Give something really special to a friend this year. Show her you value your friendship with a handmade gift!

Make It

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It would be fun to make several Sweet Ruffle Aprons in coordinating fabrics for your friends! This apron was designed by Christen from Love Elaine for Sew,Mama,Sew!
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This easy Key Fob, designed by Tacha Bruecher of Hanies for Sew,Mama,Sew!, is a great “stocking stuffer” size for friends. Tacha is one of the founding sewists behind Fat Quarterly, and author of Hexa Go-Go.
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Practice your braiding with this simple and sweet Tiny Braids Headband from The Small Things Blog.
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Show off a favorite fabric in a favorite outfit with an Obi-Style Belt from Kelley of Casa Crafty for Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Lainie’s Hedgehog Pincushion at maker*land is fairly irresistible! Make one for your crafty friends…
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Ashley from Lil Blue Boo shows you how to make Hand-Stamped Leather Bracelets. Don’t miss Ashley’s extensive collection of tutorials (many perfect for girlfriends) at Lil Blue Boo; use the top bar navigation on her site to find tutorials in various categories.
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Kate shows you how to make different versions of these Vintage-Inspired Headwraps at See Kate Sew.

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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Did you see Kristin’s free Reversible Tote + Zipper Pouch Craftsy mini-class?! The tote and pouch would be perfect for your friends. One year Kristin, owner of Sew,Mama,Sew!, even wrapped every holiday present in one of these pretty and useful totes!

Related tutorials you might just love: Patchwork Scarf, Modular Felt Trivet, Passion for Accessories, Passion for Jewelry, Gifts for Girlfriends, Gifts for Hipsters

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:

Beth’s choice Liz’s choice Kristin’s choice

Mix It

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Mix up some delicious White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels with Tracy at Shutterbean, then give them to friends and neighbors!

Print It

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We like these pretty Feather Gift Tags from Floris at Love vs. Design.

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.


Georgia Leigh Designs is an indie pattern company specializing in PDF patterns. You’ll find patterns for babies, clothing, costumes, and items for mom! Georgia has been designing and selling sewing patterns for four years and finds her inspiration in every day life as a mom of six.

Georgia Leigh Designs is giving away a gift certificate for three free patterns, winner’s choice!

Sewing MODKID Style (US Winners Only)

Author: Patty Young
Publisher: Wiley

Today’s active girl needs a wardrobe that is not only stylish and exciting to wear, but that moves, runs, jumps, and bends with her life. Sewing MODKID Style offers all of that. Each project, created by designer and mom Patty Young, features fun and comfortable knit fabrics that easily stretch and move with the busiest girl. These designs can be customized to fit toddlers (sizes 2T-5T) or girls (6-10) all without zippers, buttons, or snaps and can be pulled on quickly by the tiniest of hands. Projects include headbands, gloves, leg warmers, yoga pants, skirts, tank tops, t-shirts, sweaters, dresses, and more.

Improv Sewing: A Freeform Approach to Creative Techniques: 101 Fast, Fun and Fearless Projects (US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Blum & Debra Immergut
Publisher: Storey Publishing

These 101 creative sewing projects can all be completed in less than a day– Some in less than an hour! Playful and inventive, the projects include clothing for all ages, accessories, home decor items, and furnishings. Most feature embellishments and decorative effects– simple touches that personalize a project with charm– and use interesting textural fabrics, such as jersey knits, linen, and felt… Even paper and vinyl!

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

14 ~ Gifts for Babies
13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses
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.