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50 Absolutely Amazing Gift Ideas for Aspiring Fashion Designers

Today I’m sharing some Absolutely Amazing Gifts for Fashion Designers of the future. If you have a kid, tween or teen who adores Project Runway or Project Runway Jr, or who just loves style and fashion, here are some gifts for fashion designers that will help them learn more about fashion and design.

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The best Children’s Sewing Machines

An absolute essential for a fashion designer is a sewing machine. Here are the best kids sewing machines and the best sewing machine for beginners if your aspiring fashion designer is a tween or teen. 


Janome Sewing Machine 

This was the third sewing machine we bought my daughter…and the only one that actually works! She was young when she started sewing (7-years-old) and I kept getting tricked into buying cute sewing machines made especially for little kids. Please trust me and DO NOT waste your money on a kid sewing machine! This Janome is a smaller size than a full-size sewing machine so it works for younger kids and it ACTUALLY sews things. It also comes in really cute colors! I think this machine would work for kids about 7 years to 11 years. The only thing I don’t like about the Janome is that it doesn’t have a light…which makes it hard to sew in low-light conditions. If you have a child right on the brink of teens, I would definitely opt for a normal size machine like the one below.

Nex Sewing Machine This is not a sewing machine I have experience with, but it has a lot of amazing reviews. Some great features of note are: 12 different stitches, backstitch and lighting. 

Magicfly Mini Sewing Machine: This is a very small and compact machine that could be a great choice for a child’s sewing machine. It can run on plug or battery, has both a slow or fast mode, and has a light. It does not have a lot of stitch options however. 

Best Sewing Machine for Beginners tweens and teens

If you have a tween or teen, you’ll want to invest a little more upfront in a decent beginner’s sewing machine. If you have a good machine it is so much more fun to sew!

Brother XM2701 Sewing Machine

This basic sewing machine has everything beginning to intermediate seamstresses and fashion designers need. It has 27 different stitch styles and 6 specialty feet. It is the machine I had for 10 years and served me well!

Singer MX60 Sewing Machine This is another good basic sewing machine for beginners, but not quite as nice as the Brother one above. It has 6 stitch styles, backstitch but no light. 

Singer 4423 Heavy Duty Sewing Machine This is the #1 Best Selling sewing machine on Amazon. It has 23 built-in stitches and is a work horse…this will get the job done and last for years!

Sewing Kits to Gift Fashion Designers

Every seamstress needs to have the sewing basics at the ready…these sewing kits make a great fashion designer gift. 

Singer Sewing Basket: This basket has all of the sewing kit essentials and space to add other sewing items like fabric.  (It is also super cute!

Medium Sewing Kit: This is adorable and comes in six different fabrics. It contains 20 bobbin threads, scissors, buttons, measuring tape, needle threader, mini pin cushion, needles, seam ripper, pins, thimble, and marking pencil. So many essentials in a cute package.

Mini Sewing Kit: This measures 5.5” square and has 30 needles, 16 threads in different colors, 1 scissors, 1 thimble, 1 threader tool, 1 measuring ruler, everything neatly packaged ready for your use.

Fashion Designer Gifts The best Fabric Scissors

Scissors that are sharp enough to cut fabric make a huge difference in how easy and enjoyable it is to sew. Here are the best scissors to gift your future fashion designer. 

Singer 8.5” Sewing Scissors 

Singer Pro Series Bundle Set of three

Mini Sewing Scissors These are 3.6” so they are small! They might be a good choice for a younger fashion designer (under 9 years old). Just remember they are super sharp so they should still be supervised!

Sewing Extras Gifts for Fashion Designers

Wrist Pin Cushion

Not only are these made of adorable fabric, they are also so useful for holding pins!! Order a pack of straight pins to go with this gift!

Dress Mannequin 

This is a great thing for more advanced fashion designers who can use it to design their own patterns and drape outfits. As a bonus, they can use it in their room to style/layout their own clothes!

The Magic Pattern Book: Sew 6 patterns into 36 different looks! This will help beginning fashion designers understand how patterns work and how to adapt them to make new looks.

Fashion Gifts for younger Fashionistas

If you have a future fashion designer under the age of 13, here are some other great fashion designer gift ideas that they are sure to love! 

Crayola Virtual Design Pro Fashion

My daughter has this and it is SO much fun! You use the crayola art supplies in this kit to design outfits on the special pages, then download their app and scan your picture. The app animates the fashion design on a model going down the runway. Super cool gift a fashion designer will love!

