November 29 ~ Gifts for Homebodies

on November 29 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 223 Comments

Give some comfort and soothing moments with today’s gift ideas!

Make It

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Mary Helen of Sudzi Soapworks and has a Fizzy Bath Salts Tutorial via Etsy’s Storque. She’s is offering SMS readers a 5% discount (discount code: SWMS8754) from the shop (does not apply to already discounted, sale or clearance items, or shipping). Mary Helen mentioned that her natural beauty workshop blog features lots of great recipes that focus on using all natural ingredients, so she’d love for you to take a look at the recipe list if you’re interested in further, related projects.
spacer Fabric Buckets
Caitlin’s Fabric Bucket Tutorial from pippijoe would be perfect in a variety of spots in any home. They’d make especially nice gifts with a few “pampering”-type accessories inside like soap, crocheted washcloths, etc.
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You might know someone like Liesl from Hoppo Bumpo who likes to wear “…A shower cap whilst bathing, so as not to spoil my ‘do’.” Chances are they could use a new one featuring your favorite fabric! Check out Liesl’s Shower Cap Tutorial.
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With all of this lounging about in the tub (shower cap on & bath salts fizzing), your homebody recipient might also enjoy this Recycled Bath Math Tutorial from Kristin of Cakehouse.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Wellness Bag with Rice Heat Therapy Bag, Sachets, Warm those Toes, Pillows & For the House.

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:

Meg’s choice Beth’s choice Kristin’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Shaving Soap for Men from SpaTherapy
SpaTherapy‘s Shaving Soap for Men is, “…A lavish, hard-working product that provides a smooth, clean shave.” In addition to offering a wide variety of soap and spa toiletries, SpaTherapy is also donating 15% from all soap sales to the Maryland Food Bank through December 11th.

Mix It

spacer Deluxe Hot Chai Mix
Enjoy Hannah’s Deluxe Hot Chai Mix Recipe from the adventures of cakeyvoice. It would be a great gift in a Mason jar with a nice ribbon…

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Win It

Portabello Pixie Sewing Patterns

Sandi Henderson, the brilliant designer behind Portabellopixie, was kind enough to contribute one each of her wonderful (and crazy popular!) new sewing patterns. These patterns are very easy to follow with lots of excellent graphics. We’re very pleased to be carrying them in the shop. Check out Sandi’s blog for some wonderful tutorials and sewing inspiration. Today we’re giving away both the Claire pattern and the Gracie pattern to one lucky winner. Comment below to enter. See our Handmade Holidays 2008 Prize List to see what else we’ve given away this month.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
28 ~ Holidays at Home
27 ~ Artists
26 ~ Science & Tech Lovers
25 ~ Cooks
24 ~ Whimsical
23 ~ Fit Friends
22 ~ Eco-conscious
21 ~ Holidays at Home
20 ~ Gift Exchange
19 ~ Grandparents
18 ~ College Students
17 ~ Girlfriends
16 ~ Dads
15 ~ New Parents
14 ~ Holidays at Home
13 ~ Multi-taskers
12 ~ Sports Fans
11 ~ Bookworms
10 ~ Elementary Kids
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

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223 Responses to November 29 ~ Gifts for Homebodies

  1. Hannah says:

    The bath mat looks fun.

  2. lesley says:

    i’m thinking the chai ain’t never making it out of my kitchen…yum. lesley

  3. missknitta says:

    Love the showercap!

  4. Sara D. says:

    Those patterns are ridiculously cute!

  5. Tammy :) says:

    I love chai tea!!!

  6. catherine says:

    I never knew shower caps could be so cute!

  7. Chelsey says:

    Those patterns are so sweet. My daughter would look darling in them!

  8. Stacy T says:

    I can almost smell that soap from here!

  9. Jayme L. says:

    I’ll have to try the fabric bucket. The Portabello Pixie patterns are adorable!

  10. Liz says:

    More fun ideas every day!

  11. Jessica says:

    Love all the ideas!

