GIFT GUIDE FOR FASHIONABLE SEWERS
20 new and exciting gifts for sewers
1. Sew crafty journals
We love these sewing journals! Designed as a handy A5 size notebook to record sewing project ideas and measurements when creativity strikes! This pre-printed journal pages alternate with project pages, notes and sketches and areas for swatches making it a perfect sewing companion. There’s three beautiful cover designs to choose from including cross and dot with scissor detail, a watercolour peony design, and a photographic cover featuring little trimmings pegs. Carry it around in your handbag while out shopping so for all your sewing notes!
Priced at £12.95 from Sew Crafty Online
2. Softest hands
SEAMS hand cream is an all-in-one beauty cream for hands and nails and is a favourite among fashion designers, seamstresses, make-up artists and crafters. It works fast to help mend, moisturise, soften, and protect hands (and nails) but doesn’t leave a greasy residue, making it ideal when working with fabrics. It’s signature is Fragonia oil, moisturising Shea butter, softening Macadamia nut oil, Garden Cress to help fade age spots, Keratin to strengthen nails, Glycerin to help heal, enriched with vitamin E and pro-vitamin B5 which is a natural anti-bacteria too.
Priced at £7.92 each or also available in a gift bag of 2 and 3 from SEAMS Beauty.
3. Haberdashery hamper
This cute little basket is brimming with House of Alistair goodies including a large pinwheel, 3m of bias binding, fat quarter pack, button card, hexagon pack of 30, a ruler, hankie and compact mirror plus 100gm lavender pack.
Priced at £59.99. Place a telephone order by calling House of Alistair on tel: 020 3417 5572, and mention you saw it on The Pattern Pages website.
4. Pretty in Tulle
This skirt pack gives sewers everything they need to create a stylish tulle skirt, in a colour of their choice!.
The Tulle Skirt Pack includes the right amount of tulle, lining fabric, elastic and skirt pattern and to help you along the way, there's a YouTube video.
Priced at £30 and available from Fabric For Sale.
5. Splash of colour
These colourful kits make a lovely gift and contain everything (apart from scissors) to get you started to learn how to make pompoms. Continue to make lots in any size, using any yarn. and use on accessories. The latest trend is adding them to party shows! Available in four colours – bright pink, green, blue and yellow with a reusable pompom maker, full instructions, two x 25g yarn, a chenille needle all packaged in a coordinating cotton drawstring bag.
Priced at £15.99, these starter kits are available from Multipom.
6. Vintage-inspired starter sets
For those just starting out, Merchant & Mills has put together a set of the bare minimum of equipment in one vintage-inspired set to start you on your way. The starter set includes 8 inch tailor's shears, 25 of the finest needles, bamboo point turner, tape measure, seam ripper, tailor's chalk, dressmaking pins and fabulous black wide bow scissors.
Priced at £60 and available from Merchant & Mills
7. On the go
Pretty, practical and perfect for on the go and taking to sewing workshops! This weekend bag is Mid Century's best selling Poppy print bag. It has a red cotton inner lining, two pouches and a zip compartment to keep you organised as well as stylish, and there's also matching makeup and wash bags to make up the perfect travel set.
Priced at £29.95 and available from Dotcomgiftshop.
8. Sewing forever
This beautiful A4 vintage sewing print features wonderful embroidery-style detailing and the quote 'Sewing Forever, Housework Whenever' and would make an ideal gift for anyone who loves to sew. Hang it up inyour sewing room or office.
A4 Sewing Forever print is priced at £14.50 and is available from Of Life and Lemons.
9. House of haberdashery
Keep all your ribbons, twines and cottons under one little roof with this charming haberdashery house. With four shelves, the bottom one of which has an extra bar to stop your reels from rolling away. It’s made from a natural unvarnished wood, with soft mint backing and can be hung on the wall as decoration. It measures 36.5cm x 29cm, 7.5cm.
Priced at £32 and available from The Contemporary Home.
10. Make do and mend tins
This cute metal vintage-inspired sewing tin is just right for storing pins, needles and other tiny things. It measure 10cm x 3.5cm x 8cm, and carries the popular Make Do and Mend sewing theme and would make the perfect stocking filler for anyone who loves to sew.
Priced at £2.95 from Live Love Laugh.
11. Orderly threads
Gütermann has a wonderful hardback notebook that contains 42 reels of its most popular shades of Sew-All threads. Each polyester thread is 100m long and has 4,200 metres of quality sewing thread. It’s a great way to store and organise your threads with each colourway available at your fingertips to sew.
