November 2 ~ Deck the Halls

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Every Friday this month we’ll share great ideas to help you “deck the halls” with holiday fun!

Make It

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Helen from Angharad created these Hand-Stitched Ornaments for a series here at Sew,Mama,Sew! Start sewing now and you’ll have a sweet set of ornaments for the tree!
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This Advent Bag Pattern from Jessica at Happy Together utilizes Velcro numbers and can easily hang from a doorknob.
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Create a new Scrappy Festive Table Runner for the upcoming season with this tutorial by Jacey from Jaceycraft for Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Linda Lum DeBono, author of Sew Merry and Bright: 21 Easy, Fun, and Festive Patterns, shows you how to make this super-fun Jingle Pillow here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Ronit from Two Hippos designed this Challah Cover that includes the word “Shabbat” in Hebrew. A challah cover would make a lovely holiday gift!

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 think these Open Wide Zippered Pouches from Anna at Noodlehead could be the perfect way to wrap holiday gifts this year!

Related tutorials you might just love: Deck the Halls 2010 One, Two, Three, Four and 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:

Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Laura Beth from A Step in the Journey shows you how to turn your favorite cake ball recipe into festive Ornament Cake Balls.

Print It

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Make a crew of Christmas paper dolls with these Printable Christmas Decorations from Mr. Printables.

Win It

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

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (US Winners Only)

Author: Anna Maria Horner
Publisher: Wiley

Textile designer and writer Anna Maria Horner opens the door on her favorite embroidery projects and invites you to stitch alongside her. Inside you’ll learn cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery and crewel. Each category offers advice and common tools used, Anna Maria’s favorite techniques, and hold-your-hand instructions on how to develop your own inspired patterns. In addition, each project journals her process right down to the precise fabrics and exact color number of every thread used in the beautifully photographed examples.

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space (US Winners Only)

Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager.

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

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291 Responses to November 2 ~ Deck the Halls

  1. I better get going on decorating the house!

    Rebecca in CA

  2. Thank you for the hand stitched ornament pattern link!

  3. Genevieve in Ontario, Canada says:

    the table runner is classy christmas!

  4. Mary says:

    Cute bags and the recipe looks good.

    Mary in MN

  5. Gina says:

    been meaning to sew felt ornaments for years… yipes!

  6. Elizabeth says:

    The cake balls are so cute! I think I will have to make them.

  7. Andrea says:

    Beautiful ideas!

  8. Becky Greene says:

    Such great ideas – love the felt ornaments!

  9. Michelle in CO says:

    Making these ornaments tonight!

  10. staci says:

    Oh I love handmade holidays thanks for rounding up these wonderful projects. :)

  11. Amy B. says:

    Love the zippered pouches!!

  12. Deb H. says:

    I am going to make the felt ornaments with my grands Thanksgiving week-end.

  13. natali says:

    Love the ornament cake balls, yummy!

  14. Georgia says:

    I’ve been looking for an advent calendar! This looks perfect!

  15. Stephanie says:

    Ornament cake balls are super cute!

  16. Johanna says:

    I love the Jingle Pillow!

  17. Karen says:

    Love all these projects! That advent bag is clever

  18. Beth T says:

    Thank you for including the challah cover. I am always looking for something to make for our Jewish friends. This is quite nice.

  19. Elizabeth P says:

    Made the pouches from Noodlehead–super easy! Love those!!! Would love to win the decorating book, I need the inspiration!

  20. Marie J says:

    Love the bird ornament!

  21. Susie H. says:

    Loving the advent bag, really cute and practical to use the same bag! I reeeeally would love either of the books here – the home makeover book is on my wish list (I highly recommend for easy yet tasteful projects!), and Anna Maria Horner’s I’m in line for at the library!

  22. Judy buzby says:

    Love them all and the cake balls look wonderful!!!1 Yum!

  23. pauline says:

    i adore that advent bag idea!

  24. deborah b. says:

    oh dear. i want to make everything on this page! and then eat cupcakes. :-)

  25. Jodie says:

    Cute ideas and that book looks so inspiring!

  26. Sherri S. says:

    Oh, the ornaments! Too. Cute!

