25 Creative Gift Ideas for your favorite person who loves to sew and quilt
Gift giving season is almost here again. How does that happen so fast? Well, if you are like me, you run out of ideas after trying to find the perfect Christmas present or Birthday gift year after year.
Obviously, I can’t help you with everybody, but I have gone in search of the most popular gifts for quilters and sewers that fit any budget.
Whether you need a last minute Christmas present for your spouse, a Birthday present for your Mom or a small teacher’s gift for someone who loves to sew, these ideas in this gift guide are for you!
As you will see, we have divided this list into four different categories:
Gift for Quilters under $10, under $50, under $100 and over $100 which will make it easier for you to quickly find what you need.
And, if you are in a hurry, we have selected for you what we feel is the most perfect gift idea in each budget category.
Our Top Picks for Best Quilter’s Gift
Best Gift Under $10:
Hedgehog Pin Cushion
This little guy will put a smile on anybody’s face and you can’t beat the price.
Best Gift Under $50:
Electric Fabric Cutter
Anybody who does a lot of sewing and cutting of fabric will be thrilled to get one of these tools. They save so much time not to mention hand cramps.
Best Gift Under $100:
Fat Quarter Fabrics of the Month
No question, anybody would be ecstatic to receive a box of fun, coordinated fabrics every month for an entire year.
Best Gift Over $100:
This is a two-part answer.
If you are buying a gift for someone who already has a high quality sewing machine, go for the Quilt Design Wall.
If, however, they do not have a sewing machine (or only have a beginner model), we recommend getting a heavy duty sewing machine first.
As you will see, some of these quilters gift ideas fall in more than one budget category.
Fabric, for instance, can be found regardless of how much money you have to spend, right? With a bigger budget, you can either get more or more expensive fabrics.
But, what should you get if you are not sure which sewing tools or supplies your gift recipient already has?
Opt for something more generic such as a gift card, a book or magazine or supplies that get used up such as pins, fabric or thread.
Gift Ideas Under $10
Fat Quarters Fabric
Can you really get quilters fabric for less than $10? Yes, absolutely you can. Here is a variety of fat quarter bundles that you can get with that budget.
Also, make sure and check the Coupon Page and the Clearance Sale Page at your favorite fabric store such as Joann’s where you may be able to score a great deal on more expensive fabric.
Sewing Tools and Notions
All quilters and sewers need the very basic supplies and they don’t have to cost a lot of money.
Taylor’s Chalk, for instance, can be purchased for around $6.
You can also get some cool gadgets for quilters such as a Magnetic Pincushion Wristband (super helpful!), Seam Rippers and Thread Cutter as well as a clear Quilting Ruler and Washable Fabric Markers.
Sewing and Quilting Clips
Just like pins and needles, you can’t ever have too many clips to hold your fabric pieces in place.
These are a lot quicker, safer and more convenient to use than regular, straight pins which tend to get lost and end up in someone’s foot.
This kit contains 100 clips and a cute tin box for easy storage.
One annoying thing about sewing is that pins always end up rolling all over the place and so you really need multiple pin cushions.
Fortunately, there are a lot of very inexpensive pin cushions available that even come in cute shapes like these hedgehogs.
Gift Cards are appropriate for every section of this guide because, of course, they can be purchased for just about any amount.
Three good gift card options for anybody that loves to sew would be Amazon, Etsy, Michael’s and Joann’s. Or better yet, buy one from your local sewing store, if you have one.
(Note: Etsy’s gift cards start at $25)
Gift Ideas Under $50
In addition to all of the gifts for quilters under $10 listed above, there are many other sewing and quilting supplies you can find if your budget is up to $50. These include:
Keeping all of those thread spools contained and untangled is easy with some simple thread storage systems.
I, personally, love this pretty wooden, spool rack which holds 86 spools of thread and rotates so you can easily reach the thread you need.
Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat
A good, quality rotary cutter and a self-healing cutting mat are absolutely essential tools for any sewing or quilting project and a good set will last for many years.
Note: Make sure the cutting mat is labeled “Self Healing” which last longer and resist the ridges from being sliced into.
They also come in All-In-One Sets which are perfect for beginners who don’t have any supplies yet.
Quilting Thread Sets
Quilting thread in a rainbow of colors is probably the one thing that is always an appropriate gift for quilters or sewers regardless of how many supplies they already have.
Each quilt requires many yards of thread to complete. Not only that, but most quilts are made up of many different colors of fabric so there is a need to a wide variety of colors and shades.
