15 Thoughtful Gifts for Neighbors and Teachers


Here are 15 free neighbor and/or teacher gifts to sew with free patterns and easy tutorials. These simple presents will express your thank you’s perfectly.

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We all have essential workers in our lives. Teachers, first responders, kind neighbors and treasured friends. What will you give these important people when it’s time to show your appreciation?

Scandinavian Star Ornament

Learn how to make traditional Scandinavian Star Ornaments using folded fabric. This fun and easy tutorial is great for using up fabric scraps. There’s no machine sewing needed – just one stitch at the end to attach a string for hanging.

Elf Gift Bags

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A recent whimsical project is my Adorable Elf Pants Gift Bags. Any gift will be well received in a package this cute!

Cinnamon Tree Patchwork Ornaments

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I usually try to think of something small for neighbor or teacher gifts. These Cinnamon Tree Ornaments are perfect. They will remind that special someone of you every year when they go on the tree.

Drawstring Bag with Hot Cocoa Packets

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Another small gift idea is my Hot Cocoa Bag. Tuck in a candy cane and some marshmallows and they make a sweet and welcome treat!

Holiday Burlap Gift Bag



If you’re looking for a sack to fill with candies or something small, my Holiday Burlap Gift Bags are just right. I think I might need a set in natural colored burlap with red ties this year.

Cute Vinyl Zipper Pouches with Ribbon 

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When I think of teachers, I always think of pencil pouches. My Ribbon and Vinyl Pouch is so practical because it’s easy to use and easy to clean. Teachers might appreciate something being easy this year, I think.

Easy Zipper Pouch Pattern

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Even if you are a beginner at sewing, you can make these easy zipper pouches that can hold coins, school supplies, or cosmetics.

Mini Christmas Stockings

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At 6 1/2“ tall and 5 1/2“ wide, my Mini Stockings are perfect for a small gift. The topstitching on the toe and heel are one of my favorite touches.

Holiday Stocking Zipper Pouch Pattern

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About the same finished size, but with a handy zipper top the Christmas Stocking Zipper Pouch, styled after a Victorian stocking is great for a handmade gift card holder.

 In-The-Hoop Machine Embroidery Sunglass Case

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My embroidering friends will like the Machine Embroidered Glasses Case I created for my friends at Hatch Embroidery. These require a 5×7 hoop or larger.

Cute Corners Zipper Pouch Pattern 

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I love how the Cute Corners DIY Cosmetic Case turned out. It would be a useful and stylish gift for so many on your list.

 Cute Drawstring Bags with a Flat Bottom



For a reusable and handmade gift bag that will hold all your surprises, try my Drawstring Ditty Bag.

Easy Scarves with a Crochet Doily Edge 



Scarves make a great gift. They fit everyone, and bring a splash of color and warmth to winter outfits. I am particularly fond of the Holiday Scarves With Vintage Crochet I made a few years ago. They could be made with lots of other trim if vintage lace is not in your sewing room.

 Fabric Face Mask Tutorial

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This holiday, making and giving masks in cheerful prints would be thoughtful. My version of the Olson Face Mask is customizable and comfortable. Check out these 5 mask styles too.

Heating Pad for Neck and Shoulders with Rice Inside


Look how cute my DIY Heating Pads for shoulders and neck are when wrapped up as gifts. Their warmth will be appreciated long after this holiday.

Please share what you are stitching up to give as gifts this year. Tag @sewcanshe on Instagram so we can all see please!

Happy Giving!

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