Are you ready with some nice hostess gifts for the season ahead? You’ll have tons of options after today’s Serving in Style ideas!


Today’s Guest Curator: Jessica Schunke from A Blue Sky Kind of Life

From Jessica:
Hi, I’m Jessica. You can usually find me sharing my sewing and quilting adventures over at A Blue Sky Kind of Life and on Instagram (@blueskycrafter). I took up sewing as a hobby six years ago when we moved from Texas to St. Louis and didn’t know anyone, but it quickly morphed into a passion for me; now I spend as much time as I can behind my machine. I am an active member of the St. Louis Modern Quilt Guild and I work part time at a local fabric store. I have also had several of my tutorials featured on Sew Can She. I love to sew everything from bags to quilts, and especially love to gift my creations to others. I hope these ideas for sewing projects will help you or someone you love serve in style this holiday season!

Make It


Modern Quilted Coasters
Everyone could use a new set of coasters, and these Modern Quilted Coasters from Very Shannon have wide appeal. Make several sets in one go at the machine, and share with a batch of cocoa!


Happy Placemats
Ann Kelle has six different versions of her delightful Happy Placemats, all with free tutorials. Mix and match and spread some joy!


Simple Gathered Half Apron
Delia does it again, this time with her cherry orchard visit-inspired Simple Gathered Half Apron at Delia Creates. We love the gingham!


Star Table Runner + Cloth Napkins
Set the table for festive gatherings with a new Star Table Runner + Cloth Napkins from The Girl Who Quilts.


Casserole Carrier
Patty’s Casserole Carrier at Mod Kid Boutique makes a special, useful and stylish gift!


Happy Hostess Gift Box
Jennifer from JCasa *handmade created this classic and clever Happy Hostess Gift Box for us here at Sew Mama Sew.


Bread Basket Cover
Here’s another practical and pretty option! These Bread Basket Covers from Patchwork Posse keep the rolls warm and the table pretty!


Grilling Tool Roll
A Grilling Tool Roll from Modern Handcraft would be extra-special with some tools all rolled up inside.


Perfect Potholder
Jedi Craft Girl shows you how to make easy Perfect Potholders. This is a great beginner sewing project!


Fabric Bowl Covers
Gift something delicious all covered up with Fabric Bowl Covers from Sewing Dork. It’s two gifts in one!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Quilted Fabric Tray, BBQ Time, Gifts for Cooks, Host(ess) Gifts

Mix It


Orange Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Cookies
Are you looking for a new, signature holiday cookie? Try these Orange Cranberry Pistachio White Chocolate Cookies from Baked Bree!


Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Corn with Candied Pecans
Grab some tins, mix up a few batches of Spiced Apple Cider Caramel Corn with Candied Pecans and gift this yummy recipe from Heather Cristo to your neighbors!

Print It


Holiday Tree Ornaments
Oh Happy Day Holiday Tree Ornaments could double as place holders or gift toppers. This is a fun project for kids too!

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 shipping 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 that contribute prizes.

Window Treatments with Style: Fresh Ideas and Techniques for Upstyling Your Windows

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Author: Hannah Stanton
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

For sewers who have mastered the basics, home decor items such as curtains, shades, and drapes are some of the easiest things to make. Combining clear, accessible tutorials with practical advice on choosing, styling, and sewing fabrics, Window Treatments with Style is packed full with the latest contemporary ideas for window treatments. Beautifully illustrated tutorials and easy-to-follow instructions cover a wide range of techniques, arming you with the skills and confidence to tackle your own projects, whether you’re looking to make cute café curtains or stylish Roman shades.

Packed with yardage charts, measuring tips, and straightforward directions, Window Treatments with Style also includes a number of engaging case studies that provide valuable insight into the various challenges faced by other nonprofessionals. The eight case studies provide practical examples?explaining the fabric and color choices, design challenges faced, and offer useful money and time-saving tips. Learn how to work with sheer fabrics to create a delicate look for your bedroom; master the art of covering a cornice board; and get tips on customizing store-bought shades to suit your unique style. This comprehensive guide has all the instructions and inspiration you need to get stunning results.

Four $25 Gift Certificates to Fabric Shoppe
(International winners OK.)

About Fabric Shoppe:
Fabric Shoppe features modern designer fabrics and next day shipping, since 2008.

Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook: Indispensable Figure Templates for Body-Positive Design

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Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

For Gertie’s New Fashion Sketchbook, Gretchen Hirsch teamed up with illustrator Sun Young Park to reinvent traditional figure templates—known as croquis—for the 21st century. Instead of the unnaturally skinny, tall, and frequently off-balance croquis the fashion industry has been sketching on for decades, this game-changing alternative presents hundreds of realistically sized and proportioned female forms in balanced, lifelike poses. In addition, Park has rendered the croquis with multiple tracing lines, allowing the sketcher to follow the lines that most accurately reflect the body shape desired. Also included are an overview of the design and sketching process and a visual history of garment component styles, all to make it easier to create fashion sketches for women of all shapes and sizes.
– A body-positive sketchpad to help you achieve your fashion design dreams.
– Loaded with more than 300 figure templates that are proportionally true to the female form and adaptable to different body types, plus helpful sketching tips and resources.
– A breakthrough for aspiring and experienced designers tired of the industry standard of sketching clothing on female figures that are unnaturally skinny and tall (and sometimes even off-balance).
– Printed in a special ink that fades away when you photocopy it.

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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