It is the time of year when everyone looks at you with the blank stare, asking: what would you like for Christmas?
And you usually say something like: oh I don't need anything, world peace, or a car.
I have compiled a short list of things for you to give them something to buy.
LET THEM TREAT YOU! You know they are going to buy something so you may as well have some input!
Top of your list needs to be Classic Sewing Magazine. An brand new magazine dedicated to the sewist.
It has the best photography I have seen in a magazine in years. The projects are for all levels, beginner to expert.
If you subscribe as a Charter member, you will be entered in a contest to win a Destiny Sewing machine.
TRUST ME! This magazine is worth the $75 for 4 issues. It has a separate pattern packet and comes plastic wrapped.
Next on your list should be NOTIONS.
The consumable things you need to replace often such as marking pens,
Wash-A-Way Wonder Tape, glass head pins and iron safe plastic snaps.
This is the ONLY marking pen I recommend. It doesn't fade in humidity. I have never had the marks turn brown when ironing. If you have had that happen, you know what I mean. Those marks NEVER come out!
Glass head pins. Here are John James pins.
Dritz has them too but they are a finer shaft so they tend to bend.
Most of mine are the Dritz ones as I prefer the finer shaft
since I work with finer fabrics.
Wash-A-Way Wonder Tape. Well you know I love that stuff!
The Iron safe snaps are not only iron safe, they simply hold better.
The following notion is a bit pricier but ever so handy!
This is a magnetic pincushion with a rubber ring for bobbins.
I have several magnetic pin cushions but this one stays at the side of the machine for the pins as I am whipping them out as I sew. It is great because I am not a perfect tosser. The magnet saves my bad tosses.
Here you see the Dritz glass head pins, the blue and yellow heads.
Now if you want to make something special for a sewist friend, may I recommend a couple things?
I have an Ort bin on the other side of the sewing machine. This one was made by #tinkerellen on Instagram.
I think of Cheri when I use my bin and smile!
And for those quickest of quick projects, may I recommend Mini hoops by Sonia.
NOTE THE SIZE! The grid is 1" squares. I embellished the trees with French knots and added the year. I will add a ribbon hanger on each of them for gifts. Won't these look cute on a bottom of wine or bourbon?
If you have a little more time and energy, you could make a Bionic Gear Bag (BGB) or it's little companion,
the Baby Bionic Gear Bag.
I made my BabyBGB just a tad wider than the pattern called for to accommodate pens and pencils. These are winging their way to some special little ladies. Here are the ones for the other two sisters
Happy sewing, Friends! Yes, I ~am~ working on Christmas outfits for the Baby Grands. Hopefully I will get something sewn to show in the next couple days.
Smock on! maggieb!