I've been sewing a long time and I've received lots of wonderful birthday and Christmas presents. I've also received a lot of crummy ones (cheap sewing kits, anyone?). So I thought it would be fun to share with you some of my favorite gifts... ideas for what you can give your sewing buddies. Or maybe something for you to share with others so they know what to get you, wink wink!
And there should be something here for any budget. Let's start at number 10...
#10 A professional seam ripper. Don't be afraid of it... just gift it! This inexpensive little tool makes me a better sewer because I don't hesitate to rip out my mistakes - it takes almost no time at all!
#8 A Quilter's subscription box - another gift that keeps on giving for as many months as you choose. I love the Sew Sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop.
#7 The Scrappy Project Planner by Lori Holt. I got this a month ago and I use it every day!
#6 A high quality iron. I've tried lots of different ones, and the Velocity 200IR from Reliable is my favorite.
#5 A sweet new ruler. Newsflash to the non-sewist: these things wear out. Treat your favorite sewing friend with a beautiful new ruler. The Olfa frosted variety is my favorite. Any size is a welcome gift, especially 6''x12'' or 6''x24''.
#4 Rotary blades! These babies are like gold. Hint: find out what size rotary cutter your friend uses most, and get her or him a multi-pack of refills. Olfa brand is my favorite here as well.
#3 The Accuquilt Go Cutter. If your sewing bestie is a quilter, this is an indulgence that many only dream of. So make her dreams come true! I love mine.
#1 More time to sew! The best gifts are often free so if you don't have a lot to spend, volunteer your time instead. Offer to take her kids on a Saturday morning or assume one of her other tasks so she can spend time sewing. Do you sew? Ask her for her pile of mending and do it for her - that's a true best friend!
Now... which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments... If you have more suggestions for the best gifts to give a sewist tell us those too.