November 3 ~ Gifts for Travelers

on November 3 | in Handmade Holidays | by | with 190 Comments

Are there people on your gift giving list who love to travel? Support their passion with today’s fantastic selection of tutorials…

Make It

spacer Toothbrush + Toothpaste Case
Anna from Noodlehead shows you how to make a Toothbrush + Toothpaste Case, perfect for traveling.
spacer (Back) To School Backpack
We think this (Back) To School Backpack from Stacy at Hart & Sew would work great for storing day trip essentials!
spacer Patchwork Travel Neck Pillow
Make a pretty Patchwork Travel Neck Pillow with Lindsay’s tutorial at The Cottage Home and The Cottage Mama.
spacer Car Kit
Megan designed this Car Kit at Holidash as a special gift for dads. She writes, “I’ve created a small case that makes it easy to see the contents and puts that one thing we all hope we have in the car somewhere, a flashlight, right in the center…”
spacer Felt Luggage Tag
Make a special Felt Luggage Tag with Lisa and Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar; the tag makes it easy to spot your luggage!
spacer Round Travel Bag
Jeannette from created this Round Travel Bag for our Ready,Set,Go! series at Sew,Mama,Sew!
spacer Happy Travels Wallet
Teresa VanHatten-Granath is the famous Green Bag Lady! She designed this Happy Travels Wallet for our Ready,Set,Go! series too.
spacer Grab and Go Traveler
Keep kids busy and organized on long rides with the Grab and Go Traveler from Cami at Tidbits.

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.

spacer One Strap Bag
Lucija’s One Strap Bag (2Cut(e)2Sew for Sew,Mama,Sew!) is the perfect design for all ages. It’s easy to grab the bag and head out for short trips.

Related tutorials you might just love: Passion for Travel, Passion for Exploration + Adventure, Gifts for Travelers

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:

Kristin’s choice Gabrien’s choice Beth’s choice

Mix It

spacer Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes
Joy writes that these Red Velvet Christmas Cupcakes at Joy the Baker are both easy to make and delicious!

Print It

spacer Gift Tag Printables
Looking for pretty, printable gift tags?! We have lots of fun designs to share this month starting with these chevron and Ikat Gift Tag Printables from Kellie at Nest of Posies.

Win It

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

Knitting the Perfect Fit: Essential Fully Fashioned Shaping Techniques for Designer Results (US Winners Only)

Author: Melissa Leapman
Publisher: Potter Craft

Knitting the Perfect Fit is an invaluable guide for anyone interested in learning and perfecting shaping details in their knitting. Acclaimed designer and teacher Melissa Leapman distills one of her most in-demand workshops into an authoritative guide that will help knitters understand how designer details and shaping actually work. From a variety of necklines and arm details to different trompe l’oeil shaping techniques that offer a more slimming and flattering look to any garment no matter your body type. Each technique is thoroughly explained with tips and exercised and then showcased in 21 appealing projects that allow knitters to practice their new skills.

Sewn Hats (US Winners Only)

Author: Carla Hegeman Crim
Publisher: Wiley

Sewn Hats is a collaboration of hat designs from some of the industry’s most-loved fabric designers, pattern designers, and bloggers edited by Carla Hegeman Crim, the patternmaker and blogger behind The Scientific Seamstress. Packed with beautiful photography, precise instructions, and detailed illustrations, you’ll find an array of hats for every age, gender, occasion, and style. Most projects are sized from baby through men’s sizes and inspiration for fabric selection and embellishments make each pattern even more versatile. All pattern pieces are conveniently located online. Simply click and print to get just the pattern pieces you need— No more tracing or keeping track of used pieces.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2011 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

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

Pin It

Related Posts

190 Responses to November 3 ~ Gifts for Travelers

  1. The passport tote will be perfect for our upcoming trip!

    Rebecca in CA

  2. Arlyne Grodi says:

    Good post!

  3. Mary says:

    I like the toothbrush and paste holder. The other ideas look nice too.

    Mary in MN

  4. Gina says:

    back pack tutorials are so inspiring! need to to this.

  5. Elizabeth says:

    I like the one strap bag!

  6. Deb H. says:

    The car kit would be great to make for my kids.

  7. Johanna says:

    I love the Grab and Go organizer!

  8. Karen says:

    Fabulous ideas. That one strap bag is awesome

  9. Marie J says:

    One strap bag would be somfortable and convenient. And the round travel bag would be great on vacations (and organizing my boys at home!). Keep it coming!

