Looking for some fun ideas for fast last-minute Handmade gift ideas? Here’s a list of handmade projects to sew for lots of people on your list including mom, neighbors, teachers, kids, friends, etc. List new and updated for 2022.
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 or standing in line somewhere. You’re welcome. 😉
Here are 30 quick ideas for last-minute handmade gift ideas.
(Or pin this post for next year. 😉 )
Quick and Easy Handmade gifts for personal use:
This fun and fast, felt and flannel pocket handwarmers tutorial is perfect for a 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.
Fabric-covered notebook tutorial from Crazy Little Projects
Fabric Bookmark Tutorial from Quilter’s Candy
Another cute bookmark variation from Ameroonie Designs – and perfect for using up your scraps.
Also from Amy at Ameroonie Designs this fabric lanyard, chapstick holder, and mini wallet combination is SO cute. You could make any combination. You can also find a video tutorial to walk you through the mini wallet construction.
Another option is also a wrist strap version found here.
See a whole list of similar projects from Amy Chappell that you could make in a weekend.
Ouch Pouch – handmade pouch with first aid supplies
Fabric Key Chain on cotton webbing.
Another fabric keychain version here made from fabric
What about Handmade Quilted Slippers? Tutorial from Kymona Tracey at Suzy Quilts
Or this fleece blanket variation with added trim options to make them a little fancier from It’s Always Autumn
Hair “Scruchies” are also a popular item this year. Here’s how to make your own scrunchie.
Last-minute Handmade Gifts to sew for the Home
The Scandi Throw Pillow tutorial is a quick project with a modern look.
Pillowcases are always a useful gift and a fun thing to personalize. I made a bunch of these a few years ago for nieces and nephews. I also love the “burrito” pillow case method. Tutorial available HERE from the Seasoned Homemaker. This method is so slick and gives the cuff a nice, clean finish.
If you’re using fabric with a directional print, then I recommend this version of the Burrito Pillowcase method for directional fabric.
Fast and Easy Table Runner
Fabric-covered buttons for magnets, pins, paper clips, etc.
One-hour fabric basket pattern from Kelby Sews
Fabric Trays tutorial from Noodlehead
Handmade Gifts to Sew for the Kitchen
Kitchen gift set – pot holder and dishtowel from Crazy Mom Quilts
These round, quilted pot holders from the Polkadot Chair are so cute – and come with printable gift tag options!
Here’s another charming variation on hot pads: how cute are these woven hot pads with cross-stitch embellishment from Stitched Modern ? I can think of so many simple variations on this idea. Plus, a great project for teaching new stitchers.
Half Apron tutorial from Delia Creates
Kids Apron patterns and tutorials here:
Embellished Child’s Apron tutorial from the Polkadot Chair
Simple child’s apron video tutorial from My Sew Bliss
Kid’s Apron from a Fat Quarter from Somewhat Simple
Make a simple Kids Apron from a Dishtowel from Live Free Creative
Handmade Pouch and Bag Tutorials
These simple Fat Quarter Bags whip up really quickly.
Mini zipper pouch with ring
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
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!
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.