Show your favorite teacher how much you appreciate the hard work they do every day!…

Make It

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Leah designed this Coin Purse at Sew Spoiled specifically because she loves to “show my gratitude for all of the hard work that goes into teaching…” Find more Sew Spoiled ePattterns in the Sew Spoiled Etsy Shop.
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Make a pretty Memo + Bulletin Board with Cheryl’s tutorial at That’s What {Che} Said…
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Joanne’s “wide open” Zipper Pencil Case at Craft Passion features piping and a lining.
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Amy’s Collapsible Storage Bins at Nap Time Crafters would be great organizational help. (Perfect for classroom books and more!)
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Make Rosina’s Blue Ribbon Rosette at Rosy-Posy for your #1 Teacher.

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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This Framed Coin Purse from Mandy of Sugar Bee Crafts for The Ribbon Retreat makes the whole process look super-easy and fun. Aren’t the coin purses lovely?!

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Teaching + Learning, Passion for Accessories, 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:

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

Mix It

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Tamar shares several recipes that work with a “clean eating” approach to Christmas baking. Find her recipes for Almond Clusters, Banana Hazelnut Bread and more at A Collection of Thoughts.

Print It

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Do you enjoy the tradition of Christmas Crackers?! Make your own with the template at Mini-eco; you can fill them with treats or make mini-versions for tree decorations.

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!


Share some love with the new baby in your life with a collection of three bibs and two hand-embroidered onesies created by Grace from Fun Little Things. Elephants, light turquoise with white polka dots and yellow spotted bibs, and any size fresh strawberries and sweet pea onesies are perfect for either the sweet little girl or boy you love.

This giveaway prize includes: Turquoise Polka Dot Bib with Side Snap, Bright Yellow Polka Dot Bib with Side Snap, Ed Emberley “How to Draw” Elephant Bib, Sweet Pea Hand Embroidered Onesie and a Strawberry Hand Embroidered Onesie. (Prize value: $60)

Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: CRK Design/Yasuko Endo
Publisher: Interweave Press

Now you can combine your love of handstitching and beautiful beads to make delightfully original trims and embellishments. Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples will show you how to add beads to all your favorite embroidery stitches, creating delicate details that are perfect for gifts or personal treasures.

Inside, you’ll find dozens of stitch patterns that incorporate beads, ranging from elegantly simple single motifs to complex all-over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions, you’ll see numerous examples of how the authors have added these beaded motifs to hems, pockets, cuffs, collars, and handbags, or used them as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, and lampshades. The patterns inside emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. You’ll be inspired and charmed as you discover endless ways to make lovely patterns with beads and stitchery.

With just embroidery threads and simple beads, you will set your work apart with dazzling details and exquisite beauty.

Learn more with a digital preview for Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample!

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Sarai Mitnick
Publisher: Krause Publications

Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas, The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams.

Includes five beautiful patterns for modern classic pieces, including a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals into practice as you sew.

Check out a digital preview for The Colette Sewing Handbook!

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

25 ~ Gifts for Dads + Grandpas
24 ~ Gifts for Book Lovers
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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