November 2 ~ Gifts for Travelers

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Maybe someone you know is planning a big trip for 2009, or maybe they travel every week for business. Surprise them before their journey with something handmade, fun and perhaps even a little “practical!”

Make It

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Jessica shares an easy Passport Sleeve Tutorial via her bunnybum blog.
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We think these small, accordion-style books would be perfect for traveling. Diane from CraftyPod gives great directions in her Playing Card Notebook Tutorial.
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Photos are essential when we travel! Your camera will be snug with Katrin’s Camera Cozy Tutorial from sew-mad.
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Carrie’s bags are the perfect thing for shoes, knitting projects and much more when you’re on the road. The Lingerie/Utility Bag Tutorial from Sommer Designs will help you make a thoughtful gift for travelers.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Tote Bags, For Your Purse or Pocket and Drawstring Bags.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Lauren’s choice Kristin’s choice Meg’s choice
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Buy It

spacer The Hipshack by may.tree.ark
Catherine’s Hipshacks from may.tree.ark are just the thing for hands-free travel. Hipshacks have a Velcro closure for extra security and they can accommodate cell phones, keys and IDs.

Mix It

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Kelli shares a great Rosemary Limoncello Recipe on her AfricanKelli blog. The project needs a little time to sit, so start today… It’s worth the wait!


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335 Responses to November 2 ~ Gifts for Travelers

  1. Hugh Hadlock says:

    I just booked a trip to Hawaii!!! If you are planning a trip make sure you use to find the best prices for flights and hotels. They search pretty much every travel provider on the web in a matter of seconds! Then they list the prices from all of the travel providers on one page so you definitely get the lowest price every time. I’ve tried other sites like this before, but this one aways has the most listings and the best prices. It’s like the google of travel searches.

  2. mary says:

    Wonderful ideas! Thank you!

  3. Camille says:

    I’m gonna treat myself with a camera cozy. From : me To : me

  4. kim baratta-mowers says:

    I would LOVE to win this one!! great stuff.

  5. Amy says:

    those playing card books are a great idea for the guys! perfect!

  6. Leslie says:

    My sister in law is quite the traveler. These Ideas are great for her!! Thanks!

  7. kathy h. says:

    sewing time wishes. That’s what I want for Christmas.

  8. Sandy says:

    Love the ideas! I need to get sewing for Christmas. I have someone on my list who can use a passport cover and the lingerie bags. Thanks!

  9. indigorchid says:

    I’m so happy you guys are back, I enjoyed and utilized the blog last season, and hope to do so this year as well! I’m especially excited about your recipes for yummy stuff that will make nice gifts, on top of your great craft projects! Hurrah, and welcome back!

  10. Megan says:

    I love the lingerie bags. I don’t think I posted on here yet, but they are too cute!

  11. Grand dad says:

    Lemon that’s what to do…I can handle that!!
    and the playing card book idea ,yep and the bags..all really good ideas! Thanks

  12. Jodie says:

    I lvoe the camera cozy! All cute ideas ~ thank you to the contributors and thank you to Sew Mama Sew for collecting all these inspiring things all in one place!

  13. Kimberly says:

    The passport sleeve seems like an easy, quick gift for my SIL. Thanks!

  14. Jessy Roos says:

    I love the passport cover. As a Canadian, I will soon have to have my passport with me to cross the border in the car, so why not have something compulsory look pretty? I think I can even man it up and make one for my husband. Maybe then he won’t lose it!

  15. Michelle says:

    passport cover – what a great idea! There’s another gift checked off the list!

  16. Kelly says:

    A gift certificate to SMS? Count me in! There’s always pretty fabric on your site that I want to have come live with me.

  17. Sarah Akester says:

    Love the lingerie bag tutorial. i think it’ll make the perfect idea for my sister-in-law and a mini matching one for my niece!

  18. Agne says:

    I have found so many good ideas πŸ™‚

  19. Liz says:

    oh, squeal! the car fabric!

  20. AmyM says:

    love the camera case. i might have to make that for DH when he takes his camera on his hunting adventures!

  21. Bethany says:

    Love all the great ideas!

  22. Jennifer says:

    I am new to your site but have fallen in love! I just purchased my first serger and am so excited to get started on projects for the holidays!!!

  23. Nikki says:

    My husband loves to travel and does lots of it for work – thanks for all the ideas!

  24. Carla says:

    I would love to have the fabric! Thanks!

  25. ellen says:

    I love the lingerie bags and the passport covers. Oooh and the hipshack is great for when I walk the dog and just need a key and a cell phone.

  26. Katie says:

    This list of handmade gifts is great! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas, links and recipes!

  27. Jenn S says:

    That passport sleeve is such a great idea!

  28. Amy says:

    Limoncello – yum!

  29. aimee says:

    So many great ideas – now where to start?????

  30. Catherine says:

    Makes me want to become a “traveller” myself!

  31. Joy says:

    Great Ideas! Thanks for sharing!!!

  32. Pamela says:

    Oh! A camera cozy! What a great idea!

  33. mommymae says:

    nice. lingerie bag for my mom and sister

  34. erica says:

    My mother is going to India and is completely paranoid about her new camera – problem solved!

