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Sewing Kit Pincushion Gift to Make

On-the-Go Sewing Kit

Mason Jar Pincushion Project

sewing kit pincushion with cat

Create a on-the-go sewing kit with a pincushion on a Mason jar lid, and store supplies inside. This project makes a great gift for a cat lover, when topped with our fun Cat Head Pins! Fussy cut the fabric on the pincushion to center a cute motif for you or the recipient.



Poly Sparkle Thread is a fun addition to the sewing kit! Grab a 6-pack of coordinating colors to complement the fabric print you choose for the pincushion.

poly sparkle assortment for sewing kit

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

curved tip squeezers

Hand sewing needles are a nice addition to the kit. These come in multiple sizes and come with a heart shaped case!

cross-stitch needle


Take apart the Mason jar lid and use the inner lid as a template to cut a circle from the felt. (The following images feature a breast cancer awareness pink ribbon fabric, which makes a great gift idea for a patient undergoing treatment or a nurse in the oncology unit!)

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. Then, use quilt clips to secure the felt until dry. Let the glue dry thoroughly.


Insert the pincushion into the outer Mason jar lid. Then, screw the lid onto the jar.

Place a few decorative pins into the pincushion. Add a piece of fabric and a handwork design to the jar, if desired.

sewing kit contents

Gift the jar to a friend or keep it as your companion when you need to sew on the go!

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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!


  • Becky Leitl

    Cute, cleaver idea. Could probably modify top to work on babyfood jars, too, somehow. Lots of young moms used to have lots of those. I used to repurpose them as giftable fancy pickle, jam, and jelly jars. They helped fill out the holiday gift baskets with something that wasn’t cookies or candy. Back in the day I had to make all the gifts. It gave us more bang for our gifting bucks. Seems lots of young families are back to that mode because of pandemic and employment uncertainties.