How to make a cloth cover for jam and jelly jars

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How to make a cloth cover for jam and jelly jars
Personalise jam jars with an attractive cloth cover. (Mario Pusic/Hemera/Getty Images)

If you make your own jams and jellies, try decorating the jars with a cloth cover. Adding a cloth cover to the jars personalises your jelly or jam. You can choose your favourite fabric, and even customise the fabrics for a special occasion. After you add the fabric to the jar, tie a string around the jar lid to attach a tag for your jam. Decorated jam and jelly jars make great gifts for friends and family members.

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Things you need

  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Felt marker
  • Scissors
  • Quilt batting
  • Fabric glue
  • Measuring tape
  • Pinking shears

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  1. 1

    Choose an appropriate fabric for your jelly or jam jars. Any fabric design, pattern, or texture will work for covering the jars.

  2. 2

    Create a template by cutting out a 15 cm (6 inch) square on cardboard, and trace the cardboard template with a felt marker onto your fabric. Cut out a 15 cm (6 inch) fabric square to cover the lid of a canning jar.

  3. 3

    Place a canning lid on the quilt batting. Trace the canning lids on the quilt batting with a felt marker. Cut out the two quilt batting circles.

  4. 4

    Apply fabric glue on the top of the canning jar lid. Glue one quilt batting circle on to the lid.

  5. 5

    Add fabric glue to the top of the first quilt batting circle. Apply the second circle on the first quilt batting circle.

  6. 6

    Place the canning lid on the jar. Do not screw the lid to the jar yet.

  7. 7

    Pick up the fabric square. Lay the 15 cm (6 inch) piece of fabric over the two quilting circles.

  8. 8

    Use the jar ring, and screw the lid to the jar. Carefully tug on the fabric to remove the wrinkles. Ensure that the lid is secure.

  9. 9

    Use pinking shears to trim the fabric, leaving a 2.5 cm (1 inch) border of fabric around the canning jar.

Tips and warnings

  • If you do not want to remove the canning jar lid, just simply use the fabric square. Fold the fabric in half, and then fold it in half a second time. With pinking shears, cut the edge of the square to create a half circle. Use a rubber band to secure the fabric cover to the jam jar.

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