  35. Darlene says:

    I can’t believe we get an entire month of these great ideas. Now, if I just had more time…

  36. Karla says:

    More great ideas! I especially love the camera cozy – I know several folks on my list who could use that!

  37. shannon says:

    awe the passport cover is adorable in that HR fabric. I may have to whip a couple up for my sons.

  38. Renee says:

    That Camera cozy is adorable!!!

  39. Yvonne says:

    Oh, I love the camera cozy. Looks fantastic.

  40. Laura says:

    Just loving all the great ideas! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. Little A says:

    Love the camera bag and love all the new additions to this year’s Nov. Handmade Holidays! Thanks!

  42. Amy says:

    I love the camera cozy! I really need one too! Thanks for the pattern!!

  43. Anary says:

    That camera cozy is so cute. I like the black tape on it..adds a nice charm.

  44. Elle Doughty says:

    Great ideas. I love the playing card notebooks — how easy would it be to cover the playing cards with fabric and stitch something fun onto them? Also like the camera case – these would make really unique gifts. Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

  45. Denise says:

    We live overseas and all my friends carry their passport. Looks like a great gift!!

  46. The utility bags would make great Christmas gift bags. Thanks

  47. Michelle says:

    Nice roundup of things, but that camera cozy is just exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can my first gift be something for myself?!

  48. Shannon says:

    I love all of them! the trouble will be giving them away once I whip ’em up…

  49. Stacy says:

    Great ideas. I think that passport sleeve turorial would make great fabric book covers with different dimensions.

  50. indywriter says:

    Those travel bags are a great idea! My in-laws travel a lot, and would find these quite useful.

    Thanks for yet another great idea!

  51. Ashley says:

    Maybe it’s just me but the hipshack looks like a fanny pack. I’m going to make a passport cover for sure

  52. Corkers says:

    Keep the ideas coming; I’m always late on gifts…

  53. Violet says:

    I can see individual passport covers for the whole family under the xmas tree.

  54. Suzanne says:

    I’m loving all the great ideas! Thanks for the handmade holidays!

  55. karin says:

    Must make the camera case! Great gift for 4-“, too!

  56. Sandy says:

    The VW van material used for the passport sleeve is my all time favorite material. I made a skirt out of it and LOVE to wear it.

  57. Tammy says:

    Oh, the camera cozy looks like so much fun!

  58. Kimberly says:

    Love that camera case!

  59. Katie says:

    Love, love, love the passport holder, my friends will be getting those for Christmas this year, thanks!

  60. Tracy says:

    I need to make myself a camera cozy. love the pink.

  61. Whistlepea says:

    So many fun projects!

  62. stacy says:

    Great ideas, gets me in the holiday spirit!

  63. Libby says:

    The lingerie bags are definitely ones I could use. I might try to make myself some before our next trip.

  64. Suzette says:

    I love the shoe bags. Such a simple but much needed idea.

  65. Christi-sugarscrap says:

    I love this information. i have already seen several ideas i didnt even know I wanted to try!! lol…

  66. Lisa says:

    Thanks for the great gift idea’s. With money tight this year I’ll be using my fabric stash this year for a great deal of gifts…

    Thanks again,

  67. Sheri says:

    The camera cozy will be great for my brother-in-law! Thanks!

  68. Cheryl says:

    Great ideas! The camera cozy looks great! I love the car fabric, great choice for lots of guys (no matter how old!)

  69. socmama says:

    Excellent ideas. I’m loving theLingerie/Utility Bags! I’ll definitely be trying some soon. Thanks!

  70. Ramona says:

    I am going to make that camera cozy for myself and my daughter so she can take her camera out of the sock she puts it in.

  71. Shelley says:

    the camera case is exactly what my MIL needs, thanks!!

  72. Genevieve says:

    Those utility bags will be perfect for BIL who is going to start traveling for his work. Thanks for the great ideas!

  73. sharon says:

    great ideas! I need a camera cosy of my own

  74. Tara H. says:

    My parents are traveling to China here soon, these ideas are great.


  75. Cathy says:

    These are all great projects. I need to get my sewing machine out of the basement and start sewing.

  76. Lesley Stenning says:

    great ideas…i love the playing card notebooks!

  77. erin says:

    Great stuff today!

  78. Teresa says:

    I like those lingerie bags. I just ove it when TSA is pulling apart my suitcase, showing my “a little worse for wear” bras to everyone else in line.

  79. Betsy says:

    Makes me want to take a trip….

  80. Kelly says:

    Once again you guys rock! Thanks for all the lovely inspiration.

  81. that camera cozy is perfect! adding it to my list…

  82. Jenn M says:

    The camera sleeve is a great idea!

  83. Rebecca says:

    I’ve gotta make some of those passport covers – thanks for the link!

  84. Sarah says:

    I love these ideas! The belt is my favorite…I know several teen girls who’d adore one this year.

  85. Shanna says:

    Oh boy – all the more reason to visit my local fabric shop’s. Now, if only I can manage to master the sewing machine!

  86. Polly says:

    I am looking forward to all the homemade gift ideas. Last year was great!
    And your fabric selections are always the best

  87. Doris says:

    I love the utility bags! Cute!

