Sharp Gift Ideas for a Seamstress on Her Birthday

Know a sewist? I’ve got a great list of birthday gift ideas for a seamstress to help you get on her good side. 🙂

Hallelujah and happy birthday!

Believe me. This comes from a girl who knows.

I’ve got a large family with a crew of sew-happy women, myself included. So I can vouch for every gift on this list.

In fact, I already have a bunch of these. And the ones I don’t have, I neeeeeed.

So trust me. These are great gift ideas for a seamstress in your life.

Ready? Let’s go!

gift ideas for a seamstress banner

Birthday Gift Ideas for a Seamstress

1. Custom Fabric

This would be one of the most amazing birthday gift ideas for a seamstress, and totally unique. You can upload a family picture, a drawing, a favorite quote, a secret recipe, whatever you want.

My sister made her children’s drawings into quilt squares (I would love that!). You can also order a swatch or big-time yardage of your own pattern.

Talk about a gift your sew-happy friend won’t soon forget!

2. Measuring Tape Bracelets

Love this idea! You can find classy tape measure bracelets on Amazon or cute handmade ones on Etsy, all for decent prices too.

Just remember to keep in mind the recipient’s idea of style. You can get bracelets, earrings, necklaces, and the whole gamut of measuring tape jewelry over at Etsy. I like their variety of artistic styles.

3. Handmade Needle Book

My mom gave me one of these, and I LOVE it! It came stocked with every kind of needle you could imagine – beading, darning, sharps, upholstery. If you’re looking for birthday gift ideas for a seamstress, this idea is phenomenal.

Etsy will be your best friend on this one. You can get patterns to make them yourself or buy a beautiful needle book already made. 

Consider buying a variety pack of needles or some sharps to go with her book. It tops off the gift.

4. Cute New Patterns

Buy her a couple of fun new projects… because obviously, she doesn’t have enough already stashed sky high in her craft room, right?? 😉

Seriously though, sewing patterns give you *limitless* possibilities – from stuffed animals and dresses to hats and organization. And they make fabulous birthday gift ideas for a seamstress.

Some patterns come already paired with a supply kit! Love that.

Need It NOW?!?

Sewing patterns make a fantastic last-minute gift. If you’ve procrastinated and need something delivered asap, just buy the patterns or project books and have them sent directly to her email address as a digital birthday gift for her.

Instant delivery. Click! And done!

5. Travel Size Thread Caddy

This is incredibly handy. I know because I have one. And that’s why it’s on my list of great gift ideas for a seamstress. 😛

There’s a place for scissors, pins, notions, and it fits only about a bazillion spools of thread.

My threads used to get into a horribly tangled mess when I took sewing projects to my sister’s house. Now I can take nearly my whole thread collection without any of the loose strings getting knotted up. Yay!

I cannot tell you how many sewists have told me that they envy my little sewing caddy.

6. Something “Sew Cute” for Her Crafting Space

Every seamstress needs a bit of inspiration hanging on the wall, sitting on her chair, or in her hand as she sips on her cup of ambition.

Beautiful sewing machines and scissors, quilting quotes, “Keep Calm and Sew” quotes… have you seen all those cute sewing puns? They’re everywhere!

That’s because we seamstresses love them. And yes, we want them sitting right where we can see them as we work.

It’s a great item on the list of birthday gift ideas for a seamstress.

7. Sharpening Pincushions

As we seamstresses know, you can always use another pincushion. They are handy gifts that she’ll use ALL. THE. TIME.

Seamstresses can’t get enough of them!

No really. We always need more.

A sharpening pincushion is fabulous for knocking all those annoying burrs off her pins that snag her fabric.

You can find some super cute ones on Etsy or you can make them yourself!

There are tutorials all over the net like this one for “upcycled tincushions” and the following video from CraftingLuxury.

Going To DIY? Beware The Stuffing!

You’ll want to stuff your “sharpening” pincushions with steel wool or emery. And keep these cushions *small*. Emery and steel wool are for sharpening only. If she stores her pins in there, they will rust. 🙁 Sad story.

Walnut shells are great for pin storage, they give the cushion a nice weight, and they help keep your pins sharp, but they won’t “sharpen” your pins. With the walnut shells, bigger is better.

8. Gingher Pinking Shears and Cutting Tools

Gingher pinking shears, knife-edge shears, rotary cutters, self-healing mats – all of these make fantastic birthday gift ideas for a seamstress. All four would make a phenomenal gift set. (hint, hint. nudge, nudge.)

My husband made me snicker
when he said:
Gingher pinking shears?
What the heck is Gingher pinking?”

Why Gingher brand? A nice set of fabric scissors are priceless and Gingher scissors cut like a hot knife in butter. Mmmm.

Quick Side Note: In my world fabric scissors are sacred… but 3-year-olds couldn’t care less about “sacred”. So if this is a gift for a young mommy, tell her to hide them well. Or just buy a more economical brand like Singer.

9. Gingher Stork Embroidery Scissors

All by themselves, these will make a lovely birthday gift for her. Best. Seam ripper. Ever. These are the most exquisite, itty-bitty pair of scissors you ever did see!

The handles are actually gold plated and they’re shaped to look like a beautiful bird. They even come in a tiny leather sheath.

And in case you’re wondering they cut like a dream! Ahhhh, so satisfying.

10. Thread!

If there’s one thing a seamstress goes through, it’s thread. Thread, thread, and more thread. A handful of fun-colored threads are the perfect birthday gift for her sewing addiction.

Get a thread set (I like Gutermann threads) and package them up with the latest issue of Threads Magazine.

Or better yet, pair it with a…

11. Threads Magazine Subscription

Sewing magazines are full of handy tips, projects, and fun new ideas. She’ll get her monthly inspiration in the mailbox right next to her newest crafting coupons. Yay!!!

12. Pincushion Caddy

Yes, I know it’s another pincushion, but I was totally serious when I said we sewists can’t get enough of them. And this pincushion caddy would be soooooo handy.

When you’re pinning a project on the floor, it’s essential to have all your tools in one spot.

This pincushion does that. It’s easy to carry and easy to find amid the mess.

Add it to the fabulous birthday gift ideas for a seamstress list if she’s the type that likes sanity. 😉

13. Thread Catcher and Pincushion Kit

Annnnnd we’re back to the pincushion. But this one is amazing!!!

It sits in the perfect position to stash the pins as you sew AND catch all those annoying yet ever-present pieces of thread that appear when you have to cut off the ends of all your seams.

Save her vacuum. Save her sanity.  Get her an all-in-one thread catcher and pincushion that stay right where she needs them.

14. Notions Organizer

Creative minds are rarely tidy. We need help in that arena. All our little notions need a home – buttons, snaps, hooks and eyes. Don’t forget about all the elastic, zippers, and bias tape we have floating around.

Yes, any crafting storage would be much appreciated!

15. Decorative Sewing Pins

Glass pins, hat pins, beaded pins, fancy headpins… these are not needs, but they sure are a lovely addition to your workspace.

I have a couple in my pincushion, and they are my favorites – the cherry on top of my sewing addiction. A fun, creative set will make a fabulous birthday gift for her.

Is there a sewing fanatic in your life? What do YOU think is the best gift for her?

I hope you found my list birthday gift ideas for a seamstress useful. There are so many gadgets nowadays, a trip to the craft store will yield a vast array of gifting options for the sewist on your list!

More Gift Ideas

Last Minute Birthday Gifts for Her
Romantic Birthday Gift for Her
Top Birthday Gifts for Mom

You are Here

Birthday Gift Ideas » Birthday Gifts for Her » Seamstress Gifts