A Lovely Pincushion from a Mayonaise Jar Lid

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Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

I am so in love with these pincushions! They are very simple- I like to cut out a bunch of the circles and strips at one time and put them together and then do the embroidery part while watching Lil’ Miss play in the park. They are really a lot of fun. And coordinating the embroidery to the fabric is fun too.

Of course, its lovely to recycle the lid and you can also do this with a 2 liter bottle- or really any size bottle cap. Just measure the top part out accordingly- the diameter of the circle should be about 3 times the diameter of the bottle cap. For 2 liter bottles, you can also use wool felt for the top part too.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Supplies:
embroidery floss for sewing the whole thing- use a color that matches your wool felt.
fabric for the pincushion top
wool felt for the sides and bottom-
– the strip should be: 9.5 inches long x 3/4 inch tall
– trace the lid to get the felt for the bottom.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Preparation:
Cut out a circle for the top of the pincushion. The diameter of the circle should be about 3 times the diameter of the lid you’re using. This picture gives an idea of how big it should be for the mayonaise lid.
Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 1:
Take the strip of wool felt and wrap it around the lid. It should overlap about 1/4 of an inch. Pin it so it stays on.

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Step 2:
Hold the bottom circle against the solid part of the lid and stitch around the edge, catching the strip with a blanket stitch all the way around. Start at where the strip overlaps, so you end there also.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 3:
When you get back to the beginning, sew up the strip, closing the overlap. Set aside.

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Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 4:
Sew a very wide straight stitch all along the edge of the circle, about 1/2 inch in from the edge. When you get to the end, cut off the needle, leaving a tail on each end. Pull the ends of the thread to gather the circle until there is about a 1 inch hole left open.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 5:
Stuff the circle as full as you can with polyfil or wool stuffing. Then stuff it even more. Then add even more stuffing. This sucker should be stiff, that’s how full it should be.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 6:
Now put the stuffed circle into the lid and using the leftover thread from attaching the bottom piece, start sewing the stuffed circle on. Push the circle down into the lid so there is only about 3/4 of an inch or so sticking up above, this will help it stay firm.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

Step 7:
Now add any embroidery that you want to the sides of the pin cushion. But basically, you’re done! Here are some more that I’ve made- I really love this style of pin cushion- easy to make and really fun to embellish!

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning
I love the mixture of embroidery stitches on this one. There’s a feather stitch in brown with a “bud” made from an isolated chain stitch in yellow.

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning
Retro Rockets fabric seemed to call for atomic stars on the side!

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning
This one I embroidered some of the lines on top of the pin cushion with a back stitch. This is a Moda fabric- one of my faves!

Chrissy Leiberan-Titus writes for Muse of the Morning.com

Make a Pincushion with a Mayonaise Jar Lid with Muse of the Morning

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18 Comments

  1. These are beautiful. I love the one you show us how to make in the tutorial it reminds me of a Venetian glass bead. It is such as simple idea, but very inspired, and a great way to use favourite bits of material.

  2. Annika, That is such a lovely comparison! It really is a great way to use just a tiny bit of a coveted fabric or to hang onto the last shreds of a favorite! Thank you for visiting!
    Chrissy

  3. Hi Megan,
    I’m sorry you that the tutorial didn’t work out for you. Your comment doesn’t include any details so I’m unable to help you out with any issues.
    I’ve made lots and lots of pincushions with this method and they’ve all worked, as you can see in the last photo. Sometimes you have to play around with the size of the circle, but they all work.
    Thanks for checking out my blog! I hope you’ll try some other tutorials. 🙂
    Chrissy

  4. I made a few of these for gifts. Super simple not sure why Megan has issues. I have a embroidery machine so I personalized a few for my friends! great idea thanks

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  7. How cute! I love these and I will certainly give these a try. I love pin cushions and all my friends expect them from me so these might be this years Xmas present to the small group. Great tutorial.

  8. Thank you for a lovely idea and very nice tutorial – I am a great fan of re-using stuff and always have lids that I don’t want to throw out.

    • Thank you Ingrid! I hate how much stuff we throw away too, so I’m always looking for ways to re-use things.
      Thanks for stopping by! I’m so happy you enjoyed the tutorial!
      Chrissy

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  10. Have you ever tried stuffing your pin cushions with steel wood, 0000, i have been told it keeps your needles and,pins nice and sharp. I havent tried yet, but makes sense. I use 0000 steel wool in my jewelry work and it does get rid of tiny burrs, Im going to try it.
    Also love the hint on using freezer paper for cutting felt…thanks

    • Hi Cass! Thank you for stopping by and checking out my blog!
      I have not tried the steel wool trick. I will have to look into that. I didn’t even know there were different sizes of steel wool!
      I hope you enjoyed the tutorials!!
      Chrissy

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