Holiday Gift List - For the Sewist

'Tis the Season
It's less than two weeks till Christmas, do you have all your Christmas shopping done? Are your Santa letters sent? Are your gifts all wrapped?

It's all right, me neither.

The holidays are a stressful time, and there are holiday gift guides galore to help ease some of that pressure. So this is my gift to you - for those who sew and/or love someone who does.

[*note*: Some of these links are Amazon affiliate links. If not expressly marked as from Amazon, affiliate links are indicated by an *].

Holiday Gifts for the Sewist

1. [For All Levels] Quality Sewing Shears. A pair of high-quality, FABRIC ONLY, scissors are a must-have for all sewists alike. Cutting fabric with dedicated fabric scissors is a dream - like cutting room-temperature butter. I like Gingher, but Fiskars is great too.


2. [For All Levels] Quality Sewing Thread. Good sewing thread is important, not only for quality garments but also for keeping your sewing machine happy. Lesser-quality thread has shorter fibers that can break off and fill your machine with lint. I like Gutermann.

3. [For All Levels] Cool Accessories like this Maker Badge from Arrow Mountain. Beginning and Experienced sewists alike are proud of our craft; let me them wear it with pride!

4. [For Beginners] Sewing Fundamentals Book. Sewing can be intimidating if you're just starting out, so it's useful to have a How To Manual. Sewing Made Simple by Tessa Evelegh* is a good place to start, with terms, tools, and skills necessary to go from beginner to expert. You can get the book on Amazon for under $30!

5. [For Intermediate Level] Introduction to Pattern Making.  For intermediate sewists who are ready to take the next step into self-made sewing patterns, Design It Yourself Clothes by Cal Patch* is a very basic introduction to pattern drafting. You will learn to make a custom pattern for tops, dresses, and basic pants. You can grab a copy of the book from Amazon for under $25!

6. [For Intermediate] Maker's Workbook. I love the Maker's Workbook from Creative Industry. Perfect for the sewist who loves to be organized and/or the aspiring designer. Design, plan, and have a reference for your sewing projects with this great workbook.

7. [For Intermediate to Advanced] Pattern Weights. Pattern weights are great for keeping your pattern from shifting around while cutting. They are a greater investment than pins and a necessity if you ever graduate to using oaktag for your patterns. (Pictured below on top right are the pattern weights I use).

8. [For Advanced] Pattern Notcher. If you're making your own patterns from hard paper (manila, oaktag, etc) you're going to want a pair of these. Pick up this one on Amazon for under $7!

9. [For Advanced] Pattern Making Textbook. When I was in fashion school, we used Patternmaking for Fashion Design by Helen Joseph-Armstrong*. You learn the basics of flat pattern making, including how to draft a personal foundation pattern. Perfect for those who want to take their custom dressmaking to the next level!

And there you have it. My picks for holiday presents for the sewist in your life! 

Do you sew? Is there anything you'd like to add to this list?


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  1. this is a big help for a novice like me. thank you

    1. I'm so glad you found it helpful! Thank you so much for reading :)


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