Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Eco-Friendly Gifts + Wrap

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Use natural inspiration and a little repurposing know-how to make your holiday season more eco-friendly!

Today’s Guest Curator: Sally from Make It Yourself, Do It Yourself

Sally is the sewing lead on the Make It Yourself, Do It Yourself blog. After a city career, she now lives on a small farm in Kent, U.K. with her family, chickens and alpacas. Her mum taught her to sew as a child in New Zealand and she’s been sewing ever since. Sally loves the resurgence of interest in sewing and she also loves having time to teach kids and adults to sew. MIY, DIY is a great site for beginner and advanced sewing inspiration for all age groups, especially if you’re a countrywoman at heart. It’s also a good resource if you have kids or teenagers who want to learn with age-appropriate projects. Sally is sure these ideas will help you find a healthy, natural and/or repurposed gift to make this holiday season!

Make It

Mittens from Sweaters
Beth’s Mittens from Sweaters pattern at The Renegade Seamstress is brilliant! Make a pair for everyone you know. This is an excellent way to give new life to a favorite old sweater.

Orange Pomanders
Sally shows you how easy it is to create traditional Orange Pomanders at Make It Yourself, Do It Yourself. These are a sweet hostess gift!

Burlap Christmas Pillows
Melissa’s Burlap Christmas Pillows at 2IY are thrifty and festive.

How To Wrap Gifts With Fabric
Joy shows you How To Wrap Gifts With Fabric beautifully and simply at Frock Files.

Natural Christmas Wreaths
Find everything you need to make these Natural Christmas Wreaths on your next walk after a stormy night, via Sally at Make It Yourself, Do It Yourself.

Repurposed Wine Bags
Kelly made her Repurposed Wine Bags from old jeans at My Soulful Home, but the technique works with any fabric. Give wrapping they can re-use!

Natural Gift Wrap Ideas
For more Natural Gift Wrap Ideas check out this lovely selection from Laura at Artifact Uprising.

Nude Food Sandwich Wrappers
Marisa from thirtynine recently showed us how to make these fabulous Nude Food Sandwich Wrappers at Sew Mama Sew. A set of these makes a great gift for a family or co-worker!

You also don’t want to miss our Favorite Lunch Bags.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Quilted Lunch Tote, Quilted Tote Bag (From Any Quilt Block), Eco-Friendly Gifts, Gifts for the Eco-Conscious

Mix It

Homemade Gingerbread Gift Tags + Garlands
The Homemade Gingerbread Gift Tags + Garlands from Bethan at Decorator’s Notebook will be admired, then devoured! This is a happy way to wrap and decorate.

Print It

Gift Labels
Lia Griffith’s beautiful Gift Labels are perfect for any sweet treats you’ll deliver this season.

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 publishing companies that contribute prizes.

Carefree Clothes for Girls
(US-only shipping.)

Author: UONCA
Publisher: Roost Books

Ruffles, buttons, and lace are the perfect ingredients for little girls’ clothes; add some unfinished hems and plenty of room to run and play, and you have garments full of fanciful charm and practical playfulness. The twenty patterns in this book—from simple dresses with ruffled sleeves to blouses with crocheted lace and pants with sewn-on legwarmers—are of simple construction, yet full of the personality and details that little girls love.

With beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instruction, and detailed diagrams, this book offers a treasure trove of whimsical outfits for girls ages four to seven. Full-size patterns are included in four sizes so that you can make the perfect fit.

Make the projects in this book and add a little bit of carefree style to your child’s life.

Pincushion Appeal: Patterns for Pincushions to Make You Smile
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Cecile McPeak + Rachel Martin
Publisher: Martingale

From the creative minds behind Just Another Button Company, this book features unique and irresistible pincushion patterns. Find step-by-step instructions and lots of inspiration at a terrific value.

  • Choose from eight wonderfully whimsical pincushions and create a handmade work of art that has lasting charm.
  • Learn clever ways to embellish using buttons, felted wool, embroidery floss, yarn, and other craft materials.
  • Enjoy artistic projects that are quick, easy to create, and great for gifts.

