mason jar sewing kit

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I have to admit the whole mason jar allure eluded me at first.

 

Yes, yes, I know that statement is enough to get me kicked out of the diy-ers club.  In fact, I think I hear the blogging police banging on my front door, threatening to disconnect my internet connection and confiscate my Adobe Lightroom photo editing software …

 

But that all changed last summer.  It was a day like any other day.  I was strolling through the Target, in search of a new tea kettle.  That’s when I spotted them.  At the end cap.  A 12-pack of Ball mason jars for just $9.99.  I scooped them up.  I put them in my trunk.  And that’s where they remained for months on end …

 

I did break them out for a fall votive project.  And then again when I was trying out a blue tint recipe using Mod Podge and food coloring.

 

And now that “heavy lifting” is forbidden for the next 6-8 weeks — per my rock star hand surgeon’s orders – I thought it might be time to put that 12-pack of Ball mason jars to the test …

 

… you know, with 6-8 weeks of mason jar projects.

 

First up is a knock-off of Anthropologie’s Mason Jar Sewing Kit  …

 

 

The Anthropologie version retailed for $45.00.

 

Huh?

 

Not quite sure how that added up.  My version cost me $0.

 

Perhaps those gold tipped scissors in the Anthropologie version are made of 14K gold?  Mine were originally bright orange plastic that I gave a few coats of gold metallic paint.

 

Maybe the Anthropologie thimble was forged from platinum?   Mine was cheap and plastic and painted with silver paint.

 

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Are the safety pins sterling?  The tape measure leather?  The push pins topped with pearls and onyx? Could the Anthropologie pin cushion be made of the finest silk?

 

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Mine was crafted from a drop cloth scrap.  A bit of batting gave it some cushion and it was all secured in place with some help from the hot glue gun …

 

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… and feel free to glue yours down much neater than mine!

 

And at $45 a pop, I can’t help but wonder how many – if any – mason jar sewing kits Anthropologie sold before they discontinued this product line.  Especially since it’s so easy to make your own …

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  1. says

    I see what you are doing here! You are going to make me do a Mason Jar part 3! lol!!! This is awesome and by the way…picture perfect! That finger injury doesn’t slow you down…still rockin the projects! LOVE this!!!! hugs…

  2. Ellen says

    Now I know what to do with my box of dusty, yucky mason jars that are sitting in a dark corner of my storage room! (I’ll have to wash them, of course)
    I’ve been waiting, for years, to get inspired to do some canning, but this project appeals to me much more! Thanks for the fun idea!

  3. says

    So cleaver Linda! You did a great job making this on your own.I need to check out Anthro for inspiration.I have never been to one of these stores ever.And I have not looked on line I think I should! Hope your finger is healing!
    xx
    Anne

  4. says

    What a fun project. So glad you finally were inspired to use your mason jars because this is one of those projects I want to go make right now. I can’t believe your scissors had an orange handle before you got crafty with them. Beautiful pictures, great project.

  5. says

    yeah they charge way to much for most things! I made those jars too – to sell at an event a couple years ago. I sourced all the stuff bulk but it still came up to about $16 per jar when you are using all the real stuff. And that was getting stuff cheaper by buying bulk. Sourcing all that stuff from Jo-anns would have been at least 25. So it isn’t exactly cheap unless you have the stuff on hand, only want to make one, and you use your awesome ideas for the scissors and thimble! Well done – I like your version very much!

  6. says

    LOL – I’m sorry but it’s hard to fathom anyone would pay 45.00 for that??? Really??? Your version is fantastic — great idea painting the scissor handles too — you though of everything. Anthro should start watching blogs :)

  7. Lora says

    Personally, I think it’s rude to make fun of the project that you clearly stole this idea from … that being said it is cute but I wouldn’t pay $45 for it either, That’s because we’re crafty types! People who don’t know one end of a glue gun from the other would never make this themselves, but may purchase it as a gift or to have as a decorative item in their home. As a person who sells handmade items, it’s hard to say what is a proper selling price … the supplies don’t fall out of the sky and are usually bought new for reselling as opposed to using whatever you have lying around the house. The maker’s time also needs to be factored into the price since we don’t work for free ;) As Jillflory pointed out it is NOT $0 to make as you yourself said you’d bought the jars at Target, and presumable paid for everything that went into the jar at one time or another. I have about 200 jars, but I use them to can food in. I may use one of my vintage blue jars to make this for myself however!

  8. Leslie says

    A wonderful idea……make and give to the high school grad going off to college. That is if they know anything about how to sew on a button, tack down a hem, etc. A quick lesson no more than 15 minutes from you gets them started.

  9. says

    I suppose I need to start picking up those jars when I see them. This is such an inspiring project done wonderfully! Thank you for sharing:)

  10. Renee Valdivia says

    I was at Target yesterday and I saw those very same jars!!! I thought there must be a thousand things I could do with them. I have seen the Modge Podge tint project. I thought those would be nice for the patio in the summer. Oh the things they will be, now I will have to stop on my way home from work and pick them up. They had 3 different sizes, I may get all three!!!!

  11. says

    Nice knock-off! I love the way it turned out. You can hardly even tell a difference! Nice job! Just wanted to let you know I’m featuring you this weekend! Come on by and see your name in lights! Thanks for linking up and have a wonderful weekend!

  12. says

    Oh that’s adorable Linda! And right up my alley. I hadn’t seen the Anthro one before, but you’ve got to be kidding…..$45? Really!? Yours looks exactly like it. You could run a half price sale ($22.50) and still make a killing! :)

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