November 8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure

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If Exploration and Adventure are your thing– whether traveling the world or taking hour-long, one block-long walks with a toddler– we have tons of fun ideas for you today. So many of these would make really thoughtful, unique gifts too. Enjoy!

Make It

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Cherie of Studio Cherie shows you how to make these cozy Fleece Boot Socks here at Sew,Mama,Sew! They’ll keep you warm and dry.
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Make a handy Wet Bag with Jess from Craftiness is not Optional, for wet clothes on the go. If you just finished swimming or hiking on a rainy day, this bag will come in handy!
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Randi from Dukes and Duchesses designed this Explorer Sash with removable tools, perfect for the young explorers on your holiday gift list.
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Make a Summer Camp Utility Apron with Lizzy House’s tutorial here at Sew,Mama,Sew! Lizzy designed the apron to feature her fabric collections, and we think it would make a fun apron for collecting treasure on long, wandering walks.
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Holly from Chez Beeper Bebe says this Nature Explorer Bag is one of the best things she’s ever made, and we can see why! Her free PDF pattern and tutorial includes a list of the items she included in her bags, with sources for purchase.
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We absolutely love the simple, practical design for these Mittens from Trula Kids.

About the Designer: Trula is a mother of two living in Barcelona. She tries not to let the madness of every day life as a working mother get to her. So she sews, and draws and takes pictures. But mostly sews– clothes for her kids and their friends, who constantly challenge her with their demands for pink, princesses or cartoon characters considered cool amongst the 2 – 6 year olds. But she sneaks in her ideas of clean and simple design and more often than not, they find a compromise.

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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Keep food cold or hot as you set out on adventure with this Insulated Picnic Tote designed by Vanessa from Punkin Patterns for Sew,Mama,Sew!

Related tutorials you might just love: 1-2-3 Sew
 Insulated Lunch Sack, Picnic Blanket with Rock Pockets, Child’s Teepee-Style Tent, Toy Gathering Bucket (for treasure!), Pea Pod 
Hip Carrier Tutorial, Sushi Roll Changing Pad with Diaper & Wipes Pouch, Sweet Dreams Nap Mat

Buy It

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This handcrafted Wooden Compass from A Remark You Made will steer you in the right direction! (We also love their Wooden Gift Tags…)
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We love the craftsmanship in this Hip Bag for Men from Dragonfly Accessories. This particular hip bag is made of sturdy olive green cotton canvas, and would be perfect to take along on adventures.

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 Kristin’s choice

Mix It

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These Chocolate Granola Bars look delicious, whether you’re headed out for exploration or snuggling up on the couch at home!

Print It

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Clemence from Oh the Lovely Things has a nice set of free Gift Tags for you to download and use this holiday season.

Win It

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

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these books!

Sewing Basics: All You Need to Know About Machine and Hand Sewing

Author: Sandra Bardwell
Publisher: Abrams Books, STC Craft

Sewing Basics is the ultimate encyclopedia for sewing at home. This thorough guide covers everything from choosing fabrics to operating a sewing machine to hand sewing, fitting, fine-finishing, trouble-shooting, and more. Whether the sewer is trying to decipher the symbols on a printed pattern, line a pocket, work French seams, or fit a muslin, she’ll find what she’s looking for here, all precisely explained and illustrated with hundreds of step-by-step photos. Both for beginners learning how to hem and for more experienced sewers who need help mastering advanced techniques, Sewing Basics is an invaluable reference tool sewers will want to keep within easy reach for many years to come.

Craft Challenge: Dozens of Ways to Repurpose a Pillowcase

Author: Suzanne J.E. Tourtillott
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Take the challenge! Craft challenges are all the rage among online crafting communities, and this new series— the first ever on the subject— marries the popularity of repurposing with the appeal of the “new pretty” aesthetic. This time, it’s the common pillowcase that’s undergoing uncommon transformations in 28 beguiling projects, ranging from patterned pinafores and aprons to decorative, embellished boxes and quilts. A friendly and informative basics chapter introduces the key techniques, delicate ink and watercolor illustrations show essential assembly details, and all necessary templates are included. There’s plenty of handholding for beginners plus a wealth of novel ideas for more advanced sewers.

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.

Sewn Toy Tales: 12 Fun Characters to Make and Love (US Winners Only)

Author: Melanie Hurlston
Publisher: F+W Media

Melly & Me present a fun and fabulous collection of personality-packed designs that will have readers sewing adorable toys in no time! Each of the brightly colored characters is a joy to sew for all abilities, making them the perfect gift for children or adults, or a trendy home accessory. Projects combine simple sewing techniques with funky fabrics, embellishments and color palettes to add zing and excitement to readers’ sewn toy creations. Easy to follow step by step instructions, quirky photography and full-size templates make this book a delightful gift as well as an irresistible addition to sewing collections.

Fast, Flirty and Fun: Easy Quilts from Fabulous Fabrics

Author: Sarah Bisel
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

For every beginner who’s eyed today’s fabrics and yearned to make an eye-catching quilt—this is the book! Novice and experienced quilters alike will find oodles of inspiration in the contemporary colors and fresh designs of these 11 exciting projects.

* Discover the secrets of color, value, and fabric selection for creating quilts with visual impact.
* Learn a variety of easy methods for cutting, piecing, and appliqué.
* Enjoy whimsical appliqué motifs that include a giant birthday cake, a bird, jumbo circles, and more.

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

7 ~ Passion for Teaching + Learning
6 ~ Passion for Sewing
5 ~ Passion for Organization
4 ~ Passion for Relaxation
3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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438 Responses to November 8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure

  1. Vonda Madi says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. My Dad’s favourite cake is Carrot Cake and I was looking for a recipie with his birthday coming up.