Sewing School: 21 Sewing Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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Author: Amie Petronis Plumley + Andria Lisle
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Authors Amie Plumley and Andria Lisle teach a children’s sewing camp that delights kids and parents every year. Now, they have put their experience to work in creating this lively, how-to-sew book for ages five and up. Featuring 21 inspired projects, Sewing School shows kids how to create fabric masterpieces with minimal supervision. All projects have been kid-tested, and most can be made using simple hand stitches—no sewing machine required. Projects include pillows, dolls, blankets, wallets, totes, coasters, pot holders, sleep masks, mats, and more; each project features step-by-step instructions written at a second-grade comprehension level, a close-up photo of every step, and a photo of the finished project. The book includes full-sized cut-out patterns in a front pocket. Sewing School will have your kids in stitches!

Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples: Motifs
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave

More and more sewists and quilters are adding embroidered details to their work. While there are a bevy of embroidery stitch dictionaries currently available, this book goes beyond basic embroidery stitches to full-fashioned designs. A collection of 123 embroidered motifs that incorporate beads, this book allows readers to create designs that range from beautiful to whimsical.

Motifs vary in range from elegantly simple single motifs, to complex all-over patterns, to 3-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions are numerous examples of how to use and place the motifs on hems, pockets, cuffs, collars and handbags; or as home décor trim on pillows, curtains or lampshades. Patterns emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books.

Sewing For a Royal Baby
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Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Sewing for a Royal Baby will let new mothers and grandmothers create a royal wardrobe for their new little one using the complete patterns and instructions provided with the book. These aren’t just any children’s garments, but elegant designs featuring heirloom sewing techniques. Some, like the Royal Christening Gown or a suit worn by a young Prince William, are inspired by actual royal attire, while others have been selected from past issues of Sew Beautiful magazine for their majestic style.

From bonnets and booties to breathtaking christening gowns and sweet toddler looks, Sewing for the Royal Baby lets the sewists create a wardrobe fit for a little prince or princess using a variety of machine and heirloom sewing techniques.

The Handmade Marketplace, 2nd Edition
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Kari Chapin Nixon
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Since its original publication in 2010, Kari Chapin’s The Handmade Marketplace has inspired thousands of crafters around the world to find the courage and know-how they need to make money — and even to make a full-time living — from doing what they love best. Now, this best-selling guide has been completely revised and updated to include solid information on the latest on-line and social media opportunities for sales and marketing, as well as fresh advice and invaluable tips from successful crafters and artists. With Kari Chapin at your side, you can live a more creative life and enjoy a lucrative career at the same time.

Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Akiko Mano
Publisher: Roost Books

Sew the perfect mix-and-match wardrobe for your little girl. From girly dresses to menswear-inspired outfits, the twenty-one sewing projects in this book offer classic styles for dresses, tops, pants, and accessories for girls. This collection of coordinated separates will make the perfect addition to your child’s wardrobe. Customize each piece to suit the season or the recipient—simply choose the basic colors and versatile fabrics to make clothes that will grow with your child. With an emphasis on natural fabrics, these garments are designed to feel good, look good, and to last.

Full of beautiful photographs, clear step-by-step instructions, detailed diagrams, and full-size pattern sheets for sizes four to seven, this book will guide both new and experienced sewers in making clothes sure to charm the girls in their lives.

Sewing Deal of the Day

Delight someone you love at Christmas with handmade fabric from Guatemala. Use coupon code sewguatemala for 15% off your purchase. Check out all the beautiful hand woven Guatemalan fabrics at Spanglish Fabrics or on Facebook.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2013 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:

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

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240 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 15: Eco-Friendly Gifts + Wrap

  1. Tina in MT says:

    cute mittens

  2. Jeanette in Australia says:

    I particularly like the gingerbread gift cards and the fabric wraps – wonderful ideas and very inspirational.

  3. Mhairi (Aust) says:

    Lots of lovely ideas, I love the nude sandwich wrapper.

  4. Anna in OH says:

    I like those food wrappers!

  5. Donna says:

    I forgot the state- FL

  6. Donna says:

    So many great ideas! Thank you!

  7. Mittens! Great idea.

  8. going to dig through my stash to make the nudie sandwich bags

  9. Whitney M in SC says:

    love these wrapping ideas. That’s one of my favorite parts!

  10. So many great ideas. Thank you for sharing and also thanks for the chance.

  11. SamRI says:

    I love all these ideas!

  12. Katy says:

    I am going to make those mittens!!

  13. Judy in OR says:

    Great ideas especially for wrapping gifts.

  14. Judi B in VA says:

    Gingerbread garland and gift tags sound like fun with the kiddos!

