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Mason Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial

Cute easy girlfriend gift idea. Mason Jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Do you ever find yourself in need of a simple but cute gift for a creative type? Whether it’s for your kid’s favorite teacher, your crafty neighbor, or your friend that just could use a happy just because gift I’ve got an inexpensive and fast idea that is sure to be loved. A Mason Jar Pin Cushion. My friend made me one of these a few years ago for Christmas and I fell in love. I use it all the time and it sit on my ironing station.

How to make a darling pin cushion out of a mason jar - Rae Gun Ramblings

But I got to thinking of all the other places I could use the cute extra storage. My favorite part of this is that you can make so many different sizes just by varying the size of the mason jar you use. You can keep buttons in a small one, pens or even washi tape in a bigger one. Really the possibilities are endless.

Fun gift idea. Mason jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Just fill the jar part with some fun craft supplies and your got a darling gift idea that costs hardly anything.

Step by step instructions for turning a glass jar into a cute pin cushion with storage - Rae Gun Ramblings

Mason Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial

  • Mason Jar
  • Batting
  • 2 fabric scraps (one big enough to trace the circle part of the lid and one big enough to form the pin cushion mound as long as you have a 2 inch border you should have plenty of fabric).
  • Hot glue gun and glue
  1. Start by tracing your lid onto the inside fabric.
  2. Cut your outer fabric 1-2 larger than the lid add a small a small amount of batting and glue the cover leaving an opening to stuff even more batting. Stuff full and finish gluing.
  3. Cut out and then glue to the inner side of your lid.
  4. Glue the cushion you have made to the ring part of the lid. And you’re good to go. Fill with fun trinkets!

Fun quick project for scraps. Upcycle a mason jar into a pin cushion - Rae GUn Ramblings

All you have to do is fill it with goodies and give to a friend. I gave this one to my Secret Sister, Elizabeth from Simple Simon and Co at Snap!

Fun quick project for scraps. Upcycle a mason jar into a pin cushion - Rae GUn Ramblings

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I Need(ed) It: Hedgehog Pincushion

Remember how I needed those adorable pin toppers? Well I finally decided that I’d display them -outside of the package. So of course I needed a magnificent pin cushion to house my pin toppers. This little guy was way more than I was intending to spend but I fell in love and once it arrived I knew that every penny was well spent. I love it so much! Squirrelmomma has the neatest pin cushions I had such a hard time deciding but I am so so happy with my choice. I love this etsyfind, it looks like many of her pin cushions have sold but be sure to check back regularly and in the mean time check out her impressive sold items, they’ll make you drool.

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Mason Jar Crafts Recipes and Block Party

Do you think our grandmothers would have ever guessed that mason jar crafts and recipes would someday become a thing?

These Mason Jar Crafts Recipes DIY projects look absolutely amazing

DIY beeswax lotion |DIY Burt Wood Dining Table | Mason Jar Candelabra | Guava Lemonade

Smokey Chipotle BBQ Sauce | Mason Jar Teddy Bear Treat | Manicure Jars |Citronella Candles

Lavender Lemonade | Mason Jar Brownies | Mason Jar Pin Cushion | Citrus Infused Vinegar Cleaner

Succulent Pots | Mason Jar String Art | Blue Slime for Kids | Farmhouse Vases

I’m so glad that it has because I love an adorable mason jar upcycled DIY or delicious treat made or gifted in one of those iconic jars. And it seems so do you! We’ve had  loads of great Mason Jar DIY projects and recipes linked up and here are over a dozen that popped out at me!

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Top Gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts from Scissors to Cricut


Do you know someone loves to sew? I know sometimes when you don’t share someone’s hobby you don’t know what exactly to get them as a gift. No worries, this sewing girl is happy help you pick the BEST gifts for Sewing Enthusiasts.

So many great gifts that sewing people will love. Great crafty gift guide.

The best part is that if our recipient already has some of these items they will welcome duplicates. As for the big ticket items, it’s really easy for you to know if they already have one or not. I know sometimes that can be tricky when you want to surprise someone.

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.

Embroidery Scissors

I LOVE embroidery scissors I think they are so useful and they come in loads of different styles and designs. I’m a firm believer that a seamstress can never have too many embroidery scissors. These darling bunny scissors are my favorite for cute factor, I love these gold bird ones because they work so darn well and they just look fancy, and although they aren’t technically embroidery scissors I have a warm place in my heart for nippers (they do the same job). These range in prices but they can be as inexpensive as just a few bucks so they make a fabulous stocking stuffer or gift for someone who just needs a little something (or maybe to add in with a gift card or bigger gift).

