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Tutorial : Mason Jar Pin Cushion

I have something a little different for you today – a pin cushion top mason jar DIY! Help keep your pins all in one place, or make it as a handmade gift for a friend! It would make a perfect kit for any sewer – beginner or experienced :)

Here’s how you do it…..

1. Cut a piece of cardboard (or felt) slightly smaller than your lid. Then cut a piece of fabric fairly larger than your lid – about 1” bigger or so.

2. With the fabric and lid both face down, sandwich a chunk of stuffing in between the two.

3. While lightly pressing down on your lid – fold, tuck, and glue your fabric around the lid. Make sure you are getting it nice and tight, and not leaving too much excess around the edge.

This is what it will look like when you’re done.

4. Your cardboard or felt is going to be used as a backing to simply cover up the unfinished edges and give it a clean finished look. So add a little glue, and attach your backing.

5. Pop it through your top….

6. And screw it back on your jar. Ta-da! Fill your jar with pins, buttons, etc. Or fill it with some basic, essential sewing tools, and give it as a gift to a friend!

Note – if you are having trouble screwing the top back onto your jar when your done, you may have too much bulk around the edge of your lid. When your making it, make sure you push the stuffing towards the center of the lid, so that there isn’t much near the edges. And pull your fabric nice and tight, too. The less bulk, the better.

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Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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11 years ago

Oh, I love this idea! Would help keep everything together for a single project too!

11 years ago

Cute! I keep tons of mason jars around for my zippers/notions/etc, but I love the idea of making the lid functional, too!

11 years ago

I need this! What a great idea!

11 years ago

What a super cute idea. I’ll be making some of these!

11 years ago

Cute!! :-)

11 years ago

So sweet! Love it!

11 years ago

Lovely idea, really helpful for keeping bits for a project together….just need to find some jars!

11 years ago

This is a great idea! Even my crafting-challenged self may be able to make one :) I have tons of jars and lots of loose pins…this is just the thing!


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