When I make something for someone, it always has a special meaning. It’s the high road, it takes time and effort. I go for quality products and I give a lot of thought about how they’re going to be used. Even if I choose very simple things to make, they become unique and people really appreciate them. Aside from the baby gifts and the kitchen linens, I am building a repertoire of handmade sewing presents. They have surprised people and I have learned a lot by making them.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Apple Picking Tote by Purl Soho
I really enjoyed making this tote, my first time using the bias maker. The woven linen recommended is lovely but you could use a heavier fabric. This bag is very solid and could be used instead of the supermarket shopping bags, making it a very useful and durable sewing present.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Zippered Dopp Kit by Purl Soho
I haven’t bought a toiletries bag for years, I’m so used to getting them for free with cosmetics on special… I gathered quite a few of those over the years but of course my husband won’t use them, the colours are too bright… So I made this for him and I am pleased to report it is still in use. It’s a good training ground for fitting a zipper. I also recommend using heavy interfacing so the fabric doesn’t flop. If you use masculine colours and fabrics, it’s a great sewing present for a man.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Picnic Roll by Purl Soho
What else could work better for the Australian outdoor lifestyle than this? Writing this, I’m thinking I need to make one for myself. It will be better than using some old sarong… I might use a dark fabric for the backing so grass stains are not so visible, or a vinyl, so it’s easy to clean.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Pom Pom Scarf by Purl Soho
This project has a special meaning for me, I made one for my mother, in blue gingham and yellow pom poms… Working with the pom poms is quite detailed, it takes time and I don’t think I succeeded completely. So, I need to make this again as a sewing present.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Lavender Sachets by Purl Soho
I didn’t go for the chintz on these ones but I made lots as sewing presents for all sorts of people. I chose vintage gingham in green, purple, blue and pink. A couple of years ago, I stayed at a friend’s house while my bathroom was being renovated. I left those in all her drawers, she was thrilled! This project requires a little bit of hand stitching, great skill to practice!
Handmade Sewing Presents: Drawstring Shoe Bags by Purl Soho
Handmade Sewing Presents: Fleeced Lined Shoe Bags by Sew4Home
These are SO handy, I have made both, for gifts and for myself. I use them for my shoes or underwear when I travel, it’s so much neater when you pack. My very first sewing project was a drawstring bag, I was so excited! The Purl Soho project is the easiest. The lined shoe bag by Sew4Home is a little more difficult but putting in the eyelets makes it a really cool project.
Handmade Sewing Presents: Cross Back Apron by Purl Soho
I love Purl Soho’s aprons and I have made various ones, so I was very excited about this one. My husband does ceramics as a hobby and always came home covered in clay. Since we go out for dinner after his pottery and my sewing class, I thought he needed an apron. But, of course, my many coloured iterations of the Purl Soho’s Simple Linen Apron were too girly. I had to find something very sober, dark. I used a black calico, I wasn’t sure how it was going to turn out and I knew the apron was going to get very dirty. It’s not an easy project but a great opportunity to understand and practice French seams. I’ll do it again, for me, using the most luxurious linen!
Check out my list of favourite handmade projects:
- Little Girls Sewing Projects
- My Favourite Handmade Kitchen Sewing Projects
- 3 Essential Handmade Newborn Baby Gifts
- How to Decorate with Bunting
- Handmade Comfy Home Essentials
- My Favourite Handmade Children’s Sewing Projects
- My Favourite Purl Soho Handmade Baby Gifts
So here is my list of handmade sewing presents, do you have any suggestions of what I might add? Please share your thoughts in the comments below.