Sewing -- In the JAR!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Last week I shared that September is National Sewing Month. That got me to thinking -- whether you are a seasoned seamstress or not, we all need to be prepared to do SOME sewing -- you know, replacing a button, fixing a hem, stitching up a busting seam. Nothing that requires a lot of talent BUT you have to have the supplies to do these jobs. I have a young woman at work who asks me to help her with these little chores. Last week I stitched on a wayward sequined star on her daughter's jeans. I don't mind helping but she doesn't do it herself because she isn't prepared to do so. My grown daughter is in the same boat (she just brings what she needs fixed to Mom's).

While browsing the internet I came accross the perfect solution to this......

Isn't this sweet? This one is sold by ANTHROPOLOGIE and I have to admit that I about choked on my coffee when I saw that it sells for $48.00 (GULP).

Anyone could make one -- including me. My plan was to make several to hand out as gifts for my co-worker, my daughters, and to have a few on hand.

So I made a list of what was in the Anthropologie Jar --
thread (just 2 spools), thimble, safety pins, needle threader, straight pins, measuring tape, needles and scissors. Then I thought, what else would be assortment of buttons, more of an assortment of threads and a seam ripper.

Off I went to the BIG BOX store to price and purchase all the items to stuff the jars with. YIKES -- these were going to be a bit spendy to stuff with style. Then I spyed a ready made kit by Dritz with all the components I had on my list -- selling for under $5.00. Perfect!! It also came in a variety of great colors - hot pink, purple, lime green.

What else was I going to need --

1 Large Canning Jar (with two-piece lid and ring) - I have a pantry full of these

1 small piece of fabric (1" larger than the circumference of lid) - from my scrap bag

small handful of batting - I have a bag of this in my sewing supplies but if you don't have some already, you could use a few cotton balls instead

Hot Glue Gun

Plug in glue gun to warm up. Lay fabric face down on work surface. Place a small amount of batting in the center. Place lid, top down on the batting and pull around. Slide the ring portion of the lid over the batting/fabric, and pull fabric taut. Trim any excess fabric. Glue the fabric to the underside of the lid, making sure to maintain a bulge on top. I embleshed the lid ring with some rickrack scraps but you could use ribbon, twine like the Anthropologie jar or no embleshing at all. Since I have a large supply of canning jars and used scraps, my total cost was the approximately $5.00 for the Dritz sewing kits to stuff the jars with. A handy and economical gift!

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  1. Lynnie said...:

    Lovely! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing Gail! Several of my nephews brings things to my house when they visit to get buttons sewn back on, or holes repaired etc. LOL.

  1. Linda Stubbs said...:

    This is soooooo cute Missy. How fun for the person that gets it! I love the idea and can't believe it would cost that much at the store!

    I like this idea of a sewing gift. I think my little granddaughters would love something like this for school. I am pinteresting you!

    Hugs, Me

  1. jennifer768 said...:

    Love this idea! So glad you shared it.These would be so fun to put together and fun to receive as a gift.Have a great evening,Jen

  1. acorn hollow said...:

    what a wonderful idea! I am sure I have a few friends that could use a little kit like this.

  1. $48??? I love Anthropologie but for what's included in the jar that have to be ashamed.

    I think I need to make two of those for my daughters. Great idea!

  1. Pam said...:

    Thank you so much for sharing this! I can't wait to make some of these for gifts.

  1. soraya3 ღ said...:


  1. Those would be perfect for all the kids that just went off for their freshman year of college. First year of living away from Mom.

  1. Debbie said...:

    I choked on MY coffee at the 48.00 price tag, too. I think your version is definitely better. What a wonderful gift idea.

  1. Gulp is right!! I've made mini ones with those cute little canning jars, so handy for a quick gift!

  1. Valerie said...:

    LOVE this...pure genius! I'm going to borrow this idea...and credit you when I do!!!

    And I'm the daughter that also takes her mending to her MIL. Why...b/c I am ill-prepared. I've pledged to teach my daughter how to sew...I'm gonna have to learn right along with her...but since she's only 7, it will be fun!


  1. Shug said...:

    Wonderful...wonderful idea. I need to do this for my two daughters.... they do the same.....they call mom..

  1. Pam said...:

    That is so cute. I'm going to make one of these for myself. I am forever digging around in my big sewing basket for stuff (and pricking my fingers on stray pins).

    I just noticed that you are on Pinterest - so I'm following you now. Love the apron board!

  1. Honey at 2805 said...:

    This is such a wonderful idea, Gayle, and makes a wonderful gift! $48 vs. $5, what a difference! Actually, Anthro should be ashamed. But you are so smart! Thanks for sharing this idea which will probably be implemented all over blogland!

    I am so pleased that you linked to Potpourri Friday. Your participation certainly makes the party more successful . I appreciate you! I hope you will make this one of your regular stops each week!

  1. Ellen said...:

    I am not a sewing, I can only be jealous of those that can. It is an art for sure. I do like the sewing notions for decorating with.

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