When someone has a crafty hobby, you can sometimes feel weird about giving what essentially amounts to supplies. After all, she might already have everything she possibly needs. But speaking from someone who sews, practical gifts can be thoughtful gifts. The key is to just give special versions of the things she might have, or things that she has been putting off buying. These gifts can go either way but are guaranteed to be appreciated by your favorite seamstress.
Our favorite gift idea? A gift certificate to Spoonflower, where you can design your own custom fabric. Visit Spoonflower for details.
Yes, a gift of scissors can be exciting. Gingher shears are the Ferrari of the scissor world. They cut through fabric with ease and hold up for decades. Some versions come in designer patterns, but we like the 8" classic dressmaker's shears.
To find Gingher scissors, visit Joann.
We're huge fans of Colette Patterns for their retro-cute (but simplified) designs. So their new book, which has inspiring ideas and easy-to-follow advice, is a natural choice for this list. You might want to buy two.
To find out more about the Colette Sewing Handbook, visit Colette Patterns.
Who needs plastic cards or clear bobbins when you can organize thread on these old-timey spools? This one definitely falls into the category of "always wanted, but never could justify the purchase." Simply adorable.
Get this set of Sajou Tiny Wood Bobbins from Purl Soho.
Another gift that exists in the category of "want it, but could never justify the purchase": Super-deluxe Sajou Retors du Nord thread. Though used primarily for lace-making, it's a joy to use for (hand) stitching. And the packaging is just too lovely, don't you think?
To learn more about Sajou Retors du Nord thread, visit Purl Soho.
Even non-sewers will love this whimsical box designed to look like an oversized button. It's got plenty of compartments inside for organizing thread, pins and tape of all kinds.
To buy the On The Button sewing box, visit ModCloth.
Replace her overworked pincushion with an upsized version of the classic tomato. Made of pink velvet, it's pretty and practical.
To find the Dritz Tomato Pincushion, visit CreateForLess.