Jam this little project into the folder categorized “Things That Make My Life More Organized”. In there, you’d also find my recent decor throw-down, the wildly successful sliding drawer, and an awesome shoebox turned awesome note card compartment. Clearly, it’s been a long winter. And in all seriousness, I did just start an “Organized” category and link a slew of old posts into it, so check it out.
All those little spools of thread loose without a big girl’s sewing kit? Extra bobbins? Needles and pins that were non-chalantly resting in the same dish that all of my spare change was just waiting to poke directly under my fingernail? It was not orderly.
My spend? Zero dollars, as in $0.00. Not that it’s something I pinned myself (pun not intended, but totally recognized), but I did happen to see some modest little pin cushions on pinterest (search: jar pin cushion), and that pretty much told me all I needed to know.
- Preserves Jar, with lid (saved from a batch of Mom’s grape jelly, apparently)
- Piece of fabric
- Polyester fiberfill (I had more than a handful leftover after making my bear/cow/anteater pillow last month)
- Heavy cardstock
It’s as easy as could be to assemble.
For my fabric, I chose a piece of scrap outdoor fabric from when I made Cody’s latest dog bed for its durability and strength. The brown and white fabric doesn’t have much stretch to it, so wrapped over the fiberfill and around the jar dome lid, it easily wedged into the canning jar lid surround. While holding the fabric taut, I glued a bit of e-6000 to the underside of the lid and the fabric, and then glued a piece of heavy cardstock (scrap from a previous project) to the top of the fabric to quickly and cleanly seal it all in. And then, I clamped that thing for a few hours to allow all the layers of e-6000 to dry. It’s where soft-core crafty meets hard-core crafty.
With the array of spools and bobbins dumped into the jar, the dried lid fits right on top.
I find that I need to push mine on a little more forcefully than if I were twisting the cap on the jam jar, but it threads on nonetheless, and stays on.
Is it not totally embarrassing that I own 2 needles and 4 pins? I kind of thought about buying some to fool you into thinking I was well-armed for any sewing project. Didn’t get around to it. In my defense, I’ve been constantly misplacing them since they didn’t have a dedicated pad, and also, I never stocked up knowing that I had nowhere great to store them. Plus, I was always looking for super-cute-colorful straight pins of my dreams, and I haven’t found them yet. I can now resume my search.
Best of all, it keeps everything I need for a sewing project at my fingertips. Tucked away in the trunk that also stores my fabric bolts and sewing machine, so it’s out of sight but takin’ care of business. Everyday.
Big sewing projects coming up? Anyone else focused on interior organization before springtime hits?