Homemade gift ideas for Father’s Day – 12 super easy projects!
Homemade gifts are perfect for someone who’s got everything or is impossible to shop for. A useful, thoughtful, handmade present shows that you’re thinking of them. And these projects are perfect for practicing your sewing skills too – very beginner friendly!
If you’re looking for homemade gift ideas for Father’s day, I’ve got 12 easy projects. Let’s get making!
- A handkerchief. This is super easy and fast to sew. You can make a hankie in any size. I made one that’s about 17” x 17” from a scrap of fabric, but you could make it way smaller – down to 10” x 10”. You can sew one of these up using a serger for the edges or a zig zag stitch on a regular machine. Or do a rolled hem stitch on your machine if you know how to do that, or a rolled hem stitch by hand – both are really nice ways to finish the edges.
2. A bandana comes together just like a handkerchief but it’s larger, about 22” x 22”. Find a fabric that your dad would like at your local fabric store. Sew the edges with a serger, or zig zag stitch, or do a rolled hem on your machine or by hand.
3. A bookmark is another simple project that you can sew up with scraps of fabric. I made one that’s about 2” x 6” with a little ribbon at the top. Here’s how:
- Start with 2 pieces of fabric & some batting or interfacing (optional) that all measure about 3” x 7”. You can add a little ribbon or fabric tie to the end if you like. Place the fabric with right sides together & put the batting on the back. Pin the ribbon so that it’s pointed down in between the two layers of fabric at the top of the bookmark.
- Using a ⅜” seam allowance, stitch around the bookmark, making sure to leave an opening of about 3 inches on one long side so you can turn it right side out. Trim the corners and any major bulk on the sides of the seam after stitching.
- Turn it right side out, poke out the corners, press the opening closed, & top stitch all around all 4 sides. Ta-da!
4. A snack or sandwich bag for him to tote his lunch is handy. I’ve got tutorials for these on YouTube & on my blog if you want to watch and or read how to do that.
5. If the dad in your life is a big bread baker, a homemade bread bag is a great idea. I’ve got a video for that right here.
6. A coaster is a nice easy project. These are about 5” x 5” with some light cotton batting inside. They were sewn up just like sewing up a bookmark, but without the tassel.
- Start with two pieces & fabric and batting that measure 6” x 6”. Place the fabric with right sides together & put the batting on the back.
- Using a ⅜” seam allowance, stitch around the coaster, making sure to leave an opening of about 3 inches on one side so you can turn it right sides out. Trim the corners and any major bulk on the sides of the seam after stitching.
- Turn it right side out, poke out the corners, press the opening closed, & top stitch all around all 4 sides.
7. A cozy is another nice gift. This one fits around a coffee cup or a 12oz can to keep his hands warm or cool. I’ve got a free pattern below so snag it if you want it!
8. Cord keeper is another nice gift. The pdf pattern below includes the cord keeper & cozy so get that below.
These last few more projects are a little more complicated but still very beginner friendly:
- A lunch bag. There are tons of tutorials online for making a lunch bag. And you probably know exactly the size the dad in your life would find useful – large, smaller, square bottom, rectangular bottom. Use your insider intel to find a design just for him. You could make one with a zipper, or a super minimalist lunch sack design that just folds down like a brown paper sack.
- A face mask. These are here to stay for a while! I’ve got a video tutorial & a blog post on how to sew one. Pick out some fabric that your dad likes and get going. I’ve also got a kit for sale in the shop to make your own.
- A zipper pouch. There are tons of uses for a simple zipper pouch – bike tools, toiletries, art supplies, and more. I’ve got a tutorial on how to make a zipper pouch right here. And I’ve got a kit in the shop to make one.
- Boxer shorts! I did this one year and it was way easier than I thought it’d be. There are free patterns online but I actually used an old pair of his boxer shorts to create a new pattern for him. I just traced the boxers onto paper and then cut out the new shapes to create the pattern. They turned out great and are still holding up. It doesn’t take a ton of fabric. Just a little patience. And some wide elastic.
So there you have it! 12 easy homemade gift ideas for Father’s Day. I hope this gets your creative juices flowing! Do you have any ideas to add? I’d love to hear in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!
Liz @ No Trace