Wednesday, 27 October 2010

Recycled Baby Jars - Tutorial


Thanks for all your lovely comments on my last blog, glad you loved seeing my crafting space at home :-)  One day ... yes one day I will have a lovely garden studio in my garden or a proper area in my home for me.  Thinking about it though I do love sharing my crafts with my kiddies so the dining table is great for us at the moment.

As many of you may know I am a bit of an eco warrior at home.  I recycle as much as I can, I don't like to throw things away (my poor mates are always getting stuff from my house just in case they find it handy :-)) and if I do think of throwing something I first ponder on what I can use if for.

This brings me to baby jars.  A long time ago I found a tutorial on Craft Pudding on how to turn a baby jar into a pin cushion with the bonus of being able to store ribbon/buttons/beads in it.  I wanted to make one but little Sweetpea didn't really ever have baby food from jars so I updated my status on Facebook asking for baby jars (yes my mates know I am bonkers so weren't surprised by my random request :-)).  A lovely lady called Kathryn came to my rescue delivering me some baby jars - thank you Kathryn !

So I got to work.  First I picked a pretty fabric and cut it to 5 inches diameter.


I then did running stitch around the circle.


When I had sewn all the way round I added stuffing (you have to use stuffing and not cotton wool as I first tried as the fibres are too thick and it won't let pins be stuck into you pin cushion :-() and started to pull the thread tight.


When it is fully tightened make sure you knot it to secure into place.  Tilt head to see next couple of photos - blogger playing up again - ggrrr why does blogger do that :-(


Use a glue gun or super glue to stick this to the jar lid.


Pick some co-ordinating ribbon.  Glue around the rim of the jar and then add your ribbon.


Ta da - some fantastic little things that look lovely and are also useful.  Plus you get the feel good factor of using up old jars.  I use my little jar all the time - it is fantastic!


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34 comments:

  1. Oh these are soooo cute! I will have to give that a go. Well done eco wonder! xxx

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  2. What a lovely idea ... but we have no baby food jars in our house either. I use nicely shaped coffee jars to store all sorts of crafty things, and I always recycle good pots from handcreams etc. I can't bear to throw things away if they can be used again.
    Love Kathy xxx

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  3. They are really good, will have to go in search of jars though as Fin and Gabs are past that stage! I will have a go though, they would make nice little stocking fillers.
    Andrea x

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  4. great idea, thanks for sharing!

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  5. Oooh they look lovely...but I don't have a baby!!!
    Pesto Jars will do the same job I guess though.
    Em xxx

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  6. What a gorgeous idea, practical, versatile and usable, perfect for the sewing room. And a child friendly project, can't wait to try it with my niece, she will love it. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. My other half never throws anything away! We still have some baby food jars in this house and the youngest is now 13! and I didn't use that many, I think they look lovely with buttons in:)

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  8. Oh great project!! I think I will give it a try :-)

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  9. They look lovely and your choice of fabric is very pretty. Great tutorial!

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  10. What a good idea - would make great pressies.

    Well done to Em too - pesto jars I can do - baby jars are a distant memory :(

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  11. Definitely going to have to have a try at these! Hope your half term is going well! xxxxxxxxxxxx

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  12. Great idea! I will have to try it, although no baby food jars here, will have to find some small ones somewhere! :) x

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  13. Ohooo I love this idea and shall be doing a shout out too methinks for some jars :0) Your crafty area looks gorgeous too, lovely to have little helpers :0) Shall be blogging too, if you don't mind about your beautiful clips, thank you so much for letting me order some :0) They are scrumptious. thanks for your comment too, Ohooo yes get in that dress, pop some music on and have a prance :0)

    Hugs

    XX

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  14. LOVE this idea! will sooooo be trying this out!
    BH x

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  15. They look gorgeous, how clever! x

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  16. It's a very long time ago since I had a baby in this house, hence no jars. I'm just the same though, I can't stand throwing anything away which might be useful and alsorts of things get recycled. This is a great project, and one which children can help with too.

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  17. What a great idea!! I'm not much of a seamstress (at all!), but I think even I could manage this. And it would be the perfect solution to where to put all those spare buttons you get with clothes, and my sparse collection of needles which I always have to scour the house for in order to use. I guess a mustard jar would work just as well too? Thanks for sharing.
    Dan
    -x-

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  18. These are so nice, love the idea and what a great gift for friends to. Julie.C

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  19. Lovely! and upcycled too - great gift idea, thanks for the tutorial!

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  20. Thanks for this - I am feeling a jar-themed Christmas coming on and was wanting more ideas than just layered cookie mixes! Very cute :)

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  21. Oh, they are so pretty!! Well, I'm fessing up to having used jarred baby food for my babies when they were just going onto solids, although the tinned food was my favourite (if anyone hasn't tried Heinz babyfood in Apricot Custard flavour, go out and buy some now - for you, not the baby!!!). This is such a great idea and I think I may use it for all the jam jars that I hoard!! I love the way that you can store stuff inside as well as having a handy pincushion.

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  22. What a great idea! I have all my spare buttons in one big jar, they end up getting tipped out on the dining table when I'm searching for the 'right' button - and I have a few baby jars in the cupboard too! I'm thinking this could be a good present for a crafty friend - I'm hoping for a handmade Christmas this year!

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  23. These are adorable!!!! I have so many "sewing people" in my life...what a good idea for Christmas!

    (Thank you for your comment on my post today..I appreciate it!!!!!)

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  24. These are way cute, I better ask around for some baby food bottles on freecycle as I never had use for them either.

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  25. This is such a wonderful idea and craft for fund raising I would have thought! x

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  26. What a lovely idea. They look great. Useful too! Hope you have a great week. Ros

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  27. Brilliant :) what a clever lady! :) Glad they were useful, and turned out so pretty!

    Kathryn x

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  28. Hello!

    My word those are good!! What a cracking idea, love that you have put the buttons inside, they'd make nice gifts for a stitchy type of friend I think!

    Thanks for visiting my blog recently, and Im sorry its taken me a while to visit you - in answer to your question about printing, I actually do my cards at home - Ive got a pretty good printer that uses archival inks, but I have started to think about getting them done professionally too. Would you let me know if you discover any good printing outlets, Id be interested (and vice versa, if I discover any in due course I'll let you know).
    Love to you
    Julia x x x

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  29. These are fab, I'm going to try it out. Must hunt around for some little jars (we don't do baby food here either). xox

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  30. What beautiful fabric and I love the idea and tutorial.

    Nina x

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  31. These are FAB! Also being incapable of throwing out things that may some day be repurposed, I have a stash of baby food jars. They've become a variety of new things, but not pincushions...yet. Thanks for the inspiration :-)

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  32. ooh scrummy, I've got to make one! thanks for sharing the tutorial! :) X

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  33. hey girl! thanks for the tutorial!!! im using it tonight!:)

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