Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys + Giveaway!

Looking for that perfect idea to create a handmade gift for a special guy? Look no further, we’re sharing our favorite, free projects and tutorials from WeAllSew that make great handmade holiday gifts for guys!

Need a few pointers on sewing for that special guy? Melissa Mortenson offers her best Tips for Sewing Gifts for Guys in this post.

DIY dapper tie tutorial

With a dash of fun fabric and the DIY Dapper Tie tutorial, you can make a sweet tie for the guy you know! Learn the basics of a good necktie construction including picking out a soft fabric, cuting the pattern on the bias, and using some good structure for support.


Modern Monogram finished

Monograms are a classic way to add a personal touch to clothing, and can provide a thoughtful, personal touch to gifts. They can also be clean and modern additions to subtly personalize something for yourself or for others, such as the Modern Monogram in this tutorial!

DIY Blanket Scarf

You can make this simple Buffalo Plaid Scarf as great companion for chilly fall and winter weather in less than an hour! Learn how with the DIY Blanket Scarf tutorial here.

T-shirt tutorial

Does your special guy have a drawer full of old tees that never get worn? Why not turn those old tees into a keepsake blanket using your overlocker! Find the instructions to make a T-shirt Blanket here on WeAllSew.


Put a modern twist on an outdoor theme by creating a buck to hang on the wall – a hand made buck, that is! Find the downloadable templates and tutorial to create the Deer Quilt designed by Luke Haynes here.

These simple to sew bowls make the perfect catch-all to hold pocket contents! Place one on a dresser top, an entry way table near the front door, or in the laundry room. Learn how to Rock a Rope Bowl in this fun tutorial.

DIY Car show polishing cloth

Do you know a guy who’s got a beloved vintage vehicle? These soft, 100% cotton polishing clothes are a nice handmade way to keep vintage vehicles dusted and ready for any cruise night or weekend car show. Find instructions to make these DIY Detailing Cloths here.

DIY Monogrammed Waxed Canvas Travel bag- a great DIY idea for a gift for a guy.. would be a fun Father's Day Gift!

If your guy loves to travel, this canvas ditty bag is a must-have for holding toiletries on the go. Add a monogram for a special, persona touch! Click here to find the Waxed Canvas Travel Bag Tutorial.

Wash and Wear Applique Bag

Another great travel accessory is a laundry bag to hold dirty clothes to toss right into the laundry room when you’re back home again. Find the simple to sew DIY Laundry Bag with Appliqué tutorial here at WeAllSew.

Leather Trimmed Laptop Case

When your laptop is your data center, you want to be sure it gets the protection it deserves. With its clean lines and distinctive textures, this chic, leather-trimmed laptop case is sure to be a favorite! Click to find out How to Make a Leather Trimmed Laptop Case.

One of the simplest wallets you’ll ever see, the Money Clip Wallet includes a pocket for cards and a strap to keep bills in check. Learn how to make a Money Clip Wallet here at WeAllSew.

Sewing Notion Giveaway!

One lucky WeAllSew reader will win this fun prize package including one Reverse A Rule Triangle  ruler, one BERNINA Buttonhole foot with slide #3A, and one large BERNINA embroidered tote bag!

BERNINA Buttonhole Foot With Slide #3A

All you have to do is post a comment below and answer the question,

“What is your favorite quick project to make as a gift for a special guy?”

The the giveaway is open through Friday, November 30th, 2018.

The giveaway is open to residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia. One comment per fan. Comment must be submitted to the WeAllSew.com blog by November 30, 2018 at 11:59 PM Central Time. Winner will be chosen randomly. Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to contact to claim the prize.

Good luck!

76 thoughts on “Handmade Holiday Gifts for Guys + Giveaway!

  1. Most of the men in my life have served in the Military (most in Vietnam). I have made QOV (Quilts of Valor) for many of them. Showing them my gratitude for their service has been wonderful. From simple to complex, all the QOV quilts represent a gift of love.

  2. I prefer to make a shirt. I’ve got the best pattern and I love the left over fabrics. Usually it only takes an afternoon once the fabric is cut.

  3. My favorite (relatively) quick gift is to spend an afternoon darning the holes in my husband’s jeans with my Bernina darning foot. It’s fun for me and it makes him really happy!

  4. My husband has always loved bow ties and nice ones can be difficult to find. So, several years ago after taking one apart and making a pattern all the guys in my family put in their request. Since then I not only make bow ties for my husband, but also for my son, sons-in-law and grandsons. It’s really nice when we can coordinate them around a theme like a holiday or favorite ball teams…

  5. I really like the deer quilt by Luke Hayes. I am hoping to finish this for my son in law as a Christmas gift. Thank you for posting this. It’s a fun quilt.

  6. These are all great suggestions! My mother used to make all my dad’s neckties (plus just about everything else he wore)

    My easiest quick gift for my son is pillowcases made using fabrics that fit his interests and hobbies…take about an hour to make, very easy!

