Our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series comes to an end today with a special Deck the Halls post! Ellen Luckett Baker from The Long Thread is back with some of her favorite tutorials. All of today’s picks are from Ellen! We love her choices and we love her book, 1, 2, 3 Sew: Build Your Skills with 33 Simple Sewing Projects. You can win a copy of 1, 2, 3 Sew today! Mention the book in your comment and you’ll be in the running to win your own copy.

Ellen’s working on a follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew; 1, 2, 3 Quilt will be released next fall! Ellen also designs pretty fabrics (her new Stamped collection, produced by Kokka, is coming soon). There’s lots to see from Ellen in the new year!…

Thank you for joining us for our favorite time of the year here on the blog. We want to thank all of the generous artistans and publishing companies who donated prizes for this month’s spectacular giveaways. We hope you have been inspired all month long, and that you found one (or 20!) new things to make this season. Happy Handmade Holidays! Be sure to stick with us for all of the fun next week. Giveaway Day is a truly wonderful event…

Make It

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Make a festive, new Freshly Pieced Christmas Tree Skirt!
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Ann Kelle designed these fun Patchwork Stockings. Find the tutorial at The Striped Feather Company and get to work!
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You can make this easy Felt Fringe Christmas Tree Skirt at Prudent Baby this weekend, just in time for this year’s tree.
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This Christmas Trees Quilt from Laurie Matthews at Ann Kelle would be so much fun to bring out each holiday season… (Mixing up the fabric colors could give you a totally different look too, so this might be perfect for your first quilt pattern of the new year!)
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Make your own Mistletoe Kissing Ball with the free project at Lark Crafts, designed by Amanda Carestio and excerpted from the book Heart-Felt Holidays.
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Lindsay Wilkes from The Cottage Home and The Cottage Mama shows you how to make this pretty Holiday Tablecloth at Skip to My Lou.

Related tutorials you might just love: Deck the Halls 2010 One, Two, Three, Four, Holiday Sew-Alongs (Join in any time!)

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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Make some Classic Snickerdoodles with this easy recipe at Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

Print It

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Illustrator and designer Jenny B. Harris has a cute (and free!) Christmas Paper Doll for you at Allsorts.

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.

The Busy Girl’s Guide to Sewing (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Authors: Carrie Maclennan, Clare Nicolson & Suzanne Smith
Publisher: David & Charles

Designed for crafters who find there is never enough time in the day– which is most of them!

– The fun, quirkily styled projects can be completed in a day, or spaced over a few weekends, so crafters can have the satisfaction of finishing, as well as starting, projects.
– Written by a truly busy gal with bags of personality and experience, as she learns to sew and discovers how to fit it into her lifestyle.
– Includes advice on sourcing fabric, upcycling, blogging, joining online communities and more for the ultimate experience for busy girls who sew.

Doll Fashion Studio (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Joan Hinds
Publisher: Krause Publications

In this doll book, you’ll create cute and fashionable 18-inch doll clothes for every season of the year, along with doll accessory crafts simple enough for the younger crowd to make, will have readers of all ages eager to make a new doll wardrobe! Clear and concise illustrated patterns make these contemporary doll clothes a breeze to whip up, and beautiful fabrics and photography will appeal to all ages and levels of sewists.


Choose how to spend your $50 gift certificate from the wide variety of sewing patterns at RebeccaMaeDesigns! You could make a Red Cross Hot Water Bottle Cover, sweet Ditty Bags or new Mittens for the whole family…

The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Creative Guide to Sewing Your Own Bags (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles

Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine. Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customization. Full size patterns on a separate pull-out section mean you can get started right away!– No photocopying or enlarging required.

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (US Winners Only)

Author: Anna Maria Horner
Publisher: Wiley

Textile designer and writer Anna Maria Horner opens the door on her favorite embroidery projects and invites you to stitch alongside her. Inside you’ll learn cross-stitch, needlepoint, embroidery and crewel. Each category offers advice and common tools used, Anna Maria’s favorite techniques, and hold-your-hand instructions on how to develop your own inspired patterns. In addition, each project journals her process right down to the precise fabrics and exact color number of every thread used in the beautifully photographed examples.

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

29 ~ Write It + Wrap It
28 ~ Gifts for Dressing Up
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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