Add a touch of the past to your modern celebrations. Alicia has collected a variety of gift ideas with classic charm!…

Today’s Guest Curator: Alicia from Sweet Kiddy Caps + Two Kids and a Blog

Alicia from Sweet Kiddy Caps and Two Kids and a Blog showed us how to make an Easy Appliqué Birds of a Feather Quilt earlier this year. Alicia sells custom items in her shop, like bags, quilts, garlands and more.

Alicia also has round-ups, tutorials and tips on her Two Kids and a Blog, like this Travel Camper QUilt tutorial and her recent Coloring Pages round-up. Learn all about Alicia’s work on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Make It

Christmas Apron
Everyone needs a festive, new Christmas Apron! Try this easy version from Sea Salt and Stitches.

Holiday Table Runner
Here’s a traditional Holiday Runner to help you set a happy table from The Sewing Chick.

Patchwork Tree Quilt Block
Diary of a Quilter’s Patchwork Tree Quilt Block could be utilized for an Advent calendar, lap quilt, runner or more!

Vintage Inspired Christmas Pillow
Use The Crafted Sparrow’s techniques for adding words to pillows to make your own Vintage Inspired Christmas Pillow.

Merry Mug Rug
Mon Petit Lyons shows you how easy it is to make a Merry Mug Rug! Add a mug or coffee gift card to this cheery piece for an extra-special gift.

Christmas Tree Table Runner
Christen from Love By Hand designed the Christmas Tree Table Runner for us at Sew Mama Sew, featuring the ever-popular half square triangle.

How to Make Cute Toys from Vintage Patterns
Help Santa out a bit! Hillary Lang, designer and owner of Wee Wonderfuls, fills you in on How to Make Cute Toys from Vintage Patterns. Vintage-inspired friends will make the holidays brighter!

Patchwork Quilted Pillows
The sweet Patchwork Quilted Pillows from Polka Dot Chair will add extra comfort and cheer to your holiday decor.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Stockings from a Vintage Quilt, Christmas Tree Pants Holiday Sew-Along (because not all trees like to wear skirts), “Pants” Sew-Along Part Two, “Pants” Sew-Along Part Three

Mix It

Canning Salted Cantaloupe Jam
Make the Canning Salted Cantaloupe Jam from Back to Her Roots now for a head start on thoughtful hostess, teacher and neighbor gifs.

Print It

Rudolph Gift Tags
Add By Dawn Nicole’s fun Rudolph Gift Tags to every present!

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The Complete Book of Chalk Lettering: Create and Develop Your Own Style

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Author: Valerie McKeehan
Publisher: Workman Publishing Company

Ubiquitous at boutiques and cafés, on Etsy and Pinterest, in stationery and home decor, the art of chalk lettering is hotter than ever. Valerie McKeehan, an Etsy standout whose work has been featured in magazines and websites from Good Housekeeping to, teaches us everything we need to know to create gorgeous hand-drawn chalk designs. The book is also a practice space, with three foldout “chalkboards”— the inside cover and foldout back cover are lined with blackboard paper.

In over 60 lessons, learn the ABCs of lettering (literally) and basic styles: serif, sans serif, and script. Next, how to lay out a design, combine various styles into one cohesive piece, add shadows and dimension. Master more advanced letter styles, from faceted to ribbon to “vintage circus.” Use banners, borders, flourishes. And finally, 12 projects to show off your newfound skills: including a Winter Wonderland Snow Globe; a smartphone-themed birthday card to text friends and family; a one-of-a-kind party invitation to create, photograph, and mail; and a bake sale sign guaranteed to put everyone who sees it in the mood for a cupcake!

Handmade Bags In Natural Fabrics: Over 25 Easy-To-Make Purses, Totes and More

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Author: Emiko Takahashi
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Make your own charming purse, tote, clutch, satchel or eco tote with with this fashionable bag making book.

Handmade Bags in Natural Fabrics offers patterns for twenty-five basic bag styles along with sixty variations and the know-how to customize each bag to suit any style— from sweet-and innocent to minimalist to counter-culture. There is no better project for the eco-conscious crafter than a simple cloth bag. In addition to bag sewing patters, basic sewing lessons teach the fundamentals of bag sewing…

Emiko Takahashi, a fashion and textiles designer, provides easy instructions and bag sewing diagrams, as well as a sheet of fully-sized pattern pieces for each handmade bag project—plus easy lessons on the basics of hand-stitching drawstring casings, corners, edges, straps, and simple flourishes. Cotton and linen bags are always useful and they lend a carefree, laid-back touch to any warm-weather outfit. Each bag can be machine-sewn, but they are designed to be made in natural fabrics that are lightweight enough to be easily sewn by hand. With Takahashi’s expert guidance, beginning sewers with little or no previous experience can learn to make these understated and elegant handbags.

Country Living Christmas Joys: Decorating * Crafts * Recipes

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Author: Country Living
Publisher: Hearst

Make this Christmas the best and brightest yet, with hundreds of gorgeous decorating ideas and delicious recipes. From holiday house tours and ways to deck the halls to handmade gifts and festive feasts, this beautiful book will help you celebrate Christmas in Country Living style. Create stunning wreaths, turn saltshakers into sparkling snow globes, craft Advent calendars from tiny envelopes, bake gourmet-store-worthy cookies, and more to make a truly happy holiday.

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

Here are 2015 gift ideas:

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