Today’s gifts are for the girls! These ideas are for your friends who check in, listen, laugh right along with you, hold you up when you’re down… Give something little (or big!) in appreciation of your friendship.

(Psst: Today’s the last day to comment to enter the Ann Kelle fabric giveaway, and don’t miss Mo’s giveaway link in her intro below.)

Today’s Guest Curator: Mo Bedell

Mo Bedell is an accomplished fabric designer and sewist. Have you sewn with Full Moon Lagoon? She’s exactly who you want as a friend… Funny, sweet, talented and kind. Today Mo is giving away fabric from her new Hothouse Flowers collection  on her blog! Mo has joined us on the blog before with some great tutorials like this Lego Tote and the Summer Reading Library Book Bag; both of these projects would make great gifts this holiday season. Have fun with all of today’s great tutorials, printables and recipes, and be sure to head over to Mo’s blog for lots of great projects and inspiration.

Make It


Fabric Portfolio + Notepad Holder
Lindsay’s Fabric Portfolio + Notepad Holder at The Cottage Mama is beautiful and practical.


Bridesmaid Kits from Menswear
These Bridesmaid Kits from Menswear by Alexis for Oh Happy Day are quick and easy to make! Mo writes, “I can’t wait to make these and put glittery nail polish and candy in them for my girlfriends!”


Wood Handle Handbag
Learn how to sew a Wood Handle Handbag with Destri at The Mother Huddle.


Dachshund Pencil Cases
Mo is making these fun Dachshund Pencil Cases by Jessica of Me Sew Crazy for WeAllSew as gifts for her friends.


Tea Time Trivet
Mo is also already hard at work on these Tea Time Trivets by Rashida of i heart linen for Art Gallery Fabrics!


Beginner Sewing Kits
These Beginner Sewing Kits from Maggie at Smashed Peas and Carrots are so sweet and practical!


Lipstick Case
Make a Lipstick Case (then add some lip gloss!) with this tutorial from Destri at The Mother Huddle.


Hexagon Table Runner
Cintia’s beautiful Hexagon Table Runner at My Poppet would be a really special gift for a good friend.


Sewing Tool Organizer
Do you have crafty friends? They might love this Sewing Tool Organizer from Audrey at Hot Pink Quilts.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Girlfriends, Gifts for Friends + Neighbors, Accessories

Mix It


Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix
Cassie’s Vegetarian Five Bean Soup Mix at Back To Her Roots is great for holiday gifts. Mo writes, “Someone gave us one of these last year and in the midst of all the cookies it was like a breath of fresh not-so-fatty and unhealthy air!”


Salty Caramel Sauce
Jen’s Salty Caramel Sauce at BettyCrockerAss also makes a great gift! Mo adds, “Oh my goodness! It’s ridiculously good and it wouldn’t be Christmas without it!”

Print It


Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs Gift Tags
Add a little humor to your gifts with the Peace, Love and Reindeer Hugs Gift Tags from Amy at Eat Drink Chic.


Monogram Gift Tags
We love these cheery Monogram Gift Tags at Sarah Hearts.


Paper Wheel Candy Greetings
These Paper Wheel Candy Greetings by Amy for Oh Happy Day are lots of fun!

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.

Win a 10 spool thread collection by Alison Glass from Aurifil, part of their wide variety of quality thread collections!

The Unofficial Harry Potter Knits Magazine 2013
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

From the editors of the popular special issue Jane Austen Knits comes a brand new literary inspired magazine that will take you into a magical world of knitting. Enter a world filled with transformative knits, empowering mythology and classic garments in this collection of 30+ knitting patterns inspired by the beloved characters, stories and worlds of J.K. Rowling’s popular novels.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects
(US Winners Only)

Author: Jackie Huang
Publisher: Chronicle Books

You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren’t mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.

Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques
(US Winners Only)

Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: STC Craft

Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch is a passionate home seamstress, a sought-after sewing teacher and the creator of one of the web’s most popular sewing blogs: Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing. The blog began as a way for readers to follow Hirsch’s progress as she stitched all 14 fashions from the iconic 1950s sewing book Vogue’s New Book for Better Sewing (a Julie & Julia–esque experiment for the modern sewist). It quickly became a place for Hirsch to share tutorials and lively posts about sewing as it relates to fashion history, pop culture, body image and gender. An extension of the blog, Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing is a hardworking reference title packed with lessons on couture techniques and customization, as well as an inimitable pattern collection featuring 25 wardrobe essentials and variations inspired by vintage fashion and Gertie’s spirited, modern style.

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 11: Gifts for Boys
November 10: Eco-Friendly Gifts
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

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