Stocking stuffers to sew, gift ideas on a small scale
With so much craziness going on this year it might have escaped your notice, but Christmas is only a few weeks away! How did it sneak up on us so fast?
If you’ve not already started it might be too late to sew large projects for all of your friends and family, but don’t worry, we’ve put together a list of small, cute projects they will love.
These projects are quick to sew, use small amounts of fabric and materials, and are ideal for stocking stuffers, small extra gifts, or just for fun.
Sew a small wallet to contain a gift card, a tiny zipper pouch to gift some cash inside, a jewelry pouch for that necklace you’re giving, or a nice fabric tote for that special bottle of wine. Even patterns for the Christmas Stockings themselves.
Stocking stuffers to sew
These projects pack a mighty punch in a small packet. When time or resources are short, you can quickly sew up these small stocking stuffer projects for friends and family so that everybody gets a handmade gift this year.
These mini projects make the ideal way to present a gift too, such as a gift card, some cash, or small items like jewelry. They turn a store-bought gift into something so much more personal.
Dog treat carrier zipper bag free pattern
As the designer of this free pattern says – every dog needs a bit of encouragement on a long walk, and this bone-shaped mini carrier bag allows you to bring along a few treats.
To help it stay and keep clean the bag is lined with vinyl. It is also big enough that you can pop in a few poop bags to tidy up after Rover has done his business. Once you have made one all you need to do is to hook it to your belt, your pack, Rover’s collar or lead, and you’re good to go.
Lip Balm Keychain Holder free pattern and video tutorial
Use this lip balm holder keychain tutorial and free pattern to sew a cute and cozy space to keep your lip balm always safe and handy!
Lip balms are really so easy to lose. Being so small they really are hard to keep track of. And just when you really need one you cannot remember where you put it last. Or you know it’s somewhere in the bottom of your purse, if only you could find it without having to take out half of the contents.
Triangle Coin Wallet pattern
This is the Triangle Coin Wallet sewing pattern and it’s an absolutely perfect pattern for a beginner sewer to work on. It’s both simple and quick to sew. It’s the ideal scrap buster too, is pretty and practical, and makes a nice gift to sew for your girlfriends.
This cute little coin pouch has one small pocket for folded notes and the main coin pocket. To close the wallet there is a magnetic snap.
Hand sanitizer pouch
We've several patterns to choose from, including full video tutorials, for these handy pouches. The hand sanitizer pouch is available in a couple of sizes to take different sized bottles. Use a clip to hang the pouch from your purse and keep the hand sanitizer easily to hand!
Fabric Gift Bags pattern
The designer of these great Fabric Gift Bags gives you the choice of three different designs for all your gifts – tall, square or wide and in two different sizes – small and large. Within that large range all in the same pattern, you are sure to find a gift bag that exactly suits what you need to ‘wrap’.
They are perfect for all your gifts whether it’s for Christmas, birthday, a baby shower or wedding. They take up very little space as they can be folded flat and they are reusable.
Lip Lock Lipstick case sewing pattern
If you are just starting out in sewing then this could be the perfect project for you. You can make this lipstick holder in no time at all and it is easy to make. The Lip Lock case can be made using scraps of fabric with the finalised measurements being just 4″ wide by 4″ high.
You can make several of these adorable lipstick holders so that you always have your favorite tubes on hand. And if you want you can make some to give away as gifts or you could even sell them.
Remy Mini Wallet pattern
This is possibly the cutest ever mini wallet. It’s a fat-quarter friendly project that still has space for cards, notes and coins.
This Remy Mini Wallet is suitable for both women and men, just change the fabrics and choose from one of the 6 different closures to change it up.
On the inside, Remy has 4 card slots and a big slip pocket for bills/receipt, while on the outside there is a zipper pocket for change.
DIY Jewelry Organizer FREE pattern
Here’s a super practical and cute drawstring jewelry storage and organizer pattern from a fabulous designer who as a bonus has given us all the pattern to try for FREE.
If you make yourself one of these easy-to-make DIY Jewelry Organizers then there will be no more searching for your earrings and a matching necklace and no more tangled messes. It makes the perfect jewelry storage pouch for when you travel with your jewelry. It also looks really cute on your dresser or nightstand.
This could be a lovely gift idea too, especially if you plan to give a piece of jewelry. Make up the bag to gift with the jewelry inside for an extra special thought.
Teeny Tiny Keyring Zipper Pouch FREE sewing pattern & video
You can learn how to sew a cute Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch to go on your key ring or clip on your bag. Just enough to carry a lip balm, a little money, etc.
Sometimes you don’t need a bag. You just need something small enough to take a lip balm and a few notes and coins. With the Teeny Tiny Zipper Pouch, you just need a tiny amount of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster project.
