Making a Jar Lid Pincushion

July 28, 2009

Handy little pincushions made with quilt batting, fabric and a jar lid or small metal can. Jar Lid Pincushion


Approximate Time: 45-60 minutes



Jar Lid Pincushion


  1. Measure the width of your lid/can.

  2. Cut a cardboard circle just a bit smaller than this measurement. For example, if your lid measures 4 inches, cut a cardboard circle to 3 3/4 inches inches so the cardboard will fit inside the lid.

  3. Cut 6-8 layers of quilt batting using your cardboard circle as a template.

  4. Cut a fabric circle two inches larger than your cardboard shape (4 inch cardboard means a 6 inch circle of fabric). Try to pick a fabric that coordinates well with the color of your lid.

  5. Thread your needle with some strong thread. Use a length long enough to do a running stitch around the outer edge of the fabric circle. Be sure to knot your needle before you start so the thread doesn't pull through.

  6. After stitching all around the circle, spread the fabric flat and insert the 6-8 layers of quilt batting and lastly the cardboard circle. Be sure the wrong side of the fabric is facing you when you insert the layers.

  7. Hold the layers and cardboard in the center of the fabric circle with fingers of one hand. With the other hand, pull the thread taut encircling the batting/cardboard. (Check the top of the fabric and be sure you like the print design. If something you planned to have on the top has shifted, move the layers a little to one side or the other to adjust.)

  8. Use the needle and thread to do a couple whip stitches on the backside to hold the fabric circle closed.

  9. Clip the thread once the circle is secured.

  10. Place glue in the bottom and sides of the lid. I use a tacky craft glue for this. Place the padded fabric circle into the lid. Use a pointy object (like a chopstick) to push the puffy fabric circle into place.

  11. Allow the glue to dry for a few hours and insert your pins.

Make one for your sewing table, one for your cutting table and one to use wherever you sit to do your hand sewing projects.

For this project, I like to use peanut butter or mayonnaise jar lids.

When using cans, tuna or cat food cans work well. The outside edges of the lid can be decorated with buttons (as shown), beads, paint, etc. Jar Lid Pincushion


By Pam from McMinnville, TN

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