Give your favorite cook new hot pads, placemats, tea towels and more… They’re sure to want today’s ideas in their kitchen!

Make It

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Don’t miss the 15 Favorite Placemat Tutorials we recently compiled here at Sew,Mama,Sew!
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Mandi shows you how to make these “super-easy” Quilted Color-Block Hot Pads at Making Nice in the Midwest. Use some of your scraps!
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We also like these Half-Square Triangle Pot Holders from Jeni at In Color Order!
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Penny shows you how easy it is to create these sweet Linen Tea Towels with appliqué at sewtakeahike.
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Don’t you absolutely love these Paint Chip Placemats by Emily Herrick of Crazy Old Ladies for Moda Bake Shop?!

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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Make a pretty Zig Zag Bag for everything you might want to tote in style with Cheri from I Am Momma Hear Me Roar.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Food, Passion for Cooking + Baking, Gifts for Foodies, Kids’ Apron + many of our For the Home Tutorials

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:

Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice Liz’s choice

Mix It

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This Honey & Saffron Liquor from Jill Chen for Eat Boutique might be the perfect accompaniment to your favorite cook’s next kitchen creation.

Print It

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Helena designed these handy Cookbook Markers (via Craft And Creativity). They’d be a nice “extra” if you plan to give a cookbook this holiday season.

Win It

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

Face-a-Day Journal (US Winners Only)

Publisher: Potter Style

This journal helps capture your daily mood by simply filling in an empty circle with a smiley face, angry scowl, questionable brow, and other doodles. When you open the journal, you’ll find a graphic questionnaire that captures aspects of your day at-a-glance and a blank circle to doodle a face that represents your mood. A fun bonus: this journal also functions like a flip book. Once you’ve completed the book, you can flip through the pages and watch the “animation” of your changing moods in bright, popping colors.

Red Marionette was developed in 2008 by a crafty redhead with an overactive imagination. Believing that everyone should have a doppelganger in felt she frantically doodled her way into madness. From these doodles, obnoxiously cute creatures were born. These creatures took the form of ornaments, wreaths, wall art, party favors, holiday decor and much more. As they are carefully hand-stitched, Lola, Pete, Fortinbras and countless others quickly developed their own eccentric tastes and characteristics…

Red Marionette is giving away the Winter Wonderland Wreath: “It is covered in light blue yarn and wrapped with white fluffy yarn. Included in the decorations are felt snowflakes, white pom poms, glittery foliage, a large glittery snowflake, and a silver star. It hangs from a tied blue, translucent ribbon…

…Spencer is nestled within the white pom pom snow and is entirely hand stitched. He is made from white felt with black and orange accents. He is stuffed until he is festively plump with polyfil. Spencer loves caroling and decorating for the Holidays. He particularly loves the smell of burning wood outside on a crisp night while watching the Christmas lights twinkle under the snow.”

(US Winners Only)

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

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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