Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Making A Sewing Kit

I don't know about you, but when it comes to finishing up my projects, whether that be sewing up seams or weaving in yarn ends in my crochet and knit projects, doing some hand sewing or embroidery, I always end up having to hunt down needed supplies, because somehow, my scissors, needles, thread, and so forth, end up scattered in different locations throughout my house. So, I decided to make a sewing kit for myself to keep things together. It's a simple project that serves it's purpose well.

Here's what you'll need:
Mason Jar
Small amount of fiberfill or quilt batting
Some thin, sturdy cardboard
Scrap Material
Glue Stick or Hot Glue

Take the screw cap form the mason jar (you don't need the sealer), and place it on your cardboard, trace around the cap.

You will need two of these cardboard circles. I cut them, so that both pieces fit snugly inside the screw cap.

Cut two circles of fabric, one about an inch larger than the cardboard and the other, the same size as the cardboard .

Glue your fiberfill or batting to one side of cardboard circle. Set aside. Then glue your smaller fabric piece to the other cardboard circle. Smooth it out and make sure your edges are neat. Center large fabric piece over cardboard with fiberfill or batting, get the screw cap and push this up into cap.
Tuck in the extra fabric and then take your second circle and push this up into the lid, you shouldn't need any glue on this piece, if it fits snugly enough. Otherwise, apply some glue.

You're done. Now you have a cute and portable little sewing kit.

By Debra Collins
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Liane said...

This is super cute! Thanks for sharing your tutorial :)

se7en said...

These are gorgeous and I think we will be making these as Christmas gifts this year... they just look delightful! Love them!!!

casserole said...

This is such a great idea!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


parasols and maryjanes said...

I found your blog on Craft Gossip, and I am so glad. So full of fun things, your creative skills are so apparent. Love the crochet outfits (and the precious model!) and the jar pin cushion. I'll try that right away. Thank you for the tutorial.
Also--nice to read others from Ark. I'm in Maumelle.
Carol R

gardenmama said...

this is incredibly sweet : )
Thank you for sharing!

Debra said...

Thanks everyone, for the wonderful comments! I really do appreciate hearing from you. :)


Fort & Field said...

Do you have any problems screwing the lid on? I made some of these before using basically the same instructions from a vintage craft book. But, the thickness of the stuffing and cardboard wouldn't allow the lid to screw on nicely. It looks like from the pictures, your lid is just resting on top rather than screwed on. Is this the case? I also had a hard time managing getting the stuffing in, the cardboard and fabric on, and gluing all at the same time. I wonder if you found any special tips to get around these issues I had. People have been doing this project for years so I guess I must be doing something wrong :)

Debra said...

I used a thin piece of cardboard that came from a twelve pack of Fancy Feast cat food. You could use use cardboard from cereal boxes or the card that comes with new sheets. You need something sturdy, but thin. My lid does screw on, just not all the way down, I've had no problem with it coming off. After tracing around the screw top, I did have to trim it down a little bit at a time until I got a nice, snug fit against the top of the screw lid. Next, I applied Aleene's Tacky Glue to one of the cardboard circles and glued some fiberfill to this piece and let it dry for a few minutes. I tore off what I thought would be an adequate amount of fiberfill, and rolled it around in my hands to shape it into a circle and just mashed it down into the glue. Any excess, I trimmed away with scissors. After your glue has some time to dry, your fiberfill should be fairly secure. Next, I centered my fabric over this (fiberfill side facing up) and pushed this up into the lid. You can pull your fabric to smooth it. You can glue the excess fabric down, if you want. Next, take the other cardboard piece, glue your circle of fabric to it ( I used a glue stick for this), again let it dry for a few minutes and push this up against the first card. I ran my fingers around the edge to really push this up past the threads of the lid. I hope this helps. I'm thinking about making a video how-to for this part, because it can be tricky. If you need any more help, just let me know.

Fort & Field said...

Thanks Debra! Thinner cardboard...I didn't even think of that. And, the other suggestions you gave I know will fix the issues I had. I will follow your tutorial this time using the suggestions you gave and I should be all set. Thanks so much again!

Whitney Sews said...

I had made one of these before, but yours is the best tutorial that I've seen! I posted a link to it over on my blog :)

Lisa said...

I love this tutorial and included it in my Tutesday roundup on my blog at :)


Sophie said...

This looked great but I couldn't get the lid to screw onto the jar, too much space had been taken up. I'm just using the lid part as a pin cushion on its own.

Debra said...

Thanks Whitney Sews and Lisa, for posting links. :)

The card you use should be thin, like from a cereal box or something similar. Thin, but with some sturdiness. Hope this helps you.

jenny said...

hello debra,
tanks for the lovely idea, this weekend i am making my christmas presents and also a couple of your sewing kit.
greetings from holland
philomene lensveld

Debra said...

Hello Philomene,
Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. Have fun with your Christmas crafting! Which reminds me, I need to get started on my Christmas gifts too. :) Have a wonderful weekend!


mermaids said...

these are so cute! i volunteer in a high school sewing class. these would be cute gifts to give to the students at the end of the year. i could fill them with a tape measure, small scissors, some thread, etc. hmmm... time to start collecting the goodies.

Baerbel Born said...

this is cool! I was looking for such an idea. But where can I get these jars in Germany? *sniff*

Debra said...

Baerbel Born_ The jar I used is a canning jar. Here in the States we purchase them at grocery stores, discount stores, flea markets and thrift stores. They're everywhere.:)
Here is a link to Amazon. They sell the jars in 12 packs, and they are reasonably priced. I used the pint size jars.
I hope this helps you. Thanks for stopping by!

MandMStudio said...

Lovely:) I will have to make one

x vInTaGe VioLeT x said...

very nice! just seen this on DMC's facebook page :o)

crochet said...

Thank you for sharing. I follow this site and I encourage continuous

Debra said...

Crochet_ You're welcome and I'm glad you like the tutorial. =) Have a wonderful evening!

mxwolf said...

Plan on making these for gifts at Church Mother's Day Luncheon. Any suggestions re: Place to buy sewing kits in bulk, rather than purchasing all supplies seperately? Thanks,

Debra said...

Hi mxwolf,
I'm assuming that you are referring to the thread, scissors, etc. You could try looking for small sewing kits at your local dollar stores or if you google "dollar store sewing kits" it does bring up some links with the option of buying the kits in bulk. Hope this helps.

_Deb =)

mxwolf said...

Thanks for your quick response!

Lydia said...

I love tutorials that are easy, pretty, and useful! I'm doing this tonight. Thank you, peace!

Debra said...

I'm so glad you like it! Thanks, Lydia!

Mimi said...

Hi Debra, this is such an adorable little sewing kit! I'll be sure to try it and gift it to my mom soon!
I've recently started crafting in a more "organized" manner myself and made my own two-tiered sewing kit. You can find it on my blog at this link:
I hope you like it. I'm still new to blogging; would you mind if I shared your sewing kit link on my blog? xxx Mimi

Debra said...

Hi Mimi :)
Thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like my sewing kit and yes, feel free to link to the tutorial.

Anonymous said...

Can't wait to make these as Christmas gifts for my Book Club ladies! We all have the same problem - a button to sew on or a small repair to make and can't find needle and thread etc. I particularly liked your idea of not using the metal "lid" that come with the jars since it appears to take up extra room that interferes with the screw lid twisting on. I am using scraps of fabric that I had on hand, stuffing from an old plush toy, and sewing kits (for supplies) I got at the dollar store. Can't wait to present these to the ladies!

Zachary Rizzuto said...

Wasp dudes! Amazing stuff continues the good


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