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16 Handmade Gifts to Give Children

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Looking for unique, handmade gifts to make children? I’ve rounded up a list of my favorite projects from my blog. Each gift idea has a complete DIY tutorial. All you need to do is grab your supplies and start crafting!

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Creating handmade gifts for the holidays is one of my favorite things to do – especially when the crafting is for kids! They are so much fun to craft for. Today I’ve rounded up some of my favorite handmade gifts to make children. These gifts are great for the holidays, birthdays or any time of year.

This roundup includes unique gifts for kids of all ages and for all levels of crafters! Whether you want a fun craft you can make in an hour, like my DIY journals, or you are looking to tackle a fleece quilt or appliqué project – there’s something for you!

Click the picture or the bold title above and you’ll be taken to the complete tutorial for making these projects. Many come with a free pattern or printable to help get you started. I hope you enjoy! :)

16 Handmade Gifts to Give Children

1. DIY Polar Bear Pillow

This cozy bear pillow is the perfect size for little ones! Choose a different flannel or cotton fabric for the bear’s ears to personalize each pillow. Fleece is an easy and forgiving fabric to sew with, making this project great for beginners but still fun for seasoned sewers.

A white fleece polar bear pillow lays on a red surface.

2. LEGO Wall Makerspace

Have you heard of a makerspace before? A makerspace is a place where people can come together to explore, tinker, create and make things! A vertical surface completely changes the way kids use LEGO and it can inspire amazing creative play. Using a large piece of wood and adhesive LEGO plates, this project is sure to be a hit with LEGO fans!

LEGO Makerspace board with the word "Create" written in colorful vinyl.

3. Harry Potter Quidditch Shirt

Create a fun Harry Potter quidditch shirt using your cutting machine and Iron-On! Create one for each house of Hogwarts or pick your favorite! The cut files I used for this project can be found in Cricut Design Space.

Harry Potter quidditch t-shirt made with Cricut Iron on

4. Cross Stitch Unicorn Bookmarks

When it comes to gift giving, can you go wrong with unicorns?! These pretty unicorn bookmarks use sparkly embroidery floss so they shimmer. Grab the free cross-stitch pattern and make one, or all three!

Unicorn Cross Stitch Bookmarks lay on a table.

5. Star Wars Reversible Fleece Quilt

This gift really has no age limit! This huge, reversible fleece quilt uses two No-Sew Fleece Blanket Kits from Joann Fabrics to create one amazing fleece quilt. Make it Star Wars-themed like I did, or choose a different theme depending on the new-sew kits you use. It fits a twin bed and is so cozy and warm it’s perfect for winter. Free pattern.

Fleece Star Wars quilt is held up outside in the snow.

6. Space Constellation Appliqué Pillow

If you know someone who loves space, this pillow will be a big hit! I created this for my son using fun quilting cottons, felt and hand appliqué. My pillowcase fits a body pillow, making it perfect for the floor. Free pattern.

Solar system pillow featuring planets and stars laying against a yellow background.

7. Kid’s Cooking Apron

A go-to gift for me are these kids cooking aprons. They make a great gift especially when paired with a children’s cook book. I’ve made this apron many time over the last few years. It can be customized for a child based on the fabric you choose. Last year I made one for all of my nieces and nephews using fabric with their favorite characters on it. For more ideas check out the Star Wars apron, the Christmas aprons and the Gingerbread decorating aprons I’ve made. Free Pattern.

Colorful child's apron with veggie fabric lays on a cutting board next to primary colored bowls.

8. LEGO Travel Case

Time to break out the Mod Podge and a roll of wrapping paper! That’s what I used to decorate this LEGO traveling case. A great gift for LEGO fans. Stick a new LEGO set inside the case for an added surprise!

LEGO travel case filled with bricks lays open on the floor.

9. Fleece Unicorn Pillow

This cute fleece unicorn pillow will bring a smile to any kid’s face! Made from different colors of fleece and sparkly cotton fabric, this pillow is a fun project, especially for beginners. Make it your own with your choice of fleece colors and get ready to snuggle with this cute pillow :) Free pattern.

Fleece unicorn pillow with colorful mane and black eyelashes on a purple blanket.

10. Christmas Tree Stacking Rings

This fun twist on baby stacking rings is perfect for the holidays. Using an easy-to-follow pattern by Heather Bailey, I changed the colors to green and brown and created a Christmas tree you can actually encourage your little one to play with ;)

Fabric baby rings in green fabric are made to look like a Christmas tree. They sit next to a stack of books and baby toys on a green table with a red backdrop behind them.

11. Harry Potter Notepads

Another great gift for Potter fans, these DIY Harry Potter notepads feature free printables for all four houses! Once you start crafting, it may be hard to make just one! Each notepad opens to reveal a quote from J.K. Rowling about each house. A fun paper craft that makes a unique gift.

Harry Potter-themed notebooks, one for each house, lay on a wooden table.

12. DIY LEGO Table

Whether you create this table for DUPLO or LEGO, it is sure to be a wow gift for your kiddos! The track around the table is perfect for cars and trains and building bridges over it. Gift it with a new set of LEGO or DUPLO and some storage bins for underneath.

A homemade lego table made with a coffee table sits on a colorful rug.

13. Art Smock made from Kid’s Artwork

Use your sewing skills and your child’s artwork to create a one-of-a kind art smock that is both practical and an amazing keepsake. Learn on how I used my kids’ artwork and a smock pattern by Oliver + s to make this smock. This gift takes a bit of planning but the uniqueness makes it completely worth it.

Children's mock made with fabric from children's drawings hangs on a white cupboard.

14. Star Wars Applique Pillows

Use my free appliqué patterns to create BB8 and R2D2 floor pillows! An amazing gift idea for Star Wars fans of any age. The pillows have Star Wars cotton on the back, making them completely reversible. Free pattern.

Two Star Wars themed pillows with BB8 and R2D2 on them sit in a child's book nook.

15. DIY Journal For Kids

Creating a sweet journal for kids using scrapbook paper. This makes a wonderful gift any time of year! Personalize the journal with their name to make it extra special!

Colorful and fun summer journals laying on a table.

16. DIY Baby Tutu

Little ones in tutus is one of the cutest things ever! Grab some pretty net or tulle and whip up a tutu or two for a special little one. Gift with a coordinating top or some cute slippers.

Pink baby tutu lays on a wood surface next to gray baby shoes.

This wraps up my 16 Handmade Gifts to Give Children! I hope you’ve been inspired to get crafty this holiday season and perhaps even found something you’d like to create!Happy Crafting! -Kim


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