Ever since Lydia Grace started eating baby food, I have cringed each time a baby food jar has been thrown away. I just couldn't take it anymore, so I asked my husband to help me start saving them. At first I didn't really know what I was going to do with them all, but lately I have been trying to come up with some good ideas.
Here is the first repurposing project...
It's a Baby Food Jar Pin Cushion!
Baby Food Jar Pin Cushions
- fabric scrap
- baby food jar with a lid (any size will do)
- pillow stuffing
- glue gun
1. Draw a circle on a sheet of paper to make your pattern. You can use a compass to help you with this step. Make the circle 5-6 inches in diameter. Pin the pattern onto scrap fabric and cut out your fabric circle.
2. Thread a needle and tie a knot in the end of the thread. It doesn't matter what color thread you use because it will not show in the end product.
3. Sew around the fabric circle. Do not tie the thread off yet.
4. With the wrong side of the fabric facing down, put pillow stuffing in the center of the fabric circle. Pull on the thread in order to pull the outside of the circle around the stuffing. Secure the center of the pin cushion by continuing to make a few stitches and knotting the thread.
5. Cut off any excess thread. This is what your pin cushion should look like.
6. Using a hot glue gun, secure the pin cushion onto the top of the jar's lid.
7. Using the hot glue gun again, glue ribbon around the edge of the baby food jar. This gives the pin cushion a nice finished look.
The jar of the pin cushion can be used to store buttons or other items you like to keep handy while sewing.
Alternative idea: You can also use large baby food jars to make mini sewing kits. Store some of your sewing essentials inside the jar. Toss these sewing kits into your purse or a drawer in order to have on hand when you need to quickly sew a button or fix a hem.