Now that you’ve made jars upon jars of tasty jam, you may want to dress some up to give away to friends and family as gifts, and you’ll definitely want to label them so you’ll know whether you’re opening a jar of strawberry jam or raspberry jam.
Below is a quick how to for making fabric jam jar toppers, and I also have printable rectangular tags and circular labels for 9 different types of jam. The circle labels are 2 inches in diameter and were made to fit half pint jars, but they’ll work on any jar lid 2 inches or larger, and they can also be used as labels for the sides of the jam jars.
I printed my tags onto kraft cardstock for a rustic look, but you can print them onto white cardstock for a similar look, or you can break out the colored pencils and crayons and color them in however you’d like. This would be a great activity for the kids to do while you’re making the jam.
What you’ll need for the fabric jar toppers:
- a 6 inch square of fabric (for a half pint jar)
- embroidery thread or thin ribbon
- a rubber band (or a new hair elastic)
- printed jam labels
- a small hole punch
Fold your fabric square into half, and then fold it into half again. Cut along the open edge in an arched shape, creating the outline of a quarter circle (above top). This doesn’t need to be exact, as you can trim the fabric later.
Roughly center the fabric over the top of the jar, and place a rubber band (or a new hair elastic if you don’t have a rubber band) over the fabric until it is snugly in place over the jar lid (bottom left). You may have to wrap the rubber band around the lid more than once in order to fit the fabric snugly. If needed, adjust the fabric in order to get even distribution around the jar lid.
Wrap embroidery thread or thin ribbon around the jar lid a few times, pulling firmly to make sure that the thread or ribbon will hold the fabric in place. Tie the thread or ribbon into a knot (bottom left). Remove the rubber band or hair elastic.
Note: If you’re going to be shipping your jam or transporting it in such a way that it will be jostled around, you should use a rubber band to fit the fabric to the lid and just leave the rubber band in place to be covered by the thread or ribbon. Otherwise, there’s a chance that the fabric topper will pop off in transit.
Using a small circular hole punch, punch holes at the top of your jam labels. Thread the ribbon or thread through the hole and tie a knot or bow to finish. Trim the ends of the thread or ribbon, and trim the fabric if needed. Ta-da, you’ve got a prettied up jam jar!
UPDATE: Blackberry Jam labels added 8/29, Damson Jam labels added 9/26
Here are the rectangular tags / labels that you can download for different types of jam:
The PDFs contain 15 tags of the same design per page (download Adobe Reader here):
2 inch circle label PDFs contain 12 labels of the same design per page:
Have fun jamming!