  2. They’re truly lovely designs.

  3. jennifer says:

    That sewn toy tales looks SO cute.

    I saw a tutorial for making a wet bag out of a reusable shopping bag. Maybe I should do that.

  4. Erin says:

    I’ve been wanting to make a wet bag for a long time, so I’m finally going to go for it!

  5. leah says:

    Those fleece socks look cozy

  6. lm says:

    oh boy, my to do list is getting longer!!
    love the messenger bag.

  7. Kate says:

    Boot liners! I just bought some for my daughter. I’d been searching for a pattern and couldn’t find it! Should have looked here first!

  8. Christie S. says:

    The Insulated Picnic Tote is so cute.

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  10. Catherine says:

    My son would think that explorer sash is pretty rockin’. Thanks for sharing!

  11. CaroleM says:

    Again, some neat ideas. I always like the bags.

  12. Gina S. says:

    Fleece bot socks yeah! Now i can make some pink one’s so my husband won’t wear mine! :)

  13. The compass is awesome. Shop added to Etsy favorites…

  14. Rebecca says:

    I like the fleece boot socks, great idea!

  15. Liz says:

    i like that explorer bag, but for me. :)

  16. Sam says:

    The fleece boot socks and the explorer sash look very useful. Lots of great ideas here.

  17. Alexandra O says:

    I would live to win the sewing basics book as I have just started to love sewing.

  18. Beth says:

    Love, love, love the insulated picnic tote…would come in handy while at the many baseball games we go to from March to August. Smiles~Beth

  19. Cat says:

    I am going to make some wet bags!

  20. Ginger says:

    I need to make some of the boot socks for myself.

  21. Lindsay says:

    More great ideas!

  22. Marianna says:

    My niece will love the boot toppers!

  23. CathyC says:

    Chocolate…….mmmmm

  24. Shannon says:

    Great mittens, Tis the season to pack layers! Jess at CinO is great love the wet bag. Swim lessons this winter just got organized :)

  25. Amanda says:

    wow. there’s so many good ideas in this post! explorer sash, the apron, the mittens

  26. Natalie says:

    Awesome ideas! So inspiring to see such creativity flowing around the web.

  27. Crystal Turner says:

    can’t wait to make the explorer sash for my son!

  28. Jennie says:

    You have inspired me to comment! I love this blog, and was inspired to make all my Christmas gifts 2 years ago (my fave Christmas present exchange ever, hands down). I am re-inspired to make all my gifts, starting with those adorable mittens for my neice! Thanks so much :)

  29. MarciaW says:

    The nature explorer bag would be a cool gift for my outdoorsy grandnieces as they get a little older.

  30. kristin says:

    mmm chocolate granola bars!

  31. Jenn says:

    Cute ideas! I need to make an explorer bag for my friend’s son!

  32. What a great compass.

  33. ~Heather says:

    Oooooo, those chocolate granola bars look rather tasty!

  34. Kelly Irene says:

    The insulated tote looks like a great gift project for the holidays for one of my teacher friends!

  35. Wendy D. P. says:

    A wet bag would be perfect for a travel set!

  36. Vanessa W says:

    Cute boots

  37. Rosa in the Antipodes says:

    The Nature Explorer Bag is awesome.

  38. deborah says:

    are you guys psychic?! i needed a messenger-type bag pattern, and a mittens pattern, AND A WETBAG PATTERN. i hear the x-files theme song in the background…

  39. EmGabs says:

    I love the mittens! My Little Bug needs a pair.

  40. Carla G says:

    More wonderful tutorials! Thanks for sharing them with us! :)

  41. Susan says:

    Absolutely love today’s bag! Too cute!!

  42. Anna says:

    I’m very interested in the Nature Explorer Bag!!

  43. Meg says:

    I need to make welly liners tomorrow. Dry toes are good, but Warm, dry toes are heavenly!

  44. Brita says:

    The Nature Explorer Bag is wonderful.

  45. Amy G. says:

    good ideas!

  46. Libby says:

    The wet bag is definitely on my list! I have a granddaughter that will be potty training soon and this is a must!

  47. Carmen says:

    Ah, I’m crazy about each of these bags. Thanks so much for the post!

  48. Jodie says:

    Thank you for these links – I’m bookmarking the page and hope to make something – anything! – very soon!

  49. DeNacho says:

    dig the men’s hip bag & the Sewing Basics book!

  50. Em says:

    I’m looking forward to trying my hand at homemade granola bars.

  51. Liz Devens says:

    I love the Sewn Tales book! My daughter wants me to make her every single one :)

  52. Erin Waters says:

    Love the nature explorer bag…might end up being a Christmas gift!

  53. Katrina H says:

    Love the picnic tote!

  54. Mandi says:

    The nature explorer bag is so stinking cute!

  55. Erin says:

    That men’s hip bag is pretty hip!

  56. Emily says:

    This is the year of the bag in my sewing world! Everyone needs a bag. These adventure bags are round out some of the more female focused bags I have in mind.

  57. Sherri S. says:

    Cute cute cute! Thanks for all the great ideas.

  58. Mary says:

    Great inspiration here thanks

  59. Courtney says:

    Those chocolate granola bars sound yummy!

  60. Ellen says:

    Love the Nature Explorer Bag!

  61. Those boot socks are fabulous! :)

  62. nicole says:

    i really love your round ups!

  63. Kari says:

    I’m a huge fan of the picnic tote – I have so many people in mind that would love it!

  64. Aurélie says:

    Amazing ideas, every day!

  65. Nichole says:

    All these ideas are wonderful ! I especially love the boot socks and the wet bag !

