Thursday, July 29, 2010

Recycled Can Pincushion Tutorial

If you stopped by yesterday and saw the recycled almond-can pincushion inspired by Susan's (from Life with Punks), I've got a tutorial for you today.

What You'll Need
Almond Can (or any can -- This one is just shorter and wider than some.)
1 piece of fabric to cover outside (11 1/2" by 2 1/2")
1 piece of fabric, cut into a circle with about a 5" diameter
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Small circle of felt
Scrap piece of fabric for flower

Step 1. Eat all the almonds. :) You can get help with that.

Step 2. Strip the can of the paper wrapping and remove any stuck-on scraps of glue.

Step 3. Cut a piece of scrap fabric to 11 1/2" by 2 1/2". Mod Podge the fabric to the can's outside with your sponge brush. Let it dry several hours.

Step 4. Fill your can with fiberfill with a little extra for height.

Step 5. Cut a circle - about a 5" diameter. With some fiber fill under the fabric cricle, push the edges of the circle down into the can, securing under the can lip as you go.

Step 6. Make a fabric flower any way you know how. I took the edge of fabric (called the selvage or selvedge), folded the material -- about 12 inches for this flower -- into pleats and stitched the pleats with a straight line in a sewing machine. Circle the fabric into a flower and hot glue together. Cut a small circle of felt and hot glue into center of flower (covering up the end of your fabric) and, if you want, glue a button onto the felt circle. For a better tutorial, click here. Attach to the side of the can.

And you're done! A very inexpensive pincushion for your sewing projects.

Have any of you also been inspired by Susan's tin can pincushion?

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