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Help encourage a healthy start to 2010 with these gift ideas… Enjoy Gifts for Exercise today!

Make It

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This Wet Bag Tutorial from Mandy, Stacy, & Jessica at Little Birdie Secrets is your answer to wet swimming suits. (Parent of young children tip: These are also great for diapers, etc.)
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Most of our Handmade Holidays tutorials focus on sewing but we had to slip a few other great projects in there. This crochet Om Shanti Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial from Pickles is “really just a never ending granny circle.”
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Luv in the Mommyhood shows you how to refashion Shirt Sleeves to Yoga Capris in their tutorial, part of their Newbie Sewing & remake. repurpose. refashion series.
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Pascale has an easy & pretty Water Bottle Holder Tutorial at Between the Lines. We love the optional stitching on the linen!
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Laurie Wisbrun | Scarlet Fig shares this Yoga Mat Bag Tutorial so you can dash off to exercise in style. Laurie even made this bag with fabric she designed!

Don’t miss this great Vanilla House Sewing Pattern: Gym Junk! You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Fit Friends, Tech Gifts (to hold onto those iPods while running, etc.), Season Pass Holder (also good for running)

Buy It

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Lola from The Hip Revolution has a huge selection of handcrafted hoops like this Neon Shock Adult Hoola Hoop / Dance Hoop. We think they’d make really fun gifts! Lola writes, “…Hooping has recently become a passion of mine. I find it spirals you into a meditative state & also works wonder for your self confidence in gaining acceptance of who and where you are. Hooping’s meditative qualities are only outshined by it’s health benefits as it is a great low impact core work out which can be moved to any limb for extra strength and toning! Finally- no one is ever too old or too out of shape to start. Look for a bigger hoop (40″-45″) for extra ease! Happy Hooping Holidays!” Visit The Hip Revolution to see youth hoops, hoop totes, mini mights & more.

Mix It

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Diane at CraftyPod shares her “toss it all in” approach to DIY Granola with a result that’s high in protein and low in sweeteners. As Diane writes, “…You can pretty much make it up as you go along,” but she gives you tips to help you refine your own favorite family recipe. Make up a jar for your favorite fit friends this holiday season.

Print It

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Label those jars of granola (and any other tasty treats you plan to give) with these cheery Canning Lid Labels from Kendra at A Sonoma Garden!

Win It

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Comment in today’s post for a chance to win both of these great prizes. The winner will be announced on Friday. Visit our prize list to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Cal Patch

(Potter Craft, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-307-45139-2 (0-307-45139-9))

From the Publisher:

If you’ve ever watched Project Runway and wished you were a contestant, or you’re simply ready to take your sewing to a new level, Design-It-Yourself Clothes teaches you the fundamentals of modern patternmaking so that you, too, can create your own inspired clothing.

Until now, the aspiring DIY fashionista has been hard-pressed to find self-teaching tools other than dry textbooks or books with outdated looks. Finally, in Design-It-Yourself Clothes, former Urban Outfitters designer Cal Patch brings her youthful aesthetic to a how-to book. If you want to wear something you can’t find on store racks and make clothes that express your individual style, or if you’ve reached a sewing plateau and want to add pattern drafting to your repertoire, Design-It-Yourself Clothes is the book you have been waiting for.

In five key projects (each with four variations)–a perfect-fitting dress, T-shirt, button-down shirt, A-line skirt, and pants–Patch shares the art of patternmaking. At its core, it’s much simpler than you think. Patch covers everything an intermediate sewer needs to know in order to become a fabulous fashion designer, from designing the patterns, taking your own measurements, and choosing fabrics to actually sewing the clothing. You will also learn how to stylize patterns by using darts, waistbands, patch pockets, and ruffles. Patch offers tips, explanations, options, and exercises throughout that will make the design process that much easier.

But besides showing you how to create clothing from scratch, she also teaches you how to rub off patterns from existing clothing–so if you have a pair of pants that you love but are worn out, or you have your eye on a piece in the store with a prohibitive price tag, you can figure out how to get the looks you want by using your own two hands.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)
6 ~ Sit Back & Relax
5 ~ Read
4 ~ Go Green
3 ~ Sleep
2 ~ Adorn
1 ~ Wear


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