Get the kids ready for holiday parties with today’s tutorials! Pretty dresses, bow ties and even a little something for you too?!– (It’s the perfect time to make a Ric Rac Clutch…)

Make It

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We like the bow in Jen’s Winter Rose Dress at icandy handmade!
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This darling Bubble Dress at StraightGrain can look dressy or more casual depending on the fabric you choose.
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Elizabeth and Liz from Simple Simon & Co. show you how to make a Sweet Little Capelet here at Sew,Mama,Sew! It’s a great little holiday accessory.
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We absolutely love this Little Boy Bow Tie from Jen Carlton Bailly of www.bettycrockerass.com for Figgy’s Patterns! So cute…
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Elizabeth and Liz know how to do “dressing up” right! Here they are again, this time with a lovely Vintage Holiday Dress at Simple Simon & Co.

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 Ric Rac Clutch, designed by Jennifer Ladd for Sew,Mama,Sew!, would be a perfect party accessory. (If you’re feeling stretched for time you can even buy one!)

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Accessories, Passion for Jewelry, Passion for Parties

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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Does your family love Nutella? Tracy shows you how to make some delicious Nutella Cookies with Sea Salt at Sugar Crafter. The neighbors would love a plate of these!

Print It

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This Holiday Party Favor Box at Paper Glitter is part of a trio of holiday party printables that also includes a Holiday Party Invitation from Paper Crave and Holiday Gift Tags from Living Locurto.

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.

Live The Life You Love, Love The Life You Live Postcard Box (US Winners Only)

Author: Scott Albrecht
Publisher: Potter Style

For design enthusiasts and those who appreciate a well-phrased aphorism, Brooklyn-based artist Scott Albrecht matches his quirky affirmations with hand-drawn typography in this original collection of 100 postcards. In the era of email and standard typefaces, the use of postcards and hand-drawn typography represents a revival in personal touches; an individuality and intimate connection with another. Featuring 4 sets of 25 witty and inspirational hand-written aphorisms housed in a kraft-paper box designed by the artist.


Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs is giving away a $50 gift certificate! Kassandra writes, “I make fabric flower hair accessories, cloth napkins, pillow covers, and vintage finds… I love to make things beautiful in hopes that it brightens someone’s day.” Take a peek at Mrs. Crafty Pants Designs— What would you choose with your $50 gift certificate?!

With Fabric and Thread (US Winners Only)

Author: Joanna Figueroa
Publisher: Wiley

Quilting and sewing are joining forces in a way that they never have before. Long-time quilters are starting to experiment with a bit of home sewing or simple sewing for their grandchildren. The younger side of the sewing community is embracing the world of patchwork and quilting. With Fabric & Thread seamlessly bridges the gap between these two crafts and delivers a unique collection of projects that appeal to sewers and quilters alike. Features 20 new projects that marry the nomenclature of both sewing and quilting. Plus, a special section features six patterns that can be accomplished two different ways: one using sewing techniques and one using quilting techniques. The result is two unique looks from a single pattern.

Storybook Toys: Sew 16 Projects Once Upon a Time Dolls, Puppets, Softies & More (US Winners Only)

Author: Jill Hamor
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Inspired by vintage 1940s patterns, projects include dolls, softies, pillows, puppets, and a little girl’s handbag. Learn toy-making tips to give your creation personal style and a sweet disposition. Author Jill Hamor gives ideas for involving children in the process to teach them basic sewing skills. Customize any project to fit your skill level and time commitment, and have fun making outfits for your dolly from your favorite fabrics, scraps, or even upcycled bits from old clothes.

The Sewing Machine Classroom (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Join author Charlene Phillips as you learn all about your new best friend— your sewing machine! From fabric to feet to finished product, you’ll be guided through techniques for mastering your machine and using it to perform basic to advanced stitching tasks. Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

An indispensable reference book to keep next to your machine, inside you’ll find quick answers to all your sewing problems. Take control of your sewing machine and achieve wonderful results every time!

See more of The Sewing Machine Classroom in the digital preview!

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

27 ~ Gifts for the Eco-Conscious
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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