  27. Shannon says:

    Oh, that jingle pillow. Love!

  28. Kim T. says:

    great ideas – love the pouches.

  29. Sara says:

    Wide open zipper pouches, here I come!

  30. Denny says:

    Cute bags!

  31. Laura Mars says:

    Thank you for this wonderful series for the holidays!

  32. Hannah says:

    LOVE THE ADVENT Baskets!

  33. BreannaS says:

    I like the little bags; I am sure my daughter would love to have a few to give to her friends.

  34. Kristin says:

    cute ornaments!

  35. Melissa says:

    Cute ornaments and the advent bag is so cute too.

  36. Erika says:

    those printables….. so fabulous!

  37. Jan says:

    Love the Jingle Pillow and especially the ornaments. Hand-stitching is my favorite.

  38. julis says:

    love the pouches!

  39. Lindsay says:

    The little hand stitched ornaments are adorable!

  40. Gina S. says:

    Yummy cake balls!

  41. consuelo says:

    Wonderful prizes and great ideas! Thanks so much!!!

  42. Marita H says:

    Hello ornament cake balls! So fun!

  43. Trina says:

    Those ornaments are so cute!

  44. craftytammie says:

    another great round up!

  45. Whitner says:

    Those advent bags would also make great toy storage for the rest of the year. Love multi-taskers!

  46. Jill B says:

    The advent bag is so clever.

  47. Natalie says:

    Love those sweet little hand stitched ornaments!

  48. Judi says:

    Love the open wide zipper pouches!

  49. Lola says:

    The hand stitched ornaments are super cute!

  50. Cute ornies.

  51. Nadine B says:

    Love the cake balls!

  52. Great ideas once again….love the ornaments!

  53. Allison says:

    I love those ornaments!!

  54. Lise says:

    I have made one of the pouches – it is great. Really easy to get things into and out of.

  55. Heather says:

    Those little ornaments are the cutest.

  56. Aletta says:

    I’m making Christmas ornaments right now. Thanks for sharing those cute hand stitched animals.

  57. Whitney says:

    The challah cover is beautiful- nice to see something a little different in decor :)

  58. Gwyn says:

    Love the zippered pouches

  59. Karen A says:

    Sweet ornaments and I love the zippered pouches.

  60. glyness says:

    The ornaments are wonderful, even i could make those!

  61. Kim McM says:

    Those zippered pouches would be good for everyone on my list. I could fill them with candy, money, lottery tickets, nail polish…..personalize then to suit the recipient.

  62. Mattie says:

    I was just thinking about little pouches filled with goodies as hostess gifts! Thanks for the link!

  63. Jessica says:

    Love the advent bag idea!

  64. Jennifer N says:

    Love the little zip bags. Not sure I’ll have time to make anything this year, but I can always dream.

  65. amber says:

    Oh My Gosh! I can’t believe it is November already… Handmade Holidays is the best!

  66. jen says:

    brilliant idea for advent!

  67. Wendy says:

    I am going to make the little ornaments!

  68. Anya says:

    I’ve made the open zip pouch. Her instructions are fantastic and the bags adorable!!!

  69. Crystal S. says:

    Love the Advent bags.

  70. Penny says:

    my 12yo is making felt ornaments right now, I’ll have to show her the ones here.

  71. Sarah says:

    These all look great. I love Noodlehead’s patterns.

  72. sarahjane says:

    What cute ideas! So excited to see what’s in store for the rest of the month!

  73. Robin E. says:

    What a cute little bag today! It’s off to my “To Make” board on Pinterest!

  74. Jess says:

    Ooh, the hand stitched ornaments would be a great way for my kids to make things this year! They’ve done that type of thing in the past so they could stitch some up and give them as handmade gifts. I’d better go buy some more felt! :)

  75. Catherine says:

    I’ve made quite a few of Anna’s wide pouches. Love that design! Fantastic books today – - my fingers are crossed!

  76. Nicole says:

    Oh man, I want that needlework’s book. Not sure whether I’d rather keep it for myself or give it to hubby’s grandma – I think she would love it

  77. Sarah N. says:

    I haven’t seen the fabric agabrien chose until now, I’m in love!

  78. Jodie says:

    Love those open wide bags.

