Are you feeling that pre-Thanksgiving chill in the air? Are you thinking about when to get the holiday decorations out? You still have plenty of time to make a set of stockings or a pretty, new tree skirt with today’s tutorials.

Today’s Guest Curator:
Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics + Just a Bit Frayed

Brenda and Jason started Pink Castle Fabrics as a family business in 2011 with a “warehouse” in their home. The fabric that first filled a single bookshelf soon took over their basement! In June of this year they opened a brick and mortar location in Michigan where they also host classes. The shop is a destination when you attend Camp Stitchalot, Brenda’s regular sewing retreat.

Brenda writes, “We’ve always heard to do what you love for a living. Well, we love fabric! Japanese kawaii fabric, vintage-inspired fabric, geometric designs… You name it! We specialize in modern quilting fabrics, but we also carry flannels, apparel fabrics, and much more. So, here we are, finding the best of the best fabric out there and bringing it to you for your quilts and crafts!”

You can still join the winter Camp Stitchalot or plan for the spring camp with Kristin of Sew Mama Sew as one of your camp counselors! Head over to Pink Castle Fabrics to check out their latest new arrivals and stop by Just a Bit Frayed for more from Brenda.

Make It


Festive Christmas Tree Skirt
This Festive Christmas Tree Skirt from Jess at Sew Crafty Jess features lots of fun prints and a bias cut, striped binding.


Christmas Tree Skirt
Amanda Jean’s Christmas Tree Skirt at Crazy Mom Quilts uses lots of log cabin blocks and is fully reversible.


Easy Stockings
Make a set of Easy Stockings with Amy’s tutorial at Diary of a Quilter. These small versions are a great wrap for small gifts, and you can also enlarge Amy’s pattern for a Santa-worthy version.


Christmas Candy Tree Skirt
Jennifer at All Things Belle designed this Christmas Candy Tree Skirt for her girls’ mini-tree.


Scrappy Stockings
Here’s another stocking from Amy at Diary of a Quilter. Her Scrappy Stockings use fat quarters, and they are quick and easy to make.


Christmas Tree Pants
You can join our Christmas Tree Pants Holiday Sew-Along any time (because not all trees like to wear skirts). Monica Solorio-Snow of Happy Zombie designed the pants and hosts the sew-along here at Sew Mama Sew!


Quilted Tree Skirt
We also have another Quilted Tree Skirt option! Jacquie from Tallgrass Prairie Studio designed this pretty version and shares the PDF tutorial here at Sew Mama Sew.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Christmas tutorials, Deck the Halls tutorials here, here, here, here and here

Mix It


Thick Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies
Brenda’s Thick Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies at Just a Bit Frayed are her version of a popular scouting cookie. She writes, “Instead of thin and crispy, these are thick and chewy!”

Print It


Christmas Gift Tags
Chantilly at My Girl Thursday used vintage illustrations on her Christmas Gift Tags.

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.

Sunday Morning Quilts—Eco Pouch Set
(US Winners Only)

Author: Designs by Cheryl Arkison, Amanda Jean Nyberg
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Stow your stuff in these colorful zippered Eco Pouches and stay organized everywhere you go. Pouches are made of recycled plastic that is tough enough to handle even sharp quilting, sewing and art tools. (They are also great for pens, jewelry, cosmetics, and all your other must-haves!) Each pouch features quilt details from best-selling designers Amanda Jean Nyberg and Cheryl Arkison’s Sunday Morning Quilts.

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.

The Finer Edge: Crocheted Trims Motifs & Borders
(US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin Omdahl
Publisher: Interweave

While crochet edgings are customarily used to trim or finish blankets and garments, designer Kristin Omdahl treats you to both traditional and novel new ways to expand your use of edgings. You will learn how edging patterns can be used to create entire fabrics, reformatted to make individual decorative motifs, reverse-engineered from existing fabrics, and even used to create three-dimensional designs. Focusing on construction techniques for edgings, The Finer Edge is divided into separate sections based on top-down, sideways and bottom-up methods to help guide the reader. Though there are 12 project patterns that highlight the edgings, you’ll be inspired to creatively mix and match within each edging’s section. Also included in this gorgeous book are charts, illustrations and photographs of crochet swatches, and a pattern collection that includes multiple sizes, including plus sizes. Discover innovation at its finest with The Finer Edge.

The Unofficial Downton Abbey Knits
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

Take a look at knitting through the eyes of Downton Abbey with this new special issue from the editors of PieceWork magazine. Enjoy 26 knitting patterns inspired by the lavish sets and styling of the hugely popular television series, which tells the story of the Grantham clan and their servants at England’s Downton Abbey. Projects include knitted lace cardigans, socks, knitting for the troops and more!

Simple Sewing: 30 Fast and Easy Projects for Beginners
(US Winners Only)

Author: Katie Lewis
Publisher: Cedar Fort

Unleash your creativity and become the successful do-it-yourself sewer you’ve always wanted to be! Using the tips, techniques, and 30 assorted sewing projects in this guide, you’ll be able to create custom household items and gifts in no time. From baby bibs and tote bags to Christmas decorations and children’s toys, every project in this book will build your sewing skills while adding a tasteful handmade touch to your home.

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 20: Gifts for College Kids
November 19: Gifts for Men
November 18: Gifts for People Who Sew
November 17: Accessories
November 16: Gifts for Grandparents
November 15: Holiday Fun
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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