Today you’re bound to find something fun for the hip person on your list. These are perfect for the relative with a great eye, the friend who shares fun finds and anyone with some extra flair to spare!

Make It

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Ashley of Make It and Love It does an amazing job with her tutorial for the Corsage Shirt. Take a look at what you could make with $5 of knit and a little time.
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Add some panache to your laptop with this tutorial for an outstanding Zippered Laptop Sleeve from Char at Crap I’ve Made.
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Elizabeth at Oh, Fransson! shows us how to create a one-of-a-kind Mosaic Floor Pillow using scraps and a little sashing.
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Some elastic thread and a plain length of fabric can be sewn into this gorgeous Catch and Release Scarf using Kelli’s tutorial at Pressure Foot.
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Disney of Ruffles and Stuff created this breezy Crinkle Scarf with a little creative twisting while drying. She also frayed some edges and added a few hand-sewn, beaded appliqués for a lovely scarf you won’t want to take off!
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With all the media devices we carry around, it would be nice to have a few of these Media Pouches handy. Cheryl of A Pretty Cool Life shows us an easy and fast way to sew some up to protect your favorite gadget.
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Jessi uses solids in a spectacular way and shows you how to make our own Smoldering Hues Shower Curtain on her blog, Sweetie Pie Bakery.
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Re-purpose something old into something new with Linda’s Suit Coat Clutch tutorial at Craftaholics Anonymous.
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Here’s a fantastic Big Bow from Katie of Blue Eyed Freckle that easily adapts to a variety of projects for children and adults, to clothing and around the house.
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Emily Sparks’ Rose Belt is a great gift for the chic as well as the casual dresser.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Sparkle, Rock, Yoga Skirt, and Wear!

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:

Buy It

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This 8.5″x11″ Matte Stephens Gramercy Park NYC Print will be appreciated by any modern design lover.
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We believe a set of these of these Screen Printed Bicycle Glasses from Vital Industries will immediately be put to daily use in anyone’s household.

Mix It

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Even if you’re not a fan of white chocolate, Lori of RecipeGirl insists that her recipe for  Eggnog Fudge will win you over!

Print It

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Robert Sabuda’s Printable Pop-Up Cards include simple lessons to make this form of art easy to accomplish.

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 one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

Stitch by Stitch

By Deborah Moebes
(F&W Media, $27.99, ISBN: 1440211612)

From the Publisher:

So, you love all that gorgeous designer fabric and you really want to make something with it. Or maybe you’ve taught yourself a little sewing know-how but have become frustrated. Whatever your background, Stitch by Stitch guides you through everything you need to know to start sewing and make it to the varsity level.

Inside Stitch by Stitch, you’ll learn essential sewing skills—everything from basic stitching and backtacking to creating gathers, making darts and using multi-sized patterns—while completing appealing projects. In the book’s unique format, skills and projects build upon each other so that you get instant gratification and motivation to progress.

Knit Green: 20 Projects and Ideas for Sustainability
By Joanne Seiff
(Wiley, $19.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-42679-1)

From the Publisher:

Knit Green offers tons of information and ideas on everything you need to be a more environmentally conscious knitter. From sourcing materials locally and using organic products, to supporting fair work and fair trade programs, Knit Green is a tremendous source of information to help you tailor your craft to your convictions.

Fashion-forward knitting and easy-to-digest essays come together to help you “green-up” your hobby and easily implement suggestions and strategies for sustainability in the context of knitting. You’ll get a full exploration of green avenues and product options, including organically -farmed fibers, non-animal yarns, alternative or recycled fibers and yarns, fair work and fair trade companies and programs, buying local, sustainable farming and energy in yarn production, and more. Plus, you’ll find more than 20 fashionable patterns that don’t sacrifice style for sustainability.

  • 20 projects for environmentally conscious knitting
  • Full exploration of green knitting product options
  • From the author of Fiber Gathering

From vegan options to eco-diversity, Knit Green gives you the tools you need to green-up not only your knitting, but your whole life!

Sewing Bits and Pieces: 35 Projects Using Fabric Scraps,
By Sandi Henderson
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-53924-8)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with scraps is an economical way to make the most of your designer fabrics-as well as a fun way to use up a stash of your favorite leftovers for smaller projects. Michael Miller fabric designer Sandi Henderson holds to the adage “waste not, want not” to deliver a collection of innovative sewing projects that lets you make the most of bits and pieces of your beloved fabrics.

From a market skirt to a butterfly pin, from an embellished table cloth to hip hair accessories, Sewing Bits and Pieces gives you 35 sewing projects to make unique pieces that are perfect for gift-giving (or keeping for yourself)!

  • Features gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Detailed instructions walk you through each project
  • Sandi’s popular Portabello Pixie blog is read by thousands every day

Packed with tons of fun, innovative projects, Sewing Bits and Pieces will have you creating sewing masterpieces in no time.

1-year Subscription to Stitch Magazine
By Quilting Arts
(Interweave, $14.99)

From the Publisher:

The theme for Stitch Fall/Winter 2010 is THE FABRIC ISSUE, exploring sewing projects and techniques featuring a wide variety of exciting fabrics. This is your chance to pull out that specialty fabric you have been saving for just the right project! Features 40 projects for the fall season!

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

16 ~ Pet Lovers
15 ~ College Students
14 ~ Teachers
13 ~ Foodies
12 ~ Deck the Halls
11 ~ Sleepyheads
10 ~ Travelers
9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

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