Celebrating Mom: 8 handmade gift ideas for Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is just around the corner!

Remember when we were in school and our teachers would always come up with a wonderful crafty item that we could make for our moms for their special day? I know my mom always treasured those childlike (but oh, so cute) elementary-school gifts, just as I treasured the gifts I received from my kids. Now that we’re adults, we have to come up with our own ideas. Below, you’ll find some suggestions to get you thinking and creating for Mother’s Day!

Simply Simple table runner
Simply Simple from
The Big Book of Table Toppers

Table runners and toppers are always welcome gifts. This table runner is super quick and easy to make—just start with a focus print in Mom’s favorite colors or motifs and you’ll have the perfect gift in no time!

Spring Mosaic quilt
Spring Mosaic from
Moda All-Stars: Lucky Charm Quilts

This sweet quilt designed by Sandy Gervais could be a topper or a wall hanging. Start with a couple of charm packs and voilà!

Little Love quilt
Little Love from
Moda All-Stars: Mini Marvels

Your gift doesn’t have to be large; it just needs to be from the ❤! Mom will most certainly get the message with this little fabric love letter.

Little House Pincushion
Little House Pincushion from
Cottage-Style Charm

Is Mom a fiber fanatic? If so, then a handmade pincushion could be the answer. They’re just irresistible! How about this cutie in Mom’s favorite colors?

Buttoned Napkin and Tea Bag Holder
Buttoned Napkin and Tea Bag Holder from
Simple, Fun & Quickly Done

Is Mom a tea lover? If so, why not whip up a matched set of caddies for her table? Fill the tea-bag caddy with her favorite teas. Then, make it extra-special by including a package of her favorite tea-time cookies.

All Squared Up Tote
All Squared Up Tote from
Sew This and That!

Is it possible to own too many bags? I think not! This great little tote uses 2½" squares (or mini charms) so that you can do a little scrap-busting while making Mom a happy shopper!

Squeezed for time (aren’t we all)? Any of the books above would make a dandy gift as well. Here are some other ideas for great Mother’s Day gifts:

If Mom needs a little eye candy, our series of beauty books from superstars of the maker world might be just the thing.

Minick and Simpson Blue & White A Common Thread Stitches to Savor

Our Big Book series gives YOU a lot of bang for your buck and gives Mom a variety of projects to choose from.

The Big Book of Strip Quilts The Big Book of Scrappy Quilts The Big Book of Fat Quarter Quilts
See more books in our Big Book series!

Hopefully we’ve armed you with great ideas for the greatest Mom ever!

How do you celebrate Mother’s Day: brunch and a stroll outdoors, a backyard get-together with family, a day of relaxation and pampering? Tell us in the comments!

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19 Comments (leave a comment)

  • Mother’s Day for me is a walk down memory lane as she passed away some 25 years ago. The breakfast we prepared and the flowers we picked in our own (or our neighbour’s)garden, her happy smile.

    —Hedda Boon on April 17, 2017
  • Mother’s Day for me is a different sort of walk down Memory Lane than for Hedda Boon (1st comment): my mom has been in Memory Care for over 4 years since a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease in December 2012. The extended care facility in which she lives affectionately calls the memory care unit "Memory Lane." As the disease progresses each Mother’s Day since Dec 2012 has been unlike each one before. Although she no longer seems to know me, and she rarely speaks, I treasure visiting Mom, catching the occasional smile, and sharing memories and love with the siblings and other loved ones able join in the visit.

    —Jane on April 17, 2017
  • On the 3 NEW big easy books….are those just updated covers on the existing books or entirely NEW BOOKS?

    Hi Catherine, our Big Book series are compilations of projects from a variety of Martingale books – the projects have been seen in other books, but the format and grouping of projects is entirely new. It’s a great way to get the best of a smorgasbord of Martingale books. 🙂 Thanks for your question! –Jenny

    —Catherine on April 17, 2017
  • My mom is in assisted living. I have brunch with her at an Eskaton facility. We celebrate mother’s day with good food, company, and just happiness being together. All of my family attends including my children and their spouses and children and my brother. She’s 91.

    —Frances Claassens on April 17, 2017
  • My Mom and Mother-in-law have passed away for many years. Every day our memories. I try to honor her and my mother in law by the life I live. I try to be a good mother-in-law to my son and daughter in law. Many lessons to learn. Love these projects.

    —carol on April 17, 2017
  • My husband and I get my Mom and take her out to dinner. We take her a bouquet because she loves flowers.

    —Paula S on April 17, 2017
  • I celebrate with my daughter and grandchildren. We usually go out for brunch.

    —Jackie Wisherd on April 17, 2017
  • I call my Mom (now 91) on the phone and wait to hear from my own 3 grown children. Then my husband usually cooks for me! I can spend more time sewing.

    —Linda Towers on April 18, 2017
  • My mom lives 8 hours away, so usually I will send her a pretty card and phone her on Mother’s Day. This year we are hoping that she and my dad ( and my in-laws too~can’t leave out my mother-in-law!) will come visit us for a few days so we can all have a pretty breakfast together and spend the day doing something special.

    Monique on April 18, 2017
  • A day of hiding out in the sewing room!!! 🙂

    —Ali on April 18, 2017
  • We celebrate several generations of mother’s all in one day with a meal prepared with favorites for each mom surrounded by the love of all of our special people.

    —Kristy on April 18, 2017
  • We have a family get together for Mother’s Day!

    —Angela Short on April 19, 2017
  • I lost my Mom when I was 36 so it has been many years since then. My children all live thousands of miles away so no celebrating in person. I get a phone call and that makes me Happy.

    —Robin on April 19, 2017
  • We usually go out to lunch after church. Go for a walk, or play games after lunch. My mom is now 91, so it deserves a Big celebration.

    —Karen B. on April 21, 2017
  • My Mama has gone to heaven but I still have my wonderful mother-in-paw, who taught me to love quilts and quilting. Not sure what her present will be this year, but it will be given with lots of love, she’s a treasure.

    —Renee Welton on April 21, 2017
  • I celebrate with my kids and grandchildren. The guys usually make dinner for us…something we request. I call my mom and try to send her something small.

    —Kathie on April 21, 2017
  • Just having everyone home and being together is a great joy.

    —Maclary on April 21, 2017
  • This will be my first year without mom. I think I’ll just take Ali’s advice (above) and hide out in my sewing room.

    —Pearl on April 24, 2017
  • A family get together and a shared meal is always the best for our family.

    —Linda Klungle on April 25, 2017

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