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Jam Jar Pincushion

When I was rushing around getting things ready for the Craft-Tea Party and the Upcycling workshop I did recently, I encountered a problem. I needed to take some needles with me, and some thread, and a pin cushion to hold them in.

Not wanting to have a pin cushion full of pins floating around one of my bags, I hastily threw this together:

Jam Jar Pincushion

Jam Jar Pincushion

Now, I realise this is not ground-breaking crafting, and people have been making these for ages, but I was pretty chuffed with it, and wanted to show you just how easy it is.

From start to finish, the whole thing took less than 12 minutes-I know because I had set the ‘bipper’ for 12 minutes as I was baking some cookies (yes, I am a multi-tasking domestic goddess. Really, I am…)

This is what you need:

  • clean, empty (obviously) jam jar-I have to always give mine the ‘sniff test’ and make sure they are not old chutney ones that still stink of vinegar…
  • fabric
  • scissors
  • needle and thread
  • something to stuff your pincushion with-I used an old sock, but would not recommend it-will explain later! Maybe wool off-cuts, or even good old cotton wool
  • glue gun
  • small piece of felt (optional)

This is what you do:

  • Pick a fabric that lifts your heart and makes you smile
Old duvet I found in the charity shop

Old duvet I found in the charity shop

  • Place your jam jar lid on top of the fabric and draw a circle around it that is about 1-2cm bigger in diameter than the lid
  • Cut it out-I used pinking shears because I had some, but not essential by any means
  • Take your needle and thread (thread can be any colour, you won’t see it) and very roughly tack (hand sew however you can) around the edge of your Β circle about 0.5cm from the edge
  • Place your stuffing inside the circle-like I say, I thought I was being ingenious using an old sock which I had just relegated to the textile recycling bag

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BUT in hindsight this wasn’t ideal as it was very hard to poke pins in to, so unless you have lovely soft wooly old sock, I would use something else!

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  • Then pull both the loose ends of your thread gently together so the fabric gathers around your stuffing like a drawstring. Tie it off somehow-again, it doesn’t have to be neat

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  • Apply a good squidge of glue to the jam jar lid

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(I used my trusty glue gun, but something like copydex should work pretty well) and then press your newly made pin cushion onto the top, and press down firmly for a minute or two

  • Then I cut a little rectangle of felt to pin my needles to, and keep them together when ‘in-transit’

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Ta-daaaa! I love a bit of speed crafting πŸ™‚

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And here are the cookies….

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  • Reply Sara March 19, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Mmmmm cookies…. Love the jar as well, great idea!

    • Reply Jen March 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm


  • Reply Hazel March 19, 2013 at 6:39 am

    My 9 year old was looking at these on Pinterest (I know, I’ve created a monster!) and picking which one she’d like to make with me. I’m relieved they’re so straight forward- she’s very optimistic about my sewing skills!!

    • Reply Jen March 19, 2013 at 8:47 am

      I think it would be a great easy craft to do together. I have subsequently seen some much prettier much neater ones (check out Louise’s on her Sew Scrumptios blog http://sewscrumptious.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/march-pinterest-challenge.html) but I reckon a 9y.o could probably manage this one on their own…

      • Reply Hazel March 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

        I was thinking I could leave her to get on with it! She started looking at very elaborate and well made pincushions- will steer her towards one of these!

        • Reply Jen March 19, 2013 at 10:04 am

          Have fun πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jo March 19, 2013 at 2:59 am

    i’d seen these before, never realised how quick and easy they were. Such a good plan for keeping a couple of bits and pieces handy for mending, sewing on a button or whatever. Love it. May even try it! (I am sadly non crafty, but I do own a glue gun!)

    • Reply Jen March 19, 2013 at 8:45 am

      Do give it a go, super easy! And let me know how you get on πŸ™‚

      • Reply Jo March 21, 2013 at 5:37 am

        Jen, I put together a very cheeky interpretation of your little mending jar. No craft necessary. I threw everything in a tiny tin instead! I did put a link to your project though, just in case anyone wants to have a proper go…


        • Reply Jen March 21, 2013 at 11:22 am

          FAb-i’ll take a look! Thanks for linking back πŸ™‚

  • Reply Jo aka Kiwijo March 18, 2013 at 11:05 pm

    Well done you – how resourceful :o)

    • Reply Jen March 19, 2013 at 8:44 am

      Thanks Jo πŸ™‚

  • Reply pennypinchingpeach March 18, 2013 at 9:16 pm

    That is a nifty little idea. πŸ™‚

    • Reply Jen March 18, 2013 at 9:26 pm


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