Workshop Wednesday: Mason jar sewing caddy + pincushion
Hello makers! Today's tutorial is brought to you by the fabulous Jill Brumer, HMS sewing instructor extraordinaire:
This project takes stuff you probably already have at home (namely a mason jar and fabric scraps) to create your own super-functional sewing supplies holder. Not only does it keep all your little odds and ends handy, but It doubles as a pincushion! And it's very easy. So what are we waiting for?
Mason jar (I like the larger ones, they hold more stuff)
Small scrap of fabric
Pinking shears (if you have them; if not, no big deal)
Hot glue gun (the serious kind, not the wimpy kind)
Batting (that stuffing stuff that goes inside pillows)
Start by taking the small part of the mason jar lid and placing it face down on the back side of your fabric. Draw a circle around this lid that is 1/2" to 3/4" bigger than the lid.
Move the lid to a new section of your fabric and trace a new circle around it that is the same size as the lid.
You should have two different sized circles drawn on your fabric now. Go ahead and cut out the big one with your fabric scissors and the small one with your pinking shears if you own a pair. If you don't, no worries! Just cut out this small circle with your fabric scissors as well.
Grab a small handful of your batting and roll it around in your hands. We need to make it a size that is similar to your jar lid. When you've got this under control, let's make a sandwich out of our pieces. It should look like this: lid (right side up), batting, larger fabric circle (right side up).
We are now going to pull the large fabric circle around to the underside of the jar lid and secure it with our trusty glue gun. Here's the best way to do that:
First, glue down one spot.
Next, glue down one spot directly opposite from the spot your just glued. Pull it tight!
Do the same thing for the other two sides of the circle, for a total of 4 glued-down points.
Now go back in and start to glue down the remaining flaps that are just hanging out. Like before, try to always glue opposite points around the circle, pulling tight all along the way.
Once we have our puffed up lid, it's time to make the underside just as nice to look at! This is where that small circle comes in.
Place it pretty side out on the bottom of your jar lid. Make sure none of the edges stick out before you start glueing!
Glue a little bit at a time, to make sure the circle is lined up correctly. Work your way around the edges to make sure all the ugly ends are tucked away.
Believe it or not, that's all there is to this little project!
Now you can put thread, snips, seam rippers, and all kinds of useful things inside the jar while the top holds your pins in a stylish way. I guarantee you will love yours as much as I love mine.
Feeling the urge to learn to sew or brush up on your skills? Check our class schedule for lots of upcoming sewing workshops!
Jill Brumer has been educating and crafting for years, so it was bound to happen that these two passions would eventually meet up!
When not sewing or teaching others to sew, Jill can be found enjoying all the things that this great city of Houston has to offer.