  79. I do love doing needlework this time of year!

  80. Jeni says:

    My daughter will be all over making those cake balls!

  81. Brenda says:

    Love all the fabrics you picked today!

  82. Linda S. says:

    Love the jingle rock pillow!

  83. DebbieKL says:

    The ornaments could make a great project for my son and I. Thanks!

  84. usairdoll says:

    I have been looking for a cute zippered bag, Thanks!

    Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

    usairdoll(at)gmail(dot)com

  85. jennifer says:

    I love these ideas! And I love the book offerings!

  86. Elizabeth says:

    I really like this series!

  87. NIkki says:

    I so want AMH’s book! It’s on my book list!

  88. carriem says:

    Today’s bag looks like a great gift!

  89. The Advent bags are such a fun idea!

  90. Jasmin says:

    I can’t believe how close to Christmas it is already i feel so far behind. I have a few nieces that will love the zippered pouches and the ornament cakes will be great for Christmas parties Thanks.

  91. Bruinbr says:

    Love those sweet ornaments! Still got to try the wide open bags too!

  92. I can’t decide which is cuter – the pillowcase or those amazing-looking cake balls!!

  93. Amber says:

    I’ve been dying to get this book!

  94. Jen S says:

    Hurray! My favorite time of year at Sew Mama Sew: Handmade Holiday Series. Each year I can count on finding new thing to make, cook or buy. Loving the printouts and the zip pouches.

  95. M.F.Peterson says:

    Those cake balls are so clever!

  96. Nancy says:

    I fancy those printable decorations from Mr. Printables.

  97. Elizabeth says:

    I love the advent bags! What a great idea!

  98. Brigette says:

    I love the idea of wrapping with the zipper pouches!

  99. Anne D says:

    The ornament cake balls look delicious!

  100. Julia Molewyk says:

    Cute ornaments! I love the advent bags and wide puch bags, too. Thanks for the chance to win!

  101. Jeannie D says:

    Love all the ideas! The felt ornaments are a must as are the pouches and ornament cake balls. Am especially loving the AMH Needlework Notebook…Thanks for the chance to win!

  102. MarciaW says:

    Oh! I like the jingle pillow.

  103. Jon says:

    thanks for the inspiration! (and the opportunity to win such awesome prizes)

    MERRY! MERRY!

  104. What amazing prizes on top of great gift ideas.

  105. Tina L. says:

    Love the ornaments. they would look cute hanging in the house.

  106. Kylie C says:

    I love the Jingle Pillow- the modern look is great.

  107. Liz says:

    love that little reindeer!

  108. Jen V says:

    I need a home makeover! Yes, please.

  109. Anne says:

    The jingle pillow is awesome!

  110. Courtney says:

    Those ornament cake balls are too cute!

  111. Heather K says:

    The open wide zipped pouch has been on my list for a while now. Time to do it!

  112. Sara says:

    I’m busy making ornaments now! I’ll have to include these. I would love that Anna Maria book!

  113. Gill says:

    I love Anna’s zippered pouches!

  114. Chris says:

    Thanks for the cute idea links – I love the felt ornaments!

  115. Lee says:

    I am going to make those cute cake ball ornaments! So Cute!

  116. Janice Svercek says:

    Love the ornament cake treats!

  117. megan says:

    That pillowcase is adorable! May just be the inspiration I need to try patchwork. :)

  118. Hlary kent says:

    Love the table runner

  119. Those cakeball ornaments look fantastic!

  120. Cindi C says:

    I look forward to Handmade Holidays every year. Thanks so much for putting it all together for us.

  121. Audrey says:

    I love those ornaments!

  122. Molly Martin says:

    Advent Bag! What a lovely idea! Especially since we live in a little house!

  123. Samantha says:

    Beautiful table runner!

  124. Rena says:

    So cute! I love to make purses and bags. Who wouldn’t like one for Christmas!

  125. jane says:

    I love AMH’s creations. Thanks for the chance to win the book.

  126. Deb H. says:

    What awesome ideas. I love the Advent bags. It would be so nice to win this book.

  127. Suzanne says:

    I am such a bag lady! These advent bags and zipper pouches are so cute.

