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Sewing Gift Guide

9 December 2008, 12:17

Christmas is coming up, and so I thought I’d offer a helping hand to all the friends, relatives, and significant others of the sewing obsessed looking for sewing gifts this holiday season. I’ve tried to roughly break this down into “beginners” and “everyone else”, but it helps if you can snoop around their sewing area first to have an idea of what they’ve already got before buying something off this list.

And if you’re reading this and are feeling truly overwhelmed, then:

  1. Print this page.

  2. Google for your nearest sewing or fabric store

  3. Give this page to a store clerk with a smile and “Can you help me please?” and let them show you what some of this stuff is…

For beginners

If you know someone who’s very new to sewing or is getting their first machine this Christmas, it’s a great idea to create a little bundle of all the necessary tools for someone just starting out. You can often find these pre-packaged at sewing shops, or to create your own for a new sewer, I’d recommend placing the following in a zippered pouch, box, or (if you yourself are a sewer) a sewn case:

Sewing Gear

These are the big ticket items! Expect to spend at least a hundred dollars/pounds on the machines and big tools below, but you can do a bit of research before buying by reading the user submitted machine reviews at Pattern Review first…



Reading material


Fabric is a really personal thing, so if you’re not sure about their tastes in style, weight, and fiber content, you’d probably be safest buying gift certificates or handmade “IOU £xx and big strong arms to carry fabric from a local store” rather than cut fabric (which oftentimes cannot be exchanged unless faulty).

And at ours…

At Chez FehrTrade, we’ve already decorated our tree and have our outdoor lights up! I’ve added to all the hand sewn ornaments I made last Christmas by sewing a tree topper this year that looks like our cat, Bosco!

The teeshirt material stretched a bit as I stuffed him, and the tail’s a bit lumpy, but everyone can tell it’s him from the big yellow eyes, so I think it’s been a success.

Anyone have anything to add to this list, or want to share what sewing things are on their Christmas list this year?

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  1. What a fantastic list! I hope you don’t mind me linking to it from Four Good Corners.

    And your tree topper is amazing. Unfortunately, I’ve got two cats – unfortunate in the sense that I’d end up with an extremely top-heavy tree, anyway…

    Kerry    Dec 9, 02:09 PM    #
  2. That is fabulous, what a great gift idea! Thank you.

    Love your cat tree-top. Mine is a birdy!

    Houkje    Dec 9, 04:39 PM    #
  3. Excellent list, Melissa! A BWOF subscription is on my list this year.

    — Lindsay T    Dec 9, 09:15 PM    #
  4. thank you for the sweet comments you left in my blog :)

    michelle    Dec 11, 07:22 AM    #
  5. This is a great list, thank you!!!

    Tany    Dec 12, 10:56 AM    #

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