Cross stitch jar lids – free patterns

Turn plain jars into customised storage solutions and create rainbows of colour with these beautiful cross stitch jar lids designed by Anne Macgregor.

Cross stitch jar lids - free patterns

Storage is always a popular seller – everyone has bits and bobs that need squirrelling away, and coming up with stylish ways to present them makes your craft room feel like home. The good news is that we’ve done just that for you with these sweet little jars with decorated lids. Kilner jars are cheap to buy from supermarkets and kitchen shops and the rustic look they offer has been popular for a while now. Buy the preserve jars with the two-part lids and remove the centre section to create a handy frame for your work.

This lovely project was originally published in Craftseller magazine and designed by Anne Macgregor.

Display a selection of jars in different sizes and fill them with ribbon, buttons, hair clips and bobbles, sweets and small toys for an attractive display and to demonstrate their multitude of uses. Here’s a top tip: if using multicolour thread, separate the strands first, then reassemble them all in the same direction.

Check out our other upcycling projects for more inspiration, we love these super easy wine bottle lights, or how about organising your herbs with these (also easy) herb pots? Or if you want to preserve some of that (rare) summer sunshine, why not brush up on how to press flowers.

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You will need:

  • 10 x 10cm (4 x 4in) piece of 14-count white aida
  • Anchor multicolour stranded cotton in Rainbow (shade 1335)
  • Size 24 tapestry needle
  • Kilner jar
  • Wadding
  • Iron-on interfacing


6 x 6cm (2⅓ x 2⅓in)

How to cross stitch jar lids


Step 1

Choose the pattern you want to stitch from our free patterns of cross stitch jar lids. Thread the needle with two strands of stranded cotton. Do not use the loop method to start, instead use two strands laid side by side.

Step 2

Begin stitching in the centre of the cross stitch jar lids pattern and the centre of the fabric. Work all the cross stitches first, completing each one individually.

Step 3

After all the cross stitch has been completed, add the backstitch, eyelets and Rhodes stitch, also using two strands of cotton. If you have never worked eyelets or Rhodes stitch before, then follow the numbered diagrams on the pdf download of the cross stitch jar lids.

Step 4

When you’ve finished stitching, iron a piece of interfacing to the back of the stitched piece to strengthen it. Draw a circle onto the wrong side of your work, making sure that it is 2cm (¾in) larger than the lid all the way around. Double-check to make sure that the design is centred in the circle.

Step 5

Cut a piece of wadding the same size as the lid of the jar. Lay the wadding on top of the removable part of the lid and then the stitched design over the top of the wadding. Work a row of running stitches near the edge of the stitched piece and then draw up the thread so that the stitched fabric is gathered over the lid. Finish by lacing the work to hold it in place.


Download the cross stitch jar lids pattern

Get a free PDF of this pattern here: Cross stitch jar lids chart

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We hope you’ve enjoyed these cross stitch jar lids. We have plenty of other beautiful cross stitch patterns here on Gathered, too. Why not make your own cross stitch necklace, browse our cross stitch cats or give these cross stitch dogs a go?