  10. ramona says:

    Hmmmm. Neckpillows might be an easy gift this year.

  11. Susie H. says:

    Loving the happy travels pouch – what a genius idea to spiff up the ubiquitous tan and less-than-pretty travel pouch!

  12. pauline says:

    awesome ideas! i’m planning to make a few happy travels wallets for the world gallivanters on my list!

  13. Jodie says:

    That toothbrush case is darling! Way better than ziplocks that don’t quite fit and end up crumbled and icky!

  14. Sherri S. says:

    The luggage tag is such a great stocking stuffer!

  15. Kim T. says:

    great ideas!

  16. Eleanor says:

    Love the neck pillow!

  17. Sara says:

    Car organizer, yes!

  18. Denny says:

    The big bag looks great! And the neck pillow . . .

  19. Hannah says:

    That Grab and go Traveler is FANTASTIC!

  20. BreannaS says:

    I think I need one of those neck pillows but since it is the season of giving I had better make one for my mom.

  21. Kristin says:

    I really should make a luggage tag for my DH.

  22. KeriCan says:

    The car kit is perfect!

  23. Erika says:

    cute gift tags

  24. Jan says:

    The car organizer is a great idea.

  25. julis says:

    Love the case..definitly useful !

  26. Lindsay says:

    I think I need to make the Grab and Go Travelers for my kids.

  27. Gina S. says:

    The grandkids could use the tooth brush and pasted case with they come and stay over. Great idea 🙂

  28. Marita H says:

    Definitely those Grab and Go Travelers would be very handy in the car!

  29. Christine B says:

    I love the toothbrush and toothpaste case. I have the same trouble with them floating around my suitcase, but this will make it a lot easier to hold the toothpaste and toothbrush holder.

  30. Trina says:

    Those red velvet cupcakes look wonderful!

  31. craftytammie says:

    love the grab and go travelers bags! and the patchwork neck pillow too!

  32. Jill B says:

    I NEED a grab and go traveller!!

  33. Natalie says:

    SO excited for handmade holidays this year! This is my 3rd year following and you never disappoint. I could really use some of those grab and go travelers in my car to keep the kids “stuff” organized.

  34. Amber R. says:

    Love the backpack and one-strap bag! Love the prizes too! Great ideas!

  35. Judi says:

    love the travel pillow and one strap bag.

  36. Morgan says:

    Like the one strap bags, I want one in my size though. 🙂

  37. carrie says:

    Love the Sewn Hats book!! I plan on making the luggage tag.

  38. Emilie says:

    The car kit would make a great gift!

  39. Lynne says:

    Another batch of awesome projects! I’m going to have to make a One Strap Bag for myself!

  40. Nadine B says:

    You know, I spent forever looking for a nice passport wallet the last time I was taking a trip. This would have been super handy

  41. Kristin says:

    I really need to make one of those grab and go travelers for the back of the car seat. Maybe my floor in the car wouldn’t end up so messy? Maybe that’s just wishful thinking….

  42. My grandsons will love the one strap bags!!! THanks

  43. Barbara says:

    LOVE the one-shoulder bag!!!

  44. Allison says:

    I never thought to make my own travel neck pillow….I could fill it with some calming lavendar for those stressful plane trips. Thanks!

  45. Karin says:

    I often fly and need to have my liquids in a ziploc bag. Maybe this round bag would be the solution – a place for all of my non-liquids and a space in the middle to drop in the ziploc.

  46. Stacy says:

    I love the toothbrush and toothpaste kit. That would definintely eliminate all of the plastic bag waste we have when we travel (we usually store ours in plastic bags).

  47. Lise says:

    I need that neck pillow.

  48. RuthK says:

    Not enough hours in the day to make everything I want to!

  49. Sarah McGrath says:

    Ooh what great ideas!

  50. Heather says:

    I love the round travel bag. That one strap backpack is a really nice pattern too!

  51. Prachi says:

    The back to school backpack and the round travel bag look lovely. Thanks !

  52. Kerry says:

    I love the one strap backpack. I want one!

  53. Marilyn says:

    can’t wait to make the backpack!

  54. Gwyn says:

    Love the car kit idea

  55. Peggy says:

    Wow! What super ideas!! I am going to make both the toothbrush and toothpaste case and the Grab and Go Traveler. Thanks!!!

  56. Karen A says:

    I like that one strap bag.

  57. Jennifer N says:

    Running over to see if I can figure out how to sew the grab and go traveler bags for my two kids. Totally wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing.

