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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42 Comments

Angela

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: http://scrappersdiary.blogspot.com/2011/07/zelf-gemaakt.html
I have a ton of ideas for new ones too!! thnx for sharing, it's hard to find such a site in holland!!!
xoxo

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Sam

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.

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Jen@thecraftingfiend

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!

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sarah

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.

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Stacy

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!

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ppags

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.

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Becky

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.

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The Beading Gem

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

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Alyssa

So cute!! Do you think I could use water bottle caps, Gatorade caps, etc? I’m gonna use some elastic that’s lying around here for the ring. 😀 Thanks so much for the tutorial!!

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Alyssa

Cute!! Just checking: the 3.5″ circle is the diameter, not the area, right? This is the cutest project ever!!

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Maggy

I just made these with scraps of vintage fabric and they’re amazing! I found that cutting the circle a bit smaller, and stuffing it as much as possible, made it flat vertically and completely round

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