November 25 ~ Gifts for Dads + Grandpas

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Make something special for the Dads and Grandpas in your life! From Dopp Kits to Skinny Ties, we have the perfect project for the important guys on your list…

Make It

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Jen’s “Man Bag”: A Dopp Kit at Kill Them With Craftiness is a handy and much-appreciated gift for men.
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Kate shows you how to make two tie variations in her Men’s Skinny + Square Tie tutorial at See Kate Sew.
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The Double Layer Fleece Hat from Jen at Monkey See, Monkey Do is easy, warm, and perfect for everyone on your list.
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Make Cargo Pocket PJ Pants for everyone in the family with the tutorial at Sew4Home.
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Jessica Jones shares the easy steps for this Simple, Stitched Vinyl Wallet at How About Orange.
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Lisa and Sarah at A Spoonful of Sugar suggest you pair their BBQ Grill Mitt + Towel with “BBQ tools, BBQ sauces…, or Beer for a great gift for a BBQ Enthusiast.”

Bag a Day

There are so many beautiful bags to love out there… We’re sharing one bag tutorial every day this month for you to sew and give.

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Our Monogram Bag + Sachet from Stephanie Allen of The Petite Sewist for Sew,Mama,Sew! is presented as a Lingerie Bag, but it’s perfect for all sorts of packing and organizing needs! The monogram makes this handy bag extra-special, and the right fabric choices could make this project more masculine.

Related tutorials you might just love: Gifts for Dads & Grandpas, Gifts for Sports Fans, Gifts for Audiophiles, Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers, Passion for Technology, Passion for Growing, Passion for Exploration + Adventure

Here are just a few fabrics perfect for some of today’s projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice Gabrien’s choice

Mix It

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These Baked Eggnog Vanilla Donuts with Eggnog Rum Glaze from Averie Cooks are sure to be a delicious holiday hit!

Print It

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Botanical PaperWorks has a variety of nice Gift Tags for you to print and use this year.

Win It

Comment on today’s post for a chance to win one of these prizes!
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Fabric-by-Fabric One-Yard Wonders: Cottons, Knits, Woolens, Voiles, Corduroy, Fleece, Flannel, Home Dec, Oilcloth and Beyond (US Winners Only)

Author: Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins
Publisher: Storey Publishing

The authors of One-Yard Wonders are back with an all-new collection of projects requiring just one yard of fabric! This time, the projects are organized by fabric type. From home dec to knits, wool to flannels, corduroy to cottons, these patterns– contributed by popular sewing bloggers and designers from across North America– show how to make the most of each fabric’s unique characteristics. Each project is shown in a full-color photograph accompanied by detailed step-by-step instructions, illustrations, and a complete cutting layout.

Sew Serendipity: Fresh + Pretty Designs to Make and Wear (US, Canada + Europe Winners OK)

Author: Kay Whitt
Publisher: Krause Publications

Whitt gently introduces novices to clothes-making, with a fresh approach and project designs. She reveals that it’s not a trade secret to alter a pattern to fit one’s figure and style– anyone can do it.

Learn more in the Sew Serendipity digital preview.

Don’t miss our Handmade Holidays photo pool, and check out our 2011 Handmade Holidays list for more fabulous ideas.

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23 ~ Deck the Halls
22 ~ Gifts for Friends + Neighbors
21 ~ Gifts for Outdoor Adventurers
20 ~ Gifts for Playful Friends
19 ~ Gifts for College Kids
18 ~ Gifts for Tech Lovers
17 ~ Gifts for Imaginative Friends
16 ~ Deck the Halls
15 ~ Gifts for Girlfriends
14 ~ Gifts for Babies
13 ~ Gifts for Hostesses
12 ~ Gifts for Crafters
11 ~ Gifts for Big Kids
10 ~ Gifts for Whimsical Friends
9 ~ Deck the Halls
8 ~ Gifts for Cooks
7 ~ Gifts for Pet Lovers
6 ~ Gifts for Moms + Grandmas
5 ~ Gifts for Tweens + Teens
4 ~ Gifts for Organizers
3 ~ Gifts for Travelers
2 ~ Deck the Halls
1 ~ Gifts for Little Kids

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232 Responses to November 25 ~ Gifts for Dads + Grandpas

  1. So making the cargo pj’s for the hubs… Hopefully, I can adjust to fit 6’5″!

  2. Emilia in ca says:

    Cargo pjs…. sounds fun! Thanks bunches!

