November 10 ~ Eco-Friendly Gifts

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Give sustainably this year! Help your friends and loved ones re-use (bags, napkins, etc.), and wrap it all up with eco-friendly gift bags, tags and more.


Today’s Guest Curator: Theresa from A Little Bird Made Me

Theresa lives in Canberra, Australia and blogs at A Little Bird Made Me. She loves to a curate regular lists of great tutorials, “including bags, aprons, more bags, fabric buckets and different bags.” Theresa also designs and sells bags in her A Little Bird Made Me shop.

She writes, “I have always made ‘things.’ At times the making didn’t happen for months or years at a time, but eventually I have always found my way back to creating. I love to make gifts for my family and friends. I think that when you make something with your own hands, a little piece of you and your love goes into the article… I also believe that having a creative outlet helps me to stay sane as the rest of my life can get a bit hectic. I am very lucky to be the mother of three beautiful children, to have a busy ‘other’ career (I practiced as a criminal lawyer for many years but now work in management in the Public Service), to have pets to care for (a rescued cross-breed terrier, five chickens and a budgie), and to have wonderful family and friends.” Stop by A Little Bird Made Me to learn more about Theresa, and enjoy her eco-friendly gift ideas below.

Make It


Summertime Sewing Placemats + Napkins
Summertime Sewing Placemats + Napkins are perfect year-round! Nichol shows you how easy it is to whip up a set of your own at Nichol Magouirk.


Make Your Own Oilcloth
Vicky shows you how to Make Your Own Oilcloth, for this iPod cover in her tutorial at Vivid Please or for durable totes and more.


Pocket Full O’ Geese Tote
Rebecca of Frybread Quilts & Cuterie designed this Pocket Full O’ Geese Tote for us here at Sew Mama Sew. It’s a nice option for quick shopping trips and makes a beautiful gift.


Eco-Friendly Christmas Bon Bons
Celebrate with Laura’s Eco-Friendly Christmas Bon Bons at Sustainababy!


Front Zip Pouch in Four Sizes
Kristin’s Front Zip Pouch in Four Sizes here at Sew Mama Sew supplements her free Craftsy class, Bag Making Basics: Reversible Tote and Zipper Pouch. You’ll find tons of uses for these handy pouches, and they make a great present for everyone on your list.


Bowl Cover
Megan from A Kitschy Kitchen shows you how to make your own Bowl Cover. She adds that it’s a great beginner project!


Cloth Gift Bags
These Cloth Gift Bags by Sue Zipkin for Clothworks would be nice in some of Clothworks’ latest Christmas collections like Not Even A Mouse or Peppermint Lane. The bags can be made in 5-10 minutes!


Reusable Felt Gift Tags
Megan makes it easy to keep track of presents in cloth wrapping with these Reusable Felt Gift Tags at Megan Nielson.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for the Eco-Conscious, Wrapping It Up tutorials

Mix It


Holiday Pan Forte
Pam has a delicious Holiday Pan Forte recipe at Gluten-Free Gus. Pan Forte is a traditional Italian dessert; Pam writes, “Roughly translated it means ‘Strong Bread,’ a reference to its dense texture and combination of spicy flavors.”


Gluten Free Linzer Torte
Make a Gluten Free Linzer Torte this season, another traditional holiday treat from Pam at Gluten-Free Gus.

Print It


Advent Calendar
Just in case you didn’t get enough from yesterday’s Advent Calendar round up (see the November 9 link below), here’s a sweet, printable Advent Calendar from Kate at Mini-Eco.

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.

Mollie Makes Woodland Friends: More Handmade Projects for the Home
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

The latest book from the Mollie Makes team takes its inspiration from woodland creatures. Ten of our favorite crafty contributors have put together over 18 exclusive projects featuring crafty foxes, cute and cuddly mice, wise old owls and any other forest-dweller you can imagine! There are ideas for home accessories, toys, gifts and cards, covering a wide range of techniques including sewing, crochet, embroidery, papercrafts and more. Whether you are a knitter or a felter, or fancy trying out some crochet, stitching or paper-cutting for the first time, there is something in here for you. Each project is accompanied by clear step-by-step photography and stylish photography, with hints and tips direct from the makers. So dig out your very best vintage fabrics, most colorful yarns and threads, clear the kitchen table and prepare to be inspired.

