Christmas Gifts For People Who Sew

Meaning me, of course! And you, fellow sewing enthusiasts! Here’s my stealth way of asking for useful, sewing-related Christmas gifts. It’s oh so subtle, I know!

Yes, I buy a lot of fabric.. but I’m not big on wanting or asking for a lot of stuff. My family draws names, which makes it so easy! We pick one special gift for one person, instead of scrambling to buy for everyone. And even then I find it hard to think of things I need! So this year, I’ve thought ahead and came up with a list of useful sewing-related gifts that will definitely be loved and appreciated!

If I’ve been good this year, and am lucky enough to receive gifts from family and friends, here’s what I’d love to open on Christmas morning!

  • A thread pegboard: Mega-Rack for regular thread, and Jumbo Cone Rack for serger thread. Yes! Right now my threads are stored in a toolbox-type holder, it works but it’s not very accessible and I never put my threads away properly. Serger threads are in a plastic tote bin, in the closet. I end up lining them up on my bookshelf for easier access. It works until I wave my arms around excitedly and knock them onto the floor… yes, it happens in my world. (Hence why I have a magnetic pincushion! Great gift idea also, if you don’t already have one…)
  • A nice chalk marker tool like this one. I use an old-school chunk of chalk from college. (Good stocking stuffer idea!)
  • Books, books, books! Look, I made it easy and put it all on an Amazon wishlist for easy reference.
  • A seam roll. I bought a ham over the summer but didn’t splurge for the second tool. (PS. Give a pretty ham or seam roll to someone you love! Check out The Cupcake Goddess’s lovely handmade hams and seam rolls in her shop.)
  • Colette Patterns’ Crepe Dress. Isn’t this adorable? No closures, just a sweet and simple wrap dress, that I would love to add to my collection!
  • Pins. I am forever running out of pins. I like the ones with the shiny pearly ends, easier to pick up and see!
  • Gift certificates: Button Button, Fabricana, all the good shops. You may think I don’t need any more fabric, but I disagree!

I’ve been good this year, I’m sure of it! (I sure hope so, since coal doesn’t do anything to feed my sewing addiction…)

What about you? Any sewing-related gifts you’re hoping for this year? Are you giving sewing gifts to someone else? If so, share! (Help me build my not-so-secret wishlist, too!)

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13 Responses to Christmas Gifts For People Who Sew

  1. Kelly October 18, 2010 at 6:41 am #

    I still need some of the basics. My number one wishlist item right now is a serger. And then a dress form. But in the price range that people might actually spend, I really want the Colette Ceylong. Sorry, that doesn’t really help you with your list. :)

  2. Karin van D. October 18, 2010 at 7:03 am #

    I love your list. I checked out your amazon wish list and trust me, you are very modest. My wishlist there is much longer *grin*… I love sewing books!

    I am sure you were a good girl. And even if you were not, you did make some gorgeous garments. That must count for something too, don’t you think? ;-)

  3. Emer October 18, 2010 at 7:34 am #

    I really want a mannequin that will fit me. Last year I got one but it was too big for me boo. Hope you get all you wish for. Think the amazon wishlist is a great idea.

  4. Kelly October 18, 2010 at 7:41 am #

    Oh, actually, I thought of another small thing I want: a scissors sharpener! And all of the books on your amazon wishlist. :)

  5. Greta October 18, 2010 at 7:44 am #

    sad to say, I still lack a good pair of scissors.

    I asked for a dressform for my birthday, but only got money, which I spent instead on FABRIC (of course). So….

    A fun stocking-stuffer: a yo-yo maker! The tool makes fabric yo-yos a snap to make, and you can use them to make a plain dress or blouse into something cute and eye-catching.

    P.S. How the heck do you use a ham / seam roll?

  6. Tasia October 18, 2010 at 8:10 am #

    Hi Greta! Hams and seam rolls are pressing tools. Hams are for darts and curved areas, and seam rolls are for pressing hard-to-get-to seams, like sleeve seams once the sleeve is sewn together.. I made do with the ironing board before I had either but it does help (depending on what you sew!)

  7. Amy October 18, 2010 at 9:53 am #

    Hmmm… Six of those books are in my library! And I love them all!

  8. Jill October 18, 2010 at 10:12 am #

    That’s hilarious — my Christmas list is almost identical. I especially want to make the Crepe dress!

  9. Amy K. October 18, 2010 at 11:36 am #

    I asked for sewing books, a serger and a thread holder, like the one that you linked to. I actually just wrote a blog post about the books on my list: http://sewingbythebook.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-christmas-wish-list.html.

    I can’t wait to check out Vintage Notions!

  10. Alexandra Mason October 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm #

    I would love a dress form, i tried making one from tape and it didn’t turn out very well. I have lots of sewing books on my wish list, and some new sissors :)

  11. Haylee October 18, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Agreed with all of the above. Times about a million other things.. haha I swear I’m always wanting something else.
    And DITTO on the dress form Alexandra. I’ve been wanting one of those so badly!

  12. Fourth Daughter October 19, 2010 at 5:25 am #

    My ideal present would be a whole sewing room all to myself where I never have to move stuff out of the way and I can leave projects lying around until inspiration strikes!!
    More time to be able to do said projects would also be great…
    Completely different topic, but if you’re into crochet you might like this… http://stylewilderness.blogspot.com/2010/10/crochet-your-own-coral-reef.html

  13. Amber October 23, 2010 at 9:11 pm #

    I ran by my local independent sewing shop on Friday for something they’d ordered for me and they had literally *just* opened the box of Crepe dress patterns. I didn’t even know about it, but one look and it jumped in my bag and came home with me. I’m hoping to make it up next month. It’s just so gorgeous!! I hope Santa brings you one, too.

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