Give your favorite sports fan something extra to cheer about with today’s gift ideas!

Make It

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Help little ones keep their eyes on the game with this adorable Do-Rag Sports Headband Leisel of Brown Paper Packages.
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Julie at Kundhi does amazing things with recycled clothing. Her Remote Control Pillow is made out of a favorite team sweatshirt and is perfect for the next big game.
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These Cheerleader Pony O’s can be addicting to make. Liz of Sew4Home shows you how she made these Pony O’s using The Ribbon Retreat’s tutorial and supplies.
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A Child’s Visor Beanie from Molly at The Creative Maven is another great project that can be sewn using a favorite team’s sweatshirt.
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Send them off to their next sports event with plenty of water in a Reversible Water Bottle Holder from Kate at Curiositys.
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Have some fun with Football Appliques using Little Lizard King’s excellent tutorial.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Gifts for Fit Friends, Exercise, and more Gifts for Sports Fans.

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

spacer Wrigley Field Chicago Cubs Vintage Map Cufflinks from DLK Designs
Dana sells these Vintage Map Cufflinks in her shop, DLK Designs. Check out her lovely shop for more custom accessories from necklaces and rings to coasters.

Mix It

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Alone or paired with a cold beverage, Louisa’s Sweet Chile Toasted Nuts is a simple 6-ingredient recipe that will be devoured by any crowd. We will be giving away Louisa’s cookbook, Lucid Food to one lucky winner with your Handmade Holidays comment on this post today. Please specifically mention a favorite recipe of Lousia’s, Lucid Food, or your love of cooking in your comment if you’d like to win this specific prize.

Print It

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Linda of Tortagialla offers a classic Christmas Wreath Set that includes tags, note cards and envelopes for anyone to enjoy.

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.

By Louisa Shafia
(Tenspeed Press, $22.50, ISBN: 978-1-58008-964-7)

From the Publisher:

With organic and seasonal cooking principles becoming ingrained in today’s kitchens, and new buzzwords including locavore and CSA steadily gaining traction, how do we integrate food politics into daily life in ways that are convenient, affordable, and delicious? Lucid Food offers more than eighty-five healthy, eco-oriented recipes based on conscientious yet practical environmental ideals. Sustainable chef and caterer Louisa Shafia demystifies contemporary food issues for the home cook and presents simple, seasonal dishes that follow nature’s cycles, such as Baby Artichokes with Fresh Chervil, Apricot Shortcake with Lavender Whipped Cream, and Roasted Tomato and Goat Cheese Soup. Her empowering advice includes how to source animal products ethically and responsibly, support local food growers, and reduce one’s carbon footprint through urban gardening, preserving, composting, and more. This cookbook celebrates the pleasures of savoring home-prepared meals that are healthful, honest, pure, additive-free, and transparently made, from the source to the table.

By Kayte Terry
(Chronicle Books, $19.95, ISBN: 9780811867344)

From the Publisher:

Appliqué Your Way goes beyond traditional quiltwork with 35 sweet stitching projects from crafter extraordinaire Kayte Terry. Master decorative stitches, create original templates, and much more. The book is designed for easy use with a lay-flat Wire-O binding and a handy back pocket that holds pattern and template pieces. No more wrestling with a copy machine to enlarge or shrink! Stitchers will find everything they need to create a Gone Dotty A-line Skirt, a Reverse Appliqué Market Tote, a Felted Faux Bois Scarf, and 30+ more projects ranging from the sublimely simple to the ultra-chic.

Small Stash Sewing: 24 Projects Using Designer Fat Quarters
By Melissa Averinos
(Wiley, $16.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-54742-7)

From the Publisher:

Sewing with designer fat quarters is a great way to stretch your dollar without sacrificing quality. Now, Melissa Averinos, the face behind the popular Yummy Goods blog and one of the newest Free Spirit fabric designers, brings you a collection of projects dedicated specifically to making the most of your designer fat quarters.

From belts to handbags, from children‘s gifts to a laundry hamper bag, and much, much more, Small Stash Sewinggives you 25 sewing projects to make unique pieces that showcase your favorite, longed-for designer fabrics.

  • Gorgeous full-color photography throughout
  • Sewing with designer fat quarters is budget-friendly and hip
  • Melissa’s blog,, is read by thousands of dedicated fans

If you’re a veteran sewer looking to use up your existing stash of fabrics or are new to sewing and want to experiment with designer fabrics without breaking the bank, Sewing with Fat Quarters gives you the skills and know-how to create 25 stunning pieces that give new life to your home and fashion style.

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:

20 ~ Audiophiles
19 ~ Deck the Halls
18 ~ Dads & Grandpas
17 ~ Hipsters
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

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