November 16 ~ Deck the Halls

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We have a special Deck the Halls treat for you today! We asked Ellen Luckett Baker from The Long Thread to share some of her favorite tutorials, recipes and more this holiday season. All of today’s selections are from Ellen who, as you likely know, is so very good at finding, sharing and celebrating fabulous ideas and inspiration!

Ellen is the author of 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects. She also designs gorgeous fabric collections like Quilt Blocks, and her upcoming Stamped collection, produced by Kokka. (We can’t wait!) Enjoy today’s fun ideas…

Make It

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Don’t you want to make a neighborhood of these sweet Fabric House Ornaments from Retro Mama?! Retro Mama sells wool kits, patterns and more in their shop.
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You still have time to whip up a pretty Stocking Advent Calendar for the kids with help from Needles and Lemons!
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Add a special something to your holiday decor with this Happy Trees Mini Quilt from Jaceycraft. The design would also look great as a pillow.
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Here’s another fun Fabric Ornament for the tree from Vanessa Christenson of V and Co.
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Check out this clever Handmade Fabric Deco Tape tutorial from My Poppet!
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Learn how to make easy Felt Christmas Tree Ornaments at Bugs and Fishes, perfect for the bottom of a toddler-years tree or as special present toppers.

Related tutorials you might just love: Deck the Halls 2010 One, Two, Three, Four, Holiday Sew-Alongs (Join in any time!)

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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These Simple Salted Caramels from Inspired Taste will melt in your mouth!

Print It

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Keep track of December’s bustle of activity and have some fun with this Printable Advent Calendar from Zü Bienvenue.

Win It

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Sew the Perfect Gift (US Winners Only)

Author: Various
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Brimming with design talent, this book features work by Kim Brackett, Linda Lum DeBono, Kim Diehl, Cynthia Tomaszewski, and many more. Stitch striking table runners, pillows, and quilts, plus stylish bags, practical totes, funky bracelets, a pincushion, upcycled projects including a cup cozy and scarf, and many other unique accessories.

Eileen Roche is the founding editor and owner of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine, and inventor of several products for the home machine embroiderer. The Designs in Machine Embroidery website includes free embroidery designs, newsletters, an online store and Eileen’s blog. Eileen also has a class on Craftsy for The Machine Embroidered Quilt.

Designs in Machine Embroidery Giveaway #2 includes: Stipple Jingle Bells embroidery design collection (retail value: $29.99) plus the Embroiderer’s Tool Kit. (Retail value: $39.99)

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make (US Winners Only)

Author: Amie Plumley & Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Petronis Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a sewing camp in Tennessee that has earned praise from delighted children and parents. When families clamored for more, Plumley and Lisle launched a blog,, to rave reviews. Now, they’ve channeled the best of their children’s sewing projects into this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. All projects have been kid-tested, most can be made using simple hand stitches, and all can be embellished with personal touches.

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

15 ~ Gifts for Girlfriends
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

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219 Responses to November 16 ~ Deck the Halls

  1. These are such great ideas!
    I love those houses ans the Christmas trees!

    Yhanks for the printable advent calendar. It’s adorable.

  2. I adore the tree mini quilt!

  3. lynn says:

    i’m making those houses this year-yay!

  4. deborah b. in AZ says:

    mmmm, caramels! and those ornaments are darling.

  5. Robynn says:

    I love the trees

  6. Trish says:

    Those gingerbread house ornaments are too cute for words!

  7. Heather K says:

    The little cottages are adorable!

  8. Amy in CO says:

    I love the mini trees quilt!

  9. Martha says:

    I want to make the ornament! And then I don’t have to worry about my 1 year old knocking them off the tree.

  10. Erika says:

    I made that V and co ornament last year. I had a major glue gun malfuction too during the constriction

  11. Tracy H says:

    I love the ornament. But the caramels sure look yummy!

  12. M.F.Peterson says:

    Love the advent “stockings”.

  13. SewLindaAnn says:

    I think I’m going to make lots of little houses and have a mini tree in my sewing room all made up with them!

  14. Mary says:

    Love all the ornament ideas. My have to use one for the ornament exchange I’m doing.

    Mary in MN

  15. Lisa in OR says:

    I’ve been looking for some ideas for gifts to make / send to family this year. Thanks!

  16. Gina says:

    another take on the felt tree ornament!

  17. Gigi in NJ says:

    I love the little houses!

  18. Prachi says:

    I love the mini quilt.

  19. Lindsay says:

    These are such great ideas. I especially like the advent calendar.

