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We could all use a little more relaxation in our busy lives. You can tell from our selections that we place a lot of importance on a good pillow to rest your head, prop your feet & position your back just right for comfort… Don’t you know someone who would enjoy gifts from our Sit Back & Relax features today?

Make It

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Pick two favorite fat quarters and click over to Teresa’s Stipple Quilted Hot Water Bottle Cover Tutorial at Patchwork.
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Allison’s Scrap Buster Fall Pillow Tutorial at Cluck Cluck Sew was one of our Grand Prize Winners in the Scrap Buster Contest last month, but we wanted to remind you about it as you plan for holiday gifts. It’s an easy project with great impact!
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Janet Clare solves the pesky problem of what to make “…For all those really ‘hard to craft for’ men” with her Blue Sky Thinker Tutorial!
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Don’t forget about our easy Rice Heat Therapy Bag Tutorial. It will definitely help your favorite giftee with relaxation & wellness.
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These soft pillows are made from fluffy bath towels and look perfect in this window seat. Find the ‘Easiest, Softest, Cheapest Floor Pillows Ever’ Tutorial from Ashley at Lil Blue Boo.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Homebodies, Pillows, Warm Those Toes, Blankets for Baby,

Buy It

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This one is definitely going on our wish list! These pretty Knitted Hot Water Bottle Covers from patmellor come in a variety of designs & colors.

Mix It

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Susan from Farmgirl Fare has a Christmas Cranberry Scone Recipe that gives you “a pile of perfect scones” in just about 40 minutes. Susan writes, “Although I called them Cranberry Christmas scones, these easy to make treats are tasty any time of year. If you feel like going all out (or making it seem like you went all out, because these two recipes really are quick and easy) I recommend rounding out your holiday table with my Savory Cheese and Scallion Scones with Feta.

Print It

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Relax… Now you don’t need to track down wrapping paper for all of those special, small items. Visit mae and click on the graphic in the lower right corner for some nice Free Downloadable Wrapping Paper (we’re partial to the polka dots!). The mae shop offers a wide selection of wall stickers made from fabric (they are also removable, non-toxic, washable & completely reusable!).

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win both of these great prizes. The winner will be announced next Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Lisa Congdon

(Chronicle Books, $14.95, ISBN: 9780811867634, ISBN: 10 0811867633)

From the Publisher:

20 cards (4 designs, 5 each), 20 envelopes (1 design), color illustrations

By Lisa Congdon

(Chronicle Books, $9.95, ISBN: ISBN 9780811867627, ISBN: 10 0811867625)

From the Publisher:

Birch Forest Flexi Journal — As subtle and colorful as an autumn walk in the woods, this journal features a wrap-around landscape painting by Lisa Congdon

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)

5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.