Holiday Magazine Round Up

I made a promise to myself that this year I was going to make more Christmas gifts. In an effort to stick to that promise, I managed to purchase several holiday magazine issues. Here’s my analysis of the one’s I’ve bought. For the last 7 or so years I’ve purchased the special Sew News publication. Recently they shifted from a strictly Christmas issue to including other fall holidays as well (Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years, etc.). I think is a great idea, especially since this one comes out sometime in August – plenty of time to craft for other events. Of course, I’m biased about this issue because I have two holiday card holder tutorials that appear in this issue!
Craftstylish also came out with a Gifts to Make issue again this year. This special magazine includes 25 super quick presents such as a socktopus, photo pillow, and button rings as well as 10 one hour projects like soothing eye pillows. Not only did the Craft Stylish name draw me into buying this issue (after all, I’ve loved most of their other magazines), but the fact that it had “plush toys” and “chic totes”. Little did I know that the toys and totes were just multiples of the same pattern. Drat! Overall, a good read, but I’m not sure how many items I’ll be sewing up from it.
The biggest disappointment of my holiday reading had to be Better Homes and Garden’s Holiday Crafts. Betz White had put up a post that she had some adorable cupcake ornaments that appeared in this issue – they were so cute that I knew I had to make them. I figured the content would be worthwhile since Betz had included a project and a cute Santa pillow graced the cover, but I found most of the content to be very ‘folksy’ in appearance and many items required very little sewing (or if it did, it was hand sewing, not with a machine). I think if I was looking to do some holiday projects with children that this would be something that I might come back to, but I didn’t really see anything that I would be willing to make and give as a Christmas gift.
One of my favorite (and most expensive) magazines that I purchased, was Quilting Arts Magazine Gifts. What sold me on this issue was the amazing stockings that were on the inside – I am determined to make at least one of these for Christmas. I found that there was lots of variety in the projects inside, grocery totes, wreaths, ornaments, totes, etc. although all of them are mixed media, quilted (hence the name), or a combination of the two. I found that there were several other projects that I wouldn’t mind attempting, although I’ll probably skip the fabric piecing and just use the directions for the overall design.
Lastly, there’s Sew Hip! This isn’t a holiday issue but the premiere sewing magazine from the UK. I had ordered this issue quite awhile ago and it arrived on my doorstep in early October. Overall, the magazine has thick glossy pages with lots of photographs, a variety of projects for all sewing levels, and some great interviews (Amy Butler, Prints Charming). If you spend a lot of time on the internet, some of the content (i.e. projects, products, and book reviews) isn’t particularly new, but I’m attributing that to the fact that it is a foreign magazine and book releases do tend to come out later than what we have in the US. Overall, it’s not a bad issue and I’m holding off too many opinions until I see another magazine from them.

3 thoughts on “Holiday Magazine Round Up

  1. bernadette

    Good reviews. Thanks. I have so far bought just one of the Christmas “make-it” issues – Martha Stewart’s “‘HOLIDAY” – subtitled HAVE YOURSELF A HANDMADE CHRISTMAS – and I like it. There’s treats and crafts and gifts and card and wrap. Some are very quick and easy projects; some require a bit of skill or time. Most have no doubt been in other issues of her books or magazines but are nicely re-done. Sadly, I bought it ONE DAY before a coupon for $2 off that edition showed up in my e-mail and was good for only a short time. Oh, well!
    My favorite projects in the issue are the pleated translucent gift wraps, the pop-up tree cards, and the beaded hairpins. Also like the doily snowflake cards and the yarn drawing cards – maybe for next year! (Although, I guess, I could do yarn drawing cards for other occasions! Like embroidery, but with glue, haha)
    I am going to look for that Quilting Arts issue. It sounds good!

  2. Carrie

    I will definitely try to get my hands on the Sew News to see your tutorials!! Does Joann’s sell it? We don’t have a whole lot of good magazine resources around here. =(
    My fave Christmas issue to buy is Mary E’s Home Companion, soooo much cute stuff.
    I saw cutie pie Easton on Craftster, I hope you win!

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