This year give gifts that your friends and family will love these Handmade Gift Tutorials are all quick and easy and perfect for meaningful presents.
Since I know so many of us will be making handmade gifts over the next few months here are 25 of my favorite Handmade Gift Tutorials to help spark your creativity when thinking of gifts.
Each of these ideas are super easy, quick and the supplies to make them are inexpensive. There are also a lot that can be made from scraps and other things you might already have in your stash!
- 10 Minute Infinity Scarf
- Easy Glass Tile Pendants
- 15 Minute Pillowcase Tutorial
- Smart Phone/Tablet Gloves
- Mason Jar Pin Cushion
- 5 Minute Hot Packs
- Upcycled Picture Frame
- Gathered Clutch Tutorial
- Button Hair Clips
- Fabric Rosette Necklace
- Kid Aprons with free pattern
- Personalized Cars
- Name Pencil Bag
- Mirror Necklace
- Purse Hanger
- Photo Bookmarks
- Double Fingerprint Pendant
- Simple Drawstring Tote
- Velvet Bow Hair Clip
- Super Hero Cape and Mask Tutorials
- Scrappy Fabric Headband
- iPhone Travel Case
- 10 Minute Cowl
- Gift Card Holder
- Coupon Case
So there are a bunch of great handmade gift ideas to get your wheels spinning.
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Kelly Jo says
Love these tutorials! Thank you! I knitted my sister in law a beautiful scarf one year – out of hand dyed yarn! Loved it!
Amber Arnold says
I would have to say that it is the christmas quilts I am making for my girls this year. They are just lap quilts, but I am excited to finish my first quilts ever.
jane d says
I once made my father=in-law a shirt which he wore so much that the cuffs frayed.
Sonya Burton says
The best handmade thing I’ve ever made was a photo collage flower pot for my mil. She loved it
The favorite thing that someone made that was a gift to me is a jewelry box.
Bradlee Jennings says
These are awesome!!!!!!!
I made my mom a crochet hooded scarf.
My favorite gift I’ve made is a ladybug purse for my daughter. Months after giving it to her, she still takes it out everywhere we go and she continues to get lots of compliments on it, too.
Becky Hightower says
I made my daughter a flannel quilt from leftover fabric that she had used to make gifts for her friends when she was about 11-12 years old. She loved it!
I made everyone infinity scarves last year!! My best handmade gift is a rice pack!
I made my mom a photo quilt for Christmas one year. She loves it so much and burst into tears when she saw it. I have a few more family members to add but I love that she will continue to enjoy it for years to come!
I made my first nephew his first quilt
Gina Carr says
My mother in law crocheted dish cloths with praying hands
Sarah Jane says
I received a beautiful hand-crocheted baby blanket from my aunt.
Marran P says
I made my husband a shadow box with pictures of his dad and our twins, an old pair of his glasses, and the handkerchief he carried every day.
In junior high school, back in the 70’s, I made my friend a stuffed bear — it was made of gingham fabric, each piece was cut from a different color. I loved it!
Jennifer M says
When my daughter was a little girl, my mother in law made an apron with her tiny handprints all over. My favorite :)
Anne Marie says
I made quilts one year for my three grandsons.
My favorite handmade gift I’ve received was for my birthday this year. My sister made me a quilt and it was such a surprise!! She is 11 years old and I wasn’t expecting her to make me a quilt. It is now proudly displayed on my bed.
I love making gifts for everyone on my Christmas list!
I helped my 6 year old sew presents last year, a scarf for daddy, chapstick holder for one brother and mittens for the other. She was so proud of herself!
I made a zombie preparedness kit for a friend of mine – complete with crocheted zombie doll!
Karen A says
It was a really simple gift, but I made my boyfriend a wool scarf. He became my husband and he still wears it 28 years later.
Julie B says
Thanks for sharing the holiday gift ideas. My favorite handmade gift was given to me by my son. He didn’t have much money to spend. He made a bonsai tree from a branch, silk leaves, gravel, and a plastic flower pot water tray.
