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Monday, October 17, 2011

Pincushion Jar Tutorial

I can't believe it's already mid-October! With just a couple of months until the holidays are really upon us, I decided I should get started on my crafty gifts.  I saw these pincushion jars floating around the web in the last year and wanted to put together a tutorial for my version.  They're easy to put together and are a great gift for your crafty friends.

5-10 minutes.  They come together really fast!

Mason jar - I use 8oz or larger so that it's a decent size to hold sewing notions.
Fabric scrap, cut a few inches larger than the jar lid
Handfill of polyfill/toy stuffing
Small piece of decorative paper
Glue gun

1. If you haven't already, cut your fabric scrap into a circle a couple of inches larger than the jar lid.  I recommend cutting a little larger than you expect as you can always cut back the excess.  Also, trace the inner lid piece onto the decorative paper.  Cut out.

2. Now, take the fabric scrap and place over the main jar lid.  Push stuffing into fabric, and cover with the inner jar lid.  

Pull fabric tightly, adjusting the fill as needed until the pincushion shape is formed.

3.  Cut off excess fabric, so that there is just enough to glue down and seal the pincushion lid.  Using the glue gun, pipe glue onto inner jar lid and press fabric down.

4.  Once the fabric is glued down, apply glue to top of fabric and apply decorative paper.  

Your jar is now complete!  Give as is, or fill with fun items for a craft gift.  You can make a sewing kit by throwing in some little scissors, basic threads, needles, etc.  Other uses could be filling it with buttons, zippers, or other sewing notions.

I'll be posting this on the Crafty Christmas Club blog.  If you haven't been there, it's a great site where people post their holiday tutorials.  Tilly (from Tilly and the Buttons) launched it last year, and it's back for this holiday season.  Go check it out!

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  1. What a cute idea, and really really easy!( I especially like the fact that you don't need any fancy material for this, except maybe the glue gun)

  2. How much do I love this!!??!! This is what I'll end up giving my crafting friend, for sure! Great idea and very cute tutorial.

  3. How adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  4. Love this! What a cute gift idea -- and I think I'll have to make one for myself too :) Thanks for the great tutorial, Christine!

  5. Lovely, it´s really nice. I made one very similar but I glued the stuffing on the lid and it did not come as nice. Is that a special kind of lid that gets unscrued from the base?

  6. Thanks all!
    @ Erin: I find that most 'canning' jars that you purchase have the lid that separates from the screw top. Check your local craft store or even grocery store for jars for canning jams, etc as they should have the proper type. Craft stores may sell them individually but you might have to buy them in bulk at the grocery store.


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