What Makers Want: Gifts for Creatives

Looking to buy a gift for the creative in your life?

We decided to highlight the keynotes of Midwest Craft Con past, not to mention those of Midwest Craft Con future in 2020. Explore their shops and products to find something for the creative on your list.  Of course, the most helpful thing you could give a maker for the holidays is a ticket to Midwest Craft Con.



One of our first keynotes at Midwest Craft Con artist, and illustrator Lisa Congdon brings her expertise to this guide to the process of artistic self-discovery.



Gemma Correll taught us that periods and pugs make the world go round and she offers a limitless supply of products that keep us entertained and inspired.



Our 2018 Keynote, Jen Hewitt, fills the pages of this book with textile examples and simple sewing projects for creatives.


For those who love food and crochet, explore the online shop of Twinkie Chan. Download a pattern, some brightly colored yarn and start making. Also explore books and premade goods. We can’t wait to meet Twinkie Chan at the next Midwest Craft Con.



Kathy Cano-Murillo, aka Crafty Chica, sprinkled in all her positivity in 2018 with how she built her creative business from the ground up, with the assist of glitter and hard work. She offers a wide assortment of books and products.



In 2017 we meet Abby Glassenberg, a sewer, podcaster and who was in the infancy of Craft Industry Alliance. This online membership group hosts live meetups, articles and provides countless discounts and advice for and from other creatives.



Yao Cheng continues to share her skills, as she did in 2018, through online session on Creativebug. Sign up and follow along as she teaches a series of beginning watercolor courses.


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“In many states, tampons and lads are considered luxury items are are therefore subject to sales tax, unlike toilet paper and condoms. Of note, pads for incontinence (adult diapers, etc) are categorized as medical supplies — not luxury items. But feminine hygiene supplies are often not eligible for purchase with EBT or available through WIC. This means that women and girls living in poverty often can’t afford to purchase supplies and use each tampon/ pad longer than they should. IDK about you, but sometimes I start to feel gross after only using a pad for an hour or two. What if you had to use the same one for 8-12 hours? You would probably feel horrible and gross and be more likely to develop an infection. For which you might not be able to afford treatment…” @hellomynameisquilt not only embroidered this amazing block highlighting this issue but has decided to make a donation relevant to the issue from every SJSA blocks embroiders. For this block’s inspired donation, she wrote encouraging notes, bought period supplies (& gum and lipgloss 😉) to make goodie bags for low income middle school girls who might not have access to period necessities. The SJSA community is truly amazing. Shannon, thanks so much for your support 😘😘

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We are all looking forward to hear more about Social Justice Sewing Academy and the journey that craft has taken Sara on through her work with this non-profit. You can give the gift of a donation and attend Sara’s keynote address in 2020.



Back in 2017, Chris Glass taught us to slow down and observe our surroundings. To take the time to walk around, to reevaluate what and how we wanted our life to transform. His side business Wire & Twine offers apparel that speaks to Midwest roots.

Anything else on your wish list this year? Share your favorite gifts for makers in the comments!

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