Obviously, with a bigger budget, you can buy a lot more quilting fabric.
Your local fabric stores always have a great seasonal selection of fabrics which you can purchase online or in person.
And don’t forget, quilters also need lots of batting and backing fabrics.
Iron and Ironing Mat
A good quality steam iron is essential for quilting. It’s impossible to cut the fabric straight if it is covered with wrinkles and creases.
In addition, a wool pressing mat will turn any level surface into an ironing board. They are also lightweight and portable.
High quality, heavy duty fabric scissors are undoubtably the most important tool in any sewing kit. A sharp pair of scissors is simply indispensable.
Electric Fabric Scissors
In addition to manual scissors, electric fabric scissors make a perfect gift idea for an avid, experienced quilter.
A good electric cutting tool saves tons of time cutting out all the different pieces of fabric.
Plus, they are not very expensive, ranging from $25 to around $50.
This video will show you how easy they are to use.
One of my favorite gift ideas for any crafter or maker is a kit. A quilting kit makes a great gift for a beginning who may not be ready to tackle something like a full sized bed quilt.
This American Flag Kit includes pre cut 100% cotton fabric pieces in a variety of beautifully selected reds, whites and blues.
There are thousands of different books available for sewing and quilting, in particular.
Pattern books are a great present for an experienced quilter and beginners would really appreciate How-To or Tutorial books.
This clear, rotating organizer features 9 removable canisters. It can hold all kinds of notions and bobbins, seam rippers, pins, needles, sewing machine parts and more.
This bin is super handy because you can see everything and don’t have to root around to find what you need.
Classes and Workshops
There are many options for online quilting and sewing classes. One of the most well-known is the Craftsy website which offers over 200 classes.
These can be purchased individually or you can give the gift of an annual all-access membership.
Note: Make sure and check your local fabric shops for classes and workshops. In my opinion, in-person classes are always preferable to online.
Quilting Magazine Subscription
As they say, a magazine subscription is the gift that keeps on giving. I still enjoy receiving magazines in the mail so I think this is a great, affordable gift for anybody who quilts and sews.
You have a few different options: American Patchwork and Quilting by Better Homes and Gardens, Quilting Arts Magazine and McCall’s Quilting
As mentioned, Gift Certificates or cards are a great gift option if you are not sure what supplies your quilter either already has or might need.
Also, they give the recipient to pick out exactly what they want.
Check out Amazon, Etsy, Michael’s and Joann’s and preferably a local sewing store, if you have one.
(Note: Etsy’s gift cards start at $25)
Gift Ideas Under $100
Large Quilting Kit
This, in my opinion, is the ultimate gift idea for all avid quilters …
a Fat Quarter Fabric of the Month Subscription!
Each month your gift recipient will receive “a perfectly curated box of fabrics to inspire your next project!”.
Each box contains 6 – 8 coordinating fat quarter quilting cotton fabrics, a total of 1 1/2 yards of fabric.
Any crafter or maker will tell you there is never enough storage and the same is true for sewing rooms.
Fabric and batting take up a lot of room and this 8 Drawer Storage Tower is a great solution. It features a sturdy steel frame, wooden top and easy pull fabric bins.
Gift Ideas Over $100
A high quality sewing machine is a must-have tool for any quilter and this heavy duty Singer 4452 fits the bill.
It features 110 Stitch Applications, Metal Frame, Built-In Needle Threader and Accessory Kit.
Sewing Machine Table
A sturdy sewing machine table is a necessity. They are the correct height to help prevent back and neck fatigue.
Also, a well designed table will incorporate storage for spools of threads, bobbins and scissors so they are easily reached while sewing.
Quilt Design Wall
Design walls allow you to lay out your design and rearrange the fabric pieces before sewing everything together.
Fabric Cutting System
AccuQuilt GO! Fabric Cutter allows quilters to cut fabrics as much as 90-percent faster than scissors or rotary cutting. A perfect gift for a seasoned, experienced quilter.
What does every quilter need?
As a very minimum someone who wants begin make quilts will need: Fabric, Batting, Thread, Needles, Pins, Scissors, Tape Measure. If you have just these basics, you can make a quilt.
From there, the next set of tools (to make things easier) would be a sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, seam ripper.
Any of these ideas are appropriate for not only Christmas or Holiday presents but they are perfect for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Birthdays, Teacher’s Gifts and any other giving occasion.
We hope this list of best gifts for quilters and sewers is helpful for you.
As we find more fun ideas, this gift guide will be updated so make sure and bookmark this page for future reference.
Happy Gift Giving!