  20. Carmen in WI says:

    Great ideas again – I esp like the fabric ornament

  21. Mandi says:

    beautiful fabric ornament!

  22. DebbieKL says:

    Sewing school looks interesting! I’d love to find some easy project ideas for my son to try.

  23. Marie says:

    Would I have to share the caramels – lol! Tree quilt and the circle fabric ornament are intriguing!

  24. carriem says:

    Love all the ornaments!

  25. Elizabeth says:

    The houses are so cute!

  26. Stephanie says:

    I love the fabric house ornaments. Can’t wait to make one for my son.

  27. Audrey says:

    Lots of great ideas! I love the house ornaments.

  28. That fabric deco tape is getting my mind whirling with ideas…

  29. Andrea says:

    Sew fun 🙂 Also, excited about the calendar

  30. consuelo says:

    I love the fabric ornament tutorial. Thanks for all the great ideas you share.

  31. Joan says:

    The felt ornaments–perfect grandchild activity! Love the little house ornaments too.

  32. Laura M in Washington :) says:

    ooooh cute ideas! want to make some for everyone on my gift list!

  33. Rebecca says:

    I love the little houses.
    I’m really trying to get ahead this year so I can have a nearly handmade Christmas 🙂

  34. Deb Cameron says:

    Loving the advent calendar!

  35. Jen S in Ca says:

    The little houses, trees and yummy caramels are a must for adorable decorating and hostess snacks.

  36. Kate says:

    Not only great ideas for our tree, but also as gifts.

  37. Lara in CA says:

    Love the little houses!

  38. Kristin says:

    mmmm….those caramels look yummy!

  39. Laura in TN says:

    Neat stuff!

  40. I am SWOONING over the little fabric house ornaments!!! I want them all! 🙂

  41. Bruinbr says:

    Love the tree mini quilt and felt ornaments! Adorable!

  42. Sandy says:

    I want to make a whole village of those little house ornaments!

  43. stacey says:

    adorable!–ornaments, caramels, all of it!

  44. Whitner says:

    LOVE the little houses – we made some simple ones last year, and these are just adorable!

  45. Debbie says:

    I love the little house ornaments!

  46. Rachel_PA says:

    Love the mini stockings!

  47. Shannon says:

    I agree with many of the above comments: the Happy Trees Mini-quilt is adorable!

  48. Mirza says:

    Some great ornaments! I want to make them all!

  49. Stefanie F says:

    Handmade ornaments and salted caramels – double score! MN

  50. I love the simple fabric tape tutorial!

  51. Evelyn (in WA) says:

    Oh, I’d really love to win the ‘Sewing School’ book! I recently checked it out from the library, and got all inspired about teaching a sewing class at my daughter’s elementary school next year. I sure would love to have a copy of my own!

  52. Kerry says:

    Adorable houses and stockings.

  53. kristin says:

    oh i love the mini quilt! would look cute expanded as a little coffee table runner, too!

  54. byrney says:

    Love the houses….might try the stockings, they look easier 🙂

  55. julis says:

    the felt ornaments are my fav…probably in my todo list!

  56. pam in IA says:


  57. Steph says:

    Love those mini house ornaments!

  58. Brie says:

    I Love those houses! I’ve had them pinned for a while now!

  59. Lee says:

    I love the trees and the house ornaments! Thank yoU!

  60. Chris says:

    I love those ornaments to make! Cool giveaways -thank you!

  61. Lee says:

    Happy trees – that mini quilt is adorable! thanks!

  62. Deidra says:

    Love all the projects!!!

  63. Anya says:

    So many great ideas!! I think I’ll have to try the felt Christmas trees with my kids.

  64. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    The house ornaments are so cute! Might have to start some for next year (as slow as I work :P)

  65. Julia Molewyk says:

    I love the houses and the fabric ornaments.
    Thanks for a chance to win!

  66. JANE says:

    Love those cute little houses. Thank you for putting so many wonderful things on one site.

  67. Karen says:

    Oh that fabric ornament! Putting that on the list to make 🙂

  68. Jamie says:

    Those little Christmas tree ornaments are so cute! I’d love to make and decorate them.

  69. leslie says:

    Love the advent calender ideas, especially those darling little stockings!

  70. Joan says:

    I make all my grandkids an ornament every year. This year’s is done but I see some cute house ornaments for next year.

  71. Kim T. says:

    very cute. and caramels? mmmmmmm.

  72. Erika says:

    Those caramels look delicious! I love salted caramels!

