We could all use a little more whimsy and delight in our days! Share these gifts with the people you love…We’re selecting winners tomorrow for our first week’s worth of prizes so don’t forget to try to win with a comment on each post!

Make It

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Meta Coleman designed these swash-buckling, treasure seeking Pirate Dolls! Find the tutorial at One More Mushroom; Meta is an interior designer who launched One More Mushroom for design tips and craft tutorials focused on children’s design.
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Ashley Hackshaw shows you how to make super-cool Paper Mache Animal Heads at Lil Blue Boo (which, incidentally, has an incredible tutorial/project archive– Select your category from the top bar on the Lil Blue Boo site).
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Andréann shows you how to make magical Dragon Wings at Natural Kids.
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These pretty Flower Girl Crowns here at Sew,Mama,Sew! are perfect for everyday whimsy.
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Laura shares a free Outer Space Embroidery Pattern at Love the Blue Bird, just right for those who dream of space exploration.
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Make a series of animal Masks at Petit Poulou. (This post is in French but would be easy to translate via an online tool… It’s also very accessible just based on the photos and downloads.)
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This A-Frame Tent is the perfect, special spot for reading and a little magic! Created by Ruby for A Beautiful Mess.

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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You can’t go wrong with small bags for holiday gift giving like this Sketchy Pleat Clutch from Laura at Charm Stitch.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Parties, Passion for Imagination, Passion for Play, Gifts for Imaginative Friends

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 Gabrien’s choice Kristin’s choice

Mix It

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Sara gives tips for her family favorite Chocolate Peppermint Sandwich Cookies at Our Best Bites in this recipe, adapted from Cook’s Country.

Print It

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Suze has free, printable Mini Gift Boxes at Daily Suze, and a matching “Christmas Suite” of coordinating freebies including Wrapping Bands and Gift Tags.

Win It

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

Grow Your Handmade Business: How to Envision, Develop, and Sustain a Successful Creative Business (US Winners Only)

Author: Kari Chapin
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Are you ready to make a living from your craft? Applying her trademark “you-can-do-it” coaching style to the nuts and bolts of business planning, Kari Chapin covers all of the issues involved in turning your creative hobby into a successful business– From mapping out a business plan to expanding production and distribution, finding funding, and addressing legal matters. With this definitive guide, you’ll discover how to grow your business beyond the dining room table and finally quit your day job.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2011 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

9 ~ Deck the Halls
8 ~ Gifts for Cooks
7 ~ Gifts for Pet Lovers
6 ~ Gifts for Moms + Grandmas
5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens
4 ~ Gifts for Organizers
3 ~ Gifts for Travelers
2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

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