November 27 ~ Passion for Fitness

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If you celebrated Thanksgiving (and if it was anything like ours) you could probably use a bit more Passion for Fitness right now! For those on your list who love to run, bike, hike and more, here are some great ideas…* It’s almost Giveaway Day! Are you ready?

Make It

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Learn how to make an easy Yoga Mat Bag on the Marimekko Blog. This mat features some of their beautiful Marimekko upholstery fabric.
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We’re big fans of Kathie and Bernadette from Future Craft Collective, and authors of Make Stuff Together: 24 Simple Projects to Create as a Family. They designed this Runner’s “Not a Fanny Pack” Utility Belt for the Craftzine blog.
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Make some new Leg Warmers out of an old sweater with this tutorial from A Beautiful Mess.
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Bikers on your list might like a new Bike Seat Cover like this version at Thimble.
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Sophie wanted to make a custom, inexpensive Running Arm Pouch. Success!– She shows you how to make your own at Roubidou.

Bag a Day

There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.

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This Retro Duffel Bag from Emily at Saltwater Kids is just… Awesome.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Sports Fans, Gifts for Exercise, Season Pass Holder

Buy It

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In Blue makes some beautiful handmade leather journals and accessories, like this Distressed Wallet with a bike design. You can add a name, initials or short quote for no extra fee.

Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Gabrien’s choice Beth’s choice Irene’s choice

Mix It

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The Editor of the Food and Living channels for Instructables shows you how to make these yummy Samoas. If you have a Passion for Fitness you can enjoy a bunch of these, right?!

Print It

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These sweet Gift Tags from Chantilly at My Girl Thursday would look great on your presents!

Win It

Tweet #handmadeholidays or tag us on Facebook this week for a chance to win a $20 gift certificate to Sew,Mama,Sew!

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these books!

Where Women Cook: Celebrate!: Extraordinary Women & Their Signature Recipes

Author: Jo Packham
Publisher: Lark Books

Based on the Where Women Cook magazine, this unique book profiles 28 extraordinary women who share their passion for cooking and entertaining. Every meal they make and share is a celebration, and each photo-rich profile offers a peek into their cooking environment, favorite recipes (more than 60 of them), and tips on how to turn every moment festive, whether it’s a holiday party or a family dinner.

The women include: popular food blogger Molly Wizenberg of Orangette; bestselling author and blogger Angie Dudley of Bakerella; The Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond; Farm Chick Serena Thompson, and other popular food personalities.

Fabric-By-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: 101 Sewing Projects

Authors: Rebecca Yaker, Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The best-selling authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with another all-new amazing collection of 101 sewing projects. Responding to the increasingly diverse range of fabric weights and types now available, Fabricby-Fabric One-Yard Wonders is organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics.

ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs

Author: Jenny Wilding Cardon
Publisher: Martingale & Co.

Yearning for a unique look–yet shopping on a shoestring? Learn fashion designer Jenny Wilding Cardon’s secrets for finding the creative possibilities in cast-offs! With a snip here and a tuck there, you can turn common thrift-store items–such as sweaters, curtains, and jeans–into sassy, stylish originals.

* Turn secondhand basics into first-rate fashions with over 20 beginner-friendly projects.
* Make chic tops, skirts, dresses, purses, scarves, bags, and hats–plus a rug, simple quilt, and more.
* View before and after pictures that illustrate the potential of your thrift-store finds.

The Knitter’s Life List: To Do, To Know, To Explore, To Make

Author: Gwen Steege
Publisher: Storey Books

Knit a traditional gansey sweater with indigo yarn. Tour a spinning mill. Discover five ways to cast on for socks. Use steeking to make a tube into a cardigan. The Knitter’s Life List is a richly illustrated compilation of more than 1000 experiences and adventures that knitters won’t want to miss. You’ll find unusual yarns to work with, classic techniques to master, time-honored patterns to try, innovative designers to know about, museums around the world to see, books to read, festivals and retreats to visit, and much more. Check off each item as you complete it, and move on to the next; you’ll find more than enough knitting adventures to fill a lifetime!

