November 27 ~ Gifts for the Eco-Conscious

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Give to friends and family, and help the planet too. Today’s ideas are creative, reusable and environmentally-friendly!Today is also the perfect time to remind you about Kristin’s new (+ free!) Craftsy classes. Make a Drawstring Bag or Bucket Bag, a Reversible Tote or Zipper Pouch… Each bag is a gift in itself but you can really go above and beyond when you use the bags as your gift wrap this holiday season! You could do away with paper and tuck a gift inside a Reversible Tote! Hand over a gift card in style, inside a Zipper Pouch. These bags are beautiful and good for the environment too!

Make It

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Deirdre from We Are New Every Day designed these great Produce Bags for our Fat Quarter Project series at Sew,Mama,Sew! The bags feature a mesh panel and are perfect for the market.
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These pretty Bavarian Bangles from Hannah at Knick Knacks + Ric Rac are made from empty tape rolls and scraps of woven trims.
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Don’t forget about Melody Miller’s Ruby Star Ornament Boxes here at Sew,Mama,Sew!, adapted from a project in her new Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove with Allison Tannery! These are a fun way to use fabric scraps…
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Lazy Crafternoons shows you how to make handpressed Seed Paper which utilizes recycled papers to create pretty items that can then be planted. We think this would be a fun winter vacation project with kids!
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Linda’s Necktie Cuff Bracelet tutorial on the Team EcoEtsy blog is just one project of many you’ll find (and love) once you browse a bit!

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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We want to remind you of the free Farmer’s Market Tote Bag project here at Sew,Mama,Sew! It’s a PDF download from the popular Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs.

Related tutorials you might just love: Eco-Conscious Gifts, Go Green

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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The Gingerbread Hug Cookies at Help [ME] Ronda are just one of several family favorite recipes Ronda shares in this holiday post.

Print It

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This sweet, little Cuckoo Clock from Delphine at Non Dairy Diary would make a nice ornament or holiday decoration.

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.

Simply Serging: 25 Fast and Easy Projects for Getting to Know Your Overlocker (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Using a serger may seem intimidating, but no more! Simply Serging guides you step-by-step through the ins and outs of mastering your overlock machine. Its 25 fast and useful projects, perfect for any skill level, will have you coming back to your serger again and again.

Check out the digital preview for Simply Serging.

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.

Quilts from the House of Tula Pink (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Tula Pink
Publisher: Krause Publications

Inspired fabrics and designs await you in Quilts From the House of Tula Pink!
Welcome to the world of cutting-edge fabric designer Tula Pink, where clever quilts show off fanciful fabric, and your imagination can be let out to play. Featuring fabrics that you know and love, Tula offers 20 patterns with her signature flair for color, design and original style. Between 10 amazing quilts and 10 extra-cool companion projects, you’ll be inspired to play with fabric, color and design in a way like never before!

Come on in to Tula’s house for the ultimate in sewing, style and fabric innovation!

Learn more in the digital preview for Quilts from the House of Tula Pink.

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

26 ~ Gifts for Teachers
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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226 Responses to November 27 ~ Gifts for the Eco-Conscious

  1. I’ve wondered about how to make the seed tags for a while. I’ll have to look that one up. What a great gift for a gardener, or a wanna-be gardener.

  2. jennifer says:

    love the necktie cuffs!

  3. mary says:

    Hmm might just hide in the kitchen and make some of those cookies!

  4. Crystal S. says:

    Love the produce bags!

  5. AKing says:

    Love the produce bag, I hate all those little plastic bags for produce!

  6. Kristina says:

    Those necktie cuffs are a really neat idea!

  7. Kristine in OK says:

    I love the Market bag embroidery!

  8. Martha says:

    I need to sew a set of mesh produce bags. I hate all those bags from the grocery store!

  9. Lynn H. says:

    Love the seed tags and the necktie cuffs!

  10. Sara says:

    The farmers market tote is awesome! Love the bangles too!

  11. Beth T says:

    The necktie cuff would make a lovely “memorial” piece from my dad’s ties, for the daughters and grandkids.

  12. Tanja says:

    Love those bracelets – I am definitely going to try that!

  13. mel in WV says:

    These are cute projects, I particularly liked the cuckoo clock printable

  14. Joanna in NY says:

    Love the Bavarian Bangles.

