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Upcycle: Jar Lid Pincushion


This low-slung pincushion is ideal for keeping in a sewing box where a larger one would not fit as well as giving off a cute, vintage vibe. While any jar lid will work for this project, a plain mason jar lid or a lid with an attractive pattern would be best. Alternatively you can paint a lid before starting the project. If you lid has a removable ring, glue the pieces securely together before proceeding.

Things you’ll need:
Lightweight fabric
Fiberfill
Rice
Sewing needle and thread
Scissors
Jar lid
Craft glue

Optional:
Embroidery thread
Embroidery hoop

Things to do:
1. If desired, put the fabric into the embroidery hoop and sew a pattern in the center of the circle.

2. Cut a circle about an inch and a half larger all around than the lid and then a smaller one that is about the same side as the lid.

3. Thread your needle and run a loose line of stitches around the edge of the larger circle, pull on it to draw the circle into a bag shape.

4. Fill the bag shape with fiberfill and then whip stitch the smaller circle onto the bag, stopping when you have about 1/2 inch left. Fill the bag with rice until it is almost tight and then close the remaining hole.
5. Apply a generous bead of glue around the inside of the jar rim and all over the bottom and then press the bag, smaller circle down, into the lid, applying pressure and moving the rice and fiberfill around until it fills the rim. Stack a few books onto the pincushion until the glue has dried.

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