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50 DIY Mother’s Day Gift & Craft Ideas

I love to create handmade gifts for Mother’s Day. I have so many wonderful Moms in my life and love to show them how much I appreciate them with a simple gift.  Even if you’re short on time, you may find something to make for Mom on this list! If you like this post of 50 DIY Mother’s Craft Ideas, you may also like this post with 15 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Mother’s Day. 

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas

If you’d like to gift your mom something a bit more original than a bouquet of flowers in a nice vase, we’ve got 50+ great suggestions for you.

Mother’s Day seems like it sneaks up on me every year! Some of my favorite things to create are handmade gifts. It seems I’m always scrolling through Pinterest looking for new ideas for gifts to make. I’ve even created a Pinterest board to collect some of the best ideas I find. 

To keep things simple for you, I’ve broken the projects down into sections.

What are some easy things to make for Mother’s Day?

  • Decorate a Mason Jar filled with some of her favorite candies.
  • Give her a gift card to her favorite store. Tie the gift card to a bouquet of her favorite flowers to make it more special.

Types of DIY Gifts in this Post

  • Things to sew for Mom
  • Easy no-sew gift ideas
  • Things to craft for Mom – including gifts kids can make almost by themselves
  • Photo gifts for Mom

If you’re looking for gifts for kids to make for Mom, scroll down to the printables or crafts section. I tried to include many projects that are simple enough to be made in an afternoon!

If you’ve got the hankering to spend a bit more time making something for Mom, I’ve included a few projects like that too!

More than 50 DIY Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

If you’re hankering to make something special for your Mom this year, I’ve got 50 ideas for you today! They range from simple projects completed in less than an hour to some that require a bit more time but are worth it! 

You can sew many projects for Mom, and a few are fun printables and other crafts that kids can make themselves. I keep this list updated regularly and love adding new DIY projects that Mom will LOVE.

Mother’s Day Gifts to Sew

If you love to sew and want to make something for your mom or grandmother for Mother’s Day, we’ve rounded up a list of free sewing patterns and project tutorials for items that make great gifts!

1. Cute Things to Sew for the Home

Free Sewing Pattern for Fabric Baskets designed to work with the Cricut Maker. Fabric Basket Sewing Pattern that is easy to make and great for a beginning seamstress. #CricutMade #CricutMaker #CricutProject #FabricBasket #SewingPattern #freesewingpattern #fabricbasketDIY

DIY Fabric Storage Boxes 

These baskets were designed for sewing storage, but they don’t have to be! You can add labels for Mom’s favorite things or leave the labels off and stitch up the baskets in some of her favorite colors.

Learn how to make fabric storage bins with this sewing pattern. Round padded storage bins, great for organization projects! #fabricbins #fabricstorage #fabricbasket #sewingpattern #DIYBasket

Padded Storage Bins

These storage bins are a pattern available in our shop. I actually made a set of these and gifted them to my mom one year for Mother’s Day. She uses them as decoration in her bedroom and to store items on her dresser.

Round pot holder on white table

Round Pot Holder Tutorial

These round pot holders are a great gift for a mom who loves cooking or baking! To make the gift extra special, tuck your favorite recipe into the pocket.

Sewing Machine Mat

Sewing Machine Mat Tutorial

Perfect for the Mom who loves to Sew or Quilt!

Farmhouse style hanging kitchen dish towel

Farmhouse Style Hanging Dishtowel Tutorial

This farmhouse-style hanging dishtowel is so easy to make. You need a hot pad and a dishtowel. If you’re new to sewing, no worries; this is a beginner-friendly project!

2. Small Bags & Accessories to Sew

How to make a Simple Zip Pouch

A simple zip pouch is one of my favorite “go-to” gifts to sew. This tutorial will walk you through the step-by-step process of making a zip pouch with a flat bottom.

Learn how to draft a custom pattern for a frame clutch with this metal frame purse tutorial - how make a coin purse from a metal frame #frameclutch #sewing #sewingtutorial #sewingpattern #melissamortenson #polkadotchair #frameclutchpattern

How to Make a Frame Clutch

This little clutch is sweet and the perfect size to hold Mom’s headphones or spare change.

Big Bow Clutch; A DIY clutch purse pattern and free sewing tutorial. How to make an easy fabric clutch with a bow on the front. Fun sewing gift ideas.

Bow Front Clutch Sewing Tutorial

I can never get enough zippered pouches. I use them for EVERYTHING! This clutch is pretty enough for Mom to carry by itself, but it is also a great size to throw in a larger bag.

