Saturday, December 24, 2011

Mason jar pin cushion

My husband's family does a name exchange for Christmas and I got his Aunt who I don't know as well as I probably should.  After a few phone calls and conversations with my mother in law, I got to know Aunt Mara pretty well (I know she doesn't follow blogs so I'm safe in posting this).  She likes to craft and at a recent craft night, my m-i-l noticed Mara was still using the store container she got when she purchased her straight pins.  Enter me, the problem solver!  I immediately thought of this wonderfully easy craft.  I'm sure there are many others like this on the internet, but I didn't look at a single one!  Once I get a clear vision of what to do, there is no stopping me.  So here's how I did it:

Ingredients (aka supplies):
Mason jar with 2-piece lid (any size works, but I had these cute squatty ones on hand)
about 1 sq ft of cute fabric
stuffing (the more you have, the tighter your cushion will be)
hot glue

So, to get started, cut out your fabric about an 1" larger than your flat piece of the lid.  Next, put glue on the flat lid piece in about 1" sections and fold your fabric up and over. NOTE: You don't want to use too much hot glue because it will be hard to put your lid on when it's done.

 Before finishing off the lid, put your stuffing in as full as you'd like. I like'd mine to be pretty tight so that there wouldn't be any sliding around.

 Once your fabric is glued on, cut off any excess so it doesn't bunch.  Now you can add your magnets.  I used about 4 in the empty space between the ends of the fabric underneath the lid.  To hide the magnets, cut another circle out of your fabric and hot glue it on the bottom.  Again, don't use too much hot glue or your lid won't screw on properly.

 Here's your finished product!

 Just fill it with straight pins and you are good to go.

Hopefully, if you're following this, you know that when I craft I like to make it as quick and easy as possible.  I take a lot of time when it comes to furniture, but crafts like this take very few minutes and solve hours of problems.  I hope you spend your time wisely this Christmas season and enjoy every minute with your family and loved ones!

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