  88. Carol Radcliffe says:

    I am new to this November give away! But the rocket is a great idea!!! Go Fish is one of those games you can play with kids and keep them occupied all day!!! Especially with the magnet!!! You can pick up those magnetized letters and teach them what letters they are!!! What a great idea!!! Thanks!!!

  89. Jenny says:

    Great camera cozy. Can’t wait to try the Rosemary Limoncello.

  90. Mattie says:

    We just started letterboxing and the card journal is perfect for a log for letterbox stamps! Thanks.

  91. Baba says:

    Put my name in the hat please! I could use some fabrics from Sew Mama Sew! Thanks!

  92. janet says:

    mmm limoncello!

  93. sonrie says:

    Limoncello sounds delicious

  94. Susana says:

    The camera cozy is simply perfect, I’ll try to make a bigger version for my beau’s snazzy camera πŸ™‚


  95. Jodie says:

    Very clever passport holder! I now wish I had one…

  96. Jennifer N. says:

    I love it all. Thanks for all of the hard work.

  97. Allyk says:

    cute cute cute!!

  98. Maggie says:

    Great ideas! I have some Heather Ross bicycle fabric that would be a great passport cover.

  99. Tammy :) says:

    I will definitely be making the passport sleeve for my traveling friend. And the lemoncello looks good too!

  100. Sue says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  101. Pat says:

    Love , love everything. The journal especialty caught my eye as my Grandson is going to Porto Rico (SP) next year. Thank you so much for everything.

  102. mikawendy says:

    The passport sleeve is cute! And it could be modified for any small booklet, such as a small blank book for a kid to doodle in a plane, train, or car.

  103. Emily says:

    Yea! Finally a good gift idea for my notoriously hard to shop for mother – camera cozy! Thank you!

  104. Julia says:

    Thanks for hosting this great event – I love to get to know new tutorials…it would be perfect if you could also provide a tutorial to make some extra time to sew everything I now want to do ;o) …tempting & addictive is what comes to my mind when reading your blog.
    Cheers, Julia

  105. Kristin says:

    I had just found that camera tutorial the other day…it looks great!

  106. Brookie J says:

    I’m digging the passport sleeve…normally wouldn’t catch my eye, but we’re living overseas for 2 years & a passport is a given. This would make a cute gift for lots of people here!

  107. Michele says:

    Oh I love the camera cozy tutorial…cannot wait to make one!

  108. Jessica says:

    Those utility bags are super cool!

  109. Amy says:

    Love the laundry bag with the cut-outs. Great way to use up remaining bits of fabric.

  110. Trina says:

    I am so glad you’re doing handmade holidays again!

  111. Jessica F says:

    This is so much fun! So many good ideas!

  112. Lizzie says:

    Great ideas! I’m traveling soon, so I will gift myself. πŸ˜‰

  113. I love the great ideas! I’m excited to start crafting my handmade gifts!

  114. apple cyder says:

    LOve the passport cover!

  115. Jessica says:

    Love the details on the lingerie/utility bags!

  116. britt says:

    Limoncello has been on my list of “must try” for too long. Maybe I will get around to it this year πŸ˜€

  117. amy says:

    Ooh, I think I am going to make my mother in law the passport cover and the camera case as a nice christmas gift. She travels a lot and that would be a nice gift for her!!!

  118. Amy says:

    I am very excited about all the holiday sewing ideas and can’t wait to see the rest! Thank you! I am still working on some of the suggestions that you published last year too and they are coming out wonderfully.

  119. alison says:

    Great ideas again! Love the fabric choices

  120. Hayley says:

    Cool stuff and things I never thought of, thanks for sharing!

  121. Linda says:

    I love the ideas posted so far, and will continue to follow along and make many of the gifts we will give this year!

  122. Joyce says:

    Thank you for such wonderful new ideas for gifts. I have always made most of our gifts but get caught up in finding a good idea and then EVERYBODY gets the same thing. Thanks to you I can see the possibilities of making something different for everyone. Thank YOU!

  123. Nicole says:

    the passport cover idea is great!

  124. susan says:

    thanks for the camera cozy tutorial! we just bought a new camera…wonder if i have time to make one for myself…hmmm.

  125. debra says:

    Love the lingerie/utility bags, especially the little bikini applique. What a cute idea!! I also need to make a camera cozy. Mine always ends up with lots of cookie crumbs stuck to it from being thrown in the diaper bag!

  126. Mrs. H. says:

    I love all of these! My husband and I are going on a cruise in January, so there are so many of these projects I need to get started on. The passport cover is adorable.

  127. Heather says:

    Definetly doing the limoncello!!

  128. Laura says:

    I love the lingerie/shoe bags. I’ve wanted to make something like them for a while now–I’d like to have something a bit more sustainable and presentable than plastic bags housing my shoes when I travel. πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to the whole month of tutorials, too. I found last year’s set so helpful and inspiring.

  129. Becky says:

    Yes! I DO need some beautiful fabric. My project list is growing thanks to you.

  130. lisa plummer says:

    I’ve already found a ton of things I want to make. Thanks!

  131. Anna says:

    I love the camera cozy! And making bags for lingerie and shoes is a great idea!