  3. Martha says:

    I have the first One Yard Wonders book, and it’s fantastic! I’ll take a dozen of those donuts.

  4. Lynn H. says:

    Like those cargo pj pants! thanks!

  5. Genevieve in Ontario, Canada says:

    thanks for the hat pattern.

  6. Denise says:

    Thanks for the ideas πŸ™‚

  7. Laura (washington) says:

    I have wanted to buy the book 1 yard wonders for a long time. Hope I win it!

  8. julis says:

    great ideas!

  9. LindaC says:

    some great ideas, you never fail

  10. T. says:

    I love the wallets!

  11. Whitner says:

    Love, love, love those monogram bags!

  12. Jennifer in MA says:

    Already have the fabric for the Cargo pj’s! And I love the book “Sew Serendipity”. I sew for everyone else except myself…

  13. nrnoodle says:

    those donuts look yummy.

  14. Gillian in OR says:

    Love the wallets. If I make one though I’m going to want to keep it. Sorry Dad!

  15. Gina says:

    pajama pants. i can do that!

  16. wendy says:

    why do men have to be so hard to make for?

  17. Amber R. says:

    I love a man in a tie and I’ve always wanted to try making one.

  18. Mandi says:

    I know some men who could use a Man Bag!

  19. Robynn says:

    I like the man bag

  20. Kristin in CA says:

    baked donuts? I’m intrigued!

  21. Sarah says:

    I have been wanting a copy of one yard wonders. It seems so practical.

  22. Melissa says:

    Love those mustaches!!

  23. julia says:

    great ideas for men, i always have a hard time figuring out what guys want:)

  24. Peggy says:

    I was just thinkin’ that me and the daughters should stitch up some pj pants for dad. Great timing!

  25. Christine B says:

    Love the tie!

  26. alcheme says:

    Cute gift tags!

  27. Natalie says:

    Wow! Those donuts sound delish! I may have to make a batch!

  28. Megan Panda says:

    Those donuts look AMAZING! I can’t wait to get a donut pan so I can make them!

  29. Amanda says:

    perfect tutorial for the pants!

  30. Kristin H in MT says:

    I will definitely be using the pattern for the pajama pants, it looks great!

  31. Fawn says:

    OMG I wanna make every single item on this list!!!! What awesome ideas, thanks!

  32. beth says:

    Love the fleece hat and the gift tags.

  33. Amy in TX says:

    Great ideas for guys! Thanks!

  34. Great tutorials today! I REALLY need to get sewing.

  35. Marita H says:

    Those vinyl wallets are quite simple and stylish for my dad, I should think.

  36. Stephanie says:

    Great ideas for the guys! Thanks.

  37. Erika says:

    great fabric choices today!

  38. Heather79 in Colorado says:

    Perfect! I needed some manly ideas!

  39. stacey says:

    love the mitt & towel!

  40. Shawnie Emmons says:

    So many great ideas! Thanks.

  41. Barbara says:

    Love the gift tags!

  42. Debbie says:

    So nice to have some project ideas for men!

  43. elsa says:

    Great project but ~ oh those donuts ~ they look so good and I don’t even like donuts!

  44. Sarah says:

    Love the one yard wonders book!

  45. Lilly Foucha says:

    Woh I love your posts , bookmarked ! My wife and i take concern along with your last point.

  46. Jenn B in Florida says:

    Love those pj pants. Might make me some! The one yard winners book looks amazing.

  47. Mhairi says:

    Love the Pj pants and the wallet – now I just need to find some vinyl in a colour that I like.
    Thanks for another great list.

