Landscape (UK) - - In The Kitchen -

A use­ful gift for a friend who en­joys sewing is sim­ply put to­gether us­ing a pre­serve jar, with a loose insert lid, filled with pretty but­tons and cot­tons. Firstly, the lid and insert are re­moved from the jar. A cir­cle of fab­ric with a di­am­e­ter twice that of the lid is stitched all the way round with a line of loose run­ning stitch and the ends left un­knot­ted. A hand­ful of wad­ding, such as scrap fab­ric or old socks cut into small pieces, is placed in the mid­dle of the cir­cle and the lid insert placed face down on top. The stitch­ing is pulled tight around the insert and tied closed. The cush­ion is pushed up through the screw part of the lid and glued in place. Once dry, a cir­cle of fab­ric can be glued in­side the lid to cover the stitch­ing. The jar is filled with a se­lec­tion of small hab­er­dash­ery items.

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