Cute easy girlfriend gift idea. Mason Jar pin cushion. Tutorial at Rae Gun Ramblings

Mason Jar Pin Cushion

If you’re feeling creative I have a tutorial for these cute Mason Jar Pin Cushions that my friends love. I actually got my first as a gift from a friend she gave it to me filled with all kinds of cute buttons! You can gift it empty or throw in a few tidbits and treats. All you need is a mason jar, fabric scrap, and some craft glue it’s really a very simple project that will be very appreciated by your sewing friend.

Lots of unexpected gifts for sewing enthusiast like this Cricut Explore Air

Cricut Explore

People don’t normally think of Cricut cutting machines as sewing tools but I use my Cricut Explore Air 2 all the time in my sewing projects. Most people don’t realize that you can actually cut fabric (in addition to paper, vinyl, leather and all kinds of other stuff) on the Cricut. It’s great for making appliques and adding other embellishments to handmade items. I love that I can design my own images and upload them for free and then cut them out to put on my sewing projects. I can’t even count the number of fun Geeky clothing I’ve made that I wouldn’t have been able to find in stores. In addition to actually cutting fabric you can cut iron-on vinyl which is my favvvvvvvoooorite for sprucing up sewing projects. See below for more details on that.

I feel like a Cricut is something that may not even be on the radar for many sewing girls so it would be a really fun surprise but make sure to send them my way and show them all my Cricut related sewing project so they don’t thing you just got them a ‘scrapbooking’ tool. While it may open up tons of other crafting doors for them too (I don’t really do paper crafting but I use mine for all kinds of stuff) you want them to know it’s perfect for supplementing the hobby they already love!

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Iron-On Vinyl

So like I said above, Iron-on vinyl (also called heat transfer vinyl) is seriously my favorite craft supply ever. You uses it with a cutting machine like the Cricut explore although I guess you technically can cut it out with an exacto knife and a really steady hand but that would be kind of labor intensive and frustrating (not to mention hand cramp inducing). You can see some of my favorite projects above where I’ve used Iron-On vinyl. What makes it great for a sew-er is that it basically gives you the ability to easily and quickly make your own fabric. You can use pre-made designs or even cut your own designs or text and place it anywhere on your fabric or sewing project to customize it to make the perfect fabric. If they already use iron-on vinyl a lot you might consider buying a heat press. I love mine, it’s an investment but I use mine multiple times a week and it makes my projects go much faster and last longer. Want to learn more about this stuff you can learn how to use iron-on vinyl here.

Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace

Sewing Necklace

Maybe you don’t even want to try and guess what they have in their crazy sewing room or maybe they sew professionally so they can write all their sewing related purchases off and you don’t want to buy them “work stuff”. But what about a fun sewing necklace. Did you even know such a thing existed? They do and the can be such a sweet gift that makes your sewing pal know that you really thought about the gift. I absolutely adore the ones from Charmed Collections like the Keep Calm and Sew On Necklace pictured above but you can find all kinds of fun ones on Etsy too! And if they aren’t much into jewelry there is such a thing as a sewing shirt too which can be lots of fun :)

Awesome things to buy for sewing fans like this serger and more.


For those who are sewing clothing a serger is a great addition to their sewing room. I LOVE my Juki MO644D I’ve actually personally purchased or helped purchase close to 10 of this model because I use them for work or friends want a machine themselves. I’ve never had problems with them and they sew like a dream. Be careful about getting the very low end ones or buying used from an individual. A serger that doesn’t work right can be a nightmare. If you find a used one with a warranty like from a quilt shop I think you’re safe but otherwise go with something that’s more middle range. Again I can’t recommend the Juki serger enough but I have friend that love their Babylock sergers too!

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If you live with a seamstress than you probably know how protective we are about our scissors. Great sewing scissors are important. If your sew-er doesn’t know the joys of cutting fabric with a good pair of Ginghers than this is the gift they need. They can be kind of pricey so make sure to plan ahead and hit up Joann with a coupon (they usually have one in their app if you don’t get their mailer) or when they are on sale. And if they have a pair any ways they will be thrilled to have a back up. I have two of the dressmaker sizes and I’ve been considering getting a third. They really are wonderful scissors.

Sewing Box

The Sewing Box by the Original Scrap Box is definitely a big ticket item BUT if your sewing loved one has all his or her stuff stashed on the kitchen table this might be for her. I LOVE my sewing box. It’s this cabinet that closes up but you can store your machines in it and it opens up with lots of functional table space so that you can have a full sewing station tucked behind a few cupboard doors. I’m telling you it’s AHmazing. I have a full craft room but it is right next to where my baby sleeps so I can’t sew there at night. I have my sewing box in a different room on a different floor and I’ve actually started to prefer sewing at it even when I’m not trying to be quite. The thing is crazy cool!

