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Mason Jar Sewing Kit or Sewing Preserves

Are you looking for a last minute gift for a sewing or quilting friend?  You still have time to whip up a mason jar sewing kit or Sewing Preserves as I like to call it.

Mason Jar Sewing Kit, aka "Sewing Preserves" @ The Crafty Quilter

This is a perfect, portable sewing kit that anyone could use.  If you like hand applique or English paper piecing, this would be perfect for you.

Mason Jar Sewing Kit @ The Crafty Quilter

Do you hand-sew your bindings on the back of your quilt?  This could be your go-to jar!  There is room to put your favorite hand-sewing tools inside and it has a built-in pin cushion on top.

Mason Jar Sewing Kit @ The Crafty Quilter

I added a sweet little saying on the inside of the lid.  Something to make you smile every time you open it up!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit @ The Crafty Quilter

And that grosgrain ribbon with the bobbin attached?  Easy peasy and a great way to keep your thread handy while your stitching away.


There are many tutorials out there to make mason jar pincushions.  I used a combination of several to make my own Sewing Preserves Kit.  To get started, I relied on the Pincushion Jar Tutorial at Cutting Corners College, by Andy Knowlton of A Bright Corner.

pincushion mason jar

This is one of the more comprehensive and detailed tutorials that I found.  It’s a great place to start!

The other idea that I used came from Karen at Sew Many Ways.  She added a sweet phrase on the inside of her lid.

Canning Jar Lid
Canning Jar Pincushion at Sew Many Ways

On that same blog post, Karen has a few other great ideas to use mason jars with, such as memory jars and decorative candle lights (great for the holidays)!

If you truly want to be inspired, check out these great mason jar pincushion ideas on Pinterest.

Here are a few details about how I made mine.

I used 5″ charm squares for the pincushion (Fig Tree).  Just round off the corners and baste 1/4″ from the raw edge (I used my sewing machine).

charm square pincushions

I decided to go with a kitchen theme and so I added a gift label titled “Sewing Preserves”.  I used Microsoft Word and printed out a page of labels on cardstock.  Then I used a label punch and some stamping ink to the edges.  I adhered a button with Glue Dots and added a little flower stamp to the other corner.  Tie it on with some ribbon and you’re all set!

label supplies

For the pincushion lid, I used Polyfil to stuff it.  I used a large circle punch for the inside label and hand stamped each one with a saying.  You could also do this on the computer if you don’t have rubber stamps.  I used Gorilla Glue to adhere the circle to the inside of the lid.  I needed to “weight and set” the glue, so I inverted the lid onto the jar and then placed another jar on top of that.  I added weight by placing a heavy book (or two) on top of the empty jar.  It worked perfectly.

Lid Supplies collage

I wanted to add a thread holder to my sewing kit.  I like to use Masterpiece pre-wound bobbins for my applique so a narrow ribbon with a button closure was just right.  To do this, I added a 3/8″ wide piece of grosgrain ribbon to the underside of the lid; between the circle label and the lid.  This was an afterthought, so I didn’t take any pictures of the process.  Here is what the finished product looks like:

Mason Jar Sewing Kit @The Crafty Quilter

I cut a 1/2″ wide slit near one edge of the ribbon and added Fray Check along the cut edges.  I sewed a small button near the attached edge of the ribbon.  Now I can switch bobbin colors whenever I need!

Mason Jar Sewing Kit @ The Crafty Quilter

I love having everything in one place, ready to go when I’m ready to sew!  Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you’re enjoying this holiday weekend!


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  1. Thank you so much for your ideas. They are great. I really love your blog and have been following you since The Quilt Show BOM. I finished the alphabet center quilt and just have the borders left to do. It is probably one of the best quilts I have made. Thank you again. Keep up the great work.

  2. Very nice gift idea! I tried thisin the past but had difficulty getting the pin cushion part cute but your method and pictures are very helpful. I really love the saying inside the lid.

  3. great idea for those who do not have the dropsies, I am always managing to break jars etc usually when they have sticky marmalade or similar in!

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