Pin Cushion Jar

Pin Cushion Jar

You will need...

  • 2 x flat metal seal lid and 1 screw on band from a mason jar or similar
  • 30x30cm (12x12in) fabric of your choice
  • 30x30cm (12x12in) polyester batting
  • 1 pencil
  • Glue gun with clear glue sticks
  • 1 x cloth tape measure
  • Pair of scissors 
  • 1 Sewing needle
  • Length of thread to match fabric
  • Silicone based adhesive
  • 1 x 2.5cm (1in) wide metal ribbon
  • 2 small clamps
  • Needle-nosed pliers

 Step 1: Use a flat seal lid as a template to cut a piece of batting. You may need to double or triple the batting depending how padded you wish the pin cushion top to be. Glue the batting to one of the seals with a glue gun, pressing down to make sure it is secure.

Step 2: Cut out a fabric circle from your chosen material to cover the lid of your jar and make your pin cushion. For most standard jars you will need a 12cm (4½in) diameter circle. For a wider-mouthed jar you will need a 15cm (6in) diameter circle. Make sure there is enough overhang to wrap around under the lid so that fabric can be secured into place.


Step 3: With needle and double thread, sew a running stitch 5mm (½in) in from the edge of the fabric completely around circle. Leave the needle and thread attached, then position the piece of fabric over the top of the batting.


Step 4: Pull the thread so the fabric gathers tightly around the underside of the seal. Sew in a few stitches to hold the gathering in place and then knot and cut the thread. Using the silicone-based adhesive, glue the padded lid to the top of your screw-on band.

Step 5: The jar can be sealed using the remaining flat seal, or you can glue the second seal into the inside of the band so it hides the gathered fabric.

Step 6: Cut the metal ribbon to fit around the screw-on band plus 1cm (½in). The wrap the ribbon around the band and clamp securely in place.


Step 7: Fold one end of the metal ribbon up at a 90-degree angle and the other end down at a 90-degree angle. Hook the angled ends together and with the pliers, grasp them together and fold it down to create a seam that holds the ribbon together in a ring. Use the pliers to squeeze the seam down flat. Crimp the metal ribbon collar tightly onto the jar lid so it will not need to be glued.

  • This project is courtesy of Mason Jar Gifts: Create Heartwarming Gifts using Canning Jars by Marie Browning. Price: £13.42
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