Adventures in Dressmaking: Gift guide: for the sewing enthusiast!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Gift guide: for the sewing enthusiast!

People often ask me about what gifts to get for a friend or relative who loves to sew... I wonder if there's a universal answer! I usually suggest a few ideas, and of course it depends what kind of sewing the recipient does, and what she/he has already. I guess sewists are as diverse as anyone, almost--although there are some things a lot of us have in common.

Thought I'd share a few recommendations for gifts for the crafty, creative sewing hobbyist in your life! Honestly for me this year, I included a lot of design and style books on my Christmas list, so those top faves are on here. But there are also some fun, pretty, inspiring goodies that could make any sewing fan happy, and I've included things that a newer sewist might enjoy. Some of my fave sewing tools--gotta have that magnetic pin cushion. ;)

Great gifts for sewers:


  1. This super amazing clear pegboard kit from Amazon
  2. Super sharp, pointy thread snips!
  3. Powerful and wonderful magnetic pin cushion/pin caddy--not super common so she probably doesn't have one already, but sooo helpful!
  4. Books by bloggers =): Decorate: 1,000 Design Ideas for Every Room in Your Home
  5. Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy
  6. Another book by the very impressive blogger Grace Bonney, Design*Sponge at Home
  7. By talented mom and daughter blogger team, Good Bones, Great Pieces: The Seven Essential Pieces That Will Carry You Through a Lifetime
  8. Power scissors. Love these spring-loaded Fiskars
  9. This is my iron, and I love it!
  10. You guessed it, a book by a blogger--new this year and great for vintage-lovers and sewers, Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques
  11. For the new sewer or crafter who wants to get into sewing, a big gift would be a simple machine like this one. My friend has it and I've used hers once, and I approve!
And, last thing: it's not on the list since I just thought of it, but if your sewing-loving friend doesn't already have The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, get it!! Super super cool book (by my editor and agent, actually, but I was a fan even before I started working with them), shows you how to use a few simple patterns to modify them for lots of different styles. *Love.*
There you have it. Holiday gifts of all kinds for the stylish, creative, ambitious or new sewing fan in your life!

Or, sewers out there, what do you like to get as gifts that support your hobby??

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  1. I'd personally prefer assorted notions over books. I can't get enough high quality zippers, lace and other assorted trims, thread, buttons, and appliques. Also, I'd add extra blades for my rotary cutter and fat quarters to my list. I have an entire bookshelf of sewing books and my go-to book I recommend is this book: http://www.amazon.com/Dressmakers-Handbook-Couture-Sewing-Techniques/dp/1596682477.

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    1. True, notions are super useful and a pain to keep buying. Wonder if anyone would know you well enough to know what you needed, though!

      That book looks beautiful!

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  2. I am terrible about getting my sewing machine serviced regularly so I recommend a gift certificate to your local sewing machine service and repair shop. It should be done annually, but most of us let it go for several years, or until it starts acting up.
    Oh, and sewing machine needles in sizes that I use frequently. Those should be changed out frequently too, but most of us don't do it nearly often enough. When you've got a stash of needles to pull from its much easier to change them out frequently, no drama over running out of needles in the middle of a project. :)

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    1. Fabulous ideas! I, too, am too lazy and cheap to get my machine serviced once a year. =( I really should!!!

      Needles would be a great stocking stuffer!

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  3. I second the gift cards to fabric shops!! I also want to get a pegboard/organization system, but maybe they have something cheaper at Lowes or Home Depot?

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    1. I've never seen anything similar anywhere else, I think that brand sort of has a monopoly... I bought one for myself and love it. I think it was totally worth the $45 or whatever!

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  4. spring loaded scissors save your hands a bunch. I am always up for a good iron, exactly which one is that one, and is it light? that is one of my pet peeves.

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    1. Definitely. The iron is a top-rated Black and Decker model, and it's probably in the middle of the light-heavy range. My old $10 crappy one was lighter, but awful. My mom's intense professional one is heavier, though. My arms never get tired or anything with this one!

      http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006ZUHR0/ref=as_li_ss_tl/?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B0006ZUHR0&linkCode=as2&tag=adrada-20

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  5. These are some great ideas! I might have to check out that Sewing Handbook for myself .
    :)

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    1. It's an amazing resource. Def put it on your xmas list--or gift it to yourself!! ;)

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  6. I am a wannabe sewing enthusiast, aka I have a sewing machine and do not even know how to use it! I actually asked for lessons for Christmas!

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  7. I love to sew, but don't always have time. I would like a gift of house cleaning so that I would have more time for sewing! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  8. I asked for a bag/kit to travel with my sewing machine. I usually lug it around in a box with my supplies stashed in a bag. My girlfriends and I host sewing parties every few months and having a bag intended for lugging my machine around would be glorious.

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  9. This is a little late, but I got some fabric for Christmas, along with a gift card to the fabric store to buy more! My mother-in-law stalked my pinterest (and even just asked me what I thought of certain patterns) and then surprised me with a few yards of chevron for making pillows or whatever for our new house!

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    1. So sweet!! A friend got me some fabric, too. I definitely stalked some Pinterest boards when shopping this year! ;)

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