Need a quick gift idea? Here is a listing of free patterns for various types of gift items you can make yourself.
Bed Caddy [offsite link]
This link opens a .pdf document with instructions for making this bedside caddy with pockets.
Bottle Apron [offsite link]
Make a cute little apron for your dish soap or wine bottle.
Casserole Holder [offsite link]
Make a casserole holder to take to your next potluck. This also makes a great housewarming gift.
Computer Workstation Sewing Projects
It helps to stir up work place inspiration when there is a change in viewpoint. Change the workspace decor easily with fabrics that have a splash of seasonal colors, abstract designs or specific dedicated interests to soothe the mind to let the creative or routine process commence for the workday.
Craft Fair Projects to Sew
The beginnings of autumn bring many delightful craft fairs. Whether church, senior center, or high school supported, craft fairs offer an easy going shopping spree filled with creative homemade gifts, ingenious designs from easy to find local materials and textiles and plenty of seasonal home décor.
Easy to Sew Pocket Tissue Holder
This easy to sew tissue cover is a great way to keep your tissues safe and clean in your purse. These pocket tissue covers make great gifts. Make them up by the dozen for gifts and keep your gift box full!
Elegant Gift Bag [offsite link]
Classy little bag, perfect for any occasion. Use it to wrap wine, gourmet coffee, specialty salad dressings, or anything else you can think of!
Fabric Dresses Up Small Storage Containers
Ideal for seasonal decorating, functional and practical as a fabric scrap recycle undertaking, softly gather fabric and batting to pouf out and around a reusable storage container to provide a quick and easy cheery home decor or gift giving project.
Fabric House - Tutorial [offsite link]
A cute little fabric house.
Felt Aquarium Magnets [offsite link]
These aquatic themed magnets would make a quick and easy gift. From the Purl Bee.
Felted Wool Projects to Sew
Whether sewing by machine or by hand, felted wool is one of the easiest of fabrics to use for crafting as it does not fray or ravel and has enough body to mold or shape. For quick and easy last minute gift ideas consider making quick projects out of felted wool.
Five Minute Tissue Holder - Tutorial [offsite link]
Quick and easy directions for making a tissue holder.
French Press Cozy - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make a cozy to keep your french-pressed coffee warm.
Last Minute Gifts to Sew
In these hurried days of mass production, handcrafting holiday items from simple materials recaptures the joys that are part of an enduring craft heritage. Handcrafted holiday treasures to sew, share, and enjoy are gifts from the heart.
Lip Balm Cozy - Tutorial [offsite link]
Keep your lip balm handy with this cute holder.
Memory pillows to sew in honor of a loved one or to preserve memories from an enjoyable vacation, graduation, holiday times or family and friends gathering, can become charming keepsakes to hold and cherish. They are easy to sew, and can be especially comforting reminders of times past.
Mother´s Day Corsage - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make these lovely fabric flowers for an eternal corsage.
Patchwork Notebook Cover Tutorial [offsite link]
Make a pretty pieced notebook cover from fabric.
Purse Notebook with Fabric Cover Tutorial [offsite link]
Learn how to make a cover for notebooks of different sizes.
Quick Fleece Sewing Projects
Fleece fabric is truly an engineering marvel mostly made of a high-tech polyester, fleece yarns can be blended with other fibers and come in every conceivable color in solids, prints too numerous to mention, from low loft to high loft, lightweight, extremely durable, with a warm wool-like quality.
Quick Holiday Gifts to Sew or No-Sew
Nostalgia for simpler times can become the inspiration sewers may consider for making unique holiday gifts with homespun charm. Many are surprisingly easy to sew for gift giving using thrifty scrap fabrics to give as gifts of the heart.
Rolled Hem Handkerchiefs - Tutorial [offsite link]
Illustrated directions on how to sew a rolled hem by hand.
Scrappy Fabric Ideas from A to Z
Finding ways to use the inevitable scraps of leftover fabric is as much a joy as finally finishing the larger sewing projects from which scraps are born.
Therapy Sacks - Tutorial [offsite link]
Make a hot/cold pad to soothe your aches and pains.
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