Today’s ideas are perfect for everyone in your life who loves books! You can even pair one of these projects with a new book for a really thoughtful gift…

Make It

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Cherie’s Library Book Bag at You + Mie might help your loved ones avoid library fines (in style)!
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These pretty Fabric Bookmarks from Florence at Flossie Teacakes feature Liberty fabrics. (The Liberty Lifestyle Bloomsbury Gardens fabrics would be perfect here!)
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Make a Book Cover with Pockets with Taryn’s tutorial at From Pixels to Patchwork.
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Erin at creativitE uses Mod Podge to create Fabric Covered Books. Use the technique to cover journals and more.
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Make a pretty, custom iPad, Kindle + Nook Sleeve with Kelle at Ann Kelle.
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Melissa’s On the Go Reading Pillow at Polka Dot Chair lets you tote your books and read in comfort, everywhere you go!

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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You could tote quite a few good books on your next trip with the So Long Suitcase Bag from Melissa at Lilac Lane. (This project prints as a PDF pattern.)

Learn more about Lilac late on Facebook and at Lilac Lane Patterns. Melissa writes, “My patterns are girly, vibrant and fun. I also have a book that was published this year called A Year of Making Life Beautiful: 45 Projects to Bake, Grow, Craft, and Sew.”

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Writing, Passion for Reading, Read!, Write!

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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Make Key Lime Curd with Annie at Annie’s Eats, and use it all season long to “fill tartlets, top scones or muffins, stir into yogurt, fill layer cakes, or layer into trifles…”

Print It

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Adria and Maureen share a favorite tradition at Ruff Draft; they give special holiday books to kids in early December. Start a tradition of your own and include one of their printable Book Plates!

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.

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.

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.

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.

23 ~ Deck the Halls
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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