Christmas Gift Guide 2020

Posted by Freya Gilbert
on November 27, 2020

 Christmas gifts for everyone who loves sewing!

Shopping small is always something I value, not least as a small business owner myself. And in the run up to Christmas I think it’s extra important to buy from independent companies, where you can find fantastic, unique presents for your loved ones.

I’ve collected my favourite sewing themed gifts to share with you, some from our shop, which are on my wish list, and some from other designers and makers whos work I love.  There are even a few non-sewing gift ideas I had to include because they are so awesome! 

PSA, because of COVID, this year the post office is under extra stress, with more parcels than ever being sent and a reduced work force. Please remember to order ASAP,  be patient and be kind if the post is slower than you hoped.

 

Sewing Tools 

Haberdashery gift guide

New sewing toys are always a welcome gift under the tree.  There are so many handy gadgets and tools out there, here are some of our favourites that you’ll find on the wish list of the Crafty team.

Tracy has her eye on a tailors clapper.  Made from hardwood here in Leicester, tailors clappers are used to flatten seams without using extra heat from the iron.  This is great for creating a professional finish when sewing coats, jeans and even quilts! 

Zareen is hoping to get a pair of Prym Vario Pliers.  Zareen sews a lot for her two daughters, and poppers are ideal for children’s clothes. They come in fun, bright colours and the easiest way to attach them is with the pliers. They make quick work of finishing of garments! 

Hands up if you’re always loosing your pin cushion?! I can’t be the only one.  I would love to receive a magnetic wrist pin cushion so I can keep my pins with me as I work.  This one from Prym is my favourite colour and really strong, so you know the pins aren’t going anywhere until you need them.

After being spoilt with the scissors we use in the shop, Bekki has asked for a new pair of fabric scissors for Christmas. We’re huge fans of these Prym ones, which have a fantastic serrated blade which stays razor sharp.

 

Sewing Patterns

 

Sewing patterns gift guide


Everyone has a pattern wish list, and Christmas is the perfect opportunity to build your pattern stash!

Elizabeth is eyeing up the Cashmerette Fuller Cardi this year. A cute style with two variations which is going to be a staple in her wardrobe - got to keep cosy as the weather gets colder!

The My Handmade Wardrobe Ready To Party dress is my go-to occasion dress, even when the party is just me and my husband enjoying Christmas cocktails in our living room! This year I’m thinking I’ll make it in a velvet for a luxurious, yet comfortable dress for Christmas at home.

I love the process of making coats - it’s a bigger project to sink your teeth into over dark winter nights. The next coat I’d like to make is the Yates Coat by Grainline Studio.  I like its sharp lines and classic style. 

Sarah, like a lot of us, is planning on spending a lot of time in her pyjamas over Christmas! The Nina Lee Piccadilly set is super cute, and has some gorgeous style details.  I can imagine these made up up a soft satin or a fun cotton, perfect for relaxing on Christmas Day.

  

Subscription Boxes

Subscription box gift guide

For gifts that keep on giving, add a subscription to your Christmas gift list! 

There are lots of craft boxes available, but these are my favourite options for dressmakers.

Sew Hayley Jane is the original subscription box for dressmakers.  Each month, Hayley hand packs beautiful boxes of fabric, patterns, haberdashery and sewing themed gifts and ships them to your door! The contents is kept a surprise, adding to the fun of opening the box.  There are 3 different sized boxes to choose from, and they’re available as 3 and 6 month gifts too.  

If digital is more your thing, you should consider an In a Haystack subscription. Each month Kate sends out a digital pack with a PDF pattern from an independent designer, a discount code for a fabric shop and digital magazine.  With a womenswear pack, menswear pack and gift subscriptions there is something for everyone. 

We’re launching our new subscription this Christmas, The Swatch List! Members of The Swatch List receive a pack of five swatches each month along with information about the fabrics, including how to sew with them, pattern and project suggestions, tips on buying fabrics online and choosing the right fabrics for your projects. You’ll also get a voucher to spend on fabric from our shop the following month, to treat yourself! Find out more about the Swatch List here.

Or for something different, I really love Craftiosity sub boxes.  Each month you get the kit for a different craft kits. I had one a couple of years ago to make Cynotypes, that’s beautiful blue light sensitive photo art.  I loved it! The range of crafts that you get to try is really excellent and I love that you get everything you need each month to have a go at something new. 

 

 

Jewellery and Accessories  

Gift guide jewellery

Wear your passion on your sleeve (or collar or lapel) with some sewing themed jewellery 

Joanna Wakefield makes beautiful silver jewellery of dainty miniature sewing tools, my favourite is Haberdashery Cluster Necklace (hint hint!).  Obviously the collection is inspired by sewing, but also by vintage jewellery.  Joanna loves the idea of creating pieces that last and get loved and reloved over the years.

Joy at Pink Coat Club makes the coolest sewing accessories and label for showing off your passion for Sewing.  Her newest collection includes this refashioned pin, perfect for garments you’ve reworked and given a new life too.  

We also have a collection of Joys older designs reduced to clear in our shop, for only £5 they make a great present for a secret Santa gift or a stocking filler.

