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Sew a Gift this Christmas!

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Some of you might have noticed I didn’t write a blog post last Friday (my mom and my mother-in-law both joked that they worried I was ill and dying…fortunately, this was not the case!).  You guys must have some big Christmas sewing plans because, last week in particular, I spent every day madly packing up your menswear sewing supplies so I could cart them to the post office as quickly as possible.  I simply didn’t have time to prepare a blog post!

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While in line at the post office I was wearing a red wool coat, a big white scarf and had a whole shopping cart of Christmas parcels.  The man in front of me said I looked just like Mrs. Claus!  I certainly felt like a Christmas elf at least!

With Christmas gift giving on my mind, I’ve gathered together a selection of sewing inspiration to give you an extra boost as you fill all the items on your Christmas gift list.

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Let’s start with this year’s gift ideas!  Usually I do a blog post about my ideas (see last year’s and one from a couple of years ago) but this year I was invited to chat with Rachel on the Canadian podcast MakerStyle.  We talked about my top five gifts to sew for men.  Be sure to check it out – there are a couple of ideas that wouldn’t take too long to assemble so you still have time to get into the DIY gift giving spirit!

And here is some more gift inspiration for you from the Thread Theory community!  Do you see anything your husband, boyfriend, brother, son, or friend would love for Christmas?

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These two gorgeous wintery blue Fairfield Button-ups would look great worn to Christmas dinner!  On the left is a Fairfield sewn by the proprietress of the German fabric shop, Brinarina.  You can find more photos of her Fairfield on Instagram.  The close up shot of the Fairfield on the right is from Anna who just shared this beautiful photo on her Instagram account (@grosgary).

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Comox Trunks make such a fun stocking stuffer…plus they are very quick to sew and are a great way to recycle t-shirts or use up fabric scraps!  I love the whimsical fabric that @adlesim used for the pair on the left.  If you don’t end up having time to sew the trunks, no need to worry! You could take a leaf out of Jenny’s book and wrap them up as an appealing kit…maybe along with the offer to teach your recipient to sew?  Jenny sells these bright kits and finished trunks in her glorious sewing shop, the Makehouse (in Victoria, B.C.).

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The Finlayson Sweater is always the first pattern that I recommend for gift giving.  It is pretty safe to just guess a size with this boxy design!  I absolutely adore the lengthened version that Jessica made at Handcraft Workshop.  On the right is an incredibly cozy looking quilted Finlayson made by @mllechouchou.

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The photo on the right was emailed to me by Matthew recently – he turned the Newcastle Cardigan into a classy jacket featuring herringbone cotton, bemberg lining and a lapped zipper!

And, to wrap up our show and tell, on the above left is a photo by @kristieinbc featuring her Thread Theory purchase beside a pretty basket of wintery pinecones.  This is how I like to wrap up your orders – they are sent as brown paper packages tied up in string!

The last thing I want to share today isn’t a menswear gift idea but, is instead, a heartwarming tale about a man learning to sew!  Every time I hear such a story, I feel inspired to continue with Thread Theory’s emphasis of sewing menswear.

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Christopher recently emailed me to share a link to a blog post detailing his new passion for sewing.  I HIGHLY recommend giving it a read…especially if you would like to find out how he wound up with such a gorgeous vintage Elna!


 

I really enjoy rounding up my favourites from the Thread Theory sewing community but I’m sure there are many other inspiring projects and stories out there that I’ve missed!  I have received a few requests lately to create a Facebook group for Thread Theory patterns.  I am relatively clueless when it comes to using Facebook but it seems as though this is a pretty easy and also common way to create a sewing themed discussion group or forum.  The purpose of the group would be to share your finished projects and to discuss ideas for our patterns amongst yourselves (topics could include fabric selection, modifications and questions about tricky sewing steps for instance).  Does this sound like something that would be useful to you?  From your experience, do you think Facebook is the best platform for this kind of community?  Or would you suggest a different sort of forum or community board?  I would love your input!

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Gift Guide for Sewers

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As you could probably tell by my last blog post, I am always brimming with gift ideas around this time of year!  I just LOVE giving themed gifts because of the thoughtfulness required to compile all of the elements to create the theme.  Any person opening a themed gift knows that their interests and personality have been on the gift giver’s mind as they assembled their selections.  And thinking about the people you love is what gift giving is all about!  Plus, themed gifts can be creatively wrapped to suit the theme – so much fun!…As you may have suspected, I was voted “most likely to become Martha Stewart” in high school…it was quite embarrassing.
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With my love of themed gifts in mind, here is a large selection of ‘sewing themed’ gifts.  If you are a sewer who has family members that are unfamiliar with the world of sewing, direct them here and tell them they are very welcome to ask me questions if they are not quite sure what to choose.  Anyone is welcome to email me (Morgan) at info@threadtheory.ca!

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We also have digital Gift Cards in our shop!  You can have them emailed to yourself so that you can print them out and put them in a nice card under the Christmas Tree or you can have them emailed directly to a long distance sewing friend.