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2010 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

26 ~ Passion for Picnics
25 ~ Passion for Parties
24 ~ Passion for Coffee + Tea
23 ~ Passion for Writing
22 ~ Passion for Food
21 ~ Passion for Sleep
20 ~ Passion for Nature
19 ~ Passion for Technology
18 ~ Passion for Photography
17 ~ Passion for Color
16 ~ Passion for Reading
15 ~ Passion for Imagination
14 ~ Passion for Growing
13 ~ Passion for Decorating
12 ~ Passion for Jewelry
11 ~ Passion for Art
10 ~ Passion for Travel
9 ~ Passion for Cooking + Baking
8 ~ Passion for Exploration + Adventure
7 ~ Passion for Teaching + Learning
6 ~ Passion for Sewing
5 ~ Passion for Organization
4 ~ Passion for Relaxation
3 ~ Passion for Clothes
2 ~ Passion for Play
1 ~ Passion for Accessories

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All photos are used with permission from the artist.

You can receive a free copy of the Perfect Zip Bags Pattern by Elizabeth Hartman (a $10 value) with your order of $30 or more. Check out this post for all the details. You can also see how versatile and pretty the bags are in our pattern sample posts!

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333 Responses to November 27 ~ Passion for Fitness

  1. Libby says:

    The running arm patch will be great for doing housework!

  2. Cat says:

    what a perfect yoga bag

  3. Celeste says:

    Love the running pouch!

  4. Vanessa says:

    Love to look at all the books listed!! I love November at sew mamma sew!!!

  5. Amy G. says:

    I like that bike cover!

  6. Liz says:

    lol, that kid is too cute!

  7. Steph G. says:

    I’ve never seen a bike seat tutorial before….fantastic!

  8. Holly V says:

    Love the leg warmers!

  9. kim t. says:

    love it!!

  10. Michelle P says:

    Samoas recipe-seriously? I’ve died and gone to heaven.

  11. Allison C says:

    You had me at samoas.

  12. Stacy says:

    I remember wearing leg warmers! We need some now! LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  13. stephanie tipton says:

    I love the bicycle seat cover!

  14. BekahM says:

    Great ideas once again!! I have a friend in mind who would love the yoga mat bag.

  15. Great collection!
    Those printable gift tags are just the cutest!

  16. Erin says:

    I could use some fitness passion right about now too! (Before Christmas cookie coma sets in!)

  17. Carmen says:

    I would love to win the Knitter’s Life List!

  18. sam says:

    Yummy cookies. I can’t wait to make those!

  19. kate C. says:

    love the retro duffle bags!

  20. Wendy D. P. says:

    Leg Warmers! Love!

  21. Ann S says:

    Samoas! Yummm.

  22. Knititall says:

    Thanks for those adorable gift bags!

  23. Sherri S. says:

    Love these, thanks so much!

  24. Beth T says:

    Thanks for the cute gift tags!

  25. Christy says:

    need to make one of those running arm pouches (might just inspire me to actually run!!)

  26. caroline says:

    Oh I love ALL of today’s giveaway books!

  27. Jessica says:

    Samoas now please!!

  28. Christine says:

    ooo.. wanna make retro duffels…

  29. Dorothy says:

    Great projects!

  30. Kristen says:

    I’m bookmarking a bunch of these projects.

  31. Sue Ellen T. says:

    Yummy Samoas! My family is thrilled about this blog!

  32. Page says:

    Samoas have always been my favorite GS cookie. I want to add every single one of those books to my library. I have a thing for sewing and craft books!

  33. KraftyAngel says:

    which to do first???? decisions! decisions!

  34. Gina says:

    Samoas! Yummy!

  35. Liz says:

    Homemade samoas, yoga bags, awesome books! Oh my!

  36. Ange Moore says:

    Those duffle bags are fabulous – might have to remeber those as hnadmade gifts for the nieces and nephews as they get older!

  37. Deb Cameron says:

    That ‘not a fanny pack’ is going on my must do…it’s almost Summer here in Australia and perfect for walking and running…in the early mornings and late evenings.

  38. Tina C. says:

    OMG – marimekko has a blog???

  39. Crystal says:

    I would definitly find some of these projects useful!

  40. Jennifer Cheek-Payan says:

    The printable gift tags are sooo cute!

