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Pink Ribbon Pincushion Mason Jar Sewing Kit

breast cancer awareness pincushion

Pink Ribbon Pincushion

Mason Jar Sewing Kit

Create a pink ribbon pincushion on a Mason jar lid, and store a sewing project kit inside the jar to gift to a breast cancer patient, care giver or survivor. This gift gives the patient something to do on treatment day, complete with a printed handwork pattern to work on and keep hands busy.

Think Pink Poly Star 6-pack



Print a handwork pattern onto a sheet of Stick ‘n Stitch. Be sure to print on the fabric-like side and set the printer for the “draft” setting. The featured pattern is Heart o’ Flowers by Mary Corbet, available for free.

Trim the solid fabric using pinking shears to reduce fraying.

pin ribbon solid fabric

Cut out the printed pattern, leaving at least a 1″ margin beyond the design perimeter.

Remove the paper backing from the pattern and center it on the solid fabric.

Insert a handwork needle into the fabric just beyond the pattern. Roll the fabric and insert it into the Mason jar.

Add the 6 spools of Poly Star thread to the Mason jar. Place the Curved Tip Squeezers into the jar, too.

pink ribbon mason jar


Take apart the Mason jar lid and use the inner lid as a template to cut a circle from the felt.

pincushion felt

Place the inner jar lid on the print fabric square. Trim the square using pinking shears, making sure to have at least 1 1/2″ of fabric extending beyond the lid perimeter.

measure pincushion lid fabric

Thread a handwork needle with a strand of Sulky 12 wt. Cotton Thread. Sew a gathering stitch along the fabric perimeter.

Place a handful of fiberfill inside the fabric “pouch” created by slightly gathering the thread. Place the Mason jar lid against the fiberfill, and pull the thread taut around the lid. Take a few stitches through the gathers to secure the thread; knot the thread ends.

gathering thread for pincushion

Glue the felt circle to the lid, covering the fabric raw edges. Use quilt clips to secure the felt until dry. Let the glue dry thoroughly.


Insert the pincushion into the outer Mason jar lid.

Screw the lid onto the jar.

pink ribbon pincushion on jar

Place a few Pink Ribbon Pins into the pincushion.

Gift the jar to a friend undergoing treatment, a caregiver or survivor.

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I am the Director of Content for Sulky of America. The former Editor in Chief of Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery magazines, I hosted Sew it All TV on PBS for nine seasons. I've appeared on It's Sew Easy on PBS, DIY Network's Uncommon Threads, Hallmark's Marie Osmond Show, MacPhee Workshop and more! Come sew with me!


  • Laurie Hood

    Where do I order this? My sister-in-law has just had a mastectomy. This would be great for her, Love the little project, thread and pins. I have lots of jars though.

    • Ellen March

      Hi Laurie,
      This is a project for you to put together, using the instructions provided. We don’t sell the jars individually. You can find the thread, snips and pins to put inside your jars through the links in the post!
      Thanks for reading,