  12. The fabric bucket and bath mat have been added to my craft to-do list. Great stuff!

  13. Kate says:

    I’m a showercap freak. That one is so cute!

  14. Joy says:

    I may never leave the house!

  15. Rane says:

    gotta make the cap … too great not too. My daughter will love it!

  16. Serena says:

    I do love that shower cap tutorial!

  17. Shellie says:

    I might have to make that shower cap for my mom! Thanks for the ideas.

  18. I may have to make that shower cap for myself.

  19. Jenn M says:

    The shower cap is adorable.

  20. Robyn says:

    recycled bath mats… Need that!

  21. Dawn says:

    Count me in please!

  22. Samantha says:

    Thanks for the chai recipe!

  23. loving the bathmat.

  24. So many great ideas!

  25. Ani Hudson says:

    I definitely will make the fabric buckets as gifts, I love making this type of useful item. Thank you for taking the time to list these lovely ideas, and shops to visit too!

  26. Nani says:

    fabric bags are a great idea! I think that would be better than a basket.

  27. MelissaB says:

    Bath goodies and other handmade recipes are so much fun to make and gift.

  28. Abbington says:

    Thanks for all the great pressie inspiration.

  29. aaahhh…a nice hot bath in some fizzy bath salts sounds wonderful right about now!!

  30. Betsy M says:

    What a cute shower cap!

  31. Lisa says:

    I’m going to give the bath mat a try for myself…

    Thanks Lisa

  32. Rebecca says:

    I need the fabric bucket to store things in my car!

  33. Jennifer says:

    Great ideas! thanks!

  34. Krista Walker says:

    What a hip shower cap! I might even use that one 🙂

  35. kristine hanson says:

    love it all

  36. Valerie B says:

    My niece just dyed one of my yellow towels purple! This would be a perfect way to cover it up! How fun! I’m off to see the scissors!

  37. anja says:

    more fun project ideas

  38. erin says:

    love the fabric bucket.. oh the possibilities are endless

  39. Kelli says:

    ooh, these are right up my alley…maybe I’ll save these projects till after Christmas just for me!

  40. Laura says:

    As a lover of Chai, always love a new chai recipe! Thanks for the chance to win!

  41. bird says:

    a shower cap tutorial? now i’ve seen it all! this has been such a great series! thank you!!

  42. Leslie says:

    The fabric buckets are too cute. I cant wait to try those!

  43. Holly says:

    Thanks for these fabulous ideas!!! I am a total homebody, so these things are speaking to me hehe!!
    -Holly (

  44. Java Jane says:

    Just finished the fabric bucket, a perfect container for a gift of paper shell pecans. Great idea, Thanks!

  45. Gail says:

    My husband and BFF both love chai. What a great gift idea 🙂

  46. Shawna says:

    Once again… great ideas! Thanks!

  47. Kirsten says:

    Man! What great things…that shower cap tutorial is hilarious, and the bathmat is fab.

  48. Charity says:

    Wow, everything looks amazing! I’m feeling so inspired now! :0)

  49. Deb says:

    I love the fabric buckets! You guys make my day = }

  50. Shellyfish says:

    That fabric bucket is adorable – and a great way to “wrap” some special gifts!

  51. Victoria says:

    Thanks so much for the great ideas and wonderful giveaways!

  52. Cheryl says:

    Wonderful gift ideas! Makes me want to make those bath salts and take a relaxing bath right now! Thanks for the wonderful ideas!

  53. ran says:

    Great ideas……again! How do you continue to come up with these?

  54. Lesli RIchards says:

    I love the bathmat!

  55. Rebecca S says:

    Some perfect gifts!

  56. Anne says:

    These are all great patterns and ideas – thanks!

  57. Emily says:

    A shower cap!? I love it – totally cracks me up!! I need to make someone a spa basket just so I can make one of those!

  58. Michelle says:

    ooo I’ve got to try that hot chai mix. Sounds YUMMY!

  59. Bree says:

    I can’t get enough of those fabric baskets!
    would look good with food gifts in them too

  60. Kristin says:

    The Bath Salts look like fun!