  128. Lynne Tilley says:

    Two great books! I’d love either one.

  129. I love the ornaments! I just sewed some burlap-and-felt ornaments for my mom and I think I may need to whip up some felty ones to keep for myself too-I especially love the present. Looks easy and super cute, which is always a good combo!

  130. Sarah says:

    Love the zip purses!

  131. Jen says:

    I’m so happy you guys are doing this again

  132. Elly says:

    I always love sewing holiday-themed decorations, but I might also have to make those adorable cake pop ornaments. Thanks for the great ideas!

  133. Diana says:

    I love that you folks do these roundups!

  134. Samantha says:

    Advent bags that hang on the door knob- clever!!

  135. Heather says:

    So excited about those open wide zip pouches. I love giving pouches as gifts and it’s time for a new pattern. Also loving the printable today. Perfect for the kids to color and take home from the cookie decorating party I’m having this year.

  136. Sara says:

    I’ve been meaning to make some of those open wide pouches – thanks for the reminder!

  137. Emily V. says:

    I like the advent bags. And I would love that Anna Maria Horner book!

  138. Sarah B says:

    Really cute ideas! Those books like fun.

  139. Tamilynne says:

    The wide mouth zipper purses Will be very useful – thanks

  140. Aww, the little ornaments are so cute – I may have to make some as gifts this year. :)

    Love the books! My sister and I are in the slow process of redesigning our bedroom, which has never coordinated well, and the home makeover book would be perfect.

    Blessings,
    ~Miss Rachel~

  141. Carmen says:

    I love the Advent bag idea – thanks!

  142. Ramona says:

    Love the scrappy table runner.

  143. Robyn says:

    That Jingle Pillow is too cute, and who doesn’t love a zippered pouch!

  144. Lisa E. says:

    Another set of tempting projects. You are all so fabulous to share all of these wonderful tutorials.

  145. MissMary says:

    YAAAAY so glad you are doing this! I am so excited for Christmas this year – not really sure why but wow, I can’t wait to check in every week! I’m already starting to deck my halls!

  146. Debbie says:

    I love these projects, especially the scrappy table runner. Thanks!

  147. Kerri says:

    Love the zippered pouches!

  148. megan says:

    that AMH book looks lovely and inspiring!

  149. Lisa L. says:

    OOOOhhh, Anna Maria Horner’s new book looks like a must-add to the Christmas list.

  150. Theresa says:

    what cute ideas

  151. Becky says:

    Love the zippered pouches. I don’t use wrapping paper anymore, and this is a perfect way to give a gift inside.

  152. Regina says:

    Olá! que prazer visitar este blog! É tudo de bom!
    Amei às necesséries!

  153. Linda DeHart says:

    Great ideas! I’m getting my sewing machine out and dusting it off!

  154. Carmen says:

    The Advent Bag is a great idea!! Thanks :)

  155. Bree says:

    I definitely want to make more handmade ornaments this year!

  156. Liz says:

    I love Anna’s tutorials. I’ll have to whip up some wide open zipper pouches! Great gift idea with some treats inside.

  157. donna b says:

    Cute projects”. I love the door advent calendar!

  158. Robyn Foster says:

    I’m just learning to embroider – I need the AMH book!!

  159. sunny says:

    I am looking for an advent calendar idea. Maybe I will give those bags a whirl. Thanks SMS! :)

  160. K says:

    Love the advent doorknob pockets . . . but I made the advent quilt a few years ago–how many advents can you have?

  161. Erika says:

    LOVE that Cake Pop Ornament idea! I am really hoping to get some holiday baking in this year!

  162. Becky Harris says:

    LOVE the printables today! We have a 3 week old baby, and a 3 year old boy at home. DH goes back to work in 3 weeks so I’m collecting these for my 3 year old to do when Daddy isn’t home!!

    Thanks so much!

  163. thea says:

    I Would love to sew those pouches in the gnomie fabric!

  164. Jen R says:

    So many great projects, but so little time :)

  165. TriMama says:

    I can’t believe it’s time for Handmade Holidays already. Mmmmm cake balls . . .

  166. Sarah says:

    I love attaching a homemade ornament to a gift. Thanks for the ideas!