  132. dana says:

    I am making the passport cover – excited. thanks. can’t wait to see what else you’ll have.

  133. Ineke says:

    Another great idea! We will be getting very busy this month.
    Thanks for the great patterns.

  134. Christine says:

    What cute ideas!! Can’t wait to see the rest. :o)

  135. Bean Paulson says:

    oh wow, the hipshack is fantastic!!

  136. Lalli says:

    I love the Lingerie Bag. πŸ™‚

  137. Hannah says:

    Great ideas!

  138. Shellie says:

    Love the camera cozy. I’ll have to make this one for my mom! (If I can somehow get her cameras dimensions without her noticing).

  139. It is still Sunday where I am, so I hope I am still entered! And I am going to try out those notebooks, for sure.

  140. Bonnie says:

    I don’t know if I will have time to do entirely handmade this year but I will definitely be looking at buying someone elses handmade before rushing out to the store to buy… I am really excited about trying projects for my family and friends this year!

  141. Meg says:

    I love that you are doing new ones everyday! I love them all. Now when are you giving away the five hours of extra time each day?

  142. Tera says:

    I love all the great ideas!! It’s great inspiration to start gift making early this year!

  143. Cindy says:

    Wow–these are great! I made my daughter’s camera cases a couple of years ago–and I don’t have any desire to make another one like them–even though they turned out great–This one is really cute and LOOKS so much simpler to make–That’s what I’m talkin about!

  144. Love all of them – but the camera cozy is my favorite. Thank you for all these fantastic ideas.

  145. Josiane says:

    I love traveling myself, so I’m bookmarking this post – there are potential gifts from me to me in there…

  146. Noa says:

    I need all of those… for myself! Handmade Holidays! What a wonderful idea! I need to start right now…

  147. BethieB says:

    I’m in love with Meg’s choice of fabrics and that idea for the playing cards is amazing, can’t wait to make one!

  148. becky says:

    very cool ideas! my mind is buzzing

  149. Kate says:

    I know I’m supposed to be thinking gifts, but I really want to make myself a camera cozy!

  150. I like the Idea for the bags to put shoes and undies in, I need some of those so I don’t have to use grocery bags.

  151. Emilee says:

    Oh–love those passport covers. Such a good idea.

  152. Beth G. says:

    Cute cute cute … I don’t know where to begin!

  153. Lindsey says:

    I can’t wait to make the passport cover. My husband leaves for Korea in January, I’m going to have the kids pick out some special fabric for him.

  154. Sarah Doyle says:

    I have some friends who travel a lot – these “travel” ideas are perfect for them. thank you for making them available to us.

  155. Amanda says:

    I love these ideas! Totally thinking of handmaking my Christmas gifts this year, so this would be great!

  156. Rose L says:

    I loved Handmade Holidays last year – so excited to see it back again this year. The utility bags are so very cute, as are the notebooks… not a bad way to use those decks of cards that might be a few short of a full deck. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for putting this all together again!

  157. Tina says:

    Love the little linen lingerie/shoe/utility bags. These would be great for traveling to put your shoes in. Or lingerie, sock, or whatever! The little embellishments with the embroidery really take the whole project from utilitarian into unique and special.

  158. Joey says:

    I love all the handmade holiday ideas. I am committed to making handmade gifts this year as job changes have created a strain on our budget. But I have a sewing machine and fabric and lots of ideas thanks to you guys.

  159. Neagan says:

    I like the passport sleeve up at the top of the page. I have been looking for something to make for a wedding present and that looks like a great idea.

  160. Sara says:

    Love, love, love the Lingerie/Utility Bags. Good for storing all kinds of goodies…
    Thanks for the inspiration as always!

  161. Alyssa says:

    rosemary… yes!

  162. dawn godek says:

    Thanks for all the new ideas!! My dd isn’t a traveler but wants a camera for Christmas and the camera cozy will be perfect to go along with it.

  163. Debbie says:

    What great ideas! I especially like the lingerie bag.

  164. Kathy says:

    I’m enjoying these creative ideas and look forward to seeing what comes next.

  165. beth says:

    i’m so excited that handmade holidays is happening again this year!
    and why haven’t i thought to make shoe bags as a christmas gift before?? certainly a lot cuter than the target bags i usually use….i’m adding it to my list for at least three people, including me.

  166. Myam says:

    those notebooks are awesome. will definitely make some for me and my travelmates (for our december trip).


  167. Serena says:

    The passport sleeve is great. I’m not going anywhere anytime soon, but I still want to make one!

  168. Kathy says:

    I’m loving the camera cozy! What a great project!

  169. Jordan Durbin says:

    I Love Handmade Holidays!!!!! Thanks so much for doing this again!

  170. Rebecca says:

    Love the utility bags and the camera cozy! I’m thinking I’ll use drawstring bags as gift wrap this year.

  171. Victoria says:

    What great ideas! Thanks!

  172. Mellissa says:

    Those are some really great ideas…thanks so much for sharing!

  173. Jenn says:

    Love them all! Keep them coming. Can’t wait to get cutting and sewing!

  174. adriene says:

    i love the lingerie bag & the embroidery…

  175. erinmalia says:

    oooh, i could definitely spend $20 here.

