Handmade Holidays Nov. 2: Gifts for Travelers

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 Welcome back for the second day of our 10th Annual Handmade Holidays series! Today, we have an awesome assortment of gifts to make for frequent flyers! And, don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end!

Make It

Flat Iron Case
Let a flat iron or curling iron travel in style with this insulated case designed by Sherri of Rebecca Mae Designs.

Sleep Mask
Help the traveler in your life get a good night’s sleep while on the road with this sleep mask designed by Tilly of Tilly and the Buttons.

Luggage Tags
Make luggage stand out in the crowd with these unique tags designed by Soubelles

Passport Cover
Your favorite traveller will make the journey in style with a custom made passport case designed by Morgan of Brambleton Threads.

Shoe and Lingerie Travel Bag Set
This shoe and lingerie bag set (designed by Alicia for Sew 4 Home) is sure to make living out of a suitcase much more enjoyable.

Round Travel Bag
This travel bag (designed by Jeannette for Sew Mama Sew) is a fun shape and has lots of compartments to keep toiletries organized when traveling. 

Little Artist Backpack
Make this Little Artist Backpack (designed by Svetlana for Sew Mama Sew) for the mini jet-setter in your life! The bag has pockets to hold crayons or markers, drawing paper, and coloring books.

Easy Make-Up Clutch
The Easy Make-Up Clutch (designed by Marni for Sew Mama Sew) is perfect for sticking in a purse or travel bag!

“Goin to Camp” Duffel
The “Goin to Camp” Duffel (designed by Deanna for Sew Mama Sew) is the perfect size for an overnight or weekend trip.

Contact Lens Case
This contact lens case (designed by Georgia for Sew Mama Sew) will help keep all the essentials organized while away from home.

Travel Sewing Kit
Finish that WIP while traveling and sew on the go with this travel sewing kit (designed by Ashley for Sew Mama Sew)!

Scrappy Stripe Tablet Bag
This tablet bag (designed by Sara for Sew Mama Sew) is a great beginner project and an excellent way to use up some of your favorite scraps. 

Related tutorials you might enjoy: the “You Can Take It With You” Embroidery Project Bag, tiny travel sewing case, travel wallet, the Happy Travels Wallet, the Crochet on the Go Bag


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Tip: If you’re hoping to win a prize that notes “US shipping 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 that contribute prizes.

You Can Knit That: Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters

Author: Amy Herzog
Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

When knitting superstar Amy Herzog gets complimented on her hand-knit sweaters, the compliments are often followed by “but I could never knit that.” Now, you can! You Can Knit That is a clear, simple reference book and pattern collection that gives knitters the sweater-making confidence they need. Whether you’re knitting a sweater for the first time or seeking to expand your skills to knit sweaters in styles you’ve never tried before, this essential guide starts with basic sweater know-how and moves into instructions for knitting six must-have sweater styles—vests, all-in-one construction, drop shoulders, raglans, yokes, and set-in sleeves. Each chapter offers a less-intimidating “mini” sweater sized for a child and a selection of adult women’s patterns in 12 sizes—24 sweater patterns in all, each building on the next, to ensure success with even the most complicated sweaters.

Check out our 2015 Handmade Holidays list for more fun, creative ideas.

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 1: Gifts for Students

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151 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 2: Gifts for Travelers

  1. Alison in MD says:

    Thanks for the contest!

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  3. Cindy S says:

    I want to knit that! lol.

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  5. bookboxer says:

    Thanks so much!

  6. Silvia says:

    I am so making that artist backpack for my niece!

  7. Lydia says:

    Like the luggage tags and the sewing kit. There have been many times I wish I had it in my travel bag.

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  9. Cyrus says:

    The contact lense case would be so useful!

  10. Sandra in CA says:

    Love the shoe and lingerie travel set!

  11. Sam in FL says:

    What great ideas. so many of them will be perfect for people on my gift list.

  12. sumac in VT says:

    great gift ideas!

  13. I love the contact lense case.

  14. Abbi says:

    Fun ideas! I am needing to make a tablet bag for myself. Abbi – MN

  15. Amy in IL says:

    Love the tablet bag.

  16. Debbie KL says:

    Ooh love this tablet bag too!

  17. Shannon in WA says:

    The duffle is super sweet !

  18. usairdoll in CA says:

    What great ideas! Love the round bag with all the pockets.


  19. Amanda at APO says:

    I love that kids things were included too! These are the ones I liked the most.

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  21. Luciana says:

    The passport covers are just great!

  22. Jayne - TN says:

    Its that time of the year…travel time! Great ideas!!

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  24. Karen Addleman says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas!

  25. lee says:

    a few of these will be on my list to make! thank you!

  26. Kaelyn says:

    Great ideas! Thanks!

  27. Eileen says:

    I can see myself making a couple of ideas for my daughter-in-law who travels!!

  28. amber in nyc says:

    think i’ll make the tablet bag for myself!

  29. Kristi in PA says:

    Great ideas!

  30. SS in NH says:

    I’ll be checking out that sleep mask!