We have several wine and bottle totes and bags on the site, and each one is ideal for gift giving. Whether its a nice bottle of wine or something a little stronger for the festive season, giving the bottle in a smart bag turns a simple store bought gift into something more personal.
Wine and bottle totes available for one or two bottles.
No Christmas would be complete without one, so we have several Christmas Stocking sewing patterns available for you to choose from. Pick a plaid, tartan or something in festive colors for a traditional look, or a favorite cartoon character print for the kids, and something glittery for a teen.
Everyone needs a stocking full of fun little gifts to open on Christmas morning.
Ashley Drawstring Pouch Free sewing pattern
A drawstring bag was the first sewing project I ever made so I know these are very beginner-friendly. Back then I couldn’t even sew a straight line, but a pattern like this is very forgiving and it’s so rewarding to sew your first project and make something immediately usable. These are great for teaching someone to sew, but also handy every day for all of us as storage bags, gift bags and so much more.
10 Minute Sunglasses Case FREE sewing video
We have brought you today a FREE video showing you how to make a Sunglasses Case. The 13-minute video shows you how you could make your very own sunglasses or eyeglasses case in just 10 to 15 minutes. The detailed video takes you through this simple task and once you have made one you’ll want to make others as gifts or even to sell.
Business Card Holder FREE sewing pattern
This is a super slim wallet that fits multiple business cards, gift cards, or credit cards. It’s a perfect beginner project that sews up in 30 minutes or less, start to finish.
Here’s your chance to learn to sew with cork fabric using this free pattern to create a super slim wallet that is perfect for cards of any type. If you’ve never tried sewing with cork fabric before, this is the chance to get started. It’s buttery soft, very durable, doesn’t fray, sews like a dream, has a unisex look and will wow your friends!
Wanderer Wallet sewing pattern
The Wanderer Wallet is a small, elegant and slimline wallet designed to hold cards, coins, and notes in a neat package. The three different designs allow you to have a bit of fun with them. And it’s also an ideal project to sew for your guy.
This wallet is actually perfect for those that prefer a smaller wallet to tuck into their pocket, or who like to just carry a small bag with the essentials, without carrying a full large wallet. This pattern is fast and easy, and the designer is convinced that once all your friends and family see yours that they’ll be asking you for one!
Nice and neat manicure kit - FREE sewing pattern
This one is a super simple and easy tutorial for a manicure kit. You can make one for yourself or you can make some as beautiful gifts for a friend or loved one. The design is pretty basic so it is ideal for a beginner sewer who wants an easy and quick project.
The kit opens up with ample room for all the tools one would need to keep those fingernails looking lovely. It then folds up nice and compact to be taken along with you.
Fabric Covered Padded Boxes FREE sewing tutorial
Storage boxes are always great to have around the house and when the designer gives you a great tutorial and it is FREE then we can all be happy sewers.
These fabric-covered padded boxes are really easy to make and if you wish you can easily adapt the instructions to make a round box of any size you like. When finished these boxes are 4″ by 5 1/2″.
You don’t even need to buy or find the boxes, as the tutorial also shows you how to make the box too, so you make the whole thing from scratch. Combine a bit of crafting and card work with your fabric and you’ll make pretty storage boxes for the home or even pretty gift boxes for the holidays and birthdays.
Fabric Luggage Tags FREE sewing pattern
Personalising your luggage is easy if you make yourself some of these bright and cheery luggage tags. Inside the luggage tag, there are two pockets for the address label as well as room for some business cards or some paper cash. Make your black suitcase easy to identify when it pops onto the luggage carousel with a bright tag in your favorite fabrics. Make a coordinated set for the whole family.
Lil Reindeer Antlers Hair Clip FREE sewing tutorial
Cheryl from Sew Can Do gives us all another holiday wearable FREE tutorial. This one is so fun and festive!
This really gets you thinking about Christmas and getting you in that wonderful Christmas mood. It’s a merry time and these are inexpensive to make and a great way to dress up any outfit. Cheryl says, wearing one of these cute hair clips makes for some terrific holiday photos, and we agree!
These Lil Reindeer Antlers Hair Clips are quick and easy to make and only use basic craft supplies.
Goody, goody gumballs treat bag
We love a fun novelty bag here at Sew Modern Bags. Sometimes there are only so many purses you can sew for yourself, so branch out a little into some other ideas.
We think this one is genius! This treat bag actually dispenses and is ideal for all sorts of treats and occasions. Change up your fabrics to suit the holiday or occasion.
You can make these for Easter to dispense those cute mini eggs, or make them for Christmas to dispense seasonal treats. How about making them as the most adorable wedding favors with sugared almonds or similar!
The velcro closure at the top allows for easy filling.
Snow Globe Zipper Pouch FREE sewing tutorial
With Christmas approaching here’s a great fun project to make your very own Snow Globe Zipper Pouch.
