It seems to be traditional in the blogging world for everyone to publish their annual holiday gift guide. I suppose it makes sense – if we share the same kind of interests and the same kind of tastes, you'll probably like similar shops and similar products to me. So maybe I can save you all a little time and trouble this year with a few of my own favorites.
In this gift guide – items big and small, cheap and expensive, for anyone and everyone who loves to sew or quilt. And hey, who are we kidding here, you're probably reading this for the same reason I was looking at these products online – to buy yourself something nice. If I waited till my husband bought me a Christmas present, well, let's say I'd still be waiting for my second one I think…:-)
So whether its for you or for someone you know, enjoy these shops and products.
My Top 3 recommendations from my lists past, present and future
|A dress form – this time last year Penelope joined our household. She's a very good sewing and pattern making friend and if you have the space – get one! I love my PGM Pro dress form and you can read my 3 reviews about the form and the Fabulous Fit Padding Kit here:
Prices on these go up on 1st January so buy now!
|A shiny new serger – this is my personal Christmas present this year, the Brother 1034D serger. I've never owned nor even used a serger before and I'm pretty nervous – OK I'm terrified! So I'm also enrolled in the Craftsy Beginner Serging class. Fingers crossed!|
|A sewing table or a space to call your own – we all need our own space and I'd love to have the perfect sewing room. Ideal for cutting out fabric and at the right working height, while keeping all your supplies on hand. This site has a great range of sewing and crafting tables and sewing machine tables – I'll be writing to Santa for this next year.|
Other great gifts ideas for someone who sews
|Pattern of the Month Club membership – if you've not yet joined, time is running out to do so. Join the 2014 POTMC and you get all these patterns for just $35.|
|A Craftsy class – did you know you can buy a gift certificate for Craftsy? That way the person can choose their own class. They can choose from sewing, quilting, painting, gardening, paper crafts, cookery etc. Any 1 class is $30, any 2 classes are $55 and any 3 classes are $75. INSIDER TIP – you can also gift these to yourself. So if you have your eye on 3 classes but they are pretty expensive, buy yourself a gift certificate and get all 3 for $75.|
|A magazine subscription – there are so many great sewing and quilting magazines out there, and giving a magazine subscription is a great way to give a gift that lasts all year. Or just buy your favorite magazines at a great discount.|
|Magic fabric– a single yard of fabric that is enough to sew and line 3 completely different cosmetics bags! Pattern and instructions included for how to make them. Ideal for a beginner or for making your own gifts to give. Just add zips.|
|A So Sew Easy custom sewing mug – treat yourself or your sewing friends to the Sip and Stitch mug, perfect for your sewing room. Available in 5 different colors, with sewing graphics and a discreet link to remind you of your favorite sewing site 😉|
|How much fabric reference cards. Handy wallet sized set of cards to give you the very best idea of how much fabric you'll need to buy for any given sewing project if you don't have the pattern with you. Save money by not overbuying fabric you'll not need.|
|Custom checks – a custom sewing or quilting check book! Show how much you love your needlecraft with these custom checks. Choose from several sewing and quilting designs as well as hundreds of other custom check designs.|
|Machine on Wheels case – the ideal way to travel with your sewing machine and supplies. Going to the quilting meeting, sewing at a friend's house, then this roller case is specially designed for sewers and will carry your machine and all your supplies.|
|Quilting design software -make life easier with digitized designs for all your quilting needs! This software contains one user manual; ten tutorial videos; over twenty step-by-step how- to lessons; photo editing tools; over 5000 copyright-free block patterns and lots more. More basic version here.|
|Sewing books – ideal gifts for beginners. Very inspiring, glossy and colorful, a good sewing book makes you rush to the machine. Lots more sewing books on Amazon.|
|Storage and organisation ideas – sewing comes with a lot of small pieces of equipment and its often part of the fun to keep all that and all of your fabrics nicely organised and pretty looking. This site has an enormous range of organisers and bins to choose from for every single thing you need to store! In fact this site stocks more than 70,000 sewing and crafting supplies – great place to shop.|
|Fun sewing glasses – I just got myself some of these Peepers. Perfect for close up work, fun and trendy. If you don't know a persons prescription, you can also buy a gift cert. I love to wear my Peepers when I sew.|
|Fun sewing tote bag – this site has SO much for sewers and I love their bags. They really do sell everything, including lots of craft supplies, sewing machines, etc.|
|Scissors sharpener – ok, I know we aren't supposed to, but how often do you cut paper, crafty things and other inappropriate things with your sewing scissors, or find your husband just used them to cut some mosquito netting (yes it's true!). Keep your favorite scissors sharper for longer.|
|The most stylish fabric storage ever – this vintage mannequin storage trunk is the ideal way to store your fabrics and make your sewing space look stylish. I think I'll be adding this to my wish list for future years. You've got to see this one!|
|Sewing machine – this is the current best-selling sewing machine on Amazon and with good reason It's got great reviews and an unbeatable price. If you are looking to start sewing, introduce a friend or daughter or upgrade an old machine, this one would be ideal for most people. And it's very similar to the one I use.|
|A Cricut machine – these machines can cut the most intricate fabric designs that you would never be able to cut yourself. Ideal for applique, as well as crafts of all sorts. A fun addition to any sewing room, and especially if the sewer loves other crafts too.|
|Sewing slogan t-shirt – I love these funny sewing slogan t-shirts from The Sewing Loft. Available in several colors. Be the envy of your sewing group, or start a conversation at the fabric store in these.|
|Personal sewing lessons – got time and skills but not much money for gifts this year? Then share your time and your love of sewing with someone else and give them a book of sewing lesson vouchers – for sewing lessons with you!|
|Japanese fabric – this seller sends the most adorable fabrics worldwide so if you know someone who sews, delight them with some fabric they can't find anywhere else|
|Fabric gift card – not sure of someone's style, taste or preference? Then any sewer would be delighted to receive a fabric gift card so they can pick out whatever they like! Nothing makes us happy like new fabric, so spread the happiness with a gift card from Fabric.com – they have a huge range so everyone can find 100's of things they love|
What do you think of my ideas? Something for everyone? Something for YOU? What other must-have sewing things are on your Wish List for this year?