Last minute handmade gifts

Looking for some fun and fast last-minute Handmade gift ideas? Here’s a list of projects to sew for lots of people on your list including mom, neighbors, teachers, kids, friends, etc. List new and updated for 2019.


This week I shared a guest post on I Heart Naptime for these fun and fast, felt and flannel pocket handwarmers tutorial. They’re a great last-minute gift you can make in bulk and keep by the door as a little gift to someone who needs both hands and heart warmed.


As we’re staring down the barrel of the last days before Christmas, I’ve rounded up a bunch of ideas and tutorials for last-minute handmade gifts. All of these come together quickly and use up something you might already have on hand (i.e. fabric 😉 ) to save you that additional trip out in the cold.


Every year I try to get organized ahead of time and enjoy the peace and magic of the season, so that I’m not rushing around like a crazy person. Some years I’m more successful than others.  This year I’ve got Christmas cards spread out on the family room floor – hopefully I’ll get those out today. I’ve also crossed “binge-eating half a batch of chocolate cookies”, “sick kid on the couch”, and “crying at Costco” off my to-do list, so I’m counting that as good progress! haha.

Here are 30 quick ideas for last-minute handmade gift ideas.

(Or pin this post for next year. 😉 )


Fabric-covered notebook tutorial variations here and here


Kitchen gift set – pot holder and dishtowel from Crazy Mom Quilts


Simple Sturdy Tote Bag Tutorial


Easy Fleece Blanket


Reversible Winter Scarf


Easy Modern Messenger Bag


Pillowcase Tutorial


Ouch Pouch – handmade pouch with first aid supplies

Here are three options for adorable Handmade Quilted Coaster tutorials: Strawberries, Leaf, or traditional Quilt Blocks


Fast and Easy Table Runner


Mini zipper pouch with ring

How to make your own custom fabric covered magnets. Perfect for fussy cuts.

Fabric-covered buttons for magnets, pins, paper clips, etc.


velcro wallet


One-hour fabric basket


Fabric Trays


Fabric Key Chain on cotton webbing.


Another fabric keychain version here made from fabric


There are abundant tutorials for cute zipper pouches. This pencil pouch is found here. This post has a great round-up of 20 more zipper pouches in various styles and designs for your inspiration.


Here’s a great version using Oilcloth: Oilcloth Zipper Pouch


Laptop Bag


Laptop Sleeve


Half Apron tutorial from Delia Creates


Easy Women’s Full Apron 


Kids’ Aprons from Aesthetic Nest


Rice heating bag/bed warmer

And that brings us full-circle! There’s a bunch of ideas to get you started. If you’re looking for other ideas, check out this Handmade Gifts Pinterest Board.

Good luck with all of the final Christmas prep!


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  • Reply
    December 20, 2016 at 6:59 am

    My Christmas list looks a bit like yours although the last few years mine has included, “Will it really be missed? Then, I’m saving my sanity and not worrying about it.” That was said at the Costco parking lot yesterday. Hope you and your family have a joyous Christmas with nothing missed, including your sanity.

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      Amy Smart
      December 20, 2016 at 11:53 am

      Thanks for the good reminder. So true! I feel like I’m doing a lot of that this year. All the important stuff will happen. The rest isn’t important. 😉

  • Reply
    December 20, 2016 at 7:21 am

    Lots of great ideas – thanks for sharing!

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    December 20, 2016 at 8:04 am

    Sick kid on the couch – check. Luckily, he seems to be better today and it’s not the dreaded stomach bug that’s going around. Hang in there. Don’t forget to breathe.

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      Amy Smart
      December 20, 2016 at 11:50 am

      oh boy – you too! (*Please no stomach bugs!*)

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    Carol Poelman
    December 20, 2016 at 8:58 am

    ha. You made me smile — crossing off “Binge eating..” “sick kid…” and “crying at Costco.” 🙂 I’ve been there before. I hope you also cross off “Read a good book” and “Take a nap”. Thanks for the ideas. I used the foot warmer tutorial for my sisters this year — they always have cold feet at night. I hope they find them useful. And I made a few “hand warmers” for the kids to warm up after playing in the snow – but I like the name pocket warmers better, I hadn’t ever thought of putting them in pockets. Thanks and Merry Christmas.

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      Amy Smart
      December 20, 2016 at 11:49 am

      Hah – yes! Looking forward to books and naps! Another reason the week AFTER Christmas is one of my favorites of the year. I think that’s when I enjoy the season the most. 😉

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    Carol Gillen
    December 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Can’t wait to make that scarf! Merry Christmas, Amy.

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      Amy Smart
      December 20, 2016 at 11:48 am

      Thanks Carol! Merry Christmas to you too!

  • Reply
    December 20, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Your post made me laugh! Thanks for those last minute ideas…love those!
    Merry Christmas!

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    December 20, 2016 at 3:58 pm

    Crying at Costco! Oh no! I’ve done it, too — I actually walked through with my sunglasses on (I know, real slick, huh?). My four year old son’a been on a real winning streak this week: he has cut open all the amazon packages and told his siblings what they’re getting for Christmas, destroyed the blinds, gave himself a haircut/bald spot, and peed on his sister (!!). All I know is, I better get some sewing time this afternoon or it’ll be Ugly! 🙂

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    Jacqueline in Pitt Meadows, BC Canada
    December 22, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Hiya Amy!

    I love this round up!

    I’m sorry to bother you during this busy, busy week, but I wanted to know where you got your quad-ruled composition book that you made the aqua pearl bracelets cover for(your photo above)?
    Quilty Huggs!

    • Reply
      Amy Smart
      December 23, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      My friend gave that to me – I’m not sure where it came from, but I’ll ask! Sorry I can’t help sooner!

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    December 16, 2017 at 8:13 pm

    Thank you for all the ideas! have a very very happy holiday with your family!

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