  61. Lil' d says:

    oh, I like those fabric buckets!

  62. Lisa says:

    I’m SUCH a homebody.

  63. Kathy says:

    A chai mix? love it!

  64. Jenn says:

    more great ideas!!

  65. Sarah says:

    Love that bath mat!!! Cute ideas!

  66. Natalie says:

    So many things I am anxious to try!

  67. Jodie says:

    So cute!

  68. Libby says:

    Love all the ideas. Especially anything to do with pampering.

  69. a recycled bath mat??? so cool!

  70. kathy h. says:

    great job coming up with ideas.

  71. Joy says:

    Love the fabric buckets! 😉

  72. Karen H says:

    Oh, the shower cap is too cute. 🙂

  73. Vanessa says:

    I want to make a shower cap for myself!

  74. Lalli says:

    All these projects are lovely!!

  75. Deanne says:

    I have a few old towels that will make great bath mats.

  76. Julie says:

    I love making my own bath soaps and things. Would be good for my SIL

  77. Mama K says:

    That chai mix sounds so yum!

  78. Karen says:

    You guys are amazing with what you have found for us to try! I LOVE chai tea and that is a different recipe than what I normally make, I think I will try it real soon!

  79. Michelle says:

    The shower cap might be the most creative thing I’ve seen yet posted for the Handmade Holidays tutorials! I may be trying this one!

  80. Aileen W says:

    such great ideas for pampering!

  81. Katie Mitchell says:

    Wow a fabric shower cap! Whoda thought!

  82. Ginny says:

    Ooooh! I’m a handmade soap addict!

  83. Mandy says:

    SpaTherapy’s products are wonderful!

  84. Jacqui says:

    What girl doesn’t love a bath with bath salts? I cerainly do. These will make fantastic gifts. Love that shower cap to much better than the boring plastic ones you buy at the supermarket!

  85. Karen says:

    Awesome ideas! I just love the holidays, don’t you?

  86. Josiane says:

    What a cute bath mat! Thanks for the link to the natural beauty workshop blog, it’ll be great to find new recipes.

  87. pam says:

    Can’t wait to make my college daughter a really cute shower cap.

  88. jen says:

    fizzy bath salts….aahhhh

  89. Toebi R says:

    These are such great ideas, those fabric choices are so cute.

  90. alisha says:

    I love the idea of fizzy bath salts. And the shower cap is too cute!

  91. B says:

    Too many great ideas, but the first I’m going to do is the bathmat! LOVE IT.

  92. mikawendy says:

    Thanks for posting the link to the fizzy bath salts tutorial! That’s such a neat gift idea.

  93. Yetta says:

    THe patterns are adorable and the Chai mix sounds very yummy. I am definitely going to give the chai mix a try.

  94. MegVS says:

    Love the fabric buckets!

  95. Erin says:

    Those fizzy bath salts are great!

  96. Margaret says:

    I love the idea of making fizzing bath salts!

  97. Michelle F says:

    I really like the idea of the homemade shower cap!! I get laughed at a lot for using a shower cap, but I don’t care!!! lol

  98. Rebecca says:

    I love all these ideas!! thanks!

  99. erin says:

    fabric buckets are awesome!

  100. Katie says:

    We make hot chocolate mix as gifts, I LOVE chai as well. I’m excited to try that out. THe bath mat looks great as well!

  101. Amy says:

    Love the bathmat! I may have to try that one!

  102. karen says:

    Love the bath mat tute… we could use a new one around here!

  103. Limor says:

    Chai, yum.

  104. Sara says:

    LOVE the shower cap. I already have a recipient in mind! Thank you!

  105. Kat says:

    Can’t have too many containers in my house, and I see some fabric buckets in my future.

  106. Amy says:

    shower caps! now that is a different idea! I might need one for me!

  107. emily says:

    great fabric buckets!

  108. Sarah says:

    Thanks for another great round up of tutorials!