Polka Dot & Leather Fold Over Clutch Sewing Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Polka Dot and Leather Fold-Over Clutch Sewing Pattern

The leather is not as hard to sew with as you might think. I will walk you through the process in this clutch tutorial.

Seersucker & Leather Clutch by Melissa Mortenson of polkadotchair.com

 Seersucker and Leather Fold-Over Clutch

This clutch made from seersucker is perfect for summer!

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Monogrammed Leather Zip Pouch Tutorial

Remember what I said about zip pouches above? Yeah, you can never have enough!


Beach Bound Straw Tote Sewing Tutorial

This bag is perfect for summer! In the tutorial, I give you tips for sewing with the “straw” fabric!

Sunglasses Case to Sew

Sunnies, Sunglasses Case Sewing Tutorial

One of my all-time favorite projects! Help mom stop losing her sunglasses inside of her purse!

Embellished Zip Pouch Tutorial

Embellished Zippered Pouch Tutorial

“Fancy” up a zippered pouch with a bit of trim!

3. Tote Bags & Larger Accessories to Sew

Retro Travel Bag Sewing Pattern by Melissa Mortenson; makes a cute weekend bag and can be made with leather straps or sewn purse handles. Would be a cute DIY summer travel bag.

Retro Travel Bag

This is a great travel bag for Mom! We have a video on Riley Blakes’ YouTube channel that walks you through the steps of constructing the bag.

The March Bag sewing pattern has been updated and re-released. It's a fun handbag sewing pattern with a large outside kangaroo style pocket and 4 different handle styles. #sewingpattern #bagpattern #handbagpattern #pursepattern #polkadotchair #melissamortenson #rileyblake #safariparty

March Bag – Handbag Pattern

This bag has a fun kangaroo pocket in the front. There’s also a video to help you sew it!

Free Padded Laptop Sleeve Clutch Sewing Pattern on polkadotchair.com

Laptop Sleeve Sewing Pattern

This laptop sleeve can be easily adjusted to fit any size laptop.

Free tutorial and Lined Drawstring Bag Sewing Pattern - how to sew a reversible drawstring bag and add cute sayings to the front! Includes free cricut cut file downloads #sewing #sewingpattern #drawstringbag #laundrybag #cricut #cricutmade #ad

Drawstring Travel Bags

I have several sizes of these and love using them when I travel. The largest size is perfect for a travel laundry bag. One of these bags gifted with a lavender sachet would be so dreamy for Mom.

padded tablet case sewing pattern

Busy Day Tablet Case

A padded tablet case in 3 sizes. Includes a small zippered pocket for stashing your apple pencil.

Free Make Up Brush Roll Sewing Tutorial by Sweet Red Poppy. Learn how to sew a make up brush roll case, could also be used for a jewelry roll. Great gift for travelers

Makeup Roll Brush Bag

This is one of those projects that I keep meaning to make for myself! It would come in so handy when I’m traveling!

4. Simple Sewn Gifts for Mom

Keychain Chapstick Holder

Chapstick Holder Tutorial

This chapstick holder doubles as a lanyard and keychain!

Easy Peasy Fleece Blanket Tutorial on polkadotchair.com

Easy Peasy Fleece Blanket

This blanket is a great one for kids to help make! They need some supervision to use the scissors and sewing machine but can contribute to the majority of the project.

lip gloss pouch on marble tabletop

Lip Gloss Case

This free sewing pattern will help Mom keep her favorite lip gloss close by. It would also be perfect for travel-size perfume bottles, so Mom can take her favorite scent with her when she’s away.

Free DIY Mother’s Day Printables & Simple Gift Ideas

All of these projects are “no-sew.” Many of these are simple enough that kids can make the gifts for Mom themselves!

Round pot holder on white table

Download these “You Bake Me” Happy Gift tags and gift them to Mom in cute potholders you can buy at the store. For good measure, throw a few of her favorite baking items in the pocket!

Nail Polish Valentine's Day Gift idea on polkadotchair.com

Nail Polish Gift Idea & Free Printable

This silly and punny gift is inexpensive, and kids can help by picking out their favorite nail polish color. The free printable is on our site.

Strawberry Gift Basket Idea and free printable tags on polkadotchair.com

Strawberry Gift Basket

Fill a paper berry basket with some of Mom’s favorite things! We filled ours with candy, but they would also be nicely filled with berry-scented candles, scrubs, or bath bombs.

Polka Dot Gift Wrap

DIY Polka Dot Gift Wrap

This DIY gift wrap is so cute and a great way to “fancy up” an otherwise simple gift!

