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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