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Making Monday #6 and Jam Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial

November 11, 2013

After an absolute sewing frenzy last week, this week was more about catching up on housework and having a bit of a wardrobe clear-out.  So today I thought I’d do a tutorial for the jam jar pin cushion I made last week.

The only thing I finished this week was a dolly for Jessica which she helped me make. I used a pattern from Knit It Stitch It, which is one of my favourite books. It’s full of easy sewing projects for beginner sewers or for people who want to make some lovely things with their kids. All the projects are really simple and easy to follow and the pictures inside are so pretty and girly. Perfect for me.

I used the pattern from the book to make the doll, but added some woollen hair to make her look extra pretty!


How to Make a Jam Jar Pin Cushion

You will need:

an empty jam jar,

a small piece of fabric,

pom pom trim,

a piece of cardboard,

a pencil,

super glue / glue gun / PVA glue,

a saucer to draw round,


needle and thread,

polyester stuffing

Step One – Draw round the lid of your jar onto the cardboard and cut out.

Step Two – Take a saucer which is at least twice as large as the jar lid and draw round it onto the fabric, then cut out,

Step Three: Do a line of running stitch all the way round the circle of fabric leaving a long piece of thread at either end.

Step Four: Place your polyester stuffing and cardboard on top of the fabric circle.

Step Five: Pull the thread tight around the stuffing and cardboard as tightly as possible (I left mine a little too loose here)

Step Six: Spread glue over your jam jar lid.

Step Seven: Firmly press your pin cushion onto the lid of the jar.

Step Eight: Glue your pom pom trim around the the jar lid. (I stuck some cream bias binding underneath to hide the orange jar lid, but you don’t need to)

Step Nine: Fill with buttons, ribbons or threads and enjoy!

I hope you like this very easy project, if you manage to make one please tweet me a picture as I’d love to see. If you want more tutorials let me know and I’ll see what I can do. xxx

  • Reply
    Jessica Cangiano
    November 11, 2013 at 3:44 pm

    That pink haired doll makes me want to squeal with happiness! She is off the charts adorable!!! Love this super pretty jam jar pin cushion, too. Wonderful creations both!

    ♥ Jessica

  • Reply
    August 11, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I love this idea. Sewing has too many small compartments, so having a pin cushion and storage jar helps.


  • Reply
    June 17, 2016 at 10:20 am

    Really beautiful-loved the wee doll too-thanks but don’t know the magazine

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