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Shelve the stress of Christmas shopping by vowing to go handmade this holiday season.

Just think... No long lines. No crowded malls. No snow-slippery parking lots. Instead, you can cozy up to a sewing project and a steamy mug of hot cocoa. Your soundtrack? Yuletide tunes and a crackling fireplace. Ahhh. Not only do you avoid a few dozen "bah humbug" moments amidst the holiday havoc, but also you treat your recipients to one-of-a-kind presents that are precious and priceless. Oh, yeah. No gift receipts, either.

That do-it-yourself sentiment is echoed in our book Vintage Notions, in which author Clarice Carpenter writes in a 1924 article: “Christmas giving is more than a lovely custom. It is an art – a fine art which you have mastered when your gifts are individual and thoughtful and fitted to the needs of those to whom they are given.” Sample page from the December chapter of Vintage Notions

We have gift ideas for anyone on your list. Gadget geeks will go gaga over our Tech Pocket & Portfolio (IJ904), while gals of all ages will adore accessories like Mixed Metal Zips (IJ906) or Turn-A-Tie Flowers (IJ879). The key to a Scrooge-free season is to start early and stay organized. Make a list (and check it twice!) of items you'd like to create, and determine how much time you need to complete each project. Ensure you have all of your supplies on hand to avoid last-minute trips into the mess of mass-produced mayhem. Better yet, order your supplies and tools from our site to sidestep the ho-ho-headache.

You can take handmade holidays a step further with DIY decorations, from stockings to tree skirts and gift tags to garlands. Peruse our patterns for enchanting ornaments sure to suit any style, from our stylish My Christmas Zips (IJ915) to our whimsical Alice in Wonderland Collections.  For even more inspiration, browse our books like Holiday Charm, which includes patterns for delightful decorations like stockings and snowmen.

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Tina Gordon on

I shall vow this for next year. I am to late for this year with so many family and friends to make something for.

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