 


 

Themed Sewing Gift Ideas for 2015:

Under $25.00

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The PDF Collection

Print these patterns off yourself (using our tutorial) or have your local print shop do it for you.  Roll the assembled patterns up and festoon them with ribbon to create an enticing package under the Christmas Tree.  Your favorite sewer will be delighted to skip assembly and get straight to sewing!

Cost of Gift: $22.00 (and no shipping fees!)

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The Perfect Tote

Teach a friend or significant other to sew by giving them the Carry-All Bag Making Kit and the promise of a fun evening spent together during which they will finally learn to sew!

Cost of Gift: $17.00

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Inspiration to Create

If the person in your life prefers complete free reign when choosing their next project, encourage them to create without getting too specific!  Sewers, knitters and embroiderers would all love to receive this pretty little gift package:

Cost of Gift: $23.50

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Custom Trousers

Give the promise of perfect trousers by presenting all the notions and the pattern along with the promise of a trip to the fabric shop.

Cost of Gift: $23.95

Under $30.00

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Underwear  Sewing Session

This could be a fun gift for a significant other who doesn’t share your passion for sewing but enjoys the results of your efforts.  Invite them into your sewing space for an evening of sewing undies (they don’t necessarily need to do any actual sewing)!  You could even add a bottle of wine or beer to this gift to enjoy together.  You might like to remind them that sewing in the nude makes the fitting process much more convenient…

Cost of Gift: $28.00 + your booze budget 😉

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Holiday Relaxation

Encourage relaxation during the holiday by giving a book to peruse by the fire along with a set of needles that eliminate the need for clenched teeth and a magnifying glass (even after the Christmas Punch has been served).

Cost of Gift: $29.70

Under $50.00

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The Tools Every Sewer Needs

This gift is both beautiful and completely practical.  These would make an excellent addition to any sewer’s tool kit:

Cost of Gift: $45.75

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Bag Making Supplies Kit

If you are not really sure which patterns and tools your favorite sewer already owns, this kit is an excellent gift choice – it is like a goody bag of notions and materials that you wouldn’t find in most sewing shops!  The kit offers creative freedom with enough fabric and waterproofing wax to create any style of bag the recipient might like to make.  Plus, here’s a bonus – the gift is already wrapped!

Cost of Gift: $32.00

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The Luxury T-shirt

If you are a sewer and dream of creating a hand sewn gift for every person on your Christmas list, here is a way to save yourself some stress:  If you run out of sewing time in the lead up to Christmas, this t-shirt making kit is pretty enough to give unassembled with the promise of sewing it at a later date.

Cost of Gift ($45.00)

Under $75.00

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A Cozy Winter Knitting Project and Tools

This is a great themed gift for anyone who knits or is interested in learning to knit – just add knitting needles!  The pattern poster includes four patterns and this gift includes the supplies to make the beanie hat which is a cozy hat that could be worn by men or women.

Cost of Gift: $62.50

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The Intro to Thread Theory Gift Set

If the sewer you are giving gifts to loves indie pattern companies but hasn’t tried out our patterns yet, this is a great way to introduce them to our designs!

Cost of Gift: $67.50

Under $100.00

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The Luxe Wooden Tool Set

Imagine these stunning lathe-turned wooden sewing tools wrapped carefully in silk scarves (my favorite luxury wrapping paper – and if you buy them at the thrift shop, silk scarves are very cheap!) and tied up with a satin ribbon.  Such a unique and special gift!

Cost of Gift: $92.50

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Jewelry for Sewers

If your significant other covets sewing tools rather than diamond earrings, compromise by giving the sparkling sewing equivalent to jewelry this Christmas.  You could even thread the pretty brass thimble on a chain to be worn around the neck!

Cost of Gift: $96.65

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Menswear Fashion School

An excellent choice for a budding menswear enthusiast or fashion designer – introduce them to the elements of menswear with How to Tie a Tie.  After reading this during those relaxed, tree-side hours on Christmas Day they will be ready to delve into two of the very best textbooks on menswear fashion:

Cost of Gift: $96.90

Under $200.00

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Tailor’s Paradise

Challenge the sewer in your life to embark on one of the biggest and most satisfying sewing projects – a tailored double breasted coat!  We have all sorts of tips and tricks available in the Tailored Peacoat Series on our website.  Show your admiration for their skill and your belief in their ability to stitch!

Cost of Gift: $184.60

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For the Merchant & Mills Enthusiast

The most popular Merchant & Mills tools available in our shop along with the incredibly detailed and beautiful Merchant & Mills Sewing Book.

Cost of Gift: $172.10

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The Tissue Pattern Collection

Every single pattern in the Thread Theory Collection for under $150.00!  Give this to a sewer interested in making a menswear wardrobe or give it to the person you have big plans to sew for.  This pattern collection could keep someone clothed stylishly for a life time (plus, it includes one women’s pattern to sew for yourself or for someone special!).

Cost of Gift: $146.50

 

Do you have any sewing related gift ideas you would like to share?  Have you received such a gift in the past?  Please share!