  66. Libby says:

    The adventure bag reminds me of my brother’s favourite book when he was small, Charles’ Useful Bag by Shirley Hughes. I want to make him one for Christmas and remind him of that book.

  67. Stephanie C. says:

    Those boot socks are so cool!

  68. beth says:

    That nature explorer bag looks PERFECT!

  69. mims says:

    wow, my to-do list is growing exponentially thanks to your great suggestions.

  70. Glenys says:

    So many nice stuff!

  71. Stacy says:

    Love the mittens!

  72. Mina says:

    All the ideas look great today!

  73. Melissa says:

    Oh my goodness – I LOVE those gift tags! I also love the book choices today!

  74. Shawna says:

    I need to make those boot socks!

  75. Rachel says:

    I love those boot socks. What a great idea!

  76. Sydney says:

    Those fleece socks are such a good idea for friends who I like enough to give a present to, but not enough to get a big present for!

  77. Carla says:

    love all the resource you post!

  78. Chocolate Granola Bars… mmMMmMmmmM

  79. Steph says:

    Love the mittens–another project added to my to-do list!

  80. kathy h says:

    What great gift ideas.

  81. Tera says:

    Explorer bags are great!!!

  82. Liz Taylor says:

    I love your round ups! Thanks for the ideas!

  83. Asta says:

    I have my eye on that compass, now just need to think of a right person to gift it to. Obviously not really useful for a city dweller.

  84. Lanny says:

    Keep up the good work!

  85. Pat says:

    Love the boot socks.

  86. Marsha says:

    Oh, wow. That picnic tote is a sure winner! I don’t think there’s anyone on my list that wouldn’t love that. Thanks so much!

  87. greta says:

    fantastic books!

  88. mac says:

    Cute mittens. Want some for myself. Thanks for the give away.

  89. Prachi says:

    I love all the books. These will inspire tremendous amount of creativity.

  90. I love the bag tut!

  91. Jon says:

    Great post! Lots of inspiration today-for sure.

  92. Kim T. says:

    love that explorers bag!

  93. Faith says:

    What great ideas!

  94. Jessica Gabbie says:

    Love the boot socks! i’m going to make some for me before our next Southern Hemisphere winter!

  95. kirstenmanning says:

    I love the fleece boot socks. I have a pair, but would love some print ones!

  96. Rachel B says:

    I really like the mittens, so cute, I might have to add them to my list of projects.

  97. Kristin M says:

    I have got to make those granola bars and the explorer bag is just up my alley.

  98. Tiffany says:

    So many great ideas!!

  99. beverly says:

    Love the nature explorer bag! So cute!!!

  100. Lynn Hey says:

    Liz’s fabric choice would be perfect for the picnic tote. I want to try the granola bars recipe too. Yum:) Thanks for the wonderful inspiration each day!

  101. Julie Armendariz says:

    The explorer sash is fun!

  102. Renee says:

    I love all the books you are giving away. They look like a wealth of ideas.

  103. Kristy says:

    I need to make those mittens (x3) ASAP – snow is on the way! Eek!

  104. Carrie says:

    I’m still new to sewing and zippers scare me a little. The wet bag directions has such great photos that I think I’ll give it a try.

  105. Amanda says:

    great books!

  106. Chrissy says:

    Living in Seattle, I need to make a pair of those boot socks for everyone in my family!

  107. I think I need to try that granola recipe for my little explorers!

  108. Crystal says:

    Those boot socks are very cool! I have some daughters who just might find those in a package :) Thanks for more wonderful tutorials – and giveaways :)

  109. Jane S. says:

    The explorer bag and the wooden compass are so neat! Thanks for all the cool stuff that you show us. :)

  110. Jen says:

    Sewing Basics. And, chocolate granola bars. Yum.

  111. Fabienne says:

    I’m making boot socks for everybody, what a nice idea!

  112. Mama Lusco says:

    Those chocolate granola bars look amazing!

  113. Katina says:

    I’m going with the insulated picnic tote, original size for shopping and smaller for lunch!!

  114. Emilia says:

    I just made a pair of mittens today, using oliver & s pattern for inspiration. I actually chopped up a sweater. Very cute.

  115. Amy says:

    Love the explorer tote. I might have to make those for next summer.

  116. Keelin says:

    I love the fleece boot inserts–and now I can make my own!

  117. Larissa says:

    We’re outdoorsy people – great ideas!

  118. Morgan says:

    I want to buy boots just to make the socks…

  119. I am digging those fleece socks!

  120. Shawna. says:

    I love the Wet Bag. My nephew just turned one and he could use one of these bags to put in his diaper bag. Great idea. Those mittens look snazzy! What great books for the giveaway. Thanks for a chance to win one.

    missmoozie(at)gmail(dot)com

  121. Charlotte says:

    With a house full of adventurers these ideas will be put to use!
    Thanks!

  122. Jodi G. says:

    I’m loving those fleese boot socks!What a great idea. Chocolate Granola Bars? no guilt there. hehe.

    Thanks for the giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  123. Lalani says:

    Sewn Toy Tales looks adorable. And I LOVE the explorer bag.

  124. Abbington says:

    I love the explorer bag – and the fleece boot socks look like a really great idea!

  125. Mistyn says:

    Love the fleece socks! I plan on making a few pairs for stocking stuffers (and a few for me too!)

  126. Melissa Williams says:

    Love the mittens. So cute. And the books look amazing. Thanks!

  127. Shelley says:

    The ideas just keep getting better and better!

  128. Jayne says:

    The boot socks and wet bag are so cool! I love them!

  129. upstatelisa says:

    love the nature explorer bag!

  130. Mirza says:

    The explorer sash looks pretty cool!

  131. Christina says:

    the gift tags are precious. definitely will be printing some of those!

