Folkwear's 2021 Holiday Gift Guide

I can't quite believe that the holidays are upon us.  We have again this year, compiled a Folkwear Holiday Gift Guide, divided into "gifts to make for others" and "gifts for the sewist".  It is always fun to go through our patterns and sewing supplies and think about gifting them. 

This year, we also have a brand new pattern (out tomorrow) that is just perfect for this gift guide - Cynthia's Cookie Apron.  Read more about it below!

Gifts To Make For Others

First, this lovely apron, Cynthia's Cookie Apron, is a cross-back apron with buttons to make it adjustable.  It has several pockets for all the things you might need to hold onto while in the kitchen (or garden or workshop).  It is attractive and extremely practical.  Make one or several for your friends and family.  I made a similar one last year for my mother and husband and the both loved them.  My mother has asked me repeatedly to make more of them so she could give them to her friends. And this apron comes with a cookie recipe too! This pattern will be available tomorrow!  

Old-fashioned Oven Mitts.  This is our newest free pattern!  Make a set of oven mitts for the baker in your life.  You can make these with pre-quilted fabric for quick and easy gifting or quilt the mitts yourself (not hard!).  

Christmas oven mitts removing red pot from an oven.

146 Six Bags From Around the World.  This pattern has a set of easy and quick to sew bags that are practical and fun.  Many are also great to make as the gift wrapping too!  You can also get the patterns individually if you just want to make one or two to gift (Japanese Carpenter's Bag is nice; also the Thai Shoulder Sling).  The Japanese Carpenter Bag kit is great to make one to give or to give the kit as a gift.

Long blue bag embellished with sashiko hanging on a wooden wall.

305 A Japanese Interior.  This pattern has lots of options for making home goods such as cushions or a futon mat.  

Our other free patterns.  We have a great carry everything bag, a cravat pattern, and a kimono ornament.  These are all great little gifts to make and give!

 Older gentleman wearing a silk paisley cravat and a black and white plaid shirt


Gifts For The Sewist

For your crafty friends and family, this class on Mexican embroidery at ThreadWritten, using our 142 Old Mexico Dress (and embroidery) pattern is going to be so fun!  A really nice experiential gift that you could even do together!  

Sewing Tools.  We have a small set of really helpful sewing tools.  From buttonhole cutters to bias tape makers, these are small but critical tools great sewing.

Bundles.  We have several set of bundled patterns.  These bundles are perfect to gift someone who has interest in these areas.  You get a set of patterns at a discount and a nice little collection of similar patterns.  Gift the Edwardian Outfit Bundle or Maritime Bundle to a friend who's into vintage.  Or the Western wear bundle to a sewist who like costuming or western wear.  Or the Kid's Dress bundle to make the children in your life some really cute clothes.

Gift card.  We have several gift card options and these are great for a sewing friend or family member to get what they want in our shop!

And some of the favorite (for now) patterns of Folkwear staff - the ones they think would be great gifts.  

Esi's pick:  205 Gibson Girl Blouse.  A good base to make lots of fun blouses with many options for finishing (lace, collars, fabric, etc.).  And it would be a fun challenge.

close up of upper bodice of lace insertion on an off white Gibson Girl blouse


Victoria's pick: 250 Hollywood Pants.  I love the knickers pattern - looks cute and comfy!

Cynthia's pick: 216 Schoolmistress Shirtwaist and Skirt.  The skirt is so flattering, fun, and easy to make.  It would be great in so many fabrics any time of year.


My pick: 231 Big Sky Riding Skirt.  I made a pair of these (still sewing on buttonholes) and they are fun and flattering and a great (but not too big) sewing challenge.  I love the pattern!