  31. I would need serious hand holding to make a sweater, but I’d love to.

  32. Ashley says:

    These are great. I know some who would enjoy these without taking big trips

  33. Kylie C in OR says:

    I love the round travel bag – it has a vintage feel to it.

  34. Jessica in Massachusetts says:

    Great ideas for the travelers in our lives!

  35. Mandi in MD says:

    I love the round travel bag. I think I should make a dozen of those!

  36. Liz in TX says:

    Fun ideas!

  37. I’ve made flat iron cases for all the gym going ladies I know- super big hit! I highly recommend. I made my version skinnier, with the opening at the bottom and ties to keep the cord tied to the outside…no cord melting is a good thing! 😀 I lined mine with ironing board fabric too- no waiting for cool down.

  38. Mandi in CO says:

    I know some friends who would appreciate a contact lens case!

  39. Lindsay in Iowa says:

    The luggage tags are brilliant! I bet my dad would really use those.

  40. Annette says:

    I see several things I plan on making!

  41. Morgan says:

    Great projects! Thanks for adding mine up there.

  42. Audrey in PA says:

    So many great ideas!

  43. Barb B in BC says:

    I can see a few of those ideas being made into fabric gifts. Thanks!

  44. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Nice tutorials!

  45. Christine says:

    Thank you for these great ideas! Sleep mask will be first on my list!

  46. Judy In OR says:

    I really love the round travel bag and the flat iron case. These are all really great ideas.

  47. Lots of inspiration.

  48. Leslie in MN says:

    I really need to make the sewing kit. It looks perfect.

  49. Rose in the U.K. says:

    Love the contact lens case

  50. Jeannie says:

    Love the flat iron case and the round travel bag…both are must-haves for traveling!

  51. Mary Freeman says:

    Great ideas again!

  52. Ann says:

    I see several “gifts” I need to make myself, though I’ll probably have to wait until after the holidays at this point.

  53. Jenny in WA says:

    Snack bags might have been a good item here too.

  54. Lulu says:

    I would make a new passport cover for me!

  55. Angie says:

    The travel backpack – just what I need to keep the little ones entertained – and contained.

  56. Lisa McGriff says:

    I need to make lots of luggage tags for friends!

  57. I know someone that could definitely use that make-up case! Thank you.

  58. Jennifer N. in CA says:

    I love the tablet bag. Thank you for sharing.

  59. Wendy in MI says:

    These are great.

  60. Bridget says:

    The little artist backpack is a great gift for busy little hands! Thank you!

  61. Cari in CO says:

    Great ideas!

  62. Kristin says:

    I need to make a travel case! Great ideas.

  63. Emma in FL says:

    Thanks for all the tutorials! Also that book looks really helpful!

  64. I love the round travel bag. My rectangular dop kit never seems big enough for all of my bottles!

  65. Giorgia says:

    A new Travel Sewing kit for my best friend, it would be such a nice gift.

  66. Kristen says:

    I’d give that book to my mother-in-law so *she* could knit me one of the sweaters!

  67. jessicac says:

    Just lost my luggage tag! Perfect timing!

  68. Shayla says:

    I’do like to make that round travel bag. I’m really looking forward to actually looking through Amy Herzog’s new book too. There are some cute patterns.

  69. Kristie says:

    Learning to knit is on my bucket list! I really like the contact lenses case because I wear them and it is much needed. Wonderful projects all around!

  70. Jenna McGW says:

    I know these are meant as gift suggestions…but I want to make them for myself! Especially the contact lense travel case!

  71. natalie says:

    FUN! These would make lovely gifts.

  72. asteride@gmail.com says:

    Great post! I love the luggage tag!

  73. Paula says:

    Wonderful and useful ideas, thanks! I would love to win the knitting book, thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  74. Marilyn in WA says:

    I love the flat iron case and the tablet bag!

  75. Cathy from Ohio says:

    That flat iron case is awesome!

  76. Christina says:

    Love the little artist backpack! I’m going to have to make that for my nieces! Thanks for all the great gift ideas!

  77. Louisa says:

    I love the travel bag!

  78. Chenelle says:

    The crayon backpack is perfect for my 2 year old this year.. and I already have fantastic fabric for it!

  79. Myssi says:

    My mom and sister travel often for business, so I think they are going to be getting some shoe bags and luggage tags for Christmas. Our Christmas is on Thanksgiving this year…I better get sewing!

  80. Eleanor says:

    I love the round travel bag.

  81. Audrey says:

    The make up clutch is really cute!

  82. Patty says:

    Great gift ideas – I live those passport covers

  83. Kathy Hassig says:

    I enjoy your blog very much.

  84. Tracy Thompson says:

    Love all of these, especially the round travel bag. I’m a sucker for compartments

  85. Joan says:

    The Travel Sewing Kit will make a wonderful gift for my globe trotting grandkids.

  86. Jen C in CA says:

    Great ideas!

  87. Kate in WA says:

    The make up clutch and the sewing kit – perfect for the travelers I have in mind. Girlfriend gift perfect!

  88. Pauline says:

    The round travel bag will be added to my list of things to make!

  89. Cecile in MN says:

    Great ideas. I like the round tote for toiletries, it would make a good knitting basket as well !

