This easy mason jar pin cushion makes the perfect gift for the new sewer or a pretty adornment for your favorite place in the house – the sewing room! If you have been looking for recycling ideas for your mason jars you can turn them into mini sewing kits complete with a pincushion lid.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion: Supplies
You will need:
- FABRIC – Fabric scraps for the top
- FELT – Thin felt for underneath – if you don’t have felt you can substitute a fabric scrap
- STUFFING – Polyester stuffing. You could also use small scrap fabric.
- Hand needle & thread
- GLUE – Hot glue gun
- JAR – Mason jar or generic jar where the outside ring can be separated from the inside lid.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion: The Video
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Mason Jar Pin Cushion: Instructions
Step 1: Cut Circles
Start by removing the lid and separating the ring from the flat disk inside. Trace around the disk on the wrong side of your scrap fabric.
Using a ruler draw a series of dashes around it 1 inch (2.5cm) larger. Join them up and you have a circle to cut around. Don’t worry if it is not perfect as it will be gathered and the raw edges will be hidden.
Cut the outer circle.
Step 2: Gather the Fabric
Using a simple up and down gathering running stitch, hand stitch all the way around the raw edge.
With the fabric wrong side facing up, gently pull the gathering stitch just enough so the edges start to pull in.
Step 3: Add Stuffing
Place some stuffing in your fabric center and then put the disk on top. Finish pulling the gathering stitches tight around the disk and knot off.
Step 4: Add Felt to Back of Lid
Cut out a piece of thin felt or fabric the same size as the disk and glue it to the back. You don’t want to add too much bulk so the lid still closes easily.
If you are using fabric, you could use pinking shears to stop the edges fraying.
Alternately if your felt or fabric is thick, then cut this underneath piece 1/2 inch (12mm) smaller than the disk to reduce bulk.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion – In Conclusion
Put the ring of the lid back on and you are all done! Add some threads, sewing supplies or buttons for a colorful display to make your sewing room shine.