We hope you’re feeling festive! We have lots of Deck the Halls fun today, plus an extra-special ornament tutorial from Melody Miller a bit later too…

Make It

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Cassi’s Peace Dove Ornament at Bella Dia helps you share a message of peace this holiday season.
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These Felt Ornaments at Oh Happy Day would be a fun project to do with kids.
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There’s still time to make this sweet Advent Garland from Kelle Boyd at Ann Kelle!
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We think the technique Jeni uses in her Vintage Sheet Wrapped Wreath at In Color Order would be lots of fun; it’s a satisfying and quick project.
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Amy Friend from During Quiet Time is a Design Team Fabric Artist for BasicGrey. Find her free Christmas Cogs Quilt pattern at BasicGrey.
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Elle shows you how to make an eye-catching Christmas Ornament Wreaths at Elle’s New England Kitchen!
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Cassie from Primitive & Proper was inspired by Better Homes & Gardens Sheet Music Spool Ornaments to make these Vintage Wood Spool Ornaments. She writes, “…Having young children and wanting to add a little more retro touch, I used vintage Rudolph and Santa books…”
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Rachael’s Falling Flakes Stocking at Imagine Gnats uses a “quilt as you go” method and Winterkist fabric designed by Monica Solorio-Snow.
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Chantel’s Ruffle Tree Skirt at Done Over Decor is actually a no-sew version. (Grab your glue gun!)
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Cassie at You Go Girl! shows you how to make this cute Felt Squirrel. The ornament pattern and tutorial for her squirrels, Hazel and Filbert Nut, are free.
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Make a Candy Cane Wreath with Heather at Whipperberry.

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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Kristin here at Sew,Mama,Sew! has another free Craftsy class just for you! In addition to her fabulous Reversible Tote + Zipper Pouch course you can now sign up for her free Drawstring Bag + Bucket Bag class! The Drawstring Bags and Bucket Bags are “easy enough for kids to try but equally satisfying for accomplished sewists!”

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:

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

Mix It

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Libby at Crunchy Peas gives you the recipe for Coffee Mocha Mix, perfect for warm sips on cold afternoons. It’s also a fun gift for neighbors and co-workers.

Print It

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Whitney and Ashley’s Christmas Tags at Shanty2Chic help you spread a little peace, love and joy!

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.

Happy Stitch: 30 Felt and Fabric Projects for Everyday (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Jodie Rackley
Publisher: North Light Books

You can’t help but feel happy while whipping up these charming felt and fabric projects! With a few simple stitches and some basic materials, you’ll be crafting in no time at all. From plush animals to electronics cozies to curtains and pillows, you’ll love filling your home with bright and colorful crafty creations!

So gather your felt, fabric and floss, and stitch up a little happiness!

Check out the Happy Stitch digital preview!

Katie Parris from Handmade by KP is giving away either a $60 gift certificate or a prize package, winner’s choice. The prize package includes a Giraffe Tote, Bow Clutch and Red Stripe Ruffle Apron.

Katie writes, “I began sewing after I received my mother’s sewing machine as a Christmas gift in 2010. After a few months of making bags, aprons, and quilts for my family and friends, I decided to branch out into a new venture: selling. I started Handmade by KP in the fall of 2011 and have enjoyed watching my business grow. I love searching out cute and modern fabric and making highly functional items with a little flair. I love being inspired by my life and the life of those around me. This little business has allowed me to discover my true passion for sewing. I take pride in what I make and I love when others feel as passionately about my product as I do! I love our country’s rediscovered passion for all things handmade and I am excited to be a part of it!”

Embellish Me: How to Print, Dye, and Decorate Your Fabric (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Laurie Wisbrun
Publisher: Interweave Press

Embellish Me is the ultimate guide to achieving the perfect surface finish for your fabric-based projects. Comprehensive step-by-step instructions are accompanied by detailed illustrations that illuminate an extensive range of fabric alteration and embellishment techniques. Learn tie-dyeing, bleaching, and shibori; block, silk-screen, and digital printing; and beading, embroidery, and appliqué. This information-rich guide will equip you with all the information you need to apply these techniques to any number of fabric projects, from tote bags and clothes to cushion covers, lampshades, toys, and home furnishings. Galleries throughout the book will inspire you to engage with these techniques, showing how they have been applied to fabric and providing a valuable starting point for your craft.

Learn more: Embellish Me digital preview.

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

22 ~ Gifts for Friends + Neighbors
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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