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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pin Cushion Ring: 5-Minute Project!

Remember how we were all confessing over on Facebook that we can't help but hoard tiny scraps of fabric? Here is a project that gives us pack-rats the last laugh. Make a pin-cushion ring (or a dozen!) It only takes 5-minutes, assuming you don't have to drink a beer to get the cap.

Here's what you do...

1. Cut a 3.5" circle of fabric (I used a ribbon spool to trace)

2. Stitch a running stitch around the edge of circle, gathering to make a pouf. Hand sewing is easier than machine in this case. Don't get too close to the edge.

3. Once you stitch all the way around, stuff with poly-fil.

4. Pull thread tight to gather and tie. stitch through opening several times to close up hole

5. Drink a beer or find any old bottle cap.

6. Coat inside of bottle cap generously with hot glue, especially the edges.

7. Quickly press pouf into bottle-cap.

8. Grab a pack of rings from the craft store. These are from Jo-Ann, as are the adorable heart stick pins.

9. Glue the bottle cap to your ring base. I used hot-glue and it is staying just fine but you may want to use something stronger.

That's it! Don't you want to make one for each of your crafty friends? Aren't you glad you saved those fabric scraps? Stay tuned for another fun version of the ring pin-cushion next week!

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Blogger JohannaK said...

I love this one!!! Funny and easy! :)

July 28, 2011 at 1:13 AM  
Blogger Angela said...

hi! So I can finally leave a comment wow! So I've been sewing blisters on my fingers the past few weeks since I found out about this awesome site with lovely patterns and DIY!!! I made a fancy multilayered verion of your one shoulder dress, it's on my blog over here:
I have a ton of ideas for new ones too!! thnx for sharing, it's hard to find such a site in holland!!!

July 28, 2011 at 1:25 AM  
Blogger Sam said...

I've also seen these done with water bottle caps and elastic for the ring part.
made a few, super handy! thanks for the other ideas.

July 28, 2011 at 1:52 AM  
Blogger casserole said...

Cute project!! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:


July 28, 2011 at 6:15 AM  
Blogger BizzyMom said...

Thanks for this! Gotta make one, but think I'll add beads around the edge so I can have my pin ring with bling! :)

July 28, 2011 at 6:19 AM  
Blogger Jen@thecraftingfiend said...

this is brilliant! I need to make myself one of these - I'm constantly just shoving pins as I sew into the ironing board cover/ tablecloth/ etc. I will say though that I especially LOVE your pins!

July 28, 2011 at 6:44 AM  
Blogger sarah said...

We are finally getting a Joann Fabrics near by (about 30 min away), they open tomorrow. Guess where I am going to be? Love this project!! I currently use a tea cup for throwing pins into while I am sewing.

July 28, 2011 at 7:48 AM  
Blogger Stacy said...

Absolutely LOVE THIS! I am not a sewer myself, but I know several people who are - this will make amazing (and cheap) gifts for the holidays! Thank you for sharing this!

July 28, 2011 at 9:28 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Oh I love all these scrap busting projects!! I can't get rid of any scrap now matter how small! Thanks for another awesome idea!

July 28, 2011 at 12:34 PM  
Blogger Heather Walls said...

Love it! I saw something similar with soda bottle caps and elastic. So creative!

July 28, 2011 at 1:49 PM  
Blogger ppags said...

Love it! But I wonder if I can use a scrap piece of elastic instead of a ring. It might be a tiny bit more secure for my freakishly small fingers.

July 28, 2011 at 3:40 PM  
Blogger Jessica@SewHomegrown said...

super super cute! I need to make one asap as I'm about to take my crafting on the road...

July 28, 2011 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

ppags Stay tuned. The next version uses elastic.

July 28, 2011 at 5:48 PM  
Blogger Becky said...

Very cute! I bought some ring blanks that already have the bottle cap attached but could not decide what to do with them - now I know. Yippee.

July 29, 2011 at 7:28 AM  
Blogger The Beading Gem said...

Jewelry makers would love to make this one for sewing friends! I would love to feature and link in a future blog post so others can come visit. Okay? Pearl

August 17, 2011 at 8:47 AM  
Blogger Mistress Arachnide said...

I LOVE THIS! You are a genius. I'll be making a bunch of these this school year!! Thank you so much for sharing.

August 26, 2011 at 4:40 PM  
Blogger Kathy said...

Can not find these rings anywhere! are they called something else ????

September 17, 2011 at 6:48 PM  
Blogger Jacinda said...

Kathy-I couldn't find them anywhere online. Do you have a JoAnn nearby??

September 17, 2011 at 7:15 PM  
Blogger Arthur said...

So simple and cute, I love it!
wall art

November 1, 2011 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger Julia said...

thanks for the clear tutorial! you inspired me to have a go but I changed it a bit as I was too lazy to get the hot glue gun out! lol

November 16, 2011 at 11:21 PM  

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