  132. Becky says:

    Those chocolate granola bars look like they’d be perfect for a quick breakfast on the run. My boys might stop skipping breakfast. Thanks for that.

  133. Sandy says:

    I love the fleece boot socks and the mittens! Thanks for sharing.

  134. Helena says:

    Love the explorer bag, Perfect for boys!

  135. Kimberly says:

    The fast flirty and fun book looks amazing. I’m ready to sew like crazy since my friend just gave me a bag full of fabrics!!!

  136. Michelle says:

    Boot socks = awesome!!!

  137. pat upton says:

    The boot socks and the mittens are favorites!

  138. Anne says:

    great tutorials once again!

  139. Christy says:

    My husband was just looking at boot socks at the store yesterday. Hello Christmas gift!

  140. Heidi says:

    Have been thinking about making those fleece boot socks for a long time, thanks for the tutorial, the mittens and wet bag are on my to make list also, I’m going to make a wet bag sized to my mom’s umbrella so she can keep it in her purse without getting everything all wet.

  141. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    The nature explorer bag and the insulated picnic tote are great projects! Off to plan and sew!

  142. AnnaPK says:

    The adventure bag is going on my gift list!

  143. Kaz says:

    I love those boots. Such a great idea!

  144. Elizabeth says:

    I love the insulated picnic tote! I definitely need to make one of those!

  145. Renae says:

    The Nature Explorer Bag is so fun! Thanks!

  146. Gina says:

    The insulated picnic tote goes on my ever growing “to do” list!

  147. Jacque says:

    I really need to make some boot socks – great idea! And I love the insulated tote, too.

  148. amy says:

    Love the Nature Explorer Bag! So cute.

  149. Andrea says:

    I love that nature explorer bag – so many beautiful things to sew!

  150. hilary says:

    Love the nature bag really want one of my own.

  151. Beth says:

    That farm book looks very interesting :)

  152. Ingrid says:

    I love the wet bag – all our swimming friends will get them!

  153. Whitney says:

    cute muffins!

  154. Ramona says:

    Those chocolate granola bars look delicious. I am going to make those. I’m loving the boot socks and the mitten pattern. I lost mine so am glad to see this one.

  155. Sus says:

    LOVE those fleece boot socks!!!!

  156. wendy says:

    Oooh I love the boot socks!!

  157. kdaisy says:

    As a knitter who hates hand-knitted mittens, I love the idea of sewing them!

  158. Jess says:

    I love the picnic tote. Thanks for all the tutorials!

  159. Carol says:

    Boot socks and mittens. What great gift ideas!

  160. Lorri says:

    The mittens look really cute! Great list of ideas! :)

  161. Julianne Ross says:

    Can’t wait to try the wet bag! There’s always a use for one of those!

  162. Meghan says:

    Mittens! Just in time for snow.

  163. Joanna H. says:

    My son saw the explorer bag over my shoulder and has now added one to his Christmas list!

  164. Ellen M. says:

    My daughter wants “wellies” for Christmas and I’d love to make her the fleece boot socks!

  165. Wendy says:

    chocolate granola bars do NOT fit in with my diet. I’ll try them anyway :)

  166. Sunny says:

    You are just outdoing yourselves with great ideas.

  167. Kylie C says:

    That wooden compass is so cool. Perfect for my 7 year old boy.

  168. shelle says:

    Another great day of tutorials and inspiration! Thank you.

  169. Timmi says:

    I want to go buy some boots just so I can wear fleecy socks!

  170. Briana says:

    mmmm chocolate granola bars!

  171. Lowena says:

    Oh I love the compass! As always a round of great ideas!

  172. Sarah says:

    That wooden compass is the perfect present for my housemate! Thanks for the link x

  173. Valerie says:

    I make granola all the time–so I’m interested in trying the chocolate bars! Thaks for all the inspiration!

  174. Seanna Lea says:

    Those chocolate granola bars look delicious. I wonder if I have the ingredients to make them in stock!

  175. Karen says:

    Great ideas! Love the boot socks.

  176. Jeannie D says:

    Love the Pillow Case Book…looks like fun!Must also try my hand at those chocolate granola bars!

  177. Rocio H. says:

    Ohhh love all the neat ideas and chocolate granola bars? Yummy!

  178. alcheme says:

    I want all this books!!!

  179. Jasmin says:

    I love the wet bag just what i need for little accidents on the run.

  180. Georgia says:

    Love the compass. And I will definitely, definitely, definitely be making an explorer bag for my little guy! Although I should probably wait until he’s a little older…at least walking. :)

  181. leah says:

    Thanks for the great ideas… I think some of these will be great

  182. Katie says:

    These bags would be great for my field guides when I’m out hiking!

  183. Serena says:

    Wet bags are so great to have. I think the mitten pattern is going to the top of my list of things to make!

  184. Erin says:

    Oooh – that is a fun looking selection of books!

  185. chibidani says:

    I need those fleece boot socks for my girls, for the 3 times each winter it snows here.

  186. Rachel says:

    Great ideas!

  187. Julia says:

    Great gift ideas!

  188. Laura says:

    My neice would love the explorer bag – such great ideas for what to fill it with too!!
    thanks!

  189. I’m afraid I’m a ‘bag girl’, love the wet bag and the nature one…

  190. Claudia says:

    Such beautiful surprises!
    Thank you for sharing…
    Kind regards from Germany
    Claudia

  191. Candi says:

    i like the mens bag…my hubby might even use it!

  192. Ann says:

    Great Mittens! Always enjoy the whole Handmade Holidays series.

  193. Kate says:

    i love the explorer bag. All those pockets!

  194. Jill B says:

    I love the look of the picnic bag!

  195. Renae says:

    Those granola bars look yummy!
    May have to try those since the kids think they can’t live without them after school.

