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A random just-for-fun GIVEAWAY……some of my MUST HAVE basic sewing/crafting tools!! (UPDATE: CLOSED)



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Okay, this is completely random. 


But I just couldn’t resist. 


I get asked pretty frequently what my Go-To sewing (and crafting) tools are.   And as I was walking through Joann’s the other day (remember….there’s also, I walked through an aisle of shiny new supplies and quickly realized why walking through a similar aisle would be really overwhelming to a beginner sewer/crafter.  It’s hard to know what to buy and where to start.  So, while I was picking up a few things for myself……I started throwing in a few things for one of you.  And then threw in a few more (like it was Christmas or something), for another one of you.  Before I knew it, I had enough little basic random tools for 3 of you.  What fun is it to only have one winner, anyway??  Haha!


And besides, I love this blog.  Some of you have become great online pals of mine.  (And some of you I’ve even met……and have realized that I wished even more of you were available to yank out of this screen and chat with.)  And because I sometimes wish I could sit right next to you and help you conquer some random technique that you’re afraid to try, this is the next best thing.  Give you a few things to maybe help scare that fear away.  I know… random.  But I just wanted to! :)


So, what are some (this is not a complete list) of my Basic Go-To types of tools/notions that I picked up for a few of you??  Well, a little of this and a little of that…..nothing too scary.  But you can do a lot with these basics.  Everything from my favorite scissors to my favorite glue gun……..and a few things in between.


 **Keep in mind, this is not a complete list, by any means.  There isn’t thread, straight pins, a pin cushion, etc.  This was just a random sampling of some of the things I like!

**Oh, and no, this isn’t a sponsored (or paid) post.  It’s just for fun, and purchased by me. :)



If you don’t have a Joann’s nearby (or some sort of craft store), you can also shop at  I’ve ordered several things online when the store is out, or I just don’t have time to run to the store.  Love it. 


And everything shown here (except for maybe one or two of the fabrics) is from Joann’s.  Easy.



Winner #1…….this is for you:




Need a closer look? 


  1. 1/2 yard of fabric: Lisette by Liesl and Co
  2. 1/2 yard of fabric: Chevron by Riley Blake Designs
  3. 1/2 yard of fabric: Lisette by Liesl and Co
  4. My ol’ trusty Glue Gun: Ad Tech, Cordless Glue Gun (it has a high and low heat setting, which I use ALL the time.)
  5. The Glue Sticks that work the best for me: Ad Tech, Multi Temp
  6. My favorite Epoxy Glue: Amazing Goop, Craft (This stuff holds amazingly well.)




And Winner #2…’s what you’ll get:




How about a little closer look:


  1. 1/2 yard of fabric: no name on selvage, but purchased at Joann Fabric
  2. 1/2 yard of fabric: Splurge by Donna Wilder
  3. 1/2 yard of fabric: Colorbook by Joann Fabric
  4. My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE pair of scissors, that are still sharper than sharp, 3 years later: Gingher’s  (And my kids know to not even DARE use them on paper.)



And lastly……for Winner #3:




This one definitely needs a break down:


  1. Cover Button Kit (I use these a ton.  Like here, here, and here.)
  2. Double Needle (More on the double needle here.  I love using it on knits and clothing hems.)
  3. Universal Sewing Machine Needles (can’t have too many of these. ever.)
  4. Extra Bobbins (You can’t ever have too many of these either. I hate unwinding a bobbin to use it for another color.)
  5. 1 inch Wide Elastic….in 4 colors. ( I love this stuff.  And have used it here, here, here, here, and here.)
  6. 1/8 inch wide Elastic (I use this a ton.)
  7. Cord Elastic (I use this a ton too.)
  8. 3/4 inch Elastic (okay, I use this a lot too…..all 3 elastic are nice to have on hand.)
  9. 7 inch Zippers.  I have about 20 or so in my stash at all times.  Different colors, different lengths, different types, etc.  You never know when you’ll need one! ;)
  10. Safety Pins.  Okay, you can’t do sewing OR crafting without safety pins on hand.
  11. Sewable Velcro.  I use velcro so often, I think one must always have a little stash in their sewing stuff.
  12. Taylor’s chalk.  When you need to mark your fabric but don’t want to (or can’t) use a pin….this stuff is cheap and simple.
  13. A Seam Ripper. Every professional has one.  They’re not just for us wannabe’s… get used to ripping it out and trying it again! :)
  14. A big ol’ long Flexible Tape Measure.  You need to measure around yourself or your subject.  Get one!



