Finding the right stocking stuffer for a quilter can be difficult. Especially, if you don’t sew. There are thousands of quilting notions on the market today. They all vary, based on the types of quilting. There are some basic gifts to give, that all quilters can use and enjoy.
Every quilter uses thread. It makes no difference if they are a traditional quilter or an art quilter. There are a lot of brands on the market. They come in every color imaginable. A good basic brand is Sulky. They also have metallic thread. King Tut is a variegated cotton thread. It is beautiful when used as a quilting thread. The Bottom Line by Libby Lehman is perfect for the bobbin. It is a lighter weight thread and comes in over 50 colors. Thread prices vary by brand, they start at about $5.00 and go up to $10.00 a spool. Cones cost even more.
You can never have too many scissors. I have 5 on hand at all times! Each pair has a different job. Around the Christmas holidays, fabric stores have scissor sets. They usually include 2 or more pairs of scissors. These are great deals, they are usually less expensive than buying the scissors separately. Add a scissor case or pouch. This gives your favorite quilter a place to keep and carry the scissors. Prices start at $15 and go up. Buy a good brand of scissors.
3. A Gift Card to a Fabric Store or e-store
Nothing makes a quilter’s knees turn to jelly, faster than the thought of going shopping. A gift card allows the quilter to pick out what they want. This is great for those who are totally clueless about shopping for quilt supplies. Every city has a fabric store. Some areas only have chain fabric/craft stores. If that is the case consider a gift card from a website. This allows the quilter to shop at a store specifically geared for quilters. Their fabric is better quality and their products are newer. Two I shop from are Keepsake Quilting and E-Quilter.
4. Sewing Machine Needles
Quilter’s go through needles like children go through M&Ms. There are lots of different needles on the market. The type you use is based on the fabrics you are sewing and the project you are working on. There are some needles everyone uses. Universal needles are perfect for basic sewing and piecing. There are also needles made for quilting and embroidery. Prices start at about $5 for a package.
5. Magazine subscription
Magazine’s are always the first thing to go when money is tight. If you know your quilter enjoys reading the current magazine’s, then give them a subscription for Christmas. There are several really good titles. Quilter’s Newsletter, McCall’s Quilting, and Quiltmaker are just a few popular titles.
6. Rotary cutter or new blades
Rotary cutters are similar to pizza cutter’s. They are very sharp. Quilter’s use them to cut fabric. These make great gifts. They come in various sizes. Some even have pinking blades. When buying these, buy the cutter and an extra package of blades. Prices start at $15 for a basic model. If you are not sure of what kind to buy, Olfa and Fiskars are both good brands. If you are looking for something less expensive, consider a case to carry the rotary cutter ($8).
Rulers come in all sizes and shapes. I like the rulers with a lip. It is easier for them to stay in place. Square rulers that show angles, as well are good choices. If the variety of rulers scare you, try the ruler gripper ($7 and up). This little gadget acts as a handle to make holding the ruler in place easier. Another idea is a ruler rack ($15). This gives the quilter a place to keep all of their rulers.
8. Nested Hexagon Template Set
These are acrylic templates that allow you to mark and cut fabric easily. The set has 4 sizes. They also have sets with other shapes, such as circles and triangles. They cost about $17.00. The great thing is they allow for consistent cutting.
9. Quilting Gloves
These gloves are used to help grip the fabric as you machine quilt. They come in sizes and are very inexpensive. The prices start at $3 and go up. There are as many brands as there are quilters! These are a perfect gift for any machine quilter.
10. Charm Pack
No stocking is stuffed until fabric is included. A charm pack is a collection of small squares in different fabrics. They are usually 5×5 inch squares, but they can be rectangles as well. Some fabric packs will tell you there are some duplicates. These are surprisingly inexpensive. They start at $7 and go up from there. This is a great way to get fabrics from a single collection.
I hope this has made it easier to find a gift for the quilter in your life. These 10 ideas will make any quilter happy to open their stocking.