  176. nap says:

    Is it bad that I want to keep everything for myself…….I love the lingerie bag!

  177. Andrea Methvin says:

    Those utility bags look very cute! As I am sewing many of my presents this year, as well as some things for a Christmas Bazaar, some free fabric would be so totally awesome!

  178. Stephanie says:

    Love the ideas. I’ve got several family members that are travelers and would love the passport sleeves. πŸ™‚

  179. Rebecca says:

    The playing card notebooks are great! And I seem only to think of myself as far as the camera cozy LOL πŸ™‚

  180. lizap says:

    Great ideas! Thank you to everyone at Sew Mama Sew for putting this together.

  181. LisaAlso says:

    I’m so happy to get new ideas for holiday gifts! I loved it last year, and can’t wait to get into it again this year!!

  182. Mariana says:

    I like how you have added the recipe and other ideas : )
    good start

  183. Kate says:

    I love the ligerie bag idea. I’m thinking I should whip up several in different sizes to stash in the suitcase for dirty items as well as to keep small items rounded up, ie. baby socks!

  184. jessica says:

    wow. what a list! can’t wait to get some quality time with my machine. thanks for another exciting collection.
    also, thanks for listing my passport sleeve tutorial. i am flattered and very appreciative.

  185. Myrnie says:

    The camera cozy is so cute!

  186. min says:

    Um…anything with Limoncello works for me! Something interesting to try, besides putting it on vanilla ice cream. πŸ™‚

  187. Erin S. says:

    Those lingerie/utility bags are perfect for traveling. I was given a couple several years ago — but they aren’t as cute as these!

  188. Karen says:

    Love the lingerie and shoe bags, I think they’re a definite must when travelling!

  189. Jennie says:

    I love the camera cover idea…a perfect gift idea for my sister who loves taking pictures.

  190. jeanie says:

    loving this handmade for the holidays!

  191. Lynne in NC says:

    Wow! all of these ideas are so timely. We’re traveling soon and I really like the passport sleeve. The tutorial is great.
    The camera cosy is cute and one I’ll definitely be stitching up soon.
    Keep up the wonderful ideas.
    Lynne in NC

  192. erin says:

    Thanks for always having such great info! I would LOVE to win a gift certificate!!

  193. Ingrid says:

    I am so excited about the camera cozy tutorial! It looks like a great project for a beginner like myself. I’m really excited about Handmade Holidays also! It’s all handmade gifts this year!

  194. Christy says:

    I love the camera cozy, but I’m going to make one for me, not a gift lol.

  195. Alicia says:

    Can’t wait to get started on the camera cozy!

  196. Harley says:

    Love that camera cozy! Great tutorial!

  197. Clara says:

    The limoncello looks like a great homemade gift for friends.

  198. Laura M. says:

    I love all the inspirations you all provide for holiday gifts! Now if only you could provide a tutorial on decisiveness! ;-D Happy Belated Halloween and Early Election Day!

  199. Bree says:

    I was struggling to think of something to make for my 25yo brother but a *socks & jocks* bag for his travels will be just perfect!

  200. melissa p. says:

    i’ll be making the lingerie bags for my kids…the PJ version! i can think of a million uses for those, so look out!

  201. Janice says:

    Love your new twists on Handmade Holidays this year!

  202. Stacey C. says:

    The camera cozy looks so cute. Skills permitting, I’m going to try it!

  203. Tabitha says:

    I’ve been waiting for ‘Handmade Holidays’ to appear! This year it’s even more exciting with the give-aways and recipes. THANKS!

  204. Mary says:

    So excited to see all the gift ideas. I’m really trying to go homemade this year.

  205. Liz says:

    Love the passport sleeve idea! Pefect for my boyfriend who needs something to protect (and decorate) one of his most important posessions. Can’t wait to try making it.

  206. Alex says:

    I’ve got a globetrotting brother and sister-in-law. Thanks for the Christmas gift ideas!!

  207. Sarah Lemmon says:

    This is such a cute idea! I love the VW print!

  208. Andrea S. says:

    I love that you all are giving us all these great ideas!! The lingerie/shoe bags would be my favorite pick out of this batch! Now I just need to make/find the time πŸ™‚

  209. Samantha says:

    I love those lingerie and shoe bags! Such a cute design with the linen and appliques. I found myself wishing I had shoe and lingerie bags on a recent trip and I’m sure there are others on my gift list that would appreciate having them too. I’m definitely putting this in my gift notebook. Thanks!

  210. EmmyLizzy says:

    What great ideas! Not much of a traverler myself, but I’ve got a sister who would love some of this stuff!

  211. Julia says:

    What a great use for playing cards…would be cute for little girls using old maid cards, etc….a good stocking stuffer.

  212. Carrie says:

    I love the idea of the lingerie bag! Too cute.

  213. Julia in MI says:

    You’ve posted some great ideas. I love the lingerie/utility bags. The appliques are so cute! Can’t wait to see what is in store for tomorrow.

  214. Erin says:

    The playing card notebooks are such a cute, fun craft! I can think of several people and little ones I know who’d love one!

  215. Barbara says:

    I think I’d better get started now or I’ll never have time to try out all these great ideas before the holidays begin. Thanks!

