Welcome to our 7th Annual Handmade Holidays series! It’s our favorite time of the year! Every day in November we share tutorials, printables and recipes to inspire you to add handmade to your holidays. Each day has a different gift theme, and each day also includes lots of great giveaways. Visit and comment daily for a chance to win a new craft book, fabric, patterns, gift certificates and more. This year we’re keeping things fresh with the help of guest curators! We asked 30 talented individuals to search for the best features just for you, and we are so excited about their finds. Enjoy!

Today’s Guest Curator: Beth from plum and june

Beth blogs about quilting, sewing, crochet and a few other things at plum and june. She likes to write and share tutorials for quilt patterns and bags. Beth is currently in the third month of a new link up series called the Quilt Photography Workshop. The workshop is a monthly series open to all sewing bloggers, where you can share your tips and techniques for blog photography and learn from others at the same time. Beth writes, “I love making handmade gifts and as the mother of three girls, I have the opportunity to do so quite often! My older daughters are too quickly approaching the tween years so I thought gifts for tweens would be a great topic for my Handmade Holidays day here at Sew Mama Sew. I think my daughters and their friends would love to receive any of these handmade gifts. And if you are sewing for tween boys, no worries… I think several of these gifts would appeal equally to both boys and girls.”

Make It


Art Journal
This handy Kids’ Art Journal from Vanessa at LBG Studio is probably perfect for someone on your gift list. It would work great for kids or adults!


Quilted Floor Cushion
Make a cozy space for reading and hanging out with these Quilted Floor Cushions from Noe’s tutorial at Dobleufa.


Easy Messenger Style Book Bag
Beth has lots of fun tutorials at plum and june, including one for this sweet and easy Messenger Style Book Bag.


Fat Quarter Hexagon Clock
You might just want this Fat Quarter Hexagon Clock from Nancy at Owen’s Olivia for your very own. (We do!) Check out Nancy’s other version in the post too.


Butterfly Wall Art
Hayley from Welcome to the Mouse House shows you how to make this easy Butterfly Wall Art here at Sew Mama Sew. It’s a cheery, fun addition to a room.


Traveling in Circles Tote
The Traveling in Circles Tote from Becca at Bryan House Quilts is perfect for sewing supplies, makeup and more.


Pen Organizer
Make a handy Pen Organizer with Svetlana’s help at s.o.t.a.k. handmade and support homework in style.


Scrappy Patchwork Shoelaces
Maureen shows you how easy it is to make these cute Scrappy Patchwork Shoelaces, via Maureen Cracknell Handmade.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Tweens + Teens

Mix It


Coconut-Almond Granola
Martha at Weekend Doings shares this Coconut-Almond Granola recipe, a thoughtful gift for the holidays and a fun extra for holiday mornings.


Ginger Snaps
If you try Susan’s Ginger Snaps and want more recipes, she has a tab on her Canadian Abroad site with additional delicious treats.

Print It


Christmas Gift Tags
Artist Kelli Murray shares these sweet Christmas Gift Tags for all of your gift giving needs.

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.


Sewing School 2
(US Winners Only)

Authors: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

Win the “Hailey” Boutique Sewing Pattern for Modkid by Patty Young and the beautiful fabric you’ll need to sew the outfit, all from The Fabric Fairy! The Fabric Fairy is your primary source for boutique, trendy cotton knit fabric and so much more.

Quilting on the Go
(US Winners Only)

Author: Jessica Alexandrakis
Publisher: Potter Craft

Imagine being able to quilt on vacation, at the beach or virtually anywhere else you find yourself. The author shares everything she’s learned about this addictive, beginner-friendly technique including: sewing kit essentials that you can slip in your bag so you’ll always be ready to stitch; color theory and stash organization tips for dramatic effects or scrap-happy results; creative patterns to combine shapes; 10 step-by-step projects; and 10 customizable quilts patterns with 38 vibrant color palettes.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic: 20 Simple Everyday Designs
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Are you a do-it-yourselfer, with a passion for Japanese style? Look no further, Happy Homemade: Sew Chic is the book you’ve been waiting for— all new simple and timeless creations of Yoshiko Tsukiori, popular Japanese fashion designer and author of The Stylish Dress Book, now available in English in the United States. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic features 20 easy-to-sew flexible patterns that boast authentic Japanese style created simply, by you. Sew-your-own pants, tops, dresses and skirts will add that sought-after Japanese flair to your wardrobe. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic is your ultimate guide in transforming fabric to fabulous.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

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