  58. I definitely want to make the grab & go traveller

  59. jen says:

    love the grab and go bag!

  60. Tammy says:

    The “One Strap Bag” pattern is adorable!

  61. Michelle says:


  62. Anya says:

    Ooh, I’ve had that round travel bag on my to-do list for a while!!

  63. jessicac says:

    Love the one strap bag… and cupcakes!

  64. Amy says:

    Great tutorials and lovely giveaways, as usual. Love Handmade Holidays!

  65. Jess says:

    I love those gift tags and the luggage tags!

  66. Tabitha says:

    The toothbrush kits would make perfect stocking stuffers ~ Thanks!

  67. Holly says:

    The luggage tag is so great!!

  68. Kristin H says:

    All great projects, but I love the round travel bag!

  69. Penny says:

    Those one strap bags are adorable! the backback too!

  70. Mel says:

    The toothpaste and toothbrush holder is one of those “why didn’t I think of that” things. I will have to whip a few up for the family!

  71. Jillishness says:

    The round travel bag could be used for so many other things – like keeping a knitting project in, or essentials to go in the car! Love it!

  72. Robin E. says:

    I LOVE that round travel bag!

  73. Steph says:

    I love the happy travels wallet–perfect gift idea for my teen/tween nieces. They are so hard to shop/make gifts for!

  74. Mhairi says:

    I am definitely making the car kit and the grab and go bag for our next adventure – they look like the best ideas ever. thanks again for creating this wonderful list.

  75. Aurélie says:

    So many ideas! Thanks for rounding up all those projects!

  76. Cara says:

    This is definitely my favorite time of year! Thanks for the tutorials =)

  77. The toothbrush holder is brilliant.

  78. Joan says:

    I love the car kit. I need one of those for myself.

  79. Nicole says:

    I want to make a bunch of these! My best friend LOVES to travel

  80. Jodie says:

    So many great tutorials!

  81. Tawny says:

    I love the luggage tag and round sewing bag.

  82. Leslie Guglielmo says:

    Love, love all these travel helpers..the toothbrush and paste holder, the round bag, and the pillow are fantastic for my sister who travels for work ALL the time.. Thanks so’s going to be a busy 2 months before Christmas for me!!

  83. Jeni says:

    Love the one strap bags and the round travel bag.

  84. Leslie Guglielmo says:

    Love the travel gifts, esp. the round bag, toothbrush holder and the pillow..perfect for mys sister who travels ALL the time. Thanks

  85. Renee says:

    There are so many awesome things in your holiday tutorials, and so little time! I think I will aim for the one-strap bag, though. Very handy looking.

  86. Angi Gilbert says:

    Love all the ideas. I’m getting into the Christmas sewing spirit!

  87. donna b says:

    Love the idea of the car kit!

  88. Brenda says:

    I love the grab and go traveler, I think they would be great gifts all filled and ready to go for my grands.

  89. Dkb says:

    That car kit looks really cool, so clever

  90. Beezus says:

    Love the round travel bag. I’ll definitely be making one of these for my niece! 🙂

  91. Joy says:

    I love the travel neck pillow and am attempting to download the pattern. Sadly, the site tells me:

    To download this document you must become a Premium Reader
    Join our growing Premium Reader community to get unlimited access to over 25 million books, documents, and other written works on Scribd. More than 1000 new members join every day!

    It’s not worth $9 for me to download a pattern.
    Am I doing something wrong?
    I look forward to the home made holidays every year and have made some great gifts!

  92. Debbie says:

    I think the toothbrush case is great!

  93. DebbieKL says:

    The car kit is a great idea. I need to be more organized in there!

  94. Jen S says:

    What great projects! I’m really loving the car kit.

  95. jennifer says:

    I would love to win the sewing hats book! I love to make hats.

  96. usairdoll says:

    So many great gift ideas! Love the Grab & Go Carrier and the toothpaste and tooth brush bag. Both would be super for my trips to see my grandson.

    Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.


  97. carriem says:

    I want to make all of these projects!

  98. NIkki says:

    I’ve made something similiar to the Grab and Go Traveler but this is genius! I love how you can fold it and up and carry, not just leave in the car.

  99. KarenH says:

    Toothbrush+toothpaste case is brilliant! I think this needs to go into the just-in-case bag I like to keep in the van. 🙂

  100. sarah says:

    The one strap bag just made the Christmas sewing list!

  101. Misty says:

    Love all these. The grab and go traveler is a must make….