Sewing for All Seasons: 24 Stylish Projects to Stitch Throughout the Year
(US Winners Only)

Author: Susan Beal
Publisher: Chronicle Books

From autumn’s bursts of orange and red to spring’s lush greens, summer’s long-lasting golden light and winter’s cool whites and grays, the changing seasons provide endless artistic inspiration. In Sewing for All Seasons, author Susan Beal offers 24 beautiful projects imbued with the spirit of each season. Home sewists will enjoy stitching a cozy patchwork throw for autumn, a bright gardening apron to welcome spring, a colorful picnic quilt for summer and soft woolen slippers for those chilly winter nights. With how-to illustrations, helpful templates and patterns, tons of color and eye-catching photography, this book will leap off shelves and inspire crafters all year long.

Handmade Books for Everyday Adventures: 20 Bookbinding Projects for Explorers, Travelers, and Nature Lovers
(US Winners Only)

Author: Erin Zamrzla
Publisher: Shambhala Publications

Handmade books are the perfect way to take note of those things that ignite your creativity and inspire adventures. These twenty simple projects are meant to be used while out and about—from a canvas-covered camping songbook to a waterproof book perfect for the beach, these books are designed with adventure in mind. Traditional Japanese bookbinding techniques meet contemporary style in this unique collection of projects; the clear step-by-step instructions and beautiful photos make this the perfect book for beginners and experienced binders alike.

Crochet at Play: Fun Hats, Scarves, Clothes, and Toys for Kids to Enjoy
(US Winners Only)

Author: Kat Goldin
Publisher: Running Press

Projects ranging from one-of-a-kind hats, blankets, and cardigans to mermaid-tail sleeping bags, hedgehog mittens, ballet slippers and toys for the play room make this an irresistible collection of crochet projects to make for babies and toddlers. The book is organized into four chapters for: Head and Shoulders (capelets, wizard hats); Fingers, Knees, and Toes (ballet slippers, hedgehog mittens); Whole Self (silver birch tunic, wolf cardigan); Play Room (star rug, sleepy octopus pillow). Photography of the 30 projects modeled on adorable tots throughout make the book truly precious. Suitable for crocheters of all abilities, Crochet at Play is a must-have for crafty parents, grandparents, and aunts.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 9: Advent Calendars
November 8: Gifts for Make-Believe
November 7: Gifts for Travelers
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

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267 Responses to November 10 ~ Eco-Friendly Gifts

  1. ruby t--nm says:

    I do not know which to do first..the place mats or the torte…..hmmm…the torte wins…!

  2. ruby t--nm says:

    I do not know if I should make the place mats first or the Gluten free torte…..hmmmm…I will have to go with the torte!

  3. Kellye A in TX says:

    So many great projects! I’m going to be a busy girl!

  4. Emilee in GA says:

    So many great tutorials today! Would love to win the woodland creatures book!

  5. Whitney M in SC says:

    Love the bowl covers!

  6. I did not realize that you can make your own oilcloth! AMAZING. possibilities have really opened up over here!!

  7. Nicole in IN says:

    Make my own oilcloth, what?!

  8. Patty says:

    The bowl cover is such a cute idea.

  9. Shannon (in MD) says:

    I’m super interested in the “make your own oil cloth” post! Thanks!

  10. Holly in WA says:

    So many great ideas, thank you for the giveaway!

  11. Valerie says:

    I think I will be making some of those front zip pouches!

  12. Jacklynn Grimm says:

    Love the tote! I always carry reusable grocery bags. Thanks for the give away!

  13. Terry says:

    Love the bowl covers! Thanks for the giveaways.

  14. kbo says:

    Since I was elected to be the Workshop Chair for the local quilt guild, the fabric bowl covers will be quite handy for the luncheons i will be preparing.

  15. Janelle ThietjeDunn says:

    You can MAKE your own oil cloth!?!!? And bowl covers? Genius!

  16. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute bowl covers!

  17. Shannon in wa says:

    Bowl “shower caps”!

