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Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Jelly Jar Dress Up: Printable Label Finds

I spent last Thursday at my parent's house.  During the summer it seems that you can typically find my parents outside.  If they aren't mowing the lawn then they are working in the garden or picking raspberries.  My parents have a great work ethic.  I really appreciate the wonderful example that they gave me of hard work and taking pride in what you do.  

So while I was at their house last week I decided that I would help out by picking some raspberries.  Picking berries is one of those  tasks that ends in a very sweet reward.  I ended up with a large tub of raspberries and nine jars of raspberry jam.  Is there anything more delicious than raspberry jam?  

Once I got home I decided that my jelly jars needed some dressing up.  I purchased this silly gingham fabric at Wal-mart in their clearance section.  I didn't have a clear vision of what it'd be used for (otherwise I may have selected some different colors), but I love how it tops off my jars. 

I think that the smaller gingham print works better on the jelly jars, but the larger print works as well.  I used five inch squares of fabric with the orange gingham and six inch squares on the green.  I think that I probably should have settled on five and a half inch squares, they'd have been perfect.  I tied the fabric with some cotton string and added some lovely little hang tags

While I could have taken the time to design my own hangtags, I chose to let someone else do all of the work.  I found these nice little hangtags by Domestifluff.  There are also printable labels for the top of the jars if you don't feel like covering your jars in fabric.  You can find the printable versions here.

If you are looking for something a bit different you can check out these printable versions.

Pesto Labels by Givers Log

Decorative Jam Labels by Martha Stewart

These Jelly Jar toppers are so pretty that I might just start canning so that I can decorate my jars.  My mom makes the best raspberry jam.  I am amazed that I didn't totally mess it up.  Her secret, well it really isn't so secret, she uses the sure-gel recipe from inside the box.  Then again, maybe the secret is in the berries.

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Amy said...

These are adorable, they would make the best gifts and I love the gingham! So glad to know your blog! Thanks again for linking up, hope to see you again next week!

Ashley from the Canyon said...

Tricia!!! How are you guys? I had no idea that you were this interested in sewing, too. I would have showed you some of the stuff I have made when we were in classes together. Come check out my blog, since I missed the opportunity to show you in the good ol' burg.

Kim -today's creative blog said...

What a great job! Love the fabric, love the labels.
Please link back to me. :)

Josh and Amanda said...

Yum! I am so jealous. The jam looks great!

Santa's Gift Shoppe and Ideas said...

Love anyone who takes the time/care to make jam..I make 300 jars a yr...Great job girlfriend!!
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Unknown said...

Great post! I'm hosting Canning Week on my blog next week and I'd love to have you join us!

Terrell said...

I love the gingham's so sweet and chic!! Thank you so much for linking this up to my party at Frou Frou Decor!!
~Terrell @ FFD~

Heather Bredimus said...

Hi! I found your site off of Today’s Creative Blog! I love your craft! It looks absolutely delicious! I just signed up to be your 108th follower! Woo hoo! I hope you stop by my new blog. I just started it 2 months ago and would love new friends! Please come see me at

Fowl Single File said...

If you have any extra jam - send it my way! Homemade raspberry jam is better than the best. Such a sweet gift with the simple gingham and the tag.