Mother’s Day Tutorials

on May 4 | in Sewing Inspiration | by | with 43 Comments

There’s still time to sew something beautiful for the special women in your life. Here are some favorite tutorials from our archives; we’re sure you’ll find a great project. Maybe the perfect Mother’s Day present will be the gift of time to make one of these for yourself!


Denyse Schmidt Mix-It-Up Cocktail Coasters, Fat Quarter Handbag, Rice Heat Therapy Bag


Spring Bags, Picnic Blanket, Quilted Garden Tote


Patchwork Kitchen Towels, Pincushion Organizer, Patchwork Kitchen Mat


Vintage Smock, Classic Tote, Picnic Basket

If you’re super-ambitious you could also use our Quilting Month links to create a simple lap quilt.


For links to more favorite sewing tutorials perfect for gift giving, check out our
Ultimate Handmade Holidays Master Lists from 2008 and 2007.


If you’re looking for fun kid craft ideas for Grandma, don’t miss our
great compilations from kids craft weekly and The Crafty Crow.

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43 Responses to Mother’s Day Tutorials

  1. ana says:

    I made the rice and buckwheat therapy bags for my mother-in-law as a last minute gift and they were a huge hit!

  2. Bobby K says:

    I’m trying to get friends interested in sewing, but it seems they are intimidated and it scares them away. Does anyone have ideas on how to get friends interested in sewing? Easy starter ideas that will give them a good feeling and sense of immediate gratification? Thanks!
    Bobby K

  3. Michal says:

    Thank you!

  4. Miya says:

    Perhaps they weren’t for mothers day, or mothers, but I have had a ton of fun dabbling with these tuts!

  5. Ramona says:

    I am making one of the bags, classic tote, gardening tote or spring bag. I guess I better decide and get on it.

  6. Kara says:

    Thanks for the ideas – I love the picnic blanket!

  7. Debra says:

    I love the Cocktail Coasters and the Rice Heat Therapy Bag ideas!! Thanks for sharing….I will be trying some of these. 🙂

  8. Ananda says:

    Love the Vintage Smock. I might just have to make one for me too! Thanks.

  9. Ashley Ann says:

    Great ideas!

  10. Carla says:

    I don’t know why I don’t make myself a bag either. I make them for everyone else! Great gifts here.

  11. Michelle says:

    If only I had the time to make some of these before Mother’s Day! Maybe if I got cracking…that Fat Quarter handbag is still to die for.

  12. Pam Hastings says:

    The pincushion organizer is so cute & different. Thanks for the reminder about the “quilting month” links.

  13. Rochelle says:

    Lovely ideas! It’s so hard to choose..I’ve been thinking I’ll put together a pouch for sunglasses for my mom.

  14. crystalsews says:

    I made the spring bag for me and I love it. It was the smaller version and I use it as my lunch sack. I have already received many comments on it. It was a simple and fun project. Thanks for sharing!!

  15. Sara R. says:

    Now I know just what to make my mother! Thanks!

  16. I made the rice pillows for mother’s day. They are so easy to make. Thanks for the tutorials. Can’t wait to try all the other fun ideas!

  17. gillian says:

    these coasters are better than the ones i made for Christmas presents…too bad I already gave my mom a set of quilted coasters this year!

  18. orata says:

    i just love that fat quarter handbag! have to get some handles and try it out.

  19. Lauren says:

    These coasters are now on my to-do list! I’ll have to make at least a couple sets because I’m sure I’ll want to keep them once they’re finished 🙂

  20. Barbara Sindlinger says:

    I have made the fat quarter handbag 2 times now – one with a store bought handle and one with a cloth handle and it was sooooo easy and they turned out so cute. Thanks again for sharing all these wonderful tutorials. I have been telling all my friends about this site.

  21. Thanks for the great ideas –

  22. Rebecca says:

    Thanks for all the tutorial links in one place!

  23. Amy Sp says:

    Some coasters and kitchen towels will probably be my gifts of choice for Mother’s Day. Great links!

  24. Kaye Prince says:

    I’m really liking the Patchwork Kitchen Mat! I’m just moving into a new apartment now and that may be just the thing to get the creative-decorating juices flowing!

  25. Kelli says:

    I think I may make some pillows or wall-art out of some of the quilt squares for my MIL and I’m considering making the classic tote, but with fabric-printed pics of the kiddos for my Mom…in the past I would have freaked on the lack of time and just bought something. But you keep me inspired to use my creativity and make something handmade!

  26. Helena says:

    Great ideas for the MOMs in our lives. I am working on some purses.

  27. Bethany says:

    I love it when previously posted tutorials are reposted. It reminds me of what is on my “to do” list. 🙂 I see coasters in my future.

  28. Mrs. JP says:

    Wow, thanks for the ideas..I hadn’t seen the smock before and the coasters. I could turn out a lap quilt or a pillow for sure. I’m excited thanks!

  29. Nova437 says:

    My mother seems to appreciate gifts of manual labour. 🙂

  30. Sewmarm says:

    Thanks for the great selection and the beautiful photos!

  31. Alissa says:

    I still love that fat quarter handbag…one day I’ll get round to making one!

  32. Joan says:

    GREAT PROJECTS!! I luv the coasters as well as the pincushion organizer! That picnic basket is pretty cute, too. But then, I like that handbag, also…Oh GEEZE….they are all great!

  33. Elizabeth says:

    I love all the simple patchwork projects for the kitchen. They’re great for me–I bought my first rotary cutter, mat and ruler because I was inspired by this site!

  34. Lorene says:

    I am making the quilted garden tote both for my mom and my mother-in-law! I hope I can finish them in time to put them in the mail before this weekend!

  35. Beth says:

    The first gift I ever purchased for my mother for Mother’s Day was much like the pincushion organizer from a craft sale at my elementary school… I had forgotten about it until I saw this one! Maybe it’s time for a new (and nicer) one. Thanks for all of the great ideas.

  36. Susan says:

    Awesome ideas! I love the coasters, rice therapy bags and the kitchen towels. Guess I just added more to my “to do” list! Thanks for posting!!

  37. Cheryl says:

    Great ideas!

  38. Christy says:

    Wow, somehow I hadn’t seen that Pincushion Organizer before, it would be perfect for my aunt!

  39. Terri H says:

    what great ideas thank you

  40. michele m says:

    thanks for soo many great ideas. i think the rice bag is what i will make.

  41. Liz says:

    there’s the classic tote i am planning to make! how funny that you included it here.

  42. Mary says:

    I made my mom some potholders this weekend!

  43. Southern Gal says:

    With all these great and easy bag patterns I don’t know why I continue to carry around a pitiful store bought bag. Besides it’s UGLY, too. Got to get at my sewing machine!

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