These gifts are for anyone who loves outdoor adventure! From walks in the woods to camping in the elements, if nature brings your loved one peace and happiness you’re sure to find a great gift idea.

(Psst: In addition to our daily book titles you can also win a fabric gift certificate! Find details below, and comment for a chance to win.)

Today’s Guest Curator: Andrea Sabean from Artisan in the Woods

Andrea joins us from Artisan in the Woods, where she shares her adventures in sewing, crafting, cooking and gardening. She has tutorials for you too! Andrea kicked off a new venture with PDF sewing patterns this fall, so don’t miss those links…

From Andrea: I am so excited to have just released my first PDF sewing pattern! (Available on Etsy + Craftsy.) I will be adding more sewing patterns to the shop in the new year and have teamed up with my Mom, an experienced crochet artist and teacher, to offer crochet patterns in the new year as well!

Make It


Happy Sewing Handwarmers
A set of Happy Sewing Handwarmers from Tamara of TamaraKate will keep fingers and toes cozy in the cold.


Bird Watcher Binocular Bag
Do you know and love a bird watcher?! Our Bird Watcher Binocular Bag from Fiona Duggan of Celtic Thistle Stitches for Sew Mama Sew is a welcome gift to protect binoculars in style.


Snap-Up Sleeping Bag
This clever Snap-Up Sleeping Bag from Nicole Daksiewicz of Modern Handcraft can even be toted along to Grandma’s for a sleepover.


Felt Campfire
With Heather’s Felt Campfire at Twin Dragonfly Designs a perfect campfire is always just moments away!


Double Pocket Reusable Snack Bag
Double Pocket Reusable Snack Bags from Nichole of Bluebird & The Boy for Sew McCool are perfect for trail mix and more.


Fishing Rod Bag
Make these custom Fishing Rod Bags from Sew Very Simple for your favorite fisherman.


Patchwork Laminate Picnic Quilt
Maureen’s Patchwork Laminate Picnic Quilt at Maureen Cracknell Handmade keeps you dry even when the grass is damp.


Father’s Day Shaving Kit
These Father’s Day Shaving Kits from Thread Theory Designs, Inc. are great for camping too. (Thread Theory Designs, Inc. just released new canvas colors for their kit to make this bag, so head over if you’d like to purchase all of the materials together!)


Drawstring Sleeping Bag Case
Our Drawstring Sleeping Bag Case from Tonya of TheCraftyMummy.com for Sew Mama Sew keeps sleeping bags tucked away and organized. Wouldn’t this be a perfect accompaniment to the sleeping bag set above?!

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Drawstring Backpack with Pocket, Discoverer’s Utility Belt (for kids), Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers, More Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers,

Mix It


Cherry Almond Granola Bars
Trish Rosenquist gives you a favorite Cherry Almond Granola Bar recipe at Mom On Timeout. Bars are essential supplies for outdoor exploring!

Print It


Trail Mix in a Jar with Printable Labels
Becca even provides free printable labels for her Trail Mix in a Jar at Cul-De-Sac Cool.

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 publishing companies that contribute prizes.

Here’s a link to all of our prizes for WEEK TWO!

Fun-Size Quilts: 17 Popular Designers Play with Fat Quarters
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Martingale Authors
Publisher: Martingale

How did these talented designers create small quilts with such big impact? They invited their fat quarters out to play! Join the adventure with fabulous designs that you’ll want to make today. Enjoy a diverse array of quilts reflecting the design talents of Pippa Eccles Armbrester, Jeni Baker, Natalie Barnes, Melissa Corry, Elizabeth Dackson, Victoria L. Eapen, Debbie Grifka, Julie Herman, Emily Herrick, Kimberly Jolly, Thomas Knauer, Cheri Leffler, Missy Shepler, Rebecca Silbaugh, Jocelyn Ueng, Heather Valentine, and Jackie White

  • Play with the possibilities: patterns include pieced as well as appliquéd designs.
  • Enjoy a diverse array of quilts that range from modern to traditional.
  • Choose from 19 engaging projects that vary in size from 12 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ to 18 1/2″ x 23″ and are great for gifts.

Best of Stitch: Bags to Sew
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: From the Editors of Stitch Magazine
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Welcome to a selection of the best bags from the popular Stitch magazine, plus 5 brand-new projects, curated by its editors. The book features designs from Malka Dubrawsky, Ayumi Takahashi, Kevin Kosbab, Carol Zentgraf and many more.

Techniques include patchwork, applique, pleating, creating dimension with fabric and embroidery. Bags of a variety of shapes and sizes were selected, including coin purses, gadget bags, clutches, slouch bags and messenger bags, so you are sure to find something to make for yourself or give to your friends and family.

Inside you will find all of the best bags from Stitch magazine in one place, plus 5 brand-new designs- there’s something for everyone!

Sew Fun
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Sew Beautiful Magazine Editors
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Unlike many sewing-for-children books, Sew Fun: 20 Projects for the Whole Family is a thoughtful approach to crafting with and for children. Readers will discover a variety of ways to get children involved in fun sewing projects, whatever their age or ability. Several projects are strictly for adults to make and children to enjoy. Others incorporate a child’s drawings printed on fabric and used as a template or design. Some projects allow older children to begin sewing for themselves and are perfect for short attention spans or low frustration levels. Essential quilt patterns allow children to contribute to a group project while an adult handles the actual sewing. Deborah Fisher has developed a range of projects that will appeal to adults and children alike. Fun costumes, beautiful dolls, story-time blankets and communal projects are just some of the patterns included here. Sewists will enjoy combining bright colors and contemporary fabrics while spending time with their families. They’ll get tips for working with children and learn how to involve them in ways that are enjoyable and stress-free.

How to Crochet
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Author: Sara Delaney
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The perfect guide for beginners! Sara Delaney shows you her techniques for working a basic chain and creating single and double chain stitches. You’ll learn about changing colors, joining, fastening off, reading crochet patterns and working with different shapes. Working on small projects, such as a simple potholder or scarf, gives you the practice and experience you need before you move on to crocheting more complex patterns on your own.

How to Make a Quilt
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Author: Barbara Weiland Talbert
Publisher: Storey Publishing

With basic sewing skills and these simple step-by-step instructions, you can easily learn to make your first quilt! Barbara Weiland Talbert outlines the complete process in an easy-to-follow sequence, from selecting a design and choosing fabric to cutting pieces, assembling blocks, assembling the quilt top and finishing your quilt.

Handmade Scandinavian Christmas
(International Shipping)

Author: Hege Barnholt
Publisher: Stitch Craft Create

This year celebrate your own iconic Scandinavian Christmas – the traditional tree and its decorations, homely lights against the dark nights, and kitchen tables full of wonderful-looking, wonderful-tasting food – with the help of Hege Barnholt’s fabulous book…

Handmade Scandinavian Christmas has more than 120 craft ideas so whether you want to to make Christmas gifts, decorations, wrapping, cakes, bread, scarves, advent calendars, wine, accessories, sweets, flower arrangements, candle holders, cards or even something for the winter birds in your garden, you’ll find a stylish but simple project here, complete with easy-to-follow instructions (“This is what you do…”), photographic illustrations and full-size templates.

Visit the F+W Handmade Christmas section + Craft eBooks and Downloads page.

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