Send college kids back to school in January with some handmade goodness…

Psst!: Check out all of today’s prizes!

Make It

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Lorraine’s fantastic Hamper at ikat bag would be a great addition to anyone’s closet or bedroom!
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Patty’s Fabulous Feathers Pillow utilizes felt and a fun technique at beck & lundy.
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Tuck a coffee card into this Latte to Go Mug Rug + Gift Card Sleeve combo for an extra-special treat via Penny at Sew-Ichigo
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Sarah’s Phone Cozy at FairyFace Designs fits the iPhone 3 and iPhone 4 models (in addition to lots of other phones). She writes, “These are really quick and easy little gifts to make, a perfect last-minute gift, and it’s a great way of using up batting scraps too.”
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Sew4Home shows you how to make this Shoulder Sling Sport Duffle, perfect for your “team player.”
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Mallory’s pretty Button Cowl at Mallory Paige will keep your favorite college kid cozy and warm!
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Jenna’s Cosmetic Bag at Sew Happy Geek utilizes paper/foundation piecing; the small size makes this a really accessible project, even if you’re new to paper/foundation piecing.

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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We love this beautiful Braided Belt Messenger Bag from Caroline at Cold Hands Warm Heart! Caroline tried to incorporate lots of little details to make this a “super” bag!

Related tutorials you might just love: Around the World Quilt, Gifts for College Students, Passion for Accessories, Passion for Technology, Passion for Pop Culture, Gifts for Hipsters, Gifts for Audiophiles

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 Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice

Mix It

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Share the taste of home with Cinnamon Honey Butter from Darlene of Fieldstone Hill Design for A Southern Fairytale.

Print It

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Send a holiday care package with these Vintage Parcel Post Shipping Labels from Worldlabel.

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.

Sewn Hats (US Winners Only)

Author: Carla Hegeman Crim
Publisher: Wiley

Sewn Hats is a collaboration of hat designs from some of the industry’s most-loved fabric designers, pattern designers, and bloggers edited by Carla Hegeman Crim, the patternmaker and blogger behind The Scientific Seamstress. Packed with beautiful photography, precise instructions, and detailed illustrations, you’ll find an array of hats for every age, gender, occasion, and style. Most projects are sized from baby through men’s sizes and inspiration for fabric selection and embellishments make each pattern even more versatile. All pattern pieces are conveniently located online. Simply click and print to get just the pattern pieces you need— No more tracing or keeping track of used pieces.

Beginner’s Guide to Free Motion Quilting: Professional Quality Results on Your Home Machine (US Winners Only)

Author: Natalia Bonner
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Photo tutorials show stitching in action for 50+ free-motion quilting designs to create modern quilts with classic style! Popular blogger and designer, Natalia Bonner, illustrates her instructions with detailed photos that make it easier to get beautiful results on your home sewing machine. Learn how to quilt all-over, as filler, on borders, and on individual blocks… Using loops and swirls, feathers and flames, flowers and vines, pebbles and more! Includes tips for choosing batting and thread, layering and basting, starting and stopping, and prepping your machine.

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 #3 includes Designer Handbags by Nancy Zieman and Eileen Roche. (Retail value: $49.99)

Simply Serging: 25 Fast and Easy Projects for Getting to Know Your Overlocker (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Using a serger may seem intimidating, but no more! Simply Serging guides you step-by-step through the ins and outs of mastering your overlock machine. Its 25 fast and useful projects, perfect for any skill level, will have you coming back to your serger again and again.

Check out the digital preview for Simply Serging.

A Bag for All Reasons (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles

From the author of the bestselling The Bag Making Bible (over 70,000 copies sold) comes an outstanding collection of 12 inspiring bags for you to make at home: 12 bags and purses for every occasion, full-size pull-out patterns to use right away and fully photographed step-by-step instructions.

See more in the A Bag for All Reasons digital preview.

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

18 ~ Gifts for Tech Lovers
17 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends
16 ~ Deck the Halls
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

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