Mason jar pincushion

Saturday, June 18, 2011

When it comes to sewing I've always struggled with keeping my pins in one place (Stephen can attest to that). That's not to say I don't have a pincushion, I just find that when I'm sewing I feel as if I'm too busy to put them back. But these little pincushions are quite clever and practical. I've seen them on a few crafting websites and thought that just maybe I'd be more willing to take the time to keep things organized. Plus the added storage beneath is great for buttons, trims, needles, or thread/bobbins.

Pincushion Tutorial
Materials Needed
6x6 fabric scrap of your choice
jar with lid and band
cotton balls or fiberfill
cardstock (any color)
glue gun

Step 1: Using the lid of the jar, cut out a circle of the same size from the cardstock.

Step 2: Using the lid of the jar, trace around it on the WRONG side of your fabric. Increase the circle's radius by 1-2 inches and cut out the larger circle.

Step 3: Layer the fabric, cotton balls, and lid, then place the "sandwich" inside the band.

Step 4. 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. Make any necessary adjustments and then fold in the fabric and hot glue it to the underside of the lid.

Step 5: Trim away any excess fabric and hot glue the cardstock over the fabric edges.

Step 6: 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 brand new pincushion- enjoy!


  1. These turned out really cute, where did you get this size of jar?? It is perfect!! I am a new follower, I'd love for you to stop by my blog sometime:)


  2. I actually found the jars at Wal-Mart in the canning section, but I have also seen them at my grocery store too. I look forward to checking out your blog :)

    Thanks again for stopping by!

  3. Love this little pin cushion! So ideal for storing sewing supplies underneath as well!

  4. I just discovered your blog and LOVE it! I love this project, and your photography is just lovely. Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  5. Super cute. The mini mason jars are adorable. I would love if you shared this on my link party.

    Can't wait to see what you come up with next.


  6. These are just too cute! I love crafts/gifts that use mason jars. I might have to whip a few of these up for some friends that sew :)

    I would love it if you would link up at Watch Out, Martha!’s first link up party: Martha Mondays on May 7th! Hope to see you there! ( )

  7. These are just too cute! I think they'd make a great little favor for a sewing party! Thanks for the tip.

  8. I love this so much! Included it in my Mother's Day Gift Tutorials post with link to you and your sweet pincushion tutorial here:

    Happy Mother's Day!

  9. So cute! I've been meaning to make a few for awhile now... I just keep forgetting! Thanks for the reminder. And thank you for linking up this week at Creative Me! Do you mind me asking who did your blog design? it's fabulously clean and beautiful! I'd love to know who did it.

    Have a great day!

    1. Thank you, Jenny! I actually designed my own blog. In college I had a graphic design job, so it was just a matter of learning some HTML & CSS. A month or so ago I redesigned my sister-in-law's blog: I'd really love to do more, free of cost. I'm just too shy to ask people/don't know how to offer my "design" services.


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