  196. Robyn says:

    Today I’m the most excited about the chocolate granola bar recipe! I need something like that in my freezer to protect me from those up-late-at-night-sewing-my-christmas-presents chocolate cravings! I’m all out of Halloween candy!

  197. Kate says:

    I’ve been trying to come up with a men’s bag pattern for while- this is a great one.

  198. Heidi Anderson says:

    I’m in love with the fleece socks and the explorer bag! Whoo hoo!

  199. Jessica H says:

    The pillow case book looks fun!

  200. Mikaela says:

    Love the sewn mittens!

  201. Lynne in NC says:

    So many great ideas and THEN — the chocolate! “Double Prizes!!!”

  202. Melissa Ann says:

    I’m going to have to make that Nature Exploring Bag for my Husband for Christmas :)

  203. Wren says:

    I was just thinking about making mittens for my day care kids since this is Texas, and mittens aren’t a wardrobe staple. I didn’t know they were so easy-nothing to stop me now!

  204. Fenna says:

    neat projects and good giveaway :)

  205. Sophie says:

    I could totally have done with the chocolate granola bars today after my long cycle ride home in the dark and the rain!

  206. Anne Marie says:

    These are all great tutuorials.

  207. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    Chocolate granola bars? Yum! I’m definitely checking that recipe out!!

  208. Amy says:

    I know some kiddos who would LOVE the nature explorer bag!

  209. Stephanie says:

    I would love to look at the Hip Bag for Men but the link takes you to the compass.

    Also, love the socks. Great idea!
    Thanks for the chance to win some great looking books. I have my eye on a few of them.

  210. SS Sews says:

    I’m going to make those mittens!

  211. Sonja says:

    The nature explorer bag and wet bags are moving to the top of my “to make” list. Thanks for the great ideas.

  212. Lindsay says:

    Great tutorials today, and I really like the insulated picnic tote.

  213. Christine M says:

    I love the idea of an insulated picnic bag.

  214. Bianca says:

    ‘Fast Flirty and Fun’ looks so adorable. I also might try out the granola bars, since I make handmade granola anyways.

  215. Tanis says:

    Those mittens are really cute, and the boot socks are a great idea! Thanks!

  216. Taryn says:

    Love the mittens!

  217. Ellu says:

    Oh, all these books are wonderful – I like the pillowcase one best though!

  218. bruinbr says:

    That wet bag is perfect! With the occasional toilet training mishap, this will come in very handy! :)

  219. Allison says:

    Loving the fleece boot socks! And a wet bag has been on my to-do list on Pinterest for awhile…just a matter of wrestling up the materials!

  220. I love those socks!!

  221. Sherrie Wolfe says:

    I like today’s highlights, especially that pocketed bag!

  222. Silvia says:

    What an excellent idea the web bag!! Great! :)

  223. Michele says:

    Great, books! I’d love to win one!

  224. Elizabeth says:

    I like the assortment, and had lost the tutorial for the rainboot socks!

    (But the link for the Bag for Men is wrong, it goes to the other etsy seller!)

  225. Marci Girl says:

    Once again, another great set of tutorials!

  226. Suzanne says:

    That nature explorer bag is one of the coolest gift ideas I’ve seen this holiday season!

  227. Margaret says:

    Love the nature explorer bag and the boot socks!

  228. Sharon Meek says:

    Boot socks and a compass. What great gifts they would be.
    THanks.

  229. Deb says:

    I have been looking for an insulated tote. Perfct!

  230. Nancy D. says:

    Can you ever have enough bags?

  231. Jenn Lee says:

    Love the boot socks!

  232. Andrea says:

    I think I need to buy a pair of boots just for an excuse to make those socks. They look to amazing peeking out.

  233. Sally says:

    I love the Nature Explorer Bag! I’ll make that one for sure for my boys!!

  234. Jenny says:

    Wow, I’d love the pillowcase book or Fast, Flirty, and Fun! They look great!

  235. Marion K says:

    I have just printed out the tutorial for the Explorer bag, I am going to make one this long weekend!

  236. Megan says:

    Any of these prizes look awesome! Sewing basics, farm anatomy, toys- diverse & very adventurous! Thank you/ this is a fun November!

  237. Lea says:

    Love today’s ideas!

  238. Nicole N. says:

    The mittens are so charming! What a great idea!

  239. Virginia says:

    what a neat compass.

  240. Jayme says:

    Love the sewn toys!

  241. Clara says:

    I can’t wait to make those granola bars

  242. Carmen says:

    The explorers sash is a cool gift. Thank you!

  243. Beth T says:

    I had forgotten all about those fleece boot socks. Forget about gifts! I’ll be whipping up a bunch for myself first. (Is that too selfish to reveal? Well, I’m among friends, right?)

  244. Mare says:

    I adore the mittens! Thanks for another awesome roundup!

  245. Alice S says:

    I love the wooden compass. Perfect for my family.

  246. Sonya M says:

    I love Liz’s fabric choice (the one in the middle). It makes me happy!

  247. eleanor says:

    Love the nature explorer bag!

  248. Sally says:

    This passion series is truly addictive! Loving all of it!

  249. Christina G. says:

    I want to make a nature explorer bag and stuff it full of chocolate granola bars for a nice long hike!

  250. Amy says:

    Love love love the mittens!!

  251. Rebecca says:

    The fleece boot socks are an amazing idea! Thanks for getting so many interesting projects in one place.

  252. Karen A says:

    Looking forward to trying the boot socks.

  253. Hannah says:

    I love those printable gift tags! Thanks for pulling all of this great inspiration together every day!

