Decorate, play in the snow, bake some cookies and get into the holiday spirit with Melissa’s Holiday Fun ideas.

Saturday is the last day to enter our Week #2 Handmade Holidays giveaways, so be sure to comment on every post for your chance to win!

Today’s Guest Curator: Melissa from Happy Quilting

Melissa from Happy Quilting started quilting about 12 years ago. She asked her mother to teach her the basics so she would have something to do in the evenings while her husband was studying for school; once Melissa started sewing there was no going back! In 2010 Melissa discovered the “online” world of quilting, created her Happy Quilting blog and her quilting hobby became a passion.

Melissa loves to share her daily quilting adventures, lots of lots of free tutorials, guest blogging events, on-line quilting challenges, Quilt-A-Longs and more. Her work has been published in McCalls and Quiltmaker many times, and her designs have been published in two quilting compilation books, Sweet Celebrations and Modern Baby. Melissa began publishing her own patterns in 2012 and now has 10 patterns available in her Happy Quilting pattern line. Learn more about Melissa and her sewing at Happy Quilting!

Make It


Perfect Ruffly Apron
Bake Holiday Cookies: This Perfect Ruffly Apron from Caroline of Sew Caroline for Skip To My Lou would add fun to any holiday cookie baking session. It would also make a lovely gift!


Gnome Stocking Cap
Play in the Snow: Head outside with this cozy crochet Gnome Stocking Cap from Charlotte at Salutations! Crochet. Wear it as you sled, deliver cookies to the neighbors or walk in the woods.


Warm Woolen Mittens
Play in the Snow: Here’s another repurposed mitten tutorial, though this one includes a soft fleece lining. Learn how to make Warm Woolen Mittens for the whole family with Nat at Doodlecraft.


Burlap Ruffle Tree Skirt, Stocking + Wreath
Decorate for the Season: Lindsey shows you how to make your own Burlap Ruffle Tree Skirt, Stocking + Wreath in her “epic” burlap ruffle post at To a T! The result is pretty and sophisticated.


Folded Paperback Book Christmas Trees
Decorate for the Season: Continue the sophisticated look with Diane’s Folded Paperback Book Christmas Trees at An Extraordinary Day.


Felt Pocket Christmas Advent Calendar
Build Up the Excitement: Get the kids in on preparing for the season and have them help with this easy Felt Pocket Christmas Advent Calendar from Ros at Sew Delicious.

Melissa has several great Christmas tutorials including the Christmas Traditions Advent Calendar and Holiday Oven Mitt. More tutorials you might enjoy: Advent Calendars, Christmas tutorials, Deck the Halls tutorials here, here, here, here and here.

Mix It


Yule Log
Make your own Yule Log via Anna’s recipe at Ask Anna. Anna shares the history of this special dessert in the post.


Chocolate Peppermint Trifle
Angie’s Chocolate Peppermint Trifle at Eclectic Recipes is another special dessert for the holiday season. (Trifles are her father-in-law’s holiday faorite!)

Print It


Christmas Street Advent Calendar
We had to share just one more calendar! This Christmas Street Advent Calendar at Mr. Printables is so much fun. Olive writes, “They make cute decorations or play sets. Display them neatly in one long line along a wall or shelf, create your own little village, hang them on the tree or scatter them around the house!”

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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Knitting Outside the Swatch: 40 Modern Motifs
(US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin Omdahl
Publisher: Interweave

Explore a new approach to knitting. Create and shape garments with joined motifs for outside-the-box knitting! Knitting Outside the Swatch is an exploration of nontraditional construction techniques for creating and joining flowers, motifs and various geometric knitted shapes to create inventive and dimensional knitted fabrics. Kristin Omdahl presents a library of 40 original and innovative knit stitch motifs and shows how joining one or more motifs can create trims or whole fabrics. She demonstrates methods for center-out, top-down and side-to-side construction. Enjoy 10 project patterns including shawls, cowls, scarves and sweaters. Kristin illustrates how to interchange various motifs in these patterns, how to integrate these motifs into the body of a garment, and how to decorate or embellish other knitwear by using motifs as edgings, bands, cuffs and more. Think outside the box with this must-have knitting book!

Skirt-a-Day Sewing: Create 28 Skirts for a Unique Look Every Day
(US Winners Only)

Author: Nicole Smith
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Design a skirt for every day of the week! With these 28 irresistible projects, you’ll learn all the techniques you need to custom-design and sew fabulous skirts that fit you perfectly. Smith shows you how to draft a pattern for a custom fit and then alter that pattern into one of four basic silhouettes: wrap, straight, flared and high-waisted. Each skirt can then be easily redesigned into seven distinct and delicious looks– one for each day of the week. These projects are suitable for sewists at every level, including beginners.

1, 2, 3 Quilt: Shape Up Your Skills with 24 Stylish Projects
(US Winners Only)

Author: Ellen Luckett Baker
Publisher: Chronicle Books

In this follow-up to 1, 2, 3 Sew, expert seamstress and craft blogger Ellen Luckett Baker shares her fun building-block approach to quilting. Organized by quilting shapes— squares, triangles, hexagons, circles, flowers, stars and diamonds— this easy-to-follow guide provides a simple way to master the elements of quilt design. Twenty-four projects progress in difficulty, allowing readers to develop technical skills as they work through the book. From the minimal Argyle Apron to the stylish Hexagon Handbag and more intricate Star Quilt, these modern, bright designs will appeal to beginning and intermediate quilters alike.

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. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 14: Repurposed/Upcycled Gifts
November 13: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 12: Gifts for Girlfriends
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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