Handmade Gift Ideas for Quilters and Friends Who Sew

As quilters yourselves, you already know that it’s a lot of fun to make a sweet little gift for other friends who sew. Now is a great time to get a head start on Christmas gifts for friends who quilt! For a while now, I’ve been gathering and updating a variety of handmade gift ideas ranging from large and elaborate for that special someone, to quick and simple projects that you can mass produce all at once for a group of stitch-loving friends.

This list is geared specifically toward other people who love to sew, but I have another list of Handmade Gift Ideas for anyone here.

Pin Cushion Tutorials

One of my favorite personal gifts to make OR receive is a sweet, custom handmade pin cushion. Here are 14 of my favorite tutorials or patterns for unique pin cushions:

Pin Cushion tutorials - perfect gifts for friends who sew

Sewing Machine Cover tutorials - perfect for a gift idea for quilters

Sewing Machine Cover (or Mat) Tutorials:

Sewing Machine covers or sewing mat’s (especially ones with pockets for storage and organization) are a great gift that’s both useful and a fun way to make a sewing room look pretty. Here’s a few different ideas ranging from basic patchwork to much more elaborate (clockwise from top):






Thread Catcher, pincushion and sewing organizer tutorials for friends who sew

Thread catchers and organizer tutorials

Thread catchers are always so handy for keeping things neat and tidy around your sewing machine. They’re perfect for catching trimmed threads or leftover fabric scraps. Here are a few tutorials and patterns (starting at the top and going clockwise):

Handmade Needle Book tutorials - perfect gift for a friend who sews

Needle books

Needle books are adorable and so fun to personalize with fussy-cut prints. Here are a few super-sweet tutorials:









Other practical Handmade Gifts for friends who Sew

Liberty of London + Spool Key Fob tutorial

These Spool Key Fobs (or key ring) would be easy to mass-produce for friends who love fabric and sewing.

Magnetic pin bowls are so handy to have in the sewing room.  You can buy ready-made  magnetic pinbowls here or other custom pin bowl designs on Etsy (so many cute options!)

Or here’s a tutorial to Make Your Own Magnetic Pinbowl using any sweet little bowl you have on hand. A cute vintage tea-cup or Asian rice bowl would work great. I even found some cute mini bowls designed by the Pioneer Woman for a great price in the dishes aisle at Walmart.

Numbered Marking Pins tutorial - make your own - gift ideas for quilters

One of my favorite ever quilting-related gifts was a set of numbered marking pins. I use mine ALL the time for marking rows and keeping in order rows that need to be sewn together. Mine were made by Nancy and she has a tutorial for making these quilt row markers here. If time is not on your side, you can also buy a set of Marilee’s Numbered Pins.

Another useful gift for a quilting friend are these super handy mini design boards. My friend Emily made me some and I’ve LOVED them – I use them all of the time.  They’re perfect of laying out quilt blocks, auditioning fabric, or just keeping your pieces in place until you’re ready to sew.

Lori Holt has a tutorial to make your own Design Board (mine don’t have the decorative border, which is fine with me) or this video tutorial if you like the extra visuals. You can also buy Lori’s Design Boards ready made here in multiple sizes.

Another idea is to make (or buy) a full design wall. I LOVE and use my design wall every day. It has grommets and hangs next to my sewing table, but is easy to take down when needed. I have the Fons and Porter Design Wall which you can find at Joann’s or Amazon.

You could also make one yourself! Suzy Quilts has a list of great ideas for making your own Design Wall.

Handmade Gift Ideas for quilters and friends who sew

So there’s a whole bunch of gift ideas to make for friends who sew – lots to get your creative juices flowing. Handmade gifts are some of the sweetest I’ve received – and a sentimental reminder of a quilty-friendship too. ❤ Other makers always value the sentiment of a handmade gift. And remember, they don’t need to be perfect. 

Ideas for last minute Handmade gifts to sew for friends and family

Click here you’re looking for more generalized last minute Handmade Gift ideas for friends, family, teachers, neighbors, etc for lots projects to make ahead for Christmas.

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  • Reply
    Erica Fleisig
    November 7, 2021 at 7:32 am

    Hi! I had success making numbered/lettered pins by using rubber earring backings to secure the number/letter bead on the pin instead of glue/smaller beads. Works like a charm! I posted these to my Instagram @efleisig, in a cute needle book.

    • Reply
      November 7, 2021 at 9:33 pm

      That is genius! What a great idea.

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    The Joyful Quilter
    November 7, 2021 at 10:41 am

    What a great gift round-up, Amy! Thanks for putting this together for us.

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