  41. LoriA says:

    That wallet is so neat! My boyfriend would love it!

  42. Jen says:

    Love the yoga bag and re-sew!

  43. Melissa says:

    samoas – yum! I’d love to read One Yard Wonders!

  44. Miranda says:

    Ha, I was just thinking if there was a recipe for Samoas..Those are my favorite.. yummy!

  45. Melanie says:

    Yum! Samoas! And I love the retro duffel. πŸ™‚

  46. Alli says:

    Haha, the retro duffel bag looks fun! πŸ™‚

  47. Crystal says:

    OMG, those gift tags are so Mary Blair!

  48. Linda says:

    Ooo. “Resew” looks like a good book. Like “upcycling.” I love the concept. Thank you for these super giveaways.

  49. Amanda says:

    mmmmm samoas….and I have always loved the styling in that retro duffel pic πŸ˜‰

  50. As a non-fitness nerd, I am surprised I liked so many of these patterns! The athletic bag is sweet.

  51. Jenn Lee says:

    The duffel bags are fantastic.

  52. Betsy says:

    I love the duffel and I want some samoas right now.

  53. Jennifer says:

    I need to make one of those yoga mat bags!

  54. krystina says:

    All of these are great ideas and those cookies look divine!

  55. Joanne says:

    Great ideas! Those cookies look yum!

  56. Anne says:

    I definitely don’t need those Samoas after this past weekend… but they look so good!

  57. Erika says:

    i am still very skepitcal about leg warmers

  58. Danielle says:

    The cookies look yummy!!!

  59. Jennifer G. Miller says:

    That Samoas recipe is a must have! My favorite GS cookie EVAH!

  60. Sharon Meek says:

    Love the yoga mat bag. Great!

  61. Joanne says:

    Great ideas. Sad that November is almost over!

  62. Rebekah says:

    I LOVE samoas! Oh yeah, and exercising πŸ˜‰

  63. Cat says:

    I love the bike seat cover !!

  64. Jess says:

    THe retro duffel made me laugh! Excellent projects!

  65. Jaymie says:

    Samoas?! I usually hunt down a Girl Scout for those. That recipe is a lot of power to possess…

  66. Shaila says:

    Super cute duffel bag!

  67. Rebecca says:

    Very fun!

  68. Mary Kaplan says:

    my family will love the samoas. I will have to make the bike seat cover for myself. Thank you for sharing these wonderful ideas.

  69. Jane says:

    i love the running pouch to put on my arm.

  70. SewLindaAnn says:

    I’m not sure what’s cuter, the retro duffel or the little model! Love the gift tags.

  71. anne says:

    those retro duffels are awesome.

  72. Corin says:

    Must buy One Yard Wonders immediately! I’m off to Amazon.

    • Irene says:

      Corin- You can also buy One Yard Wonders right here in our shop! πŸ™‚

  73. Whitney says:

    cute wallet!

  74. Wendy says:

    Love the gift tags and great book giveaway!

  75. Vikki says:

    Wish I hadn’t seen the samoas. Thank you.

  76. Hannah says:

    Awesome duffle!

  77. Bobby says:

    I’ve needed a running arm pouch and haven’t wanted to buy one. Now I can just make one! :0)

  78. Annette says:

    The retro duffle bags made me smile.

  79. craftytammie says:

    my to-do list keeps growing!

  80. wendy says:

    love the retro duffel bag!

  81. tmv says:

    Oh! I’m a big fan of all of these ideas! Thanks!

  82. Natalia says:

    I love samoas!

  83. Katina says:

    The Retro Duffel Bag is great, and so are the other tutorials on the same website!

  84. alcheme says:

    I’m sure I need the yoga bag!

  85. Lee says:

    I love that duffle and the yoga mat! thanks!

  86. Chris says:

    Great tutorials for my college friends! thanks!

  87. Jill B says:

    Those gift tags are gorgeous !

  88. Barbara says:

    The “one yard wonders” book looks like it might help me reduce my fabric stash!

  89. linda says:

    I remember Samoas from girl scout cookies…yum yum!

  90. Claudia says:

    I really love those cute gift tags.
    Thank you for the chance to win such beautiful prizes.
    Kind regards from Germany.

