Extend your circle and make the season brighter! You can make a donation to a local organization that works with people or animals in need of extra support. Deborah has a nice list of options for your consideration…

Today’s Guest Curator: Deborah Fisher of Fish Museum and Circus

Deborah Fisher of Fish Museum and Circus is the director and pattern designer for both the Bright Hopes Collaborative Quilt Project and for Bo Twal. Bright Hopes is a community based non profit based locally on Long Island, NY. Bo Twal (cloth kiss in Haitian Creole) is a non-profit international doll project.

For another way to make Gifts for Good this season, purchase a Bo Twal doll or animal pattern to sew. Bo Twal patterns are available in the Bo Twal shop. As always, 100% of the profits from pattern sales are used to provide soft, handmade cloth dolls to children in underdeveloped countries. Sewists within the children’s country are paid to sew dolls and distribute them to the boys and girls, providing comfort to the children as well as income to the sewists.

Deborah is the author of Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family (F+W/Interweave 2013). Her new book, Quilt Giving: 19 Simple Quilt Patterns to Make and Give (F+W/Interweave), will be released in February 2016 and is available to preorder now.

Make It

Fleece Mittens
Are you looking for a handmade project to add to a Mitten Giving Tree? Wee Folk Art has the perfect “sew simple” Fleece Mittens tutorial that your kids can help with.

Simple Heart Quilt
The Simple Heart Quilt from Cluck Cluck Sew is perfect for any charitable cause. Make one to give to a charity for their fundraising raffle.

Wheelchair Tote
Sew for your local veteran’s home with the Wheelchair or Walker Tote tutorial from Sew Excited. Add a few small, practical gifts tucked inside.

Easy Tote Bags
Food pantries are extra busy during the holidays. Sew up some Easy Tote Bags from Crazy Little Projects and fill them with non-perishable food items.

Fidget Quilt
With Heart and Hands has great ideas for Fidget Quilt. These are just right for Alzheimer patients at your local nursing home.

Pow-Ta Da Quilt
Make this quilt for anyone who needs some extra care this season. The Pow-Ta Da Quilt from She Can Quilt is simple and striking.

Easy Pet Bed
Pet shelters always need extra beds. This Easy Pet Bed from Bia of Ms.Elaineous is one of two options we have here at Sew Mama Sew. There’s also the easy Dreaming Away Pet Bed from Ali and Courtney of Wives of Whitewood.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Sewing Softies + Dolls for Charity, How to Make a Sensory Therapy Roll, Reversible Cozy Hood for Kids, Toys + Softies

Mix It

Chocolate Bark
Oski and Fig have customizable Chocolate Bark that’s perfect for any occasion. Treat yourself after all of your hard work!

Print It

Gift Card Envelopes
Non-profits are always in need of gift cards to give to their clients this time of year. Print out these sweet Gift Card Envelopes from Love vs. Design to make your donation look extra special.

Kindness Cards
Kindness Cards from Skip to My Lou are perfect for sharing with everyone.

Bright Holiday Gift Tags
Also from Love vs. Design, these Bright Holiday Gift Tags. They are fun but also neutral, so they are just right for a charitable gift when you may not know the recipient.

Random Acts of Kindness Cards
Random Acts of Kindness Cards from Sugar Bee Crafts help make giving fun all year round.

Win It

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Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping 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 that contribute prizes.

The Complete Book of Curtains Drapes & Blinds

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Author: Wendy Baker
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin

Whether you’re an interior designer or a home decorator and you need to create a beautiful home space with a window dressing to complement your lifestyle, look no further. The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds is the one-stop reference.

No longer will you struggle with inspiration or measurements as you’ll find the essentials for creating a curtain design in this jam-packed volume. Learn the basics of window shapes, measuring, heading tapes, fabric characteristics, and fabric quantities. When you’re ready to design, the second chapter in the book provides an in-depth look into various types of accessories available for curtains and blinds. For designers, and decorators, the sketches can be scanned and reduced to put on sample board or e-mailed to curtain makers to eliminate costly mistakes. The book also includes a section for cozy bed treatments and plush cushions and throws.

From first-time homeowners to interior design students and studio professionals— when it comes to window dressings and coordinated accessories The Complete Book of Curtains, Drapes, and Blinds will help you through bewildering choices in a simple and easy way. Now that’s a curtain call!

Stylish Skirts: 23 Simple Designs to Flatter Every Figure

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Author: Sato Watanabe
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Sew chic and original skirts with this stylish sewing book.

Stylish Skirts is the English edition of a popular Japanese sew-it-yourself fashion book which allows you to create simple yet stylish skirts that look and feel great—at a fraction of the cost of store-bought fashion. With this Japanese Sewing book, there’s no end to the kinds of skirts you can create to match your body shape, your taste in fabrics and colors, and your mood (not to mention your favorite tops, shoes and accessories)! The instructions and diagrams are a snap to follow and provide a huge variety of styles—from ultra-feminine to artfully disheveled. All 23 skirt designs in this book look great in different fabrics, colors, prints and textures—so the options are truly endless. The enclosed DIY sewing instructions make cutting and sewing these skirts a breeze.

Author Sato Watanabe has written many of the most popular Japanese sewing books on the market. In this new book, she shows you how to make professional-quality skirts easily and inexpensively at home. She studied clothing and accessory design at Tokyo’s famous Bunka Fashion College before beginning a career as a magazine editor, eventually turning her writing skills to creating bestselling books!

The Spoonflower Handbook: A DIY Guide to Designing Fabric, Wallpaper & Gift Wrap with 30+ Projects

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Authors: Stephen Fraser, Judi Ketteler + Becka Rahn
Publisher: Stewart, Tabori and Chang

Designing fabric, wallpaper, and gift wrap used to be the stuff of dreams. Only a few select creatives got to do it, and it required formal training and significant financial investment. But times have changed, and today anyone with a computer, Internet connection, and idea can upload a file and order their own fabric or paper, printed affordably one yard or more at a time. At the forefront of this revolutionary DIY movement is Spoonflower, a North Carolina startup that produces designs for hundreds of thousands of users worldwide—24 hours a day/seven days a week to keep up with demand.

With step-by-step tutorials and projects that span a wide spectrum of skills, The Spoonflower Handbook is written for both new and experienced users of this print-on-demand technology. Covering everything from equipment to software to working with photos, scans, repeats, vector files, and more, it is an essential guide to a booming new creative outlet.

Check out our 2014 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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