Sewing gifts for mom: 24 quick-to-make projects

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10. Still deciding on a special gift for Mom? With only three days left until her big day, it’s times like these when your sewing skills sure do come in handy!

Today we’ve rounded up some fun Mother’s Day gifts that you can sew—and you can complete most of them in a few hours or less. Take a look, download an eBook, and spoil Mom with your stitches.

Chef Mom

Sewing gifts for mom
“Too-Hot-to-Handle Pot Holders” from Kitchen Stitches 2 “Easy Appliqué Potholder” from Sweet and Simple Sewing 3 “Not-for-Guests-Only Dish Towel” from Kitchen Stitches (super easy: make a set!) 4 “Double-Handed Pot Holder” from Kitchen Stitches 5 “Shirt Tales Apron” from Kitchen Stitches (Ask Dad to donate a shirt?) 6 “Oven Mitt” ePattern

Globetrotter Mom

Sewing gifts for mom
“Luggage Tags” from Sweet and Simple Sewing 2 “Literary Genius eReader Cover” from Sew Practical 3 “Jelly Roll Tote” ePattern 4 “Curling Iron Cozy” from Sweet and Simple Sewing 5 “Heartfelt Journal” from Sew the Perfect Gift 6 “Makeup Bag” from Sweet and Simple Sewing

TRY THIS: make one of these travel-friendly projects each time you need a gift for Mom (birthdays, Christmas, etc.). You can even coordinate them by using her favorite color scheme. Before you know it, you’ll have sewn an entire travel set!

Hostess-with-the-Mostest Mom

Sewing gifts for mom
1 “Wine Glass Charms” from Kitchen Stitches 2 “Pocket Place Mats” from Sew Practical 3 “Coasters with Curves” from Kitchen Stitches 4 “Woven Place Mat” from Make It, Take It 5 “Apron Strings” waist apron from Sew Practical 6 “Watermelon” from Table Toppers

Sew-Loving Mom

Sewing gifts for mom
1 “Double Scissor Keeper” from Make It, Take It 2 “Tranquility” from Little Gems 3 “Pincushion Collection” from Patchwork Loves Embroidery 4 “Order Coffee Every 60 Minutes in a Coffee Shop” from Back to Charm School (sew just 4 coffee-cup blocks for a quick table topper)  5 “Half Moon Needle Case” from Make It, Take It 6 “Bigmouthed Thread Catcher” from Make It, Take It

What’s your best mom memory? Tell us in the comments.

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  • My Mother lived for 99.7 years & she would have been 105 this year…I miss her dearly. One of the best memories was when my Father commissioned an artist to fashion a tall vase for her birthday & I was in on the secret. The artist lived just down the alley from us & I frequently checked in on him to see how the "project" was progressing. He realized how much my Mother meant to me & allowed me to help form the vase on his potting wheel.I was about 10 or 11 years old. What a thrill & even more satisfying is the fact that I now have that vase on my piano full of cat tails & stems of wheat which were painted in the vase before firing as those were what she liked to use in the vase. That vase is over 65 yrs old & highly valued as the artist is highly collectible. I know this doesn’t involve sewing but art is art and memories are memories and sewing is an art unto itself.

    Dorothy Dishman on May 7, 2015
  • My mother is no longer here she passed away in 2009, however I will always be thankful for the gift of sewing she gave me. My mother taught me to sew and love textiles. She was the collector of fabric, books, machines, notions, anything sewing related. I have inherited her collections and enjoy sharing with others. My latest involvement is acting as a resource leader for a 4-H club, the girls just finished tote bags and then chose fabric for PJ bottoms. Can you believe picking out every thing we need from one stash!

    —Elayne Novotny on May 7, 2015
  • One of my favourite Mom stories is from vacation a number of years ago. The first quilt shop we stopped at had a kids quilt hanging up and Mom really liked it. She said "can I make that" and I replied "yes". It was basically WOF stips sewn together. So I told her what she would need (WOF strips cut 3 to 4″). At every quilt shop we stopped at she would purchase another half yard or yard of fabric. By the end of the trip she had enough fabric to make at least 6 of these quilts! When we were back home, she made a quilt using this pattern and decided that she didn’t like making this quilt pattern. She is still using up those pieces of fabric!

    —Vicky on May 7, 2015
  • One of my favorite Mom memories was when we went to visit and took a wood bowl to show her. My husband had turned it and he wanted her to see it. When she took it in her hands she rubbed her hands all I’ve it and, with tears in her eyes, she smiled. She told us that she was remembering when her father had done woodworking when she was a child. We left the bowl with her, she died a month later. Every time I see that bowl, I think of Mom.