  91. angelina says:


  92. Kristin says:

    Samoas! Never actually thought to try to make those before.

  93. Mama Lusco says:

    Those samoa cookies look amazing!

  94. Rebecca says:

    Love the running arm pouch!

  95. stacey says:

    love the runners’ pouch!

  96. Janet says:

    I have been looking for an arm band for my cellphone! I’m so glad you posted the tutorial!

  97. Glenys says:

    The gift tags are really cute!!

  98. Heidi says:

    the not-fanny-pack is a great idea, as is the arm pouch, I always struggle with what to take and what to leave in the car when I run.

  99. Kerry says:

    The retro gym bag will make a good complimentary gift to go with my sister’s fannypack boombox.

  100. Sarah says:

    Love the retro duffel bag

  101. Genevieve says:

    Love those gift tags!


  102. great duffle bag – gift tags

  103. Meghan says:

    I could use a yoga bag… hmmm

  104. Jen says:

    Oh yes, after this weekend, I could definitely use a passion for fitness right now!

  105. Kristie says:

    I can’t wait for the new One Yard Wonders. The last one had such fun projects. I love the bike wallet too.

  106. Faith Pray says:

    How hilarious! Who knew you could mix sewing and fitness? I sure love the look of that Resew book! Thank you so much for these handmade holidays!

  107. Katie says:

    I love everything on this post – the books all look great, and that kid? I’m dying here.

  108. Jennifer Lynch Postma says:

    Bike seat cover! How did I never think of this before?

  109. Nabiha says:

    loved the retro duffel bags!

  110. The bike seat cover is such a great idea.

  111. Courtney says:

    Lovely ideas, as always!

  112. crystal says:

    The leg warmers are cute!

  113. Kerry says:

    Seriously, a recipe for Samoas. I just gained 10 pounds looking at it. I better make the arm band so I can run off those cookies!

  114. Lindsay says:

    I’m going to have to print some of those gift tags, they are too cute.

  115. Hilary S says:

    Samoas! OK, back to the gym…

  116. slacker says:

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA am totally digging the retro duffel bag!

  117. Beth says:

    Been wanting to make an armband. And those samoas. Yum!

  118. Laura Reich says:


  119. Theresa says:

    Love the yoga mat bag. I know the perfect recipient.

  120. Ems says:

    SAMOAS are Divine.

  121. Melissa says:


  122. Ginger says:

    neat ideas!

  123. Shawna says:

    Those leg warmers rock! Love the arm pouch as well. Thanks for the giveaways.


  124. april says:

    i dont have much of a fitness passion, but that kid is super adorbs!

  125. Amanda says:

    That armband is a great idea for a gift.

  126. Molly Martin says:

    I NEED that arm band to get me running again!

  127. Deanne says:

    The Samoas look delicious.

  128. margie says:

    That retro duffle bag is killing me! I love it.

  129. Charlotte says:

    Love the yoga mat bag and Samoas are my favorite cookie!! Can’t wait to make both.

  130. chibidani says:

    Those leg warmers look great.

  131. Lisa C. says:

    I LOVE those legwarmers/…ultra cute!

  132. Michelle says:

    Love, love, LOVE the not-a-fanny-pack! Just the thing to hold my (very necessary) inhaler while I run without looking like a big geek or weighing down my midsection. I can see it in some really fun fabrics, too…

  133. Tez says:

    The Samoa’s caught my husband’s eye as I was reading this list and he is super excited for me to make them!!

  134. eleanor says:

    Love the gift tags!

  135. April says:


  136. Rachael says:

    such fun stuff. I wish I had a yoga mat, just so i could make a carrier for it!

  137. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Retro Duffle … Too cute!

  138. Tiffany says:

    mmmmmmmm somoas!

  139. Cindi C says:

    You may bring leg warmers back!

  140. Marianna says:

    Thanks for more ideas!

  141. Sherrie Wolfe says:

    Love the armband!

  142. Becca B says:

    I’d love that Re-sew book! So cool!

  143. Cinnamon says:

    Fun books. And I love that retro duffle bag.

  144. Ramona says:

    Love the retro duffel bags!

