The holidays are the perfect time to play! Add some fun to your holiday gift giving…

Make It

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We think this Tin Can Carrier from Wendi of Shiny Happy World for Sew,Mama,Sew! is so much fun!
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Make and give a set of Travel Checkers with this free PDF tutorial from Tanya Whelan of Grand Revival Design for Sew,Mama,Sew! The PDF is an excerpt from Tanya’s book, Sew What You Love: The Easiest, Prettiest Projects Ever.
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This is a free Doll Pattern from Gingermelon Dolls; you can even sell these dolls if you note that you’re using a Gingermelon pattern in any written description!
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Wen from What’s Mummy Up To… shows you how to make the most of your fabric with a Matching Scraps Game!
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Sachiko’s sweet Tiny Tin Bedroom at Tea Rose Home could foster lots of creative playtime!
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We can’t resist Helen’s darling “Podge” Hedgehog Softie at Bustle & Sew. Make a few for some playful softie adventures! (Wouldn’t this be a sweet gift paired with a favorite Jan Brett book?)

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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Tote everything you need with Melissa’s Game Day Gym Bag at Sew Like My Mom. (You can even tote it to the gym after enjoying some of those holiday recipes!)

Related tutorials you might just love: I Spy Bags, Passion for Parties, 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:

Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice Tyler’s choice

Mix It

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Nibble on Amy’s Elf’s Mix from The Nifty Foodie as you play family board games or watch your favorite holiday movie!

Print It

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You can print this Christmas Bingo Game from Simply Fresh Designs to fill vacation time with fun!

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.

Sewing with Oilcloth (US Winners Only)

Author: Kelly McCants
Publisher: Wiley

Sewing with Oilcloth covers sewing with the family of specialty fabrics collectively known as oilcloth. You’ll get easy-to-follow instructions, special tips and tricks needed to get the most out of these fabrics, the unique applications of each, and how to treat and care for the finished pieces. From home goods to accessories, from baby gear to outdoor decor, you’ll find oilcloth sewing projects that unlock the potential of both traditional choices and new designer prints. You’ll follow helpful, trouble-free instructions for 20 oilcloth projects like a simple tablecloth, garden apron, farmer’s market tote, baby bib, and so much more.

Sewing Home Decor (US Winners Only)

Author: Shannon Davis
Publisher: Landauer

Discover simple techniques for mastering the essential techniques of sewing with this superb guide that will have you stitching, pleating, and piping in no time. Isn’t it time you learned to sew? With just a few simple techniques under their belt – such as seams, hems, buttonholes, pleats, piping, and zips– Even a beginner can create beautiful curtains, duvet covers, chair covers, pillow cases, table runners and more, to give their home that unique personal touch. Sewing Home Decor will give readers the skill, knowledge, and confidence they need to start creating wonderful home decorations that everyone will love. Also included with this volume is a free DVD that features easy-to-follow instructions for essential techniques, as well as 20 original projects to practice the techniques you’ve learned.

Landauer Publishing is a book publisher based in Iowa. They specialize in quilting, sewing and craft and hobby titles with an emphasis on technique and clear, easy to follow instruction so anyone learn the skills to make what they love.

Quilting: The Basics & Beyond (US Winners Only)

Author: Jeri Simon
Publisher: Landauer

This is the ultimate guide to everything you need to know to start creating your own quilts, including a free DVD of easy-to-follow techniques. Whether you’re just starting out, or brushing up on your quilting techniques, this superbly illustrated guide is your perfect companion. Quilting: The Basics & Beyond features expert information on everything you need to know to start creating wonderful quilts straight away – from choosing fabrics, colours, and equipment to the essentials of applique, rotary cutting, and finishing. This volume also comes with a free DVD featuring dozens of techniques explained in easy-to-follow steps, and 6 original projects for you to practice your new-found skills.

Landauer Publishing is a book publisher based in Iowa. They specialize in quilting, sewing and craft and hobby titles with an emphasis on technique and clear, easy to follow instruction so anyone learn the skills to make what they love.

Mend It Better: Creative Patching, Darning and Stitching (US Winners Only)

Author: Kristin M. Roach
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Don’t hide that patch, make it a bold, beautiful embellishment! Repair holes with bright thread and a creative darning stitch; revive a stained shirt with fun embroidery! In Mend It Better, popular craft blogger Kristin M. Roach puts a new spin on mending by adapting traditional techniques for today’s crafty sewers. With detailed photography to show each step, she teaches a wide range of patching, darning, and repair stitches using both hand and machine sewing.

The Sewing Machine Classroom (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Charlene Phillips
Publisher: Krause Publications

Join author Charlene Phillips as you learn all about your new best friend— your sewing machine! From fabric to feet to finished product, you’ll be guided through techniques for mastering your machine and using it to perform basic to advanced stitching tasks. Whether you’ve been sewing for years or just gotten the itch, you’ll find invaluable information inside for using your sewing machine to its maximum potential.

An indispensable reference book to keep next to your machine, inside you’ll find quick answers to all your sewing problems. Take control of your sewing machine and achieve wonderful results every time!

See more of The Sewing Machine Classroom in the digital preview!

The Bag Making Bible: The Complete Creative Guide to Sewing Your Own Bags (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Lisa Lam
Publisher: David & Charles

Introduces, explains and demonstrates the myriad materials, hardware, tools and techniques available to the modern crafter, including using the sewing machine. Each fully illustrated chapter ends with a unique, step-by-step project that builds the ultimate handbag wardrobe, with tips for customization. Full size patterns on a separate pull-out section mean you can get started right away! no photocopying or enlarging required.

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

19 ~ Gifts for College Kids
18 ~ Gifts for Tech Lovers
17 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends
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

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