I have sewing classes coming up so I needed a fast way to make extra pin cushions! I was at WalMart of all places and they had some cute jar pin cushions that I thought I could copy pretty easily. While I was at it, I made a tutorial for you! I've tried to make this very beginner friendly, but if you have questions, don't hesitate to ask :)
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These are super easy, free to make (if you already have jars lying around, that is) and don't even require any machine sewing!
Let's get started. You'll need a mason jar with a lid, a scrap of fabric, a hot glue gun, stuffing and some fun trim. Plus a needle and thread. My favorite is this short, wide style of jar!
The first step is to hot glue the flat lid piece into the lid rim. Don't burn yourself like I did! I got this glue gun from a thrift store, still in its 90's packaging and it gets waaaaay hotter than the newer glue guns. The thing is dangerous, haha. I wonder if someone lobbied to get the temperature of glue guns regulated, hahahaha!
Next, cut a circle from your fabric. I made my circle about 1.25 inches larger on all sides than my lid. For the small size lid, my circle measured 5 1/2 inches in diameter if that helps you, but it's not rocket science.
Next, take your needle and thread, (thread your needle and knot the end together) and add long basting stitches all the way around the circle, about 1/4" from the raw edge. These long stitches allow you to gather the fabric up by pulling on the thread. Like so:
When you get back around to where you started, don't knot or cut your thread, just leave the needle attached! Then pull up the gathering stitches until your pouf is about the size it needs to be to fit over your jar lid. Adjust the gathers so they're generally even all the way around.
Begin hot gluing the fabric onto the lid, starting where the knotted end of your thread is and working around to where your needle is hanging. You want to leave that end loose until the end so you can pull the needle to adjust the fit as needed. Stop gluing once you have about a 2 inch space to fill with stuffing.
Next, add the stuffing, small pieces at a time. You want to fill it pretty full so it's nice and firm!
Once it's filled, pull on the end of your thread to make the gathers fit snug and then knot your thread and snip.
Then, finish gluing the opening to the lid.
Almost done! All you have to do is glue your trim around to hide the thread and raw edges.
That's all! Screw the lid onto your jar, where you can store extra pins, quilting pins or other little sewing gadgets.
I've made two, but think I'll need to make a couple more. I think using the tiny jars would be super cute! If you make this tutorial, be sure and let me know, I'd love to see!
Cheers and happy sewing :)