Last week I showed you how I organized my sewing supplies using Mason Jars. So to be all matchy-matchy, I decided to update our baby food jar pincushion by making a new mason jar pincushion – which is even easier because it’s no-sew!

I downloaded a fun new font, then hooked my computer up to my new Brother Innovis 2800D Embroidery & Sewing Machine and created a pattern for the words “pinch me” (can you tell that I made the “pin” a lighter shade of pink then the other letters?). If you don’t have an embroidery machine and want to put some words on your pincushion, you should check out our beginner’s hand embroidery tute. I’m obsessed with embroidery!

I’ll show you how the machine works and I’ll tell you how to make your own Mason Jar Pincushion in a jiff after the jump…
How to Make a Mason Jar Pin Cushion with Bonus Embroidery Fun

First I picked some pretty fabric, this is Robert Kaufman Night and Day 3 Cluster Floral in Yellow from Fabricworm (same beautiful cotton I used for the Pretty Potholder tute). I placed that and some tearaway stabilizer in my 4″ hoop.

Then I set my artwork up on the machine. This is way easier than you think, you just plug your computer in and drag the files to the machine on your desktop, and it shows up on the machine’s screen. Then you use the on screen buttons and prompts to adjust the placement, color, rotation, etc.

Thread that baby up and let it work its magic!

Here it is right out of the machine.

And here is the back.

So I trimmed all of my threads and tore away the stabilizer. Now it’s ready to go!

So to create your mason jar pincushion you need a mason jar, obvs. You’ll also need some hot glue, batting, and a paper & pencil.

Start by popping the lid apart.

Trace the lid onto some card stock, then cut out the circle. Bonus points if your friend Jacinda gave you awesome pencils with your name on them.

I wrote myself a little note on the other side. Probably should have embroidered it for extra fanciness!

Trim your fabric down to a couple inches wider than the circle. No need to get all specific.

Now to assemble. So first your fabric (right side up), then your batting, then the base of the lid. Push through the rim of the lid…

See it starts to push out the other side.

Pop it all the way through. Adjust your fabric so it’s not pulling or gathering in any one spot too much.

Turn the lid over, trim the excess fabric, and hot glue it all down.

Take it back out.

Glue the paper circle to the back.

Put some glue around the inside of the rim, then push your pincushion back through.  Done!

Fill with pins and get to work!

So, what do you think?

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