Looking for small DIY gift ideas that will fit inside a stocking? Here are some gorgeous handmade options to make for women.
DIY stocking stuffer ideas for women:
- Eye mask for sleeping
- Super easy elastic hair ties (no sewing)
- Face mask
- Felt mittens
- Simple necklace
- Macrame keychains
- Lip balm
- Moisturizing lotion bars
- Clay garden markers
- Soap bars
DIY gift idea: scrunchies
Here are 3 scrunchies I made using my free sewing pattern (download here). I used 2 different construction methods: an easy method using hair ties, and a seamless scrunchie method.
I used a drapey Polyester fabric for the first, cotton gingham for the second, and a drapey cotton flannel for the last one.
Here’s feedback about the pattern & tutorial from Laura (in a Pinterest comment):
“This was an easy pattern to follow. I made three of them using quilting cotton and hairties I had around the house. I’m sure the girls will like to find these in their Christmas stockings. Thank you”
DIY eye mask for sleeping
I used my free sleep mask sewing pattern for these (download here). Here’s my sewing tutorial.
I used cotton gingham and navy linen for my versions, but I recommend cotton because it’s much smoother than linen.
DIY elastic hair ties
This is a super simple make. Just buy some cute fold-over elastic that’s 5/8″ wide, cut it 8-10″ long, and tie a knot. Use a lighter to melt the ends and stop the elastic fraying. No sewing or glue guns needed!
Make 5 and wrap them around a piece of card for a nicer presentation.
Here’s a video tutorial. The construction actually starts at 1:00:
DIY face mask
If face masks are non-optional in your country, making some spare masks for your friends and family will be helpful.
Here are all my resources on how to make face masks, including lots of free hospital-approved sewing patterns.
DIY felt mittens
This is a great make for cold weather. Purl Soho created a free mittens sewing pattern (download here) and step-by-step sewing tutorial. You’ll need fleece or felt for this make.
DIY simple necklace
You’ll need jewelry wire, some cool gemstones, a necklace chain, and wire cutters and pliers. I like the tutorials from The Spruce Crafts and Make & Fable because no drilling is required.
DIY macrame keychains
Here’s a list of 8 macrame keychain designs with video tutorials. My personal favorite from the list is this one:
DIY lip balm using natural ingredients
Our Oily House has a great tutorial on how to make moisturizing lip balms using natural ingredients.
You’ll need 2 tablespoons of beeswax, cocoa butter, and coconut oil, 25 drops of essential oils, and lip balm tubes. Her tutorial makes enough to fill 12 lip balm tubes.
Here’s her video tutorial:
DIY lotion bars using natural ingredients
This is another simple make from Our Oily House. These handmade lotion bars are great for moisturizing the skin. You rub them on dry areas, like knees and elbows, and the bar will melt slightly.
In a Youtube comment, she said these bars will keep for about a year. In warm weather, you can keep them in the fridge so they stay firm.
For this DIY, you’ll need 1 cup of coconut oil, cocoa/shea butter, and beeswax, 15-30 drops of essential oils, and silicone moulds/metal tins.
Here’s her video tutorial:
DIY garden markers
Use polymer clay and some mini alphabet stamps to create these chic garden markers. This tutorial is from Stephanie at Wellnesting.
DIY soap bars
This homemade lavender soap tutorial was created by Jan from the Nerdy Farm Wife. She guest posted the tutorial on the Learning and Yearning blog. For more soap making guidance, check out Jan’s course and books.
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