  254. Kayla says:

    Love. The explorer bag is a must for little boys

  255. Angi says:

    I think I have two little guys at home that need the Explorer Bags. I just hope I have time to sew all the great gift ideas you have given me.

  256. Kerry says:

    I love the mittens and insulated tote. I just might have to add that to my list of projects.

  257. kathyh says:

    Another round of great ideas.

  258. Ingrid says:

    Those explorer bags have been on my list of to-gives for the last few years. Curse you, Sew Mama Sew, my list of gifts to make is gaining epic proportions… No, seriously, thank you!!!

  259. Veronica says:

    That Nature Explorer Bag might just be what I was looking for.

  260. Lorrie says:

    Such fun ideas. I like those boot socks!

  261. Kristin H says:

    I love the boot socks!

  262. Delia says:

    I need to mix up some of those granola bars. They look devine!

  263. kelly_jeanie says:

    Cute bags! The granola bars look awesome. Thanks!

  264. Theresa says:

    I think I need to make some of those socks.

  265. Pauline says:

    Fun projects! I need to make some boot socks!

  266. Jenn says:

    The Nature Explore Bag is so much fun! That would make a great gift for nieces and nephews this year!

  267. Jenn says:

    The Nature Explore Bag is so much fun! That would make a great gift for nieces and nephews this year!

  268. nrnoodle says:

    What a great collection of bags for our little adventures.

  269. Alli says:

    That picnic tote looks great!

  270. Sherry J says:

    awesome tutorials and giveaways today. thanks.

  271. Melanie says:

    Those mittens are great! I think I’ll be making some of those for my daughter this year. Thanks for all of the great projects and ideas!

  272. April Hurley says:

    With a son in Scouts these are all wonderful ideas!!!!!!!!!

  273. Kelsie says:

    What perfect gifts, especially for kiddos! If my son was older I would totally make him the bag and the sash. I might have to make myself the boot socks, however.

  274. Michelle says:

    love the picnic tote and the wet bag…thanks for the tutorials!

  275. samantha says:

    I’m so happy to see a boot socks pattern. These sell for 14.99 @ Target, but I really wanted to make my own. Thank you!

  276. Kay says:

    Love those mittens! I hope I can make them in adult sizes :)

  277. tmv says:

    The fleece boot socks and the granola bars looks great!! I can’t want to try make them both! I think I’m going to try to granola tonight!

  278. Jennifer N says:

    I’m thinking the chocolate granola bars definitely look worth making. So many wonderful ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  279. Lauri says:

    Those mittens are adorable and the chocolate granola bars look delicious! I wonder if I make the mittens for my daughter, she will make the granola bars for me? Sounds like a fair trade!

  280. Kami says:

    love the nature explorer bag would be great for my son who always loves to have a bag full of goodies with him!

  281. Cindi C says:

    I love the Explorer Bag! Can’t wait to make one.

  282. Tabitha says:

    Those fleece boot socks are wonderful!

  283. Emmmylizzzy says:

    I think I’m gonna have to whip up some of those mittens asap!

  284. Sarah says:

    I love the nature explorer bag and the boot socks!

  285. Bonnie says:

    I love the boot socks! I wish I’d had those when I worked in fish processing.

  286. cheri says:

    Love the Caterpillar!

  287. krystina says:

    I love the explorer tote from Chez Beeper Bebe! Thanks for this roundup, it’s great.

  288. Trisha says:

    Love,love the boot socks!!!!! And the granola bars are now on my to make list!!! Thanks!!

  289. Jen says:

    That wooden compass is so cool!

  290. Jess says:

    Now I have the perfect Christmas present for my fussy brother. What could be better than an explorer sash?

  291. Lisa Readman says:

    I love the mittens and explorer bag!

  292. Kim N says:

    Love the apron, wet bag and socks! All three projects are right up my alley!

  293. Jennifer Lynch Postma says:

    Oh I must have a ton of explorers on my lists because I want to make everything on this post!

  294. Becky says:

    Those granola bars look delicious!

  295. Christy says:

    Making the mittens today!! Winter is here and we have a sad collection of single mitts!

  296. Robin E. says:

    Great tutorials today! I really need to get sewing.

  297. I’m not much of an adventurer, but I LOVE those mittens!

  298. Rachael Spencer says:

    Love the nature explorer bag!

  299. Jennifer says:

    I really need to make some of those fleece boot socks.

  300. Jessica says:

    The wet bag is genius. I need to make one before next summer now that we live near the shore, I have a feeling we’ll be needing it!

  301. Linda says:

    Love the fleece socks but I need more time for all my sewing ideas!

  302. Megan says:

    Love these laminated cotton bags! I’m wondering if it’s possible to applique or iron on letters to the bags? Eager to try!

  303. jen says:

    love these lists! am going to open up the fleece boots one now!

  304. joyfulT says:

    My birthday boots are on their way, and I think I need some boot socks now!

  305. Natalija says:

    Those fleece boot socks look wonderful.

  306. Miranda says:

    Love the mittens. They will make perfect Christmas gifts here in MN! Might need them this weekend if the weathermen are right! Like the gift tags too. Great practical item to add!

  307. Louby Lou says:

    Wow, I love those boot liners!

  308. Molly says:

    Love me some exploring! Thanks for these.

  309. Kristin says:

    The mittens are great, and I loved checking out Trula’s beautiful blog!

  310. Kristie says:

    Great projects. I love your compliations. I find myself coming back to them throughout the year. Thanks!

  311. Ann S says:

    Love the nature explorer bag, what a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration.

  312. Elizabeth says:

    Those granola bars look so good, I can wait to make them!

  313. jessicac says:

    The mittens look really cute, guess I better get better at my sewing!

  314. Samina says:

    My son would love an explorer bag! I’m off to print the tutorial. Thanks for the link.

