Tried and true tools for the seamstress, cosplayer or crafty person in your life. Makes great stocking stuffers. All items have been tested in a working craft environment for at least a year. I am not a paid spokesperson for any of these items. I just want to share my favorite tools with fellow crafters and hopefully provide gift inspiration for the creative person who has everything! All items are under $22!
Holiday Gift Guide for Crafty Folks Under $22:
1. Precision Glue Gun – $12. This is one of my favorite tools. This has a smaller more precise tip for controlling hot glue, stands up on its own and only drips when plugged-in for long periods of time. It also takes high or multi temperature size “mini” glue sticks. https://amzn.to/36uJOA8
2. Havel’s Ultra Pro Seam Ripper – $10.
This is the ultimate seam ripper. It is my go-to seam ripper for a number of years. You need to be careful as it can cut fabric as it rips through thread quickly and easily. This is the one sewing tool that I can’t live without. https://amzn.to/2JklSqK
3. Teflon Heat-Resistant Mats 3 for $7
This is such a versatile mat for sewing, ironing and hot glue-gunning. Did you know that hot glue doesn’t stick to these mats? It makes hot glue clean up a breeze! These also are great for anyone who uses Heat Transfer Vinyl or irons sticky fabric (like iron-on stabilizer). The mats are also waterproof to protect sensitive fabrics while ironing. https://amzn.to/36rdU7G
4. Sewing Clips in Tin Box – $9
These were given to me by a dear friend and now I use them for everything! Perfect for when a pin would leave a hole in the fabric and fantastic for holding your hems or when attaching binding. I adore the cute tin storage box too. https://amzn.to/2KPNnbQ
5. 1/4 Inch Wash Away Tape (4 Pack) – $9
Ever wish you had extra hands to hold things? This is it! This tape is like a two-sided sticker to help hold fabric together before you sew. It works wonders for hems and the tape dissolves in water so you don’t have to worry with removing it afterwards. It’s also fine to sew through and works great to hold appliques and hems. I use this tape all the time to hold my zippers in the right spot as I sew them down- no need for basting anymore! https://amzn.to/3fYoRRm
6. Curved Embroidery Scissors by Ginger – $22
These are my favorite small scissors. The sharp narrow point is perfect for clipping seams and the curved blade is helpful for cutting around appliques. The scissors excel at cutting threads from your embroidery machine or for when you need a close thread trim after sewing. https://amzn.to/37oFaTD
7. Cut Resistant Gloves 4 pack for $10
If you are doing a project that requires cutting with a rotary cutter or an exposed blade like an exacto knife, you need these gloves! They have saved my hands from countless cuts, scratches and knicks from my rotary blade cutter. These would be great for anyone who might be new to rotary blade cutting. I have been able to cut through these with really sharp scissors but you have to really want to cut them on purpose! https://amzn.to/3lweaXr
8. Bias Tape Maker Kit – $13
Easily create your own bias tape with whatever fabric you like. This kit is designed for use with fabrics the same weight/thickness as quilting cottons. Cut strips to size and iron down after running the fabric through the metal guide. This is very handy with my mask making pattern. I was grateful to have this kit when craft stores were sold out of the pre-made bias tape during the pandemic. https://amzn.to/2HXJ1yj
9. Sewing Pin Magnetic Dish $16
Lifesaver for those who sew. Makes grabbing pins a breeze and a great way to find missing pins on your floor. I use this Singer featherweight version for pins and screws when doing maintenance on my antique sewing machines. I also have this version from Amazon: https://amzn.to/3lsoJuz
10. A Good Staple Gun – $22
Every girl needs a good staple gun. It’s been a versatile tool this year. I’ve used it attach a painted canvas to a wood frame, recover various furniture and used to attach chicken wire to a fence to keep the dog in the yard. https://amzn.to/2Jy0DBl
Happiest of holidays and cheers to a crafty new year!