Sarah J. says
I made a baby quilt which was favorite to give, but my sister always gives me and my kids the most amazing handmade gifts (she sews, crochets, and is just all around creative) so her gifts are my favorites to receive!
Joy @ Yesterfood says
The best handmade gift I ever received was a pair of pillowcases trimmed in beautiful hand-done tatting by my grandmother. I still have them. The tatting is incredible. I treasure having these. :)
I love to give bags for gifts.
Andrea S. says
Thanks for the great giveaway! I made 8 scalloped tote bags (free pattern from See Kate Sew) for the women in my family last year, and everyone loved them. They were so much fun to make.
I love anything my mom sews for me and the kids, I love her quilts! I was really happy with some travel jewelry pouches I made over the summer for our family reunion.
Hope I win!
I made my son and myself matching Christmas outfits last year. My favorite!
Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books says
One of my favorite things that someone made me, was a custom tote bag.
Brittany Dunlap says
One year I gave my sister a wallet pouch that looked like a cassette tape.
Chelsea Rodriguez says
I once made my now husband then boyfriend a button up in a size “shmedium” – his whole family LOVED it… i had a ton of requests after that.
When my nephews were born, I always sewed them their first quilt, his pillow and bed sheet matching.
I try to make as many handmade gifts for presents as I can. Although I never seem to leave myself enough time to get it done so that I’m not making gifts up till Christmas Eve! Maybe one day I’ll learn.
Vicki F. says
I received some hand crocheted doilies made by my grandma, many years after she had passed away. My mother had saved them until I was old enough to appreciate them.
Carinna kelly says
I like making clutch purses for gifts ;)
Ashleigh J says
My favorite is probably the quilt I am working on right now for my daughter for Christmas.
I make and receive so many gifts hard to choose but I think the best are always the homemade ones like the ornaments the kids make at school.
Carla Hundley says
My husband hand carved me
a Valentine’s Day card out of
wood and painted it for me!
Carla from Utah
Barb Glasscoe says
Loving this Super Saturday!
Carla S says
My favorite gift that I’ve ever made was my first quilt that I made last week.
Nancy B says
The best handmade gift I have received is a fabric cover for a small legal pad. It is so handy and easily fits in my purse when I am going somewhere I need to take notes. I really love it and treasure it as a gift from my quilting friend.
I love making and giving quillows. Thanks for the giveaway.
John Hutchens says
My favorite handmade gift was a quilt my aunt made me years ago.
Sherry VF says
I made ‘forts in a bag’ for my nephews. They are constructed from bed sheets and are the tents that hang over chairs. The loops are made from T-shirt material and the bag is from the pillowcase which can be personalized. Little extras like flashlights, materials for signs, etc. can be added too. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com
diane beavers says
a quilted cover for one of my sewing machines…too beautiful and the crafter added many personal touches.
Mindy D says
My most challenging and fun handcrafted gift was a giant rat.
#4 asked Santa for a rat as big as his little arms could stretch.
Santa would never let him down…
Hose were the days.
Annie Dee says
I could use that 10-minute cowl today! Thanks to the tute, I’ll be a lot warmer about 11 mins from now!
I have never won a giveaway. I would love a Joanns card.
Kathy Davis says
My favorite handmade gift was a pair of mittens with a little lamb on the side, made from a friends own sheep’s wool.
Carol Faulkner says
My granddaughter is a natural for crafts with my guidance. We would love to win.
Kerri Kowal says
I love making gifts for people… mainly for the joy of making, but people have really liked the fabric notebook covers I have made, as well as custom scrapbooks using pictures I’ve stolen from their Facebook accounts – LOL.
Nicole U says
I knitted a doll and lamb for my niece. Thanks for the chance to win :)
My favorite was a handmade copper and crystal necklace that matches almost every outfit I have!
Nancy Lynn Hilderbrand says
I made crocheted toilet paper dolls as gifts
My best friend has made each of my children a modern baby quilt! They are beautiful :)
A dear friend knitted me a scarf one year, I love it!
