It's kinda late in the game, but have you heard about Scrap Buster's Month going on over at the Sew Mama Sew blog? If you're like me and have a big Rubbermaid tub of scraps that you just can't get rid of because you might need them some day - check out all the submissions over there and you'll be able to put those scraps to good use. Here's the tutorial that I'm submitting:
I think gifts in a jar are perfect for any occasion. Since they're homemade, they make an extra special gift and can be personalized to fit the receiver and the occasion. Preserves, canned goods, soup mixes, cookie mixes, sewing notions, candy...the possibilities for what goes into that glass vessel are endless! The jars can be topped off by adding a simple decoration, a tag or label, or some other crafty accessories - and voila! - you have a thoughtful gift that either stands on its own or makes a nice addition to a gift basket.
Here are a couple of links to gifts I've created with this tutorial: an apple-pie-making-kit gift basket, (I'll be adding to this list as more are completed).
I'll share with you one of my favorite ways to give my jar gifts a finishing touch. It's fast, simple, and you can use up some of those scraps you have laying around.
How to Make Scrappy Jar Lids
This is what you need:
fabric scraps to accomodate the size of your lids
a marker (doesn't have to be washable, I used a Sharpie)
lightweight cardboard (think cereal box or kleenex box)
batting scraps to accomodate the size of your lids
OPTIONAL: buttons, ribbon, sewing machine, other crafting notions
This is what you do:
Iron the scraps you'll be using.
Using your pen, trace a jar lid onto the cardboard.
Cut out the circle on the inside of the line so it's just barely smaller than the actual lid.
Trace the jar lid onto the batting. I used two layers of hi-loft quilter's polyester batting. You can experiment with using more or less, depending on what loft of battting you have and how much "puff" you want.
Cut out the circle right on the line. It's okay if it's not perfect.
Trace the lid onto the front or the back of the fabric. It doesn't matter which side because the edges will be covered up by the screw rim.
Cut out the circle on the outside of the line so it's just barely larger than the lid, or at least the same size as the lid.
These are the pieces you should have now:
Start assembling all these cirlces by putting glue on the cardboard piece, making sure to avoid the very edges.
Place the batting on top of the glued cardboard and press it down.
Put glue on the bottom/wrong side of the fabric in the same fashion. If you're using the same glue I used, don't apply it too liberally because the wetness will seep through the fabric and you'll be able to see it on the finished product.
Place the glued fabric on top of the batting and press down gently.
Set the this little "batting sandwich" on top of the jar lid.
Fit the screw band over the top of everything and screw it onto the jar, gently so the fabric doesn't pucker.
And there you have it! A sweet little lid to "top off" your gift-in-a-jar! You can also bump it up a notch by adding ribbons, buttons, patchworked pieces of fabric, etc. Here are a couple of quick how-to's for accessorizing:
Adding buttons and/or ribbons to the fabric top:
After you've cut out all the circles and before you glue the pieces together, glue a button (or two or three) to the right side of the fabric. Let it dry and then continue on with the directions for assembling.
If you want to add a ribbon (or combinations of ribbons), glue them in place on the right side of the fabric circle. Then, chop off the excess and continue on with the directions for assembling.
Making a patchwork scrap for the fabric top:
Lay out the fabric how you'd like it to appear. It needs to be an inch (or more) larger on all sides than the actual jar lid that you'll be tracing onto it.
With the right sides together, sew along the sides where the fabric needs to be pieced together. I sewed two of these small triangles together at a time to make two larger triangles:
Then , I sewed the two large triangles together, trimmed the seams, and ironed everything flat.
Now place the jar lid in the center of your patchwork design and trace and assemble as usual.
In case this post wasn't long enough already, here are some examples of what I've used my miscellaneous scraps to create thus far. The only thing that's missing is a label telling what is contained within these lovely jars.