Made-for-Man Gifts

Since Valentines Day is rapidly approaching, I though it might be time to break out some more of those handmade Christmas gifts I told you about. You know, the ones from waaaaay back during Christmas. 🙂

I always find it difficult to buy gifts for my man. If he really wants or needs something, he can just go out and buy it. Right? Does anyone else feel that way?

Anyway, this makes me so glad I can sew. If I make him something with my own two hands then it’s truly unique, and he has to love it. Ha!

I made these zipper pouches for my husband and father-in-law this past Christmas. They were made using linen, denim, black leather, and jeans zippers. I just love this manly combination.

Here’s a better look at Brian’s pouch.

And here is the one I made for my father-in-law.

Both of these pouches were made using Kristin’s Fold Over Pouch tutorial, but with different dimensions, of course. (I can only imagine my husbands reaction if I had given him a fold-over-clutch!) The men’s pouches are shorter so they don’t fold over, but the width is the same, and I followed her instructions exactly. I also used Cheri’s instructions for how to add a contrasting strip of leather on the bottom. Thanks Kristin and Cheri for the helpful tutorials!

I love leather. I love these men. I love these pouches. That’s a lotta love going around!

Before I go, I’d love to know: Do you sew for the men in your life? If so, what is your favorite project? Leave a link, if you have one. I’d love to see what you’ve made for your men!

And thanks for reading! Hope you’re all having a great week. 


  1. says

    Nice man bags Caila!! I like the colors and textures you used. Do you have a good source for the leather? Love your new header colors. I follow you by email and that fun stuff doesn’t show up there.

    • says

      Thanks, Gina! I bought this leather from a store called Michael Levine’s in the LA fabric district, but I’ve also bought good scraps on Etsy. I prefer to buy a pack of smaller pieces, rather than a whole hide, because then I have variety!

    • says

      thanks Caila! I had looked on Etsy and couldn’t find any so i will keep checking back. Wish I lived near a fabric district!!

    • says

      Haha, Nat! No, they can be for you (or me!), too! The eye glasses fabric is an Echino print, linen/cotton blend. The printed denim on the other pouch came from the LA fabric district, where I also bought the leather.