How to make a cloth cover for jam and jelly jars

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.

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

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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


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.

Things You'll Need

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