  18. JennX says:

    I don’t want to be a party pooper but unless you’re reusing fabric (or buying organic) then they’re not so eco-friendly. Coton is one of the most sprayed crops on the planet- pretty heinous stuff really. Lovely- yes, fun to make- oh yes, eco-friendly- not so much! I feel like this is the elephant in every (sewing/blog) room!

  19. kim t. in wa says:

    love the bowl cover!

  20. Brooke in SC says:

    I think I’m going to use that felt gift tag idea this year for our family presents!

  21. Deb in MN says:

    Love those bowl covers!

  22. Jennifer in NC says:

    So many great ideas in this post. I like the felt gift tags- clever idea!

  23. Heather in VA says:

    I’m always on the lookout for new napkin patterns. Thank you.

  24. Whitner in SC says:

    Love everything on this list!

  25. julie O says:

    You always find the best sewing gifts! Thanks….

  26. Persia in IL says:

    Love that bowl cover.

  27. Amorette in OR says:

    Love the bowl cover and the zip pouches. I had no idea you could make your own oil cloth either!

  28. erica in OR says:

    I see new napkins and placemats in my future…

  29. Cheryl says:

    We definitely need some new napkins.

  30. Great ideas :)

  31. Sarah says:

    Exactly what I needed – thank you! A couple of years ago I made reusable bulk bags for family for Christmas. Not super sexy, but very practical! Sarah in WA

  32. Beth B. says:

    Love the tote bag! ~Beth from IN

  33. julie hahs from FL says:

    I like the bowls. So neat.

  34. julie from FL says:

    I like the fabric bowls. Will do these.

  35. monica in tx says:

    Love the bowl cover! Thanks for all the tutorials.

  36. Audrey in PA says:

    Love the placemats (and everything else!)

  37. Sue D in MI says:

    Gosh I have to make some bowl covers!

  38. Patricia in PA says:

    Awesome!!! Have to make some oilcloth and some bowl covers, have to.

  39. Wonderful ideas! Thank you!!

  40. Mandi in CO says:

    OOooh! How about a nice mixing bowl, a recipe, some ingredients, and a homemade bowl cover? Great gift idea!

  41. Heather says:

    I love making re-useabe gift bags!

  42. Erin M says:

    I’m a huge fan of all things eco-friendly and have a lot of things to bookmark off of this post. :)

  43. Kate in RI says:

    Zip pouches and blow covers for everyone!!!

  44. Allison in WA says:

    More great tutorials – thanks! I’ve been looking for a good napkin tute.

  45. Tricia in MA says:

    Great ideas!

  46. elizabeth says:

    I’m an artist by night but my day job is with a renewable energy org. Can’t wait to share these ideas with my eco-minded colleagues!

  47. Carmen in WI says:

    I was doing something just last week and was thinking how nice it would be to have a fabric bowl cover like the one above!

  48. Jess says:

    Love these! I’m making cloth napkins for my sister’s birthday, maybe I should check out some bowl covers or place mats to go with them! :)

    Jess

  49. annette says:

    Wow, making oilcloth is a fantastic idea!

  50. Bobby says:

    Getting the stuff for the bowl cover as we speak, I love making bags for my gifts and the reusable gift tags, so cool!

  51. Suze in CO says:

    Oh, I am so making myself a whole set of those bowl covers. Thanks for that!

  52. Greeblygreebly in WA state says:

    That advent calendar is so cool and different!

  53. Judy in OR says:

    I love all the eco friendly ideas!

  54. I need to commit to reusable fabric gift bags! Such a great idea.

  55. Sarah in NC says:

    I love these ideas! I know many people who would appreciate some handmade goodies.

  56. Barb B in BC says:

    thanks for all the great Tutorials

  57. Jenn J in OR says:

    I’ll have to try making oil cloth now.

  58. Jennifer in Missouri says:

    I cannot wait to make the napkins!

  59. Laura says:

    I had panforte in italy- each city has it’s own- with little demitasse cups of espresso- my favorite one had chocolate in it. Lovely. Laura Ca.

  60. Allison says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  61. Amy in Ca says:

    I love the reusable gift bags and tags, what a great idea!

