Help imaginations soar with today’s gift ideas!We select winners tomorrow for our second week of Handmade Holidays giveaways. Be sure to visit each post and comment to win!

Make It

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These Animal Ear Headbands from Stacy at Hart + Sew are adorable!
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Miriam at Mad Mim writes, “I believe stick-horses to be one of the staples of childhood toys– right along side Lincoln Logs and Legos.” Make a Strapping Stick Horse today!
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Anda Corrie from Etsy shares this pretty Fabric Play Crown on the Spoonflower blog.
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Imaginative Friends on the go will love these portable Crayon Booklets from Cherie at You + Mie
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We recently shared 20 Favorite Costume Tutorials here at Sew,Mama,Sew! Don’t you think a Scrappy Unicorn Hoodie or Dinosaur (or Dragon) Tail would be nice under the tree this year?!
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Add some fun to the kitchen (or a play kitchen) with Delia’s Pizza Chef’s Hat at Delia Creates.
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Who knows what will be possible with this Magic Wand from Lainie at maker*land?!
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Ashley shows you how to Turn a Drawing Into a Doll (or Stuffed Toy) with this helpful tutorial at Make It and Love It.

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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Beverly writes that her Linen + Ruffles Coin Purse would be “super cute as a little gift card holder…” Find the tutorial at Flamingo Toes.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Parties, Passion for Imagination, Passion for Play, Gifts for Imaginative Friends

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 Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice

Mix It

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Make grain-free and gluten-free Pumpkin Whoopie Pies with Carrie at Deliciously Organic!

Print It

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We want to get this Thanksgiving Play Set to you with plenty of time to spare for Thanksgiving prep. The free printables and felt patterns from How Does She… look like a lot of fun to play with while you wait for the turkey!

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Knitting in Circles (US Winners Only)

Author: Nicky Epstein
Publisher: Potter Craft

One knitted circle can become a stylish hat or an adorable shrug. Two, and you have a unique handbag or cover-up. Knit more circles, and you can make show-stopping scarves, capes, sweaters, afghans— Even a stunning lace dress. Only Nicky Epstein, always on the cutting edge of knitwear design, could dream up these innovative garments and accessories that all start with a simple shape. Mix and match to your heart’s content with 100 circles and 20 inspiring projects that feature everything from cables to rich colorwork, delicate lace, and over-the-top embellishments. You’ll find step-by-step techniques on how to knit circles, both in the round and flat, plus expert guidance on customizing the projects, with unique cut-and-paste circle templates to design your own styles.

Reinvention: Sewing with Rescued Materials (US Winners Only)

Author: Maya Donenfeld
Publisher: Wiley

Advancements in technology have increased the pace of our lives. As a response, a vibrant DIY movement has risen to reclaim age old traditions that reconnect us to slower and simpler times. With this in mind, blogger Maya Donenfeld offers a guide to working with her favorite recycled materials. You’ll find linen, burlap, wool and more with details on their history, deconstruction techniques, sewing tips, and information about their environmental impact. Reinventing everyday materials into extraordinary items of beauty and utility for the modern home and family will excite new and experienced sewers alike.

The Colette Sewing Handbook: Inspired Styles and Classic Techniques for the New Seamstress (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Sarai Mitnick
Publisher: Krause Publications

Five simple fundamentals can help you perfect any sewing project: a thoughtful plan, a precise pattern, a fantastic fit, a beautiful fabric, and a fine finish. With these five core ideas, The Colette Sewing Handbook shows you how to start sewing the wardrobe of your dreams.

Includes five beautiful patterns for modern classic pieces, including a scalloped-hem skirt, flutter-sleeve blouse, sweetheart neck sheath dress, asymmetrical flounce dress, and a lined dress with gathered sleeves. Each project will help you put the fundamentals into practice as you sew.

Check out a digital preview for The Colette Sewing Handbook!

Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: CRK Design/Yasuko Endo
Publisher: Interweave Press

Now you can combine your love of handstitching and beautiful beads to make delightfully original trims and embellishments. Bead Embroidery Stitch Samples will show you how to add beads to all your favorite embroidery stitches, creating delicate details that are perfect for gifts or personal treasures.

Inside, you’ll find dozens of stitch patterns that incorporate beads, ranging from elegantly simple single motifs to complex all-over patterns to three-dimensional designs. Along with step-by-step instructions, you’ll see numerous examples of how the authors have added these beaded motifs to hems, pockets, cuffs, collars, and handbags, or used them as home décor trim on pillows, curtains, and lampshades. The patterns inside emphasize beaded edgings and trims, as opposed to heavy, solid beaded fabric motifs found in other beaded embroidery books. You’ll be inspired and charmed as you discover endless ways to make lovely patterns with beads and stitchery.

With just embroidery threads and simple beads, you will set your work apart with dazzling details and exquisite beauty.

Learn more with a digital preview for Bead Embroidery Stitch Sample!

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2011 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

16 ~ Deck the Halls
15 ~ Gifts for Girlfriends
14 ~ Gifts for Babies
13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses
12 ~ Gifts for Crafters
11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids
10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends
9 ~ Deck the Halls
8 ~ Gifts for Cooks
7 ~ Gifts for Pet Lovers
6 ~ Gifts for Moms + Grandmas
5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens
4 ~ Gifts for Organizers
3 ~ Gifts for Travelers
2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

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