Brenda Davis says
I made an entire stash of baby items for my sister-in-law. Diapers, soakers, rag quilt, travel changing pad, wipes case, bibs, burp cloths, and taggie toy. It was so much fun!
jessica w says
homemade gifts for men can be tricky, and i made faux leather toiletry bags for the men in my family, and they all loved them
Socks I love getting hand knit socks that my DIL makes for me
Sheree La Plante says
Glad I found you – your are a real inspiration to me
Manette Gutterman says
I made a tshirt quilt for a friend. I was very happy with it and so was she!
Sarah C. says
My Children does that count…. if not i miss all the little handmade things they bought home from elementary school.
My nightgowns from my grandma
The best thing I have received is a handmade quilt.
Amanda M says
The first quilt I made for my little nephew. That was almost 2 years ago and he still uses it :)
My favorite homemade gift I gave was a quilt to my mom.
Kathy E. says
When I was in kindergarten, my mom had broken her ankle and was bed-bound for several weeks. It was just before Christmas, so she ended up hand-sewing many of her gifts she gave that holiday. She made me several night gowns that I loved even more because she hand-stitched each one. She was an awesome mom and I miss her so!
Kayla O. says
I’ve made some gorgeous dresses for my friend’s daughter. Love how much she loves them!
I try to make as make as many christmas gifts as possible every year!
I made persimmon butter to give as gifts to my family. My Mom loved it and said it reminded her of childhood!
So many great ideas! I may be making the rosette necklace soon.
My favorite gift I ever made were personalized stockings I made for my niece and nephew. Or maybe it was the overalls I made for my niece that were made from blue sky fabric with fluffy white clouds and a Super Grover patch right in the middle of the bib.
Just finished my first bed-size quilt for my youngest son, so right now it’s my favorite!
Tabitha Keener says
My favorite would be a Christmas ornament my son made me in kindergarten! Thanks
I got some handmade aprons from my future mother in law! So sweet.
Cindy Dahlgren says
My favorite handmade gifts I ever received were the barbie clothes my mom knit and crocheted for me.
I have made every one in my family flannel rag quilts as Christmas gifts – 12 so far. Thanks!
With the crazy busy Halloween you had, I’m impressed that you had the energy and fortitude for such detailed tutorials! Rock on Rae Gun!
Mary D says
My mom crocheted me a beautiful afghan. I am making my family lap quilts.
Mary Ann says
I surprised my husband with a quilt. It was out first year as parents and he couldn’t believe I had pulled off the surprise!
Amy M. C. says
My favorite handmade gift to give is baked goodies packaged with cute gift tags that I’ve stamped.
Victoria M says
My grandparents made me a dollhouse large enough for my Barbie and Betsy McCall dolls. That was more than 50 years ago and I still have it.
Laura J says
Oh mine was a baby quilt I gave to my grandson that I made! He still uses it today!
Love these gift ideas! I will be making some for the holidays :)
Crystal Moreland says
I recently made a personalized wallet for a boy in my daughter’s class who was celebrating his birthday. The excitement he showed for his gift was more than enough to make it my favorite I’ve made so far!
Jenni S. says
so many great ideas!
Jane Thomas says
Thank you for a ton of great ideas.
Jane Thomas says
My favorite gift I received that was handmade were two dresses my mom made me for Christmas. My favorite homemade gift I gave was many sets of cloth napkins for my mom as she sets all of her tables with them.
My family makes awesome handmade gifts, so it’s hard to choose! The latest one was a wooden Porsche that my sister painted to look like the one I used to have, and with my family inside. :)
So many beautiful quilts for my baby girl!
An awesome scrapbook from my sister!
I made a scarf for my mother in law.
Dandi D says
My favorite is the homemade stick horses I made for my son and nephew last Christmas.
Great tutorials and gift ideas!
Sweet give-a-way! Thanks.
