You’re probably here in part because you love to sew, right?! Here are some fun ideas for people with a passion for sewing! We have a couple of extra giveaways today, so be sure to read carefully for your chance to win!

We’ll select winners for our first week of giveaways tonight. There’s still time to comment on the posts to win: Passion for Organization, Passion for Relaxation, Passion for Clothes, Passion for Play, Passion for Accessories

Make It

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Amy from nanaCompany shows you how to make her cute and easy Needlebooks. These would be lots of fun as gifts for the sewists in your life.
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Teresa from The Green Bag Lady created these Ornament Bags as gifts for her sewing group, filled with “bolts” of fabric. She’s giving away five kits on her blog today (through Tuesday) so you can make your own ornament bag. Each kit includes enough wool felt for one ornament & embroidery thread (all tucked in a vintage fabric “envelope”), letter templates and the pattern. Head over to Teresa’s blog and comment to win.
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These Travel Sewing Kits from Lots of Pink Here! are so beautiful. Amy writes, “They are so fun and a really useful little kit to have in your purse or car so that you can always work on a project no matter where you are.”
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Kris and Kim are identical twin sisters and co-hosts of the weekly sewing and craft show “The DIY Dish.” They show you how to make this Dress Form Pin Cushion on The DIY Dish blog.
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Angela from Saké Puppets created this On the Go Project Pouch for us at Sew,Mama,Sew!, inspired by the sewing kits she sees near her home in Japan.
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Ruby from Zaaberry says you might have a hard time keeping these fun Pattern Weights from kids!

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Crafters

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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Amy of During Quiet Time shares this pretty (and free!) Scalloped Dresden Bag pattern download.

Buy It

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We love these Crafty Girl Scissors T-Shirts from The Bold Banana! Tyler’s offering up a free Crafty Girl Scissors T-Shirt as a giveaway today, so be sure to comment on this post to win. Take a look at the shop for lots of fun designs, like the “Keep Calm and Get Your Craft On” red tote!

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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Heather from WhipperBerry says the best vanilla is the vanilla you make yourself! She shows you how in this tutorial for Homemade Vanilla Extract. It’s a lovely gift for friends and neighbors!

Print It

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These Jumbo Floss Bobbins from Mollie at Wild Olive are perfect for bias tape, ribbon or even yarn!

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!

For the Love of Hand Stitching with Jan Constantine

Author: Jan Constantine
Publisher: C&T Publishing

* 21 signature applique & embroidery designs from popular designer, Jan Constantine.
* Learn basic applique techniques as well as a range of easy-to-master embroidery stitches.
* Jan’s bold and playful imagery will complement any home.

In this collection of projects, Jan features an inspiring mix of style-romance, nostalgia, patriotism, and celebration. Update your home with elegant new colors and chic accents. Choose from pillows, a quilt, a throw, place mats… Even aprons and totes too!

Sew Up a Home Makeover: 50 Simple Sewing Projects to Transform Your Space

Author: Lexie Barnes
Publisher: Storey Books

Want to bring a new look to a tired room without spending a fortune? Designer Lexie Barnes shows you how to personalize your living space in just a few hours, with 50 fresh, fun, pattern-free sewing projects. Transform a living room with a custom-designed slipcover and coordinated pillows. Redecorate a bedroom in a weekend by sewing up a headboard cover, a lampshade, and matching window treatments. Learn how easy and inexpensive it can be to change the look of a child’s room as she grows from a baby to a kid to a teenager. With dramatic before-and-after examples, beautifully styled photography, and a fun “you-can-do-it” attitude, Sew Up a Home Makeover is a creative resource that you’ll return to every time you’re ready for a new look.

Win a $25 gift certificate to QuiltedCupcake. QuiltedCupcake offers unique handmade fabric creations, including laptop, iPad and e-reader cases, as well as baby gifts. (This image is one of the QuiltedCupcake iPad or HP Tablet Covers!) QuiltedCupcake is currently expanding a line of vintage fabric items, include vintage charm packs and pillow covers.

The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos: The Best Techniques for Showcasing Your Handmade Creations

Author: Heidi Adnum
Publisher: Interweave Books

The Crafter’s Guide to Taking Great Photos is your must-have guide to learning to shoot better photos, with tips and advice written specifically with artists and crafters in mind. Amidst the sea of handmade jewelry, apparel, housewares, art, and other crafts that populate blogs, websites, and online marketplaces, you need to make your items stand out. The key is great photography. Beautiful hand-crafted garments, jewelry, artwork, textiles, and home accessories can all be undermined by poor or uninspired photos that fail to represent the detail, color, and artistry of your creations.

Out of the Box with Easy Blocks Fun with Free-Form Piecing

Authors: Mary Lou Weidman, Melanie McFarland
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Using step-by-step instructions, learn to make out-of-the-box blocks, square them up, and fit them together in a dynamic border or quilt top.

* Treat yourself to patterns for 13 whimsical blocks and seven colorful quilts.
* Make pictorial blocks, such as cats, shoes, ice pops, and letters, as well as wonky traditional blocks, such as Nine Patch and Stars.
* Enjoy confidence-building projects that anyone can make.

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

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.