Show your appreciation with today’s gift ideas for hostesses! Start today and you’ll be prepared for the holiday season…

Make It

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Jen Carlton Bailly from BettyCrockerAss shows you how to make these beautiful Scrappy Whole Cloth Placemats here at Sew,Mama,Sew! We think a set of these would make a really special hostess gift.
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Pair a nice bottle of wine or some sparkling cider with a Burlap Wine Gift Bag via Projects by Laurie.
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This is a really cute, free Clothespin Apron Pattern from The Seasoned Homemaker. Find more fun patterns at SugarPieChic!
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These Patchwork Oven Mitts are part of the Moda Fabrics Kitchen Confections series at Sew4Home. They are “vintage in shape and style, modern in color and design.”
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This vintage image fabric transfer technique looks really fun and easy too! Find the tutorial for Tea Towels + Image Transfers at Little Birdie Secrets.

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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Give your favorite hostess a pretty Sawyer Bag, designed by Sara at Sew Sweetness.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Cooking + Baking, Passion for Parties, Gifts for Foodies + some of our Gifts Tutorials

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 Beth’s choice Liz’s choice

Mix It

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Nicole shows you how to make these yummy Candied Almonds at The Doctor’s Dishes, Desserts + Decor. She writes, “These would make fantastic gifts to package up for friends for the holiday season!”

Print It

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Choose from three different Recipe Card designs by Kori at Paper & Pigtails. Share a copy of your favorite recipe with the next dish you bring to a holiday gathering!

Win It

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

Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Mrs. Lilien’s Cocktail Swatchbook (US Winners Only)

Author: Kelley Lilien
Publisher: Potter Style

Kelley Lilien takes a fanciful approach to cocktail making in this retro-chic Pantone swatch book format, which includes 20 recipes for blended cocktails, 20 recipes for shaken cocktails, and 10 recipes for punch bowls. Simply fan the book out to your desired recipe, look at the card, and instantly know which ingredients the cocktail requires from the glossy four-color photographs. The gorgeous cover design is dazzling on a bar cart, coffee table, or at any cocktail party.


Ex Libris Handmade features custom appliquéd cloth books, 100% organic cotton printed cloth books, and custom name banners along with vintage fabric monogram notecards and other seasonal goodies. Win one of two $50 gift certificates for anything in the Ex Libris Handmade shop!

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

12 ~ Gifts for Crafters
11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids
10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends
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.