Mason Jar Pincushion Tutorial

Mason Jar Pincushion Tutorial

Mason Jar Pincushion

I know we just went over a creative pincushion idea (our last post on The Sewing Machine Pincushion) but I figured we’d keep rolling with this idea.  You can never have too many crafts to consider, right?

This craft functions as both a pincushion and storage device.  It’s the perfect way to keep things organized without having to rely on unattractive plastic storage containers. Stick your pins on top and place spools of thread inside.

If you are like me, you have a stash of mason jars just waiting to be used!  I honestly use them for everything from drinking vessels, snack jars, and plant pots.  If you find yourself without a mason jar, then you can find them at just about any market, 99 cent store, or thrift store.  The best thing about them is that they are incredibly affordable.

I love using this idea as a gift for any fellow crafter friends I have.  You can place some delicate lace, unique ribbons, interesting buttons, or decorative thread inside to complete your thoughtful gift.  You’ll see how endless the options are once you browse a craft store!

Mason Jar Pincushion


  • Linen
  • Mason Jar
  • Cardstock or any thick paper you find.
  • Stuffing material or “fluff”
  • Craft glue, super glue, or a glue gun
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
Mason Jar Pincushion

First, trace a circle onto your paper.  I found an old folder to use, but you can use card-stock, scrapbooking materials, or any type of thick paper you have around your home.

A great idea is to use paper with a pattern on it to make your jar extra snazzy.

Just place the inside of the lid on top of your paper and trace it.

Mason Jar Pincushion

Cut the circle out using your scissors.  You can place this aside until we need it later on.

Mason Jar Pincushion
I chose IL019 linen in Wild Cherry for my lid.  You can use whatever scraps and colors you have.  You can even use linen with a pattern.  Trace a circle about two inches wider than lid of the jar onto your linen.  Then cut your linen using your scissors.

Mason Jar Pincushion

Place the linen over the lid (mine is off center to show you which way the lid is facing).  The lid should be facing downwards like so.

Mason Jar Pincushion

With your linen centered above the lid, put some “fluff’ in your circle of fabric. Push it through a bit so a bulge is created.

Mason Jar Pincushion
Place the inside of the lid under this and press it up.  Don’t worry about the fluff that peeks out.  You can pull or trim that off later.   Push it up as much as you can to ensure your lid will twist on completely later.|

Mason Jar Pincushion

The lid should be locked into place once you push it up.

mason Jar Pincushion

Glue the extra lengths of fabric down under the lid.

Mason Jar Pincushion

It’s not pretty but it’s okay! We are covering this part up next. Now we can make use of the paper circle we cut earlier.

Mason Jar Pincushion

Put some glue on one side of the paper and place it under the lid.  This will cover up the fabric and make your lid look neater.

Mason Jar Pincushion

You mason jar pincushion is almost complete…..all you need to do now is place some sewing supplies inside and twist on your lid!

Mason Jar Pincushion

There we go. Much better! How sweet does that look?  It took almost no time at all to make too!

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  1. Melanie

    In the picture of the inside of your finished lid it appears that all the depth of the lid (and all the spiral ‘screw thread’) has been taken up with fabric and batting, I can’t see even one round of the ‘screw thread’ left available on the lid to screw it on. How does one keep the lid on the jar if the lid is so full that there are no ‘screw threads’ left to screw onto the matching threads of the jar?

  2. Susan

    This is great! I always have several children’s clothing projects on the go. A jar with a pin cushion for each project would allow me to keep matching buttons, zippers, threads, etc. tucked in the jar and close at hand when I want to work on one of them.

  3. JackieC

    Great idea! I have just recently (within the last year) stated sewing and it amazes me how quickly the “odds and ends” add up and just end up finding new homes all over the my craft room. This is a great idea and as was shared already, this looks great! New project for the weekend! Yea! I think crafters are very kind people! Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea!!!

  4. AmyCat =^.^=

    …Another thing: use the bits of fabric scrap from your Serger, or other snippets and scraps that’re too small for any other use, instead of (purchased) poly-fill stuffing. Waste not, want not! (I keep a 5-gallon bucket below my Serger for those “too small to use, even for doll clothes” bits, and haven’t bought stuffing-material in over a decade…)

  5. AmyCat =^.^=

    OOOh!!! For re-enactors: you could use the same technique with those wooden boxes in craft stores which have picture-frame tops! Turn the top into a pincushion, and fill the box with embroidery snips, a wooden needle-case, beeswax piece for waxing threads, and bobbins or wood spools of thread and yarn… Instant sewing/project kit to take to events, RenFaires, etc.

    If, instead of a circle of paper to cover the underside, you use another piece of linen, but cut about an inch longer on one direction, you can sew parallel pleats about 1/4″ apart, sticking up, and push needles into them for storage if you don’t have a needle-case.

  6. Marsha

    I just love all the articles you have on this site. I keep making everything you suggest! I have had a wonderful time making the Kanzashi flowers! I used them on a dress I made (with your fabric) and made flowers to match for my hair, dress and shoes. I received a lot of good comments!! Thanks!

  7. Pam OWen

    I will be making these too. I have one that I was given and I use it all the time. It holds all I need to sit and fix or mend clothing and toys.

  8. Nancy

    What a great idea!! I have lots of Mason Jars and didn’t can this year so there ya go! Would make great gifts too! Thank you so much for the idea.

  9. Peggy

    I can see my bookcase with lots of these for thread, needle books, buttons, bobbins — I think it would be a great way to organize my thread by color using the larger jars! thanks

  10. Norma Johnson

    This will be perfect for my friends for Christmas who think they can’t sew on a button or repair a hem. I just cleaned my stash of Mason jars.

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