Welcome to our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series! It’s our favorite time of the year here at Sew Mama Sew! Visit every day for a new theme, and new prizes. Happy Handmade Holidays!
You don’t have to be a Hollywood starlet to enjoy a little glamour once in a while. These gifts are the perfect way to indulge your girlfriends; there’s one for the classy guys in your life too.
Today’s Guest Curator: Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt
We asked our readers to curate their favorite tutorials for our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays daily themes. We love the variety this brings to the series, and we appreciate their extensive efforts and insight! Heidi Staples from Fabric Mutt kicks off our series with fabulous Gifts for the Glamour Girl. Heidi joined us earlier this season with her Slow Sewing Journal + Wildwood Challenge Pillow.
Heidi’s first sewing book will be published by Stash Books next spring. You can learn more about Heidi in her Sew Mama Sew introduction, and keep up to date on her latest work via Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Flickr.
VERY Simple Tulle Skirt
This VERY Simple Tulle Skirt from Liz at cotton+curls will take you through a season of holiday parties.
The Sequin Cardigan from Sewing Rabbit is just right for holiday party wear. Alexia even shows you four different ways to style it!
This Brookfield Bag from Sara at Sew Sweetness is another great design from Sara, featuring a modern shape and polished hardware.
Ribbon Box Quilt
Michelle Engel Bencsko’s stunning Ribbon Box Quilt at Cloud9 Fabrics walks the perfect line between modern and feminine style.
Zipper Book Clutch
This Zipper Book Clutch from See Kate Sew is a sweet take on a current trend in handbags and a great way to recycle used books. Kate also gives you a ton of ideas for turning it into a personalized gift set.
Bias Trim Tank Top
This Bias Trim Tank Top from Melly Sews is a great way to glam up a store bought item. Melissa includes a link to her boxer shorts tutorial for a matching set of pajamas!
Easy Tulle Skirt
Here’s another Easy Tulle Skirt for a great addition to your party wardrobe. Everyday Reading shows you little girls don’t have to have all of the fun!
Braided Thread and Rhinestone Bracelets
These Braided Thread and Rhinestone Bracelets from Flamingo Toes are a nice last minute gift for girls of all ages.
Purl Soho Liberty Scarves are completely indulgent and unbelievably simple to make.
Men’s Business Card Wallet
The Men’s Business Card Wallet from A Spoonful of Sugar is a handsome gift that the guys won’t mind carrying around with them. Change up the fabrics to make one for the girls too.
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting
Brown Butter Pumpkin Cupcakes with Salted Caramel Frosting from Two Peas and Their Pod is one of Heidi’s favorite cupcake recipes of all time. She writes that the salted caramel is “utterly divine.” Last year she gave out jars of it to her friends for Christmas, and she’s already getting requests to make it again for this year’s gifts!
Floral Gift Wrap
This gorgeous Floral Gift Wrap from Oh Happy Day shows that holiday packages don’t always have to be red and green.
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.
Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK ONE!
Set the Table
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)
Author: Martingale Editors
With inspiration and zest, a host of talented quilters bring a smorgasbord of exciting projects to the table! Enjoy stunning graphic designs by Natalie Barnes, Audrie Bidwell, Josée Carrier, Jenifer Dick, Amy Ellis, Heather Jones, Thomas Knauer, Jessica Levitt, Angela Walters and Candi Weinrick.
– Feast your eyes on 11 tantalizing quilt runners ranging from modern to traditional–a great value.
– Try new techniques and color palettes on small projects that require a minimal investment of time and fabric.
– Discover how a simple accent can give your decor a big lift.
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)
Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine Editors
Unlike many sewing-for-children books, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family is a thoughtful approach to crafting with and for children. Readers will discover a variety of ways to get children involved in fun sewing projects, whatever their age or ability. Several projects are strictly for adults to make and children to enjoy. Others incorporate a child’s drawings printed on fabric and used as a template or design. Some projects allow older children to begin sewing for themselves and are perfect for short attention spans or low frustration levels. Essential quilt patterns allow children to contribute to a group project while an adult handles the actual sewing. Deborah Fisher has developed a range of projects that will appeal to adults and children alike. Fun costumes, beautiful dolls, story-time blankets and communal projects are just some of the patterns included here. Sewists will enjoy combining bright colors and contemporary fabrics while spending time with their families. They’ll get tips for working with children and learn how to involve them in ways that are enjoyable and stress-free.
Belle and Boo
Author: Mandy Sutcliffe
Publisher: Roost Books
The Belle and Boo Book of Crafts offers twenty-five one-of-a-kind projects we can create to bring more magic and make-believe into our lives. Sewing projects include a cuddly toy rabbit, a clothesline play tent and even an explorer’s satchel. Make a robust beanbag, a tooth fairy pillow for your child’s room, or a pull-along stuffed elephant with a sweet ribbon bow. Also included are knitting, embroidery and papercraft projects to decorate your home and brighten your day.
Little One-Yard Wonders
Author: Patricia Hoskins + Rebecca Yaker
Publisher: Storey Publishing
This newest addition to the best-selling One-Yard Wonders series features 101 delightful projects for babies and kids, each using just one yard of fabric and many requiring just a few hours to complete. Step-by-step illustrated instructions, beautiful close-up photographs and pattern pieces included in a bound-in envelope make it easy and fun to create all kinds of adorable items, including the Merry-Go-Round Dress, the Ruffle Romper, the Western Shirt and the Secret Monster Overalls. From tops and caps to play mats, pillows and plushies, this book overflows with creative clothes, accessories, toys and furnishings for little ones from newborn to elementary-school age. Whether you’re furnishing your nursery, making new clothes for a growing child, or creating a unique gift for a baby shower, this collection has the perfect project for you.
How to Make a Quilt
Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing
With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.
Author: Cassandra Ellis
Publisher: STC Craft
Handmade cloth items always have a story, and many of us spend our lives hunting and gathering precious pieces and scraps to add that final touch of life to a special room or outfit. Cloth is an inspirational guide to the beauty, history and utility of natural textiles. Woven throughout the five main sections—cotton, wool, silk, linen and hide—are more than 30 breathtaking sewing projects that make the most of each textile’s properties, including waxed-cotton purses, Liberty-print cushions, silk scarves, linen bedcovers and leather journals. With a guide full of invaluable information on where to buy antique fabrics and organic and well-sourced cloth, plus a toolkit of essential instructions on hand-dyeing fabric, Cloth is both a resource and an opportunity to create practical, precious and personal items for mindful living.
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