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35+ Handmade stocking stuffer ideas to sew

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It’s easy to come up with bigger gift ideas to sew, but I struggle with thinking of little gifts to sew and stick in stockings! I’ve been updating this list as I come across fun new ideas, and finally organized it into separate sections for kids’ stocking stuffers and adult stocking stuffers. Please leave a comment if I’ve missed any tiny gifts that you love to sew, too!

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Stocking stuffers you can sew for kids

felt mermaid toy pattern

I love these sweet mermaid softies with a pattern from Heather Handmade.

Snappy Kids Wallet from Zaaberry – I think this would work for adults too! I use something similar to keep my library card accessible in the book bag. My kids love little pouches like this.

christmas present upcycle sewing tutorial crayon roll

Sew some upcycled crayon holders with this diy tutorial here at Swoodson Says! These are super fast to make.

Most kids have earbuds these days, make them a cute little holder with this tutorial from Orange Bettie!

Toy Sleeping Bag from Its Always Autumn – this design is so darling, my kids would love it!

upcycled jeans sewing tutorial - making star shaped bean bags

Beanbags are fun to toss around for all ages, and these are machine washable AND upcycled! Go see the details in this beanbag tutorial here on Swoodson Says

felt and photo ornament

Make a meaningful keepsake ornament with this free polaroid ornament tutorial, here at Swoodson Says!

Fun buckle toy for kids, free tutorial here at Swoodson Says – this is so easy to make and little hands love it in carseats, especially if you have to drive for the holidays!

Fabric Scrap Finger Puppets from Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy Crafts – These are so cute and leave so much room for creativity. Sew up a whole bunch of blanks and wrap them with a fabric marker set – boom! Gift!

DIY zipper toy here at Swoodson Says – another “busy toy” to keep little hands occupied, this one is pretty and hand embroidered!

Sew up a sweet felt pocket kitty with my free pattern here at Swoodson Says – or choose from a bunch of other cute felt animals!

Christmas Tree Softie - a free pattern from Swoodson Says. Sew up a soft holiday tree to snuggle, turn it into a finger puppet, or add a ribbon and make it an ornament!

Christmas tree softie toy here at Swoodson Says – instead of reminding little people not to touch the tree, give them one that they can touch!

Fun fabric ball pattern from While She Naps – add a rattle, a jingle ball, etc. and make these double fun, you’re never too old for a ball.

Sweet snuggle snake softie here at Swoodson Says – my kids love playing with these, and they’d slither into a stocking easily.

Female & male superhero mask free sewing patterns from Cutesy Crafts – my kids are super into dress up so they would love these!

Felt & Fabric Memory Game from Straight Stitch Designs- Simple memory matching game that only requires the smallest scraps, so fun. I have an upcycled version with iron-on vinyl, if you want to see a different option.

Toy & Doll Superhero Cape - a free pattern from Swoodson Says to make a toy superhero cape from Swoodson Says. Includes the entire alphabet forward and reversed for applique or freezer paper stenciling.

Stuffed animal superhero cape pattern here at Swoodson Says – if you’re making a big kid cape, give their prized doll or stuffie a matching one with this free pattern!

Stocking stuffers you can sew for adults

If you’re looking for stocking stuffers to sew, for someone who sews, check out this list of pincushion tutorials & a round-up of sewing enamel pins!

how to make wide ear warmer sewing

Include a soft, fleece earwarmer from my free tutorial here on Swoodson Says.

Can Cozy from So Sew Easy – Everyone loves a can cozy! A quick project that’s easily personalized with fabric choice, applique, or embroidery.

diy flannel full scarf

Free cowl sewing pattern from Applegreen Cottage – this looks so cozy, and faster to sew than a traditional scarf.

how to sew computer wrist rests

Very old photo, but super simple wrist rests for the computer, here at Swoodson Says – great for anyone who works on a computer all day!

Hexie pot holder from Sew Can She – aren’t these gorgeous? They’d make a great host/ess gift to sew for parties, too.

Fun, finger painted bookmark tutorial here at Swoodson Says; I also have a fabric scrap bookmark and embroidered bookmark tutorial to choose from.

DIY salad bowl covers from Get Your Crap Together – this is a good idea for anyone on a “green” kick, pitch the plastic wrap for them and make these fun covers.

Fabric bow bracelet sewing tutorial from Polkadot Chair – fun gift to sew for a tween, these are so fancy!

Fabric Stamps from Nana Company – I can picture these used for scrapbooking, imaginative play, or room decor!

pen holder bookmark diy

Another bookmark idea; Sew Can She has this fun pen holder for the journalers!

English paper pieced coaster pattern here at Swoodson Says – I also have a fast, HST coaster tutorial or a no-sew felt coaster tutorial to choose from!

Coffee cozy pattern from Skip to my Lou – so cozy for fall, I love how these look.

diy flannel full scarf

Roll up a cozy flannel infinity scarf with my tutorial here on Swoodson Says!

how to make a diy phone cord weight

I am gifting a bunch of these this year! Make a phone cord weight with quilting cotton scraps, for the tech-y in your life.

Pretty little zippered pouch from Sew Can She – everyone can use a zip pouch and they’re easy to personalize with fabric choice.

Free coffee cup sewing pattern from Sew Some Stuff – another option with fun felt acccents.

DIY Upcycled Heart Handwarmer Tutorial - use up wool scraps and upcycle yourself the perfect Valentine's Day gift or Christmas stocking stuffer!

Upcycled sweater handwarmers here at Swoodson Says – good for gifting in cold climates, these keep pockets cozy warm!

Simple Wallet sewing tutorial Sewing by Stephanie – this would work well for kids too, it’s so simple and cute.

Lined sunglasses case here at Swoodson Says – I use one of these for hiking and in my purse all the time, they’d be a great gift!

Manicure Wallet tutorial from Noodlehead – another fun tween one, these are adorable.

Sassy sleep mask here at Swoodson Says – you can’t buy sleep but you can buy comfier rest with a sassy sleep mask!

Woven fabric star ornament from Mister Domestic – aren’t these gorgeous? They’d be such a fun surprise in a stocking! I have even more fabric Christmas ornaments tutorials linked here!

fold up thread catcher sewing tutorial

Folds Up Mini Thread Catcher sold by Studio LUCA – they’re designed for sewing but I think they’d be great holding change or tiny toys, too!

handmade scrunchie diy

Handmade scrunchie tutorial here at Swoodson Says! I used old leggings to make these, but any fabric would work.

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Friday 26th of December 2014

the Can Cozy from So Sew Easy is my fave... I want to try this next year using my scrap stash! Thank you for sharing.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Monday 29th of December 2014

It is so clever! I'm going to make one for Father's Day I think.

Amy Mayen

Tuesday 23rd of December 2014

fabuolous ideas Stephanie!! I wish. Weren't so last minute this year...but thanks for the inspiration:)

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 25th of December 2014

Thanks Amy! My machine is having issues, so I didn't have a chance to use any of them myself :(


Monday 22nd of December 2014

Great ideas! Little gifts are always fun to make, plus I definitely have a stash of scraps!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 25th of December 2014

Don't we all!! Thanks for reading :)

Vicky myers

Monday 22nd of December 2014

Some great ideas, particularly love the cushion cover.

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 25th of December 2014

Thanks for reading Vicky!


Monday 22nd of December 2014

Great ideas! I need to work on using up my fabrics are always so alluring though! :/ haha

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 25th of December 2014

I hear you!! My scrap bin is overflowing though, so I need to use them up before I cut anything new. I feel too guilty to throw stuff away if it could be used :)

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