Basic Canister Makeover



You might have canisters like this in your home and if you don’t then you know someone who does! These basic glass canisters with stainless steel lids are so fantastic for storage in the kitchen. They’re easy to clean and hold pretty much anything you can toss their way. Canisters like these ones from aren’t just for the kitchen though! I’m in the process of setting up a sewing and craft room and things are getting hairy in there. I was in HUGE need of a way to store my sewing bits and bobbins because it was a giant mess and things were becoming hard to find. These canisters are just what I needed but I decided to #DIYMyWay and spiffy them up a bit.


As I’ve shared a few times on social, Brother Canada sent me a sewing and embroidery machine so I thought this was a great way to jump into a project and get my feet wet. I started on my iPad by hand lettering an idea of the text I wanted to use. My machine has fantastic pre-loaded fonts but I wanted these to be a bit more personal and I love the hand lettered items we are seeing lately. From my iPad I loaded the graphic into the embroidery software and I added the little thread spool and thimble graphics too. After that, I set up the simple muslin fabric in the embroidery hoop and let the machine do its thing!


Here’s the back so you can see what I did. I used a tear away stabilizer and ironed the edges down for a straight edge. I added a little ruffle on the top and bottom and stitched it into place. This project is a great way to use up some fabric scraps and you can make them in any colour theme to suit your room. I sized the labels to measure approximately 3″ wide but you can customize them to any size you wish.


Once the labels were complete I simply attached them to the canisters with hot glue. As a beginning seamstress this was a fun project to learn about the functions of my machine AND make something useful to help me stay organized. I also hot glued a pin cushion tomato to the top of the ‘notions’ jar for easy access. Now it won’t roll away on me!


I’m so pleased with how these turned out! Grab a set of canisters and use them in a creative way – they’d make a wonderful gift for someone who needs a bit of organization in their life too. I can’t wait to further explore what this embroidery machine can do and now I’ll be organized as I figure out which foot to use when and how to do a button hole.


I chose to leave the ruffle off the button jar because I wanted to add buttons as decoration instead but really, there is no end to what you could do with these basic glass canisters. These would be great in any craft room to hold paint and craft supplies too. I might need to order another set!


*thank you to Brother Canada for providing equipment to facilitate this post



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