15 Thoughtful Gifts for Neighbors and Teachers

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


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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.




These darling ornaments are called Scandinavian Fabric Stars from Crafting a Rainbow. They’re perfect for a handmade holiday.


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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!




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.


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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.



Maybe my Clippie Zippies are what you’re looking for. They clip inside a bag so the writing utensil you need won’t fall down to the bottom.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.




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




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.


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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.



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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