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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

Administrator 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 the 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!

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