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Remembering Yuletide Traditions
Whether its our recollections of times past stirred by the scent of pine on a frosty winter walk, or the simmering on the kitchen stove of cloves, cranberries and oranges that fills our senses, we are reminded of the enduring moments shared with friends and family at holiday times.

Last Minute Gifts to Sew
In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.

Sewing Teddy Bears
Most teddy bears can be very easy to sew and are great for gift giving. A handmade toy can add joy for any child - they can be small or large, quick to sew, and any wobbly seams or mismatched eyes only give creative character to a stitched toy made especially with care and love.

Quick Holiday Gifts to Sew or No-Sew
Nostalgia for simpler times can become the inspiration sewers may consider for making unique holiday gifts with homespun charm. Many are surprisingly easy to sew for gift giving using thrifty scrap fabrics to give as gifts of the heart.

Needlework Chatelaines
With meticulous attention to detail the popular series Downton Abbey shows the character of Mrs. Hughes wearing a needlework chatelaine. Often elaborate and very ornate, needlework chatelaines had scissors, thimbles, and tiny cylinders containing needles. Sew a modern one with a nod to the past.

Basic Hand Stitches
Holidays bring back memories of cherished traditions and allow us to not only reminiscence but endeavor to carry on those beloved customs as well. Knowing how to sew using basic hand stitches is one of those customs worth knowing and teaching to a willing learner.

Sew a Child's Bean Bag Toss Game
The roots of the bean bag toss game, also known in times obscure as Cornhole, is originally a lawn game where players take turns throwing small bags of beans onto a raised area that has a hole cut into it. Why not sew small colorful bean bags for a delightful children's game!

Sewing Soft Toys
No child can resist a huggable soft toy, especially one sewn with care just for that individual youngster. Whether bears, or bunnies, charmingly dressed mice, traditional rag dolls or enchanted characters from storybooks of old, children are delighted to have a clutchable treasure all their own.

Sewing with Plaids
Plaids have always had a traditional strong presence for the fall and winter seasons. From the many customary tartan plaids of the Scottish Highlands to the red, black, camel and white English Burberry signature design plaids are a very distinct and memorable style maker.

Holiday Ornaments to Sew
The simple beauty and homespun warmth of holiday ornaments lovingly made bring many a smile to all who have ever gazed on an old-fashioned decorated Christmas tree. Simple sewn ornaments bring elegance to the time-honored tradition of decorating a pine tree brought indoors for seasonal goodwill.

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