Make do Monday – A homemade pin cushion jar

Over the weekend I had a bit of a spring clean and tidied out my cupboards. I found one of these mason jars with a loose lid and thought it would be great to store some sewing things in and also made a pin cushion to go on the lid!

Apart from a jar with a lid you will need:

  • a pair of scissors
  • a pen
  • some glue
  • a piece of cardboard or foam sheet
  • a needle
  • a piece of thread
  • some kind of stuffing, cotton etc
  • a small piece of some nice fabric


Start off by tracing the hole in the lid onto a foam sheet, draw two circles and cut them out.

Put your piece of fabric in the middle of the lid, from the back, fill the hole with some of your stuffing. Put one of the foam/cardboard circles on top of your piece of metal so that you don’t make your pins blunt when putting them in your cushion and then close the back.

Now you can see your pin cushion take shape, add a bit more stuffing if you need to. Screw the lid onto the jar and cut off the excess fabric around the jar.

Thread the needle, tie a knot at the end of the thread and sew some big stitches all around the edge of the fabric. Now pull the thread to gather the fabric. Put some glue on the back of the last foam/carboard circle and cover the loose threads on the inside of the lid.

When the glue has tried your pin cushion jar is finished and you can fill the jar with threads, bobbins or whatever you need. And of course stick some pins in your new home made pin cushion!

Have you spotted this years flyers and posters yet?


One thought on “Make do Monday – A homemade pin cushion jar

  1. Yes!
    I’m making this one – this weekend.
    My old pin-cushion mouse has became really worn out, and I think this would do great – I’ll just use wider jar (my personal preference!) 🙂

    Thank you for the inspiration!


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