  109. Carey says:

    Being married to a shaving guru, it’s nice to see some men’s shaving soap and almost local for us too!

  110. lorena says:

    oh, aren’t those Portabellopixie patterns adorable! i would love to win one. thanks for the opportunity. 🙂

  111. Samantha says:

    Those fabric choices are so pretty! I’m pondering the bath mat…

  112. Debra says:

    Oh the fizzy bath salts sound fun!! I love anything fabric so I love the fabric buckets.
    Thanks for posting all the great tutorials.

  113. craftytammie says:

    wow, great ideas as usual! thanks!

  114. Ashley Ann says:

    The chai mix sounds delicious!

  115. Kimberly says:

    The bath mat is so interesting. And I love those Sandi Henderson patterns!

  116. Carol says:

    Love chai tea

  117. Kim D. says:

    i LOVE the fabric on the cloth bag, adorable! Thanks for all the great ideas today!

  118. Rebecca* says:

    I really, really hope I win those patterns! I’ve been eyeballing them for a while now =) SO CUTE!

  119. JenO says:

    mmmmm, chai tea!

  120. Shelley says:

    Yet again, more great idesa!! I going to try the Chai for sure!

  121. Lindsey says:

    I bet my kids would get a kick out of those bath salts.

  122. Sarah AJ says:

    I love everything on this one! Great stuff as usual.

  123. Mikaela says:

    The shower cap is so cute, might have to make one as a gift to myself.

  124. Sarah S says:

    Love the homebody theme…

  125. Suzanne says:

    I love the patterns!

  126. Kathleen says:

    The fabric bucket is so cute! I can it in my daughter’s room full of hair doodads! Or maybe holding my new stash of shower caps!

  127. Tina says:

    My MIL would like that shower cap. And yum, chai!

  128. Robin says:

    Great gift ideas… I want some, too!

  129. Molly says:

    Love the fabric buckets!

  130. Rachel says:

    I love the fabric buckets… those could definitely come in handy. There are some great tutorials here! And I LOVE Sandi Henderson’s new patterns as well.

  131. Michelle says:

    I know a couple of little girls who just started taking showers who would love pink frilly shower caps… thanks so much!

  132. Carla says:

    The chai mix sounds delish! I’m going to try it.

  133. Dawn says:

    Love the shower cap and bath mat! I would hang the cap as a decoration!

  134. Sonicka says:

    These are great! I think you could do each thing and it would make a nice gift basket type idea!

  135. Bridget B. says:

    I love bath friendly tutorials!

  136. Karen says:

    Yum! The chai mix sounds so comforting and delicious! What a great gift idea!

  137. Kristen L says:

    Shower cap?! More than I expected….very cool!! Love it all!

  138. Jessy Roos says:

    The bath salts and mat look like great ideas – thanks for another day of inspiration guys!

  139. kate says:

    fizzy bath salts! hooray!

  140. Jocelyn says:

    What a cute shower cap and bath mat! I might have to try one of those!

  141. Michelle says:

    The chai looks delicious!

  142. cool stuff, the bath mat is really cool as are the fizzy salts!

  143. Rebecca says:

    The fabric buckets are cute…thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  144. Andi says:

    If I can find some nylon in my stash I am going to make that shower cap today! Thanks again for all the great ideas. I am really sad that November is coming ot an end!

  145. Dawn says:

    Hot chai = mmmmm! Can’t wait to try that recipe!

  146. Tabbi says:

    I am a member of the homebody club lol and I will have to make these things for myself and my space! thanks!

  147. Courtney says:

    I would love to win these patterns for my 5 month old baby girl.

  148. Meredith says:

    I am just loving all of the awesome tutes!! Thank you to everyone who has worked so hard to get these to all of us!! I just love the shower cap. I will be making one for all the gals I know. I would love to win one of those super patterns from Portabello Pixie. I am always over admiring the fun clothing she creates.

  149. Julia in MI says:

    Those are darling patterns you are giving away. My favorite tutorial/idea of the day is the fabric buckets.

