Five Gifts for the Fabric Lover

If you have a sewist in your life, the good thing is it that getting gifts for him or her will always be a no-brainer. He or she will always want more fabric! However, gifting fabric is tricky business — taste in prints is highly personal. Here are some gift ideas that are guaranteed to appeal to any fabric lover. If they don’t, just have them send the package on to me.

image from the Cotton Patch U.K.

Kaffe Fassett – Shot Cottons: A rainbow of half-yards or yards in the recipient’s favorite colors. Shot cottons are solids, only with different colored yarns used for the warp and weft, creating an almost iridescent effect. They are gorgeous, soft, and a little luxurious. Cotton Patch (U.K.) sells charm packs as well as by-the-meter. I haven’t found a U.S. location that sells fat quarter packs or half-yard packs though — let me know in the comments if you know of any. Shops that carry a wide selection: Glorious Color, Stitchin’ Post, Quilt Expressions, Purl Patchwork, Fabric.com, eQuilter. Spool Sewing has kits for gorgeous scarves using Kaffe Fasset shot cottons.

Liberty of London fabrics are universally loved, and since their most popular Tana Lawn runs $30-40 per yard, your average sewist can’t indulge in it too often. (Even if they do, they’d love to have more!) Purl Patchwork has my favorite prints. International Fabrics carries a wide variety of Liberty. You can also get it directly from the source.

Gift certificate from Spoonflower: Who wouldn’t like to have a go at designing their own fabric?

Rotary Cutter Blades – Your favorite sewist is likely to already own a 45mm rotary cutter by at least one of three manufacturers: Olfa, Fiskars, or Clover. One can never have enough rotary cutter blades. If you can do some detective work and find out which one, a five-blade replacement pack makes a greatly appreciated stocking stuffer. (Maybe the brands are compatible with one another — does anyone know?) Available from major craft chain stores.

More Fabric Savvy: A Quick Resource Guide to Selecting and Sewing Fabric Completely Revised and Updated: This book takes nearly every fabric imaginable and tells you how to sew with it, from recommended projects to needle and thread type, stitch length, seam considerations, and washing. Indispensable for garment sewists and a great reference for anyone who works with fabric. Rivaled only by Claire Schaffer’s Fabric Sewing Guide, which has a new edition coming out soon.

9 Comments

  1. mj says:

    I don’t know about other brands, but I’ve definitely used 45 mm olfa blades in my clover cutter.

  2. Baba says:

    I know it’s sad, but I don’t own my own rotary cutter yet! I am always borrowing my daughters. It’s terrible I know.

  3. Lisa Marie says:

    This is an excellent post! I am forwarding it to my husband ;)

  4. Hang Jones says:

    I am the husband, just tell me where to put in my credit card number!

  5. Lisa Marie says:

    He doesn’t read, just like he doesn’t listen. haha crazy man.

  6. Karen says:

    I’m a fabric lover!!

  7. Thankyou ! Now I can replace my blunt Clover blade ! And then buy more fabric ! Your site always gives me loads of ideas .

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  9. Pssst–people say you can get the Kaffe shot cotton fat quarter packs at Quilt Arts? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/philistinemade/3396023187) BUT that website seems to have been down a long time now. I just emailed Purl asking if they would make up a bundle for me, but if they won’t I’m TOTALLY getting these from the UK…I am in LURVE! <3