DIY Sewing Kit Gift in a Jar plus a Favorite Things Giveaway

Christmas! It’s really coming. Are you ready? Today I want to show you one of my favorite handmade gifts this year and give you a chance to win one of your very own plus some of my very favorite things. So be sure to enter in the comment section!

First up is a simple and beautiful handmade sewing kit. Who doesn’t love gifts in a jar? This is a perfect small gift for all those hard-to-shop-fors on your list. It would be a great thing for a teacher to have on her shelf in case of emergency, drop one in the mailbox for your mail lady, or give one to the woman you visit at church who seems to have it all. Everyone appreciates handmade and practical, plus it’s a welcome break from all the sugary gifts.

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I love that the top doubles as a pin cushion!

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DIY Sewing Kit Gift in a Jar
Here’s what you’ll need:
Glass jars with a flat and ring (the two pieces to the lid)
Hot Glue
Quilt batting or fiber fill
Spray paint (optional)
Things to fill the jar:
Little scissors
Tape measure
Notions wrapped around clothespins (Ric-Rac, ribbon, yarn, elastic…)
If you want to spray paint the ring of the lid, do that first so that it has time to dry. Cut a circle out of your fabric that is about 2 inches wider all the way around than the flat (the flat metal part of the lid). If the flat is 3 inches across then your circle of fabric should be 7 inches across. Wad a piece of batting or fiber fill in your hands until you have a hard ball just smaller than the size of your fist. Using two hands place the material circle around the stuffing/batting ball. Carefully put the wad of stuffing or batting on the shiny side of the flat so that the fabric is facing your palm, batting, and then the flat.
Are you with me? It’s not really hard but it was near impossible to get a picture of the process while doing it. The goal is just to hold it all together while you glue the fabric to the underside of the flat. (picture below).
Pull the fabric to the back of the lid and hot glue it in place. I found it easiest to glue a piece and then glue opposite of where you just did. So glue the top then bottom, the left then right, and work your way around like like a clock. This helped the fabric to stretch evenly.
Now you can pop the pin cushion into the ring and screw it onto the lid. Fill the jar with your favorite sewing supplies (bonus points if the colors match the fabric), stick a few pins in the pin cushion, and you are ready to give a beautiful handmade gift. Easy!
I would let the rings dry overnight if you choose to spray paint them. I tried to use mine after a few hours and some of the paint scratched off easily. The paint was much harder the next day.
These are the jars I bought at Fresh Market and I saw them at Walmart too. I think they’d be where ever you can buy Ball canning jars.
Quilt batting was very easy to use and would recommend that. See if any quilters you know have scraps leftover from when they trim the quilt before binding.

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You could really fill this with whatever would fit. Little scissors and a measuring tape would be perfect here.
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Now would you like to win one of your very own?!

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It’s definitely giveaway season in the world, especially Blogland. I’ve seen year supplies of yogurt up for grabs, cookbooks, million dollar vacuums, and swoon worthy Le Crueset cookware to be giveaway (I’d like any skillet or dutch oven in purple or green if you’re wondering).

I wish I could offer you all that and more! That being said, I haven’t gotten into working with brands and companies yet (goal for 2013). Most other bloggers are given the product for their giveaways and I’m just not there yet.

So what does that mean for you? A little giveaway of my favorite things I’ve been collecting over the past few months (and really good chances of winning!). This is my way of saying thank you. This past year has been amazing for me and if it weren’t for you I wouldn’t have come this far. Really, Thank you!

Here’s what will come in a box to your home:

1. A handmade sewing kit, just like the one I made on the blog today
2. 2 Christmas stamps
3. My three favorite decorating tips for making cupcakes beautiful
4. Nail glitter – I use it for crafting, you use it for whatever you like
5. Handmade ornament
6. Large package of felt snowflakes (make garland, cards, use on gift tags…)
7. Three packages of mini alphabet stamps, all different fonts
8. Package of pretty blank cards
9. A homemade treat of your choosing (really, I’ll make just about anything you like)
10. Anything else I find to add before I mail it!

These mini alphabet stamps are perfect for personalizing everything. I love them…

Giveaway Closed

PRIZE: One box of treasure from me.
TO ENTER: Comment on this post and tell me the best gift you’ve ever been given, or what you are hoping to score this year.