  73. Natalie says:

    I do love these deck the halls tutorials ^_^

  74. KeriAnn in PA says:

    I love the stocking advent calendar and the fabric ornament! Thanks again for the great ideas!

  75. Beth says:

    Love all of these projects!

  76. Sarah B says:

    I hope I can find the time to make some of these adorable decorations this year. So cute!

  77. Jasmin says:

    I love Christmas and think that the handmade ornament would add a great touch to the tree.

  78. Sallie says:

    Such cute ideas! (from TX)

  79. Diana says:

    The tree mini quilt is adorable!

  80. Tawny in CA says:

    great projects!

  81. Ramona says:

    My favorite day so far.

  82. BreannaS in MO says:

    I think My little would love to make some of those tree ornaments.

  83. Joanna says:

    Love them all! Great ideas.

  84. beverly says:

    i love the house ornaments. so cute!

  85. Jim M in NC says:

    I am really loving these daily projects. Now if I can just find some time….

  86. Jennifer N says:

    Always love salted caramels. Eying the fabric ball ornament as well. That just looks fun. Thanks for sharing everything.

  87. Lynn H. says:

    Sweet little houses! Nice books.

  88. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Love love love those houses! And the fabric ornaments looks so neat.
    Thanks SMS!

  89. Katie in TX says:

    Oh those fabric houses are SO adorable! Thanks for the link.

  90. kim s. says:

    Those house ornaments are terrific! Thanks.

  91. Lori in MD says:

    I love the idea of hand made fabric ornaments. They don’t break when knocked off the tree by pets and kids!

  92. nrnoodle says:

    house ornaments are so cute

  93. Beth T in OR says:

    Love the houses, love the happy trees, and appreciate Ellen Luckett Baker’s contributions today.

  94. amber says:

    I absolutely love the mini-tree quilt. The top stitching really adds a feeling of wind to the piece and I can feel the blustery, cold breeze blowing just looking at it.

  95. Sewing school looks like an awesome book. It may be time to get these sorts of things for my kiddo. She keeps telling me “wanna sew mama!”.

  96. Jesse says:

    the little gift boxes for that advent calendar are so cute! looks like a fun craft to make up too. Thanks!

  97. Christine B says:

    I love the mini-quilt of trees! I think it would look good as a pillow like you suggested.

  98. susan mzf says:

    so many great projects, so little time!

  99. Jodie says:

    Love those little houses!

  100. Hannah says:

    Love the Fabric Houses!!

  101. Maegan in AR says:

    This is so nifty!

  102. Thanks for featuring our caramels 🙂 Awesome post full of great ideas!

  103. Sewing Dervish says:

    stockings! Love!

  104. Janice Svercek says:

    I can’t wait to make the mini houses! Janice in PA

  105. Lizzie says:

    I love caramel + salt – now I’ll try to make some myself!

  106. Natalie says:

    Those house ornaments are SO ADORABLE!! Love them. Thanks for sharing!

  107. The little stockings are SO cute!! Makes me wish I hadn’t already stitched up my Advent calendar for the year…

  108. Kristie says:

    Those felt tree ornaments are perfect for the kids’ crafting party I’m hosting in a few weeks. Great idea. Thanks!

  109. Jen says:

    More great ideas – i need to “sew a perfect gift”! (or 5 or 6)

  110. Kati says:

    I like those Felt Trees! My son could even help with them! 🙂

  111. Nicole says:

    Those ornaments are pretty cute 🙂

  112. Tabitha says:

    OMG! I love everything!

  113. Venus says:

    The fabric ornament houses are adorable! I’m heading over to their shop…

  114. TriMama says:

    Such a cute batch of decorations!

  115. Steph W says:

    Who wouldn’t LOVE to win this book! 🙂

  116. stephanie o in CT says:

    Love the little houses- going to make one for all of th houses we have lived in!

  117. delia jones says:

    The salted caramels look tasty. I want to make those!

  118. jennifer says:

    Love those house ornaments! I’ve had those pinned since last Christmas.

  119. Emilie says:

    I love all the ornaments!

  120. KeriCan says:

    The V and Co ornament is adorable and it’ll last in the ornament box for years.

  121. Kylie C says:

    I’m already in the process of making some of the felt Christmas trees!

  122. Stacy says:

    Simple salted caramels- yum!

  123. Annie says:

    I love the felt Christmas trees! OMG, I have too many projects for Christmas!

  124. Kate says:

    These are so cute! love the ornament.

