Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers

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 Happy Thanksgiving to all of our US readers!! Sarah is back curating another great list of gift ideas. Today, she is sharing ideas for the athletes in your life!

Today’s Guest Curator:
Sarah Ruiz from Saroy

From Sarah:
Hello! It’s me again, Sarah Ruiz, a NASA engineer, quilter…and runner! I’ve covered distances from 5K to marathon and would happily take any of the handmade items on the list below to supplement my workout gear. I’ve been blogging for 15+ years at Saroy, where these days I write about quilting, my engineering career, motherhood and parenting, and life in general.

Sarah also recently contributed Gifts for Geeks.

Make It


Duffel Bag
Any dedicated athlete in your life could use a cute bag to tote their stuff to and from the races or the gym. Try this sturdy, washable duffel bag (by Remona of The Stitching Scientist) to put a spring in their step for months to come.


Reversible Fabric Headband
The last thing your daughter needs while sprinting down the soccer field is hair in her eyes. Pick up some fabric in the team’s colors and keep things in place with a reversible fabric headband (by Sara of Alice & Lois).


Slouchy Beanie
Help your friends stay toasty when working out on chilly days with a slouchy beanie hat (by Melissa of Melly Sews). This quick and easy tutorial includes sizes from newborn to adult.


T-Shirt Quilt
Get your sporty friend to part with their t-shirts, and turn to this t-shirt quilt tutorial (by Sarah of Confessions of a Fabric Addict) to commemorate their accomplishments while also staying cozy and warm this winter.


Running Belt
Workout gear isn’t exactly known for having spacious pockets. Make it easy for your spouse to take their phone on the go with a DIY running belt (by Kelly Bryden for Brit + Co).


Yoga Mat Tote
Yoga mats are bulky and awkward to carry around. Your favorite yoga aficiondo might love this yoga mat shoulder tote (by Alicia Thommas for Sew4Home) that’s got enough extra space for a water bottle and flip flops too.


DIY sparkle skirt
Sweat is no reason to sacrifice style. Add some shine to your best friend’s next workout with a DIY sparkle skirt (by Pam Burrus of Moms Run This Town).

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Passion for Fitness and Gifts for the Sports Enthusiast.

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 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.

Change-Up Patchwork

(US shipping only.)

Author: Nancy Zieman
Publisher: Nancy Zieman

Nine quilt designs based on the traditional 4-patch, 9-patch and square within a square, made new with a little creative flair. Learn Nancy’s speedy-and-easy process of using strips and straight stitching to make a variety of modern patchwork quilts and table runners. Use Nancy’s method to create additional designs with graph paper. Turn to the front of the book for recommended supplies, tools and tips on basic quilting techniques such as cutting fabric strips, stitching and pressing strips.

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

Here are our 2016 themes:

November 23: Wonderful Wreaths
November 22: Gifts for Design Lovers
November 21: Bags to Make and Give
November 20: Lacey Christmas
November 19: Gifts for Artists
November 18: Scrap Busters
November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman
November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss
November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts
November 14: Table Runners
November 13: Gifts for the Cook
November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer
November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts
November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers
November 9: Heirloom Gifts
November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays
November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents
November 6: Gifts for Geeks
November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers
November 4: Gifts for Playtime
November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends
November 2: Gifts for Travelers
November 1: Gifts for Students

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67 Responses to Handmade Holidays Nov. 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers

  1. Rose in MN says:

    Love the duffel bag!

  2. Jolyn from FL says:

    Oh my gosh! GO MRTT! I’m a member of the Seminole County, FL, chapter!

  3. Jodie in CA says:

    That slouchy beanie looks like it would be a great chemo hat too…

  4. Jess in WA says:

    I like the running belt idea; might even make one for myself. (Not that I run very far, but still)

  5. Lynne in WA says:

    I think I have some stray grommets from another project. I’ll have to find them to make a running belt or two.

  6. Gweneth says:

    Love the runners belt!

  7. Shannon in WA says:

    Ive made that hat; a great quick gift! Like the looks of the duffle bag

  8. Barb K in NE says:

    The duffle bag is nice!

  9. Breanna usa says:

    It is all so great I can’t pick a favorite! I have to add these to my list of things to make soon.

  10. SS in NH says:

    I like the sparkle skirt!

  11. Barb in Mi says:

    Great projects – I was just looking to replace my gym bag!

  12. Lydia in WA says:

    This is a great bunch of ideas, and several people I know would appreciate gifts here….the duffel, the headbands, the slouchy beany, the t-shirt quilt, the running belt and the yoga mat…. but that sparkle skirt is simply adorable.

  13. Lydia in WA says:

    This is a great bunch of ideas, and several people I know would appreciate gifts here….the duffel, the headbands, the slouchy beany, the t-shirt quilt, but that sparkle skirt is simply adorable.

  14. Janine in SC says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas. The running belt would be good to my husband who doesn’t run but is always dropping his phone when he works in the yard.

  15. Ruth L from FL says:

    Great authors and interesting content – either book would challenge my skills! Thanks for more great gift ideas!

