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How To Sew Canning Jar Fabric Covers

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Free pattern and directions to make a canning jar cover.

Canning Jar Covers

Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
Dress up your home made canned goods with fabric to match your kitchen so they can be out on the counter as a decoration.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: Less than 1 hour

Here's How:

  1. Gather Your Materials

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

  2. 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 on to the fabric and cut the circles.

  3. 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.

  4. Fold your elastic in quarters and mark the fold lines.

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

  6. 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.

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

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