  15. Darcy in MA says:

    Love the gingerbread gift tags!

  16. Lorinda in WA says:

    Great ideas! The fabric as gift wrap is so pretty.

  17. Liz in WA says:

    Those sandwich wrappers look fun, but I tend to make juicy sandwiches, so not sure how they’d do. A new lunch bag, on the other hand, is something I do need to make for me and my husband!

    And wine wrappers from pant legs? Awesome!

  18. You’re welcome Kelly! As you can see by the comments, loads of people think they’re fabulous. I’ll be knocking a few up myself for my handmade damson vodka 😉

  19. Kristen says:

    I definitely need to work on adding more appeal to my wrapped gifts -what great ideas!

  20. Thank you Lisa!

  21. Thank you Jan!

  22. We’re loving the labels too Erin! So fab that you can put you own text in and print it. They will look amazing on my damson vodka!

  23. You’re so right Shannon! Definitely worth having a couple extra on standby too.

  24. Thank you Baye – Great to meet you too!

  25. Thank you Liz! I make some for home and a few extras for friends, neighbours and teachers. A naturally fabulous way to fragrance your home.

  26. Java Jane NC says:

    Those denim wine bags are darn clever.

  27. Great ideas!

  28. Connie J in CO says:

    Smittens have been on my todo list! They are so cute!

  29. Cristine in tx says:

    That fabric gift wrap is too adorable! It’d be neat to stamp your own if you’re giving it to a fellow sewer.

  30. sarah in nd says:

    love the Mittens from Sweaters

  31. Anna Gerard says:

    So many good ones in this list. Thank you!

  32. We make our own wreaths each year! It’s so much fun

  33. Bridget says:

    I love this post! I was given a pair of sweater mittens last year and have been wanting a new pair – now I know how to do it! I’m also making this the year of the pillow – can’t wait to use some of my burlap. Great post!

  34. Angie in LA says:

    Love the mittens idea and the nude sandwich wrappers

  35. Stephanie o says:

    love these! Mittens, sandwich bags, gift bags are going on my list

  36. Sarah in PA says:

    The sweater into mittens is a wonderful idea!

  37. Michelle M says:

    Those Repurposed Wine Bags are super cute!

  38. Jo says:

    Pinned those pretty printables for sure!

  39. Erika in MA says:

    Lots of great ideas!

  40. Kate says:

    Those cookie gift tags are adorable!

  41. Sara in MA says:

    Always love new ideas on reusable wrapping paper!

  42. I love the mittens from sweaters! And the burlap pillows too!

  43. Liz T. says:

    Great ideas! Love the pomanders.

  44. Ellsie says:

    As a family we make re-usable cloth gift bags for Christmas and birthdays. From extra-large (for quilts/sleeping bags/turkey fry buckets to extra-small for toothpaste/ 5 kisses/ or the traditional quarter.
    The mittens are great. Lost my pattern. First pair I made was big enough for a man!

  45. Jayne - Tennessee says:

    Fabulous ideas! I’m always looking for great ways to wrap…especially for my sewing friends!

  46. Caitlin says:

    i like to use drawstring fabric bags to wrap larger presents.

  47. Jess says:

    I love those mittens, it’d be a lot faster than knitting them for all my kiddos!!


  48. Heather in VT says:

    I love these eco-friendly gift ideas. Those mittens are especially cute.

  49. Prachi in WA says:

    Love the gingerbread tags.

  50. Deidre (Canada) says:

    Thanks for such great ideas — those mittens will be great stocking stuffers!

  51. Miranda in MN says:

    Yay! Mittens!

  52. Mandi in MO says:

    I need to make the burlap Christmas pilows.

  53. Shannon in WA says:

    Pomanders make great teacher gifts

  54. deborah in az says:

    ohhhh nude food sandwich wraps – awesome for my daughter in kindergarten!

    i would LOVE to win the carefree clothes for girls or linen, cotton kids clothes books.

    awesome curation, thank you!

  55. Anna (64colorbox) in FL says:

    Those mittens look lovely!

  56. Julianne Ross says:

    I love these SO much.

  57. Barbara P in OR says:

    Always looking for fun repurposing ideas. Thanks so much.

  58. Annette TX says:

    I love this selection of tutorials.

