdate

  357. Terrific items in today’s giveaway … I’m gonna go check out Rafflecopter!

  358. Erin says:

    So many neat Christmas ideas for my little girl… I want to do them ALL. Better get off the computer and on to sewing!!!

  359. Christina says:

    As soon as I saw the post title, I knew this would be great! My favorite roundup so far!!!

  360. Cassandra says:

    The hand printing from nature book looks so fascinating. I also love the snowman oreo pops. THey make me smile.

  361. Carmen says:

    I look forward to checking out Handmade Holidays each day. Good stuff!

  362. Sonja says:

    Love the lunch bag and the zipper pencil pouch is too adorable. Thanks again for the wonderful list of tutorials! …and of course all the opportunities to win goodies.

  363. Shawna says:

    Love the organizer baskets and clipboards!

  364. Barbara says:

    I just love those organizer baskets. We could use a lot of these around our home!

  365. Sherly says:

    I can’t wait to try making the numbered bean bags!

  366. HeartOSunshine says:

    I need to make a few Organizer Baskets for my sewing area. They are so cute!

  367. loulou says:

    I love the lunch bag and the little organizer boxes!

  368. cheri says:

    You are my goto whenever I need a tute! Thx!

  369. Brigette says:

    I’ve been wanting to make number bean bags for a while, I think this season I’m actually going to do it!

  370. Ooh I think I need to sew some of those organizer baskets-we’ve been trying to decide what to do with all the knives since our silverware drawer is within easy reach of the toddler in our new house. Pretty baskets up high sounds perfect!

  371. Annie says:

    That tissue alphabet poster is amazing…that would be perfect for my little grandson’s room, as his mom’s already got hungry caterpillar wall art. I think it’s a must on my x-mas list….so is Sewing for Boys, unless I’m lucky enough to win a copy. LOL!

  372. I don’t think I like the raffle copter thing but I will do it anyway. For some reason I don’t think I am signed up for the newsletter yet, for shame!

  373. Miquela says:

    Been wanting to make a lap desk, they are so darn expensive and not well made at office stores.

  374. Christine says:

    I want a lap desk. Now. I’m going to get my brother to get the wood and I can handle the rest. Yea!!

  375. Heather says:

    I love all the bag tutorials! Sew much inspiration!

  376. natasha says:

    Cute stuff! I have to make the pencil case and the lap desk.

  377. Lyndsey says:

    Another great day of ideas!!!

  378. Barbara says:

    I love the lap desk! This would be great for our kids in church…

  379. Georgia says:

    I need that jingle bells printable! I am SO ready for Christmas decorating

  380. Elaine says:

    I like the little organizer baskets and think they would handy for any number of areas in my house!

  381. Rachel says:

    What a thrill to see my lap desk on SMS! Thank you so much! :)

  382. I love the mini clipboards! Those would be great gifts for friends and cousins.

  383. Erin says:

    I made some PJ’s for my oldest son out of the same fabric that lap desk is made from! I love the chair pouch, I’ll have to double check my mom’s desk at her school to see if it would work for her!

  384. Abby says:

    Gretchen (Gertie’s Blog for Better Sewing) did a series of posts on Stitch Magic, and I’ve been wanting that book ever since. :)

  385. Dorothy says:

    Love these tutorials, but those prizes? Awesome!

  386. Sydney says:

    Thanks for the baskets.. I really need to make some of those for myself.. I guess that will have to wait til after Christmas, though!

  387. Annette says:

    Love the number bean bags

  388. Mina says:

    Cant wait to try making the zip-up case

  389. Angie says:

    I signed up for the newsletter and am leaving a comment, hope I did the raffle thing right! Lots of great prizes today!

  390. Jacque says:

    Awesome projects today….I’m off to explore those sites!

  391. Jeannette says:

    I still want that sewing for boys book… if only my husband took better hints. :)

  392. Stacy says:

    Love the printable subway art! Thank you.

  393. Mikaela says:

    Very cute ideas!

  394. Westin's Mom says:

    Oh how I want Sewing for boys!

  395. alexa says:

    I love those organizer baskets and my daughter would be all over the oreo snowman pops.

  396. Tera says:

    Love the melted snowman!!! : ) Lovely tutorials as usual!!! Sewing for Boys is on my want list. : )

  397. Addy says:

    I’d love to make the mini clipboard and the school desk bag!

  398. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for featuring the number bean bags from Craft Buds!

  399. Elizabeth says:

    Stitch Magic looks like magic just from the cover! Wow!

  400. nicke says:

    oh i would love to win!

  401. Melissa says:

    Love the lap desk!

  402. Jessica says:

    the zipper pencil case is so clever!

  403. Laura says:

    I love the zip up pencil case. Might have to make one for my mom (the teacher).

  404. Rebekah says:

    I love the numbers fabric!

  405. Emily says:

    More great stuff!

  406. ashley says:

    I think I want to make some number beanbags for my sons classroom. Cute!

  407. MC says:

    Thanks! I’m going to try to make a zipper coin purse.

  408. Jen says:

    Love all the ideas!

  409. Anita says:

    Great ideas

  410. jen says:

    very exciting! love book prizes! ps. raffle copter is easy to use but loads up kinda slowly

  411. Margaret says:

    that zip-it-up pencil case is such a simple and inginious idea!

  412. I love all the posts from today, and Sewing for boys is a book I have always wanted to see.
    Thanks for all the work you put on this month.

  413. Brianna says:

    This is great – so many ideas I can use with the preschoolers I teach.

  414. Lisa Zap says:

    Aaah! The mini clip boards made my toes tap with glee! Quite and achievement at 7:00 in the morning. Also, LOVE Liz’s fabric choice!

  415. Larissa says:

    I’m dying to win these books! Problem is, I want all of them.

  416. adriane says:

    love those mini clipboards!

  417. thea says:

    I want to make tons of those organizer baskets for my classroom!

  418. Becky says:

    Love the number bean bags! As a daycare provider, I can imagine lots of ways to use these during the day!

  419. Steph says:

    I love that lap desk–my son is going to have so many wondeful handmade gifts for Christmas! (Assuming I get going on my to-do list.)

  420. Megan says:

    Love the beanbags… wish I had kids to make them for.

  421. Rene says:

    Like the ideas and the book giveaway! I always look forward to the handmade holidays….

  422. Brie says:

    I have been wanting to make lapdesks!

  423. caroline says:

    So many great books! What a wonderful collection of books to add to my list!
    Thanks for the giveaways!

  424. Anya says:

    Great ideas again! Thanks!

  425. Julie Schock says:

    LOVE it all!! Please, I want to be the winner!!

  426. Meg says:

    Thanks for another awesome list of tutorials! :)

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