There are lots of reasons to try and make gifts from upcycled materials, whether you want to save money, avoid buying excess packaging, or add a personalized touch by using a loved one’s old clothes. I rounded up a bunch of upcycle sewing tutorials that I think would make great gifts to hopefully inspire you to give the gift of upcycled handmade this year! Please let me know if you have any other favorites I should add to the list.
Need more gift inspiration?
- If you need stocking stuffer ideas for yourself, check out this post of stocking stuffers for sewists!
- Handmade gift ideas to sew for men
- Handmade stocking stuffer ideas to sew
- 10+ upcycled christmas ornaments to make from old clothes
- What to do with old jeans – 45+ sewing tutorials
Don’t just upcycle your gift, upcycle the packaging too!
- Top your upcycled gift off with an upcycled fabric gift tag tutorial!
- Wrap it in an upcycled bag
- Or skip the bag and wrap it in decorated no sew t-shirt furoshiki
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Upcycle sewing tutorials that make great gifts
Sew some upcycled crayon holders with this diy tutorial here at Swoodson Says! These are super fast to make.
Sweet little upcycled baby shoe tutorial from Heather Handmade.
You could do this with any tote or pouch pattern; turn an old leather coat into a bag! Check out how I made this simple tote, with the upcycled bag tutorial here on my site.
Check out this tutorial that upcycles a button up shirt into a book cover! Shared on The Sewing Directory.
Beanbags are so fun for toddlers and young kids! Chop up your old jeans and sew some star shaped ones, free pattern here on my site.
A super clever old swimsuit/athleticwear upcycle – make splash balls for the pool or bathtub! Tutorial at Cucicucicoo.
Upcycle your old leggings into scrunchies! See how to sew a scrunchie here on my site, with a size for little kids and adults.
Upcycled tshirt to backpack tutorial from Heather Handmade, this is perfect for toting treasures!
Turn any tshirt into a cozy pillow! This is perfect for band or sports shirts too; I made a holiday version and shard the tutorial here on my site.
Technically this is no sew but it is upcycled and uses fabric scraps so I’m including it! See how to make a wrist pincushion over at Heather Handmade.
See how to upcycle an old tshirt into an ornament and give a fun personalized gift this year!
Such a fun idea, Alicia turned old baby clothes into a DIY quiet book, what a fun baby gift.
Sew a cozy hat from an old sweater! I have a tutorial here, no pattern necessary, on my site.
A cozy winter project; turn an old sweater into a mug cozy with this tutorial at Vicky Myers Creations.
Sew some super cheap stuffed animals with this tshirt upcycle project here on my site!
Who doesn’t want a nice thick quilt to cuddle under! This is super simple, a diy rag quilt tutorial from Frugal Family Times.
Handwarmers from wool sweaters are super cozy and quick to sew! I have two styles and a free pattern here on my site.
No fabric necessary, use old shopping bags and create simple zipper pouches, love this idea from Too Much Love.
Who doesn’t love getting plants as presents! Stick them in a cute upcycled denim planter, see how to make it here on my site.
A sweet vintage linen upcycle, turn them into a knitting needle holder with this simple tutorial from Mom Advice.
If you have a friend who loves ornaments, make them a fun little felt house out of jeans pockets! Get the free ornament pattern here on my site.
Sew funky little “elf mittens” for kids with this upcycle sweater tutorial from Sew Can She.
Turn all those old receiving blankets into a toddler quilt with this sewing tutorial from Scratch and Stitch!
Or use up flannel shirts and turn them into a quilt too! Tutorial here on Swoodson Says.
Turn an old tie into a zipper pouch with this sewing tutorial from Polkadot Chair.
Perfect for big kids, make a memory matching game from old jeans! If you don’t do vinyl, use a stencil or more fabric scraps instead, see the upcycled toy tutorial here on my site.
Upcycled wool sweater mittens are so fun and this pattern looks like a really nice fit, find it and the tutorial at Make and Do Crew.
Turn an old sock into a DIY upcycled coffee cozy with some sweet felt hearts and a few stitches!
Last but not least, this is a pattern for sale as opposed to a free tutorial but super cute dog bone shaped stocking upcycled from a button up shirt! There is a cat option too, by Tie Dye Diva sewing patterns.
Another big project? An upcycled applique quilt! I made this for our family friends and I miss it, find the pattern I used linked and more details in this post.