  315. Hillary S. says:

    I love the boot socks! I have a pair of boots I need those for.

  316. Julie says:

    i think i need to make some fleecy boot socks!

  317. Miquela says:

    I made the boot socks a few weeks ago, and they work great…especially now that I have to trek out in the snow to feed the chickens!

  318. Jenni says:

    The insulated picnic tote is a great idea for a project

  319. Liz says:

    I love Handmade Holidays! I have my eye on the Farm Anatomy book- It would make a great gift for my sister. Fingers crossed!!

  320. Hilary S says:

    I would love to see Sewing Basics – or the country farm book!

  321. I’ve never seen a compass even remotely like that … what amazing imaginations people have! It’s perfect and adorable!

  322. MonicaTiesinga says:

    Love the Explorer bag, thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  323. alexa says:

    Lots of good x-mas present tutorials today!

  324. Cassandra says:

    I would love the farm anatomy book. Can’t wait to read it.

  325. Maggie says:

    I’m a new sewer and I’m reading your blog today to inspire me to attempt my first zipper project. Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win!

  326. Crystal says:

    I am making mittens this weekend, thanks!

  327. Bethany says:

    Those are super cute books and ideas! :)

  328. Randi says:

    What a great round-up … thanks so much for sharing my explorer sash.

  329. Jolene says:

    Awesome explorer bag!

  330. Janelle says:

    Those boot socks are cute!!

  331. Ohh… so many great tutos, so little time! :D

  332. Beezus says:

    I love the nature bag, and those mittens . . . they are so adorable!

  333. Amber says:

    I am going to try to make the explorer bag but in an adult size. It looks perfect for packing up for an adventure exploring a new city when traveling. Thanks.

  334. MC says:

    So many great gift ideas, thanks!

  335. Tasha says:

    All so cute!!!!

  336. Trina says:

    I love the mittens, the wet bag, and the granola bars! These should keep me busy for a little while.

  337. Bridget says:

    The mittens – love those!

  338. Kate says:

    Heck with gifts — I want to make those boot liners for me!

  339. laura reich says:

    I’m really diggin’ the nature bag.

  340. Ellen says:

    I love that nature explorer bag, too bad my LO is way too little!

  341. Melissa says:

    Love that nature explorer bag!

  342. Rhonda S. says:

    Love the cozy looking boot socks!

  343. Barbara says:

    Love the Explorer sash–my grandson might just love that!

  344. Kelsey D says:

    very neat!

  345. Lisa Zap says:

    What great choices! That wet bag would really come in handy during swimming lessons.

  346. Julia says:

    Already printed the fleece boot socks pattern! I know a boy who needs that explorer sash & I’m pretty sure those granola bars will make a great school morning “oops, Mom slept in but, we still need breakfast” grab & run treat!

  347. Char says:

    I am going to start at the top project and make everything!!! but those boot sock are going to be for me :)

  348. Sandra :) says:

    LOL @ the instructions for the granola bars: “First mix your dry ingredients in a bowl. Stir them together so they can get familiar with each other.” What a hoot! I’m going to try those today :D

  349. Katie B says:

    Those boot socks are really clever!

  350. My birthday is coming and I want a pair of boots similar to the ones shown at the top of the post. Since I am hopeful I get a pair I am excited to see fleece boot socks on here. I think I might sew me a pair just in case. (just in case I have to buy my own boots)

  351. Kandra Young says:

    Those boot socks are a great idea!!!

  352. Marsel says:

    Fast Flirty and Fun looks very interesting!

  353. Rebekah says:

    Sewn Toy Tales looks so cute!

  354. Deidre says:

    The explorer Bag is fabulous — and those mittens! Thanks for the chance to win!

  355. Annie says:

    Thanks for finding such fun tutorials for so many different sorts of people…handmade Christmas is well underway at my house!

  356. Linda says:

    The books you share are unique. I don’t see them anywhere else. How nice that someone thought to put together a book about what to do with pillowcases. Thanks for this chance to win.

  357. Teresa Wilson says:

    My favorites are the nature explorer bag and the wood compass!

  358. Tez says:

    Every year you guys absolutely top yourselves with these lists. THANK YOU!

  359. Melanie says:

    I cant wait to dress up my plan black rain boots w/ lots of felt liners!

  360. Sarah B says:

    thanks for all the great tutorials!

  361. Kim says:

    Would love that Sewn Toy Tales! Also, love that Nature Explorer bag. Off to pin it on pinterest, haha.

  362. Brenda De says:

    great ideas! Thanks!

  363. The fleece boot socks pattern is great for this time of year!

  364. Chris says:

    I really like the look of the sewn mittens and the sewing basics book! thanks!

  365. Robyn Meza says:

    Love the picnic bag. So many ideas, I’m itching to play hookey from work and sew!

  366. lee says:

    I just love the insulated pinic tote! Thanks for the inspiration!

  367. Steph G. says:

    Love the boot socks.

  368. Diana says:

    Mittens! How awesome for stocking stuffers!

  369. ElizabethL says:

    Absolutely love the nature explorer bags. They are going on the list of things to do.

  370. Margaret says:

    It gets more of an adventure everyday I come and see what you all have dished up! Such fun ideas- thanks!

  371. Betsy says:

    Those mittens-and I love her blog!

  372. Anita says:

    Cute mittens.

  373. Amanda says:

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  374. Anya says:

    I love the fleece boot socks!! I think I need some for myself.

  375. Tiara says:

    Would love to look inside of “Sewing Basics”

  376. Sherly says:

    I can’t wait to start working on the wet bags this weekend!

  377. Virginia says:

    I’m thinking a few of these would be so cute for my niece and nephew for Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

  378. katie says:

    Love the explorer bag and the mittens! I’ve been needing to make a few pair for my little ones and I love the shape of these and the ribbing around the wrist. Thanks!

