A Gift Guide for Sewers 2020

This is the third year I have written my gift guide for people like us that love to sew and craft. Non craft people don't always know what to get us as gifts, so I like to make a little list you can share and drop some hints with. The other reason I like to share this list each year is to big up some small businesses. I have great fun searching through Etsy and Instagram looking for inspiration. This year, more than ever, it is so important to shop small business or shop local whenever you can. Christmas doesn't have to be extravagant; most of these gifts are under £10 and just a few are special treats that would make a great main or joint gift.


I haven't been gifted any of these items; they are just pretty things that have caught my eye or I have bought myself. There is of course a little Fabric Squirrel gift idea too. I have included the prices, but have not included postage on them. Remember that free post does not mean the post is free. It means that if you buy more than one thing, you are paying for postage twice! Don't let it put you off shopping small.


SEWING JOURNAL


I have been searching for a sewing journal for ages and when I came across this one by Cherry Pickle Designs, it really stood out. There is space to write the details of your project, costings and even photos and fabric swatches. It is like a scrapbook for sewing - I love it. You can find it here for £14.95.


CHRISTMAS DECORATION


I can't believe I don't have a sewing themed Christmas decoration. These hanging ornaments can be personalised with any name and come in a craft or sewing theme. They are by A Little Bit Crafty UK and they also have door signs in a similar design. At £6.99 these will make a great little stocking filler. I would personally hang this on the tree in December and then bring into my sewing room for the rest of the year.


SEWING ROOM SIGN


If you are lucky enough to have your own sewing room, you definitely want to show that off and put a sign on the door! I saw these signs by That's Wright Crafty. They are £10 and the wording and colours can be personalised.


WATER BOTTLE


If you have been following me for a while, you will know I am a bit of an eco warrior (or at least try to be). If you haven't already, you need a reusable water bottle. There is really only a place for single use bottles in an emergency and we all need to try and be a bit more organised. I spotted this one by Folky Dokey Studio with a beautiful sewing machine image on it. It is £13.99. Another top tip from me. Did you know of an app called Refill? It will tell you what places near to you will allow you to fill up your water bottle, no need to be a customer, no judgement, just water. How good is that!


EARRINGS


I have been on the hunt for some sewing machine earrings for a while, but it is hard to find any unique ones. I came across Jodie Louise Designs and saw these enamel machines; they are in one of my favourite colours too! They are just £6 and she has lots of other sewing related jewellery on her page too.


NECKLACE


If you want an extra special main gift, this is the one for you. This sterling silver necklace pendant is handmade by Songs of Ink and Steel. You can add a personalised pendant for free to make it extra special. The pendant is £60 and, if you have a search on her page, you will find one with scissors and another with a bobbin that are just as pretty.


STICKERS


Loving crafts often comes hand in hand with loving stationery so stickers are always a good bet. As a kid I was quite protective of my stickers and only used them on really special projects. These would be great to pimp up a sewing machine with. They are by Paper and Inks and are just £3.99.


KEYRING


If you are one of those lucky people with a sewing shed, this would be a great gift. I found these personalised keyrings by White House Farm Crafts for £3.99. You can have any name and age added.


PENCILS


I have added pencils to this list in previous years, but I can never find a pen or pencil so I have added them again this year. This set of 4 has some sew-inspirational quotes and all 4 are just £5 by Maple and Grace.


GIFT TAGS


If I were to receive a gift wrapped and labelled with one of these gift tags, I would be just as happy with the tag and would have to find a place to keep it. These vintage style gift tags with sewing machines, dress forms and other sewing bits on are £2.99 for 6 from Cush n Craft.


SCISSOR HOLDER


What a genius idea. This would look adorable on any sewing table. These scissor holders are decorated wooden cotton reels by Little Bun Design for £7.


ARTWORK


I love some sewing themed artwork above my sewing machine and I add something each year to this list. This year this print by Print Stall really caught my eye. There is something just so beautiful about a vintage machine isn't there? The colourful birds made this print stand out.


SEWING KITS


A sewing kit is a sure bet for someone who loves to sew. Living in Loveliness is run by the Kerrie who is the smiliest, most positive person you will meet. She is a fellow Craft Cotton blogger and I love following what she is up to. This year she has coordinated an amazing effort to supply PPE to the NHS during the worst of Covid times. Although her usual sewing retreats aren't on for now, she is has plenty of sewing kits on her website. This was just one that caught my eye and is £12.99.


ADVENT BOXES


OK, I couldn't have a list of sewing goodies and not sneak something in from me at The Fabric Squirrel. This is the third year I have put my Sewing Advent Boxes together and they are a sell out each year. You get to open 25 sewing themed gifts each day leading up to Christmas. Gifts will include all sorts from ribbons and buttons to fabric and sewing gadgets. You can see pictures with examples on the listing but only look if you don't want a spoiler! They are £50 but worth well over £70.


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