Do you remember a time when you unwrapped a gift and a warm fuzzy feeling spread through your heart and filled you with joy?
Have you ever opened up a gift that was perfect AND handmade by a friend or family member?
I bet that warm fuzzy feeling spread throughout your entire body and maybe even brought a tear to your eye.
There is nothing like receiving a gift that was made especially for you.
When an occasion comes up where you want to give a gift, your sewing abilities provide the perfect opportunity for you to make a personalized gift that will bring someone that unforgettable warm fuzzy feeling.
A little more than a year ago, I rediscovered how much fun it is to sew. Sewing became a way for me to practice self-care and be creative at the same time.
As a result, when I started thinking about Christmas gifts, I knew I wanted to sew gifts for my family.
Christmas 2019 has come and gone, but the gifts I made were a big hit with everyone and will be enjoyed for years.
The 9 different types of gifts I made aren’t just for Christmas but can be given for any occasion and are appropriate for most ages.
Most are simple to make and require only basic sewing skills.
NOTE: One reason these gifts were such a hit with my family members and friends was that the fabric I selected had a personal connection with each person. Using themed fabric is an easy way to personalize gifts. I had a lot of luck this year finding unique fabric at Spoonflower.com.
All the kids got super simple pillowcases for Christmas from the 5-year-old to the 26-year-old.
It was the fabric selection that made the pillowcases extra special for me and them. (In addition to the fabrics seen above, there was sushi, outdoor biking and hiking, and fabric from a quilt made by Grandma.)
After all, who wouldn’t want a pillowcase that displays something they love or enjoy?
I don’t know what it is about pennant banners but I love making them and giving them as gifts!
Maybe it’s because they are like a celebration on a string and can hang from almost anywhere for any occasion.
Sports themed pennant banners have been my most popular gift to give this year and not just for Christmas.
This is another gift that doesn’t take long to make and everyone who has gotten one, has loved it!
A pillow doesn’t sound like a very exciting gift but what it’s made from makes it extra special.
My sister loves Walter, the little dog she and my niece have.
Searching for fabric in Spoonflower, I found this fun piece:
Unfortunately, I ran out of time and didn’t get the pillow made by Christmas. However, I wrapped the fabric up in a box so my sister had a gift from me to open.
Updated: January 20, 2020 – My sister finally got her Christmas gift!
Walter loves the pillows, too!
When I found out my youngest niece was interested in hair accessories, scrunchies were the first thing that came to mind.
Scrunchies are super easy to sew and don’t take long to make.
For that person in your life who wears a ponytail, scrunchies may be just what they need!
This was one of my favorite gifts to give because it provides a connection between generations.
You may have to work covertly to get the handwritten recipes, but any subterfuge is well worth the effort.
At the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year, I made lanyards for my work badge. The fabric for each lanyard represented something connected to that month.
When I made the decision to retire mid-year in December 2019, one of my teacher friends asked me what I was going to do with my lanyards.
The day before winter break, I gifted her will all the lanyards. She was thrilled and immediately put on the December one.
Lanyards make a great gift for anyone who has to wear a badge for work or school.
My husband asked me to make him a bag for his safety goggles that could be hung off his saw so he could find them when he needed them. This was back in August.
He forgot he had asked me to make them and was super excited when he opened his gift on Christmas and saw not one but three different bags (one for each of his saws).
Drawstring bags are easy to make and can be used as gift bags for any gift or occasion.
Two of my nieces are 18 and 20 years old. They wanted money.
Both of them did receive a pillowcase, but I wanted to give them a little cash, too. Instead of putting the cash in an envelope or card, I found a pattern for Zip Ornaments.
There are three sizes of ornaments. I made both girls the medium size pouch and put a swivel D-hook at the top so they could attach it to their backpack, purse, or keys.
The zip ornaments can be used to hold not just money, but driver’s license, lip gloss, headphones, and other small items.
Like the drawstring bag, the zip ornaments can serve as the gift bag, too.
9. Welder’s Cap
The welder’s cap was a request from my brother. He wanted something to keep his head warm during the cold Massachusetts winter.
After a brief search, I found a free pattern and tutorial on Instructables. It was necessary to create a login in order to get access to the free pattern.
My plan was to make him three welder’s caps in themed fabric, but I wasn’t 100% sure about the size. I made a practice cap and sent that to my brother. ( I live in Texas.)
The practice welder’s cap is what you see in the pictures above. It fits a little snug so I will make the next size up when I use the themed fabric.
The welder’s cap was the most difficult to sew out of all the gifts. There are multiple seams as well as a lining that must be sewn together.
Update: April 10, 2020
The sewing process was easier on the second cap which was made from themed fabric. The fit was perfect.
The third welder’s cap was the fastest because I figured out I could do some chain sewing.
The fabric was from a flannel shirt of my dad’s (he passed away Dec. 2013) and is my favorite. (I wanted to keep it for myself.)
9 Handmade Gifts for Most Ages and Occasions
When you’re searching for easy-to-sew gifts, look no further. Any of the following gift ideas are appropriate for most ages and occasions.
- Pennant Banner
- Round Pillow and Square Pillow
- Recipe Kitchen Towels
- Drawstring Bags
- Zip Ornaments
- Welder’s Cap
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