  48. Suzanne says:

    The cargo pajamas look splendid for boys of all ages!

  49. Jasmin says:

    looks great.

  50. Sarah McGrath says:

    Oooh I think I will make the PJ pants!

  51. cat says:

    I needed a tutorial for a BBQ kit : thank you !! will come in handy for a certain brother of mine…

  52. Genevieve says:

    Love the monogrammed bag!

  53. Judy in Oregon says:

    Great ideas!

  54. Mary Beth says:

    Those donuts look very yummy.

  55. Tawny in CA says:

    I’ve been looking around for a good necktie tutorial… thanks!

  56. Lisamarie in CT says:

    Those donuts are begging to be made in my kitchen!

  57. I love that monogram drawstring bag — so simple and classy!

  58. Prachi in WA says:

    The Dopp bag is great and so is the mitt – I have to get some of that moustache fabric – would be great for so many projects for men!

  59. Erika says:

    Those donuts look AMAZING!

  60. Eryn says:

    Oh nooo… Doughnuts + eggnog. Those look amazing!

  61. Nancy says:

    Always hard to find something for men. Good ideas.

  62. Jen S in Or says:

    Oh the lounge pants with pockets (!) is a great idea. Oh and the eggnog donuts sound divine.

  63. Great ideas and men can be SO hard to buy/craft for. πŸ™‚

  64. Jamie says:

    The fleece hat would make a great stocking stuffer!

  65. Georgia says:

    I’m planning to make pajama pants for my hubs! I need to try this pattern!

  66. Heather says:

    That hat looks easy to whip up and what man wouldn’t want a neat little bag! It’s hard to find sewing patterns for the men in my life.

  67. Sandy says:

    Donuts and a fleece hat, what man wouldn’t like a gift like that?!

  68. Emily Hoffman says:

    Love the wallets!

  69. lingerie says:

    Exactly what I was looking for! I’ll Favorite.

  70. Great ideas — I can use as many “man” ideas as I can! So hard to find gifts for them!

  71. Janice Svercek says:

    A nice group of masculine items. Janice in Pa.

  72. Karen says:

    Need me some eggnog donuts! Yum!

  73. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    Love the grill mitt and towel!

  74. AP says:

    Sewing for men isn’t easy. Thanks for the ideas!

  75. Steph W says:


  76. Stacy says:

    Love the wallet! Thanks for sharing!

  77. Glyness in OR says:

    I like the dopp kit, nice idea!

  78. Laura in VA says:

    I’ve been meaning to make my man a dopp kit. Thanks for the inspiration!

  79. Joanna says:

    Love the BBQ Grill Mitt + Towel…good idea to make for my hubby.

  80. Those donuts look tasty!

  81. Sarah in NC says:

    I love those grill mitts, great idea for girls and guys!

  82. kelbeland4 says:

    I think these are the hardest people to make gifts for. Thanks for the great ideas! Don’t know whether to start with the cargo PJ pants or the man bag….

  83. Kerry in FL says:

    Cool grilling accessories.

  84. Linda says:

    Thanks for the cute ideas! Cheers.

  85. Jessica F in MA says:

    great ideas for my husband

  86. consuelo says:

    Great ideas! Sewing for men is always more challenging so this helps a lot!

  87. Theresa in OK says:

    Great ideas!

  88. carriem says:

    Thanks for these ideas!

  89. Fantastic ideas. I’m making my man a duffle bag

  90. Catherine says:

    I’m loving this series. Thanks so much for putting it together!

  91. Ann says:

    Love the tie! and the donuts!

  92. Charlotte in Ga says:

    Thanks SMS for the great ideas!

  93. Laurie in MA says:

    Boy gift! We all need more ideas for those!

  94. Dot in Calif says:

    I like the fleece hat; it will be fun to make from team-logo fleece.

  95. Tammi in OR says:

    Gotta make these donuts!

