How to Sew a Jar Opener

Learn how to sew a jar opener to make opening jars easier. This beginner sewing project is great for the kitchen and makes a quick gift.

What to do when you can't open a jar? Isn't it so frustrating to end up with a stuck pot? I've tried making the pot cold or hot, using a towel and yelling at the pot with no luck.

A quick solution is a fabric jar opener. Jar openers are so quick and easy to sew, but they are so useful in the kitchen. They don't take up much space in a drawer, but it's so handy to have one when you can't open a jar!

What is a fabric jar opener?

A fabric jar opener is a hand-sized piece of fabric that has a layer of grippy material on one side. It helps your hand have a better grip for opening jars with sealed lids.

How to Sew a Jar Opener

How does a fabric jar opener work?

The grippy material of the jar opener helps your hand grip and get traction so you can open the jar. This prevents your hand from slipping and putting pressure on the jar to open it.

How to Sew a Jar Opener

What materials do you use to make a jar opener?

You'll use quilting cotton for the fabric, some iron-on stabilizer, and most importantly: a shelf liner. The fabric makes it easier to grip, but the shelf liner gives the jar opener the best grip for holding a jar lid and opening it.

There are many types of shelf liners, so be sure to get a rubber shelf liner with small holes.

How to Sew a Jar Opener

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How to Sew a Jar Opener

How to Sew a Jar Opener


  • Quilting cotton scrap (two 6 inch by 6 inch squares)
  • Piece of iron-on interfacing (a 6 inch by 6 inch square)
  • Debris of rubber shelf liner* (a 6 inch by 6 inch square)
  • Sewing tools
  • Sewing machine
fabric and shelf covering


Cut two pieces of fabric 6 inches by 6 inches.

Cut a piece of fusible interfacing 6 inches by 6 inches.

Cut a piece of shelf covering 6 inches by 6 inches.

cut out two pieces of fabric, a piece of stabilizer, and a piece of shelf liner

Fuse the iron-on interfacing to the back of one of the pieces of fabric.

fuse the interfacing with the back of a piece of fabric

Place the canvas fabric right side out. Place the uncanvased fabric right side out. Place the shelf liner on top of the unlined fabric. These will be the two sides of the jar opener.

put a shelf liner on a piece of unlined fabric

Place both sides right sides together with the shelf liner between the layers of fabric. Pin around the outside.

pin the layers right sides together.

Sew around the square with a 3/8 inch seam allowance. Pivot at the corners and leave a 2 inch hole to turn the right side out. Backstitch when you start and when you stop.

sew around and leave a hole

Cut all four corners to reduce clutter.

cut corners

Turn the jar opener right side out through the hole.

turn right through the hole

Carefully clear the corners with a turner.

pierce the corners with a center driver

Topstitch 1/8 inch around the edge of the jar opener to tighten the edges and close the hole. The shelf liner makes the jar opener a little more difficult to sew.

You can place the shelf liner face down, toward the feed dogs, to make moving the piece through the sewing machine a little easier.

You can also place the shelf liner facing up, but the sewing machine foot will get stuck on the shelf liner. Add two pieces of clear tape to the bottom of the sewing machine foot or use a Teflon foot to make the seam smooth.

How to Sew a Jar Opener

You have finished! Now you have something to help you open all the jars.

seam on the edges

If you make anything using this sewing project, I'd love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and identify me!

How to Sew a Jar Opener

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