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50 Ideas for Handmade Holiday Gifts

You don’t have to make things for people over the holidays, but if you want to, bookmark this list.

Posted in: Seamwork Radio Podcast • December 6, 2023 • Episode 170

If you’re going to sew gifts over the holidays, here is a comprehensive list of more than 50 project ideas.

This week, Sarai and Haley share their favorite things to make, and tips for making your handmade gifts feel extra special.

Below are the show notes for this podcast episode and a brief summary of what's covered, followed by a full transcript.

50 Ideas for Handmade Gifts

We asked the Seamwork Community for your best ideas for handmade gifts, and you delivered. There were so many ideas that we divided them into categories.

Ideas for the Kitchen


  • Sew aprons in cute fabric. Match it to the person’s kitchen or include sentimental fabric.

  • Upcycle an old button-up into an apron.

  • Paperless towels. Just serge the ends of water-absorbent fabric and gift them in a pack.

  • Bowl koozies or bowl covers.

  • Water bottle holder.

  • Tea towels. Make them extra special with custom fabric from Spoonflower, or add embroidery.

  • Napkins or coasters. Make them look fancy with mitered corners.

  • Beeswax wraps and reusable bread bags.

Holiday-themed gifts


  • Felt ornaments adorned with beads or sequins.

  • Christmas stockings.

  • No-sew Christmas ball ornaments.

  • Paper mache ornaments.

  • Over-the-top holiday sweaters (be sure to bejewel them).

Accessories

Bags, Bags, Bags


  • A basic tote, like this one here.

  • A not-so-basic tote. Make it reversible, use patchwork fabric, add a zipper, pockets, or use webbing for handles. The hacks are endless.

  • Zipper pouches—also a good place to add embroidery.

  • A laptop case, like this one here.

  • A passport case.

  • Earbuds case (and the last three would make a great combo gift!)

  • A belt bag, like this one here.

Gifts for the Home


  • Custom pillows. Bonus points if it’s faux fur.

  • Sachets. Fill them with cedar if you’re gifting something with wool.

  • A pincushion. Velvet would look lovely.

  • Decorative embroidery in a hoop.

  • Fabric baskets.

  • Rope bowls (see our tutorial here).

Clothes as Gifts

Sewing clothing for other people can be a little controversial. You might have to guess at their size, so it’s best to stick with projects that are easy to fit or adjustable.


  • Sew a robe. If you want a day robe that also functions as a jacket, check out the Quince pattern.

  • Pajamas are always a classic.

  • A fleece pullover, like Amari.

Gifts for Kids


  • Stuffed animals. Look on Etsy for cute patterns.

  • Clothes for stuffed animals.

  • Doll clothes.

  • Quilts with matching plushies.

Charitable Gifts


  • Stockings for local hospital patients.

  • Feral cat trap covers.

  • Animal beds.

  • Baby quilts.

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