Handmade gifts really come from the heart. If you’re looking for easy sewing gift ideas & projects, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve featured 100 popular, free, and easy sewing gift ideas and project tutorials below on Make It & Love It. For even more inspiration, enter your email address below to get more ideas through our newsletter.
Chunky crocheted blankets can be expensive because they use an incredible amount of yarn. This version, however, is perfect for a beginner because it uses affordable chunky yarn, a big hook and a sewing needle. It's so cozy too!
Fabric flowers can be used as decorating pieces on clothing, for hair bows or anything else you might like! With so many options in one spot, you'll be sure to find one you can recreate, no matter what sewing skills you have.
Sure, you can buy fabric storage bins at any big box store. But that means you're limited to what the have to offer in the store. Instead, use your sewing machine to create these storage boxes - the sewing pattern is so simple to follow!
These super simple bow hair clips use ribbon and a strip of non-slip shelf liner to help them stay in a little girl's hair, even if she doesn't have much of it! They just use ribbon, hair clips and a little hot glue - no hand sewing or seam ripper required.
Babies look so cute in little hats and they help keep them warm when they can't quite regulate their temperature. These knit hats with a top knot will pull double duty and there's a pattern template included!
Forget about tangled cords from your cell phone charger! This cell phone holder is made out of an old lotion bottle and covered in cute fabric. It fits any size cell phone and easily keeps cords out of the way.
A fabric tent is so trendy and so much fun for kids! This collapsible one makes it easy to set up and take down and because the fabric is removeable, you can even change up the style whenever you want.
Those plastic fishing toys you can buy at any toy store are so cute -- that is until the plastic breaks and you have to throw the entire toy away. Instead, use this DIY wooden fishing pole and magnetic fabric fish for a toy that will last a long, long time.
This simple drawstring bucket bag is perfect for little kids, but it's so versatile, adults will want one too! It can be worn three different ways, as a cross body bag, a backpack or over one shoulder.
This DIY tissue box holder ensures you always have a box of tissues readily accessible in your car. It's especially useful if you have kids or suffer from seasonal allergies and takes just 10 minutes to make!
These cute fabric pencil cases are perfect for back to school time. They're more portable than the plastic pencil boxes found at the big box stores and because they're made by you, there's no question who's pencil case is your little one's.
A travel diaper and wipes case is perfect to keep in the car in case of ermergencies, but it's also great to carry a into a store for those just in case moments when you don't want to bring in an entire diaper bag.
Paper dolls are so much fun to play with, but they can also be a short term toy. After a few play sessions, the paper is sure to rip and then you have to throw the entire set away, which is no fun for your budget. This magnetic paper doll is a lot sturdier than the original and easily contained when you make a fabric cover for storage.
Butterflies are sweet. Little girls' hair bows are sweet and you get the more darling butterfly hair bow when you combine them. These bows are so fun to make, you'll want to make one to match every outfit.
When you have a new baby, you know your older kids want to be just like mom and dad. This means carrying around a diaper bag! With bottle pockets and clothing storage inside, your little one will love it!
Bow ties upgrade any little boy's outfit, but it doesn't have to be a special occasion to wear a fancy litlle bow tie and suspenders. This uses interchangable bow ties with snaps so it's easy to change up the look.
Twirling in a tutu is every little girl's favorite activity, but don't spend the money on a store bought tutu. They're so easy to make and don't even require any basic sewing skills or a sewing machine.
Plenty of little girls love carrying around a purse just like their moms. This version has a button closure, which means that you don't need to worry about her treasures falling out when she carries it around.
Your phone sometimes needs a relaxing place to sit! If you need a place to prop up your phone while reading a recipe or watching a show, make this cute lawn chair holder with some fabric and popsicle sticks.
A pixie bonnet is a girly alternative to a regular stocking cap. It will help keep her warm and cozy, no matter what the weather's like and because there's a ribbon tie, it won't blow off in blustery weather.
Toddlers and babies love to throw their sippy cups, but when you're on the go, that can mean you have to top and find a place to clean it before you can return to your kiddo. This sippy cup leash sewing proect is new and improved.
Character slippers are cute, but it's not uncommon for them to get a hole or two after just a couple wears. These DIY mouse slippers are adorable and because they're made by you, they'll last a long time.
Stamped clay jewelry makes a great Mother's Day or classroom project. It's incredibly affordable for a group project and safe for all ages since you don't need sharp tools like a seam ripper or sewing needle.
These DIY reversible wrap belts add the finishing touch to any outfit. You'll be able to use your sewing basics and a few sewing skills to create these one-of-a-kind belts with just a little bit of practice and patience.
This stroller bag doubles as a messenger bag when you're ready to put the stroller away. The ingenious strap system is easy to do with your sewing machine. Because you make it yourself, you'll be able to adjust the strap length to fit whatever you need.
A laminated apron uses special laminated fabric which makes it a great painting cover-up. It's a great sewing project if you have artsy kids because you can simply wipe the apron down whenever it's dirty!
This mail organizer will help even the busiest family stay organized! It's attached to a heavy duty canvas frame and embroidered with a special sewing machine and makes a great housewarming gift for new homeowners.
These tooth fairy hanging pouches are brilliant because they have a long loop on them so they can be hung from a bed post or a door knob. No more fishing around under a pillow for a tooth and worrying about walking up your kiddo! Use a bit of felt, a little elastic cord, a button and fabric scraps to whip this up. The sewing pattern is here, or you can create your own.
Travelling with jewelry can be a pain! It's super easy to tangle necklaces while travelling, but this fabric DIY travel jewelry clutch will keep everything in one place. You'll love making this during your sewing journey - don't forget to make extras for friends too!
Store bought baby towels look cute, but they're so thin that there's not much coziness to them! Instead, whip up these bear hooded towels that uses a real towel and a coordinating hand towel. This tutorial uses the whip stitch, so it's a great way to practice a little hand sewing.
Fill up a mason jar with some candy, add a cute fabric hat and then a felt nose, plus button eyes and mouth for the fastest neighbor gift. You can leave the edges of the fabric unhemmed so there's no sewing required.
These napkin rings use a sturdy cardboard tube and a DIY'd plaster of paris trinket that you make yourself as an embellishment. Add a set of napkins that you hemmed with your sewing machine and you have a perfect hostess gift.
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!