  15. wendy says:

    those bangles are lovely, wish I had some scraps of woven ribbon like that!

  16. Renee in MD says:

    I like the necktie cuffs. I may just have to make a few of those for myself (with an extra or two thrown in because my teenagers steal my cool things all the time).

  17. Aletta says:

    What a great idea, a bag a day! I love bags and I’m ready to sew my first one! Thank you for sharing that cute little Cuckoo Clock ornament too. It made my day 🙂

  18. Mhairi says:

    I love the idea of seed paper – I think I will be making some of these with my children to give to friends this year. Great ideas as usual, thanks.

  19. Emily B says:

    Some great ideas – thanks you!!

  20. Cynthia says:

    so many fun projects. soo many creative people behind them.

  21. BreannaS in MO says:

    Cute farmers market tote

  22. deborah b. in AZ says:

    awesome produce bags!!!!!!!


  23. Janice Svercek says:

    Love the farmers market bag. Janice in PA

  24. Kim T. says:

    love the seed paper and those tasty looking cookies!

  25. Sewing Dervish says:

    the bangles are darling!

  26. Ramona says:

    The necktie bracelets are so cute.!

  27. Tasha says:

    Ginger hug cookies?!? Why have I never thought of that?

  28. Denise says:

    great inspiration for some of my “stashed” StUff.(yes, I am a little bit of a hoarder:)

  29. Eleanor says:

    Beautiful bracelets!

  30. paintermom in MA says:

    I love the bangle bracelets! i always save things like that, thinking I’ll figure out a project “some day”.

  31. Laura (washington) says:

    the clock is amazing!

  32. Georgia says:

    The farmers market tote is so cute!

  33. consuelo says:

    The bracelet ideas are great! Thanks!

  34. Jennifer J says:

    Cute bags!

  35. Brie says:

    I have wanted to make that farmers bag for so long!

  36. Sarah B says:

    Such cute cuffs!

  37. Melissa says:

    Ooo…good book selection!

  38. Debbie says:

    I really like all of these ideas!

  39. Debora Kerr says:

    I love the ornament boxes. Some many possibilities . . .

  40. SS Sews says:

    I like the necktie cuff bracelets!

  41. Gingerbread cookies are so tasty. I’ll have to try those.

  42. Judy in Oregon says:

    Love the produce bags and the ornament boxes.

  43. Bruinbr says:

    Love the produce bags!

  44. Joan says:

    Love the produce bag!

  45. esther says:

    Nice selection, especially the seed-paper. However, none for any of my gift recipients today.

  46. Judith in Canada says:

    The seed paper is such a cool idea! The kids will love making–and planting–them. Thanks.

  47. Charlotte in Ga says:

    I love the bangles! So cute

  48. Amber says:

    I love thr cuckoo clock!

  49. Glyness in OR says:

    I really like the necktie bracelet, I see a white elephant gift in my future!

  50. Cindy says:

    Love the produce bags. Thanks!

  51. Amy says:

    Cool produce bags. Think I need those.

  52. Andrea says:

    Love those Produce Bags!

  53. carole says:

    I like the recipe today – I will give it a whirl!

  54. Mandi says:

    Those Bavarian bracelets are great!

  55. Jess in ON says:

    Produce bag is a great idea – I’ve even found mesh at my dollar store.

  56. Peggy says:

    I love those Bavarian bangles! How creative.

  57. Diana says:

    That farmer’s market tote bag is adorbs!

  58. Andrea says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn how to make seed paper – perfect!

  59. Jamie says:

    That market bag is on my list! I’ve never stitched anything by hand but I’m going to start this weekend, with this project!

  60. Misty says:

    I have the perfect little gift for a ruby star ornament box!

  61. Those cookies look divine!

  62. Morgan says:

    I’d love to make tie cuffs from my Granpa’s tie collection – he doesn’t wear them anymore but he is remembered for them!

  63. Catherine says:

    Seed paper is such a neat idea. Thanks for sharing!

  64. Jen B says:

    Love the bangle bracelets!

  65. amber says:

    ooh that Tula Pink book!

  66. Sandy says:

    The gingerbread hug cookies look delicious!

  67. Amber says:

    love the neck tie cuff bracelets! Great look!

  68. Beth in SC says:

    I love the veggie embroidery!

