Monthly Archives: June 2013

Project #15: Jam Jar Covers

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Well, the time has come to post a new project. I feel like Jimmy Chitwood in Hoosiers…”I figure it’s about time I start playing ball again.”  If you don’t get a Hoosiers reference, we probably can’t be friends.

Anyway, this is a very easy project that requires essentially zero skill.  There are a lot of pictures, but each jar cover takes about 2 minutes.  There are some other tutorials on the web… I looked at a few of them and did a little experimenting to see what works best.  What is not in today’s blog is how to make the actual jam… this isn’t a cooking blog and absolutely NOBODY would take it seriously if it was. But, I made this jam myself using local farm-fresh strawberries and the Ball Blue Book recipe.

We’ll start with supplies.  You need fabric (gingham is my number one choice because jam jar covers are supposed to be done in gingham.  But I suppose a trendy chevron or burlap might be cute), pinking shears (work a ton better if they’re pinkers and not regular), rubber bands, and ribbon.  You also need a small round template for tracing… I used a tupperware lid.

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First, trace the circle on fabric. I use a fabric pencil that disappears over time, but anything will work.  You probably don’t want to use anything heavy like a sharpie, though (it will soak through).  I can’t believe I just said not to use a sharpie.   I carry a sharpie with me everywhere I go.  Also, my photo editing seems to have blurred away the part where you can see dog bite marks in this tupperware lid. My parents have a remarkably stupid dog.  Also, my mom will comment on this blog post defending their stupid dog.

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Next, use your pinking shears to cut out the circle.  For those who may not know, pinking shears are the ones that make the zig-zag edge.  The zig-zag edge keeps the edges of the fabric from fraying. They’ll still fray a little bit, but not nearly how they would with straight scissors.  The circle doesn’t have to be perfect (mine’s sure not!).

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Center the circle over the jar lid.  If you’re using homemade jam, leave the lid ring on.  Use the rubber band to secure the fabric to the lid.  Here’s a hint – smaller, thinner rubber bands work best.

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You may have to do some re-arranging to get the cover to look neat and straight.  You may also have to pull down a little to keep the fabric tight under the rubber band.  A lot of this re-arranging is dependent on your personal preference.  Fiddle with it until it looks how you like.

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All that’s left is to cover the rubber band.  I tied a ribbon around the lid and then used my fingertips to push it down over the rubber band.  Maybe if this blog ever gets some sponsors, I’ll use the money to get a manicure.

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Ta da! My brother-in-law totally laughed at me for making my jam “cute.”  As if there’s any other way.  Happy Crafting!

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Graham Crafter is BACK!

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If we were still in elementary school, I should have to write “I have neglected my blog.” 50 times as punishment.  We’re not, so I’ll just claim that I’ve been busy. But, it’s a good busy… I bought a house! It has needed a lot of work.  So basically, I’ve purchased the most expensive craft project in history.

I’m going to use GrahamCrafter to post a few before and after shots, and also to post some how-to projects.  I’ll continue with regular craft projects, as well.

I’ll start with the master bedroom redo.  Here are a few “before” shots:

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Let me start by saying I don’t care for blue.  At all.  And this was a lot of blue.  Here is the after…

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The re-decorating included: Behr “Plum Smoke” paint, new carpet, new blinds, Martha Stewart bedding, some new furniture, some refreshed old furniture, a new light fixture, new lamps,  and new wall hangings.  Here is another shot:

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I probably should have pushed the fabric drawers in a little more neatly before I took the picture, but I didn’t think of it until later.  You might be looking at this photo wondering, “what are those little doors for?” Well, I’ll tell you… they’re for the best spot in the house:

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