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Mother’s Day gifts to sew & my trip to Austin

Can you believe the month of May is right around the corner? It’s the perfect time to whip something up for Mom, and I have some great ideas for Mother’s Day gifts to sew! I also just returned from a visit to Austin to see my grandkids. I have just a few pictures to share, I promise!

Mother’s Day gift ideas to sew

As a mom, I’ve always appreciated the handmade gifts that my children gave me. Those are the ones that tugged at my heart and were truly special. As an “adult child”, I still have fun making gifts for my family. Mother’s Day seems like the perfect opportunity to sew something special for the one(s) you love!

The Dual Scarf

I love to wear scarves. They can add a little color to an outfit and/or provide a little extra warmth on a chilly day. My Dual Scarf tutorial is an easy make and something that any mother would love to receive.

Mug Rugs

I think mug rugs are perfect for ANY occasion, Mother’s Day included. They’re the perfect setup for a gift basket of Mom’s favorite tea or coffee, a cute mug and some chocolate. I love this Glass Half Full Mug Rug with the cute mason jar full of daisies. You could replace the embroidered words with World’s Best Mom or My Favorite Person, etc. A free pdf with full instructions is included.

If you want to steer clear of applique and embroidery, then check out my Ombre Heart Coaster tutorial. It has simple piecing, but the end result is so striking! You could whip one (or two) of these up in an afternoon and call it a day.

Fabric-covered bead necklace

Another Mother’s Day gift to sew is this fabric-covered bead necklace. It’s an easy project that you could get the kids involved with, too. You just make a tube with fabric and insert beads inside. The beads are separated by tying knots in the fabric. There are so many ways to make this a unique gift!

Fabric Origami Pouch

I love this Fabric Origami Pouch because it’s so easy to make and it can be a gift bag, too. The pouch is made with fat quarters and you can easily adjust the size of the pouch. The tutorial includes a video, so you can’t go wrong with this one!

Fabric Origami Pouch Tutorial & Video

Mason Jar Sewing Preserves

Is your mom a quilter or sewist? Even a crafty person would appreciate this Mason Jar Sewing Kit. You can customize it in many ways and fill it with their favorite notions.

Lavender Llama hot/cold plush

I’ve made several of these Lavender Llamas and they’ve been very much appreciated by the recipients. These adorable plush animals are filled with rice and lavender for the ultimate spa day comfort. I love using leftover scraps of plush fabric for these.

Heart bookmarks

A homemade bookmark along with a new book makes for a great Mother’s Day gift. These heart bookmarks require no sewing and just a few supplies that you may have on hand. You can customize it with your own lettering or change the hearts to flowers or bugs, etc. Let your kids help you with this one!

There are so many ways to show your Mom that you appreciate her, and a handmade gift will most likely be one of her favorites. I hope you found some ideas for Mother’s Day gifts to sew that will fit into your schedule.

Texas and grandkids

We spent five days in Texas visiting our daughter’s family. It’s the best feeling to visit the grandkids while they’re still young enough to run into our arms and give us their full attention. I know this won’t last forever, so we are soaking it up!

My daughter and her husband are amazing parents. With four kids under the age of 8, it’s a lot of energy to contain and direct. Amelia is 8, Clara is 6, Ben is 4 and Delaney will be 2 in August. (It makes me wonder how we managed with our own four children at that age.)

We played outside, went to the park, watched Ben’s t-ball game, did craft projects and spoiled them as much as possible. We’re good at that last one. Since we’re visiting grandparents (as opposed to the close-by variety) we squeeze a lot into five days! When we got home, we were exhausted and happy – with a few muscles that needed some TLC.

In the end, it’s always nice to come home. I’m looking forward to getting back into my sewing room and working in the garden. And catching up with you here.

I hope you are enjoying home, wherever that may be. These seasonal transition months tend to be my favorites. Now I have some Mother’s Day gifts to sew!

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  1. Always enjoy reading your tips, patterns, and catching up with the family.
    Best wishes and Happy Mother Day.

  2. Hi Julie
    Lots of good ideas for projects as usual, thanks for taking the time to share. Lovely to see you having fun with the grandkids… yes they grow up fast! Our two «Sunnyvale ones» will be 13 and 10 this year… unnelieveable!

  3. Thank you for sharing your grandparent’s visit; grandchildren give us such pure love and make us feel so good.

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