College students are busy, hip and often live in close quarters without space for a lot of extra “stuff.” We think today’s gift ideas will be just right for the (busy, hip) college students on your holiday list.(Psst! Did you see our post about Give-Away Day? Check it out, then come back here.)

Make It

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Derek and Lauren created a “no-sew Maloo-esque ‘wrap’ out of colored felt and Velcro dots.” They show you how you can make one too with their Laptop Cozy Tutorial on Design*Sponge.
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Marieann has a Classic Nintendo Stencil via Let’s Create for you to make some tees on your own, perfect for the “classically trained” folks in your life.
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Joanna from Stardust Shoes shares her Bean Bag Chair Tutorial (via PDF hosted on Kathy’s Michael Miller Fabrics blog). Help make the dorm a bit more cozy!
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The Easy Album Cover Wall Organizer Tutorial from Brittni at paper and stitch could be the perfect way to mix a love of music and a need for some organization!
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Elizabeth from oh, fransson! shares her lovely Margaret Sling Bag Tutorial in a PDF pattern download. It would be great for many college students on your list (and for you?!).

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Fabric Boxes, Tech Gifts and Perfectly Portable Cushions.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Kristin’s choice Lara’s choice Meg’s choice
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Buy It

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Circular Accessories sells a wide selection of hand silk screened clothing, perfect for college-aged friends and family (and, quite possibly, everyone else).

Mix It

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We think this unusual combo will be delicious! Try Celine’s Vegan White Chocolate Lime Cookies Recipe from have cake, will travel. (People have been known to note that Celine is a “vegan baking genius!”)

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

SEAMS TO ME: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing

by Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, November, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

In SEAMS TO ME, Anna Maria walks the readers through the fundamentals of sewing, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. While many books offer instruction or patterns, SEAMS TO ME offers both.

SEAMS TO ME includes vivid, full-color photographs and designs and a bound-in envelope containing 10 loose paper patterns. Whether you’re a beginner or veteran sewer, the 24 projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures, to be handed down for generations to come.

The mother of five, Anna Maria still finds time to share her thoughts on a blog that attracts more than 100,000 fans per month. One of today’s most refreshing and most notable fabric designers, she has appeared on The Martha Stewart Show and has been featured at numerous exhibitions, including the Surtex art and design show and QuiltMarket.

Sew,Mama,Sew! would like to thank Sarah from Wiley Publishing for contributing this gorgeous book to Handmade Holidays. Did you catch the part about there being actual pattern pieces in there?! As always, Anna Maria’s work and photography are stunning. This book is a must-have for modern sewists. Visit the Wiley website to learn more about the book and the “Sew Like a Pro” Sweepstakes!

Comment here to become eligible to win this book. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great give-aways we’ll offer this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
17 ~ Girlfriends
16 ~ Dads
15 ~ New Parents
14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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