  62. Lindsi says:

    I am a sucker for a good zippy pouch!

  63. Molly B says:

    You give me such inspiration with all of these wonderful ideas.

  64. Kate in MO says:

    These are some great gift ideas for my parents. Thanks!

  65. Katy says:

    I love that advent calendar!
    Katy in MN

  66. Terry in IL says:

    Soooo …., what is a budgie? And I’m going to have to try making my own oil cloth … I’m making toiletry bags for Christmas and I really don’t like working with vinyl that much. Thanks!

  67. Amanda says:

    I love all of these!! Especially the bowl cover!

  68. Sarah M in Vermont says:

    I think the bowl covers would make a nice little host/ess gift during the holiday season. Practical and pretty!

  69. Alida in VA says:

    Thanks for the great inspiration and the opportunity to win nice prizes!!

  70. Tanja WI says:

    Bowl covers would look awesome on the Holliday dinner table!

  71. Must try the make your own oilcloth!

  72. Gillian in OR says:

    I just want to make everything in the next month! Thanks for the ideas. I hope I win Sewing for All Seasons…

  73. Nicole Martinez says:

    in NY

    So many giveaways this month its incredible thanks for the opportunity

  74. I have always wanted to make some napkins, now is the time!

  75. I absolutely love today’s projects! I can’t wait to whip up some of those zipper pouches!

  76. Sarah in ME says:

    I didn’t know I could make oil cloth so easily! I know what I am doing this week…. Also thanks for the reminder about the bowl covers – I have been meaning to make those.

  77. Terri says:

    lovely round of ideas…..

  78. Jansie in Texas says:

    Love the Gluten Free recipes! And I will definitely be making the reusable bowl covers. Those are awesome.

  79. Nina says:

    Not in the US but I could send the prize to a relative there, right?? And these would all be even more eco-friendly if made up in re-purposed or certified organic fabrics…

  80. Mosaic Magpie says:

    Great ideas especially for this time of year! Bowl covers….!

  81. Barbara says:

    Love the placemats and napkins. What a great way to use scraps.

  82. I need to make a few of those bowl covers!

  83. Joan says:

    Lots of good ideas in this bunch.

  84. Sarah in PA says:

    I always, always need more cloth napkins; so thanks for this easy method. Handmade gift bags are just the best to have…..they double for lots of other things too!

  85. Maggie in KY says:

    Need to make myself some new napkins!

  86. janey says:

    Love the bowl covers.

  87. louise says:

    again, the books look so cool!

  88. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    Ooh I need to sew some bowl covers. I bake bread and they are perfect for covering bowls or rising dough!

  89. Sheila in WA says:

    Need to get some zippered bags made for packing the suitcase.

  90. Jeannie D says:

    Some nifty ideas today…oilcloth, bowl covers, Christmas bags…and the books look so awesome!

  91. Mama Lusco says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  92. Sandy in Ohio says:

    I had no idea it would be so easy to make my own oilcloth, can’t wait to give this a try!

  93. Anita says:

    Bowl cover, nice!

  94. connie J says:

    Bowl covers would make an excellent gift!

  95. dangermom says:

    I love the placemats. I need new placemats…

  96. KarenH in OK says:

    I love the bowl covers! And just about everyone could use a zip pouch or two. I have a bag full of zippers and this might be just the project to use some of them up.

  97. Lisamarie in CT says:

    I’d like to see how to make oilcloth. Thanks for that link!

  98. Lucy in TX says:

    I think I will be making an Oilcloth Bowl Cover in a cheery holiday print. Thanks for sharing!

  99. Christina in FL says:

    I didn’t know I could make my own oilcloth…. Thanks!!

  100. Melissa in NM says:

    I had no idea that making my own oil cloth could be that easy. Thank you

  101. Karrie Smith says:

    These are really great ideas! Love the Pocket full of geese Tote! Karrie in MI

  102. Martha says:

    Why have I never thought of a bowl cover? Genius! I have some Crate & Barrel bowls I love, but I hate wasting foil or plastic wrap to cover them.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  103. Mary H in CO says:

    pan forte – yum – and the advent calendar!