  102. Amy says:

    I love the car seat kits and the toothpaste/brush idea. Need to make some before we go on our Thanksgiving trip.

  103. Jeannie D says:

    Love the Car Kit for the “Men in my life”! and the toothbrush and toothpaste case is perfect for the workplace…and me! 😀

  104. Jasmin says:

    Will have to remember the car seat pouches for the next time we go away will reduce the clutter in the car fabulous.

  105. Love the car kit! I might have to make one for myself! 🙂

  106. Becky says:

    The car kit is a wonderful idea. So hard to find things for the men in my life.

  107. Denise says:

    love the one strap bag! Must try this for my 5.5yo dd:) Can’t wait to see more from Handmade Holidays. Thanks for all you do!

  108. Lynn H. says:

    Great idea on the over the seat pouches!

  109. Bruinbr says:

    The grab n go traveler would definitely come in handy for our car!

  110. Regina says:

    Olá! Quantas maravilhas por aqui!
    É com muito gosto que vou aproveitar estas idéias, principalmente as bolças correias. As minhas netas vão amar!
    Um abraço!

  111. Amber says:

    The back-to-school backpack would make the perfect gift for some little ones I know.

  112. Serena says:

    I love the car kit! Everyone with a car needs one of those!

  113. Carmen says:

    Great projects – I could see making the backpack and toothbrush holder for including in Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes!

  114. silvia says:

    Great ideas for travelling! Love the neck cushion!

  115. M.F.Peterson says:

    I just might need to make a Grab and Go Traveler for both my kids!

  116. Mandi says:

    Love the car kit. That’ll be perfect for my dad and my hubby!

  117. YC says:

    Great curation of past tutorials. Reminds me I need to attempt a few of them!

  118. KeriAnn says:

    I absolutely love the car kit! I am new to sewing, so I am hoping that it will be easy enough for me to make as Christmas gifts for several family members and one for me too! Like the comment says, you always need a flashlight ready!

  119. Brigette says:

    I love the grab and go traveler.

  120. SS Sews says:

    the printable gift tags are my favorite today

  121. Megan Panda says:

    Oooh that car kit looks so useful!

  122. Erica says:

    Lots of cute ideas!!

  123. Kim L. says:

    I haven’t figured out knitting yet, but with a new grandbaby on the way, hat patterns would be marvelous … keep me filled with ideas, love this blog!

  124. christina says:

    Travel pillow — yes! I was just looking for a small fabric present to make for my mom and this is it. Thank you.

  125. Kathleen says:

    Thanks for the inspiration today!

  126. Amanda says:

    Love the round bag! Such cute ideas, I think I need to plan a trip so I have an excuse to make these things!

  127. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    I love those luggage tags! What a fun idea.

  128. KristinaG says:

    Awesome! I like the toothbrush case idea.

  129. Carmen says:

    The Patchwork Travel Neck Pillow is so cute! We travel long distances by car with the kids several times a year… these will be a great gift for our next trip. Thanks 🙂

  130. Jon says:

    This is only the 2nd post in the Handmade Holidays series, and these ideas are solid. The round travel bag is brilliant, and the one strap bag would make a perfect bag to use as a first aid/field trip carry-all.


  131. Elke says:

    Lovely ideas!

  132. I love that little round toiletries bag. I saw it once before and didn’t bookmark it. Now I will have to. That and the one strap bag.

  133. Marge says:

    Toothbrush and toothpaste case is such a simple and smart idea!

  134. Sarah B says:

    Really great ideas. I especially love the backpack and the grab and go traveler :o)

  135. The Grab and Go traveler looks so handy … I’ll have to give it a try!

  136. Cari says:

    I love the one strap bag!

  137. MarciaW says:

    Thanks for the handmade holidays list. It gives so many ideas to consider for gifts.

  138. Dell says:

    Great travel gift tutorials.

  139. Debbie from ohio says:

    love the travel organizers and cases. How fun!

  140. Kylie C says:

    I love the One Strap bag – it’s going on my to-do list for myself!

  141. Jennifer J says:

    That toothbrush holder is genius; why didn’t I think of that?

  142. Sandy says:

    More great ideas to keep me busy this month!

  143. Cinnamon says:

    There are so many tutorials here I would really use! I love the toothpaste and toothbrush carrier. And thank you for the link to those adorable holiday gift tags.

  144. Stacy says:

    The grab and go traveler- perfect!

  145. jamie b. says:

    The felt luggage tags are great! Added them to the list.Thanks!