  145. Shannon O. says:

    I need a Not a Fanny Pack and an arm band for my Ipod.

  146. shannon gt says:

    what a fab collection of ideas!

  147. shelle says:

    love the gift tags!

  148. Kristin says:

    Loving the gift tags and homemade samoas. πŸ™‚

  149. Kati says:

    The retro duffle bag is fun! πŸ™‚

  150. Cal says:

    The Retro Duffel Bag looks so cute!

  151. Sarah says:

    Really cool ideas. I like the running belt.

  152. Crystal says:

    The One-Yard Wonders book has been on my wish list all year! Thanks for giving away such wonderful treats!

  153. Jennifer says:

    I love all these books!!

  154. Becky says:

    I made a yoga bag for my son for Christmas 2 years ago and he LOVED it. Custom! Another day of great inspiration.

  155. Kirsten K. says:

    I love the utility belt & ipod case!! Perfect gift for all my runner friends! thanks!

  156. greta says:

    great idea for the yoga mat bag

  157. Amy says:

    Oh, Samoas!!!! What a great find! Thanks!

  158. Sarah B says:

    I love the printable gift tags.

  159. Christina says:

    Love the gift tags.

  160. Mandi says:

    I love the retro duffel bag!

  161. Morgan says:

    Well…I’m excited about the Samoas. πŸ˜‰ Guess I could use a little more fitness in my life!

  162. bruinbr says:

    A recipe for Samoas!? Yes, please! So cruel to put that recipe here with the fitness items! πŸ˜‰

  163. ElizabethL says:

    You’re right – the retro duffle is awesome.

  164. MC says:

    That little arm pouch for running would be super useful!

  165. Lynn Hey says:

    Must make several of the arm bands asap! I’ve used velcro before, but the stretchy knit is much better. The Resew and one yard books will be added to my gift wish list. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas!

  166. Jane S. says:


  167. Anita says:

    Somoas… yum… I can’t wait to try those!

  168. Helena Pope says:

    I love love love those gift tags, and i remember making those duffel bags at school!!! Great tutorials again!

  169. Lyndsey says:

    I love it all! How in the world am I going to have time to get through all these great ideas?!?!??!

  170. Julia says:

    The bike seat cover is a great idea!

  171. sarah says:

    love that wallet– and the rest of the wallets in that shop!

  172. Kirsten says:

    I have great ideas for my running partners now. Thanks!

  173. pat upton says:

    thanks so much for the tutorials.

  174. Fenna says:

    neat ideas! would love to win a book πŸ™‚

  175. Rebekah says:

    Great selection of books!

  176. MissMary says:

    Oh the irony of Samoas on this particular page… Mm hmm… Looking forward to making an arm pouch before my next trail run, though!

  177. Anya says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  178. carriem says:

    Pick me!

  179. Valerie says:

    I’ll make some of these for myself! Thanks!

  180. Barbara says:

    I love the arm band. My current one is frustrating to use and I could do with a spiffy new one…

  181. Kristi F says:

    Love the arm band!

  182. Jodie says:

    great ideas, today’s printable is adorable!

  183. Sarah B says:

    Those samoas are just what I need!

  184. anya says:

    The running arm pouch is perfect!! Defintely will make some for my sisters!

  185. Linda says:

    Ooh, One Yard Wonders looks like it must have some great gifts in it!

  186. Marilyn says:

    The new One Yard Wonders book looks pretty exciting. Thanks for the chance to win!

  187. Miet says:

    Love those duffel bags!

  188. Liz says:

    Those gift tags are so cute, and mmmmm yummy samoas!

  189. Kim says:

    A bike seat cver- with memory foam padding?

  190. Rachel Lees says:

    The running arm pouch is such a great idea! Definitely will be making that one.

  191. Hannah says:

    I love that retro duffel bag!

  192. Jasmin says:

    The gift tags are so sweek i can’t resist.

  193. melanie says:

    I am making the yoga bag!

  194. Theresa says:

    The leg warmers are adorable.

  195. Heather says:

    Wow, the retro duffel bag is amazing. Another idea for guy gifts!

  196. Michelle B says:

    Nice tutorials. I must admit, though, that I do not have a passion for fitness. I do have a passion for leg warmers, so it all evens out in the end.