  104. Anya says:

    So much inspiration!

  105. Courtney says:

    I love the Eco friendly gift wrapping ideas, thanks for all of the inspiration!

  106. Virginia from Florida says:

    Lots of great ideas to try but my favourite was the bag with the flying geese pockets. Can’t wait to try it.

  107. Liz K in OR says:

    I never thought to make my own bowl covers, but it’s perfect!

  108. Ann in OR says:

    I’m going to make some more Christmas gift bags!

  109. Amy in IL says:

    Love the placemat idea. I was thinking I should make some today.

  110. Julie in IN says:

    Great ideas today!

  111. KeriCan in CA says:

    The tote is adorable!

  112. D says:

    Will definitely be making all sizes of the pouch!

  113. Sonja says:

    The placemats are awesome! Sonja ~ from Al

  114. Tabitha Klucking says:

    The bowl covers will be perfect! Thanks!

  115. Laurie says:

    Great ideas, as always. A little safety information is missing from the oilcloth tutorial, which I posted as a comment to the original post, but will also relay here:
    I work in a paint store that sells linseed oils, so I can clear things up a bit. Boiled linseed oil isn’t actually boiled, it has added ingredients to help it dry (in comparison with raw linseed oil, which is the other kind you will find on the shelf, that has no additives). I would definitely advise doing this project outside, and please PLEASE be careful with rags and paper towels soaked with linseed oil, as they can spontaneously combust (READ: SERIOUS FIRE HAZARD). Don’t just crumble them up and throw them into a trash can. Hang or lay them flat on a nonflammable surface outside (driveway, concrete patio) to dry completely.

  116. kathyh in OR says:

    great giveaway. off to find out about oilcloth.

  117. Wendy says:

    love the placemats

  118. Mandi says:

    How to make your own OILCLOTH?!? Count me in! All of these projects are great!

  119. Sarah says:

    Oil cloth ! Sarah from maine

  120. Joelle in Nebraska says:

    make your own oilcloth? how cool!

  121. Stacy S says:

    Bowl cover added to my to-do list!

  122. Ellen from OH says:

    I love the bowl covers – we used to use plastic ones like that when I was a kid. What a blast from the past!!

  123. kathy peters says:

    some great ideas!!

  124. I love these curated ideas!

  125. KristyMN says:

    I need to do a bunch of those bowl covers! Genius!

  126. Cindi in GA says:

    Love, love, love the Pocket Full O’ Geese Tote!

  127. Amy says:

    Reusable felt name tags. What a great idea!

  128. Diane in NM says:

    The tote, oil cloth and Linzer torte caught my eye today. Thanks!

  129. Beth B in Michigan says:

    Great ideas! Love the placements and napkins.

  130. Samantha says:

    I was just thinking of making placemats. What perfect timing! Thank you!

  131. Kristin H says:

    Great ideas today! I particularly like the bowl cover, it would be great with a laminated cotton on the inside for easy cleaning.

  132. Nancy in GA says:

    Oil clothe… hmmm… now my head is spinning with ideas.

  133. hilary in mn says:

    love the reusable crackers

  134. jessicac says:

    I must make some of the bowl covers!! And maybe bust out some napkins and placemats as gifts?

  135. Elizabeth says:

    I need to make some bowl covers! I also need to learn how to make my own oilcloth! I had no idea that was possible!

  136. Crystal says:

    the bowl cover is a great idea!

  137. Make my own oilcloth — that blows me away! Can hardly wait to try it. Thanks!

  138. Love some of these ideas!

  139. Barb from PA says:

    Accidentally posted again when I couldn’t find my original. Sorry! Please delete. Thank you

  140. Marge says:

    Those placemats and napkins are little works of art.

  141. Barb from PA says:

    So many great ideas! I’ve been wanting to attempt a project with oilcloth. Here’s hoping I win!

  142. Barb from PA says:

    So many great ideas and books! I would love to win!

  143. consuelo says:

    I love the printable advent calendar. Great stuff!

  144. Amber says:

    Oh those books look wonderful!

