The best gifts are always the ones that someone has lovingly made for us. Practical gifts make particularly great gifts that people will appreciate and if you can make them on the cheap, even better!
If you're able to sew, even at a beginner sewing level, then you can sew these adorable and fabulous items. No need to hunt through the internet for great ideas, we've found these 17 cute DIY gifts to sew for less than $15. Use these patterns to treat your family and friends to lovely homemade gifts.
Lined Drawstring Ballet Bag
This lined drawstring bag sewing pattern is super easy and quick to make. And the applique comes with a free template!
Cat Face Pillow
Here’s a sweet kitty pillow perfect for any nursery or kids room. Change the color combo to whatever you need for your space, or you could also do a fringe trim around the head to make him into more of a lion.
Via A Beautiful Mess
Applique Alpaca Pattern
Who doesn’t love alpacas? The applique is very simple, and the embroidery isn’t particularly difficult either – can be completed in one evening.
Via Bustle and Sew
Absorbent Homemade Bib Sewing Pattern
These handmade bibs are extra absorbent because the fronts are jersey knit, the middle is microfiber terry cloth, and the backs are cotton. The jersey is quick to absorb. The thick terry cloth soaks up extra amounts of liquid. The cotton on the back keeps the baby’s shirt dry (for a small time.)
4 Free Pincushion Sewing Tutorials
Pincushions are the best; they sew up pretty quickly, they are useful, they make great gifts, and almost always use up scraps.
Via Swoodson Says
DIY Sleep Mask Sewing Pattern
During the weekend you want to kick back, relax and have a lie in after a long week at work. Create this stylish sleep mask and never been woken by the morning sun again.
Via Sew and So
Sew a Simple Potholder for Your Kitchen
For something that is going to get dirty and needs to be washed regularly, you need to stick with easy construction and durable fabrics for a potholder sewing pattern – just like in this tutorial.
Baby Hat Sewing Pattern
This cute little baby cap is made out of soft knit fabric and comes with a fitted top and a cuff that can be rolled up for more cuteness!
Via Coral & Co
I Heart Coffee Cozy Tutorial
This fun sewing tutorial will help you warm up a friend’s or your own heart this Valentine’s day or any other day of the year. The coffee cup printable will make this gift extra sweet!
Via Simply Notable
Boppy Nursing Pillow Cover
As you may know, nursing pillows take their fair share of abuse and need to be laundered often. This boppy nursing pillow cover sewing pattern is perfect for the quick on, quick off laundry routine.
Pretty Fabric Envelopes
Pretty Fabric Envelopes are perfect to hold gift cards or money – perfect packaging for those on your list who are hard to buy for! Made from sweet fat quarters of fabric, they feature fabric stamps, address labels, and embroidered details. They are easily constructed in under an hour and a fun way to use some fabric “scraps”.
30-Minute Drawstring Fabric Backpack Sewing Pattern
If you’re looking for a simple sewing project to do with your kids, here’s a drawstring backpack you can make in 30 minutes or less.
Via Hello Wonderful
Make It Bias Bracelets
Here are three ways to use bias to sew some cute, summer holiday friendly accessories.
Bunny Egg Cosy Sewing Tutorial
These Bunny Egg Cosies are made from lovely 100% merino wool felt. They make cute little Easter gifts or table decorations and would be a fun project for a beginner sewer or older child.
School DIY Box Pencil Case
At this time of year, making a pencil case or two for the kids to have in their school bags is always a good idea. They’ll appreciate a handmade pencil box that’s customized just for them.
Via Gathered Threads
Kitty Rice Heat Pack DIY
Why make a regular rice heat pack when it can be a kitty, right? It’s much cuter to have around the house and will make you smile to look at too.
Via A Beautiful Mess
Zakka Fabric Bookmark
Here is a step by step tutorial that gives you the instructions to make these adorable scrappy bookmarks.
Key Ring Chapstick Holder
This chapstick holder project is a quick and easy sewing project – simple lines, and inexpensive materials. Plus the finished chapstick holder is perfect for giving away!
Via Consumer Crafts
Simple Quilted Coaster Tutorial
This easy sewing tutorial is a great way to start understanding terminology and the major parts of a quilt and it makes a useful gift.
Which one of these projects is first on your list to sew?