Make little special somethings for stockings, or as small hostess, co-worker or teacher gifts!

Today’s Guest Curator: Tammie Schaffer

Crafty Tammie is a busy mom with four happy, active children and a passion for quilting and crafting. We love how she strives for balance and shares it all at Crafty Tammie. Tammie has tutorials for you, plus some delicious recipes (Hot Buttered Rum, anyone?!).

She can be also be found on Pinterest, Flickr and Facebook.

Make It


Lunch Bag
Your loved one will think about you every day when they sit down with their new Lunch Bag. Make several bags at a time with this easy tutorial from Vanessa at Nifty Thrifty Things.


Cool Can Cozy
Make Debby’s Cool Can Cozy from So Sew Easy in team colors or other fun prints.


Bow Tie
We love Erlend’s fresh, dapper Bow Ties from Morning Creativity.


Japanese Flower Coasters
Here’s a little crochet thrown into the mix! These Japanese Flower Coasters from Lauren at Daisy Cottage Designs are sweet and easy to make.


Fabric Shoelaces
Wear your favorite prints in style with Jessica’s Fabric Shoelaces at Me Sew Crazy.


Key Fob
This is such a handy accessory! Everyone will love a new Key Fob with this 5-minute project from Amber at Crazy Little Projects.


Chai Candles
Spread light and warmth this winter with these handcrafted Chai Candles from Hello Natural. They also have a nice DIY Rope Basket tutorial you might enjoy.


Felt Ornaments with Decorative Stitching
Simple and lovely! Felt Ornaments with Decorative Stitching from Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios can even work as a family project with some kid stitching.


Embroidery Hoop Art
Create custom designs with this Embroidery Hoop Art from Bev for Crafts Unleashed.


Leather Pokemon Deck Holders
Giving Autumn Baldwin’s Leather Pokemon Deck Holders at It’s Always Autumn as a gift shows you respect and understand your loved one’s passions.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Accessories, Jewel Box Coasters, Drygoods Design Whale, Baa Baa Black Sheep

Mix It


Petal Topped Cakes + Cupcakes
Make a “wow” addition to any holiday gathering with Petal Topped Cakes + Cupcakes from Rachael Dyer at Movita Beaucoup.

Print It


Merry Christmas Candy Bar Wrappers
Add extra fun with Merry Christmas Candy Bar Wrappers from Kristyn Merkley at Lil’ Luna.

Win It

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Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK TWO!

Beyond Neutral: Quilts Inspired by Nature’s Elements
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: John Q. Adams
Publisher: Martingale

Join adventurous quilter John Q. Adams on a bold exploration of quilting color palettes. In these striking graphic designs, he draws inspiration from nature—wind, water, earth, leaf, sky, grass, lava, coral, and stone—to open up exciting new combinations of color and fabric.

  • Find 16 fabulous projects suitable for all skill levels.
  • Create beautiful effects by moving beyond neutral-colored background fabrics.
  • Enjoy clear illustrations and gorgeous photographs taken in outdoor settings.

Patchwork, Please!
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

Love at First Stitch
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Tilly Walnes
Publisher: Roost Books

Fancy making your own clothes but have no idea where to start? Tired of overwhelming sewing manuals and frumpy projects? Love at First Stitch offers a refreshing approach to dressmaking for modern makers, taking you from the basics of threading your sewing machine through creating gorgeous garments that you’ll love to wear. Let Tilly Walnes inspire you with her jargon-busting tutorials, down-to-earth attitude, and adorable dressmaking style, showing you that making your own clothes is so much more enjoyable than buying them.

Fun with Fabric
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Author: Jane Foster
Publisher: Sterling Publishing

Go retro with Jane Foster! Foster is one of Britain’s most exciting up-and-coming designers, with a cool aesthetic influenced by 1950s and 60s style. These 15 fabulous projects use fabrics from her personal collection, and range from simple patchwork cushions, bags, and quilts to covered notebooks and notice boards. Everything’s easy, everything’s bold and colorful, and everything’s fun!

Basic Black
(Continental US shipping.)

Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Basic Black is the English edition of a classic Japanese sewing book which provides Western-sized patterns for 26 basic garments, along with detailed, easy-to-follow diagrams and instructions. All of the styles are easily customized to create your own personal style, and there is truly something for everyone and every occasion in this book—from a smart two-texture combo dress to a relaxed, bohemian tunic—and everything in-between. All the styles are thoroughly modern and practical, ranging from softly feminine or straight-line simple to smartly-tailored or loosely-deconstructed.

Sewing Deal of the Day

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

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