Okay seamstresses, help me out. I’ve always been a believer in not buying an artist (or any hobbyist) supplies for her work. Because, come on, she could do a lot better picking out those things for herself. That said, I do think there are some options that don’t really involve supplies and would really make a girl happy. What do you think of these?

Idea #1

goat leather thiball A couple things from this list from The Purl Bee, like maybe the goat leather thimble or glasshead pins or custom tags.

Idea #2

vintage buttonsvintage trimsA bagful of vintage buttons or a few fun vintage trims (photos via inside a black apple and inchmark). Or maybe just a big card of buttons like this one from here.

Idea #3
pin cushions

A pin cushion. Like this handmade one or this awesome but out-of-my-price-range ring (found via here). (See my pin cushion roundup for more.)

Idea #4
weekend-sewing-book for seamstress

A fun book. Like Weekend Sewing or The Gentle Art of Domesticity or Button it up. Or really anything reviewed at The Purl Bee.

Idea #5

tickets gift for the seamstress

Tickets to some kind of craft or clothing show (check out a few that might be in your area here).

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Anna October 13, 2009 at 9:57 am

I think the book would be great, or the tickets would be fun too! These are great ideas. I love the Purl Soho stuff!


rosamaria October 13, 2009 at 11:16 am

those books can make me happy!!!


Sherry Cartwright October 13, 2009 at 11:48 am

Another idea might be custom labels [y'know, the made with love by, created by, sew lovely by type] or a gift certificate to have them made.


Tilt October 13, 2009 at 1:19 pm

I was going to say #2 was the best…but then I kept scrolling…they are all good – with a book – keeping it new may help avoid duplicating one they already have.


Tania October 13, 2009 at 8:29 pm

I am no seamstress but would be bowled over by any of these gifts! Thanks to the link for the craft site, good stuff :)


Kallie October 14, 2009 at 4:08 am

I really like the bag of Vintage Buttons/Trim, especially if you highlight a few of the ones you think your friend would really like! Good luck.


AmberLee October 14, 2009 at 8:54 am

Thank you, ladies! I totally needed the input and knew you’d come through for me. I have a few seamstress friends who will be thanking you.


Kevin November 27, 2009 at 10:31 pm

“would really make a girl happy.”

what about us boys that sew? :-P

The vintage button idea is the best idea! I have made entire pieces with just starting with a cool button and designing something around it.


Melissa Hess May 28, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Enjoy your blog page……great gift ideas!!!!!!!


Melissa Hess May 28, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Enjoy your blog……..great gift ideas~!~


Sue October 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

#’s 1, 2, and 5 are the absolute best. The others are really good too. My fave is number 2. I love those buttons.


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