Because the ring of a Mason jar lid exposes a 3-inch circlet, crafters can use that blank space as a canvas to display dainty cross stitch designs that won't impede the use of the jar. Whether for personal home décor or for a gift, display your crafty side by combining cross stitch and all parts of a Mason jar for a one-of-a-kind presentation.
Pincushion and Sewing Storage
Use a cross stitched Mason jar to hold sewing notions and act as a pincushion as well. Center the cross stitch design (the word "notions" in an old-fashioned script works well) over a generous amount of quilt batting and the metal lid. Tightly stitch the ends of the cross stitch together on the backside, holding the batting in place. Place a bead of glue on the edge of the fabric covered lid, then affix it to the ring. Press it tight so that the lid doesn't cover any of the threads on the ring. This stuffed dome is now an effective pincushion. Fill the jar with sewing notions, such as cross stitch threads, spools, small scissors and measuring tape for a clever and useful storage/pin cushion combo.
Mason Lid Ornaments
Create Christmas tree ornaments with dome lids from mason jars. Center a finished cross stitch piece over a dome lid and stitch the edges tightly together around the back. Use holiday fabric over a second dome lid, laced and knotted in back. Affix a ribbon as a hanger as well as a bit of cotton batting between the backs of both dome lids using hot glue. Cover the seams of the dome lids with a circlet of lace, ribbon, ric-rac, sequins or other décor.
Match the cross stitch picture to the contents of the Mason jar for a lovely gift. Choose a pattern of strawberries for strawberry jam or oranges for orange marmalade. If you've canned the items yourself, the lid of the mason jar should already be adhered to the glass jar. Simply trace out a circle of gingham fabric using the ring, about 2 inches larger. Then center the fabric, with the trimmed cross stitch fabric on top, on the jar lid. Secure the fabric pieces with the jar ring and tie a matching ribbon around the ring.
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