  167. Mel says:

    I love stitching felt! And that zipper pouch would be great for my nieces!

  168. Tamie says:

    More great ideas. Thanks.

  169. Cokie K says:

    I love little zipper pouches, I make them all the time, but never thought to use them as gift wrap. Neat idea!! I love the little felt ornaments and the idea of the advent bag. Thanks for the give away.

  170. kim S. says:

    Cute ornaments. Thanks.

  171. Teresa says:

    The Advent Bag is wonderful!

  172. Sandy says:

    I love the zippered pouches and the advent bag! Thanks for sharing.

  173. Stacy says:

    The advent bag is so cute!

  174. Holly says:

    What beautiful gifts! I wish I had time to make one of everything!

  175. KristinaG says:

    So many wonderful ideas! Where to begin…

  176. Jenny says:

    I’ve been meaning to make some of Anna’s pouches for a while now. I use her other pouch tutorial for basic pouches and it’s so clear and easy to follow!!

  177. julie says:

    I love the advent bags. I think I will start this year to display it next year. HA!

  178. Lauren says:

    I’ve been teaching my daughter needlepoint. We could always use more inspiration!

  179. Srah143 says:

    I look forward to the Handmade Holidays list every year! Thank you for the wonderful decor ideas today!

  180. Megan Panda says:

    Oooh I love those zippered pouches! As always, a great post!

  181. Morgan says:

    Yay, holiday sewing time!

  182. Jess says:

    I’ve been meaning to make some of those pouches from Anna. Thanks!

  183. Kate F. says:

    I remember the Jingle pillow from when Sew Merry and Bright was reviewed on SMS. Thanks for the reminder to move it to the top of my to-sew list!

  184. Christine says:

    I’m hitching up the embroidery train for the holidays and would love some inspiration from Anna Maria’s book.

  185. Dorothy says:

    I didn’t know that AMH had a needlepoint book. Love!

  186. christina says:

    I really would like to start hand stitching again and I’ve been eyeing AMH’s new book. Plus, those cake balls look tasty even after throwing out most of my kid’s over abundance of Halloween candy.

  187. JennX says:

    Oooo and I was just thinking I needed to make some holiday/winter table runners this year!!

  188. Jennifer says:

    The advent bag is a great idea! Doesn’t limit you to tiny things :-)

  189. Mandi says:

    The jingle pillow is awesome sauce!

  190. Jennie T. says:

    We’ll be making some ornaments over here!

  191. Genevieve says:

    I’m so excited for this series! Thanks for the great ideas and inspiration yet again!

    Genevieve

  192. Amy says:

    More fun things to add to my growing list. I really like the advent calendar idea.

  193. heidi says:

    That advent bag tutorial is a winner!

  194. Cinnamon says:

    I don’t think you can ever have enough of those little zip bags! And I’m coveting the Anna Maria Horner book big time!

  195. Those ornament cake balls are the cutest! Thanks for another selection of great projects to choose from!

  196. Penny says:

    The wide open zip purses are on my to-do list!

  197. Angi says:

    I love the Handmade Holidays series! Just wish I had enough time to make them all!

  198. Katie says:

    I think I’m going to have to make one of those table runners! I have a christmas charm pack somewhere…

  199. Megan says:

    This post has been the first thing to get me into the Christmas mood this year. I love the sewn ornaments, and I’m sending my cakeball-making best friend a link to those cute ornament cakeballs!

  200. wendy says:

    why are the giveaways US only?

  201. YC says:

    I think this toddler house definitely needs more unbreakable soft-ornaments!

  202. Gillian says:

    I am making 100 Open Wide Zippered Pouches at my earliest convenience. Thanks for the pattern and inspiration!

  203. Meagan says:

    Love those printables! I’m definitely printing some to put on my desk at work.

  204. Stacy says:

    Very cute pouch. Would make a great gift for teachers.

  205. Cory says:

    Love the ornaments and the printable Christmas decorations!

  206. Kristin says:

    Love your suggestion to wrap presents in bags that can be used again, like the zippered pouches!

  207. Kathleen says:

    Love the challah cover!

  208. Brie says:

    Love the printables today!

