Wednesday, June 17, 2009

From candle jar to pin cushion...

Tonight I made a trip to Michael's to find Fabric Medium, recommended in Helen Stubbins Faux Applique book. I have been looking for this stuff in several stores and finally just ordered off the internet. While at Michael's, I came across candle jars on sale for $4.00! Now I just love candles in my kitchen, and this one is called Ginger Citrus and smells wonderful, so it came home with me.

I cleaned the label off the jar, and muttered the whole time about why do they have to make them so hard to get off. Then placed the jar on my kitchen table, lit the candle and added my jar topper.
Sure smells great, and looks lovely, but what to do now with the glass jar lid? I will never use this lid on the jar again, but it is just too good to toss in the trash.
Hmmmm...its a nice weight and I just love glass objects.
I gather up some supplies - including the cute cupcake fabric and ribbon I received from Anna (ThimbleAnna), some stuffing, hand quilting thread and set to making a pin cushion. The fabric is gathered up like you would a yoyo. Fill the lid with the stuffing and then the fun comes as you get the fabric over the stuffing and pull the gathering thread to hold it in place. Tie off the thread securely and then using the ribbon, wrap around the jar lid and tie a pretty bow.
Voila - a new pincushion!
I really like the weight of it and will most likely leave this one on my cutting table. It also makes a good paperweight!





14 comments:

Thimbleanna said...

Holy Cow -- that's ADORABLE!!! I LOVE how you recycled the lid and the ribbon I sent you -- you're too, too clever!!!

Ellen said...

How crafty, Momma! That's just too cute. Love you!!

Robyn said...

What a fabulous pincushion!!
Another one to add to my list :D
Thanks for sharing!

KC Quilter said...

How utterly clever!!! I must have a gazillion Yankee candle jar lids laying around here. Hmmm...I think it's time for a new pincushion. Thanks for the idea!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

That's the best idea! I love it!! Aren't you clever? I am going to have to try this right away, thanks, Teresa!

Karen said...

The cupcake fabric looks yummy!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

That is so cute! Thimbleanna let me know about this and I'm so glad she did. I would love to link to it if you don't mind. What a crafty way to recycle!

bluebird-lyn said...

Hello Teresa, love your candle with the jar lid...have not seen one before...also Teresa very thrifty in making your gorgeous new pin cushion....hugs lyn

Julia said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!! How cute is that! You are so very creative and clever! I too love candles! I will be tucking this idea away for future use. This my kind of recycling!!! :~)

belinda said...

What a FAB idea....I have tons of those jars...I owned a candle manufacturing company several years back and still have tons of glassware!!!

Marilyn R said...

How cute is that pin cushion! Great idea!

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Candace said...

Such a cute idea and completely adorable.

Teresa's Quilt Stash said...

I have the same problem at my house, what to do with those lids? Thank you for the wonderful idea. p.s. love your blog.