  59. Sarah J. in OH says:

    I love the gingerbread tags– so cute! I also have the perfect sweater waiting to be turned into mittens- thanks for finding me the info on how to do it!

  60. jen c in CA says:

    Great ideas!

  61. Lee in Mi says:

    Great ideas! Especially love the mittens!

  62. Erica says:

    Love the gingerbread tag idea!

    -Erica from MA

  63. Toni says:

    Darling gingerbread gift tags!

  64. Margo in WA says:

    Great ideas! That wreath is very pretty.

  65. Shannon P says:

    The mittens look so cozy!

  66. Carmen N says:

    Love the Homemade Gingerbread Gift Tags

  67. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I love the mitten idea. I’m going to have to try this. Also the ways to recycle jeans and other ideas are great. Thank you for sharing.

  68. Karen A in PA says:

    I love the mittens and the Christmas wreath. Oh, and the labels are pretty cute too.

  69. Deanne in NC says:

    Great ideas for the holidays.

  70. Jessie from NM says:

    Wrapping in Fabric is my favorite way to wrap. I have so much of it! Sometimes the kids get to go to the fabric store and pick their own and I get 2 yards for wrapping their gifts with. No tags required!

  71. Michelle Smith in Michigan says:

    I like all the wrapping ideas! I really like the link for repurposing sweaters into mittens.

    Michelle Smith in Michigan

  72. Audrey says:

    Just yesterday my daughter asked me if I had ever made mittens from old sweaters. She was trying it for the first time. I have never done this as I spend a great deal of my free time knitting mittens and socks of all kinds. I will have to give it a try and pass the link on to my daughter. Thanks for sharing.

  73. Jolien says:

    Love the winebag & the sweater mittens. Thanks!

  74. Beth in VA says:

    Cute wine bottle wrapping!

  75. Laurie in CO says:

    These ideas are so fun- the mittens are especially sweet.

  76. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the repurposed wine bags.

  77. Sue in VA says:

    I love this series. There’s so much I want to make.

  78. Molly in TN says:

    Love these ideas! I’ve been using fabric as gift wrap for several years but my gifts never look this pretty. I’m definitely going to use some of these tips!

  79. Emilyplays in WA says:

    Love fabric as gift wrap. I also use dish towels/tea towels cuz not everyone would appreciate my fabric 🙂

  80. Kristin F. in SC says:

    Love the orange pomanders!

  81. Eileen from WI says:

    Great ideas!! I have the materials to do these!

  82. Whitner in AL says:

    Totally using the fabric as gift wrap idea. What a pretty tree that will make!

  83. Cassandra in Ohio says:

    The re useable sandwich wrappers would be very useful!

  84. Cheri says:

    By the way, I am in California!

  85. Cheri says:

    Sewing School for kids book… that’d be the perfect gift for my 8 year old grand daughter. I taught her to sew and she made a small doll quilt and a lap quilt for herself and loves to sew, but her mom doesn’t sew and I am to far away to do much good. At second grade level reading, she’d be perfect for reading and doing it herself. I would get her a sewing machine for christmas and she could teach herself (with my help on Skype!) like I did (without Skype!) I also picked a few of the projects to do myself!

  86. Erika (CA) says:

    I love the mittens idea 🙂 Can’t wait for all the new ideas

  87. Isabelle in Canada says:

    I would love to win. My family wraps gifts in fabric all the time.

  88. Ellee in CA says:

    Oops! I forgot to list my state on my comment — I’m in California.

  89. Ellee says:

    What clever ideas you’ve listed. I want to try out every one of them for sure!

  90. Amanda says:

    Oh such gorgeous prizes, I’m sorry that I don’t live in the US because some of those books look super – but never mind, I am a ‘Pincushion Appeal’ person and just love making different pincushions, they make lovely Christmas gifts as well!
    Thanks for the opportunity and thank you for such brilliant Christmas ideas. God bless xx

  91. Rena Pearson says:

    Love this time of year on SewMamaSew!

  92. Ariadne says:

    The Pincushion Appeal appeals to me greatly. I am an international reader.

  93. Great ideas! I’m going to do my best to use a minimal amount of wrapping paper this year!

  94. Baye in NY says:

    Thanks for the intro to miy diy!

  95. Dana says:

    Love the sandwich wraps! In Ohio.

  96. Heidi in SD says:

    Comfy, comfy mittens!