I made a quilt for a young friend and I love the way it turned out.
Lori M. says
Hello, I was scrolling through FaceBook and up popped your gift ideas…And I fell in love with your double fingerprint heart…oh what great idea….and I will be making lots of these, as keepsakes for my daughters upcoming wedding in August…Thank goodness I have time to make 200 of these…..
Such a great round up of gift ideas! Love this!
Amanda Sakovitz says
I love the afghan my grandmother made for me
I love Jo-Ann’s they have great yarn and fabric.
I enjoy crocheting tiny gifts for my new grand baby!
We received a beautiful baby outfit recently…and it was so special because it was handmade!
Lisa Marie says
My MIL made my wedding dress! Well, she wasn’t actually my MIL when she made it.
Thanks for the great giveaway.
steven weber says
My sister made me a blanket.. I still use it during the winter months.
Anna C says
My mom made Barbie furniture for my sisters and I for Christmas one year, it was really special and we knew she put a lot of work into it.
I made a log cabin quilt for my mother in law!!
barb macaskill says
My favorite handmade gift I have ever received was a beautiful knit baby outfit from my Italian exchange student “brother” when I was expecting my first child. I still have it and will never part with it. All of my children and grandchildren have worn it at one time or another.
Michelle Muller says
clothes…people love my homemade clothes
Blackberry jam from berries that came from the friend’s garden.
Kelley Larsen says
The favorite gift I made was a scrapbook for a loved one
Denise L says
I received a beautiful handknit shawl from my mother in law. Love it dearly!
One of my favorite handmade gifts I ever gave to someone were tote bags I made for my mom and Aunt that I made from fabric my grandma had given me before she passed away. I found out after I gave it to them that the fabric had been from a couch cover my grandma had made when my mom and aunt were young.
Karrie Smith says
My favorite to give away is quilts :)
Debbi Crowl says
I wish I had more time to make gifts but I will be doing a variety of Handmade gifts this year. I hope to knit many pairs of socks in fun mixtures of color. Also pillowcases. Nothing like your one fun fabric pillowcase for sleepovers. Thanks for the giveaway!
Just commented the same thing on another of your wonderful giveaways- I don’t usually receive the handmade gifts so I think the closest and best I can say is this: the excitement and smile from my husband when he saw me in the wedding dress I made. :)
oh that’s super cool Karen!
I made a play kitchen for my nephews that they LOVED and still play with. Still super proud of that one!
Kristina Kohler says
Is when I made my daughter a skirt.
Some baby Burp cloths.
Infant Car seat cover.
Christmas Elf Stockings
Sheri Andes says
Definitely need to try an infinity scarf. Love the fabric used in the tutorial!
Grace B says
I think it was the quilt I made for my niece with bead embroidery, the apron I embroidered as a teacher gift, and the mini diaper bags.
Best handmade gift I was given was homemade bibs for my baby shower. Super adorable, unique and unlike anything store bought! I’m excited to make handmade gifts for the holidays this year!
Heather in VA says
I made quilts for my daughters’ first public school teachers that had squares decorated by each student. I brought the teachers to tears and it was happiness all around.
Lisa Davis says
My favorite homemade gift I’ve given was an apron for my mother.
Tammy R says
For my wedding shower present my Grandmother’s best friend (my surrogate Grandmother) gave me a hand made recipe box that had been my Grandmother’s. I don’t even know how old it is but it was hand made and left for trash after my Grandma had died (I wasn’t privy to helping clean the house or such). She saw it there and was surprised none of my aunts (or mother) wanted it, so she tucked it aside for me someday. I was very close to my Grandma and her best friend and was so emotional that she never would meet the man I married so to be given such a treasure was priceless. It is a simple wooden box with a light stain and it’s best feature is my Grandmother’s name scratched into the lid with her mother and grandmother’s name before it. *yummiest part was all the great recipes in my Grandmother’s writing. <3
Jill P says
A handmade blanket for my newborn daughter… she sleeps with it every night!