    —JoAnne T. on May 7, 2015
  • I always enjoyed the times when my family would go to my parents house for a meal. My mom was in her element in the kitchen. She loved nothing more than preparing a wonderful table full of food…and of course, the time she got to spend with her grandchildren. I was fortunate to absorb the lessons and recipes in order to pass them on to my children. Even now that she is no longer with us, whenever my kids visit and I ask them what they want for dinner….it’s always something they had at "grandma’s house"!! Top choice – fried pork tenderloin medallions with rice and tomato gravy and steamed green beans and biscuits. I can make it in my sleep..

    —debra lee on May 7, 2015
  • One of my best memories of my Mom was…there were 5 girls in my family, and one by one we would gather in the family room and make a pot of tea and just sit and talk about things happening in our lives or the days events…Had lots of laughs and loved to hear Mom tell us stories of her growing up in England(she was English) and how she and dad met. We always enjoyed that, and then baby brother would come in and we’d just laugh all the more…he had some stories for all of us!

    —Jeanette S on May 7, 2015
  • My best MOM memory is the wonderful smile on her face, her heart so full of love that it just overflows on everyone she meets, and her great laugh. I LOVE HER TO THE MOON AND BACK !

    —Dot on May 7, 2015
  • My greatest memories with my Mom was spending 6 weeks in Alaska with her at my sister’s (she lives in Chugiak). We traveled around and saw sights that I never knew truly existed. After we returned home, my Mom taught me how to sew together some Log Cabin blocks that she had cut out earlier. Six months later my Mom went to heaven to be with her Lord. Miss her with every hour that passes.

    —Gayle L. on May 7, 2015
  • My best Mom memory is the joy she had at the birth of each grandchild and great grandchild. She was not a quilter or sewer, but she knitted mittens for all of the grandchildren and shared her wonderful sense of humor with all. I miss her everyday.

    —Diane on May 8, 2015
  • Moms (and Dads) are people, too! As a child you never think of your parents as having a ‘life.’ I planned ahead for my parents 50th wedding anniversary. I wanted to make them a special album of memories – including their friends, too. I copied all the addresses of their friends and made up a ‘questionnaire form’ to mail them. I got back SO MUCH MORE… some people wrote letters or sent photos. I saw my parents through the eyes of their friends! I made a fabric covered album with photo transfers. When we presented the album to them… as they looked through it, even my Dad cried. I had never seen him cry! That book became one of their prized possessions over the years… especially as friends passed away…

    —Gina M on May 8, 2015
  • This may sound very negative, but it is not. When I was a kid, many times when I got home from school, Mom was in the kitchen ironing. One day when I walked in, I was whining about something (I was a big whiner) M<om turned to me with hands on hips and said "someday I hope you have a daughter that whines just like you". Well, she put a curse on me and I have a whining daughter. She's 49 now and still whines at times. I smile inwardly and always remember Mom. She's been gone for 20 years and my biggest regret is she never got to meet her great grandkids.

    —Joanne on May 8, 2015
  • One of my fondest memories is of my mother sitting at her Featherweight Singer sewing while I sat on the bed and played in her button box. Later she would give me pieces of fabric to wrap around my dolls. Then she would take the same fabric and make me some real doll clothes. Now I keep thinking about things I wished I had asked her when she was alive. I miss her every day.

    —Judy Purcell on May 8, 2015
  • My mom was a dressmaker. I used to sit near the table while she was cutting fabrics for the dresses she would sew. She told me that I could pick up whatever scraps fell on the floor to use for my own dolls. One day she was cutting up the pieces for a wedding gown, silk and satin. A big piece floated down my way so I quickly snatched it up and started to cut up the pieces for my own use. Then I noticed Mom was upset, so I asked her why. "I’m sure I have already cut the sleeves for the gown, but I can’t find them", and she showed me the pattern, so I held up the piece and asked if it was the one. She didn’t get mad, but then she had to run back to the fabric store to buy more fabric, which luckily was still in stock. She then told me that from that moment I was to pick up only small pieces that fell on the floor and always give back to her any big pieces.
    Same thing happened to me with my grandchild, some 60 years later.

    —Aida Jacques on May 8, 2015
  • Mom quotes. All kinds of sayings for all kinds of situations. I use them myself, with a smile.

    —Diana O. on May 10, 2015

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