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Gift Cards

I know people think gift cards are impersonal but when you love a hobby having “free” money to spend can be super fun. And as much as I love Joann and Hobby Lobby they always have coupons so if it were me I’d suggest giving a gift card to a smaller independent fabric store or quilt shop that carries designer fabrics. I know I personally love drooling over the material at those places but the higher price point has be buying very sparingly. If you’re in Utah some of my favorites include The Cotton Shop (multiple locations), Quilts Etc. (in Sandy), and Harmony (in Provo). And if you’re interested here’s a super fast and easy gift card holder tutorial.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

25 Handmade Gift Tutorials

Great list of handmade gift tutorials all easy and inexpensive - Rae Gun Ramblings

It’s time for another Super Saturday over at The Daily Sew. If you missed the last one it basically means that a bunch of sewing blogger friends and I have gotten together for crazy giveaways every hour. You can find all the giveaways over on the facebook page The Daily Sew where we share the best of the sewing world, tips, tricks, chatter, inspiration, and more. For my giveaway I’ve got a 50$ gift card to my favorite place to buy craft stuff: J0-Ann Fabrics and Crafts.

Since I know so many of us will be making handmade gifts over the next few months I thought I’d give one lucky person 50$ to help get supplies for gifts or gift herself with whatever craft and fabric goodness she wants! To enter the giveaway scroll down and enter on on the Rafflecopter widget below.

And if you’ve been stuck in Halloween for the last little bit like I have you might need a little help to refocus so here are 25 of my favorite Handmade Gift Tutorials to help spark your creativity when thinking of gifts. Each of these ideas are super easy, quick and the supplies to make them are inexpensive. There are also a lot that can be made from scraps and other things you might already have in your stash!

  1. 10 Minute Infinity Scarf
  2. Easy Glass Tile Pendants
  3. 15 Minute Pillowcase Tutorial
  4. Smart Phone/Tablet Gloves
  5. Mason Jar Pin Cushion
  6. 5 Minute Hot Packs
  7. Upcycled Picture Frame
  8. Gathered Clutch Tutorial
  9. Button Hair Clips
  10. Fabric Rosette Necklace
  11. Kid Aprons with free pattern
  12. Personalized Cars
  13. Name Pencil Bag
  14. Mirror Necklace
  15. Purse Hanger
  16. Photo Bookmarks
  17. Double Fingerprint Pendant
  18. Simple Drawstring Tote
  19. Velvet Bow Hair Clip
  20. Super Hero Cape and Mask Tutorials
  21. Scrappy Fabric Headband
  22. iPhone Travel Case
  23. 10 Minute Cowl
  24. Gift Card Holder
  25. Coupon Case

So there are a bunch of great handmade gift ideas to get your wheels spinning. Now how about that giveaway. Enter below and don’t forget to head to The Daily Sew page to check out all the other giveaways going on all day today!

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20+ Sewing Room Necessities

Great list of everything you need for a well stocked (but not over the top) sewing room. This is stuff that will actually be used - Rae Gun Ramblings

There are SO many craft tools gadgets these days it’s hard not to want everything.  But you can really have a super well stocked sewing room with just a handful of items. Today I’m sharing MY new room necessities.

