Holiday Gift Guide // Gifts for makers, sewists and knitters // Closet Case Patterns
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Holiday Gift Guide: Gifts for Makers

One of my favourite posts to write every year is our holiday gift guide. I love treating myself to tools and books that make my sewing practice more enjoyable, and even better is sharing the things I think will make your creative life a little easier too. This year our holiday gift list includes a mix of high and low, and includes great stocking stuffers and perhaps that one special present that might induce full-blown happy sobbing (I’m looking at you Rowenta iron).


Holiday Gift Guide // Sewing Kits // Gifts for makers, sewists and knitters // Closet Case Patterns

I am officially calling 2017 the Year of the Kit. As the sewing and making movement takes off, more and more small businesses are creating awesome kits that make it easy and fun to try a new skill, or get everything you need for that special project in one pretty package.

  1. Desmond Backpack hardware kit, Taylor Tailor
  2. Skiff Beanie knitting kit, Brooklyn Tweed
  3. Kelly Anorak hardware kit, our shop
  4. Leather sandal making kit, Rachel Sees Snails Shoes
  5. Lace bra making kit, Emerald Erin
  6. DIY macrame kit, Nova Mercury Etsy Shop


Best Sewing Tools // Gifts for makers, sewists and knitters // Closet Case Patterns

All of these items are either indispensable in our studio or high on our wish list this year.

  1. Stock up your thread rack with this Gutermann thread box.
  2. The best pin cushion of all time, the magical, magnetic Zirkel.
  3. A pretty, sharp as heck seam ripper.
  4. Get more life out of your rotary blades with this blade sharpener.
  5. Flower head pins are our new favourite – easy to see and they lay nice and flat along your seams.
  6. The ultimate iron, we want to get this Rowenta steam generator iron for the studio.
  7. You’ll never fear buttonholes again with this pretty buttonhole cutter.


Holiday Gift Guide // Craft Books // Gifts for makers, sewists and knitters // Closet Case Patterns

  1. Macrame by Fanny Zedenius totally got me hooked on this new hobby.
  2. The Fashionpedia is a must-have reference for all you DIY designers out there.
  3. Get Slow Knitting for the thoughtful knitter in your life.
  4. I am lusting after the new book from Alabama Chanin, The Geometry of Hand-Sewing.
  5. The Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible looks super inspiring.
  6. The Get to Work Book is my favourite planner (I’m on my second one); use it to plan your sewing projects or just to organize your life.
  7. Sewing Happiness is my favourite sewing book in recent memory, beautifully written by Sanae Ishida and filled with simple, inspiring projects.

Hopefully Santa surprises you with something you’ll love and use all year long! What are your favourite sewing tools and books this year?

  • Mary

    That rotary blade sharpener is something I’d not seen before.
    For those wanting to avoid all shipping fees, pdf patterns and on-line courses are good gift options.

    • That’s a great point! I haven’t used this particular rotary blade sharpener but I’ve read it works much better than the manual ones, which I have tried and was disappointed by. We’ll have to get one in the studio and report back!

  • I did just buy the Rowenta (not exactly the same but very close to the one on amazon) and LOVE it – so nice to not have to keep refilling that water reservoir. This is also my second year using the Get to Work Book. I also love this – I’ve been using another Canadian brand for years (and still ordered one for this year because it’s good for tracking other things) but this work book is so useful. Happy Holidays Heather Lou 🙂 I wore my short Ebony yesterday (in a bamboo/cotton blend – rolled hem) and as I was putting it on, I was thinking, “I’m going to have to make a LOT more of these – I could live in it!” So thank you for all the great work you do 🙂

    • Thank you Kathleen for being our gold star commenter this year 🙂 I am definitely going to get that iron for 2018. We have a gravity feed and it’s been good to us but the cord is always getting in my way and driving me crazy. I’ve used the Rowenta before in workshops and it practically lifts off the fabric it makes so much steam! As for planners, I’ve tried quite a few and I just really like the page layout of the Get to Workbook. It’s really helped me stay organized since I started using it.

  • Heather Lou! I wanted to say a huge THANK YOU for introducing me to the Kai shears in last year’s gift guide. My brother gave them to me for my birthday (from my amazon wishlist, he’s not THAT clever) and they are incredible. So sharp and they cut all the way to the point! I got them for my mom for Christmas this year and she is also smitten.

    Look forward to hearing how the rotary blade sharpener performs, I’m curious.

    In case you need any more seamstress/maker gifts, I make wooden dressform necklaces and “maker” freestanding signs, sold in my etsy shop:

    Happy New Year!

    • So cute Samantha! Thanks for the suggestion!