  16. Laurinda in MA says:

    I really love the new, fitness-y take on fanny packs.

  17. Lila says:

    The duffel bag looks handy, and I do find the headbands super cute!!

  18. Marilyn in WA says:

    Love the running belt!

  19. Mary Beth says:

    Great duffel bag!

    –Mary Beth in MO

  20. Rebecca Kuck says:

    Love the duffle bag and the tee shirt quilt!!!

  21. Sandy in WA says:

    I need one of those belts for my walks!

  22. Judy In OR says:

    I like the duffel bag and the running belt.

  23. Claudia says:

    My sister wants a yoga mat carrier.

  24. Amy in IL says:

    I could use the yoga mat tote or make one for my friends in yoga class.

  25. Marian in GA says:

    You can never have too many pretty books!

  26. Anna says:

    I don’t know what I am missing to correct the error. Help.

  27. Anna in Florida says:

    Anna in Florida

    Love these ideas and would like to make several of the items-headband, T-shirt quilt and running belt. Would really love to win one of the books. Thanks for all your great ideas.

  28. Emma in FL says:

    I really like the headband tutorial. I like to make headbands, and these looks really simple and pretty.

  29. Ingrid says:

    The Shirt-quilt is great, I think I’ll try this one!

  30. Mandi in CO says:

    That duffle bag is great!

  31. Love the yoga mat tote!

  32. Cindy in MI says:

    Thank you for the great gift ideas, as well as the wonderful giveaways!

  33. charlotte in ga says:

    Cute ideas again today. Thank you

  34. Susan in MI says:

    Useful ideas.

  35. Julie says:

    I love these picks!

  36. Kathy Slaughter Cummings says:

    Kathy in Kentucky,
    Great designs and gifts! Thank you.

  37. […] November 24: Gifts for Fitness Lovers November 23: Wonderful Wreaths November 22: Gifts for Design Lovers November 21: Bags to Make and Give November 20: Lacey Christmas November 19: Gifts for Artists November 18: Scrap Busters November 17: Gifts for the Dapper Gentleman November 16: Gifts for the Girl Boss November 15: Easy to Ship Gifts November 14: Table Runners November 13: Gifts for the Cook November 12: Gifts for the Entertainer November 11: Quick and Easy Gifts November 10: Gifts for Book Lovers November 9: Heirloom Gifts November 8: Fast Projects for the Holidays November 7: Gifts for Babies and New Parents November 6: Gifts for Geeks November 5: Stitched and Sewn Stocking Stuffers November 4: Gifts for Playtime November 3: Gifts for Four-Legged Friends November 2: Gifts for Travelers November 1: Gifts for Students […]

  38. Brenda in Washington says:

    love that duffel bag, yoga mat tote and reversible headband! still drooling over Nancy Zieman’s Change-Up Patchwork book, and hoping! thanks for the opportunity to win.

  39. jessicac says:

    Perfect timing, my running belt just died!

  40. Brandi in MA says:

    Awesome ideas for many of my loved ones. Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. Eleanor says:

    Great ideas!

  42. Jayne - TN says:

    If only I could make bags! Love the duffel bag!

  43. Renea says:

    Thanks again for all the inspiration and for the wonderful giveaway.

  44. Liz Bess says:

    That running belt would be so cute for a friend! I live in Massachusetts! And that book looks like it would be an awesome addition to my library.

  45. Tracy Thompson says:

    The fabric headbands look great!

  46. Tracy Thompson says:

    Love the fabric headbands

  47. Carol Y says:

    I think t-shirt quilts are great!

  48. Katie in CA says:

    Cute, I know a certain niece who’s getting a sparkle skirt for Christmas!

  49. Lee in MI says:

    I am loving the duffle!!

  50. Paige in SC says:

    Great ideas! Nice duffle bag!

  51. A secure lace to carry a phone is always a welcome gift.

  52. The running belt will be perfect as I am about to start, wish me luck.

  53. Cassandra says:

    I like the headbands and sparkly skirt – thanks for all the great ideas

  54. Christina in VT says:

    My daughter just cut her extra long hair done would love a headband. Thanks for the link!

  55. Angela Wilkins says:

    definitely could be a fitness fashionista with the sparkle skirt!

  56. Patty says:

    A great collection of ideas!

  57. Kari in IL says:

    Would love to win one of these books, thanks!

  58. Barb B in BC says:

    I know a little girl who would love a reversible headband or two.

  59. Amy in IL says:

    Love the fabric headbands.

  60. April in KS says:

    So many great ideas! Thank you!

  61. Anne Marie says:

    Love these ideas especially the T shirt quilt.

  62. Ramona in MI says:

    The sparkle skirt is adorable!

  63. Kathy L in VA says:

    Love this duffel too! There have been some great bags this year!

  64. Wendy in MI says:

    Definitely making some headbands for my nieces!

  65. Judi B in VA says:

    I need to make a running belt for my walking buddies!

  66. Margo in WA says:

    Very cute ideas!

  67. Stephanie S says:

    Love these! The headbands will make great last minute gifts and I’ll probably even make a couple for myself 🙂

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