  90. April in KS says:

    I might need to make the duffel – it’s so cute! Thank you!

  91. Alicia says:

    I’m going to make the Passport cover and luggage tags for sure!

  92. Katherine says:

    Great ideas! I really like the round travel bag–I need to make few.

  93. Delia in VA says:

    I can’t wait to sew up a few of the traveling sewing kits. I have daughters that like to embroider in the car.

  94. Christina says:

    The little makeup case looks simple and a cute idea for girlfriends!

  95. Heidi says:

    There are so many fun ideas. I’ve seen crayon rolls, but I like this one better.

  96. Paige says:

    You’ve thought of everything…now where to travel!

  97. Linda says:

    The flat iron case is such a great idea!

  98. Love the round travel bag!

  99. Jessie in NM says:

    Fake comment for the sake of entering? I really don’t know what else to say. Sorry. 😀

  100. Judi B in VA says:

    Such practical ideas for gifts!!! Love the shoe bags.

  101. T in MA says:

    Great duffle bag!

  102. Teri says:

    Would love to win for my daughters!

  103. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    These are great projects! Thank you.

    • Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

      Kathy in Ky!

  104. Carolyn says:

    Such clever travel ideas!

  105. Monica R says:

    It’s hard to decide to which item to make for a gift.
    Monica in MD

  106. Tina L says:

    Love to knit so the book will be very useful.

  107. Kate in MO says:

    Oh man, I would love to win this book!

  108. Nita says:

    Hoping for some great ideas, thanks!

  109. Carol says:

    I look so forward to these ideas every year and I’m a huge knitting fanatic so would love this book!!

  110. Kari E. says:

    Awesome projects & prizes

  111. Renea says:

    Such wonderful ideas for traveling. Thanks for the giveaway.

  112. HP says:

    That travel sewing kit is right up my alley. So cute!

  113. alexa says:

    I loved the traveling ideas and that knitting book looks awesome!

  114. Ramona says:

    Oh I love that round travel bag.
    From MI

  115. Sue says:

    Lots of good ideas for gifts! Can’t wait to get started.

  116. Great ideas and I have made an insulated hair straightener case for a very good friend.

  117. LC Caldwell says:

    Love the ideas. Thanks for the chance for the knitting book. I’ll look forward to looking at it whether I win or not.

  118. Amelia says:

    Love the passport tutorial.

  119. ParisGrrl says:

    I just made luggage tags–it’s a fun project!

  120. Shannon says:

    Love that contact lens case. I could make good use of that!

  121. Carole Williams says:

    I especially love the passport cover to make for friends traveling abroad. Lots of good ideas!

  122. Amanda B. says:

    The eye mask and travel sewing kit is something I will have to make as gifts this year!

  123. The insulated flat iron case is a fantastic idea. So many times when I’m in a hotel, I seem to do my hair just before packing my case and I’m always trying to cool the flat iron down before I pack it. This would be a whole lot easier!

  124. jackie in indiana says:

    love the Handmade Holidays Ideas, every year lots of great ideas, thanks!!!!!

  125. Rachel in UT says:

    I love Handmade Holidays! Please, let’s do this ALL YEAR LONG!

  126. Kathy L in VA says:

    That duffle bag would be great for my college kids!

  127. Kristin H says:

    That round travel toiletries bag is genius!

  128. Wendy in New York says:

    I love Amy Herzog! I’d love the book. Thank you for doing Handmade Holidays again this year. I thoroughly enjoy the daily inspiration.

  129. KarenH in OK says:

    I think I need a sleep mask for myself, but all of the ideas are great.

  130. Sue in VA says:

    Those shoe and lingerie bags will be perfect for one of my hard-to-find-anything-for friends.

  131. Gweneth Branch-Rice says:

    I have meaning to make luggage tags for ages. Good Christmas present for my travelling family

  132. Southern Gal says:

    I spy a gift or two for my daughter and daughter-in-law.

  133. LIcia in SC says:

    I need a tablet cover!
    OK to make one for myself?

  134. Bobby says:

    There are at least three new things I want to make note. Love it!

  135. Natalie says:

    So many awesome ideas!

  136. Heidi says:

    Love these!! The flat iron case is great!!

  137. Therese PA says:

    Its of fun ideas today! And, I’d like to knit more than a scarf!

  138. Stephanie O. says:

    Love these ideas!

  139. Kristin says:

    So many great gift ideas here! And that sounds like the knitting book I’ve been dreaming of, didn’t realize it existed!

  140. Tammy in SC says:

    The knitting book looks interesting!

  141. Tina in NJ says:

    I’d love the knitting book.

  142. Anne Marie says:

    I love all of these ideas – thanks.

  143. Elizabeth says:

    One of my favorite things about November! Thanks for the inspiration 🙂

    Elizabeth in MA

  144. Amy in OR says:

    I never know what to do with my contact supplies and glasses when I travel, that is a perfect solution!

  145. Samantha says:

    We get a post every day? Yay!

  146. Margo in WA says:

    Lots of cute ideas!

  147. Maggie says:

    Love the eye mask, it’s going on my list to make!

  148. Whitner says:

    Love all of these!

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