Gifts For Sewists

great-giftsFinding the perfect gift for my sewing friends should be easy. They love sewing, just like me; so if I would like it, they will like it! Well, I have found that isn’t always the case! More than once, I have given a gift to a sewing friend and been met with that fake smile and forced, “oh, thank you.” Some have even said, “Oh good! something else I won’t have time to make.” (Don’t worry, those people went on the “don’t buy a gift for them” list).

In an effort to become a better gift-giver myself, I have done some research and made a list of gifts that sewists actually want. I realize not every sewist is the same, and just because I like something doesn’t mean it will fit the style of someone else, but I hope this list will give a few ideas.

  1. Personalized Quilt Labels – modern-yardage-labels-1I bought these from Modern Yardage and I just love them! You can get a set of 13 personalized labels for only $18. modern-yardage-labels-3This is a great personal gift.
  2. Mason Jar Sewing Kit – mason-jar-2Who doesn’t need a cute mason jar sewing kit! It’s easy to make and you can personalize the items inside if you want. This is how I made mine. I bought a mason jar with a lid from the store. I took a scrap piece of fabric and some fiberfil and hot-glued the fabric to the insert of the mason jar lid (that’s right folks! I didn’t even sew it down.). mason-jar-1Here is the list of what I put inside:
    1. Pins – You just put a pin cushion for the lid. Give them pins to go in the pin cushion
    2. Squeezers – These are fantastic little scissors! They are great for cutting thread tails and jump stitches
    3. Seam Ripper – Have you ever met a sewist that didn’t need another seam ripper?
    4. Needles – Machine and Hand – We all use needles!
    5. Tweezers – Perfect for your friend who loves to use her serger
    6. A few spools of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites Thread – the perfect hand embroidery thread
    7. Prewound bobbins in the size that fits the recipients machine (check the chart here) – Like needles and seam rippers, one can never have too many.
    8. A couple spools of Sulky 30 wt. Cotton Thread – Because this is my all time favorite thread for quilting.
    9. A Sulky Transfer Pen – Transferring patterns onto fabric is just one of a gazzillion uses for these pens! Check out this video for more ideas
    10. Mechanical Pencil – When you need to write something down, mark a registration mark on some fabric or use the eraser side to turn out corners.
  3. Online classes – 2d_for reason_4Give the gift of education! The cool thing about online classes is you can take them whenever you want, in your own home, in your pajamas, and work on your own sewing machine. And there is a class for everyone! Whether your friend is an acomplished sewist ready to go to the next level or a complete newbie. Another bonus is right now all of Sulky’s online classes are 30% off! Just use the coupon code: SULKY30. Check out all the classes here.
  4. Hand Embroidery Patterns and Kits – Photo May 20, 3 41 08 PMUnlike a full quilt kit, hand embroidery kits are small, less expensive and don’t take as much time to make. This means that even the sewist who isn’t looking for another project on her plate will still enjoy it. (Or you can buy the kit, stitch up the project yourself, and then give the finished project as a gift!). The other great thing about this, is there is a kit for every style. Here is my list of places for hand embroidery.
    1. Indygo Junction
    2. Kathy Schmitz
    3. A Wing and A Prayer
    4. Plays with Wool
    5. Meags & Me
    6. Shiny Happy World
    7. Penguin and Fish
  5. Monthly Stitch Club! – adorn-it-artplay-stitchTechnically, this is still Hand Embroidery, but a monthly stitch club from a company like Adorn it, is extra special because you get a new pattern every month! I love just about any kind of “of-the-month” club, but a stitching club makes my heart sing. adort-it-month-clubCombine your gift of the club membership with a package of Stick ‘n Stitch and a Sampler Pack of Sulky 12 Wt. Cotton Petites, and you have the ultimate stitcher’s gift.
  6. The Quilter’s Planner – quilter-planner-1Stephanie Palmer, the brains behind this amazing planner said it best, “I want to spend more time doing and less time planning.” That is what this planner helps the sewist do. Not only is it beautiful and thoughtfully laid out for the sewist, it also includes quilt patterns! patternjackswIf you aren’t sure if this kind of planner will work for you or your sewing friends, go over to the website and sign up for the e-newsletter. You will get a pdf of the month of December to try it out. Order by December 10 and she guarantees Christmas delivery in the continental United States. Use coupon code FreeShip to get free shipping.
  7. Curvalicious Ruler curvalicious-rulerI personally don’t usually go gaga over rulers, but this particular one really caught my eye. I love the ability to make several different types of quilts and I like that it makes a complicated looking quilt without being very complicated to actually make. curvalicious-quilt-1I figured if I wanted this ruler (and I am not usually a ruler girl), this would be a great gift for lots of sewists!
  8. Webinar Bundles – Sulky has been doing free webinars for a while now and they are all amazing, but I do have a few favorites. I love the webinar that you can also purchase a kit to make the project in the webinar! We have three webinar bundles still available: crafty-gemini_600x600The Crafty Gemini Pinnacle Table Runner Kit, db-kit1The Quilt Doodle Bundle, and cqc-kit1_600x600the Creative Quilt Challenge Bundle. Buying one of these bundles for a sewing friend not only gives them some great product (at a great price to you), but you can also give them the link to the webinar so it’s like giving them a whole class and the supplies. (Maybe this is the one you want to tell you family to buy for you!)
  9. Sulky Slimline Storage Boxes 886-07_2open_600x600These boxes are the absolute best way to store thread. It keeps them dust free, they open flat so you can even hang it up on the wall if you want; and they have a handle so you can carry all your thread with you if you go sew with a friend or go to a class. 886-_2open_600x600You can buy them empty, ready for you to fill with your thread or you can buy them already filled with thread! 3fb479ecf6f2faf843a82be13bd07f93It’s like giving someone a box of candy without the calories!
  10. Sew Steady Table – wish_flyer_holiday-660w_extended-sale-bnrThese great extension tables for a sewing machine really are the ultimate great gift for a sewist. The Wish Table, my personal favorite, has compartments for storing extra little things that you always need handy, like a seam ripper and bobbins. I called Sew Steady and asked them if they would extend the Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale just for you, my blog readers, and they said yes! So right now you can get this awesome table along with a Travel Bag for only $175! Simply call Sew Steady at 800-837-3261 or email them at info@sewsteady.com.

