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 Joann.com), 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…..so 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.


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 **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 Joann.com.  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…..here’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…..so 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! :)


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4,818 Responses to “A random just-for-fun GIVEAWAY……some of my MUST HAVE basic sewing/crafting tools!! (UPDATE: CLOSED)”
  1. 1
    Niki says:

    My rotary cutter instantly became my favorite tool when I got it for Christmas from my grandma-in-law (an AMAZING quilter). How did I ever live without it before?

  2. 2
    Jennyroo says:

    Love it! What a great collection of goodies! My favourite sewing tool is my bias tape maker. Couldn’t finish a quilt binding without it!!

  3. 3
    Shauna says:

    You are so sweet! Thank you!

  4. 4

    I love my sewing scissors – those are a must!

  5. 5
    Ashley says:

    I love my glue gun! When it doubt glue that sucker!

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    Shauna says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. Thanks!

  8. 8
    Jen says:

    Seam ripper, for sure! Unfortunately I think it get used too often…thanks for the giveaway

  9. 9
    Jennyroo says:

    And, I like you on Facebook, too! So thanks for the extra chance at winning one of these AMAZING. prizes!!!!!!

  10. 10

    I follow you on Pinterest

  11. 11
    Cat says:

    I love those Gingher scissors too, but I think my favorite craft tool is a marked measuring cutting mat which exactly fits my craft table – it makes cutting out larger geometric shapes super easy – throw the mat on the table, no pattern, just cut. Fantastic.

    This is such a lovely idea for a giveaway!

  12. 12

    My favorite tool would have to be Cricut. with the deep cutting blade for fabric.

  13. 13
    Becky says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Gingher sissors! I have them everywhere in my house–office, craft room, kitchen. They are by far the most used accessory in this house1

  14. 14

    I am now a fan on Facebook!

  15. 15
    Vanessa says:

    I follow you on Facebook

  16. 16
    Vanessa says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  17. 17
    marni says:

    i just love my little stork scissors – they’re ridiculously sharp, crazy pointy, and i use them for all kinds if things! thanks so much for so many awesome goodies up for grabs!

  18. 18

    I am a follower on Pintrest.

  19. 19
    Shandra says:

    I think I have to go with my cutting mat and quilting ruler as my favorite tools. I use mine constantly!

  20. 20
    Becky says:

    I follow you on Facebook AND…..

  21. 21
    Shandra says:

    I follow you on facebook

  22. 22
    Vanessa says:

    I love a good pair of sewing scissors! Recently lost my favorite pair and I’m so sad about it. :(

  23. 23
    Shandra says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  24. 24
    Becky says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  25. 25
    Carolyn says:

    I don’t know if it’s my favorite, but my seam ripper and I spend a lot of time together. :)

  26. 26
    Chelsea says:

    I love my glue gun! I use that thing for everything. Beautiful fabric is also something I love to get my hands on.

  27. 27
    Carolyn says:

    I like you on fb!

  28. 28
    Carolyn says:

    And I follow you on Pinterest

  29. 29
    Joan says:

    Thank-you for including those of us not in the US! We love you (and your giveaways) too!

  30. 30
    marni says:

    i can’t believe i wasn’t following you on FB yet – especially considering i just commented on your wall YESTERDAY. i am following you now!

  31. 31
    deanna says:

    I just received a sewing machine for Christmas – so it’s my favorite tool! I don’t have many other tools yet. I think one of those boards with the rolling-cutter-thingy would have really helped on my last project!

  32. 32
    Joan says:

    And I follow you on Pinterest too!

  33. 33
    Raechel says:

    My favorite tool is definitely my rotary cutter!

  34. 34

    What a super-fun giveaway!

    My new cutting mat and rotary cutter are definitely my favorite tools – what a HUGE difference from trying to cut with shears in midair.

  35. 35

    Liked you on Facebook :).

  36. 36
    Marie says:

    I love me a good tape measure:) and seam ripper

  37. 37
    Marie says:

    I follow you on pinterest

  38. 38

    And following you on Pinterest too.

  39. 39
    Cathy says:

    For the amount of time I spend at Joanns in the Springs, I’m surprised I havne’t run into you yet.

    My current favorite tool is my seem ripper. It’s been getting a lot of use lately :)

  40. 40
    Marie says:

    facebook fan

  41. 41
    Tia Turner says:

    My Silhouette!!!

  42. 42
    marni says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  43. 43
    Heather says:

    I love my Bernina sewing machine so much even though I’m still learning the ins and outs of it!

  44. 44
    Heather says:

    I’m already a follower on Facebook!

  45. 45
    Cathy says:

    like ya on facebook

  46. 46
    Heather says:

    And I already follow you on Pinterest too!!

  47. 47
    Tara says:

    At girls camp we made about a thousand of those covered button rings — that was 3 years ago and I still get compliments on them when I wear them! Such a quick, fun craft (and tool). What an awesome giveaway!

  48. 48
    Jennifer says:

    i think my rotary cutter is my favorite tool!

  49. 49
    Ashlie says:

    I finally got my grandma’s old serger that she gave me threaded (ok, I took it to someone else who threaded it for me!). And am loving having a serger! It is definitely a favorite!

  50. 50
    Tara says:

    I have followed you for a Loooong time on FB.

  51. 51
    Donel says:

    My favorite sewing tool is my flimsy 18″ quilters ruler with the 1/8″ grid. I use that thing for everything: sewing, crafting, drawing. I even melted one once trying to use it to iron pin tucks. Love it!

