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Pin Cushion Jars (fill with buttons, notions……..or candy!!)


Need a simple little project that will make you happy?  And will also brighten up your sewing table?


Turn a regular old canning jar (or any other kind of a jar) into a pin cushion.  And then fill it with buttons, pins, bobbins, clothing labels, or whatever little things that need a cozy home in your sewing space.  Perfectly cute.




And then when sewing with friends, why not fill that jar up with candy and munch on some treats while you have a little craft night together.  Or always keep it filled with candy so that you always have something sweet while sewing.  (Warning: If you’re anything like me, having a jar of candy permanently next to your sewing machine may cause rapid weight gain.  If you have no control, only fill with candy when having a sewing party!)




These little beauties are coming with me to the Denver Meet-Up tomorrow.  (Are you coming?  It’s not too late to get a $1 ticket.)




They’ll be scattered around the Meet-Up.  So if you’re there, open them up and feel free to munch on your favorite candies.  (And then each one will be given away at the end of the Meet-Up.  I couldn’t possibly use 12 pin cushions.)




Great for storage.  Fun to look at.  And perfect for sewing parties {especially when candy-filled}.



Also, can you image how happy someone would be to get one as a gift?  Hurry and whip up a few!

 P.S.  I bought the straight pins at Wal-Mart.



Need a quick HOW TO?



You’ll need a regular ‘ol canning jar for this.  Any size works.  Take the lid apart and lay the flat piece down on some fabric and cut around it, with plenty of room around all sides.


Then, grab a handful of batting and stuff it under the lid (make sure the top of the lid is facing down at this point.  Then add a touch of hot glue on the top edge of the fabric and fold it over to the back side of the lid, securing it in place.  Then do the same on both sides.

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Now, add a line of glue under your flaps of fabric and gradually pull the fabric down and glue in place.  Try to avoid too much folding or clumping of the fabric by trying to smooth it out evenly as you go……but a little bit won’t hurt anything.

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Then, do the same thing to the other side of the lid.  Before gluing the last bit of fabric down, you can add a bit more batting if you need to.  You want the pin cushion section to be a little firm but it doesn’t have to be super tight and packed in there.

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Finish gluing the rest of the fabric down then trim off any excess bulk.  (You don’t want to trim too much off though because you want it tucked under the felt in the next step.)


Now cut out a circle of felt that is smaller than the circle and won’t add to the bulk of the lid when trying to screw it down.  Hot glue the felt circle down and press firmly, making this extra fabric as flat as possible.  Then place the outer ring on top of the fabric and allow the little puff of fabric to poke right out.

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Then screw the lid on top of your button/notions/candy filled jar……..and add your pins to the top.




And enjoy.




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Ashley Johnston

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Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!

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