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Canning Jar Pincushion Tutorial

Have you seen these new Ball® Wide Mouth Contemporary Styled Glass Preserving Jars?

I love this little Half Pint size, especially if you turn it into a pincushion. I realize this is not a new idea and there are lots of instructions available for converting a jar lid into a pincushion, but I think maybe I should give you my version!

Here’s the finished product:

Instructions

  1. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 1 1

    Using the lid of the jar, cut out a circle of the same size from the card stock

  2. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 2 2

    Using the lid of the jar, trace around it on the wrong side of your fabric.

  3. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 3 3

    Increase that circle’s radius about 1” and cut out the larger circle.

  4. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 4 4

    Layer the fabric, cotton balls,

  5. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 5 5

    and lid then place the “sandwich” inside the band.




  6. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 6 6

    Press the lid down so that the cotton balls and fabric form the pincushion on the opposite side of the band. Check to see if you need to move the fabric to avoid creases.

  7. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 7 7

    Make any necessary adjustments and then fold in the fabric and hot glue it to the underside of the lid.

  8. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 8 8

    Trim away any excess fabric and hot glue the cardstock over the fabric edges.

  9. How to make a jar & pot pin cushions. Canning Jar Pincushion - Step 9 9

    Line the band with a small bead of glue and insert the pincushion into it, pressing firmly. Add the lid to the jar and YOU HAVE A NEW PINCUSHION!

    Other ideas (please add yours in the comments): Monogram the top and use it as a “treasure jar”. Add ribbon, paint, and other embellishments to the band to give it even more personality.

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michelle k.
michelle k.

I just completed a "practice" pincushion and it turned out great. My grand-daughter enjoyed picking out materials in the fat squares/quilting dept. I used 1/2 of a 00 steel wool pad and 2 layers of a high loft quilting batting for the filling. I completed the first step with Tacky Glue rather than hot glue gun - hot glue probably better, but not as "user friendly" for children...

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michelle k.
michelle k.

My grand-daughter and I picked up jars this evening! She is a crafter also, and I thought these would make a great reasonably priced gift from her. After reading some of the issues - I plan on making a practice one so our sessions go smoothly - she will love picking out materials for people she wants to make a jar for. I read up on the "stuffing" and some advise to add steel wool so the pins don't become dull (00 grade). I also plan on using batting instead of cotton balls. I want to make sure the jar closes. We are going to fill jars with safety pins, buttons, and, if I can find some, basic "travel" threads...and top with straight pins and pre-threaded needles (someone gave me that idea, how nice for older folks to have a pre-threaded needle - basic white, black, and dark blue...HAPPY TO FIND THIS SITE! will let you know how ours turn out....

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Willow Bon-Bon
Willow Bon-Bon · London, GB · 29 projects

Inspiring Idea. I love it!

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Lauren N.
Lauren N. · U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado, US · 2 projects

This is a super cute idea! Although I will admit... I ran into a bit of trouble. Happy

No matter how much i tried... I still had a few creases in the sides (though thats probably just my incompetence with fabric xD)

And when I glued the cushion the band, I didn't push firmly enough so now the lid wont screw into the jar... (I'll have to find a way to undo what I've done.)

And the last tidbit? Don't over-stuff the cushion! If you do, you can't stick your pins in very far. (I used cotton balls, it seems that I packed in so many, it became too dense for my pins to pierce.)

So make sure you pay attention when you work on this! Don't make the same mistakes I did XD. I'll be trying again soon, armed with more knowledge.

Thanks for the How-To!

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live2create
live2create · Ottawa, Ontario, CA · 13 projects

wonderful idea!! Happy

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Sylvie P.
Sylvie P. · 1 project

This is so cute! I might make this as a christmas present for someone... And I could fill the jar with some pretty ribbon and buttons Happy) Excellent idea, thank you

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ɐɯlɐ!
ɐɯlɐ! · 1 project

that looks so cute,
but its so easy! Happy

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44flowers
44flowers · Midwest, Wyoming, US

I have my pins in a small tupperware container...this is much better! Gotta love the dual usage. Great quick gift for fellow crafters too. Love it, thank you!

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Eszti
Eszti · Dunakeszi, Pest County, HU · 42 projects

oooh, pretty :]

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mangolicious
mangolicious · New Delhi, Delhi, IN · 4 projects

i love the fabric Happy...very cute..

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