  69. Charissa G says:

    That serger book would be great!

  70. Heidi Anderson says:

    Oh my, I love all of these ideas! My sister actually requested reusable produce bags for christmas this year, perfect.

  71. usairdoll in CA says:

    WoW! Love the Necktie Cuffs and the Bangles and how yummy the Gingerbread Hugs sound!

    Thank you and all the Sponsors for the wonderful giveaways and all the chances to win.


  72. Rachel B says:

    Now I know what to do with the netting I have. Produce bags. Thx.

  73. Robyn in Canada! says:

    Farmers market bag is so awesome! Also the produce bag would be good for dance shoes if you put a mesh panel on both sides!

  74. Emilia in ca says:

    I love sew mama sew!

  75. Kelly M. says:

    I NEED that Simply Serging book- I bought a serger 4 years ago when I was pregnant with my first child & it’s still in the box! I’m a little scared of it…lol

  76. Patty D says:

    Necktie cuff bracelet is a really great idea!

  77. marthaeliza says:

    Hey! When you ran the fat quarter series, I made some of the produce bags out of fqs that I no longer wanted to incorporate into other projects (you know you have some).

    I get great feedback at the farmer’s market on these bags — it makes me feel all warm and eco-smug.

  78. MarciaW. FL says:

    The necktie cuff bracelet is really unique. The gingerbread hug cookies look delicious.

  79. Whitner says:

    I was just looking at some produce bags to buy…these are much cuter!

  80. Tamie says:

    I’d love to try the gingerbread cookie.

  81. Cary says:

    What a cute cuckcoo clock ornament.

  82. KeriCan says:

    The necktie bracelets are so cute! Thrift store, here I come!

  83. Jennifer in MA says:

    Those Bavarian Bangles are fantastic!

  84. Mel says:

    I have been meaning to make produce bags for years. I think it might finally be the time!

  85. Sarah says:

    Tula Pink book looks fab!

  86. beth says:

    That paper clock is super cute!

  87. That seed paper would be soooo cute to add to our Christmas cards, with a little note to plant them.

  88. Jen V in OR says:

    Ooooh, the produce bags are a great idea!

  89. Carmen says:

    Love the produce bags and Simply Serging!

  90. More great sewing ideas to add to my list. Now, if I could just retire so I do ’em. 🙂

  91. Jon says:

    seed paper?!? such a clever idea. if i lived in colorado or washington, it would be even groovier!

  92. Barbara says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  93. kimberlee says:

    Now these are my type of projects! Maybe I’ll make my Christmas cards with seed paper.

  94. Bree says:

    Produce bags are always on my sewing to-do list!

  95. Melanie in AZ says:

    I have a ton of ties that need something done with them – thanks for the ideas!

  96. Kay says:

    I really like the look of the cookies, thanks for the recipe.

  97. Robynn says:

    Inventive way to use a tie.

  98. Kati says:

    I like those necktie cuffs! Fun gifts.

  99. Betsy in WA says:

    I want that serging book. I’m getting one for Christmas!

  100. Angela says:

    that produce bag makes me want to actually go grocery shopping. 😉

  101. Emily Hoffman says:

    Ooooh, both produce bags would be fun to make, I’m going to get busy!

  102. Carmen in WI says:

    I’ve seen all mesh produce bags, but I like these better – they look like they’d be sturdier

  103. Definitely checking out the seed paper-very interesting idea!!

  104. Jim M in NC says:

    Always appreciate the bag tutorials and today there are two!

  105. GENEVIEVE (canada) says:

    great ideas. love the neckties!

  106. Caroline says:

    I love the produce bag and the tote really cute!

  107. Liz says:

    Those cookies look yummy! And I might have to make one of those tie cuffs 🙂

  108. Megan Panda says:

    Love those bracelets!

  109. Jenniffier says:

    Farmer’s Market Tote Bag is super cute!

  110. susan mzf says:

    I need to make those produce bags for *me*! The mesh inserts are great.

  111. nrnoodle says:

    What a great use of neck ties.

  112. lee says:

    I love the cute seed paper tags! thank yoU!

  113. Chris says:

    The bangles and bracelts are on my list to make!

  114. Greeblygreebly says:

    Can’t wait to make the market bag – how cute!

  115. brenda says:

    I know several people that could use the produce bag.