  96. Julianne Ross says:

    Awesome! I’ve been looking for a fleece hat pattern and my husband would LOVE the eggnog donuts!

  97. Sherry J says:

    Ideas for men are so hard to find. thanks.

  98. Barbara says:

    Thank you for the link for the gift tags; I NEVER have enough…

  99. mina says:

    those donuts look soooooo yummy

  100. Sarah Norman says:

    The bbq mitt and towel are a great idea! I always find men so hard to make for!

  101. Caroline says:

    eggnog doughnuts! oh my!

  102. MarciaW. FL says:

    I like the cargo pocket pjs. I can see my brother and nephews wearing these.

  103. Wendy in Va says:

    I like the pants!

  104. Anita from NE says:

    Love the ‘satchel fabric!

  105. Lindsay says:

    I really like the PJ pants.

  106. Lori says:

    Lordy lordy, those doughnuts might just have to make an appearance in my kitchen… Thanks for all the great ideas this month!

  107. Oh what great tutorials! Dads and grandpas are the hardest to sew for.

  108. kaholly says:

    I’m just loving all these ideas!! Thanks a million!

  109. Heather says:

    The BBQ set is such a great idea. Thanks!

  110. Kati says:

    I love the fabric on the bbq set! Might have to find some mustache fabric!

  111. Lee says:

    The “man bag” is great – good for all ages too! thanks!

  112. Chris says:

    The wallets are great! thanks!

  113. Brigette Hill says:

    My brother would like the cargo pjs!

  114. Tammy says:

    I need to make my hubby some pajama pants for Christmas!

  115. Chrissy in MA says:

    My traveling husband could use a new dopp kit.

  116. Kathi says:

    Perfect ideas!

  117. MomOfEvilGeniuses of CO says:

    I think that donut recipe is calling my name!!

  118. Kristie says:

    The wallets are great and always a good choice. Thanks!

  119. Anne Rita says:

    Thanks for the ideas and and the giveaway!

  120. Nicole says:

    hmmm i’m thinking the bbq accessories

  121. KeriAnn in PA says:

    Men are definitely hard to buy for! The cargo pajama pants are an awesome idea!

  122. GM says:

    That one yard fabric book looks cool.

  123. Sarah K says:

    My man would definitely love those PJ pants AND some donuts!

  124. PattyD says:

    Great ideas! thanks for sharing all of these with us.

  125. Donuts look to good to eat:)

  126. Elizabeth says:

    Great ideas!

  127. Amber says:

    I love the stitching on the wallets

  128. The donuts. The ideas. The projects. Everything. Thank you for sharing.

  129. KeriCan says:

    Yes! A dopp kit! Why is it called that?

  130. Sarah says:

    The dopp bag is nice.

  131. Anya says:

    Love ideas for guys – especially the dopp kit and pants

  132. Mary says:

    These are all neat gifts. I might have to try making the pj pants for my boys.

  133. Megan in OK says:

    Wow, those donuts look amazing – and love the gift inspiration!

  134. the fleece hat. That’s the one to make, all right, all right.

  135. Amanda says:

    That man bag would be perfect.

  136. Rachel B says:

    Sadly there are no more Dads or Grandpas in our family. The teens might like the ties tho.

  137. Patty in VT says:

    Thank you for all the great ideas for handmade gifts!

  138. I had never heard of a “dopp kit” before-glad to know what that means! (I clicked through to the tutorial and she explained it).
    Men are so hard to craft for sometimes, but these are great ideas!

  139. M.F.Peterson says:

    One yard wonders – awesome!

  140. Donna Baker says:

    those pants would be great for my FIL

  141. Amy says:

    Those donuts, YUMMY!

  142. Danijela says:

    Lovely,always needed ideas.

  143. Kristina says:

    BBQ grill mat and towel are a great idea! And those pj pants look pretty comfy too, might have to try those for hubby next year.

  144. BreannaS in MO says:

    I wonder if my hubby would wear those sleep pants if I made him donuts?

  145. Christina says:

    My gosh, I want to make one of those wallets for myself!

