Have a funky, folky Christmas with this round-up of holiday favorites!

We have lots of funky, folky tutorials in our archives too: Tea Towel Embroidery, Ruby Star Ornament Boxes, Matryoshka Doll Finger Puppet, Flora the Spring Bird, Make & Bake Apron, Quilted Fabric Tray, Hand-Stitched Ornaments.


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Today’s Guest Curator: Quilt Sandwich Fabrics

From Becca: We have long loved folk art, from my grandma’s old cuckoo clock collection to our aunt’s Danish holiday traditions to our sister’s huge Matryoshka doll collection. We also like to think we’re pretty funky gals, so our theme– “Have a funky, folky Christmas!”– was born! We are mainly quilters and sewists, but like many creative people, we delve into other crafts at times, so we’ve found a few non-sewing ideas that we hope you’ll enjoy too. For more inspiration, check out our “Have a funky, folky Christmas” Pinterest board!

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Heirloom Tree Skirt
Need a fun, new tree skirt? This Heirloom Tree Skirt from Fig Studio may seem simple, but the jewels around the edge give it some sass!


Plain Flannel Cape
Add a bit of flair to your holidays with a stylish and fun Plain Flannel Cape!


Crocheted Hand Warmers
Funky colors for the stripes make these Purl Bee Crocheted Hand Warmers especially groovy!


Mini Matryoshkas
It wouldn’t be a folky Christmas without a Matryoshka doll! Try these adorable stuffed Sew to Speak Mini Matryoshkas for tree ornaments, gift tags or window decorations.


Wood Grain Initials Pillow
Wood grain fabric is always a good choice, and the fun Wood Grain Initials Pillow from Infarrantly Creative is the perfect sentimental gift for your sweetheart!


Wreath Decoration
This sweet Christmas Wreath Decoration from That’s My Letter makes good use of your fabric scraps and is fun and festive to boot!


Christmas Tree Quilt Blocks
Make a fun mini quilt or wall hanging with this simple Christmas Tree Quilt Block from Ellison Lane.

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Norwegian Apple Cake
This Norwegian Apple Cake from Rosa’s Yummy Yums looks AMAZING!

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Holiday Gift Tags
Helen Dardik’s adorable Holiday Gift Tags from Orange You Lucky are perfectly funky AND folky!

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Sew Practical: 13 Fun-to-Sew Designs for You and Your Home
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

Featuring selected patterns from popular Martingale books, this assortment is full of pretty and practical sewing projects. Enjoy the works of talented designers Pippa Eccles Armbrester, Cassie Barden, Linda Lum DeBono, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobson, Adrienne Smitke, and Janis Stob and Margaret Linderman for Fig Tree & Co. Whether you’re a beginner or an expert, you’ll find plenty of designs you can’t wait to go sew.

  • Get outstanding value with 13 well-designed, fun-to-sew projects to make life easier–and more colorful.
  • Choose from bags, place mats, aprons, a pin cushion, and even a curling-iron cozy, and create fabulous gifts.
  • Find helpful tips and excellent instructions for a variety of sewing techniques.

Sewing For a Royal Baby
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

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.

Ruby Star Wrapping: Creating Packaging to Reuse, Regive, and Relove
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Author: Melody Miller + Allison Tannery
Publisher: Roost Books

This is the ultimate resource for those who are as creative as they are willing to conserve. Ruby Star Wrapping inspires you to think resourceful, think reusable, think unusual when it comes to gift packaging. Raid the pantry for boxes, use old linens for pouches, and make beautiful accessories out of fabric and paper scraps—the projects here illustrate how to create beautiful, reusable packaging from the common materials in your home. With its thirty easy-to-make giftwrap patterns, this book reminds us of the wonderful creative potential inherent in the act of giving a gift. When wrapped with thought, beauty, and a little ingenuity, the packaging can be a gift in itself.

Little One-Yard Wonders
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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 Catch a Frog: And Other Stories of Family, Love, Dysfunction, Survival, and DIY
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Author: Heather Ross
Publisher: STC Craft

Much of Heather Ross’s creative work has been inspired by her being born into an eccentric family of artists and idealists in a rural corner of Vermont during the 1970s. According to Heather, that environment was defined by stunning natural beauty, creative and innovative living, and daily lessons in self-reliance. It also included equal parts of general dysfunction, a self-imposed but nearly inescapable poverty, and little exposure to basic life skills.

When, as a twenty-something, Heather complained to her mother about a long list of things she had missed out on and that had compromised her chance of ever leading a “normal” life (immunizations, a healthy respect for authority), her mother waved a hand and replied, “Well, you should thank me, because you have a lot of good stories instead.” How to Catch a Frog is a collection of those stories, plus others that show Ross’s eventual route to success as an artist, entrepreneur, and mother, all animated by Ross’s delightful illustrations and how-to instructions.

Scraps, Inc. (vol.1): 15 Block-Based Designs for the Modern Quilter
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Author: Lucky Spool Authors
Publisher: Lucky Spool Media

If you have a mountain of scraps from projects-past, the new and inventive patterns in Scraps, Inc. will help you piece together your treasured scraps into a stunning new quilt. This project-based book features 15 unique quilt designs and their well-known designers (many are also best-selling quilt-making authors). An industrial setting serves as a dramatic backdrop for over 100 photographs throughout the book – juxtaposing dark and moody backgrounds with the robust, bright colors of these modern quilts. Most quilters present their finished quilts as gifts, and all that remains of your artistry is extra fabric scraps that you just can’t bear to toss out. Because these patterns will inspire you to tackle your stack of scraps, you can now make a quilt to keep that’s a loving reminder of all the other quilts you have gifted over the years.

Sewing School 2: Lessons in Machine Sewing; 20 Projects Kids Will Love to Make
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Author: 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.

Sewing Deal of the Day

Receive 20% off your order at Quilt Sandwich Fabrics with the code: BLACK20! Good through Monday, December 1.

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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