And that’s it.  A bit of this and a bit of that.  And maybe you already have all these things.  That’s okay, you can win this and add a few of your own favorites and gift it to a friend.  I’m a little biased but I love this kind of stuff as a gift. :)


And for those 3 people who win, I hope you find the few things I’m sending you semi-useful.  I really had a lot of fun thinking of the recipients and what skill level they may be at.  So, whoever you are, I hope you’ll:





Okay, who wants a little bundle of supplies?


Oh, and let’s see who wants these supplies/notions the most, by making a few quick requirements….




TO ENTER: (Leave one comment per bullet item below. Max: 3 separate comments)

  • Leave a comment, telling me your favorite sewing/crafting tool. (Be SURE to add your email to the comment form, so I can contact the winner. No one will be able to see it but me.)
  • Follow (or “like”) me on Facebook (you’ll be updated way faster that way) and then leave me another comment, telling me you did so.  (Or leave me another comment telling me you ALREADY ARE following me on Facebook.)
  • Follow me on Pinterest (LOVE that place…..I wanna see what your favorite pins are too!) and then leave me another comment, telling me you did so.  (Or leave me another comment telling me you ALREADY ARE following me on Pinterest.)


That’s it!  Giveaway closes Monday, March 4th, at 11:59 p.m. MST.

***I don’t care where you live.  It may take a little longer to get to you……but ALL are welcome to enter! :)



Good luck!



***If you’re reading this from your feed or your email, you need to visit the actual post on my blog HERE to enter.  Replying to this email doesn’t count as an entry.

***All supplies were purchased by me.  This is not a paid/sponsored post.  It truly is, just for fun! :)


Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with my craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
A random just-for-fun giveaway……some of my must have basic sewing/crafting tools!! (update: closed)
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  1. Jessica says:

    already following you on facebook.

  2. Jessica says:

    Following you on Pinterest.

  3. Jessica says:

    I’ve only recently started being crafty so my skills are limited but my favorite crafting tools are my crochet hooks. I just purchased a sewing machine so I’m hoping to be able to use some of your tutorials.

  4. Michelle says:

    I liked you on Facebook.

  5. Michelle says:

    I follow on Pinterest.

  6. Michelle says:

    My thread cutter ring, makes my projects look clean cut when I can quickly trim threads during project making.

    1. Michelle says:

      Would love to win option #3 :) :) :)

  7. Arunitha says:

    I follow You on FB :)

  8. Arunitha says:

    I follow you on pinterest…

  9. Arunitha says:

    I favourite tool is my scissor!!!!!!

  10. Nicki says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  11. Nicki says:

    I’ve been a FB fan for a while!

  12. Nicki says:

    My favorite might just be my glue gun… I prefer to sew things, but since I’m normally doing things last-minute, my glue gun is an indispensable tool. :)

  13. Kayleen says:

    my fiskars that have a spring…makes all my cutting easier

  14. Tari says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  15. Tari says:

    I follow you on facebook

  16. Tari says:

    My favorite tool is a good pair of scissor

  17. Heather says:

    I am following you on facebook!

  18. Heather says:

    I am following you on Pinterest!

  19. Heather says:

    I love my knitting needles of all sizes!

  20. Cameron Lawracy says:

    My favorite sewing tool is probably my mini embroidery scissors. They cut the tiniest stray threads so easily! Thanks for the giveaway! Cameron
    cameron dot lawracy at

  21. Jackie says:

    My favorite tool is my rotary cutter!

  22. Sarah says:

    I Follow you on PINTEREST! :)

  23. Sarah says:

    I LIKE you on Facebook! :)

  24. Sarah says:

    WOW!!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me be a winner! :) What an awesome giveaway – you are so much fun! And I appreciate the “giveaways” you do EVERY day – of all of your knowledge, tips, and tutorials!! You are AMAZING! Anywho…I’m not as big a crafter as you, but my favorite crafting tool is probably my hot glue gun because it can do so many things and is so much easier/quicker to get out/set up than my sewing machine! (although my poor little glue gun is so old and broken down, I definitely need a new one! ;) )

  25. Dolly Reyna says:

    Love, love, love your website. I tell everyone about it. : )
    My favorite tool has to be my bobbin holder. Don’t know what it’s called officially, but it’s this round half tube thing that holds all of my bobbins. I can see them all clearly and I don’t have a tangled mess in my drawer like I used to.
    Thanks again and keep blogging!….we’re listening (or reading, rather)

  26. Amanda says:

    I love my little blue sewing machine! :)

  27. Crystal M says:

    My favorite tool is a good pair of scissors. and a seam ripper. It’s the simple things for me.

  28. Amelie D. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest too :)

  29. sadie says:

    I love my sewing machine!!

  30. Heather Bartron says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  31. Heather Bartron says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  32. Heather Bartron says:

    I love my seam ripper because I mess up every time I sew anything! What would I do without it?

