14 embroidery supplies to buy as gifts
Looking for embroidery supplies to surprise your favourite person with? Here are the kits, embroidery tools and embroidery ideas we think make perfect gifts all year round.
Embroidery tools; sometimes they’re essential and… well, we always consider them essential, actually. Honestly, we don’t really need an excuse to stock up on fresh embroidery supplies, but we’ll happily take birthdays, holidays, and special occasions as a chance to purchase new embroidery accessories – whether they’re to stock up our own stitching stash or to surprise a favourite embroidery pal with. To give you an extra reason to treat yourself (or a friend!) to new hand embroidery supplies, we’ve got some top ideas for best stitching supplies to buy as gifts for embroiderers. From a cake-themed needle minder to gorgeous hand embroidery kits, we hope there is the perfect embroidery gift here for you to enjoy giving to your family and friends who love to stitch – or to keep for yourself (we won’t judge!)… Our selection of stitch kits, embroidery supplies and embroidery ideas cost between £5 and £60, so you can surprise a loved one with an embroidery gift without having to blow the budget.
Love to be inspired for gift ideas? Always on the lookout for unique gifts? Be sure to take a look at our best needle minders, and these amazing modern embroidery books, the perfect presents for any occasion. Looking for an embroidery Halloween treat? Try these spooky Halloween embroidery kits. If you or your recipient is new to embroidery, we have lots of help and advice available for free right here on Gathered, make sure to check out our guide to embroidery for beginners, and this handy embroidery stitches key – we'll show you how to embroider!
14 gorgeous embroidery supplies to buy as gifts
Teatime treats needle minder
This cake-themed needle minder is so sweet and is our top choice for gifts for embroiders! It measures less than 1.5 inches and is sculpted using polymer clay. These tiny treats are so realistic it is hard to believe they are not edible. The needle minder comes in two parts, so it can be attached to your fabric, and the needle can be rested on the top where the magnet inside will keep it securely in place. So adorable and so useful! If you want more needle minder inspiration we have a whole countdown of our favourites: best needle minders.
Mini embroidery hoop brooch kit
Another adorable mini gift for embroiderers! We promise this guide will not purely feature tiny embroidery gifts - but who could resist this sweet little embroidery hoop! This kit from SewCrossHandmade features a birchwood 1.5-inch embroidery hoop complete with a wooden hoop frame, middle insert, backing plate, screw, bolts and brooch back. Add in your own fabric and mini embroidered design to craft a wearable artwork on a tiny scale but with massive appeal!
Every embroidered needs some storage for their kit, otherwise, we just know it'll get messy, and there's nothing worse than untangling a ball of embroidery floss. This gorgeous tote bag is just that, it contains multiple compartments, plus a beginner embroidery set. So it would be suitable for both those who have a kit already and want to top up their stash and those who are completely brand new!
Find the embroidery storage bag on Amazon
Embroidered pendant necklace kit
With the look and size of an old-fashioned cameo, this DIY embroidered necklace kit comes in a choice of six different designs for you to stitch, assemble and wear, all based on flowers or potentially our fave – a sweet pair of mushrooms! The kit comes with the thread, fabrics and the mount you need, as well as a plastic embroidery hoop and a chain to go with your embroidered cameo. If you're going to gift any of these products make sure you check out our how to do furoshiki wrapping and our suminagashi gift wrap tutorial to wrap them up prettily!
Flamingo embroidery scissors
We adore the classic stork embroidery scissors - they are timeless and lovely. But what if you want some bird-themed snippers that are a bit more modern? Step right up for a pair of pink flamingo embroidery scissors from HawthornHandmade! Even if flamingos aren't your thing, take a look at the store as they also have owls, sheep, and classic stork scissors in a whole host of bright neon shades! If you want more scissor inspiration, we've created a round-up of our favourite embroidery scissors available.
It's the classic gift for a newbie to stitching, it contains everything they'll need to get stitching straight away and at a really reasonable cost too! The kit contains 207 pcs from hoops to thread to water-soluble pens and everything in between. This kit has some top reviews, so we're sure it will go down a treat with whichever lucky person you are gifting it to.