  150. Judi says:

    I’m torn between this recycled bath mat and the other one with the embroidered footprints! I wonder if any of my towels qualify as worn out enough for this project??

  151. Harley says:

    That shower cap is just too cute!!! 😀

  152. tiffany says:

    Wonderful! Your blog provides so much inspiration..

  153. Delia Jones says:

    Look forward to trying out the chai tea mix. Sounds yummy!

  154. Ginny says:

    Love the fabric bucket tutorial and the fizzy bath salts!

  155. Winter says:

    I love the Fabric buckets. I am thinking they make a great gift basket aswell as a usable gift after!

    Also LOVE LOVE LOVE all the ideas! This years and last years. 🙂

  156. Margaret says:

    That shaving soap looks great. As always, thanks for the ideas!

  157. Tammy Wittig says:

    The fabric bucket is cute! I always want to spend money on organizing baskets and things, but I could be making my own out of my stash fabric!

  158. Jodie says:

    I am a homebody! These are all great!

  159. mommymae says:

    the bucket is great

  160. SarahB says:

    I’ve been eyeing those cute Portabellopixie patterns for a while now!

  161. Sarah says:

    The shower cap–awesome idea! And the chai mix–love it!

  162. tooticky says:

    Those fabric buckets are very cute…. Love the burlap fabric too!

  163. Marissa says:

    Love the fizzy salts and the patterns, they are so cute. Great ideas!

  164. amanda says:

    Hooray for happy bath stuff!

  165. Nadia says:

    Thanks so much for the tutorials – they are perfect. I’d just been wondering how to make a fabric bucket. I’m going to do it today!

  166. jesse says:

    These patterns would make way to many cute outfits for my 3 girlies!!!

  167. Celeste says:

    I love those fabric buckets–thanks so much for the tutorial!

  168. Amy says:

    what great ideas.

  169. Bunny says:

    Great list today! My brother would love the shaving soap.

  170. Michelle says:

    Love all of the ideas.

  171. Jodie says:

    I love that bucket!! Thanks.

  172. Christy says:

    Great projects! Love them all!

  173. Marie Greene says:

    I have been a soapmaker for about 12 years, and it continues to be a favorite among gift recipients. You can’t go wrong with bath stuff! Love the recycled bath mat…

  174. joy newman says:

    how fun! i love the bath fizzy stuff and the fabric buckets are so cute and practical.

  175. shaina says:

    Those are really cool! I love the idea of giving a shower cap!

  176. Ramona says:

    I love chai tea. I can’t wait to make that mix. I can’t help but think that would be a great teacher gift.

  177. I love the shower cap!!! WAY too cute!!!!

  178. Anne says:

    Clearly I am a homebody, because I want to make all of these tutorial ideas for myself!

  179. karin says:

    LOVE the buckets! Maybe that will help keep the toys organized! And the chai mix sounds yummy. Thanks!

  180. Michelle says:

    These patterns are fabulous! I’ve sewn from the Claire pattern already, and it is a dream – I’ve sewn for 20 years and learned new techniques easily. 🙂

  181. Michele says:

    Love the bath mat!

  182. Erica says:

    The fabric bucket is cute especially when full of fruit! The Portabello Pixie patterns are just beautiful!

  183. Stacy says:

    I love the bath salts and all of the links to the homemade beauty products! Thanks for those!

  184. Doreen says:

    I know just the person to make the bath salts for; thanks so much!!

  185. Audrey says:

    These look wonderful! I really like the bath fizzies and the hot chai tea. Yum!

  186. Christy says:

    I can’t tell you how much I love all of your ideas! Thank you!

  187. Lorene says:

    I have got to try those fizzy bath salts!

  188. Jennifer N. says:

    Fizzy bath salts could be lots of fun to make . . . I’ll have to follow that link and see. Thanks for the great ideas.

  189. MaryL says:

    Looks so interesting! Ideas for next year….

  190. melissa p. says:

    LOVE the fizzy bath salts!

  191. Ang says:

    I like the buckets – good idea to use them as baskets for other gifts!

