DIY Father’s Day Gifts Sewn Up

DIY Father’s Day Gifts Sewn Up

With Father’s Day fast approaching, we wanted to highlight all the fabulous things we can make for Dads or simply the special men in our lives. These 7 Father's day gift patterns (5 are free) require varying levels of sewing expertise, but you will definitely be able to make a Father’s Day gift which is sure to light up your dad’s day. Even better we have some amazing men’s fabric recommendations which are perfect for each gift idea.


1. A tie

Surely not a boring old tie, we hear you say - well definitely not, it should be a tie which reflects your dad’s personality or gets him to wear something which he might not choose for himself but will bring him bang up to date. Modern ties are often textured or knit ties, yet we can’t help feeling that for summer you can’t beat a zingy floral. Either way, has an easy how to sew a tie tutorial which uses an old tie as a template. You will need about a meter of fabric for the front of the tie and about half a meter for the back liner. In our cotton lawn collection there really is something for everyone, whether it be a traditional paisley or something slightly more modern. 


Make a tie tutorial

Image credit: Sew a Classic Men's Tie on Craftsy


Floral Cotton Lawn Fabric     100% Cotton Tana Lawn™  Liberty Fabrics Tresco - yellow and green

Floral Cotton Lawn White Rose and Liberty Tana Lawn Cotton Tresco


 2. Tablet case

Dads often appreciate a useful gift, and a tablet case will always come in handy especially for holiday travel. Don’t forget to check the length and width of the tablet before you start. CraftySewingSew has a step-by-step guide to making an iPad case out of fabric. You will need the main exterior fabric, a lining fabric and interfacing fabric.

We would suggest using one of our soft furnishing fabrics for the main fabric as it is slightly stronger, but don’t panic there are plenty to choose from - plain navy for a chic classic Dad or even a Lobster for a quirkier one. 


Sew your own iPad case

Image credit: CraftySewingSew




 Ikat Linen Mix Geometric - Stevie and Chambray Cotton Grey Stripe


3. Messenger Bag

This messenger bag pattern and tutorial from Apple Green Cottage includes a free cutting template which boasts a large size with room for everything and a phone pocket. Perfect for millennial Dads. You will need a metre of exterior fabric, an accent fabric for the flap, a contrasting fabric for the inner pockets and stiff fusible woven interfacing fabric. You can even make it in a water repellant fabric to keep the contents dry.


Messenger Bag sewing tutorial

Messenger Bag Tutorial Image Credit: Apple Green Cottage



    Brushed Cotton Panama Forest and Charcoal Chambray Cotton

 Canvas Interfacing Fabric

Medium Weight Canvas Interfacing  


4. Men’s apron

Most Dads like to think they are the King of summer BBQs so what better way to celebrate his grilling skills than with a tailor-made apron. This free pattern from Helen’s Closet is perfect as it has different size and height options to suit all the Dad shapes. You really can make an apron with whatever you like, so you can make this gift super personal. How about making a cool one with our selvedge denim or maybe bright colours are more his thing? How about a zesty orange apron instead?


Apron Pattern and Tutorial

Image Credit: Helen's Closet 


Fish Print fabric    Lobster print fabric

Happy Plaice and Rock Lobster Cotton Panama Fabrics


 5. Shirt

We just had to feature these homemade dad shirts from our sewing community. The first is the Wardrobe By Me Tropical Shirt pattern made by @sewno65 for 3 generations of boys in our Lego building blocks.


Father's Day shirts

Image credit: @sewno65 


The second @cazsews features lovely Dad and Daughter matching shirts using the same Tropical Shirt pattern mentioned above in our Alexander Henry Beauties and Brains fabric. We also think it would look amazing in the Alexander Henry tattoo cotton….


Father's Day home made shirt

Image Credit: @cazsews


6. Men’s Pyjamas

We often see men’s pyjamas for winter made out of cosy brushed cotton but what about a summer pair? Tilly and The Buttons Joe pyjama bottoms pattern features a shorts version which will be perfect for this time of year. The pattern recommends light or medium weight woven fabrics such as cotton lawn, shirting or double gauze - which we have plenty of. Anything from a neat stripe to a novelty print to make him laugh every time he wears them. 


Tilly and The Buttons Joe Pyjama pattern    

 Tilly & The Buttons Joe Pyjama Pattern & Cotton Check Multicoloured Stripe


7. Reversible Bucket hat

If your dad loves fishing or spending time at the beach, a bucket hat is a must have Dad accessory.  This DIY bucket hat pattern from Hello Sewing requires just 2 coordinating pieces of tightly woven cotton and has a free pattern to download. It is fully lined with stitching on the rim and is a sturdy bucket hat which will survive being stuffed into bags.


DIY Bucket Hat

Image Credit: Hello Sewing


One Man and a Boat and Kolkata


Plain Blue Cotton Panama Fabric

Plain Brushed Panama Weave Fabric - Bluejay  


Father’s Day Gifts Sewn Up

We hope you like our 7 Father’s Day gifts to sew at home. If you’ve been inspired, please share your makes, and don’t forget to tag us @fabricsgalorelondon. And for more fabric recommendations for all of these sewing projects you can email us on . Happy Father’s Day!

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