Looking for sewing projects you can DIY as gifts for your teens? You're in the right place, so knock yourselves out with these easy DIY sewing projects for teens!
These Sewing Projects Are the Best Gifts Ever!
Gift Ideas and Simple Sewing Projects for Teens They Will Love
Teenagers are crafty and artistic which means they love to create and receive fun gifts. So, I pulled together a list of easy sewing projects perfect as birthday gifts, holiday presents, graduation token, giveaways, and a lot more.
Learn to sew and make easy DIY gifts your family will love because nothing beats handmade presents.
Gifts don't have to be expensive, and I have a pretty good feeling your teens or tweens are going to love these sewing projects, too just like mine did!
1. Running Belt Sewing Project for Teens
If your teens love to exercise, then this running belt will surely make them smile. They are going to love listening to their favorite music while working out!
2. DIY Cosmetics Organizer
Got a teenager who loves makeup? This DIY makeup organizer is perfect for storing her palettes, brushes, and tools. Don't forget to use her favorite color so she'll appreciate your gift more.
3. DIY Cord Keeper
Keep your tech-savvy teens' cords organized and tidy with these cute cord keepers. This is also a cute hint for them to practice being organized all the time.
4. Body Pillow Case With Phone Pocket
This giant pillow cover features a zippered back and a pocket in the front to fit an iPad or mobile phone— perfect for your techie teenager.
5. T-Shirt Quilt Sewing Project
Don't throw or give away your kids' old shirts when they outgrow them. Make this upcycled t-shirt project instead—a DIY T-Shirt quilt he will absolutely treasure.
6. Boxy Dopp Kit
A Dopp kit is also known as a shaving kit or a man’s toiletry kit. It's a must-have for your all grown up kiddo when he goes camping or sleepovers.
Because boys need a vanity travel kit, too, this boxy drop kit sewing project should make a great gift for them. It’s a zipper pouch with one-sided interfacing to keep its boxy shape.
7. Pretty Polka Dot Pouch
I love the playful and vibrant colors of this DIY sewing project. I'm already thinking of making this polka dot pouch for me and one for my daughter.
8. Shirt Cuff Wallet
Your son will love this cleverly refashioned wallet. This is one of the coolest upcycled wallets I've seen so far. Give this a try soon!
9. DIY Messenger Bag
Upcycle cargo pants and make this fashionable and functional DIY sewing project. It's easy to sew plus, it can carry your teens' stuff anywhere they go.
10. Infinity Scarf
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Be winter-ready in ten minutes with this infinity scarf your teens will love wearing! This idea is perfect for the upcoming holidays or just every time the weather gets cold.
11. Duffel Bag
Make an attractive duffel bag for your teens with this tutorial. This bag is perfect for your little darlings' sleepovers and camping.
It looks difficult but with easy-to-follow steps, you'll surely get addicted to sewing this bag regardless of the occasion.
12. Drawstring Tote
Your teen will love showing off this super cute drawstring tote bag with chevron print. This looks perfect for holding their essentials when traveling.
13. Sleep Mask
No tween slumber party is complete without these adorable sleep masks! Head over to this page to learn how to create this easy sewing idea.
14. Lip Balm Holder
Chapped lips are quite hard to avoid during the winter season and nothing can be more annoying than endlessly digging through the bottom of your purse to find your lip balm.
So when I came across this idea I figured, why not? My daughter and I could definitely use this handy keychain chapstick holder which easily hooks onto a bag's handle or strap.
15. Fabric Bookmarks
Create fabric bookmarks for your teens or tweens to make studying more enjoyable. Gather some extra scraps of cute fabric and follow the tutorial for some adorable DIY bookmarks.
16. DIY Travel Jewelry Case
Are you and the kids going on a vacation soon? Craft this travel jewelry case, especially for your daughter to avoid her accessories from getting lost or misplaced.
17. DIY Sunglasses Case
Now is the perfect time to keep all summer essentials safely stored so we can use them again in a few months. Create this easy sunglasses case you and your teens will appreciate.
18. Customized Sweater
19. DIY Headband
Top off your girls' outfits with these sweet and simple DIY headbands! I'm sure she'll be wearing these headbands every single day.
20. DIY Coin Purse
Sew matching coin purses for you and your loving daughter! Now you can stash away your extra change in style with these DIY coin purses.
21. DIY Lunch Bag Sewing Project
22. Easy DIY Tank Tops and Pajama Pants
Sew a set of cozy and even sexy tank tops and pajama pants set for your teen girl on her birthday. Flannel fabrics are cozy for kids pajamas but for your teens, viscose works great—they are super comfy and inexpensive.
23. DIY Phone Case Stand Sewing Project
You can buy phone accessories anytime, no sweat, but where’s the fun in that? Make this DIY phone case stand instead, from a fabric you like and show your personality through your personalized accessories.
24. Cosmetics Bag Sewing Project With Brush Roll
Even cosmetic bags, teens never seem to have enough of them, too. Good news for sewing buffs, because we can make one every now and then, especially on a gift-giving occasion.
25. DIY Bow Tie Sewing Project
While my hubby isn’t exactly a suit and tie kind of guy, ties at home are still piling up. Good thing I came across these easy DIY ideas to upcycle old ties.
I won’t have to spend a dime for bow ties my boys need when I can easily make one or more. With my tie stash, I’m not about to run out of bow ties with different colors and patterns.
26. Easy Handbag From Old Clothes
Girls will never have enough bags and purses. It has probably something to do partly or a whole lot to our love of mixing and matching outfits.
So, you can trust this great gift idea is still a hit with them. Considering your thoughts and your effort, nothing could be sweeter.
27. Fabric Frame Organizer
I’m sewing this makeup organizer for my teen, alright, but I must say, I need this one for myself, too. Not only does it stand, but it also has a bottom flap with a velcro lock, so I can take it with me anywhere I have to bring more makeup.
It’s also a super space-saving organizer with a hollow part where I can hide some of the stuff cluttering my dresser. I can even slide some papers and notes in there, just what multi-tasking moms like me need.
28. Quilt Puff Pillow Sewing Project
I don’t know about your girls, but mine loves pillows, she will drown in those piled up in her room. Make her cup overflow with a sewing project you can give as a gift for her.
It’s a classic bubble puff quilt pillow bound to be her new favorite favored among the rest.
29. Ear Warmers Sewing Project for Teens
Ear warmers are supposed to be a practical clothing article, but this sewing project will make it a trendy fashion item. Sew not just one but five lovely ear warmers or headbands.
These designs are so chic and trendy, even your picky and hard to please teens will love. This is a customizable project, too, so you can create your own design and find a good use for your stash of fabric scraps.
30. Easy Circle Skirt Sewing Project
Circle skirts are super trendy right now. Give your girls a trendy circle skirt you made yourself as a gift.
31. DIY Fabric Phone Charging Station
Of all our sewing projects here, this is perhaps, the most practical for teens. I don’t know about you but I know no teen today without a smartphone.
This fabric phone charging station will make a perfect gift for them, but it comes with a price—a little bit of effort, like an advanced sewing level of effort. You can choose not to insert piping in the seam, but personally, it is one of the highlights of the project.
Check out this video from Michele Baratta for more DIY beginner sewing projects for kids:
These sewing projects are guaranteed to be useful and fashionable at the same time. So bring out your sewing machine and try these free sewing patterns next weekend!
What do you think of these sweet and easy free patterns? Have you picked a favorite sewing craft yet? Share it with us in the comments section down below!
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Editor's Note: This post has been originally published on November 2, 2016, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.