Is there someone in your life who has expressed an interest in learning to sew? With the help of the awesome ladies who follow me on Facebook, I’ve created a list of gift ideas for sewing beginners.
Now as anyone who sews knows, there are hundreds of sewing notions, tools and accessories available. But the worst thing you could do for a new sewist is to overwhelm them with things they have no idea what they are or what they’re for.
The items on this list are the basics plus a few “nice to haves” that will get them started.
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As you’ll have perhaps realized, today’s topic is Gift Guides.
In addition to my Gift Ideas for Sewing Beginners, you’ll find lots of other gift giving inspiration for everyone on your list when you scroll down to the very bottom of the post.
Gift Ideas for Sewing Beginners
Choose one or more items from the list below to get your sewing beginner started on what could well become one of the most enjoyable and practical life skills they can acquire.
Or if you're wanting a larger gift, fill a sewing basket with items. But like I mentioned earlier, you don't want to overwhelm them with too many items all at once. You can always come back to this list for future gift ideas.
Sewing Storage Container
Since your sewist is just starting out, they're going to need a container of some sort to store their new sewing supplies in.
There are all kinds of fabric covered baskets in a variety of prints available. Most have a removable plastic tray in the top.
There are also solid wood fold out sewing bins or opaque plastic sewing boxes with a single tray in the top. In fact, I kept a wooden one and a plastic one for several years for sentimental reasons. But neither was very practical.
Once our children came along, the wooden one proved too enticing for little hands. There was no way of locking it and it was too big to easily store on a shelf.
The solid plastic one had a plastic tray in the top that helped to organize a few items but the bottom half was always a tangled mess to sort through.
What I think would be much more practical are these stacked clear plastic storage bins with adjustable compartments. The clear sides make it easy to see at a glance what's inside and the adjustable dividers would make it easy to keep things organized.
Bins & Things Storage Container with 30 Adjustable Compartments for Storing & Organizing Sewing Embroidery Accessories Threads Bobbins Beads Beauty Supplies Nail Polish Jewelry Arts & Crafts - Large
Stacked storage with adjustable compartments.
Trust me, nothing is more frustrating than trying to cut fabric with a dull pair of scissors or ones that aren't designed for cutting fabric. A pair of good quality scissors is essential!
You can't go wrong with a pair of Gingher dressmaking shears. They'll last a lifetime.
Gingher 8-Inch Knife Edge Dressmaker's Shears
These are the gold standard in dressmaking shears.
Heavy Duty Scissors
This falls under the category of nice to have. The Gingher's listed above will cut most clothing, quilting and home decor fabrics but if you think your beginner is going to quickly be moving on to cutting heavier materials, you might want to include this set of heavy duty tailor's scissors. In fact, I'm so impressed with the reviews that I've ordered a set for myself.
LIVINGO 2 Pack Premium Tailor Scissors Heavy Duty Multi-Purpose Titanium Coating Forged Stainless Steel Sewing Fabric Leather Dressmaking Softgrip Shears Professional Crafting (8.5+9.5INCH)
Heavy duty tailor scissors.
You may be tempted to think that since your sewist will be spending most of their time sewing by machine, that hand sewing needles are a thing of the past. Not so!
From hand basting to closing seams in lining; from sewing on buttons to adding decorative stitches, needles in a variety of sizes are a must in every sewing basket.
Dritz 158 Hand Needle Compact & Needle Threader for Crafting, Assorted Sizes (25-Count)
Dritz Hand Needle Compact with Needle Threader
Again, you may think of this as an old fashioned item that wouldn't get used. But just as with needles, these will come in handy for a variety of tasks.
I've listed the ones that I use on a regular basis.
CLOVER 614C Leather Coin Thimble
This leather coin thimble is perfect to pushing the needle through several layers of fabric or heavier fabric.
Clover 9615 I Sew for Fun Flexible Set Thimble, Purple and Blue 2
These go in the "nice to have" category.
One thimble is worn on the thumb and the other on the forefinger to make pulling needles through fabric much easier. Helps prevent fingers from getting sore.
Pins and Clips
Pins and clips to hold fabric pieces together to prep them for sewing.
Dritz 3004 Extra-Fine Glass Head Pins
The glass heads resist heat when pressing and the nickel plated steel resists rusting.
MumCraft Multipurpose Sewing Clips with Tin Box Package, Assorted Colors, Pack of 100
Mulitpurpose clips are so handy to have especially as there are fabrics that should never be pinned. They're also great for holding bulkier fabrics together.
This is a tool that even the most advanced sewist finds herself using. Your beginner will become well acquainted with theirs.
There are all kinds to choose from.
And as one of my Facebook followers put it, buy more than one because they have a habit of disappearing just when you need it.
Dritz Pry-638 Deluxe Seam Ripper, 7.8 x 2.9", Multicolor
An absolute must have sewing notion.
Sewing gauges are useful little tools for measuring hems and pleats, marking buttonholes placement and checking for accurate seam allowances.
Dritz 620 Gauge, Sewing
The classic metal sewing gauge.
Clover Supersize 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge
This 5-in-1 Sliding gauge has a few more features compared to the old standard. So while it's not essential, it sure is nice to have.
In order to get accurate measurements to determine sizing for clothing patterns, a cloth measuring tape is another sewing essential.
It's a good idea to buy one with inches and centimeters.
Beginner Sewing Books
There are all sorts of resources online available for beginners and advanced alike but having a physical book to browse through, mark up and make notes in the margins will stand any sewer in good stead.
New Complete Guide to Sewing: Step-by-Step Techniques for Making Clothes and Home Accessories
This is an updated version of an old classic.
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MarieNovember 13, 2019 5:18 pm
Great list for beginner sewers but I’ve been sewing for years and still found something on the list that I’d love! I need those sewing clips! Pinned 🙂
ErleneNovember 13, 2019 4:24 am
Great guide for the beginner sewer. I think I have everything on your list except for the clips. I may need to add those.
MariaNovember 12, 2019 11:02 pm
All these ideas are super cute and I adore sewing
Simply Inspired MealsNovember 12, 2019 10:02 am
Looks like a great list to get someone new to sewing up and running quickly.
JennyNovember 12, 2019 7:03 am
I don’t sew, but my mom does and these are some great gift ideas to get her, I don’t think she has sewing clips.
Pamela SmithNovember 11, 2019 8:57 pm
I am not much of a sewer, but my daughter is, and this list is perfect! Especially the seam ripper. Not that I would know!
BeverlyNovember 11, 2019 7:58 pm
These are all wonderful ideas for someone new to sewing! I don’t sew, but I could use a few of these things, too!
HeatherNovember 11, 2019 4:51 pm
Such a fun gift guide! I don’t sew, but as a scrapbooker, I would love one of those storage containers for all my embellishments!
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