With this fabulous FREE tutorial from thermoweb.com, you can make this cute little zipper pouch that features a reverse applique snow globe. With some HeatNBond Lite, you can make sweet little fabric snow globes, that make great gifts for family and friends or even a snow globe collector.
Koala Zipper Pouch
Here’s a cute zipper pouch sewing pattern featuring a Koala face. It’s a great gift for an animal lover in your life and a perfect grab-and-go wristlet.
Using this pattern you will be able to create this cute zipper pouch featuring a Koala face. It’s a great gift for an animal lover in your life and a perfect grab-and-go wristlet. Kids will love them too!
Check out the FULL RANGE of cute animal pouches here
Crisscross Cards Mini Wallet FREE sewing pattern
If you only have time for a quick sew then this little project will be ideal for you. This is a very simple small pouch with 2 diagonal card slots on each side, uses very little fabric (it’s fat quarter friendly) and is perfect for a quick sew.
Carry just a few cards, or use it for your receipts, paper money, coupons – any time you want to keep yourself organised without carrying a large wallet or purse.
This could also make a good business card holder. When someone asks you about your fabulous purse or handbag you are carrying, get out this cute wallet and give them one of your business cards and maybe take an order for a custom purse – and a matching card wallet too!
Copious Card Wallet (+ video) sewing pattern
In this fun to sew handy organiser, Diane from Spencer-Ogg patterns is trying something new. This download supplies printable pattern pieces with just video instructions for those visual learners.
Developed so you have somewhere to keep all those extra store cards, a shopping list or bank notes – and your trolley/cart token or coin easily to hand!
Pop it in your wallet or pocket when you need it, drop it inside your purse, hang it inside your bag from the strap, or use it as a lanyard. The hanging strap is an optional addition but does make it easy to find in your bag and adds some extra security too.
Quilted Needle Book sewing pattern
All sewers need a Needle Book and here is a most adorable Quilted Needle Book sewing pattern in two sizes. You’ll be able to make a Needle Book that is perfect for keeping your hand sewing needles, and great as a sewing kit when you are on the go.
This brilliant pattern from a most talented designer gives you so many sewing options it is incredible. The pattern includes instructions for two different covers, three different types of pockets, and three different closures, giving you so many ways for you to personalize your own Needle Book. No wonder this is one of this designers most popular patterns.
Nickel Wallet FREE sewing pattern
OK, this is as simple a wallet as you will ever make, as it only has 2 seams.
The Nickel Wallet comes with a FREE pattern. It’s a minimalist-style wallet for just the essentials. It has one smaller center pocket that is perfect for cash and a smaller credit card pocket on both the front and back. This is a perfect stash buster and only uses a 7″ by 10″ piece of cork, vinyl, leather, Kraft Tex or any non-fraying material.
This is the ideal 5-minute stocking stuffer gift idea. Use it for the holiday season or for birthdays and include a gift card. You’ll be surprised how often you might use this mini wallet to hold your ID, reward card, points card, travel card etc. Just the sort of minimalist wallet your guy might love!
Zig-Zag Pouches (3 sizes) sewing patterns
Zig-Zags are fun funky zipper pouches and are as fun to sew as they are to use. They will definitely fascinate the young and old alike. When open they lay flat and when zipped up they create funky shapes.
These are great for kids from 3 to 99! Watch the amazement in their eyes when they zip and unzip them. Fill them with chocolates, toys, or sewing items.
They are fast and fun to make and are perfect for the confident beginner sewer. They are a great way to use up your scraps or FQ’s.
Iris Zipper Pouch (3 sizes) sewing pattern
Here’s a cute set of three different sized triangle-shaped zipper bags with a flat base. Now’s your chance to sew these Iris Zipper Pouches which are ideal for cosmetics, pens and pencils, hobby supplies, and more.
Each of the pouches is lined with no raw edges or binding, and have a zipper closure. This pattern uses continuous zipper tape and zipper tabs at the ends.
Makeup Brush Roll-Up FREE sewing tutorial
The very talented and generous designer, Fort Worth Fabric Studio, has a fun tutorial to share with us all and it’s FREE.
This Makeup Brush Roll-up is super functional, and a cute addition to your makeup bag! This would make a fun gift or stocking stuffer for Christmas this year.
It doesn’t take much time to make one of these and they don’t take up a lot of fabric either! So it’s kind of a win-win as the designer says!
Sweet Treats Goody Bag
These candy-shaped, gift bags will be as fun to make as they are to receive! Use the barrel-shaped bag for small toys and candy, and the round bag is just perfect for gift cards or money. Scrap-friendly, fast and easy!
Lewis Wallet sewing pattern (with video)
Today we are delighted to share with you this fully lined slim men’s wallet suitable for making in cotton fabrics. Developed to hold credit cards, notes, and even change without bulk.
