Thoughtful Handmade Sewing Presents

Thoughtful Handmade Sewing Presents

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

Purl Soho Apple Picking Tote as a sewing present

Purl Soho Apple Picking Tote

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

Purl Soho Zippered Dopp Kit is a great sewing present for a man

Purl Soho Zippered Dopp Kit

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

Purl Soho Picnic Roll is a sewing present ideal in spring

Purl Soho Picnic Roll

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

Purl Soho Pom Pom Scarf is a very satisfying sewing present

Purl Soho Pom Pom Scarf

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

Purl Bee Lavender Sachets is a sewing present I made so many times

Purl Bee Lavender Sachets

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

Purl Soho Drawstring Shoe Bags is a great sewing present for travellers

Purl Soho Drawstring Shoe Bags

Handmade Sewing Presents: Fleeced Lined Shoe Bags by Sew4Home

Sew4Home Fleece Lined Shoe Bags is a sewing present I made in different colours

Sew4Home Fleece Lined Shoe Bags

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

Purl Soho Linen Cross Back Apron is a useful sewing present for crafters and artists

Purl Soho Linen Cross Back Apron

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!

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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.

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Having pretty much taught myself to sew, I have tried and tested many easy projects for sewing presents. This is a list of my favourites!
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  1. Tori

    April 9, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Oooh, there are a few things here I want to do! The apple bag and lavender sachets! Great ideas, thanks for sharing!

    1. Delphine

      April 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

      Thanks Tori, the Purl Bee is my favourite sewing blog, I get a lot of ideas from there!

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