What do sewists REALLY want for gifts? Check out this gift guide of 53 gifts for sewing lovers.

Sewists: We’ve got to talk about gifts for sewing lovers.

If you’re not a sewist, buying gifts for sewing lovers can be tricky.

Only sewists know how much and what kind of fabric to buy. Only sewists know when to splurge on tools and notions — and when to buy cheaper options.

That’s why I wrote this guide of 53 (!!!) gifts for sewers and quilters. I want to make it easy for our non-sewing friends, family, and colleagues to choose amazing gifts for sewists.

For your convenience, I sorted the gifts into five categories: Read, Make, Smile, Work, and Wear. So, when you’re asked, “What would you like for (insert gifting opportunity here)?” please share this wish list of gifts for sewing lovers!

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Read: Sewing Books

Crack open a good read about sewing.

Crack open a good read about sewing. Books make great gifts for sewing lovers.

(1) The Vogue Fabrics by Mail catalog is a collection of curated fabric swatches sent six times a year. The catalog would be a great way to learn about different textiles and to stoke creative fires.

(2) We love clothes, yes? Yes. So we all know how shoes can make or break an outfit. Fashionary Shoe Design breaks down shoe design and provides templates for sketching sweet dream kicks.

(3) I checked out No Patterns Needed from my library after hearing a fascinating interview with the author, Rosie Martin, on the Thread Cult podcast. It’s a cool book, with edgy-yet-simple garment patterns that could be taken in different ways based on fabric choice.

(4) The title of this books says it all: Fashion Design Studio: Learn to Draw Figures, Fashion, Hairstyles & More. I skimmed this book at Jo-Ann and thought it was worth adding to my ever-expanding sewing library.

(5) For those of us who are visual thinkers, a bullet journal could be a fab way to get all those fab sewing ideas out of your head and into the material world. Add stencils and colorful pens to the mix and you’re a doodling animal, making lists and checking them twice.

(6) Skirts are excellent sewing projects for the fledgling home sewist. Skirt-a-Day Sewing offers 28 skirt designs that a sewist can stitch for her unique measurements.

(7) Per a recommendation from a fellow member in The Self-Sewn Wardrobe Facebook Group, I picked up Sandra Betzina’s Power Sewing. And it does not disappoint, let me tell you! The fly-front zipper instructions are the best I’ve seen.

(8) How to Speak Fluent Sewing would be a mighty-fine gift for a sewist who’s building his or her reference book collection.

Make: Sewing Patterns and Classes

Build a sewing practice with… practice!

Build a sewing practice with PRACTICE! Sewing patterns and sewing classes are welcome gifts for sewers.

(1) Newbie sewists, rejoice! Sewlebrity Mimi G.’s got ya covered with her Sew-It Academy. For about $12 a month, you can access video sewing lessons, a private Facebook Group, and live chats with Mimi.

(2) Craftsy offers more than 180 online, on-demand sewing classes. I’d love to take a class on patternmaking or do a session with Kenneth D. King, because he seems so wise and encouraging. (FYI, Craftsy doesn’t do gift certificates; instead gift givers purchase classes, kits, or supplies as presents.)

(3) Online sewing hotspot Indiesew sells kits for sewing your own jeans. I’ve bought Indiesew denim, and it’s gorgeous! Just sayin’…

(4) HOW CUTE is this Year in Bloom poke-and-stitch calendar kit? I can’t think of a better way to dip your toe into embroidery.

(5) Sewing kits are highly giftable — everything a sewist needs to stitch a project in one present. I’m eyeballing a bra kit from Bra Makers Supply and Watson bra and panty pattern set from Cloth Habit.

(6) Did you know BurdaStyle offers a library of online sewing videos? True fact.

(7) I would really like a sewing pattern from Sprout Patterns, a daughter company of custom fabric printer Spoonflower. With Sprout Patterns, sewists choose a sewing pattern and a fabric from about a gazillion different designs, and Sprout prints the pattern pieces directly to the fabric. Mind = blown. I think this hyper customization is the future of sewing.

(8) Woven labels, like these from Dutch Label Shop, for your sewing projects add a professional touch. I think there are Sie macht labels in my future!

(9) I’m a HUGE Sewing Out Loud podcast fangirl, guys. When the Donohues offered a class on how to draft a pair of leggings based on your measurements, I was IN.

Smile: Just-for-Fun Gifts for Sewing Lovers

Giggle, ooh, and aww over sweet gifts for sewing lovers to warm the heart.

Giggle, ooh, and aww over just-for-fun gifts for sewing lovers to warm the heart.

(1) I love this fearless mug. Cheers to ferociousness in your creative endeavors!

(2) Christmas ornaments, I think, are a great present anytime of the year. This trio of sewing ornaments — an old-fashioned sewing machine, spool of thread, and scissors — would add sparkle to the tree of any sewing enthusiast.