  97. Cyndi says:

    Love the wrapping with fabric & wine bottle gift bags!
    The pin cushion book looks adorable!

  98. Love the unique gift wrapping idea

  99. Eleanor in NC says:

    Cute mittens!

  100. Persia says:

    I love making pomanders for the tree

  101. I LOVE those mittens, adorable.

  102. Kaye in Ga. says:

    A lot of nice choices.

  103. Erin W in WI, USA says:

    Those labels! They are as much gifts as the actual donated giveaway prizes!

  104. heidi anderson says:

    These are wonderful! I still remember making orange pomanders with my mom as a kid. That smell will always remind me of Christmas.

  105. Alison in MD says:

    Recycling is great!

  106. Robin says:

    cute idea

  107. Linda in AZ says:

    Absolutely loved your ideas, especially the downloaded ones!!

  108. usairdoll in CA says:

    Great gift items! Awesome giveaways as well.

  109. julie from Canada says:

    Love me some new pincushions!!!!

  110. Susan G in CA says:

    Terrific ideas, something for everyone on my list. I bet there are also wonderful patterns for my three, soon to be four, granddaughters in the book.
    Thanks for the chance to enter,
    Susan G in CA

  111. Samantha in CA says:

    Wonderful! I love the burlap pillows.

  112. Faith Pray says:

    I love the projects today, but I am most especially drooling over “Carefree Clothes for Girls” – gorgeous!

  113. Heather79 says:

    Great ideas!

  114. Elise in GA says:


  115. Andy from NH says:

    I want to make mittens!

  116. Stacy in PA says:

    Love the mittens idea!

  117. cynthia says:

    what great ideas!

  118. Crystal Pelkey says:

    i made orange pomanders as a child, I want to try it again!

  119. christina in vt says:

    The bead embroidery book is interesting.

  120. Nicky in GA says:

    great gifts and great giveaways!

  121. Greta in WI says:

    Love the gift labels and have already used them on my lemon curd.

  122. Melissa says:

    These are great! I love those repurposed wine bottle bags!!!

  123. Linda Fleming says:

    Nice ideas. Love the clove and orange pomanders – they always smell so good and last a long time! Fun idea to repurpose old jeans as wine gift bags…

  124. Donna in NC says:

    Great giveaways. Love to get ideas for new sewing projects.

  125. Patti McGarry in PA says:

    Wow! Great ideas! I’d like to make the gingerbread with my grandson!

  126. Some really good ideas here. I’m seeing burlap everywhere.

  127. Karen from Indiana says:

    Gorgeous wreath, and I love the gingerbread tags.

  128. Jan c. In La. says:

    Thanks Sally, cute projects!

  129. Wendy in OR says:

    What colorful mittens!

  130. Delia from VA says:

    Love the wine bottle holders! What a great way to use my old denim!

  131. teresa says:

    love the different gift wraps and the mittens : )

  132. Becky in VA says:

    Such great tutorials and books! The handmade marketplace looks like a great read!

  133. Audrey in PA says:

    Thanks for the chance! Just love those winebags!!!

  134. Nancy McKenzie says:

    Excellent mittens!

  135. Vicki says:

    Love the wine gift bags.

  136. Kylie C in OR says:

    That gingerbread man garland is super cute! Thanks for all the ideas.

  137. Barb B in Canada says:

    I love those wine bottle bags. Brillant!

  138. Rachel in CA says:

    Love the Burlap Pillows!

  139. Charlotte in GA says:

    great ideas today! Thank you!

  140. Kathy L. in VA says:

    The labels are beautiful! I’ve already printed some out.

  141. Deb says:

    Love this site. Is my go to this time of the year for inspiration for handmade holidays
    Deb in TN

  142. Bethany M says:

    Beautiful gingerbread gift tags and garlands!

  143. beth in nc says:

    Ah, pomader balls. I love ’em!

  144. JenniferW in SC says:

    The oranges are very elegant. Also like the gingerbread tags.

  145. Mary H in CO says:

    Those mittens – wow!

  146. Linda L. in ON says:

    Those ideas are very clever.

  147. Becky K in Ohio says:

    Thanks for the great projects today!!

  148. Bronwen says:

    Becoming more thrifty and eco savy we’re the reasons I came back to sewing. So thank you for this post…it’s a frat resource!

  149. Liesel says:

    Love the idea of wrapping gifts in fabric!