Fashion Angels Fashion Design Sketchbook

This includes 40 sketch sheets, stencils and tons of stickers for your future fashion designer to create gorgeous outfits! 

Best Furry Friends Fashion

If your child also has a soft spot for furry friends, this sketch set would be an amazing fashion designer gift! It includes 40 different pet pictures plus stencils to create fabulous pet fashion. 

Fashion Plates

These are amazing throwbacks (did you have fashion plates when you were a kid?). You choose different styled plates, snap them into an outfit, and then rub a crayon on top of the paper to reveal a stylish new outfit! This set is especially nice with a carrying case and extra textures. 

Fashion Studio Fashion Design Kit 

My daughter had this kit and it was she had so much fun designing fashionable Barbie Doll Sized clothing. Using the included mannequin, fabric and supplies she was able to make actual barbie doll size dresses. There are LOTS of variations of this same kit, but this is the only one we had that I can vouch for! 

Fashion Designer Kit This kit looks like a fantastic fashion designer gift for kids ages 8-12. It has 65 items including a wooden mannequin, scissors, fabric, embellishments including ribbons and buttons and a great instruction guide that teaches you how to use basic patterns to sew a pincushion and other outfits. 

Fashion Doodle Book

We love this line of doodle books! This has pages of girls wearing different clothes that can be colored in.

Sewing School: Fashion Design Make your own Wardrobe with Mix N Match pieces: This book is designed for aspiring fashion designers ages 8-12 and is amazing! It has gorgeous colored pictures that take kids step-by-step through sewing their own clothes. It includes patterns for shorts, a top and a skirt and then encourages kids to modify them to make their own special wardrobe pieces. Very thorough and fun!

Fashion Design Gift Ideas for Aspiring Fashion Designers who are older (Tweens/Teens)

If you need more grown-up fashion design gifts, here are some fashion gift ideas for older tweens and teens!

The Beginner’s Fashion Design Studio

This amazing book will teach your future fashion designer all about fashion sketching. It gives step-by-step instructions on drawing figures from many points of view and in varying poses and explains the names of all different types of clothing designs.. It looks like a great book for teens interested in fashion! I would add a blank sketchbook and some high quality colored pencils to this gift for fashion designers!

Sew Your Own Wardrobe: This is a little more high level, but should be doable for a teen! It includes excellent drawing based step-by-step instructions on how to do things like use patterns, hand stitch, machine stitch and put clothing together. This book also has 13 downloadable patterns for skirts, dresses, trousers, tops, and jackets that can be used to create 31 different garments. 

Designer Sketchbook Male and Female Figure Templates

This Sketchbook has male and female figures that your fashion designer can use to sketch their own designs. 

Project Teen: Handmade Gifts your Teen will Love- 21 projects to sew

This book has 21 Projects to sew including: Fun and Unique Pillow Patterns, Quilt Patterns, Tech Cases, Bags, Accessories and Zippered Pouches. If you purchase this book I would choose one or two projects and get all of the supplies necessary so they can get started right away!

20 ways to draw a dress

You need to look inside this book! It is awesome…”Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes – black dresses, summery hats, stylish shoes, faux fur coats, and much, much more–with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Dress.”  This is a unique and useful book!

Sketch Your Style: A Guided Sketchbook for drawing your dream wardrobe

This is a beautiful and sophisticated book that takes you step-by-step through different wardrobe elements and styles and has prompts and inspiration. I love that it includes fashion history and highlights some famous designers. I think teen fashion designers would love this book as a gift. 

Older girls would also love the opportunity to style some of their own clothes.  You could get her…

White canvas High Top Tennis shoes + Fabric Markers or Puffy Paint and she could design her own shoes!

Or grab a white canvas crossbody bag with fabric markers and a bedazzler to add rhinestone sparkle!

Or get a 100 percent cotton shirt and some tie dye or a fabric spray paint set so she can make her own amazing colored shirt? (My kids LOVE doing this!)

This Beginner Silk Screen Kit also has amazing reviews! It would be a great introduction to how screen printing works. Fashion Design loving teens will think it is cool to draw their own designs and screen print them onto clothing.You could also get a vinyl cutting machine like the Cricut Explore Air 3 and a Heat Press to create vinyl designs they can add to their fashion design.

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