  116. Amy in TX says:

    That grocery bag is so cute! Thanks!

  117. Serena in CA says:

    I love the Bavarian Bangles!

  118. Anya says:

    Great ideas!! And the cookies look delish!!

  119. Kylie C says:

    I like the Cuffs and the Bangles- I have a number of teenage girls on my list this year who would love these!

  120. Lovely ideas. Looking at some as craft projects to do with my kids. Thanks for sharing.

  121. Meg says:

    Love the market bag!

  122. Theresa says:

    I love produce bag.

  123. Mom of Evil Geniuses in CO says:

    I always wanted to know how they made the seed paper, I can think of several relatives that would really enjoy receiving that!

  124. Meagan says:

    That market bag is so clever!

  125. Wendy says:

    Love the Produce Bag!

  126. These are great ideas… so little time… Thank you for sharing.

  127. Trish says:

    Those Bavarian cuff bracelets are a great idea.

  128. Tabitha says:

    Great projects and thanks for the veggie PDF!

  129. Fenna says:

    embellish me looks like a cool book! I really like the seed paper idea–it’d be cool to do with my kids for a science project!

  130. jen says:

    love the farmer market tote! and those ornament boxes!

  131. Mary Beth says:

    I need to make some of those produce bags.

  132. Fawn says:

    Those cookies look so good! Going to have to add them to my list….

  133. delia jones says:

    The necktie cuff bracelets are a great way to re purpose my dad’s stained ties!

  134. Gina F says:

    Love the Bavarian Bangles! Thanks!

  135. christina in VT says:

    I need a gingerbread hug…

  136. Heather says:

    I’m totally in love with the seed paper! So pretty and cool. My kids will love that.

  137. I love those tie bracelets!

  138. Laura says:

    I love all of these gift ideas! So fun!

  139. Gina says:

    the produce bag is AWEsome!

  140. Kristie says:

    I have an extensive stash of thrifted ties. I might be making several of those upcycled cuffs. Thanks!

  141. Amy P says:

    The produce bags are great; I love the mesh panel so you can see what’s in them without opening the bag!
    (UK resident)

  142. jessicac says:

    I really need to make some of those produce bags!

  143. Heather says:

    Love the necktie bracelets! So cute.

  144. Amy says:

    I love the produce bag and the tote bag! So handy!

  145. Tammy says:

    Love the produce bag!

  146. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  147. I love the produce bags. My poor to do list!

  148. Bailey says:

    I love the produce bag!

  149. Elizabeth says:

    The produce bags are a great idea.

  150. Kristin in MT says:

    I’ve made those produce bags before and they are fantastic!

  151. Dorothy says:

    My sister lent me her serger while she was out of the country for several months. It changed my sewing-life, but there is still so much i could learn with it. I’d love to win the above copy!

  152. Courtney says:

    LOVE the Bavarian Bangles!

  153. Deb H. in PA says:

    Interesting projects.

  154. Kristin says:

    Those bangles remind me of my sister. 🙂

  155. Kalli in UT says:

    Love the seed paper tags! So cute!

  156. Fun projects! I just noticed this morning that one of Hubby’s ties is dying… good option for the bracelet, perhaps.

  157. craftytammie says:

    love those bangle bracelets!

  158. Kim from VT says:

    I Love the produce Bag it is so great for the environment to have bags you can re-use!

  159. Mary says:

    Very interesting ways to reuse a lot of things you already have around the house.

  160. Carrie says:

    The tote bag is my favorite!

  161. Deidre says:

    I’m definitely making those bangles! Thanks for the chance to win!

  162. Mandi says:

    Love the necktie cuff bracelet!

  163. Audrey says:

    Those bangle bracelets are really cute!

  164. Melissa says:

    So many cute and simple ideas!!

  165. Stacy says:

    Great ideas! Thank you!

  166. I love the tie bracelets.

  167. Pat Upton says:

    I love the bangles from tape rolls and the tie cuffs! Great ideas!

  168. Cindi in GA says:

    The produce bags are perfect for a couple of people on my list. Thanks.

  169. Angi in Oklahoma says:

    The Gingerbread Hug Cookies look wonderful!

  170. Stephanie says:

    Those necktie cuffs are CUUUUUUUUTE!

  171. Heather L says:

    Cute ideas!

