Father’s Day is coming and there’s nothing better than handmade to let Dad know how much he’s loved. You’ll find gifts to sew for every kind of Dad below!
A Tie for the Dressed Up Dad and His Boys
Even though it’s the traditional, not-always-welcome, Dad Day gift, a handmade tie isn’t just one of the ordinary gifts to sew! Making a tie isn’t difficult, but the care you take with straight stitching and neat corners will make your gift fabulous. Since you’ll be using just a yard, you can splurge on silk or look for a novelty print depending on Dad’s style. Bryanna of the Sweet Shop Sewing blog created a great tutorial for a Dad-size tie with an included pattern that’s very easy to follow. She suggests bias or twill tape or ribbon for the tie keeper. Use printable fabric to make a personalized tie keeper if you can. Dad would love to see something loving like “Best Dad in the World” every time he wears your heartfelt make! Click here for the tutorial.
Matching Dad and son ties would be fun! Bonnie of Fishsticks Designs shares a tie-riffic Little Boy Tie tutorial on her Hem Me In blog. Although Bonnie is on hiatus from new pattern designs, she’s a skilled pattern developer and you will love her instructions and free PDF pattern! Boys can be hard to dress up, but making them a tie of their own in a cool print makes dressing up boy-style enjoyable. Bonnie’s Boy Ties are fast and easy to sew and there are three options for styling. You can go with a traditional tie, use hook and loop tape for fastening or make an over the head elastic style. Something for every boy! Her sizing ranges from 2 – 14 or you may want to just size by length if the intended boy is close by. Click here for Bonnie’s tutorial and pattern.
A Tool Kit for the Fixer Dad
Over on the Craft Stylish blog, I found a marvelous tutorial for a Tool Roll-Up written by contributor, Jennifer. Make your Roll-Up of leather, faux leather, denim or canvas and size it to fit the specific tools that Dad will need. If you’re including a set in graduated sizes, Jennifer has great ideas for hooping and machine embroidering numbers on the pockets. You’ll need the length and width measurements of the smallest and biggest tools that will go in the roll-up and just Jennifer’s detailed directions from there. All-purpose and top-stitching thread are both needed – I’m sure Coats and Clark has what you need! Click here to pre-shop before you head for the store. While you’re there, be sure to pick up the right size and kind of sewing machine needle for your project, too. Click here for the tutorial.
An Apron for the Grilling Dad
If Dad’s summers revolve around the BBQ, he’ll appreciate this wonderful, practically designed apron! Liz and Alicia collaborated on a design for the Sew4Home blog and created a simple apron with sturdy assembly details. Rivets are included as a design feature that keeps the apron straps and pockets super-secure for Dad. And, they’ve linked a rivet tutorial if you’re a riveting newbie! The pattern includes a template for armholes and great instructions for length adjustment, if needed. Be sure to take your time with hems, top stitching and pockets so your apron has a professional look. Coats Jeans and Top Stitching thread comes in a ton of colors and is the perfect choice for all the stitched finishing. You’ll love the way the stress points are stitched with an X in a square for sturdiness! Click here for the tutorial.
Survival Kit for Every Dad
While women carry a purse with everything they need, Dads often use a pocket for their wallet and not much more. What’s an on-the-go guy to do when he needs essentials like a tissue, note pad, stain stick or safety pin? On our list of gifts to sew, a Survival Kit will be the welcome everyday solution! Jennifer from the Ellison Lane blog designed a fabulous, vinyl kit that you’ll love making. Jennifer’s step-by-step directions are nicely organized and straight forward. You’ll especially appreciate her clear cutting directions – so important with lots of small pieces to cut! If you haven’t sewn with vinyl before you’ll appreciate her tips and the way she uses a glue stick for positioning before sewing. Jennifer ends her tutorial with a well thought out list of guy essentials to fill your gift with love! Click here for the tutorial.
A Rod Bag for the Fishing Dad
I’m finishing up with two gifts to sew that are new-sewist friendly! These would be great gifts to sew with the kids or, if you’re new to sewing, you’ll love these. The Rod Bag designed by Katherine of the Sew Very Simple blog is a useful gift for the gone-fishing Dad. It’s a simple, quick and easy sew that takes minimal supplies and fabric. Katherine used a bright novelty print, but if Dad’s a bit conservative, use a solid or a plaid. I also suggest a heavier weight fabric for sturdiness – canvas, duck or denim would work well. Cording or something that will wear well would be the best choice for the tie, too. Katherine’s instructions are great and you’ll have an enjoyable time making this great bag! Click here for the tutorial.
A Towel for the Golfing Dad
Designed by Sarah of the A Spoonful of Sugar blog, this Golf Towel will score a hole-in-one with a Dad who loves the greens. To make it quick and easy, you’ll start with a purchased towel and add a Dad-personalized band of fabric. For the applique, use a star or any other shape you find. Shapes are easy to find online or in a coloring book! Sarah finishes the towel with an eyelet and carabiner (from a camping store), so it can handily hang on Dad’s golf bag. Make Dad several and he’ll love that you found gifts to sew just for him! Click here for Sarah’s tutorial.
Did you find great gifts to sew? Dad’s going to love these and I think you’ll have a lot of fun sewing. And, I bet you found something you want to make for yourself, too!
About the Author
Annette Millard began sewing at the age of three, made her first dress at ten and is always happiest with needle, fabric and thread in her hands. Annette feels very privileged to have spent most of her work life in the sewing industry and loves teaching, making her own handmade wardrobe and writing about sewing. She spent over ten years as the newsletter and web site content writer for the Pacific Northwest's largest locally-owned family of fabric stores and is now thrilled to have the opportunity to share her passion for sewing with the Sewing Secrets community. Follow Annette and more of her sewing adventures on her own blog, www.sewfullife.com.