Valentine’s Day Manly Gift Tutorial 2013

Remember last year, when you guys gave me suggestions for a manly Valentine’s Day gift, and I made up a tutorial for all of us (plus a round-up of other tutes around the web)?  Yeah, that was totally fun.


travel power cord roll up


Who’s up for another round?  I’m looking for suggestions for a great hand-made gift for guys for Valentine’s Day.  Throw ’em out there, no matter how crazy they might sound.  Anything goes, as long as it’s manly(ish) and can be sewn–doesn’t even have to be out of fabric, if that’s how you roll.  I’ll run through the suggestions and work up a tutorial for ONE idea in the next week, and debut a free tutorial on Friday, Feb 8!  Just in time to whip up something awesome for that gift-receiving man in your life.


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  • louize
    January 29, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    I have been making fleece hats for all the men I know this year… from premature babies to retired gentlemen, everyone is getting a variation of the same hat – and the great thing is they are perfect for last minute gifts as they take 15 minutes to make!

  • a
    January 29, 2013 at 4:13 pm


    gadget/power cord organization bag like this one:

  • Sabrina
    January 29, 2013 at 4:30 pm

    Here are a few ideas:

    Stylish pocket square/hanky + bow tie/necktie

    Masculine smartphone/tablet/eReader/laptop sleeves in fabrics like wool, felt, salvaged military canvas, and/or leather

    Messenger bag in similar fabrics

    If he’s a geek, beer/coffee cozy or notebook cover made out of his favorite geek-inspired fabrics (Star Wars, etc.)

    • sue d
      February 13, 2013 at 12:37 pm

      C’Mon! A sqaure “hanky” and tie???? It says “MANLY” gifts.

      • Sabrina
        February 13, 2013 at 7:40 pm

        Sue, I didn’t suggest making a lacy handkerchief and a matching bra. if you haven’t swooned over a handsome man in a stylish suit and tie (with, yes, a pocket square) — you’re missing out.

        To each his (or her, as the case may be) own. 🙂

  • MC
    January 29, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    Hey. How about a toiletries bag from wool. Kinda like the fabric in the bag above?

  • Belinda
    January 29, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    Made the hubs heart-shaped pot holders from manly fabrics once. 🙂

  • Belinda
    January 29, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    Or you could make him a neck tie quilt!

  • Jenn
    January 29, 2013 at 11:11 pm

    I made my hubby a french press cozy recently. Felted wool and athe zipper tohad boot. He loves it!

  • Amanda
    January 30, 2013 at 11:10 am

    Some kind of office organizational something… (I know.. super vague!). My husband is working on a second Master’s degree and working full time… and our office (read: my sewing room) is kind of a disaster because of it. Some place where he can stash his books, papers, etc would be great, but he isn’t exactly a messenger bag type person so I have no idea of what would actually work. 🙁

  • MCKake
    February 1, 2013 at 10:03 am

    How many remote controls does he have?

    Bundle them up in a remote control caddy – you are probably thinking fabric but I am thinking wood! Get them organized
    in one place with velcro, nails or twine but when he asks
    “where is the remote” you can tell him “On the Remote Tote”.

    • Melissa Williams
      February 5, 2013 at 1:25 am

      That is a great idea, one that could hang onto the side of a couch or a coffee table?