With the arrival of our first snowfall of the season, I was inspired to bring you another edition of Holiday Hints for Homemade Gifts: Home. Winter is here, time to hunker down and settle in!

The Rustic Throw, pg 21 of Warm Fuzzies, is made from 5-6 felted wool sweaters cut into rectangles and stitched together. I keep this on the back of the couch for chilly evenings.

Got scraps? The Scrapwork Pillow (also from Warm Fuzzies) is a wonderful way to use up felt scraps and makes for a super cozy pillow.

Mmm, who doesn’t like breakfast in bed? Or at least the idea of it. The Breakfast in Bed Pillow (Warm Fuzzies, pg 30) is a pillow with a sense of humor. (And no crumbs!) This project takes a little time to make, but each step is really quite basic. Like a slow cooked meal, the result is totally worth it!

More pillows…this time we’re taking shortcuts with the Easy Repurposed Pillows (free details in my sidebar). Use an old favorite sweater and shirt/jacket and you’ve got a new favorite pillow for your couch!

In Sewing Green, I show you how to appliqué Big Time with the Graphic Pillows on page 40. Great for making a bold statement and freshening up your decor on a budget.

For the ultimate in luxury, hunt down some second hand cashmere sweaters for the Cashmere Lap Throw in Sewing Green. Like the Rustic Throw (shown at top) this is made from large rectangles seamed together, but this time lined with a yummy organic cotton velour. Lux!

Lastly, for a cozier home at the get-go, dodge those drafts with the Woodland Draft Buster, Sewing Green page 44. Looks and works great on a window sill, too. Make one for the person on your list that has about everything!

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In other news, I’ve updated my shop with felt goodies from last weekend’s craft show. In addition, I’m offering free US shipping on any orders of my Indian Summer organic cotton fabrics through the end of December 2009.