Today’s for people on a constant search for their next read (even before the stack of books they have on the bed stand are anywhere near completion!). It’s for people who feel the characters they read about become a part of your own story in some way. Today’s the day for people with a passion for reading!

Make It

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You can use selvage or textual fabrics for the titles in this Mini Bookshelf Quilt from Don’t Call Me Betsy.
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Katy at Sweet Verbena shows you how to make this easy Glasses Sleeve. It’s perfect for reading glasses!
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Sara from Craft Snob designed these ruffled Bookmarks for a series at Skip to My Lou.
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Mo from Lime Gardenias designed this Summer Reading Library Book Bag for our Sew,Mama,Sew! Summer Sewing series. The bag incorporates lots of fun details.
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Make an e-Reader Case with this tutorial at Thimble. There are probably a few people on your list with e-Readers now, right?!

Bag a Day

There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.

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We love this cute Laptop Bag, designed by Joy from How Joyful for our Sew,Mama,Sew! Back to School series.

Related tutorials you might just love: Read!, Gifts for Scholars, Easy Knit Book Covers, Fabric Book Cover, Hanging Bed Organizer, Classic Tote, Reversible Bucket Bag, Hand-Stamped Labels (for the book spines in the mini-quilt tutorial above)

Buy It

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This I Like Big Books And I Cannot Lie Tote Bag is made from 100% Cotton Canvas and includes free shipping. Find it at Pamela Fugate Designs! (Do you have that song running through your head now?!)

Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Gabrien’s choice Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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Say that five times fast! Jeannette from Everybody Likes Sandwiches shows you how to make this decadent Salted Caramel Almond Pretzel Popcorn.

Print It

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Download PDF instructions for these Tea Bag Gift Tags at Studio of Mae. The post includes a link for matching tags too.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays or tag us on Facebook this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these books!

Stitch Magic: A Compendium of Sewing Techniques for Sculpting Fabric Into Exciting New Forms

Author: Alison Reid
Publisher: STC Craft/A Melanie Falick Book

In Stitch Magic, fashion and textile expert Alison Reid teaches sewers how to manipulate and sculpt fabric by using such techniques as folding, cutting, pleating, tucking, gathering, and stitching, creating entirely new surfaces and textures in the process. The resulting fabrics, which look sophisticated and complex but are actually relatively simple and inexpensive to produce, can be used for entire textiles, such as cushions or blinds, or to create fashion accessories or embellishments.

Fabric-By-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Authors: Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The best-selling authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with another all-new amazing collection of 101 sewing projects. Responding to the increasingly diverse range of fabric weights and types now available, Fabricby-Fabric One-Yard Wonders is organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics.

Simple Style Easy Weekend Quilts

Author: Sara Diepersloot
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Show off your fabrics in big-piece quilts! Easy enough for beginners, intriguing enough for seasoned quilters, these designs will put your fabrics on center stage. Find over 15 great patterns for theme prints, Asian prints, batiks, pastels, and more.

Quick and easy, these quilts are perfect for retreats. Most projects are made from squares, strips, or rectangles, and a few feature large triangles just for fun. Piece one (or two) this weekend!

For each quilt, it has a list of materials, a cutting chart, easy strip piecing instructions, layouts, and color illustrated instructions from start to finish. This title also covers all of the quilting basics, such as adding borders, binding, and so on.

Hand Printing from Nature: Create Unique Prints for Fabric, Paper, and Other Surfaces Using Natural and Found Materials

Author: Laura Bethmann
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Discover how to use found natural materials-– such as leaves, flowers, feathers, vegetables, fruits, shells, weeds, and wood grain-– to print on any surface, from paper and fabric to ceramics, wood, and walls. Simple step-by-step instructions coupled with beautiful photos make it easy and fun to learn the basic techniques. In no time at all, crafters of any experience level will be creating original nature prints on everything from headboards to stationery to jewelry.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2010 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

15 ~ Passion for Imagination
14 ~ Passion for Growing
13 ~ Passion for Decorating
12 ~ Passion for Jewelry
11 ~ Passion for Art
10 ~ Passion for Travel
9 ~ Passion for Cooking + Baking
8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure
7 ~ Passion for Teaching + Learning
6 ~ Passion for Sewing
5 ~ Passion for Organization
4 ~ Passion for Relaxation
3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.