Get inspired by sewing gift ideas that come with free patterns and tutorials. They say ‘I cared enough to spend time to make this for you!’ There’s nothing better than a sewing machine and a stack of fabric when it comes to last-minute gifts! I don’t know about you, but I hate going to the store to search for a gift that I should have thought about sooner. I really think that handmade gifts are better.
So here’s a list of free sewing patterns for amazing things to sew and give. Most of them are really fast and easy (in case you did wait too long) and are perfect beginner sewing projects! You might also like my ideas for sewing last-minute Christmas gifts, and baby shower gifts.
Sewing Gift Ideas
I divided this list into the following sections to help you find easy sewing projects for everyone on your list:
gifts to sew for kids
gifts to sew for grown-ups
gifts for tech lovers
gifts for people who are more organized than me (he, he)
Let’s get started…
Gifts to Sew for Kids:
You might have seen a similar pet pillow you could purchase, but my DIY Puppy Pillow is full of handmade love and uses a standard-sized bed pillow.
The Katy Fabric Doll Pattern includes free templates. This doll fits 16” doll clothes! Use fabric scraps to make her a cute skirt too.
My cross body zipper tote is perfect for tweens – and sews up in a snap.
A Washable Coloring Book that can be used over and over again.
A Knot Bow Headband – so soft for babies or toddlers.
But you’ll also have to make a cute Big Pocket Baby Clutch to go with it.
These fish shaped beach bags make great laundry bags too.
For the kid who has too many toys already… a beanbag chair to hold them in!
Gifts to Sew for Grown-Ups:
Sew up some cute folded fabric coasters to protect your furniture and use up fabric scraps! This free pattern includes how to make matching potholders.
Scarves are one of my favorite accessories! Sew an easy DIY Infinity Scarf with just a yard of fabric. Use soft and cozy fabric or light and cool cotton fabric to make a scarf for everyone on your list.
Don’t be fooled by the Tiny Bag – it makes a big impact!
A Pretty Apron – this one takes only a yard of fabric.
Pretty Patchwork Potholders to match that apron.
Coloring is a grown-up activity with a beautiful pencil roll like this. I used vintage lace and a pretty button to finish mine. Get inspired to make it your own using ribbon or velcro instead if you prefer.
Say ‘thanks for being there!’ with this sweet clutch pattern.
This scrappy pet leash is the perfect gift for a dog lover. Sew it using scraps of fabric left over from your last quilt.
I made a bunch of these card kitties (cardholders) for my kids but it’s the adults who are always using them!
The chubby lunch tote is so much prettier than a store-bought one!
Work some magic by whipping up this messenger bag faster than someone else could find a parking spot at the store!
Gifts for Tech Lovers:
This quilted iPad case is a zippered pouch that can stand up to any Vera Bradley case!
Sew a padded camera strap for your favorite photographer.
Pens and pencils can always be found if you keep them in this cute little triangle case.
Gifts for People Who Are Organized ❤️
Sew a car diddy bag to keep all those little things in one place!
A Sweet First Aid Pouch.
The Zola Pen Case is handy for way more than just pens!
These sweet pixie cups will keep someone’s desk nice and clean. 🙂
The easy-to-sew Peek a Boo Pouch lets you see everything inside. Fill it with sewing needles and thread to take it on the go.
Help someone keep their journal and pens together always with this cute journaling bookmark!
If you don’t find a great gift to make here, I made a similar list of gifts to sew for any occasion a while back. I just keep finding more and more (and I can’t stop sewing!) so I had to share a newly updated list.
If you like the last few, you will love my round-up of 11+ Free Sewing Projects to Make You More Organized.
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