Thursday, September 11, 2008

pin cushion


This project has the humblest of beginnings...a tuna can headed for the recycling bin, a bit of stuffing and a little bit of fabric. That's part of the reason I like it so much.

cut a piece of fabric 6" x 11.25"

fold in half lengthwise and press

open and fold both halves toward the center (as if you were making a purse handle)

fold in half again (the raw edges should be tucked inside) and press

open your fabric

take the two short ends and pin together

sew using a 1/4" seam allowance
this should form a tube
finger press the seam open

fold one side in (you can see I had a little helper here)

then fold the other side in, so the raw edges are in the middle

fold again, so all the raw edges are hidden

slip over the can to check the fit
it should be snug

channel stitch the sleeve using your walking foot

slip the sleeve over the can

now, cut a piece of fabric about 11" square
(you don't have to be very exact here....)
this fabric was actually rescued from my grandma's rag bin...it was part of an old worn shirt

add a ball of fiberfill...

gather the edges
make sure that you pack the stuffing tight

and stuff it into the can (so technical, I know)
the thinner the fabric, the easier it is to eliminate folds

I made one with patchwork and added a little ric rac (inspired by Anina) to hide some of the gathers....

and I glued all the pieces in with a bit of tacky glue.

I think I need to make some tuna salad for dinner so I can make some more pincushions. :) These are addicting, too.

If you make one of these, I'd love to see it. And you can also add it to the flickr group, if you would like.

69 comments:

Holly said...

Wow while I was reading your blog you managed to add another post. You are so creative. Thanks for sharing your ideas. I am having a 200th post give away. Come check it out.

Anina said...

Wow, you never cease to amaze me! Cute, cute, cute!

upstateLisa said...

wow! so cool! adding this to my list of 'to try'. thanks for sharing!

Anjuli Fry said...

Another great idea! Thanks

Atlanticsong said...

Supercute AmandaJean! I love the recycling bit since who wants to reuse an old tuna can anyway? Now we all do! Would you ever cut yourself on the edge of the can or do you think these pincushions are perfectly safe?
Sara

Vicki W said...

Even more cleverness!

Jess said...

genius

Amy said...

So clever and so cute! I really like the ric-rac on the red one.

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

I'm teaching a class in February and I'm going to have to make one of these and show them. Its a make it take it pincushion class. Yours is cuter than some in my book!

elizabeth said...

genius!

Amy @ Park City Girl said...

This is great! Thank you :)

amandajean said...

atlanticsong,

I had no sharp edges left on the can after taking the cover completely off. It should be perfectly safe.

aj

lindamade said...

wow! i'm going to go rescue the tuna can i threw in the recycling earlier this week. not that i need another pincushion, but...

Erika said...

I am always amaized at all your creativity and ideas I always look forward to see what is new at your blog. and thank you for sharing with us
Erika

mamaspark said...

You could use cat food tins also. What a clever idea!

the pesky bombolino said...

You are too good to us! I'm definitely going to have a go at one of these.

Thimbleanna said...

Another fabulous project -- Thanks!

Jackie said...

Cute pincushion!! Thanks for the tutorial!

Liz said...

That is great! What a great stocking stuffer for a sewer.

kristine hanson said...

who would have ever thought that you could turn something like a tuna can into that, cute cute

Yaya and Papa said...

Very cute!! Do you know what is inside the ole' tomato pin cushions that helps sharpen the pins?
Karen

Sherri said...

very cute...I would never have known there was a tuna can under all that cuteness!

Lucy said...

You are addicting! I usually just lurk but I have to compliment you. These little projects are so fun. Tks for sharing.

Heidi said...

Hmm.. looks like we'll be having some tuna fish this weekend! great Idea! thank you!

simplysewn said...

Really nice. I like to add a little rice in the bottom of my pin cushions to give them a little weight. The red one is my favorite.

Clair said...

I like the red and white one a lot.

house on hill road said...

you did it again! so cute!

nicolette said...

What a wonderful project, love the red patchwork one!

I have a silly question though... what size is the tuna can? The tuna cans we have seem to be smaller.

Alissa said...

So simple and perfectly cute and practical. I love it!

kat | Taylor Made designs said...

cute cute cute !
We don't eat tuna, but I'll figure out something to use. This is such a great project :)

Katherine said...

Best looking tuna can I've ever seen! ;o)

Cute idea, Amandajean and I love that you had a little helper in the one pic. Nothing like getting the crafting bug started in a young one.

Anonymous said...

LOVE love it!!!Thankyou for taking the time to do this for us, Amie :o)

MYRA said...

They are adorable...very nice! 8-)

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Once again fantastic tutorial

lera said...

I love it!