So that’s my list! What do you think? Do you have a good gift idea? Put it in the comments below.  I would love to see what you are wishing for this holiday season.

Happy Sewing!




Great Mother’s Day Gifts – Especially If Your Mama Sews

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Mother’s Day is just around the corner and if your spring has been anything like mine, you haven’t had 3 seconds to think about what to give to your mom. If your mama is a sewist like mine, here are some great tutorials that I found around the web (do we still call it that?) for some great gift ideas.

Pin Cushions!

Sewists can never have enough of these! I just counted and in my sewing studio, I have 6 and they are all in use. I love this one and it can be done in about 30 minutes:

Click the photo to go to the tutorial

Click the photo to go to the tutorial

Make this one even more special by using a cup that has sentimental value to you and your mom.

I love this one too:

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Click the picture for the tutorial

It’s a chicken feeder! What a great place to put your Sulky Cotton Petites, scissors, pins and needles. It gives you an adorable hand sewing station wherever your mama wants to put it.

This is not exactly a pin cushion; it’s a needle cushion from our friends at Shiny Happy World.

Click the picture for the tutorial

Click the picture for the tutorial

Make this with your mama’s favorite fabrics and add a pack of her favorite needles, you have a perfect gift.

Are you still worried you won’t have time to make something? It’s okay; your mom sews! Just print out the tutorial, collect the supplies to make the pin cushion, add some Sulky Cotton Petites, scissors, pins & needles and for goodness sake, don’t forget to add a heart felt note thanking her for being a great mom, friend, protector, provider and warrior for you all these years.

Happy Mother’s Day and Happy Sewing!




Great Gifts For Sewists

Great GiftsFor Sewists

Finding the perfect gift for yourself, that is easy, but finding the right gift for your sewing friends, not so much! Do you have any friends who don’t sew? If you do, just forward them this blog post.

Gifts For Sewists

  1. An Amazing Seam Ripper – Like it or not, we all reverse sew, so why not have a beautiful seam ripper. I adore this one from Barney Pens. They are hand crafted and custom made, but at $35, they will not break the bank. My favorite is the one that hangs around your neck because it just looks like a great piece of jewelry! If you see my hubby, tell him I would like one made out of zebra wood.seam ripper
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  2. A Quality Sewing Table – Whether you have an entire studio dedicated to your sewing or you only have a corner of the dining room, this table is a great addition. It folds up small, which is key, but it is sturdy and versatile. It is hand made here in the US, is great quality (no press board here) and they will custom make your table to your height specifications if you wish. A & K Custom Furnishings is a family owned company and they are great to work with. If you are ready for a custom sewing machine table that won’t break the bank, call these guys, they will get you set up.
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  3. Dream Collection Thread Sets – Let’s be honest, you can never have too much thread. As my Momma always says, how can we be expected to produce great art if we don’t have the whole rainbow of colors to work with. If you want to splurge on the whole rainbow, then one of the Sulky Dream Collections is the way to go. We have dream collections for 30 wt. Cotton, Sulky Cotton Blendables, Rayon, Metallic, PolyDeco, you name it.

    Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Dream Collection

    Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Dream Collection

    Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Dream Collection

    Sulky 30 Wt. Cotton Dream Collection

    If you are like me, you do lots of different kinds of sewing: hand embroidery, machine embroidery, quilting, garment making, embellishments, and a different thread is required for each type.

    crossroads thread collectionsFor the hand embroiderer, I suggest one of the Crossroads by Amy Barickman collections. They are all 12 Wt. Cotton and the colors are fresh and vibrant.
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    serenityLanewing prayer springwing prayer basicsIf you are giving this to a sewist who is into more traditional or primative hand work, then I would go with one the Wing and a Prayer Collections. They are both yummy and are sure to make the traditional sewist’s heart sing. Sulky Sticky Fabri-SolvyWhile you are at it, pick them up a package of Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy. This wonderful stabilizer goes right through your printer just like paper so you can print your design, stick it to the front of the fabric you are going to embroider on and sew right through it. This keeps your fabric stable, so you don’t need a hoop (Hallelujah!) and when you are finished, it just washes away clean.

  4. Another great gift is inspiration in a box! I love Sue Hausman’s Vintage Quilting Collection that comes complete with a cd of machine embroidery designs to make a ‘modern vintage’ quilt using Sulky 30 wt. Cotton! Yes, that’s right. It has the look of hand embroidery without all the work. Heck, If you ordered this today, you could have the entire quilt done in time to give as a gift for Christmas!
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  5. Quilt Jewelry – When I was at Quilt Market this year, I came across this wonderful quilt inspired jewelry, Siesta Silver Jewelry! siesta-silver-jewelry-large-dresden-platesiesta-silver-jewelry-charmsIt is made from sterling silver and all  the pieces are just stunning. I could hardly decide what I needed to get. I finally settled on the friendship star necklace and earrings. friendship star earrings
    Sterling Silver Medium Friendship Star PendantThis is my Christmas gift to me, from me, with love :).
  6. Fool Proof Seam Guide – Another cool find from Quilt Market is this Ideal Seam Guide from Sew Very Smooth. New_Student_Edtion_Guides__22639.1438871529.1280.1280This great little guide helps you keep an accurate seam allowance without any extra work! You just stick the little guide onto the sewing bed in the right place using the Ideal Seam Gauge and go. There is a strip of sticky rubber on the back of the guide to keep it in place and when you take it off, there is no sticky residue left on your machine, Bonus! I recommend the New Student Edition.
  7. Hand Embroidery Kits – Wool Applique is extremely popular right now and I can see why! It is fun and easy. You don’t have to fuss with raw edges or needle turning. Just cut the pieces and sew them into place. Both Plays With Wool Designs and Wing and a Prayer have great little wool applique kits that are perfect gifts. Whether you want to pick the kit up and make the project to give it finished, like I did with this Sweet Poinsettia Pair from Plays With Wool Designs or pick up the kit & matching threads and give them as the gift, like The Sweet Sheep kit. Either option will put a smile on the gift recipient’s face.Photo Nov 19, 8 46 34 AM
  8. Fabric – Do I really need to explain why fabric is a good gift for a sewist? I didn’t think so. But I will say that my current favorite is Amy Barickman’s Vintage Made Modern Bundle. vintage made modern fabricSeveral of the fabrics are sewing themed and the colors are delicious.
  9. Quilty Box – Growing up, I always wanted Fruit of the Month club. The thought of getting new and delicious fruits at my doorstep every month just seemed amazing. As an adult, my desire has shifted. Now, I want to buy my fruit from the farmer’s market, but I would love a box of sewing and quilting supplies to arrive at my door every month! Introducing Quilty Box! quilty-box-banner-your-happy-mailYou can get just one month or prepay for 3, 6 or 12 month plans. Each box is curated by a quilting professional and is full of great new quilting things. I can’t think of a better way to inspire a sewist to think outside the box (yes, the pun was intended) and learn something new.
  10. Online Classes – If helping someone stretch outside their sewing comfort zone sounds like a good idea to you, then gifting someone an online class is the perfect gift! Craft University has tons of Online Courses on a wide range of subjects, including all the Sulky Online Courses. Gifting a class is just a simple click away.
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  11. Something you make for them – Ultimately, my favorite part of the holiday season isn’t Christmas presents, the decorations or the food. When it comes down to it, I simply want to be with my family celebrating the birth of Jesus. Whether that comes with big expensive gifts, or a simple handmade card, as long as I am with my family, I am one happy girl. christmas friendThe truth is, the gifts I have cherished most over the years are not the things that people have purchased for me. They are the ones that I knew someone took the time to craft or sew for me. As sewists, we make things for people all the time, but we often don’t receive many handmade things ourselves. So this year, make something for your sewing friend or loved one. I promise, they will love that gift the most.

Need some more gift ideas? Check out all my Gift Idea Posts here.

Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!




Great Gifts for Quilters & Sewists

Can we be honest about something? Why is it so hard to buy gifts for fellow quilters and sewists? You don’t know what they already have or want, and for some reason we don’t usually think to make them something even though they would appreciate and understand the time and effort it took to make something rather than just go out and buy it. I don’t know about you, but I often find my best sewing friends are the hardest to find the right gifts for. So I have asked my friends, done research, and I came up with a list of things that I think would make great gifts. The holidays are fast approaching, so hopefully this list will help you find that perfect thing.

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Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Petites™ and Printable Sticky Fabri-Solvy™ – If you have a friend who does any hand embroidery, this is the combo for her. You can read all about how wonderful Sticky Fabri-Solvy is for hand embroidery here from my friend Wendi Gratz at Shiny Happy World. I personally love using the Petites too because the thread is 50 yards on a snap end spool. That means no more separating floss or worrying about how to find the end. The end of my thread is always safely tucked under that snap end cap!

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Snap bags – We have piles of fabric in our houses and have made just about every bag imaginable for everyone we know but we carry our hand projects around in a plastic zip top bags. Pull out some of that sewing related fabric and follow this tutorial. It will take you no time and your sewing friend will love you for it!