  7. The most favorite items I made for my 2 grandsons was what I call a blanket quilt. I took fake fur that looked like deer hide as the top of the quilt and imitation suede as the bottom and batting in the middle. I tie tacked it with DMC thread and bind it with satin blanket binding. The only part I sewed with my Bernina was the binding. The boys love them. I have made similar for the grandgirls.

  8. I’m somewhat new to sewing and am now inspired to try to sew a tie for my hubby!

    In the past I’ve sewn cornhole bag sets for the male friends in my life. 😀 It’s a pretty quick and easy sewing project, except for the filling part.

  9. My quick gift for a man is to make individual shoe bags for quick and easy packing. You can mix and match fabrics and colors for the main body. My Bernina makes quick work of the buttonholes for the drawstring.

  10. I like the earbud case. It is a circle with a zipper opening, and a tab in case you want to put it on a keychain. Love the Deer quilt, and crusin’ the other tutorials I found the String of dolls. So cute!

  11. My quick gifts involve machine embroidering the name of a school, sport, or saying on a pullover or zip up sweatshirt and making some fun pillowcases showcasing a favorite hobby or sport. .

  12. I love giving fleece lap blankets – but made with “Luxe” fleece. It is sooooo soft and guys love it! I sew around the edges (or serge for a quick sew together) so there aren’t any of the bulky knots on the sides.

  13. My favorite quick gift to make for a guy is a wallet. I have made them with zipper closure and open. One friend got a nice denim wallet with a dollar bill sewn in the bottom seam- so he’d never be completely broke! Loved it.

  14. I remember as a teenager sewing ties for my dad and my grandfathers — I used all the wrong fabrics, but they all wore them proudly. My favorite gift made, though, was a quilted throw. The quilt top was made from the good parts of old plaid shirts. My husband loved his plaid shirts!

  15. My go to holiday or birthday gift for guys is a quick zippered travel shaving kit bag lined in plastic and embroidered with their monogram. I usually choose a cool plaid or fabric in their favorite color or sports team.

  16. As a retiree, my husband loves to teach fly casting especially to young kids. I embroider his name on all his fishing shirts and make bags to fit his fishing gear. He loves it.

  17. My all time favorite is a gift card holder in the hoop!! Always the perfect gift add cash and it’s always the write color and no one ever returns my gift!!! the holders can be recycled and it’s a win win Oh ya I hope I win!!!

  18. So I’m relatively new to sewing but my husband loves when I make reversible bandanas for our pups that match his outfits. They are super easy to make and keeps all my boys looking sharp when out together!

  19. “What is your favorite quick project to make as a gift for a special guy?”

    Normally my quick-go to would be a gift card and a holder to put it in but now that my husband was so sweet to get me an AWESOME 790+ right before Thanksgiving, I am definitely going to do some monograming and the scarf!

  20. Each year is different so it depends on what is needed. My husband has a shower wrap that has seen better days so that is what I will be making this year.

  21. My favorite quick gift for a guy are new pillowcases – especially sports themed. I think I’ve made about six different sets of pillowcases in NFL fabric!

  22. I love making Pillowcases with matching drawstring bags to use for shoes, odds and ends or unmentionables when they travel. They can use their own pillowcase on their pillow for a taste of home and then have the little bag to tuck into the suitcase or duffel for other carry alongs. They’ve been quite the hit in my family, especially done up in some cute “guy fabric”!

  23. I like to make special type gifts for guys. Things they would not normally buy for themselves. I do like to make wallets but my favorites are travel bath bags with sayings or initials on the outside and colorful bow ties! Nice but fun gifts!

  24. My favorite gift for a guy is a golf towel. i look for an embroidery to put on then i put their name below. it has gotten some wow reactions!

    The other thing i’ve made are embroideries on luggage straps. i either put initials or their last name…whatever is appropriate!

  25. I like to make little bags. One year I made zippered bags for all the ringers in my handbell choir. I used my cording foot to create designs with cord and many decorative stitches. Each bag was unique.

  26. I like to make simple polar fleece blankets or turtle fur wraps as we call it in the NorthEast. Just know the height of your guy so you can make it the right length when he’s reclining watching that football game.He will be so happy if the blanket/wrap fits him from head to toe when it’s really cold outside.
    Enjoy your sewing time Ladies!

  27. I love all the “WeAllSew Newsletter” and enjoy the patterns that are shown. You give me such great ideas.
    I love the money clip and the rope bowls . . .

  28. I made monogrammed shoe bags for my son-in-law who travels a great deal. I made them for my husband as well, but it was before I had my 830, so his were not monogrammed.

  29. My son cuts the his pajama pants off at the knees to create “pirate pajamas!” He is weird, I know! After saving the scraps for a few years I turned them into a Fence Rail lap quilt and mailed it to him. He lives in Norway. He opened the box on his birthday and exclaimed “My Pirate Pajamas!” He loves his lap quilt!

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