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20+ sweet Mother’s day sewing projects

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Mother's day sewing projects

If you’ve been wondering “what can I sew for Mother’s Day?” I have you covered! This is a roundup of the best mothers day gifts to sew that she will love to receive. A few of these I have sewn and given to my Mom and a few of them are things I snuck off to sew for myself on Mother’s Day itself! I’d love to hear about any special Mother’s Day gifts you have received or sewn and given, in the comments.

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Wearable gifts to sew for mom

I have this sassy sleep mask with a free sleep mask pattern & file for the text here on Swoodson Says.

Use this women’s robe pattern from Purl Soho and sew her a beautiful lounging robe!

If she likes to bake & cook, pick fabric she’d love and sew up a fun apron with this free pattern from Crazy Little Projects!

Bags are fun to sew and make great gifts, I love this free boxy purse tutorial from Fabric Mutt.

diy flannel full scarf

Stitch her up a snuggly scarf with this easy infinity scarf pattern here on Swoodson Says- you can use the same pattern and sew with voile or rayon if the weather is hot where your mom lives!

If your mom is more of a tote bag carrier than a purse wearer, sew this free big tote tutorial from Sew Can She and send her off to the beach with books and a blanket!

free tote bag sewing tutorial

If you’re short on time and want a simpler tote, try this lined canvas tote tutorial that has sizes for mom & daughter.

Gifts to sew for crafty moms

If you don’t have time to DIY, you could also mail her a project of her own! I have a list of adult craft kits great for gifting here.

If she reads books, sews, knits, or hates clutter, sew up a fun fabric organizing tote! Check out the free tutorial at Very Shannon.

If she knits, make her a tote bag that organizes her project! Check out the details on the diy knitter’s tote bag that I made my mom.

I’m always searching for my scissors, I need to make this one for myself too! Sew up a convenient ironing board organizer with this free tutorial from Flamingo Toes.

Raid her scrap pile and stitch up a sweet pincushion with this beginner EPP tutorial here on Swoodson Says! (I have even more free pincushion sewing tutorials linked here in this post.)

Sentimental gifts to make for moms

Work with a grandchild to sew up this sweet hand drawing turned into a hand embroidery hoop! See how to do it the easy way with this kids artwork craft tutorial here on Swoodson Says.

I love this sweet photo pillow idea from The Polka Dot Chair, my Mom would love this one.

quilted placemat handmade gift family sentimental sewing

I sewed these for my Mom as a Christmas gift a few years ago, turning her father’s handwritten grace into fabric and making placemats. This isn’t a full tutorial, but you can see inspiration in this post.

Accessory gifts to sew for moms

I can’t get enough of fabric trays! I use them to sort jewelry, change, keys, etc. and they sew up super quick. For this version, my kids helped me paint the insides, go see more in this diy fabric tray tutorial here at Swoodson Says.

A simple makeup brush roll-up bag keeps moms organized and uses up scraps, with this free tutorial from Sweet Red Poppy.

If she likes drinking tea or coffee, sew up a sweet little coaster this year and pair it with a fun new mug! Check out this english paper pieced coaster tutorial here on Swoodson Says – or check out my other diy coaster tutorials here.

I love everything Nadra makes and photographs, find this cheery patchwork zip pouch free tutorial on Ellis and Higgs! I love to use these for organizing in my purse or keeping fabric scraps separate.

fabric plant pot tutorial

Sew a sweet little plant pot and give her a happy plant this year! Check out the upcycling secret that keeps this as a super cheap diy gift idea, in my upcycled planter tutorial here at Swoodson Says.

Hand embroider this sweet floral hoop for her to hang on her wall, or add it to a pillow! Download the design over at Cutesy Crafts.

sewing gift tutorial mother's day mom

One of more recent favorites, this felt MOM bookmark is quick to make and easy to personalize with favorite color and prints! Download the free bookmark pattern here on Swoodson Says. I have several other bookmark tutorials if you’d like more options, too.

I love little organizers like this, a longer version of a fabric tray with a free tutorial from Applegreen Cottage! Include some cute little pens too.


Stitch her up something shiny with these faux gemstone magnets! Download the free hand embroidery pattern and see how to make them here on Swoodson Says.

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Sunday 27th of September 2020

A pillow with a photo is a great gift idea! I will give one to my grandmother. Perhaps I will sew one for myself and post photos of my kids on it.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Saturday 7th of November 2020

great idea!


Wednesday 1st of May 2019

I would love to make the Purl Soho Robe, but in the link it says the "free" pattern costs $12. For free I'd get the pattern, but for $12 I think I'll trace a pattern off of my old beat up robe. But flowered cloth is so pretty!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 1st of May 2019

Hey Janet! I am so sorry about that, I think it used to be free with a newsletter signup for them but it looks like they changed that. I edited my post's link so it doesn't say free any more :( This looks similar and free?

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