Homemade Gift Ideas For Dad (That He’ll Actually Use)

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If you’re looking for crafty projects and DIY ideas that are not only gift-worthy for Father’s Day but also useful…this is the list for you! Here’s a collection of free tutorials and projects that will be appreciated and used by Dad throughout the year…and don’t miss the bonus goodies listed at the bottom! PS: I’ll be updating this page each year so you may want to bookmark this page for future reference :).

manmadediy.com

manmadediy.com

DIY Laptop Riser: Made with a bent plywood stool, some work with a saw is required (nothing crazy though–you can make this!).

iPad Sleeve with Strap: Features a removable cross-body shoulder strap. More DIY iPad & Kindle covers and sleeves are on this page.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

fromthetortoiseandthehare.blogspot.com

fromthetortoiseandthehare.blogspot.com

Mustache Mug Tutorial: Give dad an old fashioned mustache with this clever mug idea (just a bit of Pebeo gel stain & marker is involved).

Upcycled Handlebar Bag: Make this clever bicycle accessory for Dad so he has a handy spot carrying keys, maps, a granola bar, or if he’s really lucky, a pocket GPS unit.

giverslog.com

giverslog.com

womansday.com

womansday.com

Cozy Sweater Throw: Great for both the cabin and the couch, make a comfy lap blanket for dad using old sweaters. If you’re really ambitious, you can whip up an afghan (has both knit and crochet patterns). More throws to sew found here.

Laptop Sleeve: The sleeve has a button top closure and quilted lining, simple to customize size as you need. More laptop covers to make are found here.

amyalamode.com

amyalamode.com

evilmadscientist.com

evilmadscientist.com

Denim Camera Bag: Plenty of storage to hold batteries & accessories. More camera bags & covers found on this page.

iPhone Case: Very easy to make! Made with leather or felt and features a scalloped edge fold over flap. Free pattern download (via pdf). More assorted phone cases are found here.

melissaesplin.com

melissaesplin.com

marthastewart.com

marthastewart.com

Gadget Travel Tote: Convert a dish towel into a multi-pouched case to keep chargers and cords neat when you’re on the go. Also see 24 Nifty Gadget Goodies To Make.

Golf Towel: Perfect gift idea for golfers, this is the nicest tutorial I’ve come across for making a golf towel.

junie-moon.blogspot.com

junie-moon.blogspot.com

tipnut.com

tipnut.com

Father And Son Barbecue Aprons: Is Dad big into grilling? Make him an apron and maybe a matching one for the kiddos too! Stick a bottle of his favorite homemade bbq sauce in the pocket and he’s set to go. (ebook to download is the third one)

Father’s Day Ties: This tie is remarkably simple to sew and makes the perfect Father’s Day present (plus there won’t be another like it!).

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

quiltish.blogspot.com

quiltish.blogspot.com

Fabric Men’s Wallet: This makes an ideal second wallet for hunting, fishing and sporting trips (when they don’t need all their “stuff” and their good wallets should be left at home). One tip is to make the wallet using fabric from favorite old shirts.

Photo Coffee Sleeve: Great little gift idea for coffee lovers, make a sleeve that will fit his favorite cup size and insert a picture of his favorite peeps.

theobjectproject.typepad.com

theobjectproject.typepad.com

helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com

helpinglittlehands.blogspot.com

Stamped Washer Keychains: Two different tutorials, one showing how to stamp the washers and the other showing how to make the keychain. This requires a steel stamp set. More crafty keychains are on this page.

Tie Napkin: A fun idea for dad, he can wear this for messy bbq feasts! lol

misscraftypants.com

misscraftypants.com

lowescreativeideas.com

lowescreativeideas.com

Tailgating Bin: Transform an oval galvanized bin into a tailgating bin to stash munchies and party supplies.

Golf Club Headcovers: These are made with vinyl fabric, also check out Easy Golf Club Cozy from a Recycled Sweater.

positivelysplendid.com

positivelysplendid.com

instructables.com

instructables.com

DIY Ceramic Smoker: Made with 2 large terra cotta, or other earthenware non-lead non-glazed planters that fit on top of each other.

Stadium Blanket With Canvas Tote: The blanket is made with wool blanket fabric and is rolled up and carried with a canvas tote.

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

thevintageworkshop.com

thevintageworkshop.com

Personalized Glass Paperweights: This tutorial will show you how to make lovely personalized glass paperweights (use a picture of the kids or an image from his favorite sport, etc.). You can also try this Concrete Lightbulb Project for a desktop gift.

Personalized Glass Items: Use etching cream (or a sandblaster) to personalize glass mugs or containers (for desktop, dresser, etc.) to make something special for dad.

curbly.com

curbly.com

sew4home.com

sew4home.com

Tool Tub Tote: Sew a canvas bucket tote that has plenty of pockets and space to hold tools and DIY supplies.

Husband Valet: Handy container to hold keys, loose change, a wallet and other small items. Made with felt, cross stitch plastic and thread.

itstaylormade.com

itstaylormade.com

wkdesigner.wordpress.com

wkdesigner.wordpress.com

Father & Son Ties: Supplies needed are a square yard of fabric, coordinating thread and kraft paper (to draft the pattern).

Manly Travel Power Cord Roll-Up: A tweedy little wrap with space for multiple laptop/phone/gadget accessories and cords, made with thrifted suit pants.

whipstitchfabrics.com

whipstitchfabrics.com

purlbee.com

purlbee.com

Knit Golf Club Covers: Patterns for a five wood, three wood and a driver available, worked on DPNs and topped with a pom pom (optional).

DIY Glass Paperweights: Made with a piece of beveled glass, Mod Podge, print (includes printables), scraps of decorative paper and felt.

inmyownstyle.com

inmyownstyle.com

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Published: June 12, 2010
Updated: September 4, 2012

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2 Comments to “Homemade Gift Ideas For Dad (That He’ll Actually Use)”
  1. Polly @ Helping Little Hands says:

    Wow! What a lot of great ideas! And thanks for the link!

  2. CLEO says:

    Thamks awesome ideas!!!!


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