These jars are a gift…

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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.

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Susan Penny has become one of Britain's best-loved craft writers. She has already written more than 50 books and introduced tens of thousands of readers to new craft skills and memorable projects. Many of her books, like 'Knitted Cakes', have become international best sellers. Her background is an arts graduate who has turned her love of making things into a career. After launching and editing some of the biggest and best craft magazines in the UK, Susan is now one of the most respected designers, writers and editors in the contemporary British craft scene. Susan is just as happy working with needle and thread as a crochet hook.

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