Directions to Sew Fabric Canning Jar Covers

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    Gather Your Materials

    Canning jar covers
    shailendernadh / Twenty20

    If you are lucky and your garden produced more than you can consume, remember your friends and neighbors who may not have your green thumb. Package your homemade jams, jelly, pickles, and preserves by decorating the canning jar lids with pretty fabric to turn homemade canned goods into a beautifully presented gift that is bound to be an appreciated gift.

    Double the gift by sewing a buttonhole in the center of the fabric. Once the jar is empty, the recipient will have a bank for their kitchen windowsill.
    Gather Your Materials

    • Fabric Scraps - 7" circles for wide mouth jars, 6" circles for regular mouth jars
    • 1/4"-wide elastic scraps 6 to 8" long
    • Thread
    • Optional- ribbon and narrow lace or edging trim.
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    Cut the Circles

    Cut canning jar fabric cover circles with templates and measuring.
    Cut Circles for Fabric Canning Jar Covers. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Determine your jar size.
    • Raid your kitchen cabinets for lids to match the measurements you need and use them as a template.
    • Trace the circles onto the fabric and cut the circles.


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    Trimming the Edges of the Circles

    Trim added to the edge of a circle of fabric.
    Eyelet trim added to the edge of a circle of fabric. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Trim the edges of the circle as desired. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

    • Use pinking shears to trim the edges of the circle.
    • Zigzag the edge of the circle and apply narrow lace or trim to the edges.
    • If you have a serger, use the rolled hem feature to finish the edges.
    • Leave the top plain or be creative. Small appliqués or embroidery can be added to the center of the circle to really personalize the gift.
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    Marking for Even Distribution of the Elastic

    Fabric and elastic folded in quarters.
    Marking the Circle & Elastic for Even Distribution. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Fold your elastic in quarters and mark the fold lines.

    Fold the fabric circle in quarters and mark the fold lines.

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    Attach the Elastic

    Eleastic sewn on the circle with a zizag stitch.
    Elastic Sewn on the Circle. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Match the elastic and fabric fold lines, attaching the elastic 2" in from the original edge of the fabric. Use a zigzag stitch to attach the elastic, gently stretching the elastic as you sew it.

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    Adding a Ribbon

    Photo of a jar cover with an optional ribbon attached
    Jar Cover with Optional Ribbon. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Place the cover on a jar and tie a narrow ribbon around the jar. Tack the ribbon in place if desired.