You are one busy mom!

jacquie said...

another great idea...i'm going to use the little cans for green chilis (we're not tuna fans here.) i love the ricrac idea too.

Victoria said...

Great idea. always trying to figure out what to do with all that stuff...

Catherine said...

What a great idea -- and one could put a little sand or some pebbles in the bottom to weight it down too. Much better than throwing the tin out!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

Ok, you are definitely the blog I am stalking. Wow! Such cute ideas. I'm attempting my first quilt tomorrow. And I've never seen so many comments on a blog! Except when one person was having a really good give away, but then people had to comment, so that's kind of cheating.

CJ said...

Sooo so cute! I LOVE the red and white one. Let's see, we haven't had tuna in awhile, we must be do, right??
Thanks!

Karen said...

Terrific idea! Both are my favorite;) I love the red one because it's red and the aqua one because of the use of grandma's old skirt. Thanks for being so willing to share;)

Fiona @ Dragonfly-Crafts said...

I'm so far behind with my blogging and look what I've missed out on..... I'm loving all your tutorials. Thanks so much for sharing some GR8 Christmas present ideas.....

rachel griffith said...

oh how cute!!!

thanks again amanda.

Blakely said...

Just another great way to go green, and they look great too!

Tricia said...

This is darling...your christmas ideas are so fun, I look forward everyday to checking out what you have done. I want to make one of these for my sewing room. Thank you for sharing your wonderful talents with all of us
hugs
tricia

Cara said...

That cute thing from a tuna can??!! AWESOME! I think I have to have me some tuna too! LOL!

Debi said...

What a great idea for guild gifts and Christmas grab bags. You are so creative.

Sara said...

I love it!! Its so great! I think this will definately turn out better than my first box! LOL!

Melissa said...

These are SO cute!! I can't wait to make one!! Thank you so much for everything you do.

Em said...

Really cute! I NEED a big pincushion! I guess I'll be adding this to my list!

Kathy said...

Thanks for the tutorial. If you don't eat tuna, there is always the small cans of crushed pineapple, or the boxed blueberry muffin mix that comes with 2 cans of berries. I now have 4 cans ready when needed. The blueberry cans measure 1-5/8" high and 3-1/4" wide.

Melissa Wertz said...

This is wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

zayasa said...

These will make great & practical Christmas gifts. I'd better get started :) Thank you for the tutorial!

Twyla and Lindsey said...

I love this pincushion. I have always said that crafters are the original recyclers. Throughout my life time I have seen so many crafts made with tuna cans. Why would we ever throw one away?! Twyla

amandajean said...

yaya and papa-

I believe it is emery inside the pin cushions that sharpens the pins.

aj

Barefoot Quilter said...

Hi, thanks for commenting about the storage bin. I also made the pincussion in the same colors and am going to give that to my mom also. I joined the flicker group and posted a picture of them together there!

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Alia said...

Hi Aj! I finally made a pin cushion and I am a big hit, er hmm.. the pin cushion is a great hit with my kitties! Thanks again and check out my pin cushion saga on my blog.

www.coffeebeansdailies.blogspot.com

Bye, Alia

Alia said...

Hi Amandajean, I'm so sorry that I did not link your tutorial to my pin cushion. I have gone back and done so if you want to check it out again!! Also, how do you get the smell of tuna out of the can???

Cissy33 said...

I've been saving the lids from Mayo and Peanut Butter jars for just such a project. I like the lids because they are plastic and wide with low sides. I love your tutorial... it proves my idea will actually work!!!

Craftybear said...

Hi,

I was wondering what you use to get the smell out of the tuna can.

I just created a blog for quiltingforbeginners as that is where I am storing my links that I find when I am surfing.

Karen from Indiana

Random Thoughts Tracy said...

When I was a very small girl, my great grandmother and I made similar pin cushions out of Tuna cans. We kept part of the lid attached and covered it, we stuffed the inside of the lid and made it stand up, so it sort of looks like a chair. Still my favorite pin cushion! My other favorite pin holding contraption is the metal sucrets box my great aunt gave me to hold my quilting pins! Thanks for sharing this, now I can make one with my little girl!

Ania said...

That's a clever one!

Imby said...

thanks for this great idea! just made one with my little girl as a helper - so quick and easy!

EGrebenc13 said...

Hi!
I just finished my little pin cushion and it was super easy and turned out really cute! I used a min-can of green chilis (much smaller than a tuna can). This was my first attempt at sewing and I am very proud that it turned out perfect! Thanks for the cute ideas and beginner-proof instructions! :)

Anonymous said...

I was so excited to see the instructions for the pin cushion...the one I have us a velvet type and stiff....It will be great to have a nice cushioned one. Hope to get it made before too long.