  125. Veronica says:

    I love the house ornament idea, and the sewn ball ornaments! Too cute and creative for words! Thank you for sharing!

  126. Rachel B says:

    Advent calendars are a fave of mine. I would have twenty if I could.

  127. Eleanor says:

    Love the little houses!

  128. Veronica says:

    I love those fabric houses. They’re so cute!

  129. Garilyn says:

    Cute tutorials. I just saw a spin off from the house ornament…making it into a little pouch. OH, and I love carmels.

  130. Morgan says:

    I feel so trendy – I have 9 of those fabric houses partially done right now. I make ornaments for my kids + some close friends’ and family’s kids every year, and this year nearly all of them moved to new homes, so these are the ornaments we picked. My 4 year old arranged/chose colors for all the windows & doors & roofs. My mom’s button collection provided the perfect doorknob buttons. I’m so excited to finish them!

  131. Jessica F in MA says:

    fun ideas! would love to win! (repost because I forgot state in first comment!)

  132. Jessica F says:

    fun ideas! would love to win!

  133. Liz says:

    Those houses are adorable!

  134. Greeblygreebly says:

    I don’t even know where to begin, all of those projects look so cute! We just moved into a new house so I will definitely want to make one of those house ornaments, so sweet!

  135. Patty D says:

    I like those fabric house ornaments – what a great idea!

  136. Those ornaments would be the perfect little gift!

  137. Heidi Anderson says:

    These are all fantastic pojects. I really need a few more hours in the day for sewing. THanks for the inspiration.

  138. Amy says:

    Oh boy, LOVE the fabric ornament. Might need to figure out how to make those. Also I love the sewing school book. Would be perfect for my daughter for Christmas. We keep getting it from the library and maybe I just need to buy it for her. (or Win it?)

  139. pauline says:

    that happy trees mini quilt is perfect for someone on my list! and salted caramels…must try to make a batch this weekend!

  140. jessicac says:

    I might have to talk my mother in law into making the Happy Trees quilt for me!

  141. April says:

    I think my daughter will love making those little felt trees!

  142. Sonja says:

    These are great! I especially like the holiday houses and the mini quilt!

  143. Georgia says:

    The caramels would be a perfect gift for my neighbors!

  144. Emily Hoffman says:

    Love everything today!

  145. Tammy says:

    Love the tree-shaped ornaments!

  146. Some more cute stuff to add to my to do list. I’m not sure whether I should thank you or not….

  147. Melanie says:

    I love the little felt trees! I’ve been on a felt ornament kick the last few years and these might have to find a home on our tree.

  148. Donna Baker says:

    fabulous – love those sewn ornaments from V & CO! Donna in TX

  149. Leslie in IN says:

    What great ideas!

  150. Megan Panda says:

    Ahh all of these decorations are so cute (as always)!

  151. Glyness says:

    Nice! I really like the ornaments!

  152. Those little houses are adorable!
    (And I’m in the US!)

  153. Kimberly F says:

    Love Vanessa’s fabric ornaments!

  154. Amanda says:

    Those little houses ans little trees are adorable. Very festive!

  155. Fawn says:

    I love the trees mini quilt, always impressed with the Jaceycraft blog! Thanks for the great ideas!

  156. usairdoll in CA says:

    YumYum! Salted Caramels and how cute are all those holiday ornaments.

    Thank you and all the Sponsors for awesome giveaways and the chances to win.


  157. Pat Upton says:

    Great tutorials! Love that mini Christmas tree quilt! I must try that!
    pupton58 at gmail dot com in NC

  158. Laura says:

    The little houses are so stinkin’ cute. They’ve been on my to-do list for a while now.

  159. Kathleen says:

    LOVE the Happy Trees mini quilt!

  160. Bobby says:

    I love these all! Printing off the calendar now. :0)

  161. Alissa says:

    Those caramels look mouth-watering good!

  162. Kristen Powell says:

    love those fabric ornaments!!

  163. kelbeland4 says:

    I am fascinated by the fabric ornament! That could add so much color to a tree! Gotta go and check it out now!

  164. marilyn says:

    love the felt christmas trees. living in WA.

  165. Kathy in Maryland says:

    I love love love the little fabric houses!!!

  166. Kerri says:

    Love the ornaments. Might try to do some of these with my kids!

  167. Mandi says:

    Love the stocking advent calendar! I better get to work!

  168. Wendy says:

    Oh I love those little houses!

  169. Sarah says:

    I love those little houses!