15 Clever Mason Jar Gift Ideas for Mom - perfect for a last minute gift!

Mother’s Day Mason Jar Craft Ideas (and free printable Happy Mother’s Day cards)

Who doesn’t love a good Mason jar gift? We have an entire post dedicated to mason jar gifts for mom! They are so versatile and can be filled with various things like bath salts, soaps, home decor items, or even jewelry!

Free Printable Diet Coke Gift Tags; perfect for gifts for teachers - lots of cute gift ideas for friends or neighbors too. Love the Happy Birthday Tags!

Soda Gift Idea

Attach a fun tag to mom’s favorite treat!  This one says Happy Birthday, but the printable includes ones perfect for Mother’s Day. Use decorative paper designed for paper crafts and a beautiful ribbon to make this gift special.

printable luggage tag

Free Printable Luggage Tags

This one is a super easy Mother’s Day gift! We all know how the “Which one is my black suitcase” thing feels at the airport luggage carousel.  Print out one of these luggage tags onto printable fabric, and Mom will never wonder which is her suitcase again!

DIY Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Love to Sew

DIY Mason Jar Sewing Kit (with free printable)

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Turn the top of a mason jar into a pincushion with this fun DIY!

A DIY Pillow cover that is a great way to spruce up your sewing room decor. Includes a free cricut cut file for the "fabric happiness" saying.

Fabric Happiness Pillow

Need I say more?? *wink* We have a free SVG file perfect for your Cricut machine so you can make this cute pillow. The same image could also be used to make a tote bag or t-shirt.

DIY Embroidery Hoop Hanging Wall Organizer

DIY Embroidery Hoop Sewing Room Organizers

I’m always losing my seam ripper, and these fun embroidery hoop organizers would help me keep my stuff in the right place!

Pocket Pincushion Tutorial

This clever pincushion has a pocket for holding your snips!

DIY Gifts Kids Can Make for Mom

Kids love to make handmade gifts for moms on Mother’s Day! From beautiful planters to mugs and more, here are some of our favorite things kids can make as the perfect gift for mom or grandma (with proper supervision, of course!)


Washi Tape Covered Letters (would be a cute monogram for Mom)

This is a super simple craft that kids can easily manage. Let them pick out the washi tape colors that they think mom would like.

Preppy Bracelets

Pretty Preppy Bracelets

This one is great for kids to tackle themselves (or with minimal help). Turn pretty trims and ribbons into bracelets for Mom!

Seashell Craft Ideas and free printable gift tags. This craft idea would be great for kids especially on a rainy summer day

DIY Seashell Jewelry

These Seashell Crafts are perfect if you’re looking for a fun gift for Mom that kids can make themselves. Make mom a unique seashell ring, bracelet, or necklace. This craft does use hot glue, so adult supervision is always recommended.

They can even personalize the color of the shells with nail polish.  The project also includes links to free printable gift tags to hold their creations!

Felt Flowers on white table

How to Make Felt Flowers

These felt flowers would be suitable for teens or older kids to try, given that you need sharp scissors and hot glue. But they would make a beautiful corsage for Mom for Mother’s Day.

DIY Photo Gifts for Mom

Instagram mini scrapbook tutorial and free printable on polkadotchair.com

Instagram Mini Scrapbook (Printable)

I don’t know about you or your Mom, but I love Instagram! Surprise Mom by printing some of her Instagram photos and turning them into a little book she can keep on her nightstand.  This tutorial shows you how to make the book.

Instagram Mini Photo Album on polkadotchair.com

DIY Instagram Mini Album (purchase the album and add your own photos)

If you want a gift for Mom but don’t want to make a scrapbook album, simply print out the photos and put them in a purchased album.

Flip Book Mini Album

 FlipBook Mini Album

This Flip Book Album is a fun take on a traditional photo scrapbook. You can include some of Mom’s favorite photos!

DIY Thanksgiving Family Memory Banner

Family Memory Banner

I created this Family Memory banner for Thanksgiving one year and have kept it up for a long time.

I love it so much. It’s simple to make, just a clothesline, index cards, and photos! Get those photos off your phone and print them!!

How to make a simple photo memory quilt

How to make a Photo Quilt

Use a bit of printable fabric to create this simple quilt for Mom!

DIY Patchwork Pillow Tutorial

Patchwork Photo Pillow Tutorial

Sweet, simple, and easy to make!

DIY Mother's Day Gift Ideas
More than 50 clever, cute, creative and simple DIY Gift Ideas for Mother's Day - ideas for what to make for Mom, includes lots of last minute gift ideas!

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