Homemade Gift Tutorials

homemade gift tutorials

Here are some tutorials for easy homemade gifts!  Something for everyone!


bed warmer

Bed Warmer (or Cooler!)

This has been my most popular tutorial of all time, probably because it’s so practical and yet easy to make!  My husband and I have been using the same one for a few years now and it’s absolutely wonderful on those cold, bone chilling days of winter. In the summer, when it’s hot, pull it out of the freezer, place between the sheets, and suddenly you have a cool bed to slip into!  If you can sew a straight line, you can make a bed warmer.



Hobby HorseHow to make a hobby horse

I helped my daughter-in-law and her mother make these cute hobby stick horses for my granddaughter’s birthday party.  They were a hit for both young and old!  You can use scrap fabric (stretchy is best) and scrap pieces of yarn for the mane.  The options for a face are endless: embroidery, iron ons, buttons, etc.  Use your imagination to personalize your hobby horse!

Pretty Pinecone Bird FeederPine Cone Bird Feeder

“Feed the birds, tuppence a bag.”   This is a wonderful gift for anyone who likes nature and birds.  Hang it near a window and enjoy watching the birds that visit!  Last year my four grandchildren made one (with my supervision) to give to their great grandmother.  I don’t know who enjoyed it more – me watching my grandchildren make the bird feeder, or my mother, who received such a special gift from her great grandchildren!

Snowman KitSnowman Kit

The snowman kit is one of the most appreciated gifts I have made for my grandchildren and grand nieces and nephews!  It’s fun to get pictures of the kids year after year next to their snowmen and snowladies! Customize the fabrics, button colors and accessories for each child on your list. Don’t forget to make the water resistant carry bag!



Farmer's Market BagFarmer’s Market Bag

With the ban of plastic bags here in California, everyone will need to carry their own bags to the grocery stores and farmer’s markets.  This is a bag I made to take to my farmer’s market.  It keeps produce cold and fresh with little pockets inside that hold removable freezer packs.  This is one of those practical gifts that everyone loves and appreciates!

ScrubbiesMake your own nylon scrubbies

Another popular item, these scrubbies are easy and fast to make.  I don’t really know how to crochet, but once I got the hang of it, I was able to whip one of these out in no time!  They scrub dishes, knees and elbows, windows and anything else that needs a good scrub that won’t scratch.  If you have a craft bazaar coming up, these sell like hotcakes!


Rustic Woodland CenterpieceRustic Centerpiece

Made mostly from nature and recyclable materials, this beautiful woodland centerpiece can adorn any table or mantle.  Make it your own by either painting it, putting glitter on it, sprinkling on a little fake snow, or all of the above!  Use a rectangle base and create a centerpiece with 2, 3 or even 4 candles!

K-Cup Advent Calendar2013 K-Cup Advent Calendar

If you are going to make one of these – you need to hop to it!  Traditionally, an Advent Calendar starts on December 1st, so you only have a week to get this done!  This easy to follow tutorial requires 24 k-cups, a shirt gift box, some glue and lots of little prizes and candies!

Have fun!

Any questions?  Please feel free to leave them in the comments!


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22 thoughts on “Homemade Gift Tutorials

    • I hope you enjoy making the ones that you pinned! I would love to know how yours turn out. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Jessica!

  1. Great gift ideas! The bed warmer reminds me of the heat packs and draft stoppers I just made! Joining you at A Stroll Through Life – Inspire Me Tuesday #105.

    • Good morning, Ann. Yes, the bed warmer isn’t very different than most of the rice heat packs you see all over the internet – just a bit bigger. 😀 And they work great! Thanks for stopping by!

    • It’s so nice to hear from you again, Mrs. Yub! I hope the girls like one of these crafts. If they decide to make one, I would love to see pictures of them crafting it on your blog! Have a wonderful day.

  2. I loved making pine cone bird feeders with my oldest children when they were young! Somewhere a long the way I forgot all about it. My youngest ones would love to do this. You’ve sparked some sweet memories!
    Thank you for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday.

    • These are such fun gifts to make with the little ones – glad I could bring back some good memories! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Karen!

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    • Thank you for the feature, Kristin! I am honored and pleased that you liked this post! Have a wonderful day and I will see you at the party!