How to Make Fabric Jam Jar Covers

Homemade, Do-It-Yourself Jam Jar Toppers

These DIY Instructions for How to Make Fabric Jam Jar Covers are a quick and easy way to add simple flair to any jar.

No Need to purchase expensive jar top covers! You may even already have everything at home that you need to make these.

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Instructions for How to Make Fabric Jam Jar CoversMake Your Own Fabric Jam Jar Covers!

With very little time and effort, and any left-over fabric you may have on hand, a little string and glue, you can make attractive, colourful bonnets for that jar you are giving as a gift, or that you are displaying in your own cupboard of jams and preserves!

What You Need:

  • fabric, cotton or other
  • 6" diameter round template (for example, a container lid)
  • string, binder twine or wool
  • pinking shears or scissors
  • glue gun and glue stick

How to Make Jar Covers with Material / Tracing Template

Step #1

Select the fabric of your choice, turn the fabric wrong side up and smooth the fabric surface.

Using a round template of 6" in diameter, (I used a plastic container lid), trace around the entire circle (see photo above) using a pen, marker, pencil or, for dark material use chalk.

For the recipe to make this most SCRUMPTIOUS plain rhubarb jam,

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Instructions for DIY Jar Toppers - Cutting out the Circle

Step #2

Using pinking shears, cut around the entire circle.

If you do not have pinking shears, you can use a regular type of scissors. The benefit of using pinking shears is that because of the irregular cut they provide (a "zigzag") the fabric is much less likely to fray or unravel during use.

Pinking shears are fairly expensive, but they are so handy to have for use when making crafts involving fabric.

They are ideal for finishing fabric edges and seams as well as for making decorative edges on various craft and sewing materials.

Below are examples of fine pinking shears available for online purchase from *

Click on the images for more detailed product information and customer reviews.

The pair of pinking shears I have is the "Fiskars", the third product below. I highly recommend them!

Attaching Fabric to Jar Top

Do it Yourself Jam Jar Cover

Step #3

Using a heated glue gun, dab a small bead of glue on about 6 to 8 spots along the edge of the ring lid (see photos above).

Immediately, while glue is still active, center the fabric cut-out over the jar lid and gently fold over the sides onto the glue spots.

Make Your Own Jar Bonnet Cover with Fabric Material / Measure String

Step #4

Measure 18" of your choice of string.

How to Make Bonnet Covers for Jars with Material

Fabric Jam Jar Cover How to Do

Step #5

Using the heated glue gun, glue the string to the side of the ring at the center back spot (see photos above).

Bring the string around to the front of the jar, and tie into a bow.

Trim ends of string if necessary.

Using the heated glue gun, dab a bit of glue underneath the bow to ensure it stays tied.


These easy to make fabric jar covers are a great way to make that gift jar of jam, preserves or cookie ingredients look that much more special!

Planning on Making Jam or Jelly?

Check out all the many jam recipes: 

Rhubarb Jams at

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