Help your favorite adventurer explore the great outdoors in style with today’s gift ideas!Don’t forget to comment to win one of today’s fabulous prizes…

Make It

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MissEnota (or Kristin!) from And Chips designed her Blanket Roll Up for readers here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Make the Ready-to-Roll Bike Pouch here at Sew,Mama,Sew! for your favorite cyclist! Amy at Sew Incredibly Crazy designed the pouch to keep her keys and phone in a safe place on bike rides.
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This Hoodie Scarf from Venus at Suburbia Soup is great for young Outdoor Adventurers!
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Ellen Luckett Baker’s Raise the Flag Picnic Blanket at the The Long Thread is perfect for picnics and more!
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Noelle helps you keep everything you need in reach with this handy All Boy Apron at noelle o designs (just add a flashlight, nails, scissors, first aid kit, etc.!)…

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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Everyone on your holiday list could use a Boxed Pouch like this one from Jamie at Terrabyte Farm! They’re perfect for everything from cosmetics to pencils. Your Outdoor Adventurer could store a compass, binoculars and more in one of these bags!

Related tutorials you might just love: Bicycle Panniers, Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers, Passion for Nature, Passion for Growing

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 Beth’s choice Gabrien’s choice

Mix It

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Tara’s Granola Bars at Noshing With The Nolands could fuel some wonderful adventures.

Print It

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Mibo has great, free downloads every year! You can print and prepare their Advent Calendar for some extra fun this December.

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.


CraftyStaci sells camera straps, lens cap pockets, memory card wallets, business card holders that slide onto a camera strap and coffee cup sleeves. Staci writes, “As you may have guessed, most of my customers are photographers or people looking for gifts for photographers. I offer all of the items in my shop in ready to ship versions– with fabrics I’ve chosen– and custom, where the customer can choose the fabrics. Photographers are creative people and seem to really enjoy having that option.”

CraftyStaci is giving away a $50 gift certificate perfect for a broad variety of combinations from the shop. The winner is welcome to choose their own fabrics from a selection of over 200 choices.

Martingale & Company is giving away a $30 eCertificate to use for any of their books and publications! You could choose:

Solids, Stripes, Circles, and Squares (US Winners Only)

Author: Pippa Eccles Armbrester
Publisher: That Patchwork Place

Pippa Eccles Armbrester is a creative designer whose vibrant patterns make outstanding use of bold colors and simple shapes. You’ll love her relaxed approach as she balances technique with improvisation– With color-saturated, eye-popping results! Enjoy 16 innovative designs featuring bright solid fabrics stitched into bold geometric motifs. Use appliqué and other techniques to create practical items from bed quilts to pillows, place mats, and table runners. Make quick projects that are ideal for gifts and for using up your scraps.

Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Kay Whitt
Publisher: Krause Publications

Whitt gently introduces novices to clothes-making, with a fresh approach and project designs. She reveals that it’s not a trade secret to alter a pattern to fit one’s figure and style– anyone can do it.

Learn more in the Sew Serendipity digital preview.

Sewing Solutions: Tips and Advice for the Savvy Sewist (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Nicole Vasbiner
Publisher: Interweave Press

Discover freedom in sewing with expert tips and techniques!

Even the best sewists will encounter problems, snags, and little glitches in their work. When you need answers, you’ll find nothing more helpful than those within Sewing Solutions from expert sewist and author Nicole Vasbinder. Consult this indispensable reference for invaluable advice on how to fix all your sewing mishaps.

Whether choosing the right tools, reading patterns correctly, or everything in between, Sewing Solutions will prove to be your essential sewing companion.

Want to learn more about Sewing Solutions?! Check out the digital preview.

Country Cottage Quilting (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lynette Anderson
Publisher: David & Charles

Lynette Anderson’s country cottage garden provides the inspiration for this collection of beautiful quilting and stitchery designs. There are 15 gorgeous projects to create including wall quilts, everyday bags and sumptuous cushion covers—all in Lynette’s distinctive country style. These stunning designs combine charming hand embroidery with traditional patchwork and quilting techniques for you to create and enjoy.

Here’s the digital preview for Country Cottage Quilting.

Doll Fashion Studio (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Joan Hinds
Publisher: Krause Publications

In this doll book, you’ll create cute and fashionable 18-inch doll clothes for every season of the year, along with doll accessory crafts simple enough for the younger crowd to make, will have readers of all ages eager to make a new doll wardrobe! Clear and concise illustrated patterns make these contemporary doll clothes a breeze to whip up, and beautiful fabrics and photography will appeal to all ages and levels of sewists.

Sew Serendipity Bags (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Kay Whitt
Publisher: Krause Publications

Take your pick of styles: With full instructions for twelve bags– and with a few clever variations thrown in– there are plenty of designs to choose from (20 total projects)! Pick a handbag that is sweet, sleek, or funky. Or check out some of the other great designs: a flirty little backpack, the perfect lunch bag, convenient shopping bags and handy task-oriented bags (whether that task involves a laptop, gym clothes, or diapers). Each design is easy to adapt to your style.

Hone your skills: Check out the technique section, which includes step-by-step photos, to freshen up your skills and learn about a few new notions, too. Next, move on to the projects to put your know-how in motion.

Check out the digital preview for Sew Serendipity Bags!

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

20 ~ Gifts for Playful Friends
19 ~ Gifts for College Kids
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

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