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.
(1) I bought and loved this book about sewing active wear by our gal, Johanna Lu of The Last Stitch blog and vlog. It gives you step-by-step instructions for how to level up your me-made active wear — stuff like thumbholes, crotch gussets, and waistband pockets.
(2) Important announcement: If you only buy one thing from this gift guide, make it “Sew… The Garment-Making Book of Knowledge.” It’s pitched as the sewing advice your mom would have given you if your mom could sew. It’s conversational, warm, and easy to follow. A must for your sewing library! I can’t wait to re-read this jewel.
(3) The Palmer-Pletsch brain trust is back with an updated book in its “Sewing for Real People” series. Sewists adore “Sewing for Real People” for a good reason — the tissue-fitting method, while meticulous, works. (BTW, Love to Sew podcast hosted Melissa Watson to talk about tissue fitting and this new book.)
(4) Sewing educator Kenneth D. King released a fitting book in 2018. I love his articles in Threads magazine, so I have high hopes for this book.
(5) I am intrigued by this book: “Fierce: The History of Leopard Print.” What secrets reside behind those chic spots? 🐆 (P.S. The fashion historians over at the Dressed podcast interviewed “Fierce” author Jo Wheldon.)
(6) When I grow up, I want to be Iris Apfel. The self-proclaimed world’s oldest living teenager muses about her fashionable life in this new memoir.
(7) Here you go: This mega fashion sketchpad features 420 templates for designing killer lewks (as they like to say on Instagram). Start here to plan sewing projects.
(8) The full-figure sewing patterns in BurdaStyle magazine always catch my eye. This book, “Full-Figure Fashion,” features 24 on-trend, curve-worshipping patterns.
Make: Sewing Patterns and Classes
Build a sewing practice with… practice!
(1) Take a sewing class with Bluprint, the successor to Craftsy. A topic search on Bluprint returned 197 results for “sewing.” 🤘 You can take classes from the likes for sewing author David Page Coffin, active wear designer Melissa Fehr, and sewing blogger supreme Marcy Harriell, aka Oonaballoona.
(2) Sewing kits are highly giftable — everything a sewist needs to stitch a project in one present. This bra kit, the Euler bralette, from Sophie Hines is cute, cute, cute. (I bought this kit (with my own 💸), and I’m going to sew it this winter!
(3) 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.
(4) 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. (Unfortunately for sewists, Sprout is shutting down Dec. 16 (wah!), so get those orders in FAST.)
(5) This all-in-one indigo dye kit produces enough dye to color 15 yards of fabric! If you’d like to try your hand at shibori, this is your chance. Yay, dye party with your sewing friends!
(6) Stitch undies with our sewing friends the Donahues over at SewHere.com. They designed an underwear pattern — the Floozy Doozy underpants — that easily can be modified to accommodate (ahem) a girl bathing-suit area OR a boy bathing-suit area. Hat tip to them for inclusivity.
(7) Now that I love making jeans, this rivet kit caught my eye. You could personalize your jeans (or jean jacket or bag or anything, really) with gold, silver, black, or bronze rivets. #rivetallthethings
(8) Is it just me, or do you feel like interfacing is the most mysterious/breezed-over topic in sewing? What does good interfacing look like and feel like? Find out with this online interfacing class taught by respected sewing educator, author, and pattern designer Sarah Veblen.
(9) Don’t make me choose my favorite sewing label from Kylie and the Machine! They’re all so good!
Smile: Just-for-Fun Gifts for Sewing Lovers
Giggle, ooh, and aww over sweet gifts for sewing lovers to warm the heart.
(1) These warrior-inspired heavy-duty decals remind me to stay fearless in my creative pursuits. Wouldn’t they be cute on a sewing machine?
(2) On a similar note, this Bob Ross mug reminds us that there are “no mistakes, just happy accidents.” This is a motto for a maker if I ever heard one. (Speaking of Bob Ross, the Bob Ross game (maybe you’ve seen it at Target) is a personal favorite of me and Hubs; it’s a hoot.)
(3) 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.
(4) If you’re a fancy so-and-so, you might like this sewing machine wax sealer. What a cool way to level up snail-mail correspondence.
(5) Wear your love of sewing on your fingertips with these nail decals.
(6) Pretty quilty pencils with sassy sayings? Yes, please.
(7) 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.
(8) 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.
Work: Sewing Notions and Tools
Improve the sewing process with top-notch sewing gear.
(1) Applique scissors are miracle wonders for grading seams. The duck bill helps you get close to any line of stitching.
(2) This temporary basting glue comes with different applicator tips for getting into tiny spots. It’s like having extra fingers.
(3) Make sewing buttonholes even better with this buttonhole cutter set. Look at that cute cutting pad!
(4) Yet another cute sewing tool — a mini iron! No more singeing your fingers pressing tight corners or while making bias binding.
(5) This magnetic wrist pin caddy keeps needles at your fingertips with minimal effort.
(6) This lighted, magnifying seam ripper will help you unpick lines of stitching without straining your eyes. Ugh, is there anything worse than unpicking black thread on black fabric?
(7) Organize those needles with a myPad machine needle organizer. Wouldn’t it be nice to see all your needles at a glance?
(8) Needles. Everyone needs tons and tons of sewing machine needles. Amazon has a variety of Schmetz needles (among other brands).
(9) 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!
(10) LET THERE BE LIGHT! On your sewing machine! This LED lighting kit comes with a dimmer and adhesive clips. It’s the end of shadows, people!
(11) 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.
(12) Apply these grippy stickers on the back of your ruler to keep it from slipping! What a great idea.
(13) This cast-iron thread stand will stay put, no matter how fast you run your machine. Now you can use larger spools to keep you sewing longer!
(14) 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.
Wear: Clothes and Jewelry Gifts for Sewists
Show off love for sewing beyond the sewing room.
(1) Does sewing make you feel free as a bird soaring in the wilderness? There’s a T-shirt for that.
(2) Cute enamel pin alert!
(3) I’m not a Trekkie, but this “Make it sew” T-shirt made me giggle.
(4) I recently got a pair of these ballerina-style slippers for my perpetually cold tootsies, and I discovered something awesome about them: I can keep them on when I sew! This is a breakthrough for someone who likes to sew in bare feet. No. More. Icicle. Toes.
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:
The Over-Researched Sewing Table Buying Guide for the Type A Sewist
Buying an Iron for Sewing: 5 Irons Less than $100 from Amazon
Sewing for Depression and Anxiety: 24 Sewing Ideas to Improve Your Mood
Sew with the Flow: Sewing for Your Period
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