Give your favorite fan something extra to cheer about with these gift ideas for the Sports Enthusiast!

Don’t forget to comment for a chance to win. In addition to a nice selection of sewing books we have a fabric gift certificate with our Sewing Deal of the Day!

Today’s Guest Curator: Stephanie Jacobson

From Stephanie: I am married and have a 7-year-old son. I work full-time as a pharmacist/pharmacy manager. In my free time, I enjoy sewing, quilting and thrifting. I waste far too much time on Pinterest, Flickr, Facebook and the internet in general. I am a member and Secretary for the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild, and I blog fairly infrequently at Steph Jacobson. I’m a little more active on Flickr, Pinterest and Instagram.

Make It


Drawstring Backpack
Maiden Jane shows you how to repurposes an old college sweatshirt into a Drawstring Backpack.


Insulated Beverage Holders
Show your team spirit by using favorite team fabric to make these Insulated Beverage Holders from Amy at Positively Splendid.


Easy Fleece Blanket
This Easy Fleece Blanket from SeeKateSew is a great alternative to traditional tied fleece blankets, and it’s perfect for keeping warm at outdoor sporting events.


Spirit Pom Poms
The little cheerleader on your gift list will love these adorable, no-sew Spirit Pom Poms from Beth at Free Stylin’


No-Slip Headbands
Velvet ribbon is the “no-slip” secret for these fun and easy By Dawn Nicole No-Slip Headbands.


Water Bottle Holder
Your little sports fans can keep track of their water bottle with a Water Bottle Holder from Melissa at Melly Sews


Burlap Football Coasters
These Burlap Football Coasters from Stitched by Crystal are quick and easy.


DIY T-Shirt Banner
Maiden Jane shows you how to use old shirts to make a festive DIY T-Shirt Banner for tailgating or as room decor.


Pennant Pillow
Use the name of your favorite sports team to adorn this Pennant Pillow by Mandi for A Beautiful Mess.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Gifts for Sports Fans, Passion for Fitness tutorials

Mix It


Never Fail Banana Bread
Never Fail Banana Bread from Dinner: A Love Story makes a great gift for your favorite neighbors and teachers!

Print It


“Sweet” Holiday Printable
Use this free “Sweet” Holiday Printable from Jamielyn at I Heart Naptime to adorn all your holiday treats.

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 ONE!

The New Hexagon
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Katja Marek
Publisher: Martingale

Unlock the possibilities within hexagons and make your own unique blocks. Learn the glue-basting method of English paper piecing and use it to create exciting designs. You’ll enjoy relaxing handwork as you incorporate hexagons into decorative projects.
– Select from 52 patterns for 6″ blocks.
– Divide the shapes within the hexagon outline and discover new shapes.
– Stitch projects ranging from a mug rug and candle mat to a bed-sized quilt.

Mend & Make Fabulous
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Denise Wild
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

Showing how to take classic mending techniques one-step further to add personality and style to your clothes, Mend & Make Fabulous is a uniquely comprehensive resource that combines visual inspiration with practical advice for the fashion-conscious sewer. The ability to repair and restore clothes is priceless and Mend & Make Fabulous provides a comprehensive guide to all the classic mending techniques and then some: holes and tears; ripped or frayed seams; discoloration, stains, or fading; broken snaps and closures; uneven or dropped hems; stretched elastic; torn linings; broken straps; and the like. A simple problem-and-solution format makes it easy to find what you are looking for.

Not only will you learn to darn holes to perfection, this book also shows you how to add some creativity to your mending– fix holes with studs or applique; hide discolorations by dip-dying; mend frayed hems by adding cuffs or trim– that will make clothes even more fabulous than they were the first time around.

How to Knit
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Leslie Ann Bestor
Publisher: Storey Publishing

Learning to knit is fun and easy with Leslie Ann Bestor as your teacher. Her simple, fully illustrated instructions lead you step by step through the basics of knitting, from choosing the right needles and yarn to reading a knitting pattern, casting on, executing knit and purl stitches, binding off and blocking finished projects. You’ll also learn techniques for increasing, decreasing and repairing mistakes. Even if you’ve never held a pair of knitting needles before, this easy-to-follow guide will have you knitting in no time!

Gertie Sews Vintage Casual
(US-only shipping.)

Author: Gretchen Hirsch
Publisher: STC Craft

The mid-20th century was an amazing time for American women’s fashion! Following the war, women started looking to American designers rather than French couture houses for inspiration and to demand clothing they could move in, even play in. In this follow-up to Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing, Gretchen “Gertie” Hirsch celebrates the classic casual styles that icons like Katharine Hepburn, Audrey Hepburn and Rosie the Riveter made famous—think wide-legged trousers, fitted capri pants, beach rompers, shorts, knit tops, jeans and day dresses. In Part I, Hirsch introduces key techniques for sportswear construction—from working with knit fabrics to the intricacies of pant-making—and in Part II, she showcases a 30-plus-piece vintage-inspired casual wardrobe.

Sew Sweet
(Continental US shipping.)

Author: Yuki Araki
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing

Blogs and social media are raving about Yuki Araki—one of the most recognized names in the growing sewing-for-kids movement. The mother of two daughters, Araki has become a DIY favorite because she knows what young girls want. They like to wear stylish clothes that also let them play with ease. Moms adore the relaxed aesthetic of Araki’s simple mix-and match play clothes and accessories, and young girls are happy wearing them because they’re both cute and comfortable. Best suited for girls from two to five years old, the designs in Sew Sweet Handmade Clothes for Girls are simple, casual and look good on any girl. Araki provides patterns in four sizes, plus diagrams and instructions for twenty-two pieces.

Sewing Deal of the Day

Nature’s Fabrics
Get 12% off holiday knits (no code necessary) plus free shipping on orders to the contiguous United States on six yards of fabric or more.

Nature’s Fabrics is also giving away a $30 gift certificate! Your comment below enters you to win.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2013 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Other ideas from our 8th Annual Handmade Holidays series:

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