7 quick gifts to sew for Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15. Feeling gift-stumped?

Sure, time’s ticking. But if you’ve got an hour here and there to spare, there’s still plenty of time to stitch a special gift. Our gift ideas for dads are quick enough to sew in less than a weekend, and yes, macho enough to impress even the manliest of men.

Now, we know that our female designers often use brights, florals, pastels—PINK!—in the projects they create. If you have a hard time seeing beyond the colors and fabrics presented in a project, we offer you this palette to work from:

Neutrals--the perfect color palette for Father's Day!
Color palette from Modern Neutrals—an unusually guy-friendly quilt book!

You simply can’t go wrong with neutrals for guys, right? Search your stash for these hues, add a sprinkle of Dad’s favorite color to the fabric pile, and you’ll be ready to sew.

Here’s to celebrating Dad with something handmade and from the heart!


7 quick gifts to sew for Dad

Tech Dad
Got a Dad’s who’s never without his iPad? Personalize a tablet cover that he’ll use every day. A flannel piece inside the cover gives added protection to the screen.

Color Block iPad Cover
Get the “Color-Block iPad Cover” pattern in
Sew Gifts!

What dad wouldn’t want a quilt made in his honor? We love Amy Ellis’s “Circuit Board” quilt not only for its cool geometric design, but also because it’s made of simple repeat blocks. Whip up a small wall quilt for Dad’s office with just a few blocks, or stitch a larger lap quilt for couch time.

Circuit Board quilt
Get the pattern for “Circuit Board” in
Modern Neutrals

Coffee Dad
Know a dad who’s crazy for coffee? Sew one or both of these coffee-friendly projects. You can repurpose one of dad’s old sweaters to make the coffee cozy! Include a gift card to his favorite java joint.

Coffee gift ideas for dads
Find the “Recycled Wool Cup Cozy” pattern in
Sew the Perfect Gift; find the “I ♥ Coffee French-Press Cozy” pattern in The New Handmade or get the ePattern here.

Chef Dad
If you know a dad who loves to cook or barbecue, make him a signature set of kitchen staples to bring out his inner foodie. Create this quick-to-sew potholder and oven mitt in more masculine colors: think contrasting blues, taupes and browns, or even black and white.

Gift ideas for dad--pot holder and oven mitt
See both projects in
The New Handmade or download the individual ePatterns here and here.

On-the-Go Dad
If the dad you’re sewing for is like many dads, he carries only the essentials when he’s out and about: keys, plastic, and cash. This nifty little design holds all three. Consider light and dark grays, browns, or blacks to mimic a man’s leather wallet.

Card and Key Wallet
Get the “Card Key and Wallet” pattern in
Sew Gifts! (+ 24 more fun gift ideas)

What have you made for your dad in years past? Share your gift ideas!


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