  216. meg says:

    Handmade Holidays is already off to a fine start — keep the good ideas comin’! (And how could I resist a shot at a SMS gift certificate?!)

  217. Lorraine says:

    I like that camera case a lot! And I’m so excited about all these daily ideas for Christmas! Thank you.

  218. Kristine says:

    The camera bag is super cute! Love the utility bags, too!

  219. Carrie says:

    How cute are those little lingerie/utility bags?!!! Those are going on my list for sure…

  220. Jennifer says:

    the camera case is lovely…maybe I’ll have to make one for myself!

  221. I’m lovin’ November alread! Thanks!

  222. Kristin says:

    Lot’s of travelers in my family. Thanks for the inspiration!

  223. Linda says:

    perfect timing. I’m travelling this week and was just thinking about ways to organize passports and travel documents. I love the lingerie and shoe bags too! Definitely have someone in mind for that gift.

  224. Hannah says:

    I love the camera cozy. So much cuter than what you can buy!

  225. Michelle says:

    I like the idea of making a new camera case, my plain black one could use some spicing up!

  226. Kacy says:

    Love, love, love that passport cover!! You could get really creative with the fabric choices!

  227. Jessica says:

    I am so excited to see all the homemade ideas you have in the coming month. I’ve just started sewing and plan on making many gifts.

  228. Esther says:

    Wow, great project ideas! I love the bags for shoes and lingerie

  229. Bethany Oakes says:

    Lovely stuff – count me in… Please πŸ™‚

  230. Christina says:

    I know a few family members that could use a camera cozy… Guess i’d better get busy!

  231. amanda says:

    Hi, I may have to make one of those passport covers for my passport =) Also I dont know what Limoncello is. I also wanted to tell you that I put a link to you in my blog =)

  232. Rina says:

    I am traveling to France with 16 of my students in February, and now I’m thinking I’ll make each one a passport cover – what a great tutorial!

  233. Victoria says:

    Forget gifts, I’m making all of these for myself!

  234. Steph Wehrman says:

    I think these ideas are great! If only I could keep from making them for me! They are supposed to be gifts!

  235. Aileen W says:

    I’ve actually been needing a camera case. Now I can make and fun and cute one! Thanks!

  236. Kimberly says:

    The playing card notebooks and the vinyl pencil case from yesterday have been added to my gift giving list! Thanks again for all the great ideas!!!

  237. Donna M. says:

    I need to spend less time surfing for ideas and more time executing them. SMS is such a great resource thought it’s hard to pull myself away! Keep ’em coming!

  238. Sara says:

    For sure, I will be making some Rosemary Limoncello for a gift as well as some of those cute lingerie bags…

  239. Melanie O. says:

    I really love the Playing Card Notebook tutorial. We always have too many “not complete” decks of cards around — what a wonderful use for them!

  240. Kinzie says:

    I’m loving all the handmade holidays ideas thus far and am looking forward to many more! Way to go! So many great ideas… I better get to work!

  241. Alana Jo says:

    The camera cozy looks neat. Wonder how my XTi would fit in that? LOL. Would work for my little Kodak though.

  242. Bethany says:

    That camera cozy is great! So much prettier than the ones you can buy.

  243. Stacey says:

    Fortunately, a friend of mine has the exact same camera as me, so I’ll know what size to make her cool looking camera cozy.

  244. Jenny says:

    Oh, the passport sleeve is just too cute. What a great idea πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what’s up for the rest of the month.

  245. raven says:

    I am so excited about the passport holder. It’s perfect for a new sewer like myself and I know just the person I want to make it for. Thanks for posting these. I was beginning to despair that I would never know what to make my friends and family for the Holidays.

  246. Stacy says:

    I love the camera cozy! Thanks for the great tutorials!

  247. Amelia says:

    These posts make me happy. Now I need to finish organizing my sewing stuff from last sewing frenzy so I can get going again! I’m definitely going to make some of the lingerie utility bags and maybe do some hand embroidery on them.

  248. kirsten says:

    Going to Hawaii in January, from, then, freezing and snowy Ottawa Canada. Love love the passport sleeve idea! How chic!

  249. DeerDominique says:

    Limoncello!! Yum! I’m doin’ it.

  250. Chris says:

    Wow! such great projects this year!

  251. Elizabeth says:

    The passport cover is a great idea! I just love the fabric that was used in the photo.

  252. Dawn says:

    What great ideas! I’ll certainly be making the camera cozy!

  253. Tricia says:

    oh that camera case is great.. my sister and I always confuse our plain ol black ones. We want to be in the contest too!! We are doing all handmade holidays this year!!

  254. so excited everyday to log on and see what great ideas you’ve come up with. am starting my christmas gifts now, so this is perfect!!

  255. Michele Q. says:

    Sew Mama Sew is always such a great source of inspiration! Thanks –I’m going to go sew something right now!

  256. Jennifer B says:

    Oh goodness! Today is full of awesome gifts! I just can’t wait to get started!!! Its going to be a busy month!!! πŸ™‚

  257. Lily says:

    I’m totally making the camera cozy! Thanks for all the great ideas…I am feeling so very motivated for the holidays thanks to you all.

