There is something special about a home made gift, that dad can use all year round, to be reminded of how awesome he is. These are all free patterns and tutorials and will use fabrics from your scrap piles or stash. A couple may require a trip to your local craft or fabric store for supplies, but overall low cost.
Tells us what you are making for dad in the comments!
The Tech Dad
This is my kid’s dad – the tech man! I made him the cable cosy last year and he uses it when he travels for work for chargers, USBs, portable hard drive etc. It has been well loved.
The tutorial from Live it. Love it. Make it. is fantastic and easy to follow for beginners.
For the dad with just a couple of cables, the cord keeper may be better suited. I like this one for storing cables and avoiding tangles! I made these for neatening up behind the TV cabinet and used the tutorial from Made by Me.
Every Tech Dads desk needs a smartphone stand so he can easily see those notifications from his loving family. The tutorial from Factom of Arts states iPhone but I have no doubt the average Samsung, LG and Nokia will fit just fine.
The Travelling Dad
To go with his cable cosy I made the No Guts Boxy Pouch for his toiletries. It has so much space and a great, manly shape. I used nordic black and white “+” fabric.
I used the tutorial from SoChick! on Craftsy which included step by step photos. I wouldn’t attempt this as a first project, but perfect for an adventurous beginner.
Help dad keep his car neat and clean while he is on the road with the A Ditchintime car trash bag (the tutorial is a fair way down the page).
The Superhero Dad
This superman cushion is just so clever and one that I couldn’t pass up. It is on my list for Father’s Day too. The tutorial at Thermoweb is using a cutter to create the logo, but if you don’t have a Cameo or Scan n Cut, I am sure a Superman T from Big W or Kmart will do the trick.
No sew idea to get the whole family involved in making these. I love this idea as even the younger kids can spread some glue on the coaster bases. This tutorial is from Live it. Love it. Make it. and uses up those superhero fabric scraps!
The Rockstar Dad
Do not, I repeat do not do this project unless you are 100% sure you have the dad’s permission. I love this idea and thinking of doing it with hubby’s gaming shirts. I found a lovely tutorial from Quilting in the Rain for a Rock T-Shirt Rag Quilt.
The 5:00am Dad
Flannel hand warmers are perfect for the dad up at 5am to brave the cold at work. Heat in the microwave, pop in his pocket and off to work. Grab one of dads old shirts for the project and the kids can easily help cutting squares and sewing straight lines with guidance. I found a great tutorial on the Sadie Seasongood website.
Keep his head and ears warm with a cosy slouch beanie. The Patterns for Pirates free pattern comes together super quickly and easily so you could make him a few!
The Home Comforts Dad
These slippers look easy to make and ones I am going to try for sure! I am thinking his thongs (flip flops) may give a perfect size.
I found the tutorial on Simple DIY Handmade.
Remote control pillow is perfect for the dad who always loses the remote! Help him keep organised and find his favourite channel all year round. Get the kids to cusomise it with some fabric pen decorations. Simple pattern from I Heart Organizing.