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Gifts for People Who Sew

Gifts to buy for stitchers

People often find it hard to know what to buy people who are interested in sewing so here we’ve collected together a few ideas...  we've also got a board of ideas on Pinterest here.

 

Boxes & Tins

Pretty boxes and tins are always really useful for storage of buttons, ribbons, threads, pins etc.  We've spotted a fabulous personalised sewing-themed tin as shown below on the Bags of Love website here.

Sewing tin

Plush Addict stock a wooden 3-tier cantilever sewing box that is very attractive.

 Also take a look at  Not on the High Street as they have some very attractive and vintage style examples too plus personalised sewing boxes like the one shown below from Sassy Bloom

 Personalised wooden sewing box UK


Sewing Machine Accessories

 Why not buy this 32 Piece Presser Foot Set from Madam Sew for a sewing buddy and and give their sewing skills and craftsmanship a complete new turn. With this easy-to-use set of handy ‘Snap-On’ presser feet, they can kick start their sewing skills.

Save time, money and hours of frustration with this handy set that features snap-on, top-quality parts and costs much less than buying the parts individually. The set ships from the US with free delivery!

 Buy a complete set of presser feet



Wearable Sewing Gifts

There are some lovely sewing-themed wearable items available the would make the perfect gift for a keen sewist. Beyond Measure have some beautiful sewing themed jewellery - stylish as well as practical. 

Needle and Thread Workshops have some great pieces in their webshop.

Crafty Mastermind have some fab sewing themed enamel pins and sew on patches. 

Sewing themed gifts

Aside from jewellery, Always Knitting and Sewing stock these sewing-themed socks: perfect stocking filler!

 Sewing socks


You could also get an apron printed to order with a sewing-themed design from Fashion Formula, plus other ready-made goodies too, including cushions.

 

 Subscription Clubs 

What better present than a gift that keeps on giving. Sign yourself or a friend up to a subscription club and be sent new fabrics every month!

Fabric Godmother have a subscription service called Dream Wardrobe - you get a free consultation, pattern for a garment and fabric to suit your own style. It costs £49 per month (minimum 3 months) and this makes the perfect gift for a friend or family member who already sews their own clothes.

Dream Wardrobe


Make and Do
run a monthly inspirations club, you receive a box of fabric, trims and haberdashery.

Purple Stitches do several block of the month options, each month you get the neccessary fabric and pattern to make a quilt block. You end the term with a full quilt.

The Crafty Nomad offer a VIP subscription service where you receive a new quilting/sewing pattern every couple of months plus other benefits - find out more as this is a lovely gift to send.

Owl and Sewing Cat offer a Club Membership for a complete sewing kit and discounts every month. Find out more here

Take a look at our Stash Clubs article for more ideas.

If you'd prefer to just buy a single bundle of fabric there's a list of great sites to buy fabric bundles from here.

 Subscription boxes for sewing

 

Stitching Kits

Stitch kits make a great fit for a stitcher, something they can do on the go (or start whilst visiting family over Christmas).  There are a great range of modern stitch kits available to buy now. We recommend Cloud Craft for a range of funky modern embroidery and cross stitch kits.

Present ideas for crafters

Tudor Rose have a fab range of embroidery, bag and cushion making kits. We especially love the Kathleen Laurel Sage goldwork kits shown above. Prices start from £12.99.

English paper piecing (EPP) is a very popular form of handstitching at the minute (see our guide to English Paper Piecing supplies here) we found several great EPP kits on the Sew and Quilt website.

 

Tessepatch kits - English Paper Piecing designs

You should also take a look at Craft Yourself Silly's website for great kits. Build your own Button friends with a Buttoonies Kit  - a great craft for kids to do as there are no needles, glue or scissors required.

They also have the Tessepatch kits. They are funky shapes like cats, dinosaurs, leaves and flowers which are English Paper Pieced and then sewn together in tesselating designs (as seen above).  

