Put your creative talents to good use with these 27 easy sewing projects that you can gift for any occasion. Whether you’re a sewing aficionado or a total beginner, there is a cute sewing project on this list for you to try!
The perfect gifts are rarely bought. If you’re looking to handmake a gift, no matter the occasion, why not take your sewing machine for a spin?
I have compiled 27+ cute and easy sewing projects for fantastic gifts (for every recipient!).
With these sewing projects, you don’t need to be a master sewer; they’re accessible no matter your level of expertise, even if you’re a beginner!
These sewing gifts are also versatile. If you don’t have a sewing machine, I’ve included hand-sewn gifts for you to peruse.
Create any of these creative, handmade sewn gifts for the ones you love the most; they’re going to love them!
Easy sewing project gift occasions
These projects could truly work for any occasion. Next time you require a creative DIY gift, try any of these sewing crafts.
Good occasions for these gifts include:
- Christmas – sewing easy Christmas gifts is a cost-effective way to show you care! Sew the most unique gifts under the Christmas tree this year.
- Birthdays – try creating these easy gifts for all your loved one’s birthdays; they’re perfect for moms, dads, friends, children, and more.
- Baby showers – with an abundance of gifts to choose from, the most precious are homemade. Sew baby shower gifts for an extra bit of love and sentiment.
- Mother’s & Father’s Day – there are no better people to show our love to than those who raised us! Create these sewing gifts for mom, dad, grandma, or grandpa.
- Just because! – we don’t need a reason to express our appreciation. Make one of these easy sewing projects for a friend who is going through a rough time or as a simple way to say you love them.
27+ Easy sewing projects for gifts
Need some fun ideas of what to sew for gifts this year? Here are 27+ easy sewing gift ideas to try out! They’re quick, easy, and sure to be well-loved.
One of my favorite small gifts to sew is a scrunchie; these handy hair ties are quick to make and super cute.
This is also an excellent beginner sewing project.
Sew a bunch in fun colors and patterns to give to all of your friends!
You can find full instructions on how to make these homemade scrunchies from Crafts by Amanda here.
2. Half apron
This darling half-apron pattern is the perfect gift for mom, grandma, or any aspiring baker! The design is even simple enough for beginner sewers, so don’t be intimidated.
I love the mismatched patterns on this design, using different scraps to give it a patchwork design; this is also a great way to use leftover fabric scraps.
The best part? It has pockets!
Learn how to sew a half apron from Beginner Sewing Projects here.
3. Finger puppets
If you want an easy sewing project that kids will love, try these sweet animal finger puppets.
You can make an entire zoo’s worth of animals with little to no sewing experience!
These finger puppets will provide hours of fun to any lucky kiddo who receives them. Bring them to a baby shower or a child’s birthday party.
Get the steps from In The Playroom to make animal finger puppets here.
4. Decorative gnome
This decorative bee gnome is one of my favorite gifts you can sew because it is super unique, kind of unusual, and definitely adorable.
Scandinavian gnome decor is all the rage right now; feed into the trend with this sweet bee gnome pattern.
While this design is more complicated than some on this list, it’s still easy to make if you have a little extra time.
Your gnome friend would make the perfect housewarming gift.
Bee gnomes are easy to sew with steps from Ruffles and Rainboots here.
5. Denim quilt
This denim quilt is one of the best easy sewing projects – it’s sustainable, inexpensive, and creative.
It also makes the perfect picnic blanket; gift it to anyone with a passion for sustainability!
You can make your own denim quilt with instructions from Frugal Family Times here.
6. Beeswax wrap
For a clever way to use scrap fabric, try out this beeswax wrap cover.
Beeswax wrap cuts down on plastic waste, removing the need for sandwich bags, cling wrap, and more.
Gift these beeswax wrap covers to a friend, parent, or any eco-friendly companion.
Learn how to make this beeswax wrap cover from Reuse Grow Enjoy here.
7. Pillow cover
One of the easiest first sewing projects that you can make is a pillow cover (there are even no-sew options!).
An envelope pillow cover uses just one cut of fabric and four swift sewing machine passes!
Pillow covers are a great way to decorate because they’re easy to swap out based on the season or your evolving design preferences.
