Whether exploring near or far, these ideas will help the travelers in your life prepare for adventure…

Make It

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Help luggage stand out in a crowd with these Fabric Luggage Tags from Cindy at Skip To My Lou.
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This Little Letter Needle Book from Kelly at {Make} helps travelers keep essentials handy on the road.
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Larissa’s Basic Messenger Bag at Mmmcrafts will be a hit with all ages!
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Laural from Thimble designed this handy Travel Organizer to keep important documents in one place on a trip.
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Do you know someone who cannot be separated from their flat iron?! Make them this Flat Iron Travel Pouch from Char at Crap I’ve Made.
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Give young artists on the go a treat with this Art Bag from Christine at From An Igloo.

You might also enjoy these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Go!, More Gifts for Travelers, Sushi-Roll Changing Pad with Diaper & Wipes Pouch

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:

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Buy It

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Surprise a traveler with a handsome set of Custom Leather Luggage Tags. Visit Of the Fountain for these hand stamped and beautifully dyed tags.
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Compact & durable, these Handmade Leather Journals are designed specifically for travel. Janette Maher sells these in a variety of sizes and colors as well as other attractive styles.

Mix It

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Amber shares her fail-proof recipe for Caramel that will spoil you and any hard-to-please person on your list. On her blog, Giver’s Log, Amber writes, “Once you go homemade, you never go back.”

Print It

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Keep track of books while traveling with this sweet Happy Bookplate from Helen at Orange You Lucky. Print and prepare a set as a companion gift with a good book!

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays anytime this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment in today’s post for a chance to win one of these books! Visit our prize lists to see some of the other great giveaways this month.

By Meg Mateo Ilasco & Joy Deangdeelert Cho
(Chronicle Books, $16.95, ISBN: 9780811871617)

From the Publisher:

As the hipster classic Craft, Inc. did for crafters, this book will teach all types of creatives—illustrators, photographers, graphic designers, animators, and more—how to build a successful business doing what they love. Freelancing pros Meg Mateo Ilasco and Joy Deangdeelert Cho explain everything from creating a standout portfolio to navigating the legal issues of starting a business. Accessible, spunky, and packed with practical advice, Creative, Inc. is an essential for anyone ready to strike out on their own.

Not Your Mama’s Stitching: The Cool and Creative Way to Stitch It To ‘Em
By Kate Shoup
(Wiley, $14.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-09516-4)

From the Publisher:

Forget the fair young maiden painstakingly embroidering pillowcases for her hope chest. Picture a liberated lass (that would be you) creating chic fashions and accessories while sipping a glass of whatever and saving the planet.Not Your Mama’s Stitching lets you choose from more than twenty projects to make or embellish home decor items, garments, accessories, gifts, and more. It covers:

  • The tools and materials that no stitcher should be without
  • Basic stitching skills such as starting a thread, tying off, and finishing your piece
  • A myriad of embroidery, cross stitch, and needlepoint stitches
  • Projects ranging from a tattooed tank top to cheeky stitched sayings and from a Gucci-inspired wallet to a drinks recipe box
  • Variations and ideas for customizing every project

Make everyday items one-of-a-kind, or whip up your own creations from scratch. With a savvy, sassy attitude and fun, funky projects, Not Your Mama’s Stitching will have you in stitches in no time.

Seams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing
By Anna Maria Horner
(Wiley, $24.99, ISBN: 978-0-470-25926-9)

From the Publisher:

Anna Maria Horner’s signature style combines the techniques of a seasoned sewer with the vision of an artist. InSeams to Me: 24 New Reasons to Love Sewing, she walks you through the fundamentals, offering practical advice on everything from fabric selection to color choices to choosing and buying a sewing machine. Simple step-by-step instructions show you how to turn her designs into fanciful creations:

  • Sideways Squares Skirt
  • Prairie Blouse
  • Full Contact Cooking Apron
  • PlayingAlong Quilt
  • Doggie Dreams Bed

Vivid full-color photographs and designs will invite you into the creative process. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran, the twenty-four projects in this beautiful book will transform your home and wardrobe into a collection of unique treasures.

By Marlene Hurley Marshall
(Storey Publishing, $24.95, ISBN: 978-1-60342-552-0)

From the Publisher:

From a lakeside cabin to a hilltop farmhouse, from an urban brownstone to a suburban ranch — any house can be beautified with decorative pieces crafted from found bits of the woodland landscape, such as pine cones, moss, bark, twigs, and river rocks. Artist and author Marlene Hurley Marshall shows you how to use responsibly collected materials to create stylish wreaths, frames, furniture, collages, potpourri, birdhouses, garden pots, and much more. Featuring luscious photography by Sabine Vollmer von Falken,Woodland Style gives you the inspiration and instruction you need to enjoy the peace and beauty of the woods and meadows in your own home.

Green Grocery Bag Challenge

The Green Grocery Bag Challenge is a project to encourage sewists to wrap their holiday gifts in reusable cloth grocery bags, thus reducing the amount of wrapping paper entering the waste stream while simultaneously getting multi-use bags into the hands of consumers. Please include Mother Earth in your holiday plans. Read more here and join us on The Green Grocery Bag Challenge Facebook page where we’ll be posting wrapping ideas, sewing patterns and tips for reducing waste this holiday season.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas (& don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool!)… Gift ideas for:

9 ~ Preschool Kids
8 ~ Outdoor Adventurers
7 ~ Tweens
6 ~ Crafters
5 ~ Deck the Halls
4 ~ Moms & Grandmas
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Girlfriends
1 ~ Imaginative Friends

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.