  145. Morgan says:

    and I’m in NY :)

  146. Barb C in WA says:

    Great curated group! The placemats and napkins are going on my list of must makes. Maybe I should use the ‘make your own oilcloth’ tute to make easy clean placemats :)

  147. Morgan says:

    Make your own oilcloth?! My eyes have been opened!

  148. Amanda in MD says:

    I cannot believe you can make your own oilcloth that easy! I’m not sure I’m brave enough to try it, but it’ll be in the back of my mind always. And I while I already signed up for the free class, I had completely forgotten about it. So thanks for the reminder!

  149. Linda Fleming says:

    Wonderful ideas, love them all!
    My favorite is the advent calendar.

  150. I have been thinking about making a bowl cover for a while now (ever since I saw one in a Kath Kidson book.) Such a great idea.

  151. shawn j says:

    The bowl cover is a great idea!
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

  152. Megan in GA says:

    I like the Christmas bon bons!

  153. Delia from VA says:

    Oh, I am getting so inspired! I love the idea of reusable items. The bowl cover is a really neat idea too! It is funny how things do come around. Prior to plastics, people used leather and cloth to cover bowls and jars.

  154. Great ideas ! Thank you for this month of gifts.

  155. Kathy h says:

    Love those bags.

  156. Jim in NC says:

    So many great projects today with a lot of potential. I really like that most of these are quite easy to do and look like they could be done in a couple of hours. Definitely some good candidates for holiday gifts!

  157. Abbi says:

    I have been meaning to make bowl covers.
    Abbi in MN

  158. Lydia in WA says:

    I know what I’m making this Christmas. It’s the Pan Forte. Got to try this gluten free extravaganza.

  159. Atira C. in OR says:

    I made fabric gift bags one year and I still find a few in circulation. Thanks for the reminder! I’ m going to have to do it again this year (maybe adding the fabric gift tags).

  160. Allison in MA says:

    Love that tote bag!

  161. Cherri says:

    I will have to check out the oilcloth tutorial. Love the crochet book.

  162. Robin E. in AZ says:

    Who knew making your own oil cloth was so easy! Lots of ideas churning now…

  163. Carrie P. says:

    those bowl covers are an awesome idea.

  164. Stacia in TN says:

    The advent calendar printable seems great. I always loved those as a kid!

  165. Heather in SC says:

    I need to make these bowl covers! Thanks for another awesome list and the giveaway!

  166. amentzer-vt says:

    Great ideas!

  167. Becky in FL says:

    The placemats and napkins fall into the “something you need” topic of the theme we are sticking to this Christmas. Perfect for every family.

  168. Ella says:

    Thanks for lots of new to me gift ideas!

  169. Ali in WA says:

    My Christmas sewing to do list is getting longer than is possible to finish before Christmas! Not the worst problem to have.

  170. christina in VT says:

    My MIL, Queen of Saran, really needs a set of bowl covers for the holidays. I’m going to make her some — and then make her use them!

  171. LynnH says:

    Great info on making the oilcloth. Bon bons and bowl covers got added to my make list. Thanks!

  172. Emily in NY says:

    great ideas!

  173. Tammy in MI says:

    I’m planning on making my mom some napkins for Christmas. I love eco friendly items, so fun to sew. Thanks for the fun tutes!

  174. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I think the bowl cover is something I could use regularly, and I didn’t even know I was looking for it. Thank you for all of these great ideas.

  175. Lee says:

    So many great ideas today! I am loving the gluten free treats too! thanks!
    Lee in MI

  176. Didn’t know you could make your own oilcloth. Cool tutorial!

  177. Molly Vetter says:

    I’m thinking of mixing it up and trying an oilcloth bowl cover. :)

  178. alyssa s says:

    Love the variety of ideas! Thank you.
    Crossing my fingers for the giveaway! (In MN)

  179. Am L says:

    I am in the US, CA is my state. Thanks for the generous giveaway!

  180. Charlotte says:

    Ooohh.. might have to try the oilcloth one!

  181. Krisitn in CA says:

    So many great projects, recipes, and blogs to bookmark today!

  182. Amber in NY says:

    The pocket full of geese tote looks fun!

