Destination Christmas! Today’s gifts are for the travelers… Each of these ideas help make holiday journeys a little easier, whether you’re heading across the neighborhood with a casserole or across the country with your luggage.

We have lots of great prizes today so don’t forget to comment to win. Don’t miss 2012 Gifts for Travelers and Bag Patterns + Tutorials for more. Happy Travels!

Today’s Guest Curator: Sherri from Rebecca Mae Designs

Sherri designs and sells quilting and sewing patterns, and every month she shares free quilt block design at Rebecca Mae Designs. Sherri also makes some fabulous mittens! Learn more about Sherri in her introduction.

Sherri writes, “What do I love more than the eggnog and sugar cookies? The Handmade Holidays series at Sew Mama Sew! I love creating and working with my hands but sewing is my passion and if you couple that with the fact that I’m pretty sure I was an elf in my former life, well, you better believe I wanted to be a part of the handmade series again this year! Destination Christmas is all about making the trip to see your loved ones just a wee bit easier… So grab the eggnog, pack your bags and jump on the sleigh ride to check out some of my favorite travel related tutorials! I’ll even be trying out some tutorials on my site as the Countdown to Christmas continues, so join in and be merry!”

Make It


On the Go Reading Pillow
Melissa’s On the Go Reading Pillow at Polka Dot Chair includes a book pocket, handle and can be combined with a small flashlight and book for an extra-special gift.


Hot Mess Casserole Carrier
Sara’s Hot Mess Casserole Carrier via Sew Sweetness is perfect for all of those holiday gatherings! (Did you see Sara’s recent free Kennedy Bag pattern here at Sew Mama Sew? Don’t miss it!)


Camera Strap
Take your camera everywhere this holiday season with a Camera Strap like Lydia’s at telafante.


Fabric Garment Bag
Christina’s Fabric Garment Bag at 2 Little Hooligans would make a lovely gift, and it would also be helpful for holiday travels. If you have anyone in the family in lots of theater or dance performances this season it would also work great to corral costumes, etc.


Quilted Bottle Gift Bag + Mug Rug
Sherri’s Quilted Bottle Gift Bag + Mug Rug would make a great hostess gift.


Easy on the Pocket Crayon Wallet
Make a long car ride (or visit) happier with the Easy on the Pocket Crayon Wallet from Jodell at Modest Maven.

Mix It


Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar
Bring dessert along for the ride with Karianne’s Cherry Cheesecake in a Jar recipe at Thistlewood Farms.


Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee
Averie shows you how to make Creamy Boozy Iced Coffee at Averie Cooks. Perhaps this recipe will come in handy when you sit down to wrap all of those handmade presents!

Print It


French Inspired Gift Tags + Gift Wrap
Lia Griffith shares her pretty and sophisticated French Inspired Gift Tags + Gift Wrap, the perfect finishing touch for your handmade gifts.

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US Winners Only,” include your state in your name (i.e. Beth in WA) so we can confirm residence and avoid any disappointment on your end. Shipping range is determined by the generous companies and artisans that donate Handmade Holidays prizes.

Win a $50 gift certificate to Martingale where you can choose from the latest quilting, sewing, knitting and crochet titles!

Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go
(International Shipping)

Author: Laura Wilson
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Why make an ordinary stuffed toy when you can sew irresistible creations that flip, zip, snap, stack and move? Filled with wit, humor and inventiveness, these delightful interactive playthings sometimes literally turn your expectations inside out. Page after page of clever projects include a caterpillar that changes into a butterfly, a vampire who becomes a bat, and ordinary dolls that transform into superheroes! Or stitch a pretty bird that perches on your shoulder, bunnies that bounce, a car with spinning wheels and other amazing toys.

Stuffed Animals
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Author: Abigail Patner Glassenberg
Publisher: Lark Crafts

Are you ready for a soft toy book that goes beyond the basics? Here, for the first time in decades, is a comprehensive reference that shows how to sew heirloom-quality stuffed animals, including a classic Teddy bear. Each of the 16 projects contains two-to-five lessons that teach such skills as needle sculpting, designing “cupped” ears, and making muzzles, snouts and beaks.

Woolbuddies: 20 Irresistibly Simple Needle Felting Projects
(US Winners Only)

Author: Jackie Huang
Publisher: Chronicle Books

You can see how cute these woolbuddies are. You’re not going to believe how easy it is to make them! Tired of searching for special toys that weren’t mass-produced, former Lucasfilm animator Jackie Huang created the beloved Woolbuddy, a collection of all-natural stuffed animals that reflect his unique imaginative vision. He went on to capture fans at craft fairs, Comic-Con and specialty boutiques. Here Huang teaches readers, using just some wool and a needle, how to needle felt a wide-eyed owl, a toothy shark, a fuzzy sheep, a towering giraffe and more. With step-by-step instructions and helpful how-to photographs, crafters can create clutchable keepsakes to be instantly enjoyed and forever cherished.

Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids: 20 Designs That are Fun and Unique- Just Like Your Kid!
(US + Canada Winners Only)

Author: Ruriko Yamada
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Today’s DIY generation loves to outfit their kids in stylish homemade clothes, and kids love clothes that feel good. Designer Ruriko Yamada draws from her own experiences as a mom to create designs and sewing patterns that are fun to wear, easy to make and infused with covetable Japanese style. Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids features easy-to-follow diagrams, Japanese sewing patterns in English and simple instructions on how to make twenty super-comfy pieces for both boys and girls. Yamada provides four sizes of westernized patterns, each of which can easily be adjusted to fit children from three to nine years old. Simple lines give kids room to move, and the classic styles look good on any frame. Sewing for children has never been easier. With Happy Homemade, you’ll whip up a fantastic, money-saving wardrobe in practically no time at all!

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2012 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas. Here are our 2013 themes:

November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Gifts for Babies + Toddlers
November 4: Holiday Party Clothes + Accessories
November 3: Gifts for Cooks
November 2: Gifts for Gadget Lovers
November 1: Gifts for Tweens

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