  146. Jen V says:

    Ohhh, I need Sewn Hats. Can’t get enough!

  147. Julia says:

    YAY! I see just the thing up there for my travelin’ friend!!

  148. wendy says:

    That car kit bag looks fantastic! I think I’ll be making a couple of those this year 🙂

  149. Hashi says:

    I need one of those toothbrush holders for myself!

  150. April says:

    The car kit looks just right for me. Thank you for it.

  151. Courtney says:

    Great ideas — I will definitely be using a few of these for my future travels!

  152. Heather K says:

    Oooh, great collection! I need that neck roll pillow!

  153. Debbie H says:

    Thanks so much for the chance to win. I already have and love Sewn Hats but I would love Knitting the Perfect Fit.

    gussek at hotmail dot com

  154. Heidi Anderson says:

    I love the grab and go car organizer, perfect for holiday travels to visit friend and family!

  155. Diana says:

    Again, love the Handmade Holidays posts. Thanks.

  156. Sara says: velvet!

  157. Liz says:

    I love the car kit and the grab n go traveler!

  158. Heather says:

    So many great ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!

  159. bubbamama says:

    I’ve been dreaming of making hats for a while now, and my grandmother’s serger just arrived… that hat book would make my bliss picture complete!

  160. Larissa says:

    Love the ideas!…and the giveaway. :o)

  161. Lisa L. says:

    Tons of great ideas! Thank you!

  162. Julianne Ross says:

    Oooh! I really like both of the books today… the fitted knitting and sewn hats. I would love to win one!

  163. Gill says:

    Some great ideas – thank you!
    I like the travel neck pillow!

  164. Jonelle H says:

    I am so happy that you are sharing so many bag tutorials, my favorite projects are always bags.

  165. Lee says:

    For sure I need the neck pillow lol and I am going to love all the bags – the one strap one is cool! thank you!

  166. Chris says:

    Thanks for the link to the printables. I love those and the baking 🙂

  167. Sarah says:

    Those cupcakes look delish!

  168. Rachel B says:

    I think neck pillows fit everyone on your list.

  169. Jennifer says:

    I look forward to these posts every year. Love the toothpaste/brush case. My brother travels for work every month and this is perfect! The “Sewn Hats” book looks great! My daughter loves to wear hats all year. Thanks for your awesome blog!

  170. Sarah says:

    Those books look awesome!

  171. Jessica says:

    I love the car kit!

  172. Kristin says:

    I LOVE the Happy Travels Wallet! It’s been on my to-do list for awhile now 😀

  173. Terri says:

    Great gift ideas. Love the car kit.

  174. Ramona says:

    Thinking the car kit is great for all. Definitely on my list to make.

  175. Stephanie says:

    So interested in the Sewn Hats book. I also just HAD to add the backpack pattern to my to-do Christmas list.

  176. Heather79 says:

    I know a traveler who would love any of those ideas – thanks for the chance!

  177. Hlary kent says:

    Love today’s bag

  178. Danielle says:

    Wish there was enough time to make all the great ideas you suggest.

  179. Kee says:

    I just love the round travel bag. I can envision so many different uses for it!

  180. Brie says:

    I would love to make some new hats! Loving all the ideas!

  181. M says:

    Never thought about these kind of gifts before!:) n the knitting book looks great:3

  182. I would love the book on how to sew hats! That would be a fun new skill to learn!

  183. beth says:

    That Sewn Hats book looks like so much fun!

  184. Heather says:

    Always looking for gifts to sew for guys! Thanks so much. And red velvet cupcakes? Yes please!

  185. Carolyn says:

    I am loving the bag tutorials. Thanks!

  186. Louisa says:

    Thanks for another great list of gift suggestions! I think I might make the felt luggage tag and the one strap bag.

  187. kathyh says:

    I’ve made versions of the toiletry bag and the passport wallet. I think a car organizer would make great Christmas gifts this year – especially for my niece who just got her permit.

  188. Samantha says:

    I love the fabric used in the neck pillow. I’ll be working on car trash cans (requested) as gifts for this Christmas. The organizers would go perfectly and really complete the gift.

  189. Kristie says:

    The luggage tag would make a great stocking stuffer. So many possibilities. Thanks!

  190. Cory says:

    Can’t wait to make the Grab and Go Traveler for my lil seat back kickers. 😉

« »

Subscribe to the newsletter

Sewing inspiration, projects, events and offers delivered conveniently to your email.


Get the latest news via