How to Sew the Perfect Gift: 6 DIY Gift Ideas That Are Simple to Make

Lydia Naomi
by Lydia Naomi
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If you’re looking to sew the perfect gift for Christmas, look no further! I’ve got 6 incredible DIY sewing gift ideas that are perfect for Christmas or really any time of year!

Some of these are truly easy sewing gifts, and others are a bit more involved but all of them are beautiful, sustainable, and luxurious! You can find all the patterns you need here.

Let’s get started making your DIY gift ideas a reality!

Tools and materials:

Silk scarf

  • Silk fabric
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine

Silk sleep eyeshade

  • Silk charmeuse fabric
  • Black fusible interfacing
  • Elastic
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron
  • Batting

Produce bags

  • Tricot mesh fabric or other sustainable fabric choices
  • Scissors
  • Cotton string
  • Sewing machine

Waxed cotton

  • Natural undyed cotton
  • Pinking shears
  • Natural beeswax
  • Parchment paper
  • Iron
  • Rack (for drying)

Canvas bag

  • Canvas
  • Cotton lining
  • Sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Iron

Silk puffer scarf

  • Silk fabric
  • Batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle and thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
Fabric piece for the silk scarf

1. Silk scarf

This is one of the easiest sewing gifts! You’ll need an 18 X 18 inch square of silk fabric. Fold the edges in ⅛ of an inch and then again ⅛ of an inch (double fold).

Ironing the edges to press

Iron in place. Sew either of 2 ways:

Hand-sewing the edges of the silk scarf

Hand sew with needle and thread for a more delicate hand finish.

Doing a straight stitch on a sewing machine

Machine sew using a straight stitch all the way around.

Silk scarf DIY gift ideas

They are gorgeous and such an easy sewing gift!

How to make a silk eyeshadow

2. Silk eyeshade

Cutting out pattern pieces for the eyeshade

Cut out all the pattern pieces for the eyeshade: 2 pieces of silk charmeuse fabric and black fusible interfacing. Cut the band out of the silk to fit the head. Make notches at the sides of the shade for the band.

Sewing a band for the eyeshade

Make the band by folding the long strip right sides together lengthwise. Sew with a straight stitch, leaving one short side open.

Insert the elastic and sew it to the seam allowance. Use a knitting needle or loop turner to pull it so it is right facing.

Pressing the edges with an iron

Lay the 2 silk pieces right sides together and the black piece on top. Attach the band at the notches by sewing. Then sew around the entire eyeshade, leaving an opening at the top.

Turn it right side out. Iron the shade.

Adding padding to the eyeshade

Add some padding to make it soft and plush. Slip stitch the opening to close.

DIY sewing Christmas gift ideas

You're done! This is such an easy-sew project.

3. Reusable produce bags

You can use tricot mesh, curtain fabric, or even silk from the thrift store to make these for a fraction of the cost.

Measuring the fabric for the bag

Measure and cut 13 X 30 inches for the large bag or 8 X 10 for the small bag. Fold the fabric in half. At the top away from the fold, go down 1½ inches. Snip a ¼ inch into the fabric. That’s the hole for the drawstring.

Serging the edges of the fabric

Fold this back and sew it down. Zigzag stitch (or serge) on both sides and reinforce with a backstitch at the top and bottom of the seams.

Folding over the edges

Fold over the top and stitch it down.

Feeding a cotton drawstring into the casing

Feed the cotton string through the hole with a safety pin.

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Tie off both ends. There you go!

4. Waxed food covers

Plastic is so bad for the environment. Waxed covers are a great gift to kickstart a loved one's environmentally conscious mindset! Please use a 100% absorbable fabric like cotton.

Grating wax for the wax covers

Use a box grater to hand grate the wax onto a plate or other surface.

Cutting cotton pieces to size

Cut the cotton fabric with pinking shears for a nice finish into 3 different sizes: 15 X 15, 10 X 10, and 6 X 6 inches. 

Laying the cotton squares between parchment

Lay parchment paper on a flat surface. Lay the cotton squares on the parchment paper. Sprinkle the grated wax on the cotton. Lay another layer of parchment paper on the squares.

Ironing the squares to melt the wax

Iron the squares until the wax melts.

How to make DIY wax covers

Keep adding more wax until the fabric is completely saturated.

Letting the DIY wax covers air dry

Let them air dry.

How to use DIY wax covers

To use, place on your container and mold them closed with your hands. It won’t have as a tight finish as plastic but it's much more sustainable!

Making a canvas tote with different straps

5. Canvas tote

This tote becomes an adorable and usable sack with its 2 differently sized handles. To switch it up, place the longer handle into the shorter one!

Make sure to preshrink the fabric by washing it and drying it in the dryer.

Optional: If you’re using natural canvas and your cotton lining is bright white, you can match the color by dyeing the cotton with boiling black tea.

Cut 2 pieces of both the canvas and cotton lining. 

Sewing the straps for the bag

Sew the strap seams. Iron them open and flat. Place the pieces right sides together and sew the inner circle.

Snipping along the curve

Snip along the curve, turn it out, and iron it down. 

Sewing the outer straps

To sew the outer straps, fold in both sides of the shell and the lining. Iron them down. Snip at the curve to keep the rounded shape.

Flipping the bag fabric

Before you sew the outer strap, flip the bag inside out.

Sewing the DIY canvas tote bag

Sew the sides of the shell and the lining, right sides together.

Topstitching around the straps

Then, topstitch around the outer and inner straps.

Easy sewing projects for gifts

To close out the bottom, pleat at the notches and stitch them down.

Serging the bottom to finish

Zigzag stitch or serge the bottom to finish.

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Turn it out and you’re done!

Making a DIY patchwork puffer scarf

6. Puffer scarf

This luxurious patchwork quilted silk padded scarf is based on Roksanda’s gorgeous pieces! 

The dimensions are 65 X 15 though you may want to add an additional 20 inches in length.

Sewing the panels together

Use several different patterns of silk and sew them in diagonal panels right sides together. Iron the seams to one side.

Topstitching the seams

Topstitch each seam. Make your panels at least 15 inches wide.

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Place the finished panels right sides together with a double layer of poly batting. Stitch the fabric at the top of the batting, leaving a 5-inch opening at one end.

Trimming the excess batting

Trim the excess batting. Turn out the scarf, pushing out the corners.

Slip stitching the opening closed

Slip stitch the opening closed.

How to make a quilted scarf

Measure even spaces for the quilting stitch. Mark with pins about 8 inches in between. Use the grid of your fabric if it has such a pattern to sew straight lines.

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Backstitch at the beginning and end.

Sew the perfect gift

I hope these DIY sewing Christmas gift ideas helped you give your very best to your loved ones this holiday season! Let me know in the comments which ones you tried! Happy holidays!

Suggested materials:
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  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
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