Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Canning Jar Sewing Kits

We made these recently to commemorate National Sewing Day on September 10th.  They were super easy to do and fairly inexpensive.

Items needed for Canning Jar Sewing Kits:

  • small square of fabric (We used some scrap fabric and for one, used a piece of a sheet that had gotten a whole in it)
  • small bit of batting (We used some stuffed animal and pillow stuffing from some that were no longer good. We washed them thoroughly with bleach and hot water before cutting up)
  • a canning jar just big enough to hold all your sewing notions (we used jelly jars that my dear friend, Gail, had given us, but you may be able to find some at a yard sale or second hand store)
  • a lid and seal for the jar (We used new ones, but I imagine you could use a used seal as well.)
  • sewing notions (These are mostly for the kids to learn with, so we just picked up small kit for each one at Dollar Tree.  The quality of the notions is not great, but it will serve us for now.)
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Instructions to make Canning Jar Sewing Kits

  1.  Clean jars with hot water and remove any stickers and labels.
  2. Place sewing notions into jar.  This will probably be fairly easy, but may take some maneuvering.
  3. Place batting onto top of jar seal and cover with fabric, so that the covered batting is on the top of the seal and the fabric edges are on the bottom of the seal. Trim any extra fabric, or you may not be able to put the lid and seal on afterwards.
  4. Turn seal over and carefully use the hot glue gun to glue the fabric down.  ***I highly recommend an adult do this, as I, myself, ended up with a few burns on my finger tips.***
  5. Push the covered seal up through the lid so that the covered batting is coming through the top of the lid.
  6. Screw the lid onto the jar and you are done.  If you are having trouble getting the lid to screw on, make sure the seal is pushed through right to the top and trim any extra fabric that might be preventing it from screwing on.  This does not need to be a perfect or tight fit, but to look nice it should at least screw on a little bit.
You now have all your sewing notions together in a small jar and a pincushion on top. I am planning on picking up some canning labels and putting each child's name on their kit, but it is not necessary.

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