This is a great time to start an Advent calendar. You still have lots of days before December to get it done!

Remember, today is the last day to enter all of our giveaways for the first week of Handmade Holidays. Don’t forget to comment on each post to win. There’s also the Ann Kelle fabric giveaway!


Today’s Guest Curator: Amy from Dragonfly Fabrics

Dragonfly Fabrics is an online fabric shop full of fabulous designer prints, minky bubble dot fabrics and sewing patterns. Don’t forget to check out the Dragonfly Fabrics blog where you will find fun projects and tutorials using fabrics from the shop!

Some of the many popular collections at Dragonfly Fabrics include the playful Sidewalks fabric collection and the pretty Pippa fabric collection. Amy of Dragonfly Fabrics has a great eye for fabric, and she’s planning ahead for Advent calendars so you can too! Enjoy.

Make It


Quilted Wall Hanging Advent Calendar
This Quilted Wall Hanging Advent Calendar from Amy at Dragonfly Fabrics lets kids hang a new ornament each day from a button on the “tree.”


Pocket Advent Calendar
This Pocket Advent Calendar from Kim at Lucy Jane incorporates burlap and lots of little pockets for holiday surprises.


Drawstring Bag Advent Calendar
You can find the fabric Ashlee used for her Drawstring Bag Advent Calendar at Spoonflower, or you can use different fabrics too. Find the tutorial at My So Called Crafty Life (Spoonflower link in the post).


Mini Advent Calendar
Jane’s Mini Advent Calendar at Quilt Jane is small enough to fit on a Christmas tree!


Reusable Advent Calendar
This Reusable Advent Calendar from Gabrielle at Design Mom is a quick, easy and sophisticated option.


Quilted Advent Calendar
We also wanted to remind you about some of the Advent calendars we have here at Sew Mama Sew, like this beautiful Quilted Advent Calendar from Elizabeth of Oh, Fransson! (with pockets for goodies).


In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar
This Sew Mama Sew Advent calendar is from Linda of Craft Apple. You can follow the In a Pear Tree Advent Calendar sew along any time!

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

Mix It


Orange Cranberry Nut Bread
More cranberries today! Nici at Posed Perfection writes that baking this Orange Cranberry Nut Bread fills your house with a “wonderful Christmas aroma!”


Sticky Buns
These Sticky Buns at All Things Thrifty are a 30-year-plus holiday tradition in Brooke’s family!

Print It


Advent Calendar Printable
This Advent Calendar Printable from Jennifer tells the nativity story. Jennifer has lots of party plans to help busy parents throw homemade birthday parties for their kids at Double the Fun Parties.

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.

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.

Beyond Knit & Purl
(International Shipping)

Author: Kate Atherley
Publisher: Cooperative Press

Beyond Knit and Purl is the knitting book you always wished you’d had when you started but didn’t. This book is not just for beginning knitters. Even those who’ve been knitting for years will have an astonishing number of “ah-ha!” moments inside its pages. As a technical editor and, more importantly, as a teacher, Kate knows where knitters hit roadblocks and how to overcome them; she shares her many years of experience in Beyond Knit and Purl. Confused about increases or decreases? What’s ease? If you’ve only knitted dishcloths, are you ready to move on to socks or should you try something else first? What does “decrease stitches evenly across” actually mean in practice? Do you need some Dirty Secrets or Knitterly Advice? (There are plenty of both scattered throughout the book’s pages). Or do you need some help choosing the right pattern for you? This and much, much more are in the book.

Sewing School 2
(US Winners Only)

Authors: Amie Petronis Plumley, Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

For kids who have mastered hand sewing, machine sewing opens up exciting new possibilities! With Sewing School 2, children ages 7 and up can make 20 creative projects as they develop their machine sewing skills. With plenty of photos and step-by-step instructions written in kid-friendly language, young sewists can work independently and at their own pace. While creating projects that range from a secret message pillow and a water bottle holder to wall pockets, a zippy pouch, and even a fabric guitar and microphone, beginners will learn how to thread a sewing machine, how to use different fabrics and patterns, and why and when to use a particular stitch. “Make It Yours” suggestions offer ways for kids to personalize their projects, resulting in unique items that will be loved and treasured for years to come.

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 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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