Are you ready to decorate your home for the season? Now that you have stockings, a tree skirt and your Snowflake Pillows, you can sew some more fun for the holidays with these festive ideas from Elisa.

Here are some more tutorials to help you Deck the Halls: Christmas tutorials, 2012 Deck the Halls tutorials here, here, here, here and here.

Today’s Guest Curator: Elisa from Charming Doodle

Elisa developed a passion for sewing unique clothing for her children. She shares her sewing and DIY adventures at Charming Doodle, where she shares tutorials, projects around her lovely home and more. Elisa loves celebrating the holidays with her husband and four children, and has had her tree up for a few weeks already!

Elisa has started a new line of PDF sewing patterns. She believes that PDF sewing patterns should be fun to sew and beautiful to look at as you complete your project. Her patterns are exactly that… Fun, easy and charming.

Make It


Fabric Deer Head
Elisa shows you how to make a Fabric Deer Head (with a Rudolph version too) at Charming Doodle.


Retro Fabric Christmas Lights
Erin from Lemon Tree Creations and Our Family Four shows you how to make these fun, Retro Fabric Christmas Lights at Kojodesigns.


Burlap + Lace Tree Skirt
Christina’s Burlap + Lace Tree Skirt at The Frugal Homemaker can be sewn or there are no-sew tips too.


Holiday Tags
We love Amy’s version of these Holiday Tags at Nana Company (with a corresponding, step-by-step tutorial at Pretty By Hand; see link in post).


Sweater Pillows
Make some cozy Sweater Pillows for the winter ahead with Megan’s tutorial at Brassy Apple.


Quilt Square Ornament
Palak wasn’t totally happy with her Cathedral Window Quilt Square Ornament at Make It Handmade but we like this idea of turning tiny quilt blocks into special ornaments. We’ll have more ornaments to share with you tomorrow!


Christmas Tree Table Runner
Our Christmas Tree Table Runner from Christen of Love By Hand here at Sew Mama Sew is a fun and easy design.

Mix It


Chocolate Peppermint Moon Pies
Alissa’s Chocolate Peppermint Moon Pies via Rags to Stitches continue our pepperminty-theme in the last few days! Alissa writes that they’re quite easy to make and, of course, they’re super-delicious.

Print It


Christmas Bingo
Michelle printed her Christmas Bingo game at The Scrap Shoppe onto fabric so she can bring them out year after year.

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.

Quilting Happiness: Projects, Inspiration, and Ideas to Make Quilting More Joyful
(US Winners Only)

Author: Diane Gilleland, Christina Lane
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Is it the finished quilt itself, or the experiences you had while making it? Do you find more joy in designing a beautiful pattern or in improvising as you go? Are you happiest when making quilts for yourself or for others? Whether it is delighting in the colors and textures of your materials to the sweet satisfaction of curling up under a handmade quilt, quilting holds infinite possibilities for exploring the many joys of creativity.

Mollie Makes Crochet: 20+ Cute Projects for the Home Plus Handy Tips and Tricks
(US Winners Only)

Publisher: Interweave

Crochet is big fashion news, and is becoming more and more popular among young crafters. This adorable new book from the team behind Mollie Makes is all one needs to learn how to crochet. Aimed at complete beginners, it’s also perfect for those who have completed their first projects and are looking to move on. A selection of more than 20 contemporary projects from an international range of crochet experts offers a variety of projects. Some are quick and easy, others are more time and labor-intensive but well worth the effort. A section at the back of the book clearly explains the basics of crochet with step-by-step illustrations. The book includes ideas for using crocheted pieces around the home: as accessories in themselves and to embellish existing items as trims and more. Projects include blankets and afghans; cushions; kitchen items such as placemats, crochet-trimmed napkins, potholders, and coasters; and toys and gifts.

Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go
(International Shipping)

Author: Laura Wilson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Why make an ordinary stuffed toy when you can sew irresistible creations that flip, zip, snap, stack and move? Filled with wit, humor and inventiveness, these delightful interactive playthings sometimes literally turn your expectations inside out. Page after page of clever projects include a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly, a vampire who becomes a bat, and ordinary dolls that transform into superheroes! Or stitch a pretty bird that perches on your shoulder, bunnies that bounce, a car with spinning wheels and other amazing toys.

Stuffed Animals
(International Shipping)

Author: Abigail Patner Glassenberg
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Are you ready for a soft toy book that goes beyond the basics? Here, for the first time in decades, is a comprehensive reference that shows how to sew heirloom-quality stuffed animals, including a classic Teddy bear. Each of the 16 projects contains two-to-five lessons that teach such skills as needle sculpting, designing “cupped” ears, and making muzzles, snouts and beaks.

Stylish Dress Book: Wear with Freedom
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Yoshiko Tsukiori
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Japanese style has long been admired for its grace and artistry. Add to that a sense of fun, and you have the Stylish Dress Book. Complete with stunning full-color photos, this book gives you instructions and pull-out patterns for 26 relaxed and comfortable yet elegant dresses and tops— pretty, timeless pieces that can be worn year after year, by women of all ages and sizes. The detailed diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions take you step-by-step from layout to finished garment. The no-rules looks pictured in this book are perfect for today’s carefree fashion sensibility and will inspire you to have fun with fabric and 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 21: Stockings + Tree Skirts
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

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