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Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Giveaway! I will be honest with you- I don’t usually make many gifts to give away for Christmas. I typically don’t think about gift-giving until after Thanksgiving, and by then there’s not much time left! What I do manage to do, though, is make dozens and dozens of cookies- then I buy inexpensive holiday plates, arrange the cookies on them, and give them as gifts to friends and neighbors. They love my homemade cookies, and they have a pretty plate to keep when the cookies are gone. (You can get really good deals on holiday dishware at large department stores, especially if you use their coupons. I have gotten gorgeous plates for as little as $2-3 each, by combining store sales with my coupons.)

Christmas Story bunny suitOne time, many many years ago, I DID start making gifts early in the fall. I made my nieces (who were about 6 and 8 years old at the time) those outfits that we used to make out of sweat suits, fusible fabric designs and dimensional fabric paint (I’m probably dating myself- do you remember those? Looking back, they were kind of hideous, but honestly they were all the rage way back when…) Anyway, I was so happy that I got the outfits done in time for Christmas, and I thought they were so cute. A few months after Christmas, I asked my nieces about them. And being kids, they were honest and said they didn’t wear them because they were itchy. Their mom just smiled sheepishly at me. (I can tell you, that if someone had made my kids something, they WOULD wear them, at least once, in that person’s presence. Let’s show a little appreciation, OK??? Now I’m thinking about Ralphie’s pink bunny suit in A Christmas Story…. Oh geez, is that what my handmade gifts equate to? Am I Aunt Clara???)

Anyway, I am giving away one of my handmade creations for this giveaway, and I hope it’s better than a scratchy sweat suit or a pink bunny suit!! Does it look a little familiar?


Yes, it’s made from Block #3 of the Sew Sweet Simplicity Free Block of the Month… If you are signed up for the BOM, look for the pattern for Block #3 in your email around December 22. In addition to the block pattern, you will also be receiving the pattern to make the tote bag!!! Yippee! Bonus Pattern!

If you have not signed up yet for this FREE Block of the Month, just click here! You can still catch up- when you sign up, you will receive a welcome email with all of the previous links, and on December 22 you will receive the tote bag pattern. Every month we have blog hops, giveaways, and more– it’s “sew” much fun… You can also sign up for my free e-magazine, with quilt, sewing & craft projects, recipes, printables and more- just click here.

I am having 2 separate giveaway prizes- the first is the tote that you see above, and the second is a bundle of Christmas fabric and a set of 8 note cards printed from my original watercolor paintings:


(Please note that this contest is for U.S. residents only- sorry!)

To enter this giveaway, comment on this post and tell me:

  • *Do you make handmade gifts for the holidays? If so, do you start way ahead of time, or try to get it all done at the last minute?
  • *Be sure that your email is included either in your post or in your profile. If I choose your name, but cannot contact you, I will draw another name.
  • *Comment by 8 pm EST on Friday December 12.
  • *2 Winners will be chosen at random.


Don’t forget to stop by my OTHER GIVEAWAY, which is running through Wednesday night (December 10). You can win a fabric bundle and copy of the book, A Flair for Fabric. Click here.

AND, for even MORE giveaways, visit SewMamaSew all this week!!!

Good luck!!

This giveaway is now closed. Chosen at random, the winner of the tote bag is Jennifer, and the winner of the fabric bundle and note cards is Cynthia. Congratulations, ladies!

Winner-Cynthia Winner-Jennifer