  183. Deb H. in PA says:

    I made drawstring bags last year for my family’s stocking presents. They loved them.

  184. Charlotte in GA says:

    Great links! Thanks again.

  185. Mary in MN says:

    I need to make a set of those bowl covers – great idea!

  186. I like that iPod cover! I have a classic and it seems to be harder to find cute cases (or patterns for cases) for those models.

  187. VickiT says:

    Great tutorials and recipes. I really love the Pocket Full O Geese Tote

  188. Kristie says:

    Making my own oilcloth would be so much fun and open up so many more options. Thanks!

  189. Kari in WA says:

    There are some great ideas here! I love the oilcloth tut!

  190. Lynn in VA says:

    Love the felt tags.
    Linseed oil? I will try that.

  191. I really want to try that oilcloth tutorial! Awesome! I hope it works!

  192. Amber in UT says:

    Great ideas! I will definitely try the poppers and the oil cloth.

  193. SS in NH says:

    I’m clicking on all of the links today!

  194. Sarah says:

    Love the gift tag idea. We have been using cloth bags to wrap gifts for a few years but still put disposable tags on them. Not any more!

  195. Jenn in GA says:

    I might be making some oilcloth – I had no idea it is so simple!

  196. Sarah in OH says:

    Those felt gift tags are now on my to-do list!

  197. Cheisti in MI says:

    Great sewing ideas! Love the bowl covers!

  198. Karen in Indiana says:

    Making oilcloth sounds so intriguing. Will have to try that one!

  199. Margo in WA says:

    A set of zippy pouches would make a great gift! I like those felt gift tags as well, I haven’t seen that before and they are very cute.

  200. Robynn in CA says:

    Great ideas>

  201. jenny in IN says:

    genius advent calender!

  202. Tamie says:

    I’m really going to learn to make those zip pouches.

  203. Deb Cameron says:

    That advent calendar is so sweet and the Linzer Torte, Sunday night dessert – yes please ;-)

  204. Catherine says:

    Off to check out the oilcloth link!

  205. Caitlyn says:

    Will definitely be making two or three of these projects!

  206. Miranda says:

    I love the napkins and placemats. Such a beautiful way to use less paper!

  207. Ramona M. from MI says:

    Who knew you could make your own oilcloth and then I can turn it into bowl covers. Love these ideas. More gift ideas everyday.

  208. Samantha in VA says:

    Zipper bags here I come!

  209. Heidi in WA says:

    Thank you for the oilcloth tutorial! I have been wanting to do this for a long time! Hooray!

  210. Lucy says:

    I’m going to make the Bon bons :)

  211. Heidi in SD says:

    Thanks for the ideas!

  212. Faith in WA says:

    I love today’s selection! The book about handmade books is adorable! Thank you for sharing these delights with us!

  213. Sonicka says:

    Oops! Forgot to add I’m in Oregon!

  214. Sonicka says:

    Thanks for the gluten free selections today!! It’s kind of rough around the holidays seeing all of the amazing treats I can’t eat! All of today’s ideas look great!

  215. Jamie B says:

    Great list! Thank you. The make your own oilcloth is interesting.

  216. Laurie in MA says:

    Wow- make my own oil cloth is a great idea.

  217. Anya says:

    Make your own oilcloth – who would have thought???

  218. Beth T. in OR says:

    We’re having a gluten-free friend as a guest next week–this dessert will be perfect. Thank you!

  219. Annie in CA says:

    I love the napkins and the zip pouches!

    Great handmade holidays so far this year!! xoxo

  220. Sara in NY says:

    Love that first book. :)

  221. Need to try those napkins!

  222. Brie says:

    I love all of these ideas!

  223. Brandi in CO says:

    I love the bowl covers. I wonder if you could make them out of homemade oil cloth?

  224. Shirley says:

    This is so much fun, thank again,

  225. Cari in CO says:

    Love the tote and bowl cover!

  226. Beth in MI says:

    There are at least three items I want to make today!

  227. Sarah in SD says:

    Bowl covers now on my to-do list for today’s nap time! Thanks for the giveaway!

  228. DebbieKL says:

    Nice! I especially like the Summertime Sewing Placemats + Napkins

  229. Taryn says:

    I always love a blog recommendation with great ideas & tutorials. Thank you!