  192. Aison says:

    Excellent gift ideas. Love the soap and the fabric bucket to keep it in! I can’t believe November’s almost over. This has been so much fun and so helpful. Thanks again!

  193. Christina says:

    Love those fabric buckets!

  194. alison says:

    I feel a little embarassed about being so excited by a tutorial for a shower cap but I’ve been searching for a “nice” shower cap for so long. I’m off to raid my stash!

  195. debra says:

    I must make a few of the shower caps for my mother and my teenage son. They are definitely always worried about their beautiful do’s!

  196. Misty says:

    I love all the wonderful ideas I get from Sew Mama Sew! I have referred back to your Holiday List from last year so many times. The crayon rolls have been perfect for all the birthday parties this year. I would love the sewing patterns, I have 4 little girls and love to sew for them when I find the time!

  197. anne says:

    Love these patterns.

  198. Joan Cantwell says:

    I have followed you blog for several weeks
    and enjoyed all the projects that you put up. I wanted to say thank
    you for all the hard work and time it must take. Many of the links
    have been forwarded to a quilting list that I own.
    I am sure that many will benefit from all the ideas
    at holiday time.
    Joan C

  199. Leah says:

    THe funky shower cap is a fun idea, and I love the fabric buckets! What a great idea! Thanks for compiling all these wonderful projects in one place.

  200. Grace says:

    Those patterns are so, so cute. SO CUTE! And that fabric bucket is just the thing for the crafty mama gift exchange I am a part of. Thank you!

  201. Heather B says:

    The hot chai mix is a definite gift – it sounds great right now as I look outside at all the snow!

  202. wendy says:

    OMG, chai tea mix!!! I need to go make up some of that right away for myself. You know, just to taste test it before making some for gifts. 😉

  203. Michelle Jadaa says:

    mmm love the chai mix!!……….i also love warming neck pillows and eye masks for sleeping as gifts too………..maybe even a personalised mouse mat.

  204. betsy says:

    wow, that is a great bath mat. Love it!

  205. Katheirne says:

    Ooh I know someone the shower cap would be perfect for :0)

  206. Natalija says:

    The bath salts are a great idea.

  207. Terri says:

    Love the fabric bucket and the shower cap is too cute! Great pattern giveaway! : ) THANKS!

  208. carmen says:

    Wow, those are really cute

  209. Anne says:

    Wol cannot believe I am number 1 – hope this brings luck. Great projects for Thanksgiving weekend.

  210. Southern Gal says:

    Ooh. Hot Chai mix looks great. I love the bucket tutorial. So easy.

  211. Lynne in NC says:

    Wow! the chai mix looks yummy. Another day of wonderful ideas, thanks! Would really enjoy Sandi Henderson’s pattern, too.

  212. Emily S says:

    Being a homebody myself, i love these tutorials!

  213. Diane says:

    love these patterns… glad I found this link…can’t wait to make these precious dresses for the precious little girl in my life

  214. Hannah says:

    These are so adorable!

  215. Shawna says:

    That bath mat is awesome! We just bought a house so we might have to have one of those!

  216. Jodes says:

    Love today!

  217. Judith says:

    Great ideas you have there. I think I may have to use some for my family this year (particularly like the bin/bucket idea)

  218. Melanie says:

    mmmm… homemade chai mix!!

    and i’ve gotta get my hands on those portabello pixie patterns!

  219. Alice S says:

    What a cute shower cap! Please add me to the giveaway drawing.

  220. Junglewife says:

    Love all the wonderful ideas – I’m going to have to try the Chai tea mix!

  221. Jennifer Probasco says:

    I love the shower cap! My mother-in-law still wears one and would love this! Thanks

  222. méri says:

    I don’t tired myself saying that I love pippijoe fabrics!!! And Hoppo Bumpo ideas!

  223. Jennifer says:

    I love the bath suggestions. I’ve been considering making a bathmat for a couple months now. I might try this pattern out. I most definitely will be making some bath fizzies.

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