Thursday, November 13, 2014

Easy Sew Jar Openers

An Easy Sew Kitchen Jar Opener

Cut one 6" Square each of:
 top fabric,
lining fabric 
(or you could use  a small quilt block)

The grip is made from rubberized shelf liner,
which is machine washable on cold and may be put in the dryer on low heat.
I found this easy to work with and am considering using it for coasters and non-slip table runners and maybe even slipper soles.

I assembly lined these and made several in an hour. 

I like to pin the layers together with one pin on each side which I remove as I sew.  

Make a sandwich by

placing the top fabric square front side up,

then the rubbeshelf liner in the middle

then the flannel or cotton.

Stitch around all corners and three sides leaving an opening on the fourth side ...

Katniss supervised my work.

Trim the corners to cut down on bulk.

Turn right side out.

Topstitch around the square to secure all layers.

I used my walking foot and had no trouble feeding the liner through my machine,

I also tried stitching with the gripper liner up and this also worked well.

I have a couple of these in my kitchen drawer and use them all the time.

These are sew easy to make that soon you will 
have a stack of nifty new giftys or bazaar table items.

Giveaway Time!

If you would like one of these for your kitchen,
leave a comment and let me know what color you would like.

I will be making more of these as stocking stuffers and would be happy to make one just for you!

I will pick three winners to receive a jar opener.

I will mail anywhere in the world.

You do not need to be a follower to win.

You do need to leave an email address where I can contact you to let you know 
if you are a lucky winner and to get your mailing address.

My blog does not allow anonymous comments to keep away the robots.
If you do not have an ID to leave a comment, you may email me
at the address under "Contact Me" at the the top of my blog 
and I will enter your comment for you.

This giveaway closes on the last day of the hop,

November 21st,  at Midnight EST

I will use a random number generator 
to choose the winners and 

I will announce the three winners on November 22nd.

May you and yours have a blessed season of gifting!

Thank you to all who have left lovely comments.

My daughter and grand-darling are flying in today for an extended holiday visit ...

... which is the best Christmas present of the year!

I have been busy cleaning up my shared sewing space and tucking stuff in closets.

I hope to respond personally to all the kind words as soon as I have time ...

well ... when I am not cuddling the baby girl .... ;) 




  1. Your jar openers are sew cute and handy! I love the one with the veggies. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway.

  2. The Easy Sew Jar Openers are sew cute! The blue/aqua one with tiny white cats is perfect for me! Thanks for the giveaway.

  3. I just LOVE these!! So unique and creative!! Oh my Gosh I couldn't pick I would be grateful to have any one of them!! Thanks Pat and have a Wonderful Holiday!!
    Huggs, Nancy

  4. Very clever idea! They are all so stinkin cute! I think I spy one with chickens in there. I knew there was a reason why I saved old shelf liner like that from my previous home!

  5. What a great idea! thanks for the tutorial
    I'd love a blue one to match my kitchen tiles!

  6. What a great idea! I was trying to think of something fun and useful to add to a swap package I am getting ready to mail and this would be perfect! Thank you!

    If I am picked as a winner you can send any of them......they are all nice.

    Thank you again.

  7. What a brilliant idea!!!! Thanks so much for sharing. If I'm the lucky winner I'd be pleased with any of these although my preference would be for the orangey fruit (tomatoes?) . ^^

  8. This has got to be the cleverest idea ever! Thanks for sharing it with us. Pick a color? That's hard...hmmmmm......cupcakes! Definitely cupcakes. :)

  9. So clever AND cute...they are all wonderful! Thanks for the tutorial!

  10. wow these are wonderfully cleaver and pretty. my hands are starting to need little tools like these now, lol
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

  11. Love this idea...I seem to be having more and more difficulty opening jars. Soooo frustrating!

  12. Nifty openers is right! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

  13. Nifty openers is right! Thanks for the tutorial and the giveaway!

  14. Great idea, purple would match my kitchen.

  15. What a clever idea .. I could sure use one. Merry Christmas

  16. I love this so much since I am constantly running after the men in the house to open jars (my thumbs and wrists tend to give me problems now). These are very pretty. I'd choose something bright in orange!
    Thank you for the chance ;D

  17. Those are such a great idea. I am always grabbing something and ending up frustrated. I am going to make some of these.

