Mason Jar Pin Cushion Tutorial

Because I have this serious obsession with pin cushions I put together an {almost} no-sew pin cushion project.

How to Make a Mason Jar Sewing Kit

 This makes great gifts for sewing friends, teachers, table decorations, or sewing club gifts.
How to Make a Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 Canning Jar (any size works)
  • 6” X 6” Fabric Scrap
  • Batting
  • Needle and Thread
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Piece of cardboard or felt
  • Scissors
Mason Jar Pin Cushion 1a

Step 1

Round out the edges of the 6 x 6 piece of fabric.  It doesn’t have to be perfect, either.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 2

Take the needle and thread and make a loose running stitch around the inside edge of the fabric.

Or, set a sewing machine on the longest stitch length and stitch around the outer edge.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 3
Mason Jar Pin Cushion 4

Gather the thread by pulling it up.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 5

Step 2

Stuff some batting into the fabric circle until it is nice and pouffy.
Hint: If you have any wool batting, this makes the best pin cushion stuffing because the lanolin from the wool helps your pins go into fabric better.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion 6

Put the lid into the bottom of the pouffy circle and then pull the gathering threads tighter.

Add more batting if it isn’t pouffy enough.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 7

Step 3:

Hot glue the fabric to the bottom of the lid.  This helps hold it all in place.  Be sure to trim the thread tails.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 8
Cut a circle of fabric from either the cardboard or felt.  I traced the inner circle of the jar ring.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion 9
Hot glue the felt or cardboard to the bottom side of the lid to cover the raw edges.
Mason Jar Pin Cushion 10

Step 5: Push the pin cushion into the jar ring.

Mason Jar Pin Cushion 12
Fill the jars with buttons, sewing notions, pins, or even candy.

How to make a mason jar sewing kit

Top with some really cute pins.

How to make a mason jar sewing kit

 This will be the last time where I use the word pouffy in this post.



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  1. says

    Sew cute!!!! I bought several small sewing kits with the intention to make some of these mason jar sewing jars. I love your colorful fabric choices. I’m a new follower, and hope you’ll come over and visit


  2. says

    These are absolutely adorable. So glad you shared these on Six Sister’s link party this week! I’ll have to add this to my craft list to test out for The PinterTest Kitchen.

  3. Karen says

    Leslie, I just finished making the pin cushion and wow is it cute, however do you have any tricks for making it easier to screw the lid onto the jar? Mine is not cooperating. Thanks for any help, this is a gift for my mom:)

    • Leslie says

      Great question. Try using less fabric folded over the edge of the lid; hot glue it to keep it in place. A few of mine first jars were really bulky and made it hard to screw the lid on. Instead of felt to cover your stitching, try cutting a matching piece of fabric. If you use pinking sheers it won’t ravel and will be really thin.

    • Eydie says

      Instead of using felt to cover where the stuffing goes, try gluing the whole thing to the LID that goes inside the ring, then glue the whole thing together. That gives it a flat inner surface that the ring likes and makes it easier to screw together.

  4. says

    I used 1/2 of a styrofoam ball and then fiberfill over it–a lot smoother result. The ball needs to be about 1/2 the finished size of the “pincushion”. Glue the felt or fabric to a piece of thin cardboard (cereal box) and then to the bottom of the cushion–after trimming and glueing the gathered fabric very tight and flat–makes a neater finish. I put my bee’s wax, thimble and small measuring tool in the jar so I would have everything together for hand sewing. A very small pair of scissors would be nice, too!

    • Irene says

      My favorite measuring tool is a piece of 1/4″ grid lined template plastic that is about 5 ” or 6″ inches long by about 2″ wide. I can use it to check a fourth in. seam allow. Or the size of a small block and marking a line and it’s useful for measuring anything for sewing. I keep one in my take along bag another at my sewing machine and another in the family room where I do a lot of hand work.
      Thanks for sharing your idea Susan all your supplies are ready to be used whenever you need them.
      I love love love love pincushions, Leslie. I have a good sized collection of pincushions some are gifts some are ones that I made. It seems like I can’t get enough of them which is why i’ll be making a canning jar pincushion too. I love the bright colored buttons you put inside and the beautiful bright fabrics. I have a bright fabric with all sorts of colored circles I think it would be cute to to cut the fabrics in small triangles with colors to match the colored circles.
      If you other ladies don’t happen to have any wool batting you can use poly fiber fill. If you use cotton i’m afraid you will be as dissapointed as I was several years ago because it is sooooo hard to push a straight pin into cotton batting.

  5. says

    My daughter-in-love gave me a tall mason jar with this pin cushion top years ago. She filled it with standard sewing needs: small scissors, measuring tape, safety pins, thread & needles, buttons, etc. BEST gift ever!!!
    Thank you for such detailed simple instructions!

  6. says

    Love this! They are so cute. I need a couple of birthday presents, so I know what I am going to be doing! Thanks for sharing. Pinning.

    • Irene says

      I love the idea of setting them in a row, Robyn. I have som antique mason and ball jars that I keep old wodden spools in they still have thread. So that would be extra colorful to go with a colorful pin cushion

  7. Sheila ferguson says

    I love these little jars but how did you get the centre out of the top ,it looks so smooth.
    Thank you

    • Leslie says

      Sheila, Thanks for your comment. The center of mason jar lids is removable, making it perfect for this project.

  8. katie says

    Hi found you thru a link at the Daily Blog of Alex Anderson. For some reason when I first come to your page the pictures are there and then just the text is left after a few seconds, is there a way to get them to stay?? I tried to refresh but it still happens..
    Thanks Katie

  9. says

    I like this! This would be a cool idea for my daughter and I to make together. I love sewing and though I have a pin cushion, I don’t have a pin cushion as creative as this one. Thanks for sharing!

    • Leslie says

      How sweet. When I put it together I never thought about it being a mother/daughter project. Thanks for sharing.

  10. says

    I’m new to sewing – this would be perfect for me!

    Pinned it!


    (new follower – found you on sugar bee crafts)

  11. says

    Oh this is great!! I saw this on Madigan Made and clicked on it right away. I picked up two mason jars at Goodwill weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to looking up a tutorial to do this. Yours is so clear and easy to understand and I can’t wait to fix up my thread jar with a little cupcake print pincushion! Thanks so much for posting this!

    • says

      Congrats Leslie! We have featured this project on the Moonlight & Mason Jars link party this week. Thanks for linking up!

      Please grab our featured button when you get a chance.


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  12. Irene says

    How can I print the directions please.
    Leslie i’ll never complain if you use pouffy. It perfectly describes the pin cushion.

  13. Nikki says

    Have you ever tried using steelwool in your pin cushions? Apparently it keeps the pins sharp? Thanks for this- its awesome!


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