  230. Miranda in California says:

    A great eco-friendly gift roundup!

  231. Meg from OR says:

    I love the Christmas Bon-Bons! We buy Christmas Crackers every year! What a great idea :)

  232. Love the theme for today and thank you for the wonderful ideas! Really liking the Mollie Makes book too! :o)

  233. Wendy in OH says:

    Love these ideas!

  234. Bess Bauer says:

    I need to make some bowl covers. Such a great idea.

    Thanks for the great giveaways!

  235. Melanie in AZ says:

    So much great information today! I had no idea you could make oil cloth. Wow. And while I’ve heard about fabric gift bags for years, I’ve never heard of reusable fabric gift tags. I never would have thought of that. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  236. Audrey in IL says:

    So many great ideas! I love this series!

  237. Diane says:

    Love the napkins, felt tags, and gift bags.

  238. Colleen says:

    Lots of great ideas

  239. Beth says:

    Ooohh…those front-zip pouches may be just what I’ve been looking for for quick coworker gifts!

  240. Mary Ann in SC says:

    I need a set of bowl covers for myself! Great idea.

  241. Emilyplays in WA says:

    There is something for everyone on my list in this great lineup! Thank you!

  242. Kati in FL says:

    My mom loves using cloth napkins…….I should make her more!

  243. I love all of these great ideas!

  244. Theresa says:

    The Christmas Bon Bons are super cute.

  245. Sarah in CA says:

    More ideas for handmade gifts. Too many is never enough. These are great.

  246. Maggie says:

    Please highlight that rags soaked in linseed oil are COMBUSTABLE . There was recently a large fire in my county as workmen had left linseed oil soaked rags (the oilcloth tute). Scan down to combustable http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linseed_oil .

  247. Nupur in GA says:

    I really need to make a few bowl covers for myself! Love all the ideas here.

  248. Jocelyn says:

    Great ideas. Thanks!
    Jocelyn in US

  249. elsa says:

    I always did want to know how to make oil cloth ~ thanks for the tutorial and for all the wonderful projects!

  250. Tasha in MO says:

    Ack! That bonus advent calendar is awesome!

  251. Julia Dale says:

    Fantastic again! Cloth napkins are a great handmade gift to give! My mom wraps all her gifts in cloth bags that she made…it’s adorable AND she never ever has to buy wrapping supplies!

  252. Carol P. says:

    So many of my friends have gone gluten free. That dessert looks perfect.

  253. I love the idea of making gifts throughout the year. I often make all kinds of zipper pouches but this has given me some new ideas! Thanks!

  254. Margaret Gibb from New York says:

    What lovely books

  255. Laura in NY says:

    Making your own oil cloth? What a novel idea, and such an easy project!

    Any one of those books would be perfect for gift ideas also! Who doesn’t need more seasonal sewing projects, everyone has a favorite animal, bookbinding has been on my list of crafts to learn for ages now (handmade journals for everyone!), and I’m just learning to crochet!

  256. Kim in WI says:

    I seriously have to make some of those reusable bowl covers,,,and zippy pouches always make a nice gift!!

  257. Louisa S. says:

    I like that bowl cover! Great ideas! – Louisa from NY

  258. Lara in CT says:

    I love the bowl cover! I used to use the plastic ones for a million things, but hate buying them and throwing them away so I stopped. This will be a perfect replacement.

  259. Charissa G says:

    I would love the Crochet at Play book!

  260. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the inspiration. I need to get busy!!!

  261. Kirsten says:

    Oh Man! Where to start?

  262. Kara in OR says:

    OMG Bowl covers yes!

  263. Erin Gustafson says:

    That gluten free torte looks so beautiful and rustic!

  264. Lindsay (TN) says:

    No, I can’t get enough advent calendars! Love these printables. :)

  265. Elizabeth says:

    I love that advent calendar!

  266. Vicky Myers says:

    I am a great fan of eco handmade gifts, a great round up from Theresa:)

  267. I teal lay need to make a ton of covers for our various tech devices! Also, I am loving that advent calendar printable!

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