  172. stacey says:

    love the ornament boxes!

  173. Theresa (in Germany) says:

    The Necktie Cuff Bracelets are a wonderful gift for christmas!

  174. Megan in OK says:

    Oh, I love that little cuckoo clock!

  175. Stacy says:

    Love the cuckoo clock printable.

  176. Alissa says:

    How very eco-friendly 😉

  177. Holly says:

    That vegetable bag is SO cute!

  178. Penny says:

    Loving both sets of bracelets`

  179. Molly Martin says:

    i am drooling over the Ruby Star ornament box! so cute & clever!

  180. Neeta Logsetty says:

    Love those produce bags!

  181. beth says:

    Gingerbread hug cookies! Oh, my goodness. I have to make those! Great gift ideas, too.

  182. susan hwang says:

    would love to get my hands on the simply serging book. My husband is buying a serger for me for christmas – I’m a newbie!

  183. Mina says:

    Love these Eco ideas

  184. Kerry in FL says:

    Loving the necktie cuffs.

  185. Debbie says:

    I love the upcycling of the ties

  186. Amanda says:

    Cute bangles!!

  187. mrsm says:

    Those Bavarian bangles are beautiful!

  188. Heather79 in Colorado says:

    A paper cuckoo clock! Adorable!

  189. Suzanne says:

    Cuckoo clocks remind me of my grandmother and always put a smile on my face.

  190. Allison C says:

    Those necktie bracelets are so creative!

  191. Steph says:

    Love the produce bags–they would make a great addition to the fabric grocery bags I’m making for Christmas gifts!

  192. Michelle says:

    Michelle from Ohio says, “I might have to get that Doodlestictching book!”

  193. Norma says:

    You always have such great ideas. So many ideas so little time. Norma from NJ.

  194. Erika says:

    I would love that serger book.

  195. sara says:

    As always. more great ideas.

  196. kathyh says:

    It’s nice to use your scraps or other items around the house. It not only saves a trip to the store(s) but making ‘junk’ pretty again is very satisfying.

  197. MsVicki says:

    Those gingerbread hug cookies look so delicious, and fun!

  198. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    I love the idea of making ornament boxes rather than buying them this year.

  199. alison (Ontario, Canada) says:

    Great ideas!

  200. Laura in MD says:

    what a great way to use old ties from Goodwill!

  201. Lise says:

    The cookies look delicious.

  202. MissMary says:

    Yay! Love these ideas!

  203. I love those produce bags. Perfect gift for my fridge?

  204. Stephanie o in ct says:

    Love the produce bag- perfect for my step mom and me! Just need to get mesh

  205. Candi says:

    I love the market bag!

  206. Irene García says:

    I will try my luck again with this comment. Thank you very much for the chance to win!

  207. Angelika says:

    The Necktie Cuff Bracelet is a great idea! I’m sure to find some “not in use” neckties in our wardrobe. My girls will love this!

  208. Karen In NC says:

    Those seed tags are great, and the clock ornament looks very interesting. Thanks for the links.

  209. Kristen Powell says:

    Love the ruby star ornaments!!

  210. Ellen M. from OH says:

    I love both of the bracelet ideas. My husband doesn’t wear ties for work anymore so I have a source for materials! Many thanks!

  211. Brigette says:

    I really like the produce bag!

  212. Cute stuff! I might make one of the bracelets for myself!

  213. Julianne Ross says:

    Necktie cuff bracelets are so fun!

  214. Erin says:

    love the napkin rings

  215. Elizabeth says:

    I love those necktie bangles!

  216. Franziska says:

    Thanks for sharing these fabulous ideas!

  217. Tera says:

    Ornament boxes are great!!! : )

  218. Rebecca says:

    The seed cards are an excellent idea!

  219. Larissa says:

    lovely gift ideas…couple more days till the end of November!

  220. julis says:

    good ones!thanks!

  221. Tammi in OR says:

    These are great ideas. I love the seed paper-kids would really love it.

  222. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh these would all make great gifts!

  223. Zia mella says:

    very good work super … There are beautiful color combinations. aunt Mella

  224. Prachi in WA says:

    The produce bags and seed paper would be fun !

  225. Amanda says:

    I love the tie bravelets

  226. Jasmin in Australia says:

    Those cookies look awesome.

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