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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 some lovely sewing-themed tins and boxes on Minerva Crafts website. 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.

Buy for £53.92 including UK delivery from here.

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 wrist rulers - stylish as well as practical. They also have a beautifully curated selection of sewing-themed jewellery too. 

Thread Head Fabrics have some very attractive wooden earrings, some with a sewing theme such as scissors - browse them here.

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

Sewing themed gifts

 

Stash Clubs 

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

The Village Haberdashery have a number of stash clubs on their website as do Simply Solids too. 

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.

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.

 Stash Clubs to join

 

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 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.


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? 

Biscuitere off the sewing themed biscuit selection below - almost too lovely to eat!

Sewing themed biscuits UK

 

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 my 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 new sewing journals from Sew Crafty.  Available with a choice of 3 different covers so you can choose the one you think they'll like best.

There's also a selection of planners available at Hobbycraft in which you can note your sewing plans.


Sewing journals from Sew Crafty

 

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

Lap tray for crafting

These lap trays from Hobbycraft  are just £12 each and come with extra lighting allowing the recipient to craft on the sofa, when travelling, whereever they want with this portable workspace. 

Alternatively if they want to take their sewing machine with them whilst they travel Minerva Crafts have a great selection of sewing machine travel bags on their site.

 

 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