  33. Amelie D. says:

    Am a fan on Facebook!

  34. Amelie D. says:

    My favorite crafting tool has got to be my husband’s olfa!

  35. Laurie says:

    Just followed you on Pinterest.

  36. Laurie says:

    I’m already following you on Facebook.

  37. Laurie says:

    I bought myself a walking foot for my machine a few months ago, and I really like it. So far I’ve used it for machine quilting a baby blanket and for sewing some heavy weight draperies.

  38. Kara says:

    My favorite crafting tool is my sewing machine- there is just so much I can do with her!

  39. Alisa says:

    I follow you on Pinterest! So fun!

  40. Kirbee says:

    I also follow you on Pinterest!

  41. Kirbee says:

    I follow you on Facebook!

  42. Alisa says:

    I love my bobkin and extra bobins so I can have one for every color : )

  43. Kirbee says:

    My favorite sewing tool is my lovely Clover seam ripper. Since I’ve started using lots of thrifted and salvaged fabrics, my blazing sharp seam ripper is paying for itself every day! Tweed dress coats don’t stand a chance!

  44. Jessica says:

    Hm…my favorite tool is my scissors!! I love to cut up old shirts to make into something new or repurpose into something for the babies.

    1. Jessica says:

      PS am already following you on Facebook.

    2. Jessica says:

      PPS am now following you on Pinterest. Don’t know why I didn’t think of at before!

  45. Stacie says:

    Liked on FB!

  46. Stacie says:

    Following on Pinterest.

  47. LORALYE says:


  48. Stacie says:

    Love my glue gun!

  49. Bethany says:

    OH and now I am following you on FACEBOOK! I should have been doing that ages ago. Yours is my favorite sewing site for great ideas and tutorials. A couple weeks ago I made my first sewing tutorial for my MOPS group. I thought “oh this will be easy peasy!”. NOT SO MUCH! I am now UBER impressed with both your sewing and tutorial making abilitites. Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

  50. Mary Ellen Lee says:

    My immediate favorite (most used) would be my embroidery scissors (spring action, tiny curved sharp blade that clips the thread closely and is great for trimminung around appliques) I love them. But my next favorite might me the little gadget that helps me sew over bulky seams by elevating or leveling the presser foot. And I love my BERNINAs!

  51. Bethany says:

    Unfortunately my favorite sewing tool is my seam ripper:) I couldn’t live without it…

  52. nelda says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  53. nelda says:

    I like you on facebook.

  54. nelda says:

    I love the colors of your fabrics! Anyway, my favorite tool is my little glue gun because glue gun fix almost everything :).
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Kelly Lance says:

    Ooops, must have been my computer…there they are! lol

  56. Kelly Lance says:

    Hi Ashley, I entered this giveaway Monday night Aussie time but at that time it was showing up as over 4000 comments! Now I can only see 505? So I was just wondering if you got my entry? I think this is a great giveaway and Id like to be in with a chance ;-)


  57. mekei says:

    best crafting tool – my acrylic ruler. use it for EVERYTHING! sewing, paper crafts, home decor. love it. skeime / gmail

  58. Michelly Brito says:

    I love my sewing machine! It’s so usefull!

  59. Martha says:

    My favorite crafting tool is Havel’s Ultra Pro Seam Ripper

    It is great for removing blanket stitching as you can slide down the stitches with the speed of a sharp scalpel.

    I’m following you on both Pinterst and Facebook. Several have already repinned your fabric doll post.

    I would love to win your random GIVEAWAY

  60. Melissa says:

    I follow you on Pinterest

  61. Melissa says:

    My favorite sewing tool must be the seam ripper, because I use it quite often. :)

  62. Ruth says:

    following you on Pinterest!

  63. Ruth says:

    Oh my goodness…so many comments!!! Just shows how loved you are :-)
    My favourite sewing supply would have to be fabric!! I’m obsessed with it and am fast accumulating a giant stash but I can’t stop buying!! Just wish I had more time to create with it, but even just looking and touching is bliss!
    Thanks for a great blog and a very generous giveaway.

  64. rachel b. says:

    i am following you on pinterest!

  65. rachel b. says:

    i already “like” you on FB!

  66. rachel b. says:

    my favorite crafting tool is probably my bias tape maker!!! :)

  67. Kara Maughan says:

    I follow u on pinterest too!

  68. Kara Maughan says:

    I follow u on fb!

  69. Kara Maughan says:

    I love my seam ripper too!!! maughank at gmail dot com

  70. Ashley I says:

    Man, your JoAnns has much better stuff than mine! They don’t even have that elastic!!!!!

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