Kids are usually the easiest people to shop for, but not always the easiest to make for. We’ve rounded up this great assortment of tutorials for gifts kids (and their parents) are sure to love.
Gifts for Kids
Sock Sloth Plushie
These adorable sloths are made from chenille socks, which are available just about anywhere this time of year and super affordable. I don’t know why sloths have become so popular recent years, but I am here for it! Get the free pattern and hundreds of other craft tutorials over at Craft Passion.
Piano Bag Duet
A couple of years ago we held a Green Grocery Bag challenge where we challenged all our readers to wrap their Christmas gifts in reusable cloth bags. I still love this idea and freshen up my loved ones’ collection of handmade cloth bags every year. Kid need cloth bags too–for piano books, for library books, for toys–and we love this simple Piano Bag tutorial by Dana. Pop a gift in there, roll it up with a ribbon, and you have a useful gift “wrapping.” Get the instructions and also browse the amazing written and video tutorials at Made Everyday.
Pepper Doll Pattern
We love this sweet and simple doll pattern by Karly of Paisley Roots for Crazy Little Projects. It would be a great doll to make with a child for one of their friends. It can easily be made as a boy or a girl and in any skin tone. The free pattern even includes instructions for the knit scarf! While you’re checking out the free pattern, take a look at the many amazing sewing, craft, and baking tutorials on Crazy Little Projects!
Back-to-School Pencil Pouch
We know the December holidays aren’t typically the time to make school supplies, but it’s actually a great time to freshen up a child’s school supplies with fun and cute things they’ll look forward to putting in their backpack in January. This awesome pencil pouch could be made in your favorite kid’s favorite colors or favorite licensed fabrics. Pack it with some fresh pens and markers, and you’ve got a great little gift. Get the free tutorial here and take some time on the Fancy Tiger Crafts site, where you’ll find tons of great products and projects.
DIY Fruit Slice Pillows
These fruit slice pillows would be so cute in a child’s room as a bolster or a floor cushion. Like other projects, we chose this one because we thought it would be fun and easy enough for a kid (with help) to make for a friend. The colorful, nature-inspired design give you lots of wiggle room for imperfect shapes and stitching. The tutorial includes great written and video instructions. Studio DIY has tons of great food, party, travel, and craft inspiration for everyone!
In the past 10–15 years we’ve seen lots of posts about Christmas pajamas. Some families make them matchy-matchy for Christmas Eve, and some just give them to their kids to kick off the new year. We love this classic design from Melly Sews. Melissa links to her great tips for sewing with knits, resizing the pattern, and doing assembly line sewing. Melly Sews is always a great resource for improving your sewing skills and shopping for great patterns.
Bean Bag Chair and Toy Storage
We love this smart, creative way to “stuff” a bean bag chair! Rather than actual beans, there is a zipper for putting stuffed toys inside. Two birds, one stone! There is a great printable pattern and very clear instructions. Get the Amazing Bean Bag Chair pattern here, and be sure to check out the other free patterns on Sew Can She!