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Graduation Gifts – Ideas to Sew & Embroider


5 Graduation Gifts for your Students

Hibiscus Zipper Pouch

As graduation day approaches, it’s time to create some handmade gifts to celebrate your favorite grad! Personalize these great gift ideas with machine embroidery to not only label the item that may be taken to college, but also add a sentimental touch to the gifts.


Send your grad off to the dorms with a monogrammed towel set. Include a bath sheet, wash cloth and hand towel in school colors, complete with a monogram to tie them all together. Or send her off with a beach towel with plenty of sunscreen and a cute hat.

For younger grads, preschoolers off to Kindergarten and the like, consider personalizing a hooded bath towel that can also be used at the pool or beach.

An embossed monogram looks great on terry towels. Use Poly Deco Thread for the embroidery for maximum washability. Don’t forget to use Sulky Solvy as a topper so the stitching sits atop the towel surface. Follow this tutorial for flawless towel embroidery.


graduation gifts


Hopefully students will be attending game days inside stadiums this year (or very soon!). Clear bags are absolutely necessary to get in and out of the security lines in a flash. Add a monogram or school mascot design to the bag for a touch of school spirit. Grab this tutorial and learn how to sew vinyl without sticking.


Create a drawstring laundry tote that can serve double-duty as a sports bag. This large tote is easily thrown into the wash itself! Don’t forget the monogram or name embroidered on the side to ensure no one walks off with it at the laundromat. Grab the free tutorial here.

grad gift to embroider


Celebrate your grad’s accomplishments with a quilt that displays patches! This quilt is perfect for showcasing Junior Ranger badges from National parks, Girl or Boy Scout patches and the like!

Grab a kit to create this quilt in solid fabrics that are gender-neutral and go with any number of d├ęcor styles. Add a stitched note to the quilt back with the grad’s school years, travel dates or scout troupe listed.


Create a fully lined zipper pouch and add a fun embroidery design to the front that matches the recipient’s interests. Vary the sizes and make a set for toiletries, pens and pencils, makeup, or art supplies. The fun tassel gives this pouch a posh vibe.

Grab the Pollen Slimline Thread Palette to have all the threads and designs shown above at your fingertips! Don’t forget a Filaine Wire Brush, so you can “bloom” the flowers and give the designs texture and dimension.

Whatever you decide to make for your graduation gifts, they are sure to be cherished as your grad heads off to new adventures. Happy stitching!

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!