Are You a Selfish or Giving Sewist?

Making gifts, or my lack of natural inclination to do so, has been on my mind a lot lately. In July we produced Stitch Modern Holiday magazine and in August we created a DIY Holiday special issue that offers easy gifts to make from a wide range of crafts from sewing and quilting to crochet and knitting and more.


The gifted Betz White's
new book, Present Perfect.

 

Also included in the DIY Holiday issue is an excerpt from Betz White's new book, Present Perfect. If you haven't seen the book, you must. It's filled with adorable gift projects just in time for the holidays, even for the reluctant gift-maker.

I've been a huge fan of Betz White going back to her first book, and I see her as one of the early modern sewing pioneers. She really led the charge on making sewing appealing to the beginner, in terms of creating simply pretty projects. And this latest book is a winner.

I have to confess that at heart I am a selfish sewist, and I really like to make things (ahem, garments) for myself.  But I do love to make a good gift, and once I find one, I will latch onto it and everyone gets one. It's a sure way to win points with friends and family!

If you are looking for a book that will give you plenty of gifts ideas, not just for now, but year-round, check out Present Perfect on sale in the Sew Daily Shop.

What about you? Do you prefer to sew for yourself or others? Be honest! I would love to know!

Happy stitching!

 

 

 

 

 

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Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and SewDaily.com. She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and SewDaily.com. She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.

14 thoughts on “Are You a Selfish or Giving Sewist?

  1. I’d say I was about a 50-50 sewer….50% for others and 50% for myself. I love to make gifts! I get just as much out of sewing for others as I do for myself. It’s a win-win either way. 🙂

  2. It is very rare that I sew for myself. I sew for terminally ill patients, cancer children, family, friends. I occasionally will sew for income. Friends donate scraps of fabric for my charity work as I don’t work as the circle is very big. It is such a gift to be able to sit at my sewing machine. I have been sewing for almost 55 years and for all of that time, it has been like this. Sewing is a gift for sure.

  3. I’d say I’m about 50/50. I got into sewing after realizing there was nothing about me that was a standard size, and if I wanted things to fit, I had to make them myself. That said, I often sew for others. Alterations on wedding dresses is my standard wedding gift for people that are dear to me, as are modest formal dresses for prom and such. Broken zippers and split seams come to me from our church missionaries serving in the area, and I’m happy to do all that. And I’ve made plenty of quilts and baby nightgowns and useful things, and that is usually how I serve. But, I LOVE to take fine fabric, a classic pattern, and couture techniques and make something classy for myself. Or, some plain denim and make a pair of jeans that actually fit!!!!

  4. I love to make quilts but I always give them away., However I have just finished one and after it has been in a local exhibition I intend to keep this one for myself.
    Anita Heerwagen

  5. I am a costumer by trade, but as I have become more financially secure, I usually donate my services to schools and community groups. I get a great deal of pleasure out of this, both the creating and the giving, so I would say that, in my case, sewing for others is also sewing for myself. I love to make baby quilts and other baby items for friends children (and now grandchildren.) I make garments for my daughter because she is easy to fit and my dress form is sized for her. I occasionally create something for myself – but only when I just can’t find what I want anywhere else.

  6. I am a giver. Most of the items I sew are for my children and family. I have found the answer to children’s birthday parties… I make something, a pair of shorts with a monogram, a skirt or a bag. Now my daughter is sewing too to give to her friends. When I do sew for myself it is lots of fun but always gets put aside when gifts are needed. It gives me great joy to give and can restore my equilibrium when life gets rough as it often does. The love that goes into a hand made gift is something very important and I get great feedback from the parents and sometimes their children. It buoys me up.

  7. I don’t think I’ve ever made myself anything, sewing mostly for my children and others. I sort of need a part-time job and thought I would start an Etsy shop but the few things I’ve made, I’ve given to my daughters. It’s a satisfying feeling to see them in something homemade.

  8. I don’t think I’ve ever made myself anything, sewing mostly for my children and others. I sort of need a part-time job and thought I would start an Etsy shop but the few things I’ve made, I’ve given to my daughters. It’s a satisfying feeling to see them in something homemade.

  9. I do a lot of sewing for my daughter, plus some things for her friends and a few charities. However, when it comes to making gifts for others, the selfish does come out a bit. It’s always “one for them and one for me.” If I like the gift item enough to make it for someone else, I always want one, too. Takes a lot longer to get all the Christmas sewing done, though… 😉

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