  146. Stephanie says:

    Love the dopp kit and those cargo pj pants are genius!

  147. Melanie in AZ says:

    The eggnog doughnuts will be on my list this year – my husband loves eggnog. πŸ™‚

  148. Serena in CA says:

    Who couldn’t use a good dopp kit? That’s a great idea!

  149. Trish says:

    I love that mustache fabric!

  150. Man, I’ve been forgetting to include my state in my name! Hope I didn’t lose out on anything cause of it. Ah, well.

    Cute stuff. Hubby’s and Dad’s are so hard to figure out what they want. Thanks for the ideas!

  151. Gretchen says:

    I’ve been looking for a fleece hat pattern! Perfect!

  152. Megan in IA says:

    Men are the hardest to shop for! Thanks for the great ideas!

  153. Lori in MD says:

    Love the vinyl wallet. Simple enough that even I could make it!

  154. Eleanor says:

    Great Dopp Kit!

  155. Jess says:

    I’ve been thinking of sewing PJ pants for my husband because he’s so tall that the regular ones from the store are usually too short on him. I like that cargo pant tutorial!

  156. Michelle M says:

    The cargo pocketed PJ pants are a great gift idea!

  157. Gina says:

    I’m always on the lookout for new recipes. The Eggnog Vanilla Donuts sound de-lish!

  158. Caroline says:

    I love the one-yard wonders authors!

  159. Kristy says:

    Why are men so hard to shop for?! Some good ideas here.

  160. Alissa says:

    Great ideas for the men!!

  161. Becky says:

    That Dopp Kit is perfect.

  162. jennifer says:

    Thanks for including my hat! Great roundup!

  163. Eggnog donuts. Yummy!!!

  164. brenda says:

    Thanks for the man ideas.I find them especially hard to find.

  165. Irenoski88 says:

    Thank you very much for the gift ideas. I always find it difficult when it omes to sewing for men!

  166. Robyn in Canada! says:

    The donuts look very yummy.

  167. Stacy S says:

    My husband would love the fleece hat!

  168. ste says:

    Tags are printed! Thank you!

  169. Dkb says:

    I want someone to make me the donuts.

  170. Whitney in SC says:

    Love the BBQ idea! That would be great for all of the men I know

  171. Holly says:

    Thanks for the Man Ideas!

  172. Von in AR says:

    The gift tags are cute.

  173. Morgan says:

    I’d like to make my honey some of those fabric wonders, but I think he’d like me to make him those donuts. πŸ˜‰

  174. Diana says:

    Excellent dopp kit. It can be hard sewing for men.

  175. Tina says:

    I love the Man Bag, that is sooooo cool.

  176. usairdoll in CA says:

    Love those cargo pocket PJ pants, too clever!

    Thank you and all the Sponsors for the awesome giveaways and all the chances to win.


  177. CeLynn says:

    How cool is that tie pattern and Tutorial? I just purchased the perfect fabric yesterday for a new tie for the Mr. and my dad too! Thank you πŸ™‚

  178. Laura says:

    Love the Dopp Kit. I may just make one for my hubby and one for myself. πŸ™‚

  179. Shannon says:

    good masculine fabric suggestions…

  180. Tera says:

    Skinny tie and hat are awesome!!!
    Thank you : )

  181. Crystal in Canada says:

    Hi – so cool to see your link to Botanical Paperworks – they are from my hometown, and I used their products for my wedding. Great stuff! (Oh, and I’d also love that sew serendity book!)

  182. Deb H. in PA says:

    Loving the cargo pocket PJ pants.

  183. Heidi Anderson says:

    Wonderful wallet tutorial. It is hard to find the right wallet but I think this is the one.

  184. Rebecca says:

    Great idea to sew up some pants! Would love to win.

  185. Michelle says:

    Hmmmm…sewing for men is tough, huh? Great choices!

  186. christina says:

    donuts…. mmmmm….

  187. DebbieKL says:

    My son and I were just looking for ideas for dad – the cargo PJs might work!