  18. Thanks so much for the tutorial. I need to make some of these. I would be happy with any one of them. If I have to choose, something with cats or red, but really I like all of them.

  19. These are so clever. I struggle opening jars and its nice to know that there is a solution. Thanks for the tutorial so I can make one if I don't win one.

  20. This is just a super idea. Thanks so much for sharing. My kitchen is in shades of dark green and cream. If I win I really don't care about the color it's the idea of it and being a winner that counts.

  21. What a neat idea!! Why didn't I think of that. They would sure help me because I have the hardest time opening new jars and have no one home to help!!

  22. This is the best idea! I cut one from just a piece of the rubber stuff and have it in my kitchen. Never thought to cover and make it beautiful. Wow would I love to win Thanks so much. Lyn

  23. Such a good idea. I need to grab some of that liner stuff and make a few for Christmas. I like the top one in your me some Zen Chic fabric!

  24. Thanks for the tutorial - this is just brilliant! Got to try this!

  25. These are amazing!!!! Thank you for the great tutorial!!! I would pick burgundy for my kitchen...but I have to make these myself too!!!

  26. These are fantastic...I love the hexie ones in your next post too (sew classy!). Kitchen colours? red/white gingham, black, steel. What fun!

  27. Thank you so much for the tutorial. I need to make some of these. Perfect way to use some of the scraps.

  28. What a fantastic idea! I would love yellow or red.

  29. Love these my kitchen is orange so if I win please choose one for me. Hugs Sandra

  30. Those are so cute, what a wonderful idea. I would pick a maroon one.

  31. What a great idea! I need to make some for little gifties. Thanks for the tutorial.
    Of course I would love to win one. Red is good!

  32. Oh Pat! What a terrific idea! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll definitely be making some for gifts. I'd love to win one as well! Something with purple in it?

  33. What a great idea. WHY I've never thought of that myself is beyond me. We use those grippers all the time. In fact, we have about 6 or more in a drawer in our kitchen. One of the most frequent uses of them is when we eat soup or stews. We use large bowls and put them onto a plate so any spills while sitting in the living room go onto the oversize plate and not carpeting or furniture. The gripper circle goes onto the plate and the bowl on top of the gripper which then keeps the bowl from sliding on the plate.

    But, like you, I have problems with my hands and there are many times where I cannot begin to open a jar. That usually happens when no one is home and I am trying to make supper of course, so those gripper circles we use all the time are frequently used by me to open jars. The one problem I don't like is they tend to stretch a little and then they can tear while trying to use them to open a really stuck jar. Having the fabric like what you've done I'm thinking is going to prevent that as it will stop the gripper from stretching. I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you so much.

    If I win, I'm not necessarily stuck on any color since my kitchen is a mix still. Some day I hope to have a pretty kitchen and when that time comes, it will be red, black, and white. My original plan was to do the colors of a kitchen based around coffee with beige, browns, and tans/creams. Before that it was something else. Any question why the kitchen isn't finished yet? But, red, black, and white is the final decision. (for now? LOL) I love cherry fabrics, and even strawberries if you have anything like that. And just because purple is my favorite color, I can say too that red and purple go together very well too. :) Honestly though, I'd be happy with anything if I am lucky enough to win. Thank you so much for the chance, and again for the awesome idea and tutorial. I just saw the Hexie Twist and Turn tutorial today as well; another awesome idea. I am definitely going to need to make some as gifts for Christmas. I have an entire roll of this shelf liner which is used for my machine embroidery to cut for my hoops to stop things from sliding in the hoop so I might be able to do a few tests runs soon hopefully.

  34. Love, love these. Great tutorial and just in time to make some for gifts this year. I have trouble opening jars so can hardly wait to try these out. I'd love to have one of your openers - your fabrics are so lush.

  35. Thank you so much for not only this tutorial but all the time you put in to give us inspiration and know how. I have a friend with SCA6 and I can make her some of these jar openers which will make her life a little bit easier. I love all your colour schemes, they are right up my alley and I adore Katniss.
    Have fun with your girls

  36. What a wonderful idea! I love gifts that are both pretty and practical and these fit the bill so nicely! Thank you for sharing your 'how to'. No need to reply just soak up every single minute of this special time with your precious girl and granddaughter!

  37. What a colorful, novel idea. Will make great stocking stuffers.

  38. I just found these on line. WOW. What a great idea.


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