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!
Just a reminder that my giveaway entries finish on 30 October so get your name on this blog post (click on link) for the chance to win lots of lovely goodies :-)