Today’s features make great gifts for your resident cook or baker. If someone you know is at his happiest covered in flour, mixing up a new concoction in front of the stove, he’ll appreciate today’s ideas!

Our “Buy It” section features a bonus giveaway today so there are tons of chances for you to win!

Make It

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Make this great Oven Mitt with help from Finding My Feet.
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We love the color in these fun Scrap Busting Pot Holders from Thursday at My Girl Thursday.
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This Kitchen Towel from makelifesweet is a great way to show off some of your favorite fabrics.
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Christina’s Casserole Carrier from 2 Little Hooligans is pretty and practical!
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This Hand Towel Apron with Zipper from Amy at H is for Handmade is a really fun idea for the kitchen.

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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The Farmer’s Market Tote at Sew,Mama,Sew! features a project from the popular Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs.

Related tutorials you might just love: Color Blocks Placemats + Napkins, Alfresco Bowl Covers, Napkins With Mitered Corners, Fall Lines Reversible Table Runner, Patchwork Kitchen Mat, Laminated Fabric Recipe Cards + Recipe Folder

Buy It

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We’ve been fans of Heather’s gorgeous designs in her Skinny laMinx shop for years! We love everything she creates, including these beautiful screenprinted Mushroom Tea Towels. All of Heather’s work is designed and handcrafted in Cape Town, South Africa. Today Heather is offering a set of matching Mushrooms Tea Towels as a special giveaway for Handmade Holidays! Comment below for your chance to win.

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:

Kristin’s choice Liz’s choice Dena’s choice

Mix It

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Eden at Sugar and Charm shows you how easy it is to make Infused Sugar. Eden writes that the sugar is great in coffee or your favorite cookie recipe, and it’s also fun to garnish a glass rim with the sugar for a special drink. It would make a pretty gift too!

Print It

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These Wrapping Bands from daily suze work for wrapping actual baked goods or for packaging on boxes, etc. Suze is an Italian graphic designer, specializing in stationery and she loves the holiday season. If you click over to the free PDF you can see the bands on Anemone’s Lavender Biscuits. The recipe is in Italian, but Suze says it’s definitely worth a try with the help of a good online translator!

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 with Oilcloth: 20 Patterns that Make Sewing with Oilcloth Easy, Fresh and Fun

Author: Kelli McCants
Publisher: Wiley

20 fresh patterns to sew a variety of fun and functional projects with oilcloth.

Sewing with Oilcloth covers sewing with the family of specialty fabrics collectively known as oilcloth. You’ll get easy-to-follow instructions, special tips and tricks needed to get the most out of these fabrics, the unique applications of each, and how to treat and care for the finished pieces.

From home goods to accessories, from baby gear to outdoor decor, you’ll find oilcloth sewing projects that unlock the potential of both traditional choices and new designer prints. You’ll follow along helpful, trouble-free instructions to sew oilcloth projects like a simple tablecloth, garden apron, farmer’s market tote, baby bib, and so much more.

Deploy That Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life

Author: Jen Eskridge
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.

Inspired to Sew

Author: Bari J. Ackerman
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Popular designer Bari J. brings her bright and feminine signature style to 15 new projects-ruffled quilts, a unique tunic and bag, plus sweet decorations and accessories for every room in the house. Readers will appreciate the book’s luscious photography, as well as Bari’s in-depth advice on fabric collage, free-motion stitching, machine applique, patchwork piecing, and simple garment techniques.

Christmas Quilts from Hopscotch Warm and Cozy, Merry and Bright

Authors: Heather Willms, Elissa Willms
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Quilt the holidays folk-art style, cheery and bright, or both! You’ll find seven warm and primitive projects, seven colorful and contemporary.

* Make holiday tree skirts, Advent calendars, stockings, lap quilts, and patchwork balls.
* Find charming wintry motifs such as gingerbread men, a snowman, feather trees, and stars.
* Two collections in one! Flip over “Warm and Cozy” to find a second rendition of the projects, “Merry and Bright!”

Sew Wild: Creating with Stitch and Mixed Media

Author: Alisa Burke
Publisher: Interweave Press

Sew Wild liberates you! Enjoy unlimited freedom to color, pattern, and customize your own fabric with fun, spectacular results. Get wild with printing, painting, drawing, stenciling, and other surface design methods and unique materials such as plastic bags, photographs, and cardboard. Dive into 12 simple sewing projects to make colorful, wearable, and hip designs, including a stunning wall quilt, adorable hats for kids or adults, a pretty wreath, cuff bracelets, and a modern ruffled apron.

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

8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure
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

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