Small Sewing Projects: 10 gifts to sew with one yard of fabric

small sewing projectsBeing a regular sewer, I have noticed that I have a huge stash of fabrics that are less than one yard. This is basically leftover fabric, but the pieces are so beautiful and fabric often so expensive that I can hardly imagine throwing any away.  Also, Christmas is fast approaching and my gift list is still a long way from complete.  Perhaps I can solve two problems at the same time..

That's when I started thinking of pulling together a list of small sewing projects.  These would items which require around one yard of fabric or less.  If you're like me with a huge stash of such fabric scraps (I am sure you will be), I'm sure you've been waiting for just the right opportunity to use these special treasures.

The small sewing projects on this list are also relatively quick to complete and hopefully will not stretch your sewing skills too much.  There's so much to do already this time of year, and I'm sure that you, like me, would just like to make some nice simple gifts.

So here are a few interesting small sewing projects that will also make great gifts for friends and family of all ages.  What's even better is that all the patterns and instructions are FREE.

Small Sewing Projects

Headphone Wrapper

If you have a teen in your house, they'll definitely like this one.  You only need a tiny amount of fabric and the pattern and instructions are free.

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Oversized Sleep Mask

I don't know about you buy many people I know really, I mean really.. like their sleep.  You can find store-bought sleeping masks or you might be given one on an overnight flight somewhere, but these are always tiny and really don't do a good job to really block out the light for a good nights rest.  This one, however, will most certainly do the trick.

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A Quick and Easy Headband

For all moms out there with little girls this is a very interesting project. You can use printed as well as solid colors for making a headband. Here is tutorial and video tutorial for making a stylish headband.

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Milk Carton Coin Purse

Here's a terrific little project to use up those scraps while making something super cute.  I can think of some many people who would love to get one of these as a gift!

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Baby Burp Cloth

If you have a friend who is having a baby or who has recently had one, this is something indispensable.  It's also a good way to use up some of those smaller pieces of fabric, particularly if you have some terry cloth or an old towel around.

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Tablet Cover

If you have teenagers in or around your house over the holidays, you're certainly going to see a lot of tablets around.  What better gift to give your teched up teen than a handmade tablet cover to protect his or her shiny gadget.

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Bow Tie

While not as common as they used to be, a bow tie is definitely a fashion statement –particularly for the man who probably already “has everything”.  You only need a tiny amount of fabric and it might be a good chance to use of some of your more flashy prints.

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Cosmetics Bag

Whether for travel or for home use, a cosmetic bag is an essential for all ladies. This again can be made using printed or solid color as per your preference.

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 Easy Christmas Stocking

We end up going to a lot of casual get-togethers with friends around the holidays.  While we would usually bring food and maybe drink, if our friends have kids, I've found bringing a handmade Christmas stocking to be one of the most welcome gifts I could bring.  Here's a detailed tutorial and you really need only very little fabric.

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Phone Charger Holder

Along with the proliferation of gadgets has come the avalanche of chargers.  Here's a neat way to tidy up those cables that I bet neither you nor the person you'll be giving it to has seen before.

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No more fretting or frowning over the leftover fabric! All that you need is a little time and only a tiny amount of motivation to take on any of these small sewing projects just in time for Christmas.

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26 Responses to Small Sewing Projects: 10 gifts to sew with one yard of fabric

  1. rylee (riley) says:

    so awesome. never going to stop using this website

  2. Heather Timmons says:


  3. Gretchen says:

    All of your patterns are simple, easy, and practical. I have made a few for myself and gifts

  4. Janis says:

    Really cute and useful projects.

  5. Pat says:

    I LOVE these great ideas! Thanks so much for sharing

  6. Carrie says:

    I love your choice of quick easy sewing patterns. I have already made the cosmetic bag and the bow tie. Your patterns never disappoint and always seem to show up at just the right time!!!

  7. Yvette says:

    Great stocking stuffers. Thank you for sharing these great last minute gift ideas.

  8. Michelle says:

    Thank you for the ideas!

  9. MARY K GUNN says:

    Great ideas. Thank you.

  10. Karen Williams says:

    Many thanks for these quick & easy gifts – especially w/ the holidays fast approaching!

  11. Jerry Callender says:

    I was anxious to get the free wallet pattern and went to the bottom of the page as directed but couldn’t find any place other than calling for a charge card…

  12. fantastic ideas thank you so much

  13. Linda L. says:

    Those small sewing projects will make great stocking stuffers and the price of materials is certainly right!

  14. Suzanne Morrison says:

    Love the cosmetics bag! Made it for a young friend last Christmas and she was over the moon with it 5 stars

  15. Thank you for all the free patterns! I have enjoyed getting your newsletters.

  16. Mary H. says:

    Thank you for the free wallet pattern and the small sewing projects. I have been searching the internet for a simple cosmetic bag and you have exactly what I want! Have a very blessed Christmas!

  17. sally says:

    I can’t find the wallet pattern. Thanks for your time.

  18. bzstampr says:

    Thank you so much!

  19. Lorraine Goldstein says:

    Thank you very much for your kindness. Great ideas and can’t wait to start on the wallet.



  21. Teddi Robeson says:

    Great Ideas!

  22. Bonnie Simpson says:

    Some fantastic gift ideas there. Thanks for sharing!

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