I wish I had made more practical, useful crafts with our children during their younger years. Well-thought-out crafts help them gain persistence, hand/eye coordination, and planning skills, not to mention confidence, to be able to see a solution to a problem and fix it when the need arises.
This is an easy project to do with your young sons or daughters, approximately 8 years and up. It is an opportunity to teach them how to use a glue gun safely. All you need to make 1 pin cushion jar is:
~ any canning jar with the ring and lid
~ a glue gun and glue sticks
~ some pretty fabric ( approximately 6″ x 6″)
~ a pair of scissors
~ a big hand-full or so of fiberfill
~ and something to fill your finished jar with (buttons, little spools of thread, lace, or small sewing notions would all be perfect)
1.) To begin, remove the ring but leave the lid on the top of the empty jar. Place the handful of fiberfill on top of the lid to make a good sized puffy dome, distribute evenly, and lay the fabric over the top to create your pin cushion.
2.) Carefully replace the ring on top of the fabric, fiberfill, and lid.
3.) Screw the ring on 1 revolution only. Pull the fabric slightly taut all around the edges. Unscrew the lid ring, lifting it, the fabric, fiberfill, and the lid. Carefully lift it off the jar all together. This is the tricky part: You must push up under the lid, pressing it up into the ring to hold the fabric in place. Before cutting your fabric, you can always re-position the fiberfill if it shifts out of place.
Note: Your daughter’s smaller, less-practiced, hands may need your gentle assistance in holding the fabric and fiberfill in place until the ring is on and the gluing is done. Be sensitive to her desire to try; she may surprise you with her ability.
4.) Still holding the ring, fabric and fiberfill, and lid in place (see below), using sharp scissors, cut the excess fabric off leaving about 5/8″ edge all around. (sorry…bad photo 🙂
5.) Fold fabric down and glue-gun it into place. You will need to continue to hold the lid tight up into the ring until glue is really cool and set.
Fill your jar and screw on the lid. Now you can put in your straight pins ~ we found some colorful ones.
What a pretty addition to your sewing table or use as a little hostess gift when visiting!
These super cute mini-Ball jars come in a 4-pack and can be found in most supermarkets. Lehman’s carries a broad assortment of canning jars.
“And make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands…so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” ~ 1 Thessalonians 4: 11-12
Thanks for reading!