10 DIY Projects to Make for Dad This Father’s Day

MAY 25, 2018 updated Jun 2, 2021

Tired of getting Dad ties every Father’s Day? We have your back! Celebrate the man of the hour by making thoughtful handmade gifts that reflect his personality. From cycling jerseys and dopp kits to cozy lounge pants, pick one-of-kind designs for a one-of-a-kind guy.

1. Linen Cotton Canvas Apron

Whether he’s the sauce boss, grill master or pancake flipping connoisseur, every Dad deserves a custom apron. Complete the gift with a design featuring Dad’s favorite food, or go for an even more personal touch by turning the kids’ artwork into fabric.

2. Cycling Jersey

Featured designs by charlottewinter and owlandchickadee

Dad will be racing in style with a Sport Lycra biking shirt. Bonus points if you choose a design from the Cycling design challenge! Give our go-to pattern, Jalie 2216, a try for this project.

3. Dogwood Denim™ Tool Belt

The Best Woodshop by chicca_besso

It’s time to level-up Dad’s Mr. Fix It status! We hear a DIY tool belt pairs perfectly with the brand new hammer he’s been asking for.

4. Camping Bandana

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Planning a camping trip to celebrate Dad on Father’s Day? Surprise him with a handmade Cotton Poplin Ultra bandana commemorating your adventure in the wild. We’ve rounded up our favorite camping designs from the Marketplace, but if you want to make him a really happy camper, go the extra mile by scanning the map of his favorite trail and print it on fabric! Our popular recipe tea towel tutorial will get you started on how to scan!

5. Cornhole Beanbags

Featured designs by interrobangartindelibleinkileneavery, susiprint and weavingmajor.

Let Dad finally prove he’s the cornhole champion with customizable beanbags using Eco Canvas. But don’t stop there! Using peel-and-stick wallpaper, create coordinating boards in his favorite design.

6. Lounge Pants

Featured designs by petfriendly and k80horn

Is Dad the king of the couch on Sundays? Let him relax in style with custom lounge pants in our super-cozy Fleece. No time to DIY? The Jasper Pajama Pants from Sprout Patterns can still be customized with his favorite Marketplace design but they’ll do the sewing for you when you choose their white glove sewing service.

7. Family Photo Canvas Wall Art

Are you stuck in a rut when it comes to deciding what to do with your family photos? Using See Kate Sew’s canvas wall art tutorial, you can print Dad’s favorite photos on fabric to make an easy DIY gallery wall for under $35!

8. Dopp Kit

Featured designs by karinka and crumpetsandcrabsticks

Make sure Dad is keeping his toiletries in check while he’s on the road with the Portside Dopp Kit by Grainline Studio and available through Sprout Patterns.

9. Reusable Farmers’ Market Bag

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Do Saturdays mean a trip to the market for Dad? Stitch up a reusable bag in under an hour for a quick and easy gift idea that he’ll be sure to use.

10. Handwritten Handkerchief

We might have showed you how to turn a love note into a keepsake for your wedding day, but for Father’s Day, you can follow the same tutorial using a note written to Dad!

Think Dad will want to join in on the DIY fun? Start with a cut-and-sew project that the entire family can make together. 

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