Notions (sewing)

Examples of sewing notions, including a pin cushion, pins, buttons, hooks and eyes, a seam ripper, and sewing chalk

In sewing and haberdashery, notions is an umbrella term for a variety of small objects or accessories. Notions can include items that are sewn or otherwise attached to a finished article, such as buttons, snaps, and collar stays, but the term also includes small tools used in sewing, such as thread, pins, marking pens, and seam rippers. The noun is almost always used in the plural.[1] The term is chiefly found in the United States, and was formerly used in the construction Yankee notions.[2][3][4]


  1. Both the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster's 9th Collegiate Dictionary list this sense as plural only, but The Fashion Dictionary main entry is singular.
  2. Picken, Mary Brooks, The Fashion Dictionary, Funk and Wagnalls, 1957, p. 235.
  3. Oxford English Dictionary, under "Notion", meanings 9a and 9b.
  4. Merriam Webster's 9th Collegiate Dictionary, under "Notion".

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