Handmade Gift Ideas & Tutorials
I love making handmade gifts because they are so personal. You can feel all the thought and effort put into each gift. They're one-of-a-kind and much more special than anything generic you buy in a store. If you're on a budget, handmade gifts have the added bonus of often being less expensive than store-bought gifts.
I've chosen 20 of our tutorials that would make great gifts, including bags, blankets, accessories, and home decor. From simple no sew projects like headbands to more involved quilts, there's something for every skill level and a gift for every person. These are wonderful handmade gift ideas for many special occasions and holidays, such as Christmas, birthdays, Mother's Day, housewarmings, baby showers, weddings, and much more.
Handmade Gift Ideas: Bags
1. Zipper Pouch
Last Christmas I made these little zipper pouches for family members. They have a wide variety of uses and aren't gender specific, so they work for everyone. I customized them by choosing different fabric for each person. They're easy to sew, especially when you're making a bunch and can get into a good rhythm. They hold anything from electronic cords and accessories to makeup. You can make them any size.
2. Phone Wristlet
Pretty much everyone has a cell phone, right? But not everyone has a nifty little wristlet for carrying it! It's a perfect gift for the phone-obsessed or anyone else who just needs a place to put their phone when on the move. It also has a pocket for cards and cash. This wristlet has a simple design that's easy to make, and it has a free pattern for small, medium, or large phones. Read the written tutorial and download the pattern here.
3. Cosmetic Bag & Brush Holder
4. Envelope Clutch (iPad / Tablet Case)
Another handmade gift for the technologically trendy, this bag is made to fit an iPad or other tablet. Its stylish envelope design also makes it a great all-around clutch for carrying anything else. It has a free pattern, making it easy to construct. I made this as a 95th birthday gift for my grandmother who, yes, uses an iPad! Read the written tutorial and download the pattern here.
5. Drawstring Backpack
This drawstring bag is a useful gift that can be made for any gender. It makes a great beach bag or gym bag. It's easy to sew and you can choose from many fabrics, from subdued solids to fun florals. Read the written tutorial here.
6. Simple Tote Bag
You can never have too many totes! From utilitarian grocery bags to stylish fashion accessories, totes serve a wide range of uses and are great gifts for a wide range of people! This tote bag is super simple and easy to sew.
Handmade Gift Ideas: Blankets
7. No Sew Fleece Blanket
Fleece blankets are a great handmade gift for Christmas since they fit the season so well. You don't need a sewing machine to make this simple no sew fleece blanket. They make a wonderfully cozy gift for kids, especially if you use fleece with a fun pattern. The blanket's so easy, your kids can also help make them!
8. Baby Blanket
9. Herringbone Quilt
Making a quilt for someone is an extra special handmade gift because of all the thought and care that goes into making it. Though a more involved project, this quilt is something that a first time quilter can tackle. The pattern is more interesting than simple squares, but it's much easier than it may look. You can make it in any size you want, from crib to king. A throw size is demonstrated in this video, which is a good size for a gift. This pattern will suit a wide range of styles, depending on the colors and patterns of quilting cottons you choose. Quilting can be time consuming, but the resulting quilt is well worth it!
Handmade Gift Ideas: Accessories
10. No Sew Headbands
11. Key Fob
Key fobs or key chains are another handmade gift that are good for many people. This one is easy to sew and universally useful. It's perfect for someone who's constantly loosing their keys, especially if you make it in a bright fabric that's easy to spot! My mother falls into this category, so it was a great Mother's Day gift!
12. Infinity Scarf
The infinity scarf is a popular accessory that's also an easy-to-make handmade gift. There's an infinity scarf for any season, depending on what fabric you choose. Soft and warm fabrics like faux fur or velvet are great for winter, cotton prints or jersey are medium weight fabrics for spring and fall, or choose a lightweight gauze or lace from summer. Read the written tutorial here.
13. Fleece Scarf
Handmade Gift Ideas: Home Decor
15. Throw Pillows
Throw pillows can make a room and they can also make a great gift! They're wonderful housewarming gifts and can be gifted at many other occasions as well. This video shows how to make a basic throw pillow, but you can also embellish it to make it more personal. There are many other decorative pillow variations, like a throw pillow with piping or a quilted pillow.
16. Fabric Decoupage Letters
Fabric decoupage letters are a perfect handmade gift for a child's or teen's room. Spell out his or her first name or initials with fun fabric covered letters for a personalized touch. You can also spell out other words, like HOME or FAMILY, for decoration in other areas of the house. Making the decoupage letters is simple with scraps of fabric and Mod Podge.
17. Fabric Wall Art
For someone who just moved into a new house with lots of blank walls, this easy fabric wall art is a great housewarming gift. Or it's fun decoration in children's rooms. If they're big Disney or superhero fans, making wall art from a licensed cotton print is an inexpensive way to add punch to their room.
18. Decorative Fabric Tray
A decorative tray is a gift that can be added to just about anyone's decor. Use it in the entry to collect keys, style a shelf with it, or serve food with it. This tray uses fabric coated with Mod Podge on the bottom to add color and pattern.
19. Cloth Napkins
Handmade cloth napkins make wonderful housewarming or wedding gifts, especially for someone who loves entertaining. These napkins will instantly dress up a table or add a splash of color to a table setting.
20. Fabric Flower Bouquet
And finally, #20! Love giving flowers, but want them to last longer? This fabric flower bouquet is a great alternative to fresh flowers or store-bought fake flowers. Because they are handmade, they are more special and unique than craft store flower arrangements. Give a long-lasting fabric flower bouquet for Mother's Day or Valentine's Day. For another type of fabric flower, watch this no sew felt flower tutorial.