‘Tis the season to celebrate friends and family! Here’s a fun mix of tutorials…

Make It

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This pretty Around the World Quilt was designed by Heather Jones for the Coats & Clark Sewing Secrets blog.
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This Deer Brooch or Gift Tag from Susi at Lilla Luise is easy to make, and a cute addition to any gift!
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Jen Carlton Bailly shows you how to make this cheery Pom-Pom Dish Towel at BettyCrockerAss.
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You could give Sukie’s String Block Mug Rug from Sukie Don’t Ya Know with some hot cocoa mix and a mug!
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Rachel’s lovely Wool Poncho at Smile and Wave is easy to make (she made a darling, smaller version for her daughter too!).
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Amy notes that her Portable First-Aid Kit at Positively Splendid can “be made more masculine by using leather cording as the tie instead of ribbon…”
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Anorina’s Rainbow All-Sort Pillow at Samelia’s Mum is so cheery!

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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Here’s a quick and fun Snappy Bag from Suzanne at Just Another Hang Up! Tuck a gift card inside for an extra-special present.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Co-Workers, Gifts for Teachers

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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Annie’s Pumpkin Pie Spice at Annie’s Eats makes a nice gift, and a welcome addition to any kitchen!

Print It

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Stephanie shows you how to Organize Your Christmas with a series of free printables at Lovely Little Snippets!

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.

Adornments: Sew & Create Accessories with Fabric, Lace & Beads (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Myra Callan
Publisher: Krause Publications

The beautiful and delicate projects in Adornments are the perfect finishing touches for creating a purely romantic look. Make floral-inspired necklaces, in-full-bloom fascinators, and earrings with wispy feathers and sparkling beads. At parties, galas, special events, or even on your wedding day, the accessories in Adornments are artful creations that are sure to turn heads and inspire romance.

Using simple hand-sewing, jewelry and millinery techniques, these accessories are easy to make and even easier to wear. In fact, you may not be able to take them off!

Want to know more? Here’s the Adornments digital preview.


Dish It Out is Holli Brown’s original jewelry line using only collected vintage dishes and plates. So much of our lives revolve around the ritual of shared meals. Whether we realize it or not, the plates, bowls and cups we use help ground us and give us a sense of shared belonging. Almost everyone has a memory of their mom or grandma’s dishware. When we see it again unexpectedly, pieces of the past flood back. More than an accessory, it’s jewelry that tells a story. Holli Brown’s jewelry allows you to keep a piece of that close to your heart. Pieces are limited edition due to the nature of vintage dish availability. Holli’s jewelry is hand crafted in Austin,Texas. Be original– Wear something unique!

Dish It Out is giving away a matching earrings/necklace set. (Prize value: $65)

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Authors: Carrie Maclennan, Clare Nicolson & Suzanne Smith
Publisher: David & Charles

Designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day– which is most of them!

– The fun, quirkily styled projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can have the satisfaction of finishing, as well as starting, projects.
– Written by a truly busy gal with bags of personality and experience, as she learns to sew and discovers how to fit it into her lifestyle.
– Includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

The Fashion Designer’s Handbook & Fashion Kit (US Winners Only)

Author: Marjorie Galen
Publisher: Workman Publishing

Young girls love fashion. They love Project Runway. They love expressing themselves through what they wear. And they want to be fashion designers. It’s the No. 1 dream job for girls ages 8 to 12, according to The New York Times. Here in one kit is everything a girl needs to know to start designing and sewing clothes—a lively, full-color book that comes with a doll-size dress form, 24 reusable patterns, rick rack, embroidery thread, a tape measure, and a piece of fabric printed in three vibrant patterns.

The Fashion Designer’s Handbook and Fashion Kit features 33 projects that range from super easy dresses for 11 1⁄2-inch fashion dolls (including Barbie) all the way to “girl-size” projects for the designer to make and wear herself. It shows how to think and work like a designer—from finding inspiration to sketching to developing a personal style. Getting to know fabrics, fibers, and materials; working with patterns; and creating original designs using the dress form.

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

21 ~ Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
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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