This addictive little wallet sewing pattern is great for domestic machines of course. It doesn’t take a lot of difficult or expensive hardware or materials, and is scrap friendly. So if you have some smaller pieces left over of a favorite fabric you used to sew a larger purse, now you can sew up a small matching wallet to go inside.
Great for kids and teens especially with the Velcro closure option – works for ladies too, and a nice quick make for sew and sell at craft fairs, or for stocking stuffers for friends and family members. This would be ideal to sew if you wanted to give a gift card – sew up a few and keep in your stash ready to give as a last-minute gift idea.
Penny Pouch sewing pattern
The Penny Pouch is the ideal mini wallet and coin purse sewing pattern. Penny has a front slip pocket that holds your credit cards, and the main compartment holds your coins and banknotes. This will also easily fit into your pants pocket. This is perfect mini wallet to sew for a minimalist.
It’s classic, unfussy, and perfectly practical. Pick the right fabrics and this can be a unisex wallet that everyone can use, at any age. Pick themed fabrics and it makes the ideal fun gift idea or stocking stuffer to sew too.
Aiko Minimalist Wallet sewing pattern
Learn how to make your own Mini Wallet, Small Card and Coins Pouch with this easy beginner level sewing pattern.
The Aiko Mini Wallet is an easy and fun project for beginner sewers. It’s the perfect project to upcycle fabric scraps or your preloved garments.
In less than an hour you will create a useful item for yourself or to be gifted to your loved ones! Makes a good stocking stuffer or gift idea to sew and is very scrap-friendly too.
Chapstick holder keychain free sewing tutorial
This tutorial will help you keep your chapstick handy by showing you how to sew a chapstick holder keychain.
With a simple construction and very few materials, this project comes together quickly but is super useful. To make it even handier, you may consider adding a wrist strap to it!
This is the perfect pattern to use up lots of your scraps. You can make lots of them and give them away as gifts to everyone you know.
Mae Glasses Pouch sewing pattern
This Glasses Pouch was designed in one size and features two design options and a magnetic snap button closure.
It's suitable for both regular cotton fabrics and vinyl, and will fit reading glasses or sunglasses. An ideal scrap buster and a simple gift idea for sew for a favorite friend.
Snap It Up Fabric Basket sewing pattern
The Snap It Up Fabric Baskets are super quick and easy to sew and do not require a lot of fabric. These are an ideal scrap-friendly project and make great gift ideas for the holidays or for new neighbors.
They are perfect as a thread catcher or notions holder for retreats, a catch-all in the hall for your keys, or for a few Sunday rolls! Fill them with chocolates, candies, or sewing items.
Be warned you won’t be able to make just one…they are addictive!! They can be made out of cotton, faux leather, and decorator fabrics.
Sunglasses Pouch sewing pattern
A great gift idea to sew for a special friend, or a “sew to sell” product. This lovely-shaped sunglasses case has a zipper closure. It’s cute and practical and everyone needs one!
This project is beginner-friendly and it’s fast & easy to put together. Show the world your unique nature by customizing the pouch to reflect your personal style. Scrap friendly.
Citron Purse sewing pattern - 2 versions - boxy and curvy
The Citron Purse is a perfectly sized mini zippered pouch that is incredibly versatile. This charmingly compact little pouch is fun to sew and even more fun to stuff! It can be quickly assembled and makes an awesome gift any time of the year.
The Citron Purse is available in two shapes: Boxy and Curvy. There is also a bundle offer which includes both the Boxy and Curvy Citron Purse patterns.
Flap Coin Purse pattern
A cute little zipper coin purse with a snappy flappy outside pocket. This is definitely a fat quarter and scrap friendly pattern. Feel the need to sew up something cute that isn’t going to take yards of fabric, a lot of hardware or a lot of time? Then this always-useful coin purse sewing pattern could be just exactly what you need to sew.
The Flap Coin Purse has one exterior pocket with snap closure for cards, receipts or folded notes, a main zipper coin pocket for all of your change, and a side connector that you can hook to your keys. You could even add a slim wristlet strap for hands-free convenience. But this little coin purse works just as well slipped inside your main bag or clutch bag to keep your money easily on hand.
Gemini Cards pouch sewing pattern
This is a little pouch for cards. It’s a perfect beginner tutorial for anyone starting out in sewing. Follow along with the instructions carefully and you will get a great result and make something you can use or give as a gift or even sell.
Do you have a business or do you sew items to sell. Imagine pulling out this cute little wallet to give someone your business card. Or pull out your wallet to pay and be able to show someone right there an example of your work and what you can make for them. This cute little wallet is sure to be admired (and requested) often. Stocking stuffer idea!
Gift ideas for you too
Don’t only think of others when it comes to the festive season and gift-giving. YOU deserve a treat too. Here are a few things we think would be perfect for your own wish list this year. Add all of them to your cart and get your partner to pick one or two for you – and then checkout!