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

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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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