  197. Cari says:

    Fun projects!

  198. Ashley Williams says:

    Oh i love everything about this post! That duffel bag?? It’s a must make!

  199. Carrie says:

    “If you have a Passion for Fitness you can enjoy a bunch of these, right?!”

    I vote yes!

  200. Jen S says:

    What fun ideas! I’ve made legwarmers from sweater sleeves before yet not with a ribbon tie. Nice embellishment addition!

  201. Rhonda S. says:

    Great ideas!

  202. Sherly says:

    cute yoga mat bag!

  203. Jen V says:

    I love the tool belt & duffel!

  204. My husband would love that wallet, and I’ve been meaning to make a pouch to run with my phone (actually, I’ve been meaning to go for a run!).

  205. Melissa Ann says:

    The little kid with the duffel bags cracks me up! Excellent photoshoot πŸ™‚

  206. Jess says:

    Thanks for the great tutorials and ideas!

  207. Kristin H says:

    mmmmmm samoas!

  208. Deidre says:

    The seat cover is definitely making into someone’s stocking this year! Thanks for the chance to win!

  209. beverly says:

    Oh, I need one of the ipod carriers! Yay!

  210. Holly says:

    Great ideas!!

  211. Forget sewing — I could be makinbg SAMOAS right now?!? Awesome.

  212. Eva says:

    The gift tags are really cute!

  213. Jennifer N says:

    All right, I’ll be honest. The first link I clicked was for the Samoas. But, there are lots of other great projects. Thanks for sharing.

  214. liz says:

    I love all of the different ideas!

  215. Christina G. says:

    love the arm band and duffel bag. Samoas too – yum!

  216. Rachel B says:

    love the recipe

  217. Love the running arm pouch. This is much cuter than my horrid bought one. Love it!

  218. Kate says:

    The kid in the photo is hilarious, love it. I want the duffle bag just from that photo!

  219. jennifer says:

    I was. Just. Thinking about making some of these items. So theses tutorials are very timely

  220. Ellu says:

    Wonderful ideas, thanks very much!

  221. Georgia says:

    The gift tags are so cute!

  222. Suze says:

    Ooooh! Samoas! Our favorite GS cookie-and now I can make them gluten-free! Darling gift tags! Thanks!

  223. Bianca says:


  224. Kylene Grell says:

    I love samoas and I think that all of the books look great!

  225. Ashley says:

    Wow…those tags are awesome! Thanks for sharing! The retro kid is too funny…I think I may make a couple of those bags for my kiddos and fam. Thanks again!

  226. funda62 says:

    My oldest daughter has been asking for a duffel bag like that thanks for the tutorial link!

  227. M Evans says:

    I’ve been wanting an armband like that! But it may have to wait until after I finish my x-mas projects!

  228. Another great day! Love the leg warmers!

  229. Silvia says:

    Great projects!! Love the gift tags from Chantilly at My Girl Thursday! πŸ™‚

  230. Nat says:

    Great ideas, as always πŸ™‚

  231. Trina says:

    Love the duffel bag!

  232. Ana says:

    Haha, RunnerÒ€ℒs Ò€œNot a Fanny PackÒ€ Utility Belt. Definitely not a fanny pack, it’s very cool.

  233. Mare says:

    The Samoas look delish! I don’t know if they fit under fitness. Maybe the yoga bag is the perfect gift after eating too many of those. Downward Dog here I come! =)

  234. Kate S. says:

    Love ReSew! I enjoy up-cycling and creating new things from old!

  235. Susan says:

    love the gift tags! That one yard wonders book looks inspiring!

  236. Hmmm, I should make a yoga mat bag. . . .

  237. Jenelle says:

    The Samoas look pretty authentic! Great tutorial yet again. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the giveaway!

  238. Natalija says:

    My girls would love those leg warmers.

  239. CARA FORCK says:

    Thanks to both of you for all you’ve done.

  240. Emily says:


  241. SonjaVic says:

    Love, love, LOVE the duffel bag!

  242. Lisa Zap says:

    All cute ideas. I also love the bike wallet and Irene’s fabric choice.