  209. Tabitha says:

    How fun! Those cake balls are on my list of to-dos now!

  210. Jenni says:

    The zipper bags are so cute. I can imagine making a collection of them for a gift.

  211. Serena says:

    I like the challah cover. Very pretty.

  212. Chrissy says:

    Zipper purses? Fabulous!

  213. marthaeliza says:

    With three(!) kittens in the house, I need unbreakable ornaments this year. The adorable hand-stitched ornaments will be perfect! (And I may fill a few with catnip AFTER the holidays…)

  214. Cynthia I says:

    The zipper pouches are great. I hope to teach my 11 year old to make them so she can make and give them as gifts. And I love the Moose ornament. It just might have to add it to my must make list!

  215. Lizzie says:

    I’ll definitely be making some of the soft ornaments – then I won’t have to worry so much about my newly crawling daughter pulling them off the Christmas tree!

  216. Michelle says:

    Can’t wait to bust out the felt for those ornaments!

  217. Kimberly N says:

    Love the zipper pouches and I love the ideas for some home decorating. I plan on getting some done for my house after the new year. :)

  218. briana says:

    I like the advent bag.

  219. Jennifer J says:

    Those cake balls are cute!

  220. KeriCan says:

    The zippered pouches are great! No more wrapping paper in the trash!

  221. Danielle says:

    more great ideas!

  222. Silvia says:

    Beautiful ideas! Love these little hand-stitches ornaments for Christmas!!

  223. Tammy says:

    Fun, fun!

  224. Heidi Anderson says:

    Wonderful tutorials as always. I am starting my scrappy table runner today!

  225. Cameron H says:

    Love that Advent bag idea!

  226. Martha says:

    I’m so making those ornaments. Too cute!

  227. jessicac says:

    Been wanting to make cake balls, and these adorable ones might just convince me to finally try it!!

  228. Heather says:

    The Advent Bag idea is amazing! Things wouldn’t have to fit in those tiny doors of my Advent calendar!

  229. Amy says:

    Thanks for the giveaway and great ideas!

  230. Annie says:

    love the handstitched ornaments and the printables!

  231. Veronica says:

    Oh yay! This is my favorite time of year on your blog! So much talent, so many ideas and so many creative items and books to add to my wish list!

  232. Fawn says:

    I really need to make some of those ornaments for quick gifts or decoration/gift wrap! I also love the scrappy table runner and follow the Jaceycraft blog!

  233. Liz says:

    I love the idea of the advent bag!

  234. SS Sews says:

    I’m inspired to make some felt ornaments – thanks!

  235. Joyce Mosby says:

    I was looking for felt ornaments! I am starting these today for some of the sixth graders I am teaching to sew as their elective. some have already completed a pillowcase!

  236. Terry Kessinger says:

    My favorites today are the Jingle Bell pillow and the Scrappy Festive Table Runner. I might have to do both!

  237. Marge says:

    Ornament cake balls how fun!!!

  238. Joyce says:

    Oh!! I cannot wait to get started on this year’s goodies!!!

  239. Kimberly F says:

    Would love to win Anna Maria Horner’s book! Thanks for the giveaways and the fun series.

  240. Marsha says:

    I love the idea of wrapping presents in zippered bags. This year I’m giving a lot of non-cluttering (I hope) gifts – movie tickets and the like. Wrapping them this way will also give a longer-lasting something useful AND pretty. Yay!

  241. Christine says:

    Love the “open wide zippered pouches”!

  242. Hashi says:

    Oh, I have to try those cake balls. They’d make great hostess or workmate gifts.

  243. Tiara says:

    Excited about the coming holidays!

  244. Laura says:

    oh my, that little bird ornament is adorable!

  245. AP says:

    Love the Advent bag. I’ve been trying to come up with a way to let my 4-year-old count down the days, and this may be the way to go. Thanks!

  246. Miranda E says:

    Love those zipper pouches! Noodlehead always has great tutorials.

  247. Carrie P. says:

    wow! what fun little projects. which one to do first?
    thanks for the giveaway. I would love Anna’s book.

  248. Stephanie says:

    Can’t wait to start some zippered pouches. Perfect gift for ALL ages. Thanks for the chance to win prizes!

