A Sewing Kit in a Jar is a great gift for a beginner sewer or crafter. I think it is also a great gift for graduation. It is a compact place and you can add to it as you need. Plus if you make the to a pin cushion it works double duty. I personally love having multiple pin cushions so I hope I can pass my love on to the recipient. I also like to have my needles separate from my straight pins. I keep them on a loop that hangs on the side.
For the contents of the kit I included:
- measuring tape
- needle threader
- straight pins
- tiny scissors
- 1 mason jar with lid and ring
- 1 piece of fabric (measuring at least 6″ x 6″)
- 1 small piece of coordinating cardstock (at least 4″ x 4″)
- Polyfill – Crafters Choice
- Adtech glue gun and all-purpose glue sticks
- May Arts Measuring Tape ribbon & Twill Chevron ribbon
- optional: ribbon for needle holder (about 6″ long – wide ribbon preferably)
For this pincushion I chose to use a wide mouth half pint jar because I needed it to be able to hold everything.
1. Cut fabric to at least 7″ x 7″ and press.
2. Add a large ball of Polyfil to the center of the fabric.
3. Hot glue the edges to the center.
4. Using a hot glue gun, lay a bead of glue under the gathered edge of fabric. Press as flat as you can. It is important that you really get these gathers as flat as possible. If they are too bulky it will make it challenging to get the jar completely closed. Trim off excess fabric.
5. Cut a length of ribbon to about 6″. Glue ends together. Glue to the lid of the jar. Press the pincushion lid into the ring, making sure the needle holder ribbon is pulled through to the top.
6. Hot Glue it to the rim of the jar.
7. Add a drop of glue to the needle ribbon.