  243. Jocelyn says:

    I’m not much into the exercise equipment, but I love the sewing and quilting books πŸ™‚ That’s my kind of exercise!

  244. Timmi says:

    that not a fanny pack looks so clever

  245. Carrie says:

    Oh la la! Samoas!! Love it

  246. Christie S. says:

    Great gifts for those on the run.

  247. delia says:

    I think I am going to make those cookies for our Christmas cookie exchange. They look scrummy and perfect for giving away!

  248. Rachel B. says:

    Cute gift tags! And great tutorials. Thanks.

  249. Stephanie o says:

    I would love the one yard wonders or re sewing- I definitely could use ideas. I love the gift tags!

  250. the yoga mat bag will be a great gift for a dear friend πŸ™‚

  251. Ella says:

    Love the books…and that samoa recipe is DANGEROUS!

  252. Crunchy Con Mommy says:

    I think my dad used to have a bag just like that vintage sports bag-it was blue and he kept a jump rope in it!

  253. Jodi G. says:

    The gift tags are too cute!! Samoas? Oh yeah!!

    Thanks for more great ideas. Thanks for the giveaways and a chance to win.


  254. Christine M says:

    More terrific ideas!

  255. Meagan says:

    Love the bike seat cover!

  256. Stefanie F says:

    Love the not a fanny pack – may have to make one soon for the runner in the house. πŸ™‚

  257. Louby Lou says:

    Lovin’ the retro duffle bag!

  258. Husband is running the Goofy (marathon and a half) in January. I think I need to make him the runner’s utility belt for Christmas.

  259. Samantha says:

    Gotta make the arm pouch!

  260. Erika says:

    Love those printable gift tags!

  261. Diana says:

    Samoas! Delicious!

  262. Tasha says:

    Retro duffle bag is soo cute!

  263. Liz says:

    everybody loves samoas…

  264. beth says:

    Wonderful prizes! You all really get me in the Christmas mind set!

  265. Jessica H says:

    I need a yoga mat bag. Thanks!

  266. Kylie C says:

    I love the Retro Duffle, I’ve made two of them as gifts and have the material to make two more for Christmas. The come together quickly and look great, glad to see them here.

  267. Megan says:

    I’ve been looking for an iPhone armband! Perfect! Thank you!

  268. Cayce says:

    ahh, the bike seat cover is awesome, and just what i needed! thanks for the creative tutorial collections!

  269. bridget says:

    So cute! I love the retro duffle.

  270. MarciaW says:

    Let’s see – a yoga mat to balance out Samoas – my favorite book from this list is One Yard Wonders. Thanks for the passion for fitness ideas.

  271. Tammy says:

    The samoas look delicious!

  272. Jess says:

    Ok, I confess: I do NOT have a passion for fitness. Homemade Samoas, on the other hand … YUM! πŸ˜‰


  273. Andrea says:

    Maybe if I made myself some of this cool stuff, I would start to have a passion for fitness! πŸ™‚ Lots of great gift ideas here for those who do!

  274. Susan mitchell says:

    Such a great selection of books for the giveaway today! I love the one yard wonders book; I always tend to buy at least 1 extra yard of whatever fabric I’m buying that I love.
    Just in case…
    I might be addicted to my fabrics…just a little.
    Ok so A LOT but I’m not a hoarder or anything lmao!!

  275. Wendy says:

    Those gift tags are definitely getting printed off at our house!

  276. Stephanie says:

    Sweet gift tags, thanks for them.

  277. Grandma G says:

    I’d love the One-Yard Wonders! Soooo much good stuff in it!

  278. Annie says:

    Those gift tags are so cute!

  279. Janelle says:

    I love samoas! Going to have to try that recipe out!

  280. Amber says:

    I’m going to do some sit-ups while I bake the samoas so I can enjoy a few extra.

  281. Maureen says:

    Will try the Samoa recipe and the yoga mat bag.

  282. Catherine says:

    Um…YES, YES, YES to those samoas! πŸ˜‰

  283. Marilize says:

    Tick, tick, tick – that’s the sound of me ticking off more people on my Xmas giftlist – thank you for all the great tutorials πŸ™‚


  284. Brigette says:

    I need to make a yoga mat bag!