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Eyeglass Case Sewing Kit – I love this project for lots of reasons! One, you are upcycling an old eyeglasses case. Two, who couldn’t use an on-the-go sewing kit! Three, you can customize this gift to whatever type of sewing your friend does. Is she a hand embroiderer? Then fill it with applique pins and a couple spools of Sulky Petites thread. Is she going to need this for sewing binding? Add some Clover Wonder Clips, a corner tool and a spool of Sulky PolyLite 60 wt. thread. My good friend made this one and she said she just used hot glue to add the pin cushion and the magnets that hold her scissors and needles.

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Glass head pins – Although I know I should use glass head pins, and would love to have some, they just aren’t anything I have thought to buy for myself. At less than $5 (they are on sale at Joann.com, check it out here) they are a great gift for anyone who sews!

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KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive – If you or someone you know has not already tried KK 2000, it is a must that you give this to yourself and your sewing friends for Christmas. KK 2000 saves so much time, is safe for the environment and has over 70% more usuable material in the smaller size cans than an ordinary large-can spray adhesive. Because of KK 2000, you never have to pin baste again (unless your project is large – then a few pins). WOOHOO!

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A Quilt – Have you ever given a quilt to someone and as you were handing the gift to them, you started to question if that person was quilt-worthy or not?  When giving a quilt to a fellow quilter or sewist, you know they will appreciate the amount of work, love and effort that went into the gift. And chances are, they haven’t received very many quilts as gifts!

The Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion is in Quiltsmart's new Practical Art line

The Quiltsmart Gadget Cushion is in Quiltsmart’s new Practical Art line

 

Pincushion – I don’t know a single person who sews that doesn’t love pincushions. Check out this blog post or Pinterest for some awesome pincushion ideas.

Color Wheel Poster by C & T Publishing

Color Wheel Poster by C & T Publishing

Color Wheel – A color wheel is an amazing tool when planning out any sewing project, but even if you never use one, they are so pretty! Your sewing friend is probably just as in love with color as I am. There are a million color wheels, but this is a great one at an amazing price.

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Clover Wonder Clips – I have mentioned these little guys many times in my posts. I love my Clover clips! I am hoping to get the larger green ones in my stocking from Santa this year. If I can clip instead of pin, I do. They are especially useful when sewing with kids. My 8 and 9 year old girls have no problem using the clips, but they stick themselves all the time with pins! I would recommend the 50 clip box here and the larger green ones here.

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A Great Book – Might I recommend “Embellish Your Life With Sulky,” by Joyce Drexler and Diane Gloystein 🙂

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Scissors – All of my sewing friends are obsessed with scissors. It doesn’t matter how many we have, we still “need” more. I just bought 2 pairs of duck bill scissors in 2 different sizes. I have no idea why I would possibly need these in 2 sizes, but I have them and that makes me happy! Here is a great website to buy good quality scissors at great prices.

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Sulky Universal Slimline box – Storage is almost always an issue for sewists! I love the Sulky Universal Slimbox box for my thread because it holds lots of different sizes of thread, I can see through it to see what is inside, the handles make it easy to take to a class or on a quilting retreat and when it opens, it opens flat. This is a great gift for a friend that already has all the thread and notions she may ever need. Who knows, once her thread is organized, she may realize she has room for more! You can buy them here.

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Thread Set – What’s not to love about a set of beautiful, luscious colorful thread all lined up just begging you to create something fabulous with it!

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Tooly – I haven’t made this pattern yet, but I love the idea and I have read over the pattern. It seems very well written with great illustrations. I definitely plan to make one for myself and for friends. The cool thing about this is, if you don’t want to make it, just order your sewing friend the pattern! You can do it as an instant download through Craftsy here or you can order an actually paper pattern through the website Sew Together.

I hope these ideas help you get some great gifts for your sewing friends (Don’t forget a special gift to you, from you, with love)!

Happy Holidays and Happy Sewing!