Do you love a quilter? Are you looking for gift ideas? Maybe it’s gift swap time in your quilt group and you need some fresh ideas. I’ve compiled a list of gifts that quilters will go absolutely crazy for!
These gifts are guaranteed to be winners!
Quilting is a passion that stitches it’s way into nearly every part of our lives.
A dedicated quilter’s mind never wanders far from quilting, right? You may be at a baseball game or walking through the grocery aisle and contemplating quilt layout ideas and before you know it, you need to find a scratch piece of paper because you just HAVE to write this down before you forget it… I find myself doing this all the time.
If you see a quilter staring out into a field of flowers, there is a 55% chance she is contemplating and planning a quilt with the inspiration she just gained from the coloring in the flower blooms. – ask anyone. It is true. Inspiration comes from everywhere.
Let’s get to the gifts quilters will go absolutely crazy for!
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There is nothing like sitting around, doing your favorite thing while wearing your favorite thing. Any super fans out there? Success by complete emersion, right? That’s my theory.
When I found Maker Valley… I wanted to buy absolutely everything they have. Just look at these shirts! I would wear these every day. No questions asked or explanation needed. Maker Valley has been making quilting-themed apparel (there is even a few sweatshirts!) for a couple of years now. They often come out with new sewing/quilting/knitting designs, so you’re sure to find something directly tied to your personality and style. You can buy these (and TONS more designs by visiting their website)
Gifts You Can Make To Give
Sometimes the best gifts are the ones that come from your own heart and hands. I love to make things for other people and a completely customized gift is wonderful to receive!
Since so many of you are creatives, I would be crazy not to share a few goodies with you.
Here are a few links to projects you can make yourself!
This 5-minute Pin Cushion is created using things you already have around the house (or a quick trip to the dollar store). My favorite ones I’ve seen are from people who repurpose antique teacups that have been chipped or lost their pair. Creatives who re-purpose, for the win!
These next few ideas are tutorials that I detail out every single step in the process. And they’re all FREE tutorials. Bonus!
The zipper pouch is used absolutely everywhere in my house. I love it! I highly suggest giving it a try, even if you’re a beginner. The step by step tutorial will help you along the way.
Side note: I use the Perfect (easy!) Catch-All Fabric bin as a thread catcher. It’s brilliant and I love having something pretty and useful next to me while I’m working! It is a great way to use up fabric scraps and has so many opportunities for making it your own!
Cliche, I know… don’t stop reading yet. Just give me just a moment to show you these… I promise you’re going to love them!
This sterling silver spool of thread with needle and scissors charm set is so sweet. Quilting and sewing can always be close to your heart! For $32 you can find these quality charms as a set here at Charmed Collections. I’m smitten over all of their sewing-themed necklaces.
There are countless options on Etsy. I always love to support fellow crafters when I can. This needle ring is to die for. Oh, it makes me so happy!
Another fun itty bitty treasure that quilters can’t seem to resist are these tiny lapel pins. Several quilters out there have designed their own and some fabric companies as well for their loyal followers. I honestly have no idea what to do with them… but I love them. And I will continue to collect them until I die. (FYI, I apologize for the language on the other pins that show up on this particular Amazon listing)
The Pampered Quilter Collection
I know teachers may be tired of receiving (yet another) bottle of lotion, but I won’t ever tire of it. You know why? Because these hands are tired! Constantly working, constantly touching and gripping. I need something luxurious to bring them back from their dry and overworked state.
L’Occitane Lotion – I am a sucker for French products. Their beauty products outweigh the ones made in the US in my opinion, because of the quality standards and natural ingredients. This particular lotion is my go-to. It’s fancy but the price isn’t, you know? It’s completely reasonable and the quality is outstanding. It’s perfect for softening rough, or tired hands and feet and it does not feel greasy. A little goes a long way. I’ve bought multiple bottles and given them as gifts too. If you’re looking for something luxurious and useful, this is a great gift!
Don’t ask me why, but quilting/sewing and tea always go well together. Maybe the appreciation of time spent on a handmade gift is like appreciating the slow brewing of a good cup of tea? This is my favorite tea pot. Just look how pretty it is! I swear every time I use it, I feel like the queen. It’s the perfect size for two and it is safe for use on the stovetop. – also, its less than $15!
Speaking of tea… this book lovers cup of tea… It is amazing.
Depending on your quilter recipient, a box of these Organic & Natural Bath Bombs and the guarantee of 20 minutes alone might make his or her year! Spoiling yourself in a nice warm bath is not just for children! These are under $30 too!
Notions for the Sewing Room
A quilter always needs new toys (at least I know I do!). And its fun to use a special set of pins on a project and remember who gave them to you. It makes it extra special.
Throw a few of these into a cute gift box, put a bow on it and you are good to go!
Just to give a little more explanation on some of these…
- Wonderclips are super heros in the sewing room. when you don’t want to use pins (because you’re tired of poking yourself or worry about other little hands in the middle of your work), but still hold everything together… these are my go-to.
- Quilter’s Pins – I really love the length of these pins. they are perfect for holding multiple layers of fabric.
- Patty Young Fancy/decorative Pins – These are practical and pretty! And honestly, just really fun to use.
- Rotary Cutters – My favorite is by fiskars. It was one of the first that I purchased and its stuck with me through thick and thin. A lot of other quilters prefer the Olfa brand. To each his own…
- A Hera marker is a handy tool used for making a crease on fabric – perfect for marking quilting lines without having to use writing instruments
- Seam ripper – Can you ever have too many? Personally, I would invest in an ergonomic one or one that is a little higher quality simply because… I don’t care how good of a quilter you are… you’re going to be spending time with your seam ripper. Make sure its a tool that doesn’t break, get dull or leave your hands crippled after working with.
- Thread snips – I love these tools! Always handy to have nearby your machine.
- Thread Cutter Ring – You and your hubby can have matching ones because they make them for cutting fishing line as well! I saw these guys at the Houston Quilt Show a few years ago and he had a swarm around his booth every time I walked by. It started in the fishing industry and made its way over to the crafting industry.
Absolutely a category of their own!
These are all the favorites that I have used and I can recommend. (note, there are some that I have used and do, NOT recommend. Not that my word is the law, but… over the years you learn every sewing rooms needs multiple pairs of scissors)
The Sew Sampler Box from Fat Quarter Shop
There are a few companies that offer the monthly subscription boxes out there. I personally have heard good things about all of them, but have only tried the sampler box from Fat Quarter Shop. So this is not a bash on the other companies! I just only give my opinion on things that I know and have used personally!
I hope that I have given you plenty of fun ideas to either beef up your own personal Christmas list or ideas to give your quilting BFF something they will LOVE and use. Hopefully I haven’t overwhelmed you or driven you crazy. If you’ve made it down this far… I guess I’m pretty safe 🙂 BUT in the event, you’re still not sure which gifts quilters will go absolutely crazy for… (really? because I just told you like, a ton of ideas!)
If you’re overwhelmed by the number of choices, or you’ve waited too long and time is running out… the ever saving gift card is here to your rescue!
You don’t have to make it impersonal or like you were unprepared with a gift. Just give it to your favorite quilter with a note that instructs them to spoil themselves on something they’ve been wanting in their craft room. Personally, I would be elated with these instructions!
You can get a gift certificate from your favorite local quilt shops or the larger chain stores as well.
If you have any other great suggestions, feel free to add them in the comments!