Sewing for “Play” is just plain fun… The joy you see when kids (or recipients of any age, really) play with something you created for them is so rewarding. Enjoy, and don’t forget to comment each day this week for all new chances to WIN.

Make It

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We think this is a genius idea from Rebecca of Beauty All Around. Tangram-esque Fabric Puzzles look irresistible! Rebecca writes that this is a beginner-level project and it’s very flexible as far as fabric choice (you could even use prints). It’s great for all-ages.
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Sachiko from Tea Rose Home created this tutorial for a No Big Dill series. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Felt Food would be so much fun, especially if you were to give this with a copy of the book!
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Hetty from Light Blue Grey shows you how to make a traditional, and super-fun, Stick Horse.
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Melissa from Happy Quilting created this tutorial for us here at Sew, Mama, Sew! The Game Time Picnic Quilt would be a great family gift.
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Have you seen this fantastic Frame Tent from Ruby of Cakies? Any kid would love to receive this special hide-out.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Elementary Kids, Gifts for Preschool Kids, Gifts for Imaginative Friends, Gifts: Laugh, Gifts: Play, Mini-Tent Pattern & Tutorial, Child’s Teepee-Style Tent

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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Ruby Zaaberry shows you how to make these darling Kid’s Messenger Bags. They look just about perfect to us, and can’t you picture adding a favorite book inside for the special kiddos on your list?

Buy It

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This Butterfly Life Cycle Playset from Muddy Feet is beautiful and educational too! Kelly writes, “Explore the cycle of (butterfly) life with this wonderfully natural playset! The fuzzy little caterpillar munches holes in his leaf, climbs into his cozy chrysalis and later emerges as a beautiful butterfly who sips nectar from a flower and lays teeny-tiny eggs on the leaf of the host plant.”

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:

Liz’s choice Dena’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

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If you have a Harry Potter fan on your list chances are they’ll think these amazing Golden Snitch Butterbeer Cake Pops from Amy at amybites are magical.

Print It

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Ning Fathia from babalisme shares these cute and free Christmas Pals Tags, inspired by vintage tin Christmas ornaments.

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays 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!
Natural Patchwork: 26 Stylish Projects Inspired by Flowers, Fabric & Home

Author: Suzuko Koseki
Publisher: Roost Books

Whether you are at home or out enjoying a walk on a wooded path, you can add a touch of color and comfort to your daily routines with one or more of the twenty-six projects featured here. By using the patchwork placemats to enliven your dining experience or by taking the hexagon patchwork bag on a picnic in a meadow, you never have to stray too far from the comfort of patchwork. The simple and traditional patchwork styles used in this book are paired with retro fabrics and contemporary designs to create everyday items.

Made to Play!: Handmade Toys and Crafts for Growing Imaginations

Author: Joel Henriques
Publisher: Shambahla Publications

Delight young children and encourage play through unique handmade toys. From sewn and stuffed musical instruments to interlocking paper building blocks and wooden animal figurines, the projects in this book are meant to encourage open-ended play. Organized by kid-loving subjects, the toys here follow the themes of Zoo; House; Blocks, Cars & Trucks; Dress-Up; Music; and Art. Overall, the projects here are meant to stimulate imagination, build confidence through success and enjoyment, and enhance the bond between family and friends through the creation of unique, artistic handmade toys and crafts.

Martha Stewart’s Handmade Holiday Crafts: 225 Inspired Projects for Year-Round Celebrations (US Winners Only)

Authors: Editors of Martha Stewart Living
Publisher: Potter Craft

Join Martha Stewart for a celebration of handcrafted holidays all year-round!

Let Martha inspire your creativity with the most beautiful crafts. The 225 handmade projects include cards and greetings, decorations, gifts and gift wrapping, tabletop accents, party favors, and kids’ crafts, as well as more holiday-specific activities, such as egg-dyeing, pumpkin carving, and tree trimming. Each idea is sure to make the holidays more festive and memorable.

Deploy That Fabric: 23 Sewing Projects Use Military Uniforms in Everyday Life

Author: Jen Eskridge
Publisher: C&T Publishing

Show your pride in our troops every day! All members of the Armed Forces have to buy multiple uniforms, some of which become decommissioned. Learn how to recycle these uniforms and blend in some cheerful, contemporary fabrics to create useful family treasures with one-of-a-kind style. Even if you don’t have a service member in your life, you can make these cool projects using camouflage fabrics or uniforms purchased from surplus stores.

Scrap-Basket Surprises: 18 Quilts from 2 1/2″ Strips

Author: Kim Brackett
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Get scrap happy with 18 projects designed for 2 1/2″ strips! You can cut strips from your stash or use convenient precut Jelly Rolls. The projects feature easy triangle-free piecing in a variety of fabrics, from batiks and reproduction prints to florals and folk-art designs.

* Contains projects for quilters of all skill levels, including beginners.
* Inspires creativity with a wide variety of designs.
* Covers all the basics, from choosing fabrics to sorting strips to cutting and piecing.

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

1 ~ Passion for Accessories

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