These gift ideas will brighten any frequent flyer’s trip! Give your favorite traveler a more comfortable, happy journey…

Today’s Guest Curator: Daisy
I’m Daisy, and I share my quilting, paper piecing and bag-making projects at Ants to Sugar.

I’m thrilled to curate gifts for frequent flyers. My previous job involved plenty of time on airplanes and, as a stay-at-home mom, we’ve flown often with kids. Check out my gift ideas for the frequent flyer, and come to my Craftsy shop for the new airplane paper piecing template. Whether they’re a frequent flyer or not, it’ll make the perfect gift for your airplane fanatic.

(Psst: Daisy is giving away two copies of her airplane pattern at Ants to Sugar!)

Make It


Phone Charging Station
Don’t let your frequent flyer’s phone cord get tangled up with all the other travelers trying to charge their phone in the airport! Instead, safely tuck cords away with this Phone Charging Station from Amy at Positively Splendid.


Dad’s Travel Bag
You don’t have to be a “dad” to enjoy Dad’s Travel Bag at the Polka Dot Chair. Melissa’s pattern is useful for anyone who wants to organize a suitcase while on the road or in the sky.


Men’s Business Card Wallet
Keep your main wallet tucked away and your identification separate for easy access. Lisa and Sarah’s Men’s Business Card Wallet at Spoonful of Sugar is perfect for either business cards or for those moments when you need a tiny wallet just for the essentials.


Shoe Lover’s Travel Bag
Lily Ashbury has a drawstring bag that’s perfect for separating shoes or dirty laundry when you’re traveling. Pull out some of your favorite charm squares and get started on her Shoe Lover’s Travel Bag.


Travel Slippers
Whether you’re staying home or flying across the country, keep your feet cozy in Travel Slippers from Christine Haynes at Craftsy.


Ellie Travel Case
Use the Ellie Travel Case from Heidi at Fabric Mutt as a cosmetics bag when you fly, and then as a cute purse once you land at your destination!


See Through Scrappy Vinyl Pouches
Vera’s See Through Scrappy Vinyl Pouches at Negligent Style are a “must” for every traveler. Vinyl keeps any gooey accidents from spreading through your suitcase and lets you quickly inventory all the little items stored inside.


Luggage Tag
Give your suitcase a flash of color and quickly identify your luggage with a unique Luggage Tag from Jennie at Clover & Violet for Ellison Lane.


Calendar Cover
Long flights are great for planning upcoming events or hashing out your next great idea. Create a personalized calendar or journal to give to your favorite frequent flyer with Devon’s Calendar Cover at Miss Make.


Coffee Sleeve
Caffeine is necessary for any early morning flight, and fabric cup sleeves add a little fun to any tea or coffee. Use Coffee Sleeve tips from Ants to Sugar to keep your hands comfy as you sip your latte.

Related tutorials you might enjoy: Airplane Tray Activity Center, Travel Wallet, Gifts for Travelers, More Gifts for Travelers, Happy Travels Wallet, Round Travel Bag, Passion for Travel tutorials, Travel Sewing Case

Mix It


Salted Caramels
If you’re looking for some sweet treats to take with you when you travel during the holidays, try these Salted Caramels from Sarah at Sugar Apron. They’re easy to make and can be wrapped in wax paper to enjoy on the go.


Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark
This Salted Chocolate Caramel Pretzel Bark never fails with a crowd!

Print It


Christmas Holiday Gift Tag
Bethan and Joe at Decorator’s Notebook have a gorgeous set of free Christmas Holiday Gift Tags with a vintage flora and fauna theme. Use them for Christmas or any occasion through the winter months!


Printable Holiday Gift Tags
Kelli Murray’s elegant illustrations add the perfect finishing touch to your handmade gifts. Download and print her free Holiday Gift Tags!

Win It

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

Urban and Amish
(US + Canada shipping, eBooks to international winners.)

Author: Myra Harder
Publisher: Martingale

Designer Myra Harder presents time-honored Amish quilts along with a modern reinterpretation of each bold, graphic design. With varied color palettes and construction methods, she achieves dramatically different looks.
– Find two distinct patterns for every design—one traditionally Amish, one modern—for a total of 16 extraordinary projects.
– Explore the versatility of quilt designs such as Pineapple, Log Cabin and Ohio Star.
– Achieve effective results whether you prefer classic Amish solids or a brighter, lighter palette in prints.

Patchwork, Please!
(US-only shipping, no P.O. boxes.)

Author: Ayumi Takahashi
Publisher: Interweave/F+W

In Patchwork, Please!, Stitch magazine contributor Ayumi Takahashi has created playful and practical patchwork projects for the home and the people who live in it. Sewing should be fun, and Ayumi Takahashi’s patchwork projects embody that happy, playful approach.

Known for both her distinctive combination of patterned fabrics and her quirky interpretations of vintage style, Ayumi brings this signature approach to 19 sewing projects. The book begins with basic techniques in patchwork, paper piecing, raw-edged applique, and machine and hand embroidery. Then it’s straight into an appealing assortment of projects for the kitchen, home, family and friends.

Hello Kitty Crochet
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Author: Mei Li Lee
Publisher: Quirk Books

Hello Kitty Crochet is all about kawaii: the supercute world of Hello Kitty and her friends meets the Japanese art of amigurumi, or crocheted dolls. With 25 cute and easy-to-make projects, Hello Kitty Crochet is as charming and fun as it is simple to follow.

Whether you’re a seasoned crocheter or have never used a needle, you’ll find tons of helpful tips and tricks for creating kawaii handmade dolls. It’s the perfect way for crafters and cuteness-lovers to celebrate the global icon’s 40th anniversary!

Stitch Draw
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Author: Rosie James
Publisher: Sterling Publishing

When you want to make a fresh artistic statement, put down the pencil and turn on the sewing machine instead! Figurative stitch work is a hot new look, and Rosie James—a leading exponent of the style—takes newcomers by the hand and guides them through its ins and outs. Using her own gorgeous drawings, plus those of other top artists, she lays out a repertoire of techniques. James covers it all, including transferring drawing to cloth, stitching on photographs, using multicolored threads, layering images and creating a pleasing composition.

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

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