Upcycled Glass Jar Pincushion Tutorial

I love to try to reuse and upcycle!  Although recycling is great, upcycling is even better.  I saw a photo of a picture of glass jar with a pincushion on the top and thought it was such a cute idea.  I have loads of glass jars lying around and with left-over pieces of my HoneyBeGood Alegria fabrics I decided I would give it a go and make one.

This is so simple!  You do not need to know how to sew to make these and they would be such a cute handmade gift for anyone you know that does sew.

Here is what you will need:

  • A glass jar with lid
  • Enough fabric to make a circle 3-4 times larger than your lid
  • Needle & Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Matching Ribbon 1/2″ to 1″ thick
  • Stuffing (you can even re-purpose stuffing from an old stuffed animal)

Start off by cutting your circle out of your fabric.  You want to make this about 3 times larger than your lid.

Now take your needle and thread and make a basting type stitch 1/4″ from the edge all the way around your circle.  You are going to use this stitch to gather your fabric together, it doesn’t need  to be perfect.

Now gently pull the thread to form a bowl shape.  Start stuffing it with filler.

As you put in a handful, slightly tighten the thread to keep it in.  I was able to add two fist size balls in mine.

One it is full, pull the thread tight to form a complete ball.

Stitch through the center of the ball from all angles to ensure it will stay tight and then knot the thread and cut it off.

Center your ball (stitched side down) on your jar lid and then hot glue it in place.  You may want to hold it for a minute or so to allow it to really hold.

Now to add the finishing touch!  Measure the amount of ribbon you will need to go around the edge of the jar lid.  Hot glue it in place and you have yourself a super cute little pincushion!

Fill it with bright colorful needles, buttons or other sewing notions and it would make a great gift! 

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