  379. adriane says:

    Love that nature explorer bag!

  380. Sarah says:

    Love the boot socks and the mittens. I am excited for the rest of the weeks posts.

  381. Stacy says:

    Those granola bars look so good!

  382. Liz says:

    Another great bunch of ideas!!

  383. Angela B. says:

    Thanks for the chance to win! Great ideas and great selection of books to browse!

  384. caroline says:

    Farm Anatomy looks so fun!
    Happy Tuesday!

  385. Deanne Johnson says:

    Love the boot socks.

  386. Emily says:

    More fun stuff!

  387. Celia says:

    Loving this daily blog post! The chocolate granola bars are on my list, and the Fast, Flirty and Fun book looks awesome!

  388. Kayli S says:

    Another great set of ideas. I love those mittens!

  389. Melonie says:

    well, I really am going to make those fleece welly boot socks for myself, another inspiring list today !

  390. Christina says:

    Loving these! I’ve pinned almost all of them!

  391. natasha says:

    I can’t wait to make the explorer sash and bag. I want some boot socks too but i need some boots to put them in.

  392. evelin says:

    That compass is just so cool! I love everything!!

  393. Mandy says:

    love the insulated picnic tote!!!

  394. Celeste says:

    Love the nature explorer bag idea!

  395. BethAlice says:

    I need fleece socks for when wearing Birkenstocks during cold weather; I wonder if the boot sock you posted will work? Also, can’t wait to make those granola bars!!!

  396. M Evans says:

    The explorer tote is pretty cute!

  397. Erin says:

    The sewing machine book would be a great gift for anybody who sews, especially one who is just starting. I would love to win this so I could keep in on my sewing table as a refrence. Sometimes I need a little reminder on what to do!

  398. Paula says:

    Love the Fleece Boot Socks; what a great idea!

  399. Bobby says:

    Love the nature bag. I might have to make one for all my kids for camping next year! And that fast and fun book looks awesome!!!

  400. Rebekah says:

    love the picnic bag! thanks for sharing.

  401. Marguerite says:

    The nature bag looks really neat – I have a fun little boy cousin who’d enjoy that. Love that she lists the stuff she puts inside!

  402. Sue Ellen T. says:

    The granola bars are scrumptious! I would love to win all of these prizes – especially the pillowcase one, as I am addicted to vintage cases!

  403. Mrs. Not the Jet Set says:

    I don’t know what I would do without my wetbags!

  404. Lisa says:

    A great idea for a tutorial round-up…love the explorer bag and the mittens especially!

  405. Cayce says:

    Loving those chocolate granola bars!

  406. Casey C says:

    What fun projects.

  407. Tammy says:

    Ooh, love the recipe for chocolate granola bars!

  408. Addy says:

    I love the nature explorer bag!

  409. Nat says:

    I love those mittens!

  410. Jen says:

    The Fast, Flirty and Fun book looks like a fun one!

  411. Beth says:

    I am going to mix up a batch of those chocolate granola bars asap!

  412. Brianna says:

    Love that nature explorer bag – so cute, and would be fun to pack with little items as a gift.

  413. Heather says:

    Hmmm… Interesting projects today, but nothing is calling to me. Probably a good thing, since my to-do list is getting long!

  414. Mel says:

    Love the wooden compass! Might have to get one for my boys!

  415. MissMary says:

    I need to make some of those wet bags for my hiking adventures!

  416. Marilize says:

    What an amazing selection of crafts – love the wet bag and picnic tote ones :)

  417. Sonja says:

    Love the boot socks! and the books are all fabulous!

  418. i love this theme! Great ideas for boys!

  419. Debbie says:

    Cute ideas!

  420. Stacey says:

    My super talented friend made my oldest boy the Explorer Bag. Neat neat neat. So glad Holly shared the pattern and tutorial.

  421. Molly Martin says:

    Oh, I think my little nature girl needs the explored bag to carry her animal books and binoculars!

  422. Katy says:

    I love the Nature Explorer Bag – can’t wait to start mine!

  423. linda says:

    I’ve had a sewing machine for a while now, but I feel like that sewing basics book would be a great review and foundation for me. It’s funny how sometimes we just make do and never truly learn a craft from the beginnings!

  424. Sylvia says:

    These books all look great, especially interested in the Fast Flirty and Fun quilts book. Thanks for the giveaway.

  425. Melissa says:

    Love the Nature Explorer Bag! Thanks for all the ideas and inspiration!

  426. Holly says:

    That nature explorer bag is calling my name x3. Love it!

  427. Anya says:

    Love the picnic tote! thanks!

  428. Lindsay says:

    Thanks for another fun roundup of projects!

  429. Mhairi says:

    LOVE the explorer bag. It is exactly what I have been looking for.
    Thanks for sharing these great tutorials.

  430. fantastic tutes again! i’d love to win the quilt book!

  431. Fiona says:

    lots of fun things… I love the fleecy boot socks…
    Hugz

  432. wendy says:

    The picnic tote is a great idea, I need to make one to tote my lunch to work!

  433. Cari says:

    Yay! I’ve been looking for a good nature explorer bag tutorial. Love the picnic bag too!

  434. Crystal says:

    I was just thinking about the possibility of making myself an insulated lunch tote to return to work with – thanks for the link! and I would love the Sewing Basics book! ;)

  435. Erika says:

    i have been wanting to make a wet bag. i think this is a sign. :)

  436. Meg says:

    So many tutorials, so little time! :)

  437. Laura says:

    Great ideas today :)

  438. Allisa says:

    Lovely round-up of gift ideas! Those mittens are adorable :)

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