17 last-minute DIY Mother’s Day Craft Ideas

Craft your mum, gran or step mum a gorgeous handmade gift with these beautiful DIY projects you cam make at home, tonight!

How to make a paper flower garland

If you can’t get to the shops to buy a gift this year, we’ve got you covered! Whether you’re on the hunt for the perfect Mother’s Day gift, or are maybe looking for a sweet make to craft together with your mum, we’ve pulled together our top DIY projects that you can craft at home!

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Make a paper flower garland

Pictured above, this quick and easy DIY idea is a great last-minute make to give mums a handmade gift and you won’t need a fully stocked craft kit to get started either. Simply grab a few sheets of coloured paper and our free paper flowers template and you can whip up a simple garland or bouquet in a couple of hours!

Find out how to make paper flowers

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Get knitting go send your love

We’ve got the perfect project for you if you’re short of time (and yarn!) – knit up a sweet heart keyring with our free pattern.

Free heart knitting pattern

Knitted heart pattern

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Quick-make garden apron

Reach for a few favourite fabrics and your sewing machine and treat green-fingered goddesses to a unique garden gift that’s pretty and practical.

How to make a garden apron

Gardening Apron Pattern

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Make an easy origami wreath

Sticking with the paper theme (because let’s face it, most of us have paper at home so this is a timely make at the moment if you can’t get out to buy new craft supplies), fold simple paper flowers and then show them off in a Spring wreath.

DIY origami wreath tutorial – step by step

Origami paper flower wreath

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Hooks at the ready! Whip up some crochet flowers

Perfect for the green-fingered goddess in your life, our free flower crochet patterns include Clematis, Dogwood, Pansies, Daisies and Forget-Me-Nots. You can crochet them from scraps of yarn from your stash and we’ve included a video guide to get you started.

Free crochet flower bouquet pattern


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Shashiko mini quilt

Hand quilting was hot stuff even before the world went into lockdown mode, and it’s even more timely now many of us are at home, often without a sewing machine of our own, in search of soothing craft projects. Enjoy the therapeutic power of Sashiko stitching and make a mini quilt to gift your Mom.

Free Sashiko mini quilt pattern

Shasiko quilting guide

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Embroidered cat pocket

Give your mum’s wardrobe an adorable kitty-themed wardrobe update with these embroidered cat pockets. We have two fab feline templates for you to download and stitch, which can then be appliquéd to your mum’s cardigan or jumper. Stitch the cat in the thread of your choice – why not match the colour of the cat to your Mum’s own pet?

Try our free cat embroidery pattern

cat embroidery pocket detail

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 Spring flowers knitted tea cosy

Make your mum’s day by knitting her this spring tea cosy from issue 38 of Knit Today. Within the pattern, you’ll find daffodil and crocus patterns, and you can add as many flowers and leaves as you like to the top of the cosy – perfect for using up your odds and ends of yarn. Let the bright green yarn peek through the cream by bringing the yarn around the slipped stitches – it’s an easy technique to get the hang of, but you could always practise on a swatch before you start. The result looks more elegant than stripes, and gives the tea cosy a dainty finish.


Get knitting with our floral knitted tea cosy pattern 

Val Pierce Spring tea cosy knitting pattern

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Craft a bunch of paper peonies

Keep things classic with this delightful bouquet of flowers from Cardmaking & Papercraft magazine. To achieve the loose, blowsy feel of the flowers, craft the blooms with crepe or tissue paper, then pop them in an enamel jug or a vintage vase.

Download our free peony papercraft templates and give it a go

Bouquet of papercraft flowers

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Easy sew headbands

All you need are a couple of fat quarters of fabric to make these quick-stitch accessories!

How to make headbands 

How to make headbands tutorial

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Whip up a cute coin purse

This quick-hook purse is great for using up scraps of bright yarns and lets you see results fast as it’s only a small make. Craft the purse in your mum’s favourite colours and don’t forget to pop a coin in the purse for good luck!

How to make a crochet coin purse

craft at home coin purse

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Update a plain pair of socks with embroidery

Treat her feet to embroidered socks personalised with a dainty floral motif, stitched in Peking knots. Mollie Johanson shows you how it is done with this step-by-step embroidered sock tutorial. Begin by practising working a Peking knot on a spare scrap of fabric before you embroider on to your sock.

How to embroider socks

Make personalised embroidered socks

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Print your own Mother’s Day blooms

Our free Mother’s Day floral printables look good enough to pop into a vase and make stunning cards for mums. Download them in an instant to make your own unique cards or why not grab a simple photo frame, add a family favourite photo and embellish the frame with some of these motifs?

Head to our free Mother’s Day printables

Free floral Mother's Day printables

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Patchwork cushion cover

This vibrant patchwork cushion design is perfect for giving your mum’s living room decor or bedspread a bright update, and is so quick to put together! Designed by Nicole Calver, the cushion can be crafted from one pattern cut into smaller squares, or a variety of your fabric scraps. It

Easy patchwork cushion pattern 

Easy patchwork cushion cover pattern

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Knit a scarf with heart pockets

Snuggle up in this cosy scarf with pockets. It’s a speedy knit and a great gift for someone you love, so perfect for Mother’s Day! Worked in super-chunky yarn from Lion Brand, this project is really quick to knit. If you know your knits and purls, and you’ve followed a colourwork chart before, you’ll be casting off in no time.
You can find the knitting pattern for the scarf here

Valentine's heart scarf knitting pattern

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Cross stitch a rose bookmark

Stitch your own pretty petals and turn them into this one-of-a-kind bookmark for your Mom to curl up with a good book and enjoy, or stitch individual roses to make sweet tags and cards

Free rose cross stitch pattern

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Spruce up a plain jacket with embroidered details

This idea actually works with any plain garments that you could find and give a makeover. Use our free embroidery patterns to scatter a handful of embroidered petals and blooms to transform simple garments, me-made style.

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Use our free flowers embroidery pattern to give it a go

Free Flowers embroidery pattern