Memorable Graduation Gifts to Sew

grad gifts to make

Celebrate the graduates and help them commemorate this special moment in their lives with a handmade gift! These DIY gift ideas can be used to pamper the grad, help them decorate a dorm or new apartment, or make it easier for them to get organized. These graduation gifts to sew will be treasured for years to come!

Personal Use

messenger bag graduation gifts to sew

Messenger Bag

This great pattern from Crazy Little Projects has compartments to help the grad keep their stuff organized. This bag is the right size for school, work, and play! Don’t forget to use fusible fleece interfacing to keep your project stable and smooth.

cosmetic bag

Cosmetic Bag

One can never have too many travel cases! This bag is perfect for cosmetics or any other small items the graduate will want to tote with them. This gift will be perfect for traveling from home to the dorm and back again!

zipper pouch graduation gifts to sew

Zipper Pouch

Zipper pouches make great gifts that you can customize with any fun fabric! This great pattern from Pieces by Polly is large enough to carry a variety of supplies, including paperback books. Support Soft Foam Stabilizer or batting can add just the right amount of padding and structure to your project.

laptop sleeve DIY

Laptop Sleeve

This easy to make laptop sleeve uses Shield moisture barrier and Support Foam Stabilizer to protect a laptop or other electronic device from minor bumps and moisture.  Use the grad’s favorite team colors or other fun fabric to make this sleeve which will protect their device when it’s in a backpack or other carrier.


quilt graduation gifts to sew

Commemorative Quilt

Preserve memories with a commemorative quilt that the graduate can treasure for years to come! One fun idea is to collect fabrics or t-shirts that capture the recipient’s interests and accomplishments to make into a quilt. Another is to ask friends and family to make or decorate a block that will be incorporated into the finished quilt. Fairfield offers a vast assortment of batting options for quilted projects of any size.

pillow graduation gifts to sew

Throw Pillows

Create a special pillow gift for the graduate by repurposing a t-shirt into a throw pillow. You can use a club or sport t-shirt to make a pillow that will help the graduate remember something fun from school. Or you could transform a plain t-shirt with glue, stencils, and dye to share a personal message.

lap desk DIY

Lap Desk

Whether it’s for work or play, this gift will be sure to get lots of use! Use resin to create a stunning top for this DIY lap desk, and line the bottom with super soft fabric. Choose the grads school colors or room colors to customize this handmade gift.


bedside organizer

Bedside Pocket Organizer

This cute and practical organizer from Sew Can She will help keep clutter off the nightstand. It’s also perfect for dorm room loft or bunk beds! The graduate will appreciate this thoughtful gift, especially during those “up all night” study sessions in bed!

fabric storage boxes graduation gifts to sew

Fabric Storage Boxes

Make It & Love It has a great tutorial for how to make fabric storage boxes. Sure, you could buy them but would they be as cute and thoughtful as a handmade version? You could make these in a variety of sizes so the graduate can store and organize everything from supplies to clothing.

laundry bag tutorial

Laundry Bag

The new graduate can tote their clothes to the laundry room in style with this handmade travel laundry bag. How fun would it be to have one of these bags with a home team logo or favorite movie on it? As an added bonus, the graduate will be reminded of you every time they use it!

grad gifts to make

Any of these handmade graduation gifts to sew will be cherished by the recipient! Are you looking for more sewing inspiration? Check out these fun summer ideas to find your next project.


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