Mother’s Day is coming and, just in time for summer, I’ve gathered 8 lovely projects perfect for a travelin’ Mom. Quick and simple, these are great little makes to sew with the kids for Grandma or Auntie, too. Whether Mom loves to take day trips or travel around the world, a handmade travel gift is handy, pretty and just what she’ll need!
Make your gifts in a coordinated set using Fat Quarters or do a little stash busing with your scraps. Choose shades Mom loves or work with the colors of her luggage. And, don’t forget to personalize! Use machine or hand embroidery to add her monogram or applique your gifts with her favorite motifs. Make them unique, sew them with love and gift them to Mom with honor!
Quilted Patchwork Coffee Cup Cozy
A coffee cup cozy is the perfect thing for your travelin’ Mom’s essential morning drink. For the patchwork version designed by Jeni, a guest blogger on the Skip to My Lou blog, start with a colorful assortment of 12 fabrics. You’ll also need fusible fleece, backing fabric and an elastic hair tie cleverly used by Jeni as a button loop. A simple, quick project you’ll love sewing again and again! Click here for the Patchwork Cup Cozy tutorial.
Business Card Luggage Tag
Mom will love this handmade travel gift, so you’ll want to make her several! Quick as you can say vacation, you’ll have a whole stack of Business Card Holder tags stitched and ready to give. Bev of the Flamingo Toes blog designed these handy identifiers with a few fabric scraps, clear vinyl and a “secret ingredient” interfacing for durability. Make one for every piece of Mom’s luggage and her purse to keep her secure! Click here for the Business Card Luggage Tag tutorial.
Monogrammed Minky Neck Pillow
Airplane travel is so much nicer with a soft, comfy neck pillow along! Help Mom rest well with the monogrammed, plush Minky fabric pillow designed by Donna Babylon for It’s Sew Easy TV. Donna’s yummy little pillow is easy to sew and fun to make following the great, professional steps in her free PDF pattern. Add an applique initial to make this handmade travel gift exactly Mom’s style! Joanne of the Let’s Go Sew blog reviews Donna’s pillow and links the pattern in her post. Click here for the Neck Pillow tutorial.
Pair a lovely matching sleep mask with Mom’s comfy neck pillow and ensure that her travel is never sleep deprived. Designed as a bridesmaid gift but perfect for Mom, the mask can be lined with satin for extra luxury. Sarah, a lingerie and fabric designer, created the lovely handmade travel gift pattern for the Spoonflower blog with easy, clear steps. She offers tips you’ll love for sewing a mask that’s sturdy, comfortable and more than adequately blocks light! Click here for the Sleep Mask tutorial.
Portable First Aid Kit
Things happen when you’re traveling and Mom will be ready for anything with this handmade travel gift. Pack this portable first aid kit with health needs for any emergency along with Mom’s daily meds for her personal peace of mind! Designed by Amy of the Positively Splendid blog, the kit is made from two coordinating fabrics, a little interfacing, a lovely ribbon and a few other basic supplies. The double layer of pockets makes the kit super practical, roomy and easy to fill with love! Click here for the First Aid Kit tutorial.
Scallop Edge Sunglasses Case
Pretty, perky and practical, the Sunglasses Case, also designed by Amy of the Positively Splendid blog, is perfect for Mom’s purse or pool tote. Padded with fusible fleece, this handmade travel gift keeps Mom’s sunnies safe and stylishly close at hand. Embellish the case with a flower, monogram or applique and Mom will love keeping her shades scratch-free while on the go. Click here for the Scallop Edge Sunglasses Case tutorial.
Satin Padded Coat Hanger
Those awful hotel room hangers won’t be a problem for Mom with the project created by Tilly for her Tilly and the Buttons blog! These beautiful padded coat hangers are scrumptiously stitched in satin, padded well to keep Mom’s clothes in shape. Present her with a ribbon tied set of these handmade travel gifts and she’ll be fresh and ready to go for any vacay occasion! Click here for the Satin Padded Coat Hanger tutorial.
Fabric Drawstring Basket
Makeup, toiletries and personal supplies. Always the items that are hard to corral when you’re traveling! Help Mom stay organized and relaxed with a handmade travel gift she can pack and love. The Fabric Drawstring Basket designed by Pam of the Threading My Way blog stands up on a counter so all Mom’s essentials are easy to use and find. She can fold the top down while she’s prepping for the day, then cinch the drawstring tight to keep everything secure. Click here for the Fabric Drawstring Basket tutorial.