  52. 52
    Jennifer says:

    My favorite tool (and most necessary) is the seam-ripper! I am very new to this craft and I am not adept and sewing straight lines yet. :)

  53. 53
    Kate says:

    I also LOVE my gingher scissors! they were a very thoughtful gift from my mother-in-law.

  54. 54
    Jennifer says:

    I already follow you on pinterest!

  55. 55
    Tara says:

    I have also been following you on pinterest (and keep pinning you too)! Thanks again for the giveaway!

  56. 56
    Donel says:

    I follow you on Pinterest. Thanks for the giveaway!

  57. 57
    Kate says:

    I already follow you on facebook

  58. 58
    Kelly P says:

    Okay, my favorite tool has to be my sewing machine — I splurged on one about a year ago, and man, has it been worth it! I love your site, btw!

  59. 59
    Ashlee says:

    My favorite tool is my seam ripper … for all the times I mess up :)

  60. 60
    Anna H says:

    Oooh… I love my little Jo-Ann scissors that came in some sort of kit… they are little like embroidery scissors, but a lot more sturdy. I use them all the time! Thanks for the giveaway!

  61. 61
    Kate says:

    i already follow you on pinterest–and I’m glad I do!

  62. 62
    Anna H says:

    I like you on FB!!

  63. 63
    Cathy says:

    follow you on pinterest

  64. 64
    Tia Turner says:

    I just liked you on Facebook!

  65. 65
    Jasmin says:

    My favorite sewing/crafting tool is my sewing machine. I hope that counts! I’m so thankful my little sister bought it for me last summer (as a late birthday present) and I am excited to continue using it over the years.

  66. 66
    Larissa says:

    My favorite tool is my wrist pincushion!

  67. 67
    Jasmin says:

    I “Like” you on Facebook! :)

  68. 68
    Anna H says:

    I am following you on Pinterest!

  69. 69
    Suzan says:

    My favorite tool is my seam ripper. It gets a lot of use!

  70. 70
    Tia Turner says:

    Now I’m following you on Pinterest

  71. 71
    Anina Duren says:

    It isn’t a tool, but my two favorite things to sew with these days are fold over elastic and ribbed knit. They make everything look so finished and professional!

  72. 72
    Jasmin says:

    I follow some of your boards on Pinterest!

  73. 73
    Cari says:

    I already follow you on Pinterest.

  74. 74
    Larissa says:

    Rockin’ giveaway! Likin’ it on facebook. :o)

  75. 75
    Ashlee says:

    I already follow you on Pinterest!! Yay!

  76. 76
    Cari says:

    I already follow you on FB.

  77. 77
    Anina Duren says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  78. 78
    Larissa says:

    Following on Pinterest! woo hoo!

  79. 79
    Anina Duren says:

    I like your Facebook!

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    Cindy G. says:

    My favorite sewing tool is a little pair of scissors (this particular pair was made by Tonic) that are sharp all the way to the point. Whenever I have to snip seams or curves, I’m always afraid I’ll snip too much and cut through my stitching. But, because these are sharp right at the tip, I have much more control over how much I cut. My favorite sewing supply is zippers- I love making zippered pouches (mostly so I can get zippers in fun colors).

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    Kelly S says:

    Fun giveaway, thanks!!! My favorite tool is definitely my rotary cutter

  82. 82
    Kelly S says:

    Already follow you on FB

  83. 83
    Cari says:

    My absolute fave tool to have on hand when I’m sewing is my small, orange handled, super sharp all the way to the tip, Fisker scissors. Use them a million times per project.

  84. 84
    Cindy G. says:

    Brand new follower on Facebook! I don’t have a Pinterest account (cannot afford to get sucked into that in addition to all of the blogs I read :) ).

  85. 85
    Kelly S says:

    Now following you on Pinterest!

  86. 86
    Stacy L. says:

    My favorite tool is my seam ripper, I think — it can tear apart all of my mess-ups!

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    Erica says:

    You are too sweet! I am in love with my glue gun, sewing machine and embroidery machine…who am I kidding I love all of my crafting and sewing supplies! I did recently purchase my first pair of gingher’s and I love them!!!

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    Stacy L. says:

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  89. 89
    Erin says:

    I have a paper cutter that has been really useful. This is a great giveaway for those of us who are just starting to develop our sewing and crafting skills:)

  90. 90
    Erica says:

    Already a Facebook follower!!

  91. 91
    devonlynne says:

    Already following on Pinterest

  92. 92
    Lane says:

    Wow! All of those items look awesome! My favorite tool was my sewing scissors, but somehow they have been misplaced and are nowhere to be found!!! They were amazing though.

  93. 93
    Erica says:

    Already a Pinterest follower too!!!

  94. 94
    AubreyB says:

    Definitely my rotary cutter and cutting mat – makes cutting fabric so so so much easier!

  95. 95
    Amber says:

    I just love your blog! My favorite tool is my rotary cutter. I couldn’t live without it! :)

  96. 96
    Lane says:

    I follow you on Pinterest.

  97. 97
    Monica says:

    My favorite tool are my scissors, I can’t go a day with out them!

  98. 98
    Amber says:

    I follow you on Facebook. :)

  99. 99
    Meigan says:

    What a great giveaway! I love my rotary cutter. I got my first one less than a year ago and I love it!

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    AubreyB says:

    And I like you on facebook.