  258. karen b says:

    Love the camera cozy! have to try the recipe too.

  259. Sarah says:

    that camera bag is definitely on my list. Love it!

  260. Terriaw says:

    I love the drawstring bag project, especially for storing shoes in your suitcase. Such wonderful projects – thanks for the great ideas!

  261. quenna says:

    I’m eyeing the camera case and and the passport holder. Great ideas!

  262. Kendall says:

    I never even thought of making my own lingerie bags. Those are a great idea!

  263. 2hippos says:

    I love the lingerie/utility bags and think I’ll be making a few of my own soon. Thank you!

  264. Donnell says:

    The bags are really cute. I’ll definitely make a few.

  265. Alissa says:

    Oh I’m loving that camera cozy… might have to try that one.

  266. Katie Mitchell says:

    The camera cozy looks cool. I could use one of those myself.

  267. Beth says:

    I just returned from a trip and could have used all these things, but I will definitely be getting a Hip Shack!

  268. Amy says:

    Thanks! I’ll be making the fabric/utility bags soon.

  269. Ms. Cleaver says:

    the utility bags are so useful, I have some similar ones hanging around my apartment, but I love the appliques! And the card books – too cute!

  270. Lil' d says:

    I like these ideas. I have a friend that goes off travelling each summer. I had been thinking of making her some bright luggage tags, but those have given me more ideas. Thank you.

  271. Sherral says:

    Cool tutorials! I’m lovin’ it!

  272. Dallas says:

    All great ideas. The Passport covers and shoe/lingerie bags, especially, would be great for some folks in my family.

  273. Sarah says:

    love those playing card notebooks! The hipshack is very cool too…

  274. Sherri says:

    I am really loving these posts…so many ideas every day!

  275. jenn says:

    I can’t believe it is time again! Yay love this time of year.
    Looking forward to each and every post. Thank you so much for all that you do!

  276. Kathleen says:

    The playing card notebooks would make great additions to a party favour bag!

  277. tammie says:

    Ooh, I’ll be making passport sleeves for my brother and his girlfriend! They travel every year after Christmas, someplace new each time. This year it’s Hawaii! Thanks for the idea!

  278. Jami Lunn says:

    Oh, I could use that! Thanks for the great tutorials!

  279. Pamela Olson says:

    I have heard of Limoncello, now I can’t wait to try it. I love the camera cozy too. That would be much cuter than what I use to carry my camera in now, I would like to make that…and wouldn’t it be nice if I won some of your cute material to do it! πŸ˜‰

  280. Susie says:

    My sister travels frequently – these ideas would all be great for her! Thanks for the inspiration.

  281. georgia says:

    Awesome ideas! I know when I travel I always have my passport on my body, hidden away somewhere. That hip pouch would be great for that!

  282. Coralee says:

    I will totally have to try the passport cover for my SIL who is traveling in the new year. I may even need to try the camera cozy for myself.

  283. Alice S says:

    I’ve started keeping a list of things I want to make from these tutorial links. Today I added the camera cozy. Very, very cute!

  284. alisha says:

    I love the playing card notebooks. And I think the camera cozy may go on my life of projects for myself. πŸ™‚

  285. Deb says:

    Added to list ~ camera cozy = }

  286. Bridgette says:

    I especially love the fabric covering the lids on the Rosemary Limoncello!

  287. kathi pinkston says:

    Thanks for sharing all the great ideas and the wonderful giveaways!

  288. Julie says:

    I love the camera case. Thanks for all these great projects!

  289. Ashley Ann says:

    Another great bunch of tutorials! Thank you to the contributors!

  290. Katherine Harper says:

    I am so excited! I love the ideas for the tweens!

  291. Jess says:

    The limoncello sounds so yummy!

  292. Hashi says:

    Ah November. Getting up early and checking SMS for the latest tutorials. Love it! Love them! Today’s project: a passport sleeve (for ME!)

  293. mara says:

    I know I should be thinking of gifts for others, but the lingerie/utility bags are just what *I* need — I always toss extra shoes in my luggage and these snappy bags would be a lot nicer than the plastic grocery bags I usually use. I also love the idea of using playing/tarot cards for little book covers. You could use them to make cute gift tags too.

    I’m SO happy you’re doing Handmade Holidays again! Just the thing to get me in the mood.

  294. bess says:

    LOVE the passport sleeve! hopefully, i’ll need one myself next year!

  295. Rane says:

    Ya gotta love the hipshacks it is so cute! I bet it would be great for the little ones too!
    I think I will make it for my son who is into Indiana Jones! I think that the Playing Card Notebooks
    Will be great for stocking stuffers and they would also be great as drawing books for the kids
    if we are out to eat! I can just use construction cards for the paper!
    Thanks a million!

  296. alison says:

    That rosemary limoncello looks devine! Shame I’m pregnant! Might makes some for pressies though and bookmark it for next year!

  297. Natalie says:

    Once again I found just what I need + inspiration. Thank you for this helpful tutorials.

  298. Leslie Spies says:

    Again, super cute!! I love the passport sleeve. Who would have thought!! Thanks for the tutorials!!!

  299. Ellen says:

    Love the passport cover and am looking forward to all of November. Thanks for doing this!

