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Mending Kit

Source: Organizing Good Things 2004, Volume 2004 Special Issue 2004


One way to save valuable time when these little emergencies arise is to put together a sewing kit -- complete with a pincushion on top. All you need are a Ball jar, some fabric, and a few other basic supplies.


  • Ball jar with lid

  • 6-inch square of fabric

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Fiberfill

  • Poster board

  • Pin

  • Transparent adhesive tape

  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks

  • Assorted buttons, threaded onto a safety pin

  • Assorted safety pins, with another safety pin threaded through the bottom eyes

  • Thread in several colors

  • Hooks and eyes in several colors

  • Snaps in several colors

  • Thimble

  • Small pair of scissors

  • Seam ripper

  • Small tape measure

  • Assorted pins and needles, to be stuck in pincushion


  1. Separate the lid and ring portion of the Ball jar, and center the ring on the fabric. Trace a circle around the outside of the ring, and cut it out; an extra inch of fabric should now remain around the circumference of your tracing.

  2. Cut out six concentric circles of Fiberfill, available in fabric stores, in decreasing size. The largest and bottommost circle should be the same size as the Ball jar lid, and the smallest, top circle should measure about 1 1/2 inches in diameter.

  3. Trace the lid on a piece of poster board, and cut along the line of the tracing.

  4. Center the circle of fabric on top of the pile of fiberfill, and stick a pin through the middle to hold all the pieces together. Push the fabric and the padding up through the underside of the ring, and secure it by pushing the poster board over the bottom.

  5. Adjust the gathers around the cushion so the fabric is smooth, and affix the loose ends of the fabric onto the poster board with tape.

  6. Dribble glue around the fabric and poster board so there is enough glue to secure the lid in place. Press the top of the lid against the poster board, and hold it until the glue cools. The metal may become slightly hot, so be careful during this step.

  7. Once the glue cools, fill the jar with sewing supplies.

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