Find the embroidery kit on Amazon
Embroidery hoop stand
We are all used to being hands-free when talking on our phones, right? So why do we keep holding our embroidery hoops when we are crafting? Using an embroidery hoop stand lets you have hands both under and above your work, which makes it much faster passing your stitches back and forth through the fabric – plus it helps to make each embroidery session a bit more mindful and committed as you set yourself up to stitch! Look for a stand that has an adjustable clamp that will work with hoops of different sizes – like this one from CraftyImaginationsUK.
Subscription to Love Embroidery magazine
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Personalised name embroidery kit
We could fill this list with gorgeous embroidery kits that we love, but this one really stands out for the crowd because it is personalised! LizzyV will adapt the design to any name you choose (well, up to 9 letters, so Rumpelstiltskin will just have to stick with coal this year). The personalised design is printed on the fabric, whit the threads needed to work the design also included in the kit. So cute and a brilliant gift for embroiderers of all levels.
Cat embroidered tote bag kit
If we upload a free pattern featuring cats on Gathered, we can pretty much guarantee it's going to be popular. (anyone for our Embroidery on clothes: cat pocket article? Take a look!) So we think this cat-themed embroidered tote bag kit would make a brilliant gift for embroiders too, whatever style they normally like to stitch. You can buy the kit, complete with test fabric, tote bag, threads, pattern and needle from StitchWithSkye.
Embroidery Stitches Step-by-Step by Lucinda Ganderton
One for those looking for a comprehensive guide to embroidery stitches, the book is a must-have for anyone serious about embroidery, it contains over 200 stitches (yes there really is that many) and a guide on how to do each one. For each stitch, you will find a step-by-step guide with photos to easily show you exactly how to stitch. Not only does this book help with stitches but also gives advice on what thread, needles or fabric will work with which stitches. This book is an invaluable tool for beginners, and full of ideas for the accomplished stitcher. If you want more embroidery book inspiration check our countdown of the best embroidery books available.
Find Embroidery Stitches on Amazon
Decorated embroidery hoops
It's good practice to cover your embroidery hoops to stop them from marking the fabric, but this gift for embroiderers makes a virtue out of that by pre-covering embroidery hoops with beautiful printed fabrics! We love this green willow pattern, but there are loads of different designs on offer so you can find the embroidery gift that your friend will love.
Baby scan embroidery hoop
What a wonderful and special idea this is. Get a custom hoop made with the expectant parents ultra sound scan stitched onto it. A keepsake to enjoy forever. This gift comes fully stitched and ready to display, we just know anyone who loves embroidery will fall in love with this idea.
Find the baby scan hoop on Etsy
Simple yet a must-have, needle threaders help with the most basic of tasks but they make a stitchers life so much easier, there's nothing worse than fussing around trying to thread a needle. A low-cost and thoughtful stocking stuffer.
Find the needle threaders on Etsy
We hope you have found the perfect gift to give. If you are starting your next embroidery project, or you want to share some free patterns with your friends and family, we have plenty available right here on Gathered. Try this cute buzzing bee embroidery, or try your hand at this octopus embroidery design, which contains some more challenging stitches to get stuck into. The bicycle embroidery pattern, or maybe this autumnal mushroom embroidery pattern are fab autumnal projects. If you’re looking for more of a challenge give this fun wildflower embroidery a go, to practice your stitches. Practice your straight stitch with the sun embroidery design.
Hannah has worked on Gathered for 2 years, since our launch in 2019. At school Hannah learned to knit collaborating on dorcas blankets – now she edits our knitting section. She inherited her love of stitching and embroidery from her talented grandmother, and her passion for thread led her to be Editor of The World of Cross Stitching for six years. Card making is a more recent passion, developing from her position as editor of Cross Stitch Card Shop. She loves using kinetic techniques to make cards that move – she was editor of Papercraft inspirations magazine for over four years, creating loads of card making video tutorials at www.youtube.com/PapercraftTV.