diy wednesdays: tin can pincushion


we’re always on the lookout for fun materials we can use in our diy projects. this time we found it right under our noses (actually it was right under our cats’ noses). after giving them a special treat of wet food the other day, we decided to repurpose the empty can into a handy little pincushion. all it took was some poly-fil, a strip of decorative paper, and some leftover linen from our appliqué pillow project. super simple, super cheap, and our cats are already begging us to make another one. click here for the full instructions or just click “read more” below.

have fun!
derek & lauren


Tin Can Pincushion

Here’s what you’ll need:
-1 small tin can
-1 piece of fabric, approx. 8” x 8”
-handful of poly-fil
-small piece of gift wrap or other decorative paper
-double-stick tape
-hot glue
-blade and straight edge for cutting paper

1. carefully remove label from outside of can.

2. trace label onto your piece of decorative paper, adding 1/2″ to the length for overlap.

3. attach to can with one small strip of double-stick tape, and overlap ends with a second piece of tape.

4. place a handful of poly-fil in the center of your fabric square, gathering the ends to create a loose ball shape.

5. line the inside rim of the can with hot glue and insert the fabric/poly-fil ball, with raw edges going into the bottom of the can.

6. tuck in fabric until it is taut. insert pins.

  1. Nina says:

    Thank you very much ! Love this idea:)

  2. Anne Marie says:

    How do you print the instructions? I want to make one but cant find how to just print instructions.

    1. grace says:

      anne marie

      there isn’t a print button for these. you can print the full post or you can just cut and paste the steps into a text doc.

      grace

  3. nancy says:

    I made one of these in grade school some 30+ years ago and never forgot about it. I’ve been looking for the basic steps on how to do it and here it was. Thanks so much!!!

  4. Marta says:

    If you fill with sand rather than poly-fil it will sharpen your pins each time you stick them back in.

  5. Cathy says:

    Been looking for this kind of pincushion for a long time I am going to make some for Christmas there are a lot of sewers in the family Thank you

  6. Its like you read my mind! You appear to know a lot about
    this, like you wrote the book in it or something.
    I think that you could do with a few pics to drive the message home a bit, but instead of that, this is wonderful blog.
    A fantastic read. I’ll certainly be back.

  7. Sheena Florey says:

    You could use old tights (pantyhose) cut into bits for the filling. Great idea!

  8. I want to to thank you for this wonderful read!! I definitely loved every bit of it.
    I’ve got you book marked to look at new stuff you post…

  9. Regarding the filling – I wash old polyester bed pillows in the machine and dry them carefully. One pillow makes TONS of stuffing!

    Penny
    x

  10. pascosunshine says:

    Another idea- make your circle and pull it tight and tie closed. Next cut a piece of cardboard in a 3-4″ circle. Cover one side with co-ordinating fabric. Use pre gathered lace and place in circle about where the ball would fit. Center the ball open ends down on the cardboard. Glue in places on top of the gathering. voila a ladie’s hat. You can also glue a dowel or long stick to the center of the hat on the back side and use it as a handle.

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