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Gifts to make for men

Ideas to sew for men's gifts

Here we pull together a selection of projects that will make the perfect gift for those special men in your life – be it for their birthday, Christmas or Father’s Day! You’re sure to find something suitable here.



Whether for office wear, or formal wear the chances are that the man you are making for will need a tie at sometime in the next year.  By making a tie specifically for them not only do they have something unique but you can tailor it specifically to their favourite colours or to match a specific outfit.

There’s a great tutorial over on the Purl Bee blog – they also have a tutorial for little boy’s ties too (boys like to be just like daddy and wear a tie).  You can find the tutorial here.

If he likes a bow tie, why not try this tutorial for a bow tie from Sew Like My Mom.

We also have a tutorial for making a striped tie for the man in your life. 


Sew Father's Day gifts

Gadget Cases and Accessories

Most men love their gadgets – laptops, iPhones, e-readers, iPods, cameras, mobiles etc. so why not make them a case or an accessory for their favourite gadget? We’ve linked to a few tutorials below for various gadgets cases but you can find plenty more if you search online for the specific type you want.

iPod or camera cosy tutorial

Laptop case/Macbook sleeve

Kindle case

Tablet or iPad case

Scrappy phone cases

iPad Mini case

Felt Lined Phone Case

  Take a look at our Pinterest board for more gadget case tutorials.

Sew an iPad stand

You could also make him a stand for his iPad so it sits on a table or his desk.

Travel Accessories

Make him something useful for when he’s out and about or travelling on holiday or business. Here are a few ideas of what you could make.

Sew a wash bag

Wipe clean washbag

Shoe bag

Travel shave kit

Man’s wallet


DIY and Sporting Accessories

Many men enjoy DIY and activities or sports that require them to carry tools or other accessories. Here are some ideas for gifts to make that will help them in their tasks.

Unisex Apron – great for the BBQ!

Make a golf club head cover
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Golf Club Covers


Clothing patterns for men can be hard to find but luckily a few stylish women’s pattern companies have recently started producing menswear patterns. Colette Pattern’s Negroni men’s shirt proved very popular with there being several sew-alongs to be found online including this one over on the Male Pattern Boldness blog.  They have also recently run a boxer sew-along on the same blog.


Make clothes for men
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Hot Patterns
 are another pattern brand who offer patterns for menswear, with a choice of casual gear for him. Take a look at our feature on Independent Pattern Companies for more sources for menswear patterns.

Here are some free patterns for garments to sew for guys.

Boxer Shorts

Pyjama Bottoms

Man’s Shirt


There are lots more sources of inspiration – take a look at our Pinterest boards here.