  188. Meg says:

    Love the cargo PJ pants!

  189. Kristin says:

    Those vinyl wallets are sweet!

  190. Mandi says:

    Clever ideas for men!

  191. susan mzf says:

    oooh my hiker husband would love that fleece hat – great idea!

  192. Debbie says:

    I’m definately making the hat, probably many of them.

  193. Kristen Powell says:

    MIght need to make those pj’s. Oh and the doughnuts!!

  194. Catherine says:

    I find men so difficult to find gifts for – – thinking I will make my husband some new, fun ties. Thanks for sharing!

  195. I like the man bag, for me!

  196. Melinda in Texas says:

    I’ve had that One Yard Wonders book on my Amazon list for awhile! Both books look great! The donuts too!

  197. Lise says:

    Great ideas!

  198. Stacy says:

    Wow those donuts look good πŸ™‚

  199. Mel says:

    Cargo pants for my honey!

  200. Stephanie o in ct says:

    Love the idea of a cargo pocket on pjs

  201. Heather says:

    Great ideas! Homemade gifts for men are always the hardest to come up with.

  202. jessicac says:

    I love the vinyl wallets! And the eggnog donuts look delicious!

  203. Andrea says:

    Men can be so hard to buy for and sew for – thanks for the ideas!

  204. I had been planning on making pajama pants for my son, but didn’t have a pattern….and now I find a great tutorial! Thank you.

  205. Natalie says:

    The donuts look delectable!

  206. D says:

    Want to make the BBQ Grill Mitt and Towel. Thanks for gift idea, I know my brother will love it!

  207. Beth in Michigan says:

    More great ideas! Actually my 11 year old daughter would love that mustache fabric!!

  208. Courtney says:

    Those donuts sound so festive and fun!

  209. jamie b. says:

    These are great! Panamas, grill mitts and doughnuts added to the to make list. Thanks!

  210. SS Sews says:

    I like the fleece hat.

  211. Karen In NC says:

    Nice to see guy ideas. Thanks for the links!

  212. Crystal says:

    I love that fleece hat – going on my to-do list for sure! And the donuts too πŸ™‚

    Crystal in Alberta, Canada

  213. Steph says:

    Great ideas! Guys are always the hardest to make handmade gifts for.

  214. Kimberly F says:

    My husband might be receiving some of those PJ pants!

  215. Jen says:

    Love those wallets! What a great guy gift

  216. Bruinbr says:

    That man bag is perfect! Mmmmmm….. Donuts! πŸ˜‰

  217. Jim M in NC says:

    Thanks again for the great tutorials and printables!

  218. Dell says:

    Love the BBQ Grill Mitt + Towel.

  219. Liz says:

    I don’t think my hubby would go for any of these, but they sure are cute!

  220. Larissa says:

    Lovely idea for the dads and grandpas!

  221. Sallie says:

    Will have to try those donuts! (from TX)

  222. Annette says:

    Love the pajama pants.

  223. I love the PJ pants!

  224. Erin says:

    my husband would love those donuts!

  225. Amanda says:

    Once again I love the bag choice today!

  226. Perfect! Ha, my brother would love the BBQ set – we have a family joke about mustaches. πŸ˜‰ The monogram bag would be nice for a Bridal delicates gift.

    Oh, my sewing student and I love the One-yard wonders books…we’re always borrowing them from our library!

  227. Molly Martin says:

    Oh, my goodness! My husband is in need of a new dopp kit and then I read today’s post! Awesome!!!!! Thank you!

  228. Laurie K-G in Iowa says:

    Thanks for some ideas for the Big Guys!

  229. kathyh says:

    Ditty bags are easy to sew.

  230. Hashi says:

    That fleece hat looks simple and perfect.

  231. Courtney says:

    Great list – and I bet the lingerie bag would be perfect for traveling with shoes. thanks!

  232. This was just the inspiration I needed to get me started on my holiday crafting- thanks! Looking forward to checking out both books too!!

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