mason jar pin cushion - tutorial

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Tackled a quick little project from Martha a few weeks ago.

I loved the idea of being able to have a traveling sewing kit to take with me around the house when I'm doing quick little fixes.  This fit the bill perfectly as I don't have to worry about having scissors, needles, and thread laying all around the coffee table for Izzy to get into.

I'm a visual learner, so I was bummed when Martha didn't hook me up with photos to assure me I was on the right path.

So, for all you visual learners out there, here's a tutorial... with photos :D

What you'll need:

{mason jar, fabric scrap, batting, thin cardboard, hot glue gun and glue, scissors}

STEP ONE:  Cut out a circle from the cardboard the same size as the lid.

STEP TWO:  Cut out a circle from your fabric scrap approximately one inch larger than the lid. 

STEP THREE:  Sandwich a small amount of batting between the fabric and cardboard circles.  Too much batting can make it difficult to screw the cap back on the jar when you're finished

STEP FOUR:  Fold over the edge of the fabric and glue to the bottom of the cardboard circle.

STEP FIVE:  Move to opposite side and do the same, working yourself around all edges.

STEP SIX:  If you have too much fabric gathered on the cardboard side, go ahead and trim it back with scissors.

QUICK LITTLE TIP! - If you have an issue with the lid not screwing back onto the jar (I didn't run into this problem with the first one I made, but did with the second so I thought I'd share) you can pull the fabric back, peel the dried glue off the cardboard, and apply a couple beads of glue to the top side of the cardboard and press the fabric to it before starting at Step 4.  That way there is a little lip around the edge of the top for the lid ring to fit over more easily.

STEP SEVEN:  Apply hot glue to the top of the lid.

STEP EIGHT:  Firmly press the lid onto the bottom of the cardboard.

STEP NINE:  Slip lid ring over.  You may have to tug on the fabric and batting a bit to get it to sit correctly.

STEP NINE:  Stuff your mason jar with any notions you might find yourself repeatedly traveling the house with, screw the lid on, add some pins, and enjoy!

I even added a little strip of magnet to the inside of the lid to make grabbing little safety pins easier.  Or you could use it to run over the top of the carpet to find that lost pin so you don't jam it into your foot later ;)

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  1. That is so smart (and cute)! I should definitely do this. Apparently, my husband isn't fond of finding pins on the floor.

  2. awesome idea for that magnet (and kit is uber cute too!)

  3. I love these! I have so many mason jars left over from canning so I will definitely be making these. And the magnetic strip on the underside of the lid is genius! I would love for you to share this at my link party!

  4. Great idea! Looks pretty easy:)

    Amy R.

  5. genial idea para reciclar y enseñar a los niños
    un saludo

  6. Adorable, easy and great tutorial!

  7. Oh Martha, you are such a genius! This is so completely brilliant and easy...not to mention adorable! Yours especially (c:

  8. Wonderful idea. I will be making some of these for sure for my craft room. Thanks for the tutorial.

  9. I've been meaning to try this! Yours are so cute! Love the fabric you chose!!!

  10. SUch a great idea. Oh mason jars are so useful :)

    Love for you to share it at my Linky Party :) -

  11. Those look so cute. I have always wanted to make one of these. I am a new follower to your cute blog. I would love it if you came over to my new blog and followed me too. @

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    1. Makes me want to go buy some pretty mason jars they are so versatile.

  13. That is really really cute, nice color choice too!

    Found you on Someday Crafts, whatever goes wednesday so just poppin' in to say hi!

  14. So so darn cute. I love it. What program do you use to write on your photos. Maybe you have already said and I need to go look :)

  15. This is adorable and so convenient! We're going to be your newest followers - come check us out at!

  16. OH WOW!!! I absolutely love these, what an ingenious idea! I adore jars and have quite a collection and i love pin cushions, why i never thought on this before!!! thanks

    kt x

  17. This is such a great post-better pictures than Martha could have done too!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  18. VERY VERY CUTE! I have so many darn jars floating around here and this is a great project:) I would be so totally thrilled if you linked up at my party goin on all weekend!

  19. These are so super cute. Loving the fabric colors you bright & springy! And the magnet strip is so clever. Would be delighted for you to link up with us at Mop It Up Mondays:


  20. Fabulous! The magnet is a great secret, too!

  21. L-O-ve it! Will be repeating!

  22. Featuring you today! :)

    Ginger @

  23. tried it, worked perfectly. the addition of the cardboard layer helped my jar lids actually close. the last tutorial i tried was a fail because the fabric made it too tight. nice job!

    jess @

  24. i love this. want to make it. like, right now. :)

  25. This is such a great project! I love it's simplicity. In fact, it's downright cinchy ... and would be perfect at our "It's a Cinch" multi-blog link party. The link stays open until midnight Friday and when you link at one blog, you're automatically linked up to the party's five co-hosts ...
    Hope to see you at the party!



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  27. I made these and did not use the cardboard because if you use both jar lid and cardboard the lid won't screw on. It makes it to thick to thread on. :) I just used jar lid

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