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

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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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