One of the perks of owning a sewing machine is that you will always be able to branch out and try new things; there’s always a new project to get stuck into. Sewing as a hobby is a really satisfying way to work on personal growth, incorporate self care into your daily/weekly routine, and not to mention how cathartic it is to allow your creativity to shine through. Expressing your creativity and learning how to create new things with new skills is one of the things that make sewing such a rewarding hobby. It also presents a wonderful opportunity for you to sew for others, creating gifts for friends and families, sewing your own facemask coverings, and even helping the nation during a global pandemic.
Simple classes, just like our best-selling beginner course, combined with independently practicing at home using our free simple sewing patterns will give you plenty of knowledge and skills needed to take on lots of exciting sewing projects. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you could work on using up those leftover scraps you’ve collected, or you could even decide that furthering your knowledge by enrolling in our intermediate sewing course is the right thing for you.
Regardless of your sewing skills, there will always be something that you can make. A quick Google or Pinterest search will bring up thousands of quick and easy projects, however, it seems that these are often tailored towards women. Women aren’t the only ones who appreciate a lovingly handmade gift, so in this blog post, we’re going to be talking about the type of gifts that can be sewn specifically with men in mind.
If you’re looking for something to sew for your husband, brother, child’s school teacher, friend, or any other male in your life, this is the post for you. Read on and discover some practical sewing gifts to make for men.
Sewing Gifts to Make for Men - Tool Organisation
Do you know someone who’s always tinkering away or working on a new project? A tool bucket could be the perfect gift for them. With plenty of space inside and slots for tools on the outside, homemade tool buckets are a practical way to keep all tools needed for a job in one place. Plus, you can add handles to make it easier to carry! This tutorial is a wonderful starting point.
Something simple like this tool rollup is all it takes to transform a messy tool shed into an organised haven for appliances, gadgets, and hand tools. A simple cloth tool roll up is a great make for beginner sewists, but it’s also an extremely practical gift idea.
Sewing Gifts to Make for Men - Garments & Accessories
Formal or funky, you can’t go wrong with a good tie! This tie tutorial is brilliant and the website also details how to make smaller ties for children.
Another option for the man in your life who often finds himself wearing suits - a collection of pocket squares. They’re so easy to make (I mean, they’re squares!), a nice little bundle would make a lovely homemade sewing gift.
If you feel more confident behind the sewing machine, some new male garments would make a beautifully thoughtful gift! You can start simple with t-shirts or shorts, or you could challenge yourself to something more complex, such as a suit jacket or collared shirt.
Sewn Gifts For Men - Travel
Men’s Travel Bag
Everyone needs a travel bag to keep all their essentials in whilst they’re away. As you may know, my Mister is the adventurous sort, so he’s often off exploring somewhere new. A travel bag would make a lovely gift for fellow adventure husbands, or men who often find themselves away from home a lot. Great for storing all the staples, such as toothpaste and brush in, they’re also handy bags to have at home to safely store shaving equipment.
A handmade messenger bag makes a great gift for teachers and students alike!
Another quick and relatively simple make is a classic electronics case. Whether you are making a cover for a big reader who wants their Kindle to remain safe, or someone who’s always on their phone or tablet, a protective cover is a thoughtful and practical gift. This gift idea is also great for children who are learning about responsibility and looking after their things properly, like their tablets or first phones.
Sewing Gifts to Make for Men - Autumn & Winter
Fleece hats for winter
Who doesn’t love a nice cosy hat as the weather starts to change? Sewing with fleece is a topic that we cover briefly in our Sewing With Stretch Fabric course.
You can’t go wrong with an infinity scarf as the weather starts to change. If you happen to have old or ill-fitting flannel shirts lying around, infinity scarfs are a great way to upcycling them. This free pattern here bases the sewing project on upcycling shirts, however, the tutorial can be easily adapted for any fabric you wish to use.
Another fleece make; the neckwarmer is such a good sewing project for those new to using the fabric. It is effectively a neck-sized tube, so it’s a great way to get in your stretch fabric practice, as well as making an attractive, practical gift for someone.
Sewing Gifts to Make for Men - House & Garden
Quilting is such a fun and satisfying sewing avenue to explore. Quilts can be made using favourite sport team colours, favourite TV/movie logos, upcycled t-shirts or babygrows - absolutely anything! They’re great to have around for those cosy autumn nights in.
Oven gloves & Pot Holders
Oven gloves and pot holders are cute and practical gifts for the chef in your life!
We all know someone who calls themselves the “King Of The BBQ”! BBQ aprons are simple to make and can assist your BBQ king with keeping all his trust BBQ tools close at hand.
There are quite a few different tutorials out there for sewing a wallet, but I quite like this one from The Sewing Directory. The measurements, equipment, and tips are all included and you could very easily print the page off or have it open on your laptop as you sew.
Let me know your favourite make!
I’d love to know what your favourite gift project from this blog post is. Are you going to try one out? Should I film some tutorials or write a detailed blog post for one or two of these gift ideas? Let me know what you would like!
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