1. Like Bless This Mess on Facebook – leave a separate telling me you do.
2. Follow me on Pinterest – leave a separate telling me you do.
GIVEAWAY CLOSES: Sunday, December 9th, 2012 at 9pm MST
ELIGIBLE FOLKS: This is open to U.S. and Canadian Residents.
WINNER ANNOUNCED: Monday, December 10th on this here.
OTHER DETAILS: A winner will be chosen at random from the comment pool and all information will be verified. I’ll email the winner and they have 48 hours to respond. Please leave your email address in the comments if it isn’t connected to your profile. If the winner doesn’t contact me within that time frame another will be chosen in their place. (I want to have time for the winner to get the package before Christmas, so no dawdling!)
DISCLOSURE: All this jazz is things I bought or made because I like them and think you will too. No compensation or perks for doing it, just a thank you to you.
Isn’t this exciting!

Get to enterin’,
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85 Responses
  1. Sarah

    I want to win!! Honestly I read through the directions on how to make your own kit & then thought…maybe I’ll just win it. (Yes, I’m that lazy!) Then I saw that you are putting together a whole treasure box. Even more fun!

    Best present: (Christmas): My 6th grade teacher made me a stain glassed angel for Christmas after my mom passed. I love my guardian angel. (other category): Ty surprising me to NYC for my 30th.

  2. Amy

    What a fun giveaway! You’ve put together a bunch of great items!
    I think the best gift was when my mom gave me her grandmother’s ring. I wear it every day.

  3. i love a butterfly necklace that my husband and children gave me. It just makes me happy to wear it and reminds me of them each time. I love my family. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Best gift was last year my mom bought me a plane ticket to Chicago so I could spend the holidays with my sister 🙂 This year my sister is coming to see us but we are keeping it a secret from our parents so that when she shows up they will be surprised. I can’t wait to see the look on my mom’s face 🙂

  5. Best gift? I don’t know… is saying my kids cheating? I really felt like they were each a special gift (and it’s the very first thing that comes to mind). If that’s cheating, I’d have to say a blanket my husband made for me. He managed to keep it a surprise and now it’s kept me warm for over 2 years!
    (PS this is an amazing package!)

  6. Best gift… Last year my don gave me a calendar he made at school with his handprints made into fireworks, Santa, Easter Bunnies, etc. I have been enjoying it all year.

  7. I found you through our mutual friend, Emily (of triplet fame), and have been following your blog for quite some time. I love your ideas! Best gift I’ve been given is a close tie between my little sewing machine and my kitchenaid mixer.

  8. Ohhh Id like to win this! So cute! Best gift would be a big ruler Michael made to hang on the wall and mark the kids heights on and then we can take it with us whenever we move!

  9. My best gift that always pops in my head is this playbook my dad gave me one Christmas our family was struggling. My dad had gone through his old stuff and gifted them to us that year. The playbook was from a play he had been in back in high school. I read through the whole play and it was silly, but I cherish it!
    What I’m hoping to score this year is your giveaway package! And if I don’t win, I’d like a decent point-and-shoot camera to replace my aging one. 🙂

  10. Donna

    The best gift I got was my iPod touch from my hubby a few years ago. It has bailed us out on flights with our preschooler and provided much entertainment when I have to wait around for my prenatal Dr. appointments. I hope I get an Ipad or some other tablet this year.

  11. jessica bartlett

    Such cute stuff! My favorite gift was when my husband gave me a camcorder– he had it hidden on a shelf and set to record our Christmas morning. When I opened the present the box was empty and I had to find it. Then we got to watch the video.
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  12. I’ve gotten a lot of great gifts over the years, including a “good” camera to help me document every waking moment I deem memorable (high school reunions, family trips, at home dinner dates). But my favorite gifts to remember are ones that I’ve GIVEN. Of those, two stand out: 1) a framed sibling picture of my brother, dog, and myself to my Mom, right before we put my dog to sleep 2) hockey tickets to my boyfriend on our very first Christmas. They not only meant a lot to him, but the game was a few months out, so it pretty much said “we’re going to be together for awhile.”

  13. I love all the things you are giving away! Where did you find those alphabet stamps? My favorite gift that Nate gave me was a picture of the Savior. He did an amazing job picking it out all by himself without any hints!

  14. The best gift I have given is…. Being able to give toys to young needy children on christmas. My son is older and surprisingly don’t ask for much. Therefore this is now my tradition. It just makes me feel good. Thank you for a chance to win.

