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Tips for Creating Handmade Gifts for Teens

Some of you may know that last year my first book “Project Teen, Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually Love” was published.  Today I’m going to share some tips for creating handmade gifts for teens.

3 tips for creating handmade gifts for teens and tweens...

If you’ve ever had a teenager you know that the experience can be extremely joyful and extremely stressful all at the same time. Right now I have 3 teenagers and feel like I’m constantly on a roller coaster ride.

The teen years are full of so many ups and downs and it’s important that our teens feel that we love and support them.  People show their love in many different ways, for me, it’s with sewing and gifts.

Diamond Quilt pattern- made entirely from Fat Quarters!

I LOVE to create something handmade to give as a gift. I love picking out fabric that I know that person would love, and I love designing a project that they will use and need. When I was younger and most of my friends were having babies on a regular basis, I used to love making sweet quilts and other gifts for the new baby.

Then as I’ve gotten older (and so have my friends) I’ve often wondered why we stop giving quilts as gifts to kids as they get older. I decided to remedy that and have made it a goal to “give handmade” to the teens in my life, both my kids, their friends, and my nieces and nephews.

If you’re sewing for a Teen there here are a few suggestions to help you out a bit:

3 Tips for Giving Handmade Gifts to Teens and Tweens

Study Pillow Sewing Pattern- love the pockets!

TIP ONE: Carefully Select your Fabrics

This can make or break your project. Try to find out what styles of fabric the teen you are sewing for loves and incorporate those into the project. A lot of times the fabric is not that different from you what you would pick for yourself.

Also, teens love novelty fabrics, just use 1 or 2 in a project so that they really stand out and don’t overwhelm the finished product.

iPhone cover sewing pattern

TIP TWO: Think of what kinds of activities they are in and the things they could use

Are they a soccer player? Do they spend hours outside waiting for games? Then they might love a fleece blanket. Do they spend all summer at the pool? A beach bag might be fun.

Monogrammed Towel Tutorial

TIP THREE: Don’t be disappointed in their reaction.

Many teens won’t get all excited and jump up and down when you give them a gift, don’t stress it doesn’t mean that they don’t like it.  I made my then 16-year-old daughter a quilt for Christmas one year and thought that she would think it was a “stupid” gift.

Her reaction when she opened it was “so so”, I was a little worried. Then I saw her curled up with the quilt by the fire later that day and realized that she loved it. That quilt went everywhere with us for the next few years.

Project Ideas for Things to Make for Teens & Tweens:

Busy Day Tablet Case Pattern

Earbuds Case Tutorial

How to Make a Fleece Blanket (no tie)

How to Make a Quilt from Start to Finish

Reading or Journal Pillow Sewing Pattern

Laminated Make Up Bag Tutorial

How to sew a Curved Top Cosmetic Bag

If you’ve got Teens in your life to sew for I’ve just published a book called “Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teen will Actually  Love” full of ideas of projects to sew for teens.  All of the photos in this post are sewing patterns from the book.

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One Comment

  1. Melissa, I recently purchased this book and just love it. Congratulations on publishing! Hope to see lots more.

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