I love the newest set of necklaces from Sew Dainty, beautiful, delicate, acrylic button necklaces! The gold is my favourite, and it comes in silver too, so they’re perfect for everyone!  

Crafty Pin Up’s badges are for sewists and knitters.  Based in beautiful Shrewsbury launched with the original Sewing Machine pin then expanding into range of accessories with makers in mind.  The vintage vibes are fun and cool, and would be perfect gift for sewing mad friends.

Cepheid Studio’s wooden jewellery is hand-made in Paris.  With two scissor designs and a seam ripper necklace, they make the perfect treat for anyone who LOVES their scissors; seamstresses, tailors, hairdressers!  



Sewing Kits

Sewing kits gift guide

 

Our range of sewing kits are designed to encourage new sewists to try new skills and learn how to use their sewing machines.  We have lots of projects to choose from, including bunting, make up bags, aprons and pyjamas.  With easy to follow instructions, and additional support on our blog for some projects, these kits will quickly build their confidence and make them fall in love with sewing.

We love the Make Arcade’s bright and cheerful selection of kits! Ruth has designed fun kits suitable for children and adults.  They’re quick makes and there are so many options to choose from.  My favourite are the felt kits, like these felt Christmas tree decorations.  They’re small, quick makes; perfect for keeping hands busy over the Christmas holidays.

Cotton Clara kits are full of  stylish and modern embroidery designs, including this 2020 design which is the perfect keep sake of a rather bazaar year.  The beautiful range has lots to choose from, including festive designs.  There are both cross stitch designs and embroidery designs, plus a monthly Hoop Club.  

If you’ve ever wanted to try embellishing you’re clothes, Happy Fabric heat transfer vinyls are the quickest and easiest way to do so - plus it’s a lot of fun! You don’t need fancy cutting equipment (through they’re fun to play with too), just a pair of scissors and an iron.  You can buy individual sheets of transfer paper, but they also sell kits, including this one, to get you started.  Check out their Instagram feed for endless inspiration! 

 

 Art Prints

Sewing themed art prints

There is a beautiful and growing selection of art prints for sewists, these are some of my favourites, all found on Etsy.

Dominique has recently released a bold and fun selection of prints, this set being my favourite.  It offers sound advice and will look beautiful on the wall.


Hannah Jackson Designs includes a couple of seeing themes designs.  I love this one, with its fun take on a flatly.  I would love to display this on my sewing space wall.

We’ve made prints of our famous saying "Start As You Mean to SEW On", available from our website and Etsy.  Needless to say we’ve all got this one on our walls already, but I know any sewist would love to receive one for Christmas.

Paige Joanna makes beautiful labels as well as her fun desk-scape art print.  Featuring a sewing machine, flowers and beautiful prints on the wall, it’s what I wish my actual desk looked like (rather than the constant mess it really is.). 

 

Other Excellent

Gift guide blog post

So these are some excellent presents which didn’t really fit in to the other categories, so I’ve given them one of their own!

Foxglove and Field hand-make the most beautiful pattern weights and pin cushions - I’ve had them on my wish list for the last couple of years (heads hoping this years the winner).  Inspired by vintage cotton reels, and decorated with the most beautiful fabrics, including lots of different Liberty print, these are both practical and beautiful, the perfect combination.

Crafty Sew and So Mugs are the only way to drink your tea and coffee while stitching.  Featuring our fun sewists print, and designed and printed in the UK, these mugs are the ideal gift, especially for secret Santa, as they’re only £10 each.

For dressmakers, the My Handmade Wardrobe planner is an essential tool for planning our your next make, and keeping track of pattern adjustments, sizing and any other thoughts about your projects.  The planner has space for 20 projects, plus advice on measuring, fitting, choosing fabrics and it includes a calendar to help you plan your makes across the year.  

And if you just want to be able to choose your own gift, or would like some funds to stock up on fabric in the new year, you can’t go wrong with gift vouchers! Available from £5, our digital vouchers can be spent on anything from our shop.

 

Other Beautiful Locally Made Gifts

Gift guide leicester

 

 We couldn’t write a gift guide without including some of our favourite local designer makers (even if they’re not sewing themed)

 Eat it Bouquets is a great concept for gifting - Anastasiia hand makes unique bouquets from fruit, sweets, chocolate or nuts. They’re beautiful and delicious! I don’t know anyone who wouldn’t be pleased to receive one as a gift. 

With little girls at home, both Sarah and I are big fans of Plaay? Luxury wooden toys.   These heirloom luxury wooden toys that are elegant, simple and ooze quality.  All products are handmade from solid FSC approved Oak, and we would be honoured to receive any of them as gifts for our children.

For gorgeous, handmade stockings, you must check out Cowden Quilt School’s quilted Christmas Stockings! Each is unique and beautiful, I would be pleased as punch to find one at the foot of my bed, it’s a gift in itself!

Our new studio pal, Wren and Wilson has published her first calendar this year - and it’s full of dinosaurs! Sarah bought one for her sisters birthday earlier this autumn.  Jen’s style is quirky and fun, it’s sure to make anyone happy.

 

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