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

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.

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, sewingschool.blogspot.com, 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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