  150. Nesta says:

    I love the idea of wrapping presents with fabric! Thank you for the link.

  151. Rachel in IL says:

    I’m digging all the printables. Hopefully this year I’ll actually print some instead of just looking!

  152. Debbi Crowl says:

    I love the fabric wrapping! Thanks for showing it to us! From CO.

  153. Julia D in WA says:

    oooo! I just might have to try my hand at making my own wreath this year! My mom has been wrapping gifts in fabric for years, it really is pretty.

  154. Tammy in MI says:

    Those mittens are adorable!

  155. Stacy S. says:

    Loving the mittens from sweaters idea!

  156. Ramona from MI says:

    I love the “Smittens”. Plan on making some of these this year..

  157. Deb H. in PA says:

    Lovely ideas for gift wrapping. I will have to try some of those!

  158. Jen says:

    The mittens are so cute!

  159. jmj in the USA says:

    WOW more fun stuff. going to make the wine bags, fantastic!!!

  160. Lisa in MA says:

    I hadn’t heard of Sally’s blog before – so many great projects!

  161. Cathie. says:

    I love today’s ideas. Always wanted to wrap gifts in fabric for my quilting friends, now I feel I know how to do it. Thanks for the wonderful give aways

  162. Kari e in wi says:

    Cute stuff!

  163. Doris M says:

    Love all these ideas, especially the denim wine bags.

  164. Mrs. C in TN says:

    Hooray for pomanders!

  165. SS in NH says:

    I love using fabric as gift wrap

  166. Bekk says:

    Wine bottle bags made of old keks, genius!

  167. Thunder in FL says:

    Wonderful wine bags?!?! and who doesn’t have a pair of jeans laying around??

  168. Amanda in TX says:

    Love these ideas! Especially the mittens! 🙂

  169. Rachel says:

    That garland is SWEET!

  170. Hilary in mn says:

    Love the pillow

  171. Cindy in ND says:

    I love the up cycle ideas. So original.

  172. Nancy in Canada says:

    love the mitten idea!

  173. Joyce Carter says:

    I really love those mittens made from sweaters. What a great idea!

  174. Kirsty in NY says:

    Love those fabric gift wraps; it’s like a gift wrapped in a gift for a quilter!

  175. Kathy h in Pa. says:

    I love those mittens. I have always wanted to make some of them.

  176. dangermom says:

    Recycled jeans wine gift bags! Fun!

  177. Lisa Marie in KY says:

    Great ideas! I have lots of no longer worn clothing that I would like to re-purpose.

  178. Heather in VA says:

    The ideas at Natural Gift Wrap Ideas were very inspirational and lovely.

  179. Kat Hosking (Australia) says:

    Nice! Love the upcycling ideas.

  180. Beth in Michigan says:

    Love those wine gift bags!!

  181. Nickkole in NC says:

    I’ve done salt dough and cinnamon tags before but never gingerbread! Guess that’s this years tags 🙂

  182. EmSewCrazy says:

    Looks like some great projects and some great giveaways today!
    Emily from MT

  183. Lesley says:

    Awesome ideas–great prizes today! I’m inspired and I live in Oregon

  184. I have made mittens out of sweaters before and they work great! And those gingerbread gift tags are a great idea!

  185. Jamie B. in NH says:

    Love the wreath and mittens!

  186. Elizabeth says:

    I really like the mittens!

  187. Adina says:

    The mittens are very cute!

  188. Jill in California says:

    thanks for the eco-friendly ideas!

  189. DebbieKL says:

    I like the pillows!

  190. Shannon says:

    The instructions to turn recycled felted sweaters into mittens is exactly what I’ve been looking for. Thank you!

  191. Amanda B. in CA says:

    Wonderful ideas. Love orange pomeanders

  192. Becky says:

    I love the gift wrapping ideas. We have not used paper to wrap Christmas gifts in a decade. So many creative GREEN ways to do it. Thanks for bringing that topic out in the open.

  193. Donel in IA says:

    I love the look of the sweater mittens. Thanks for all the great ideas!

  194. kay says:

    The mittens are great

  195. Kristie in WA says:

    I love reusable gift wrap. It’s like two gifts in one.

  196. kim t. in wa says:

    love the labels, smittens, wreaths and most of the post!!

  197. Debbie says:

    I really like the wreath!

  198. amber says:

    Such a beautiful wreath!