(3) We all can agree that vintage sewing envelope illustrations are straight-up masterpieces. These McCall’s vintage pattern notecards and notebooks are equal parts practical and vintage whimsical.

(4) I am on the essential oils train, people, especially when getting down to official Sie macht business. This diffuser and three-pack of essential oils (peppermint, lavender, and eucalyptus) are a primer on the power of scent.

(5) Use this spill-proof to-go wine glass to sip responsibly around your sewing machine and sewing projects! And it comes in a bunch of colors! 🙌🍷

(6) Pretty quilty pencils with sassy sayings? Yes, please.

(7) Sewing is a bad-ass craft. Declare your badassery with a (temporary) sewing tattoo. I like this vintage sewing machine and this pack of 34 (!!!) crafty tats.

(8) Kanoodle is a 3-D puzzle game. Such a brain teaser could help train your brain to think through tricky 3-D sewing origami!

Work: Sewing Notions and Tools

Improve the sewing process with top-notch sewing gear.

Improve the sewing process. Sewing notions and sewing tools are practical gifts for sewing lovers.

(1) Never again run to Jo-Ann or Hobby Lobby for a zipper! Get yo-self a 40 pack of 20-inch zippers in a variety of colors.

(2) Swedish tracing paper is worth a test drive. It’s like a dryer sheet and tracing paper had a baby. You can sew it, and it’s nice for tracing patterns that you plan to sew a lot, because it’s beefier than tissue or regular tracing paper.

(3) This Easy Check Snap ‘n’ Slide tape measure makes measuring yourself worlds easier. I really want one of these.

(4) Level up your accessories game with a sewing machine case for travel. This set comes with cases for accessories, projects, and (natch) a machine for taking your favorite hobby on the road. Amazon has lots of sewing machine case options, if this one doesn’t thread your needle.

(5) I am enamored of this electronics cleaning brush from OXO. This would be THE BOMB for dusting your machine! It has two ends featuring silicone bristles, and both ends are retractable!

(6) Needles. Everyone needs tons and tons of sewing machine needles. Amazon has a variety of Schmetz needles (among other brands).

(7) Organize those needles with a myPad machine needle organizer. Wouldn’t it be nice to see all your needles at a glance?

(8) This magnetic wrist pin caddy keeps needles at your fingertips with minimal effort.

(9) Let it be known that 2017 is the year I discovered my knee lift! For those not in the know, you use a knee lift (with your knee) to lift your presser foot, which means you can use BOTH HANDS to manage fabric under the presser foot. Not every machine has a knee lift option, unfortunately. Check with your sewing machine dealer or peruse this eBay search for a knee lift that works for your machine!

(10) Get graceful, smooth lines with your very own hip curve. And check out this Amazon review: “This curve is one of my workhorse tools. I find myself using this with almost every sewing project. Not only is it perfect for altering the line of almost any design, my cats think it’s a samurai sword and are terrified of it.” YES.

(11) This tracing paper from Dick Blick is my favorite. It super smooth and easy to erase stuff from. I can’t go back to cheap stuff now.

(12) Chaco liner pens are my favorite marking tool, hands down. I suggest a dark one for light fabric and a light one for dark fabric.

(13) Make sewing buttonholes even better with this buttonhole cutter set. Look at that cute cutting pad!

(14) Beeswax is indispensable when comes to threading needles. Run thread through it and you’re in business. And you can use it to lube up sticky zippers, too.

Wear: Clothes and Jewelry Gifts for Sewists

Show off love for sewing beyond the sewing room.

Show off love for sewing beyond the sewing room. Sewing-themed clothes and jewelry are delightful gifts for sewing lovers.

(1) Is it fair to say that most of us don’t sew in shoes? Which means you need something to keep those tootsies toasty. Smartwool socks are a personal fave.

(2) A sewing machine patent T-shirt and your done!

(3) Isn’t this sterling silver scissors necklace just lovely? (I’m holding out for a rotary cutter necklace, ha ha.)

(4) I love a good leather cuff, and this one definitely measures up (PUN INTENDED).

Over to you: What gifts for sewers and quilters do YOU long for in your heart of hearts? What are the best gifts for sewists you’ve ever received? Sound off in comments!

P.S. If you would be so kind, please share this guide of gifts for sewing lovers via email and social media — especially Pinterest (because I know how much time sewists spend over there!). The more eyeballs we get on this gift guide for sewers and quilters, the better gifts we all will receive!

P.P.S. Because I’m all about help, here are some other useful blog posts about sewing from my corner of the internet:

Sewing patterns for yoga clothes: 4 yoga sewing patterns, side by side
Buying an iron for sewing: 5 irons less than $100 from Amazon
How to press scuba knit and more: Tips for working with scuba fabric
Anorak sewing pattern guide: 3 popular jackets, side by side


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