How To Make Fabric Canning Jar Covers

You see them in trade fairs, in country stores and specialty stores – those various jars of jams, jellies, chutneys, pickles and other homemade delicacies that are stored in jars with cute fabric covers. They come in a variety of designs and colors that really add personality to a simple canning jar.

These canning jar covers are quite easy to make if you are handy with needle and thread, or know how to sew. You can even make some using fabric glue and/or the old reliable glue stick.

You need the following items:

  • Scraps of cotton fabrics in different colors and design cut in circles, 7 inches in diameter for standard wide mouth canning jars and 6 inches in diameter for jars with regular mouths
  • ¼-inch wide elastic
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Scraps of ribbons, lace, rickrack, etc.
  • Straight scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Fabric glue, glue gun and glue sticks (optional)


  1. Apply treatment to the edge of your fabric circles – either you cut it with a pair of straight scissors, use pinking shears to trim it or if you are handy with the sewing machine, sew zigzag stitch close to the edge. If your machine has a serger, you can add a rolled hem for a beautiful and clean finish.
  2. It is a bit tricky to add the elastic. Measure the circumference of your jar and cut a length of elastic to size plus some allowance for overlap. Reverse your fabric circle and fold it in quarters and mark the fold lines, do the same for the elastic. Mark the reverse of your fabric two inches from the edge and add a guideline all around. This is where you are going to attach the elastic. Align the marks on the elastic to the marks you made on the fabric and pin the elastic into place. If you are not comfortable with using pins while sewing, you can baste it. Use the zigzag stitch to sew the elastic in place, stretching it a bit as you sew so that the elastic lies flat against the fabric.
  3. You can now put some additional embellishments to your jar cover. Add rickrack, lace, ribbon or eyelet to the edge, either sewing them or gluing them to the cover. You can leave the top plain or decorate it with buttons, small bows, beads, small satin flowers and other items to make the cover more personal.
  4. For a puffy jar cover, you can add a batting layer between the top fabric and a facing. Finish and decorate in the usual way.
  5. When you are done, you can slip the jar covers onto the lids and tie ribbons around the area where the elastic runs.

You do not have to stop at using just a single fabric color/design for each jar cover. You can mix and match colors and patterns or even create a theme based on the season or the occasion. Add a personalized gift tag that match and coordinate with the covers.


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