  199. Carol N. says:

    I am so smitten. Great posts today!

  200. Carrie in IL says:

    More great ideas! Very interested in that Linen, Wool, Cotton Kids book…

  201. Cinnamom says:

    Lots of inspiration, thanks!

  202. Katherine in Canada says:

    Going to try some of the reusable wrapping ideas!

  203. KristyMN says:

    Great ideas!

  204. Lori Morton says:

    Loooove the Mittens from Sweaters!! They are Awesome!! & love the “Sewing School” book!!! Am teaching my Grangirlie to sew this year….this would be a fun one to use together! 🙂

  205. KarenH in OK says:

    Clove studded oranges are wonderful!

  206. Logan says:

    These are a great complement to the many gift ideas on the previous days, also a timely reminder to think of the wrapping when making the gift. What a great selection of books too. I think I find at least one gift idea here every day. Thanks.

  207. Kelly says:

    Thank you (SEW) so much for featuring my pant leg to wine bag repurpose! I really appreciate it. Love all the other features too. Off to check them out!

  208. Anne says:

    I’m smitten with the mittens!

  209. Serena in CA says:

    Mmm, orange pomanders!

  210. Janelle ThietjeDunn in CO says:

    I love sweater-mittens! Now maybe I make some that fit!

  211. sangeetha from ohio says:

    Love those mittens – am totally making that for my kids from some fuzzy sweaters that I have

  212. Tina in NJ says:

    Those gingerbread tags are cute! As for the mittens from sweaters, thrift store, here I come!

  213. auschick in va says:

    So many great ideas here!

  214. Kirsteen says:

    Can’t wait to make some of these great gifts for the holidays.-in MA

  215. Anneliese says:

    I need to try the mittens! What a great idea

  216. Ya know, Sew Mama Sew, I’m just gonna put it out there that I’d go one step further with the repurposed wine bags concept by adding stuffed feet/shoes to the tops of a pair o’ these along with a handwritten note saying, “Bottom’s Up!” I’m so helpful, right? 🙂

  217. I want to make those mittens!

  218. Ginger in MD says:

    Up-cycled and recycled gifts are great!

  219. Anne says:

    Wow more great ideas – thanks for sharing.

  220. Anna Freitas says:

    I’ve been wrapping gifts in cloth for a while now. Searching for “furoshiki” returns a lot of good ideas!
    Great ideas and books, I can’t wait to try them out.

  221. Kati in FL says:

    Love the wine bags from jeans and the sandwich wraps!

  222. Allyson in OH says:

    The oranges are such a neat idea!

  223. Jane in PA says:

    What beautiful projects! i love all the up-cycling ideas – so inspiring! These books look like such a treat – could love to sew some from the patterns in the kid clothing books. Fun!

  224. Dita in WA says:

    Oh I love the idea of giving a new life to old sweaters my using it to make mittens! And that fabric-wrapped gift is just darling!

  225. Kristen W in CT says:

    I have been meaning to make some sandwich wraps. Love that idea. And the gingerbread gift tags are too cute!

  226. Jenn (FPO) says:

    Love the orange idea!

  227. Maria J. from Texas says:

    The Mittens from Sweaters is a great idea. I have a couple of girly sweaters from my daughter that can be used exactly for this project. The book for Sewing for kids would be a great gift for my daughter. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  228. Kim L. says:

    the Bead Embroidery book looks fun!

  229. Mandi in CO says:

    I like the oranges with cloves!

  230. Diana says:

    Another batch of lovely gift ideas!

  231. Katie in CA says:

    I already have a bag of sweaters waiting to be made into mittens!

  232. Manette Gutterman says:

    I love the denim wine bags!

  233. kris says:

    Another wonderful set of gift ideas!

  234. Amy says:

    Great list! Thanks!!! (Indiana)

  235. linda schiffer says:

    Especially enjoyed today’s post of goodies! Great sponsors, great prizes, too.

    🙂 Linda

  236. Natalie in OH says:

    What a neat idea for the Christmas wreaths!

  237. Pam in California says:

    Love these projects and sewing for my little granddaughters. Will be trying a couple soon!
    Thanks, Pam in California

  238. Amanda at APO says:

    I am in love. Easy and green! Thank you.

  239. Chiska in wy says:

    Fun ideas! I love those labels.

  240. Dawn Jones says:

    I love the mittens.

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