  249. Jill says:

    Can’t wait to try the hand stitched ornaments with my classroom!

  250. Christine B says:

    The ornament cake balls are so cute. And thanks for the print outs of the trees and Santa.

  251. Erin Waters says:

    I always love a zippered bag…will have to give it a try!

  252. Heather79 says:

    That table runner is calling my name!

  253. susan mzf says:

    oh that pillow is adorable!

  254. kathyh says:

    I vote for making the came ball ornaments.

  255. Christina says:

    Love the Advent Bag idea!

  256. Catherine says:

    Lovely giveaways! Thank you!

  257. Steph says:

    Love the zippered pouch–now I just need to conquer my fears of trying to sew a bag with a zipper!

  258. Joanna says:

    Love the handmade holidays list. Great ideas!

  259. Maya says:

    I love the advent bag! What a great idea. I am going to be making me at least one of those!

  260. Dell says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials.

  261. Rachel B says:

    I love Anna Maria and I love Christmas.

  262. Cayce says:

    That pillow is so cute and love the cake balls! So creative!

  263. beth says:

    I love making zippered pouches. Can’t wait to try the open wide ones!

  264. Ellen Ban says:

    Great ideas! Noodlehead’s pouches are on my Gift To Do List already..

  265. Hilary Clark says:

    I love those cake balls! So cute and festive!

  266. Anne Marie says:

    Wow these are some great ideas! Thanks.

  267. Mhairi says:

    I love Winterkist fabric so I was very pleased to see that featured. I love the ornaments and they look really easy to create. A good project to have on hand when out and about.
    Thanks again for running this month – it really is a great idea.

  268. Louisa says:

    I love those printable ornaments! Thanks for sharing!

  269. Kristin says:

    Once again the bag looks so cool! However, I’m eyeing up the Scrappy Festive Table Runner. Awesome!

  270. Karen In NC says:

    Love the jingle pillow and the printables. Thanks for the great start to the holiday season.

  271. I am loving the jingle pillow!

  272. Andrea says:

    I love those zippered pouches! I am definitely going to make a pair for two young ladies on my list – and fill them with sewing supplies! :)

  273. Patty D says:

    Love this series – always get super ideas!

  274. WandaFish says:

    The ornament cake balls have just moved to the top of my ‘to do’ list, YUM!!

  275. Julianne Ross says:

    The wide open zippered pouches look fun and quick to sew! And who can’t use another place to store things!?

  276. Charlotte says:

    As always fabulous ideas. Thanks SMS!

  277. Larissa says:

    Woo hoo! Day 2! Lovely giveaway and great ideas – thank you!

  278. RuthK says:

    These projects should get me rolling to Christmas! Thanks for all the ideas

  279. MC says:

    I would love Anna’s new book. Thank you for making it available.

  280. Amy says:

    I completely agree with Gabrien’s choice of fabric. That’s my favorite holiday fabric right now :)

  281. Joan says:

    How funny. I make an ornament for my grandkids every year and just today I was looking at Handstitched Ornaments which I had bookmarked.

  282. nrnoodle says:

    I love the challah cover.

  283. Terri says:

    Lovely—the hand stitched ornaments are too sweet.

  284. Prachi says:

    I can see so many uses for the wide zippered pouches in my home. The handstitched ornaments are cute too – love the Robin!
    I would love to win a copy of the Home Makeover, although the needleworks book is equally enticing :-)

  285. laurel groh says:

    What wonderful items- loved the jingle pillow and the challah cover.
    thank you!

  286. Bianca says:

    I think I might have to whip up one of those zippered pouches just because of the Hello Kitty fabric. So cute and oh so handy.

  287. I love those little ornaments! “Santa” gives the kids a ornament in the stocking every year and I think they’ll be handmade this year!

  288. Tawny says:

    I have definite plans to make some zip bags for Christmas presents. I’d love to try the Open Wide tutorial for some variety!

  289. Kerry says:

    cute ideas!

  290. Shannon says:

    I adore AMH and the simple sewing book looks great too! Already enjoying Novembers posts!

  291. Dani says:

    My girls would LOVE those little zip purses!

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