Priced at £59.95 and available from WeaverDee.
12. Save our knits
The Lilly Brush is an innovative tool that can combat the pills that send favourite sweaters and knits into an early demise. This brush is like a magic wand with nylon bristles and works on all natural fibres such as cotton, wool, angora and cashmere to remove not only pills, but also pet hair, fuzz and lint. Use the brush dry, or slightly dampened to eliminate static. It’s available in red and black.
“We’ve tried this fabric pill brush, and it really does remove the bobbly bits from sweaters.”
Priced at £14.99 and available from Amazon.
13. Watch the birdie!
Clothkits do a wonderful range of kit that contains 100 per cent organic screen-printed in UK fabric, easy to follow instructions, zip and thread. This A-line skirt kit is beautifully folded and bound with a satin Clothkits tape measure ribbon making it a pretty gift, and optional lining. It comes in sizes 8-18, features a cute bird design and measure 56cm in length. This kit is suitable for beginners but gives fantastic results in an evening or two of sewing.
Priced at £39, and available from Clothkits.
14. Pattern workbook
Kristiann Boos from Victory Patterns has put together 15 mix and match garments to download accompanied by a workbook Boundless Style. Five bodices, five sleeves, five skirts feature in this workbook for dressmakers to make. Kristiann solves the problem for the question "I wish I could have this top but with that skirt!" Perhaps you’re drawn to a particular bodice or sleeve or skirt? Now you can mix-and-match pattern pieces and explore countless custom designs that you feel comfortable in. In addition, she guides you through the essential sewing skills like installing an invisible zip and the all-important balancing a hem. This book is spiral-bound making it easy to use while you sew.
Priced at £14.23, and available in the UK through Amazon.
15. Dress sewing kit
Gather has released a new kit for its popular Mortmain dress sewing pattern that includes everything you need to make the dress in this chic leaf print fabric. Sew it yourself at home or give the kit as a gift to a sewing friend. The Mortmain is a simple but elegant day dress that comes in sizes 8 – 18 and has two sleeve variations for a sleeveless and 3/4 length with a cuff and button fastening. You can also opt for an additional £3.50 to have the kit beautifully packaged in a gift box, perfect for a present or just as a treat for yourself or if you have the pattern already and just fancy buying the fabric; you can deduct £10 at the checkout.
Priced at £40, the Autumn Mortmain is available from Gather here.
16. Habby made in France
This beautiful sewing box contains a lovely range of Sajou products that’s perfect to give as a gift or first sewing set. Sajou products are made in France and are great quality and this box consists of two trays including a pair of sharp scissors, a nickel-plated thimble, a pink dressmakers' tape measure with a ring on each end, a small green seam ripper, a dressmakers' chalk, a box of 200 dressmakers' pins extra-fine, five cocoons of polyester sewing thread in pastel tones, tacking thread cocoon, 15 sewing needles booklet, and finally, three floral motif cards for ribbons or thread to be wound around.
Priced at £44.95 and available from Gilliangladrag.
17. Purse addiction
This gorgeously expensive-looking purse comes in a kit to make at home. Moda Midnight Daisies Easy Peasy Purse is perfect for anyone who hasn't tried using purse frames before or wants to make quick and cute pressie. The purse is a pretty shape, and the pattern and instructions are suitable for sewing newbies to use. The purse is the ideal size for essentials on a night out like money, phone, keys and lippie! Treat yourself or a friend or both!
Priced at £20.75 and available from U-handbag.
18. Talking totes
Cafe Press has a wide selection of accessories with sewing quotes but this one caught our eye. 'Weekend forecast is sewing with a chance of wine' is a fun canvas tote is machine washable with 22in reinforced self-fabric handles, and measures 15in x 18in x 6in.
Priced at £11.50 and available from Cafe Press.
19. Sewing-themed adornments
The personalised charm brooch features five sewing and knitting themed charms including a sewing machine, a button, a ball of wool, 3 small buttons and thread plus a single hand-stamped initial can be stamped using a 2mm upper or lower case font. The charms are bronze tone and silver tone and have a lovely vintage-effect finish. The brooch pin would look lovely attached to a scarf or dress.
Priced at £14.50 and available from Not On the High Street
19. Spool Holder
This wire spool holder holds up to 30 spools of thread. It has been designed especially to appeal to dressmakers with scissors, dress form and sewing machine shapes molded from wire by wire artists Kam Snaps. It measures approx. 32.5cm x 19cm x 5cm.
Priced at £14.20 from DaWanda.