Customize pillow covers for everyone on your gifting list.
Create this easy envelope pillow cover with steps from A Country Girls Life here.
8. DIY hand warmers
These DIY hand warmers make simple and effective gifts, particularly during the cold months.
Anyone would appreciate a little extra warmth on a winter day; homemade hand warmers will do just that.
Made with scrap fabric, fusible tea bags, and flaxseed, these gifts are inexpensive to make (with maximum payoff).
This sewing craft is so quick and easy, it’s even kid-friendly!
Make a bunch and slip them into everyone’s stocking this Christmas.
Sew these DIY hand warmers from Hearth and Vine with instructions here.
9. Felt chick
This felt chick makes a cute Easter gift for any child in your life.
Get the kids involved with this super easy sewing gift; together, you can make a whole barnyard filled with baby chicks!
Craft a felt easter chick from Attachment Mommy here.
10. Owl ornament
When in doubt, a thoughtful ornament makes a wonderful Christmas gift.
These sewn, felt owls sit in adorable birds’ nests for natural, quirky displays; make sure to make a couple because you’re not going to want to give your first creation up!
Gift your hand-stitched owl for Christmas or any time of the year as a sweet window hanging.
Learn how to make a felt animal ornament from Heathered Nest here.
11. Fabric pumpkins
For the home decor lovers in your life, try gifting them one of these DIY monks cloth pumpkins; this gift idea is great for mom, grandma, or an autumnal birthday!
You can use any fabric of your choice, though I think the monks cloth looks particularly chic; they make brilliant fall decor, especially when paired together.
Make them in multiple sizes for a beautiful display.
Grab the steps to these DIY monks cloth pumpkins from The Country Chic Cottage here.
12. DIY snuffle ball
Pets deserve handmade gifts, too (maybe even more than people!).
If you have a special pup on your gifting list, try making them a DIY snuffle ball; this fleece project is perfect for dogs of all kinds.
While the pattern is designed for medium-sized dogs, you can easily customize it for the dog in your life.
Create a DIY snuffle ball from Other People’s Dogs here.
13. Fabric tissue holder
This Mother’s Day, surprise your mom with this easy fabric tissue holder; with this handmade gift, your mom can toss her tissues in her handbag without worry!
Customize these tissue holders with the fabrics of your choice; use leftover fabric scraps when possible to make this gift even more sustainable and affordable.
Sew this adorable fabric tissue holder with steps from The Gingerbread House here.
14. Tea towel tote
This tea towel tote bag is one of the easiest sewing projects that you can make.
Use this design to give new life to a thrifted tea towel.
Whether you’re a thrift store lover or an avid window shopper, you’ve probably come across several beautiful tea towel designs. But is it easy to display all of your tea towel treasures? I don’t think so!
This savvy tote lets you show off tea towels in style; gift it for birthdays, Christmas, and more.
You can find instructions for this tea towel tote from DIY Candy here.
15. Drawstring bag
If you have leftover scrap material, I highly recommend you repurpose it into these DIY drawstring bags.
So many of us are making efforts to be more sustainable in our everyday lives; wrapping is no exception!
In fact, holidays are some of the most wasteful times of the year because of all the excess gift wrap. So make another step towards lowering your eco-footprint by delivering your gifts in reusable packaging.
These drawstring bags are super easy to make; they don’t take much more time than a traditional gift wrap!
Get the steps for this easy drawstring bag from Scrap Fabric Love here.
16. Fabric corner bookmark
Books make some of the very best gifts. If you’re looking to amp it up, however, a homemade bookmark would do the trick.
Sew your own fabric corner bookmarks as a small gift.
You can also add this fabric corner bookmark to a favorite read; gift the pair for birthdays, holidays, and any other gifting occasions.
Learn how to craft a fabric corner bookmark from Christine’s Crafts here.
17. Soft village playset
I love this soft village playset project; it’s bright, colorful, and whimsical.
The playset is made from soft, huggable cotton, filled with stuffing and dry beans to help keep them propped up (and playable!).
Use whichever colors speak to you, preferably in some favorite shades of your recipient.
Young children will adore this plush, functional toy; gift it at a baby shower or a child’s birthday party.
Make this adorable soft village playset with instructions from Barley and Birch here.