  170. Stephanie says:

    LOVE the tree mini quilt!!!

  171. Mel says:

    Those felt trees look like a great kid project! And more caramels, yum!

  172. Catherine says:

    Love Beth’s fabric choice, love the caramels, love the fabric ornament!

  173. julie says:

    WOW! I like these. I really need to think when i’m want to make them. Maybe next year in July??LOL

  174. joske says:

    LOVE the V & Co ornament! will definitely give it a try. i did the fabric star last week & it looks great! My SIL asks that we bring an ornament each year to build their collection – i have two years worth of ideas now!

  175. Kelli says:

    Those little houses are so cute I want to make 100 and hang them all over my kitchen and living room!

  176. Heather79 says:

    I am going to make those adorable little tree ornaments today! Perfect for the kiddo! (Colorado)

  177. Megan says:

    You’ve given me four new books I have to check out now! My list is getting really long, but thank you so much for all the inspiration!

  178. jen says:

    stocking advent is a cute idea

  179. Heather says:

    What fun decorating ideas!

  180. elsa says:

    Loving all the projects today ~ especially the houses and the Happy Trees mini quilt! So many wonderful projects this month ~ enjoying them a lot1

  181. Kalli says:

    Those caramels look SOOOOOO good!

  182. Holly says:

    Those little felt trees would be such a fun project with my people!

  183. christina says:

    What sweet little fabric houses.

  184. Angi says:

    I love the Stocking Advent Calendar, That is awsome. I also think my boys would enjoy making the trees. Thank you so much!

  185. Foster says:

    That fabric ornament is the best. I am going to try it!

  186. Tera says:

    salted caramels—-mmmmmmm

  187. Those ornaments are darling. Maybe I should make some for grandchildren? Maybe start a new tradition of one per year?

  188. Kathy Gordon says:

    Thnx for the chance to Ohio!

  189. kathyh says:

    Salted caramels.

  190. mrsm says:

    The ornaments are so cute!

  191. Michelle says:

    Too cute as always!

  192. Christina says:

    I love them all! I gotta get busy!

  193. I love the little fabric house ornies.

  194. Kristin says:

    The fabric house ornaments are adorable!

  195. Deb H. says:

    I love the handmade houses. The little felt trees are perfect for a project with my grands. We will be making those next week-end.

  196. Ellen M. from OH says:

    So many wonderful ideas!!!! The tape will be a great way to use up scraps, and the ornaments will make great gifts. Many thanks!!

  197. Cindi from GA says:

    As usual this years list keeps getting longer & longer with all the great projects you are showing us. What fun you must have putting this all together.

  198. So charming! Thank you for these idea’s!

    ~Rachel P.~
    from DE, USA.

  199. Jess says:

    Super cute ornaments this time around, I love them!!!

  200. SS Sews says:

    I like the Happy Trees mini quilt.

  201. Lise says:

    I’d like to make the felt tree ornaments with my children.

  202. Beth in Michigan says:

    All of these are so wonderful! Thanks!!!!

  203. I love all the ornament ideas! Thanks!

  204. Amy says:

    Salted caramel is my kryptonite. That looks delicious! The projects are great, too, but that caramel makes me want to break out the mixer.

  205. Stacy says:

    Love the mini quilt!

  206. Julianne Ross says:

    The simple salted caramels and the fabric houses are on my “to do” list!

  207. Mhairi says:

    Kristin I love Winterkist, this is a great choice.
    I love the fabric ornament too. I will definitely be making some of these for my friends.

  208. Louisa says:

    I love the mini quilt!

  209. Rhonda says:

    I adore the fabric ornament and that candy….oh my, sounds so yummy!

  210. Erin says:

    fun list

  211. Larissa says:

    The little houses are adorable and love the ideas – thanks!:o)

  212. Molly Martin says:

    Cute ornament ideas! I like those cute little houses.

  213. Anne Rita says:

    Thanks for another day of great tutorials! I love the fabric tape!

  214. Judy1522 says:

    Great ideas for holiday decorations. I love the stocking advent calendar.

  215. Sharon Joyner says:

    such wonderful ideas and thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving..
    Sharon, TN

  216. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh I want to make ALL of these!

  217. Sarah J says:

    Oooh, so many wonderful things I want to make, so little time to make them in….. I will be starting in January for next Christmas! Thank you for sharing such amazing projects….

  218. Fabric deco tape. I soooo like it!

  219. Gigi in NJ says:

    I want to make the little houses. My daughter would love a whole village of them.

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