  • sewing machine – You don’t need any thing super fancy. I’ve had both fancy and basic and for what I do basic totally does the job. The only reason I like the “fancier” ones is that they have more powerful motors and can handle ALL the sewing I do. This is hands down my favorite sewing machine for beginners and even those who sew a lot like me!
  • serger – I have a whole long post about how much I love my sergers and how to buy a serger you will love and actually use too. But if you’ve never used one they are kinda like a microwave, unnecessary but once you try it you’ll wonder how you lived without one. They just make things faster and easier. If you sew a lot it might be worth looking into.
  • magnetic pin holder – I don’t do pin cushions that requires too much attention I’ve got this awesome magnetic wand (you find it right on the notions wall) and I just lob the pins at it while I’m zipping along. It’s also great for grabbing pins that may have fallen onto the floor!
  • cone thread holder – Serger cone thread is so much cheaper than those tiny spools all you need to use it is an inexpensive holder. You can find one on the notions isle and that way you can save on your thread costs! I like this one.
  • iron– Sewing is the only time I iron. But some times you need to press things into place.
  • ironing board and/or pad – I have both a traditional ironing board that I use every once in a while and a big flat style one that I made that I use All.The.Time. Check out my Ironing Pad tutorial to make your own.
  • pattern weights – I stole my moms pattern weights when I went to college. One of the best decisions of my life. I’m all about pinning as little as possible and with these babies you don’t even need to pin when you’re cutting out a pattern. Guys they are life changing!
  • Ginger scissors – Ginger scissors might be expensive but wait until they go on sale or use a 50% off coupon because they are Worth.Every.Penny! But don’t forget to instill the fear of your wrath in your family so no one tries to use them on paper. My favorite are the dressmaker shears.
  • paper scissors – I’m always finding stuff that I don’t want to use my good scissors on whether it’s downloaded printed patters or something else.
  • loop turner – Oh my friends I did not know about this magical tool until I was married. But once I was introduced I fell in love. You can turn very small straps or larger ones without all the smooshing, scooching slowness of a safety pin or chopstick. Want to learn more, I wrote a whole post about why the loop turner is the best kept sewing secret.
  • embroidery scissors – I use these for everything. Snipping threads, cutting button holes, you name it. I am an adamant seam ripper hater. Really I’d rather spend more money and start a project over, well almost. But I use my embroidery scissors to carefully pull out mistakes (in fact I have a technique I’ve been planning on sharing schedule for the blog next week so make sure you check back in it’s like magic). Plus I’m a little addicted to buying these cute tiny cutters.
  • quilting ruler – I love the small clear 2X18 inch lightweight ones (often with blue or red grid lines). I use them for so many tasks from pattern drafting to just measuring out elastic. Once again another notion wall must have.
  • rotary cutter – Most everything I cut out I use a rotary cutter, they are fast and quick
  • large rotary mat – I love my giant rotary mat. I recommend getting the biggest one that can fit your space you won’t regret it!
  • large rotary cutter ruler – You know those hard plastic ones? These will help make straight line cutting a breeze. I am not a quilter but I use mine all the time.
  • fold out paper mat – Some times I like to work on the floor when I’m making adult sized things and I have a great card board folding cutting board that is fabulous. I can’t use the rotary cutter on it but it makes laying out patterns so much easier.
  • kid art paper – I know they have special pattern drafting paper but I’ve been using rolls of kids craft paper and it does the job. There’s a roll leaning on my cutting table as we speak.
  • disappearing fabric markers – These are like magic. If you need to transfer pattern markings or if you’re making multiple items and need to keep the pieces straight (like sizes for example) these are great.
  • chalk pencils – As much as I like the fabric markers they don’t show up on dark blue and black. For that purpose I love a good white chalk pencil.
  • quilting pins – Pins are one of those things that are totally personal preference but I like those long quilting pins with the big heads, easy to use and find. Unless I’m using really delicate fabric they’re my fav.
  • elastic thread – Have you ever sewn with elastic thread? It’s surprisingly easy and that’s how you can get that cool stretchy gathered (fake smocked) look. Check out my tutorial to learn how to sew with elastic thread if you don’t know how!
  • fabric – And last but not least fabric. You gotta have it!

Complete list of must have sewing stuff. This stuff will get used all the time - Rae Gun Ramblings

Did I miss anything? If I did let me know in the comments I’m sure my baby brain is leaving something important out but as I’m scanning my studio that’s all I’m seeing! I’ve mentioned the Facebook page The Daily Sew before but in case you need a refresher it’s a wonderful site where TONS of great bloggers contribute to bring the best sewing tips, tutorials, and sewing bonding. I have found some of my favorite tutorials, hilarious sewing jokes, as well as in genius time saving tips there.

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Mother’s Day Gifts DIY Guide

We’re just a little over a week out from Mother’s Day. I hope you all have fun plans.  In case like me you still need to come up with a few gift ideas here are some darling gifts you can make for mom. Whether it’s a necklace featuring the kiddos fingerprints or beautified kitchen gear each of these project are easy and relatively fast.

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30+ Crochet and Yarn Projects DIYs and Block Party

With fall right around the corner and cooler days coming, it’s time to pull out some bright yarns and dust off those crochet hooks and knitting needles.  These projects will provide all the inspiration you need…

loads of awesome crochet and yarn DIY projects and crafts
Crochet Pouf | Celtic Weave Fingerless Gloves | Shelby the Turtle | Hexagon Baby Blanket | Peacock Hood Pattern

A few of these blogs are in other languages but the amazing projects are worth it.

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Over 20 Lemon Recipes DIY Crafts and Block Party

I’m not quite ready to give up summer and all the lemony freshness that comes with it. If you want to hold onto summer just a little bit longer, you’ll love these fun ideas with lemon…

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Geek Crafts DIY Tutorials and Block Party

Your inner geek is going to LOVE all these fun DIY ideas this week.  There’s something here for so many fandoms!
So many great Geek crafts and DIY tutorials

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