These are really cool things to make for storing pencils and other stuff in.
What you need:
A jam jar (with the stickers peeled off)
Paints & paintbrushes
A sheet of fabric
A rubber band
A strip of ribbon
What you do:
1 Paint the entire outside of the jam jar white and wait for it to dry. Once it's dry paint a second coat and wait for that to dry (I have to admit that I didn't do this --I blow-dried and only did one coat-- so when I painted the colour on, the white came off and it didn't turn out as good as I'd hoped).
2 Draw lightly with a pencil an even grid pattern on the jar
3 Have ready a few paint colours that you think would look good together and paint the squares
4 Use different colours to paint a simple pattern on the squares; for instance white spots on a red square or squiggly blue lines on a yellow square
Paint a stitched pattern around the edges of the squares with black paint
Use a colour that will stand out against the other colours and paint a label like 'bit & bobs', 'pencils' or 'jelly beans'.
Cut out a fairly large circle from the sheet of fabric; around twice as big as the top of the jam jar
(or, if you're going to use the jar for things like pencils, don't make a top for it) and fix it over the top of the jar with the rubber band, and tie the ribbon around it with a bow
Vwalla! Enjoy your patchwork jam jar
Note: If you have varnish, paint a coat of it over the paint. Unfortunately I didn't have any varnish.