 

Kits for Decorating the Home

There are some great kits out there for your chosen recipient to make their own lampshade or other home decor item Take a look at what's on offer from Needcraft, who have kits for lampshades, table lamps, floor lamps, lanterns, bins, clocks and wall art  - they simply use their own choice of fabric to create the item. 


Kits for making home decor items

Pelenna Patchwork offer kits for making items like cushions, wall hangings, quilts and even oven gloves on their site. 

Juberry Fabrics have some fab patchwork cushion kits here, and table runner kits too.


Gift Vouchers 

Not only do the majority of the online fabric stores on our site offer gift vouchers, but so do many of the course providers.  So you can either give someone a voucher for supplies, or for classes.  A lot of local stores offer vouchers too if you pop in and ask. Search for your local shop or course provider here.


Gift vouchers for sewing classes  


Complete Sewing Kits

We don't mean your 'run of the mill' starter sewing kits that you can pick up in the supermakets for a few pounds, we're talking beautiful quality sewing kits that sewers dream of - ones that look so good you almost don't want to use them!  For instance if you gave a sewer this gorgeous Merchant & Mills sewing kit (£42) from Raystitch they would be very, very grateful....!

Merchant & Mills Sewing kit

 

A nice, less expensive version can be found at Plush Addict, who stock this useful professional sewing kit.

 

Foodie Gifts for Sewers

What more perfect gift can you offer than a sewing-themed edible treat? How about a chocolate sewing set from Not on the High Street? 

 Biscuiteers sell a sewing kit biscuit tin in which you'll find an edible sewing kit complete with needle, thread, bobbins and pin cushions. Who can resist?

Biscuiteers

 

Books 

First of all make sure you take a sneaky peek at the collection of the person you are buying for to try and avoid duplication. There are so many great craft books out there you should be able to easily find something suitable. A good place to start is the Amazon sewing book chart  so you can see what the current bestsellers are.  Also we have a list of our top 10 sewing books for beginners here.

 Plus if you have a friend who dreams of starting their own craft business check out Fiona's book Making & Marketing a Successful Art & Craft Business. 

Popular sewing books

 

Or if you fancy a little different Vivebooks do a great range of craft e-books with video techniques and deomonstrations incorporated into the books. 

Other than Amazon a few good sites for buying craft books include The Book People and Search Press who also sell at good prices and offer a loyalty scheme.

 

Vintage fabric bundles

If you are unsure what fabrics your friend already has in their stash why not buy them a bundle of vintage fabrics?  Each bundle is a unique combination of several fabrics from the 40's through to the 80's.  At just £6 a bundle (plus postage) they make a great affordable gift. 

Vintage fabric bundle

View the bundles here on the Vintage Fabric Homestead website.   

 
Sewing Journals

Why not help your friends keep track of their sewing projects, what they learned and what they would do differently next time with the beautiful journals from Samantha Claridge Studio

Sewing journal

 

Patterntrace also have the Maker's Workbook - a beautiful sewing journal thoughtfully designed for keeping safe the essential details of your sewing projects. Use code: sewingdirectory for 10% off all orders on their site. 

Maker's Workbook

 

Sewbox also sell the Colette Sewing Planner - this stylish and practical sewing planner is spiral bound with a wrap-around hard cover. Measuring 7x9 inches, it's easy to carry with you to use whenever inspiration strikes.
 

Colette Sewing Planner

 

Craft on the go

Prym have a fabulous range of sewing machine travel cases and accessories for transporting your machine and tools on the go. 

Prym sewing accessories

 

These lap trays from Hobbycraft  are just £13 each and come with extra lighting allowing the recipient to craft on the sofa, when travelling, whereever they want with this portable workspace. 
 

Lap tray for crafting

 

 Corset Kit

If your friend is a more experienced stitcher why not help them expand their skills with a corset making kit from Sew Curvy?  With kits to suit a range of budgets they contain everything you need to make a steel boned Victorian style corset.

corset making kit from Sew Curvy

 

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