DIY: Mason jar pin cushion

June 30, 2010

I had a little sewing box.  It was cute.  It held everything I needed, except for a lot of things, because although it was cute, it was tiny.  Most of my crafts are not tiny.  I decided I needed a new sewing box, this time not quite so little.  I found my new sewing box at a local thrift store for $2.50.  It is a small , old suitcase. In the past it was probably used for toiletries and therefore should be very excited for a change of view that will now include things like embroidery thread and sewing needles.


Just a few days after finding my new sewing box, I also found a book at my library filled with fun craft projects including a fun easy pin cushion craft using mason jars.  I took on the challenge of making my own pin cushion and want to share it with you!

You will need:
-a piece of fabric
-thin cardboard (such as a cereal box)
-pencil or pen
-cotton fill
-hot glue gun and glue
-Mason jar
-Mason jar lid
-Mason jar ring

1) Trace a circle the diameter of your mason jar lid onto a thin piece of cardboard and cut it out.

2)  Next, trace 2 separate circles onto your fabric.  The first is the same diameter of your cardboard cut out and the second is about 1 inch wider than the first.


3)  Cut out your two fabric circles.

3)  Place your larger fabric circle face down on your work space.  Top with some cotton fill and then the circle cardboard (use enough cotton fill to be fluffy but still allow you room to glue the extra fabric to the bottom side of the cardboard).

4)  Using your glue gun, adhere the extra fabric edges to the bottom of the cardboard.

5)  Glue your smaller fabric circle on top of the exposed cardboard creating a finished look for the underside of your pin cushion.


6)  On the underside of your Mason jar ring, apply hot glue to the inside edge of the rim and quickly press the assembled cushion into the lid, until the cloth side is fully visible above the ring’s rim and the underside of the cardboard is flush against the rim.

7)  Fill your jar with sewing or craft supplies and top with your new pin cushion lid!



I got so excited by how cute my first pin cushion turned out that I made a second (one for my straight pins and one for my embroidery needles).

I then decorated two lids in exactly the same manner only without the cotton fill just because I thought they looked so cute.



I am totally thrilled with the end result and am ready to conquer new crafts with my re-purposed handy dandy sewing box!


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