  285. Mikaela says:

    I think I know someone who might get one of these for Christmas!

  286. Christina says:

    The pictures on the print it gift tags remind me of pixi books I used to read when I was little and of the “Sandmaennchen”.

  287. Jen says:

    One yard wonders – been wanting that! love the yoga mat bag

  288. Meg says:

    The picture of the kid with the duffle bag is hilarious! πŸ™‚

  289. Sherry J says:

    ohhh, i love those cookies, thanks for the link to the recipe!

  290. Beth says:

    I had to make a duffel bag like that in my 8th grade sewing class almost 20 years ago πŸ™‚

  291. Karen A says:

    I will need to workout if I make that recipe for Samoas..yumm!

  292. Lorri says:

    The books look so good today! I also think the gift tags are adorable!!! πŸ™‚

  293. Agnetha says:

    Love your blog!
    I’m already downloading the tags πŸ™‚

  294. Elizabethdx says:

    Bookmarking that duffle bag — the instructions look great! Thanks!

  295. Steph says:

    I need to make the running arm pouch for myself so I don’t have to hold my iPod!

  296. Serena says:

    I ordered a wallet from In Blue for my husband’s 30th birthday (which was on Thanksgiving)! It’s gorgeous. And, wow, I love the duffel bags!

  297. Tera says:

    These are awesome!!! I love the runner’s arm pouch and not a fanny pack belt!!! : )

  298. Melissa says:

    Love the little gnome gift tags!

  299. Sandy says:

    Love the bike wallet and the cute gift tags but Samoas are my favorite!

  300. Carol says:

    Love the bike seat cover!

  301. Jolene says:

    I should take a cue from this post and make MY passion fitness!

  302. natasha says:

    Cute tags

  303. Katie B says:

    Funny, those gym bags remind me of my first home ec project!

  304. adriane says:

    I’ve been on the hunt for a good running belt… one that isn’t too fanny pack-ish. This is the one for the job, thanks!

  305. Esther says:

    Oooh, one yard wonders and re sew look soooo goooood!! I love these series. Keep ’em coming!!

  306. Kami says:

    I made a duffel bag just like that in 7th grade home ec class!

  307. Sunny says:

    The yoga mat bag would be great.

  308. Ellen M. says:

    Love the leg warmers – an easy gift!

  309. Louise says:

    Great ideas for day 27 Thanks

  310. Sarah says:

    Great ideas – Never would have thought of a bike cover!

  311. Heather S in WI says:

    Love the retro duffle bag!

  312. I love that you are showing us all these books – so many of them are new to me, and they give me much to look forward to!

  313. Summer says:

    Need a not-a-fanny-pack!! Great tutorial. Just checked it out!

  314. Camille says:

    Sew fabulous!

  315. kristin says:

    homemade samoas!!

  316. Brianna says:

    A recipe for Samoas? I can replicate these amazing cookies in my own kitchen? I can’t believe it!

  317. kristymn says:

    Samoas are my weakness. Exercise is not!

  318. Sharon says:

    Love the bike design wallet!

  319. Carmen says:

    Whoa…homemade Samoas!!!

  320. Cory says:

    Love the legwarmers and the gift tags!

  321. Angela says:

    I see a round of bike seat covers for the family in my future. πŸ™‚ Thank you for the helpful tutorials.

  322. Em says:

    You know, I never even considered that I could MAKE a fuel belt for running. Of course! Why didn’t I think of that?!

  323. Gift tags are super cute — already downloaded! Thank you!

  324. Anne says:

    One yard Enders looks like a really useful and fun book.

  325. Gill says:

    I love love love the bike design wallet!

  326. SS Sews says:

    cute leg warmers.

  327. Gina F says:

    Oh those gift tags are so charming! And the yoga mat bag would satisfy two on my list! Thanks!

  328. Shayla says:

    My boyfriend has asked for another ipod armband for Christmas so this tutorial is right on time!

  329. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oh I love the yoga mat bag!

  330. kathyh says:

    whoever photographed the kid in my 70’s althletic-wear got it spot on.

  331. mims says:

    those gift tags are so cute.

  332. Tong says:

    I should make a yoga mat bag

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