This weekend I have put together a couple of gift ideas that look really pretty, yet will cost you next-to-nothing to make. The jar on the left contains material scraps, buttons, pins, needles and a couple reels of thread. It could be given to anyone interested in sewing, and even a child if packed with care. The jar on the right contains an assortment of paper cupcake cases in various sizes. Both would look lovely displayed on a dresser. To make a filled jar first wash and dry a jam jar and lid. Next, cut a circle from fabric using pinking shears – I draw around a tea plate slightly bigger than my jar lid. Fill the jar then screw on the lid. Place the fabric circle over the lid and secure with a rubber band. Tie bakers twine or fabric securely around the jar to cover the band. String together several vintage buttons onto a length of thread and attach with a few stitches to the fabric at the top. Add a tag, which can be decorated like mine with ribbon – I have used a cup cake ribbon and a ‘Made with Love’ charm, a scissor charm and a vintage Singer sewing machine charm.