Here’s what you’ll need:
Fabrics of your choice (amounts vary depending on what sizes you make; fat quarters work well for most sizes)
Coordinating 3/8″ ribbon (grosgrain works best for not raveling) or cording
Scissors, pins, coordinating thread
Here are the jar sizes and fabric needed:
4 oz: 6.25″ X 7″ (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 20″ each
1/2 pint: 6.25″ X 8.75″ (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 20″ each
pint (short): 8″ X 9.5″ (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 25″ each
pint (regular mouth and wide mouth): 7.25″ X 10″ (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 23″ each
quart (regular mouth and wide mouth): 8″ X 13.75″ (cut 2 of outer, 2 of lining); 2 lengths of ribbon, 25″ each
Step one Find the size jar you are using in the chart, above. Cut two rectangles of fabric for outer bag, and two rectangles of lining fabric.
Step two Right sides together, stitch around sides and bottom of outer bag. Right sides together, stitch around both sides of lining. Stitch across bottom, leaving a 2″ section open for turning the bags right side out later.
Step three Press side seams open (makes threading the ribbon through later much easier), trim corners. Turn outer bag right side out.
Step four Tuck outer bag inside lining, right sides together.
Step five Match the top upper edges and side seams. Pin.
Step six Stitch tops together, then turn both bags right side out through opening in lining. Tuck lining into outer bag. Press top edge of bag. Slip stitch opening in lining closed.
Step seven Mark two stitching lines, one 2″ down from top of bag, and one 2 and 5/8″ down from top of bag. Mark with chalk or air-soluble marker. OR, you can mark these distances on a piece of tape on the plate of your sewing machine. Stitch all around bag on both sets of lines, backstitching a few stitches across each seam.
Important note: this biggest bag is the only one to have a 2″ space at the top. All the rest of the bags have a 1″ space at the top. For all the other size bags, measure down 1″ from the top of bag for the first row of stitching, then 1 and 5/8″ down from the top of bag for the second row of stitching.
Step eight Using a seam ripper, open stitches at seam between rows of stitching on outer bag side only (do not open stitches on lining). Do this on both sides of bag. This is why you did the backstitching/double stitching in step 7. It keeps that one little opening from unraveling further.
Step nine Using a large safety pin or bodkin, thread a length of ribbon through one side of casing, bring it back out through the same side and knot the ends. Cut the ends at a 45 degree angle to prevent fraying. Repeat with second length of ribbon on other side
Here are some great ideas for gifts-in-a-jar: