DIY Sewing Kit in a Jar – Homemade Christmas Gift

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This DIY sewing kit in a jar is such a fun & creative gift idea for your favorite crafty person! They’ll love this simple homemade gift that only takes a few moments to make.

A small clear jar with sewing stuff around it, including, scissors, seam ripper, buttons, different color thread, a tape measure, and pins.
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Simple Sew Kit in a Jar

Raise your hand if you have a crafty friend or loved one in your life! I would definitely say the majority of my creativity is expressed in the kitchen — hence: running a food blog! — but I love a good DIY project every now and then, too. That’s the fun in this DIY sewing kit in a jar! It’s a simple creative project for you, and makes a great gift for another creator in your life.

If you have sewers, knitters, cross-stitchers, or quilters in your life especially, this is such a fantastic gift. Or a mama who happens to be mending tears and seams from her on-the-go children — this gift is perfect for her, too! Sewing kits are something we’ve all wished we had on hand at one time or another, and we often don’t realize how much we need one until, well, we really need one. Know what I mean? Have fun making this cute DIY sewing jar, and keep one on hand for yourself, too!

A clear jar with some sewing tools in it and the lid laid out. Some paper with scissors on it and glue gun nearby, as well as some pins.

How do you make a pin cushion for a DIY sewing kit?

The pin cushion is super simple to make. Take the round of a jar lid, and cut out a piece of fabric in a circle shape that’s 2 inches wider in diameter than the round. Grab a handful of quilt batting or fiber fill (something to stuff in the pin cushion) and press it to the top of the round. Wrap the fabric around the stuffing, and hot glue the ends of the fabric to the bottom of the jar lid bottom.

Three pictures showing the various steps to turning the lid of the jar into a pin cushion.

What do you put inside a DIY sewing kit in a jar?

You can add so many fun things to a DIY sewing kit! Make sure you get some thread, needles, little scissors, and bobbins. You can also add buttons, tape measure, pins, eyelets, and other notions wrapped around clothespins.

Who can you give a DIY sewing kit to as a gift?

A sewing kit makes a great gift for crafters, creatives, mamas, teachers, crafty teens, grandparents, neighbors — really and truly, anyone! We can all use a sewing kit to keep on hand.

A jar full of sewing tools and the lid made into a pin cushion.
A jar full of sewing tools with scissors out by it, a threaded needle connected to the spool, a threader, and the jar lid made into a pin cushion.
DIY sewing kit in a jar homemade gift
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DIY Sewing Kit Gift in a Jar

This DIY sewing kit in a jar is such a fun, creative, simple, and sweet gift for the crafty ones in your life!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 1 homemade gift

Ingredients 

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Glass jars with a flat and ring, (the two pieces to the lid)
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Quilt batting or fiber fill
  • Spray paint, optional

Things to fill the jar:

  • Thread
  • Bobbins
  • Little scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Eyelets
  • Buttons
  • Pins
  • Needles
  • Notions wrapped around clothespins, Ric-Rac, ribbon, yarn, elastic…
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Instructions 

  • If you want to spray paint the ring of the lid, do that first so that it has time to dry.
  • Cut a circle out of your fabric that is about 2 inches wider all the way around the flat (the flat metal part of the lid). If the flat is 3 inches across, then your circle of fabric should be 7 inches across.
  • Wad a piece of batting or fiber fill in your hands until you have a hard ball just smaller than the size of your fist. Using two hands place the material circle around the stuffing/batting ball. Carefully put the wad of stuffing or batting on the shiny side of the flat so that the fabric is facing your palm, batting, and then the flat.
  • Are you with me? It’s not really hard, but it was near impossible to get a picture of the process while doing it. The goal is just to hold it all together while you glue the fabric to the underside of the flat.
  • Pull the fabric to the back of the lid and hot glue it in place. I found it easiest to glue a piece and then glue opposite of where you just did. So glue the top then bottom, the left then right, and work your way around like like a clock. This helped the fabric to stretch evenly.
  • Now you can pop the pin cushion into the ring and screw it onto the lid. Fill the jar with your favorite sewing supplies (bonus points if the colors match the fabric), stick a few pins in the pin cushion, and you are ready to give a beautiful handmade gift. Easy!

Notes

  • I would let the rings dry overnight if you choose to spray paint them. I tried to use mine after a few hours and some of the paint scratched off easily. The paint was much harder the next day.
  • These are the jars I bought at Fresh Market, and I saw them at Walmart too. I think they’d be where ever you can buy Ball canning jars.
  • Quilt batting was very easy to use and would recommend that. See if any quilters you know have scraps leftover from when they trim the quilt before binding.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 homemade gift, Calories: 1kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g
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This post was originally published in 2012, and has been updated and rephotographed in December 2019.

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87 Comments

  1. Gabi Gusman says:

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  2. Gabi Gusman says:

    The best present I’ve ever got was a Labrador puppy! She was so tiny and cute! I’ll never forget that day =)
    ps: I love your blog, will follow it!

  3. Cami @ You Seriously Made That says:

    What an awesome giveaway! The best present I’ve ever been given… hmm… Probably a book of dates my mom gave me one year. She picked out one date a month for the hubbs and myself, with the tickets/cash/gift cards for the dates all taped into the book. It was awesome. Every month we had a go-to date!

  4. Jen Cottrell says:

    I am so excited to follow your pins on pinterest and FB. The best gift I ever got was a Barbie Dream House when I was 8. Just kidding. Although as a child that was the best gift a little girl could ever get. This is such a hard question…I would say a weekend getaway with my best friend from childhood. Just being able to spend time together with no one else around (husband, kids) and just laugh our heads off about all the things we did as kids. That was one of my best gifts!

  5. SG says:

    Oh and I follow you on Pinterest as Sara Gomez. P.S. I just think you are adorable!

  6. SG says:

    The best gift I ever got for Christmas was last year, finishing chemo on Christmas Eve. Sounds awful, but it was wonderful to know it was over!

    1. Melissa says:

      Whoa. That’s huge and hard! Congratulation to you, you strong woman you! How’s life one year out? Is it something you can put in the past or something to still be addressed? I’m never clean on cancers timeline…

    2. SG says:

      Life one year out is amazing! I’m just so much more grateful for everything! The cancer will always haunt me, but will keep me moving forward too, now it’s just a part of my story 🙂

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  8. Judy Whatilivefor says:

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  9. bnugs says:

    The best gift I have given is…. Being able to give toys to young needy children on christmas. My son is older and surprisingly don’t ask for much. Therefore this is now my tradition. It just makes me feel good. Thank you for a chance to win.

  10. Judy Whatilivefor says:

    One year my husband surprised me with tickets to Wicked for Mother’s Day…and set up babysitting with my mom.