18. Fabric mushrooms
Live out your cottage-core dreams with these DIY fabric mushrooms; you can make them with whatever scrap fabric you have on hand (a mixture of different blends and textures look wonderfully eclectic!).
You can use these adorable fungi as a present topper, a Christmas ornament, or string them into a garland.
They’re strangely addictive to make, so you’re sure to come out of this DIY with a wide variety of mushrooms!
Get instructions for DIY fabric mushrooms from Pillar Box Blue here.
19. DIY fanny pack
This stylish and functional fanny pack is easy to sew; the pattern is a simple square with a front and top zipper.
A fanny pack is a perfect accessory to carry around all of your essential items. Sew and gift one to travel lovers, avid hikers, and any other girls on the go!
This design is also super customizable; choose a bold pattern or a classic neutral.
You can find DIY fanny pack instructions from Mindy Makes here.
20. Baby clothes memory quilt
You can make a beautiful keepsake with this baby clothes memory quilt.
Babies grow out of clothes so quickly – it’s hard to pass them on! But with this quilt pattern, you don’t need to. Transform your baby’s outgrown onesies into a quilt they can use for a lifetime.
To make this quilt, gather your baby clothes (around 15-30 items) and pick your pattern of choice. While it may look complicated, this project can be completed over a weekend.
Learn how to make this sentimental memory quilt from Seam Whisperer here.
21. Fabric phone case
If you’re looking for a super simple sewing project to gift, try out this fabric phone case.
Gift one to phone-holders everywhere to keep their phone safe and easily grabbable from their bag!
Find instructions for this fabric phone case from Craftsy Hacks here,
22. Golf bag tag
We can’t leave Dad out with these easy sewing projects!
Kids can sew this DIY golf bag tag and gift it for Father’s Day or a birthday celebration; the hand-stitched details make for a special keepsake.
Get the steps for this golf bag tag from Vanah Lynn Designs here.
23. DIY crab plush
As a child, there are few things more precious than a new stuffed animal; you can up the ante with this handmade version!
This DIY crab softie is perfect for both beach and animal lovers; you can even make it out of upcycled beach towels or tee shirts.
Follow this easy pattern and gift it for a child’s birthday, Christmas, or baby shower (it would look right at home in a beach-themed nursery).
You can make your own DIY crab softie with instructions from Barley and Birch here.
24. Lavender Sachet
These handmade sachets are filled with essential oil-infused lavender buds for a small but impactful gift.
Recipients can stick these sachets in cupboards and drawers to give a pleasant aroma to their linens.
I think this gift is universal but would especially enjoy giving it on Mother’s Day.
Sew this classic lavender sachet from Harbour Breeze Home here.
25. Applique tote
This beginner sewing project is too cute!
You can whip up a custom applique tote for anyone and everyone on your gifting list; it’s quick and easy to sew and make your own.
I love the way fabric scraps are used to add a custom design; it’s equal parts kitschy and cool.
Make a personalized applique tote with steps from DIY Candy here.
26. DIY mail organizer
This DIY mail organizer is one of the most unique sewing projects on this list.
Both cute and functional, I love the idea of giving this to a student on their way to college, a colleague, or any of your “type A” friends.
This pattern includes various pockets to help keep your mail and other papers organized throughout your hectic schedule.
DIY this fun mail organizer from Craftsy Hacks here.
27. Wine bottle bag
Wine makes one of the best gifts! But while a bottle of vino is definitely a welcome offering, it isn’t exactly the most personal.
You can change that with this genius, homemade wine bottle bag!
Stick a bottle of your recipient’s favorite wine in this handmade creation for a personal touch to a tried-and-true gift.
I think this makes a wonderful housewarming gift, birthday gift, or Christmas gift; wine is in style year-round!
Sew a wine bottle bag from Mindy Makes with instructions here.
You Can Absolutely Sew Your Next Gift!
Homemade gifts are the best kind of gifts because they help you save money, are super sentimental, AND they give you an excuse to let your creativity take hold!
I hope you found the inspiration you need to create any of these easy sewing projects to gift to everyone on your list.
Whether it’s Christmas, birthdays, or just because, these sweet homemade gifts will fit the bill every time.
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