  300. Julie says:

    your tutorials last year prompted me to do a 100%handmade Christmas this year. I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!

  301. Regina says:

    I can tell right now that these recipes are going to be ‘dangerous’
    Thank goodness for elastic waistbands!!!

  302. Celeste says:

    Wow! I’m really first? That’s because I am up before anyone else in the world everyday–even during Fall Back. Love these projects. The bags are especially nice, since I’m a knitter and always need fun project bags–inspiring. But, I’m also curious about the Rosemary Limoncello. Mmmm, thanks

  303. Karie says:

    The Camera bag is awesome! I totally am going to make everyone one of thoses, I just need to make time to get my sewing machine out now…

  304. Louisa says:

    I am so happy that you are sharing tutorials again this November. Thanks so very much! I look forward to trying the camera cozy tutorial.

  305. Tammy says:

    These are all great ideas! The hip shack is a great idea and I definitely could use the camera cozy! Thanks for the inspiration!

  306. Shannon says:

    Great traveling ideas – now to find some fabric to make them a bit more manly for one of my favorite traveling guys. πŸ™‚

  307. Amy says:

    Super ideas! I love the embellishments on the utility bags.

  308. Paula Jablonski says:

    Yeah I’m the first! Can’t wait for more ideas!

  309. Katy says:

    Yay! I’m very excited about today’s tutorials. My mother-in-law has been carrying her camera around in a sock for way too long. I’ve wanted to make her a camera case for awhile now. The card notebooks and rosemary limoncello look interesting, too. Thanks for posting new homemade gift ideas!

  310. Mama Urchin says:

    This post reminded me I need to photograph a gift my kids made for their Dad who travels a lot. Love your gift idea posts, as usual.

  311. Pam! says:

    So excited about this year’s gift giving ideas and it’s just the 2nd day! Sign me up for that gift certificate giveaway … that would be the best present ever!

  312. Samantha says:

    I definitely need the camera cozy pattern- thank you for making my Christmas craftier!!

  313. Karen says:

    I love the camera cozy! I think that will make a great gift!! So many ideas, so little time.

  314. Linda says:

    The Rosemary Limoncello recipe sounds wonderful!

  315. Shannon Reed says:

    I love the passport cover. I’ll be making that.

  316. jenni says:

    I forgot about those linen bags for traveling! Thanks for reminding me!

  317. Tina M. says:

    Lovely, as usual. Thank you πŸ™‚

  318. Penny says:

    Oh my gosh there are so many ideas already and it is only november 2nd. This is WONDERFUL!

  319. Libby Dillard says:

    Oh! I was hoping that Sew, Mama, Sew would have the Holiday Gift sew Guide again! Great inspiration and I look forward to each new entry!! Sew, Mama, Sew…a great way to start the day! Libby

  320. Rachel says:

    I really like the camera cozy…I might just have to make one for myself!!!

  321. Beth H says:

    I just love it that Handmade Holidays is back!! The recipe and ‘buy it’ additions are awesome too!! Great work Mamas!!

  322. buebau says:

    I’ll definitly be making the passport sleeve and that gorgeous camera cozy.
    Great ideas for Christmas gifts.
    Thank you!!!

  323. Bloom says:

    Thank you so much to everyone at Sew Mama Sew for organising Handmade Holidays in November again! I enjoyed last year’s immensely, and this year’s looks like it will be even bigger and better! I think I am off to make myself one of Sew-Mad’s Camera Cozy. Best wishes, Bloom.

  324. Junglewife says:

    Wow, great guides so far this month! I look forward to reading more in the coming days!

  325. Jocelyn says:

    What an adorable camera case! These are all wonderful small projects or great stocking stuffers.Once again ladies (or men: )you are awesome!

  326. Jo Anne says:

    So many great ideas – so little time. All these gift ideas are great for posting to my daughter who has moved overseas . Little homemade extras to add to her christmas parcel.

  327. Odette says:

    I think my camera needs a new cozy !;-)

  328. ulla fredriksson says:

    Utility bags so perfect Christmas gift.

    Thanks for the attern and the links

  329. Anna says:

    I’m quite a traveler myself and all your suggestions are very useful for traveling! Thanks for the great Holiday list!

  330. Lori says:

    All of my “hard to buy for” friends are now international travelers so the passport sleeve is the perfect x-mas gift for all of them and I can make them to fit each personality. Great Idea!!

  331. Tine says:

    I like that passport-sleeve and the lingerie- and shoebags very much! My sister travels all the time, these would be perfect for her!

  332. Sam says:

    Wow! first comment. I am especially excited for the camera cozy and the Rosemary Limoncello! YUM! πŸ™‚

  333. Darlene says:

    I look forward to all these great ideas this month. I am more committed than ever to hand make all my gifts, or at least as many as humanly possible while being a single homeschooling mom of 4!

    Thanks for the inspiration!

  334. Cass H says:

    Thanks for posting all these wonderful links! I love Meg’s choice of fabric but unfortunately the price is way out of my budget πŸ™

  335. Viv says:

    I’m loving the ideas, now I just need some cool fabric and a little bit more time. I’ll get there I’m sure πŸ™‚

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