    1. Whoa. That’s huge and hard! Congratulation to you, you strong woman you! How’s life one year out? Is it something you can put in the past or something to still be addressed? I’m never clean on cancers timeline…

    2. Life one year out is amazing! I’m just so much more grateful for everything! The cancer will always haunt me, but will keep me moving forward too, now it’s just a part of my story 🙂

  15. I am so excited to follow your pins on pinterest and FB. The best gift I ever got was a Barbie Dream House when I was 8. Just kidding. Although as a child that was the best gift a little girl could ever get. This is such a hard question…I would say a weekend getaway with my best friend from childhood. Just being able to spend time together with no one else around (husband, kids) and just laugh our heads off about all the things we did as kids. That was one of my best gifts!

  16. What an awesome giveaway! The best present I’ve ever been given… hmm… Probably a book of dates my mom gave me one year. She picked out one date a month for the hubbs and myself, with the tickets/cash/gift cards for the dates all taped into the book. It was awesome. Every month we had a go-to date!

  17. The best gift I ever got was this funny writer’s kit based on my obsession with Little Women when I was about 12. My mom is the cutest. All your things look so cute and fun!

  18. BeccaMarie

    Oh, I can’t even begin to list the amazing gifts that people have given to me. I really appreciate my sewing machine, and I will always love the necklace my husband gave to me on our wedding day 🙂

    1. Melissa

      That is a GREAT idea! My mother-in-law helps with the 8-11 year old girls at church and they made them to give to their mom’s for Christmas. You could totally have your girls help in the effort!

  19. Susan

    My favorite gift was received 7 Christmases ago from my sister-in-law. Our very large family draws names to give gifts among adults (otherwise we wouldn’t have money for food!) and she drew my name for the first time that year. Her husband had been laid off that winter and things were very tight for them and we all helped out as much as possible.
    Christmas morning came and all of us convened at the in-law’s place for breakfast and let the kids open all of their gifts (they usually immediately disperse after this to play with their new trinkets) and then it was secret Santa time for the adults. My sister-in-law was not in her usual wonderful Christmas spirit and presented me with my gift with her head down (she almost looked as if she was going to cry). I thanked her sincerely for whatever this was that I was about to open. I opened the gift which was a plain green binder you can purchase from any dollar store. When I opened it, the first page was entitled, “The Sisters-In-Law Famous Cookbook” and it also read, “from my kitchen to yours…I have scoured my cookbooks and recipes for a collection of foods that I have wanted to try or thought you would enjoy most. I would love it if when you make them, we could get together and share them so that I might know what they’re like.” Every page had been typed out by her, chosen by her and protected in plastic film sheets. All of this work for ME. It was the most beautiful gift I had ever received (and still up to this day). She poured her love into that book because that was what she had to give. My eyes swelled up (and are as I type this) and I went to her, hugged her and said the truth, “This is the best Christmas, ever. I love it. And I love you. Thank you so much.”
    Yes we did share 🙂

    Needless to say, I have always been and always will be a huge fan of handmade gifts!

  20. Amy Wilson

    My favorited gift came from my friend Catherine last year. An iPhoto book of the backcountry canoe trip we. and three other fabulous women were on last fall. It was my first trip since I was engaged 20 years ago! Subsequently I took our 11 and 4 year old back this summer and they are hooked!

  21. Becky Harris-Ross

    One of the best gifts I ever received was a big box of fabric. The UPS man left it on our patio when my hubby and I were newlyweds. We saw from the return address that it was from my parents…and WOW, was it ever heavy…we could not imagine what it could be…I will never forget the thrill of opening it and seeing a box of inspiration, fulfilled dreams, quilts and more!

  22. What a pleasant surprise to find your blog (Bless this Mess) after looking for small gifts to make for family and friends during the upcoming holidays. I was going to try making the DIY sewing kit in a jar. I started reading the page and before I knew it I was downloading your e-cookbook! I’m cooking the egg dish for dinner as I type, using the last remnants of my home grown red/green peppers. Thanks for sharing, we seem to have many things in common. (I am in northern Utah.)

    1. Long life the Utah girls! And I’m making that egg dish tomorrow to clean out the crisper before we head out of town for turkey day! Thank you so much for buying that book, that seriously made my day! I can’t wait to connect more. M.

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As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.

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