Tiny Pincushion Tutorial

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tiny pincushions

The children and I have been working on a lot of projects -- mostly sewing, beading, and some papercraft. Here is a brief tutorial for a tiny pincushion made with a bottle cap as the base. You can whip these up in about two minutes! Very addictive to make.

You'll need a bottle cap, a small amount of fabric and a piece of ribbon wide enough to cover the side of the bottle cap, a bit of batting, and some thread and glue.



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Cut your fabric into a circle somewhat bigger than the bottle cap, as in the photo above. (How big you make it depends on how big you want the pincushion to be -- but this is a forgiving project and you don't have to be very precise.)


Glue the ribbon around the bottle cap. While it dries, start a running stitch around the perimeter of the fabric circle. Kind of like you're making a fabric yo-yo.



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When you're done, gather it in and fill with some batting. 


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Next, gather in all the way so you close it up, tie it with a knot, and then glue it upside down inside the bottle cap. Quick and easy! 


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I like that the cap prevents your pins and needles from going through all the way to the other side and poking you by accident -- a problem I've had with other handmade pincushions. I also love how tiny these are. You can glue a fabric or felt circle on the bottom if you like. If you don't have ribbon, you can use bias tape or make your own bias tape out of contrasting fabric. I did that for some of the pincushions in the photo below. You can also use felt, maybe even cut with pinking shears, instead of ribbon. I think I'll have to try that!

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tiny pincushion

I'm a mama of four, author (The Diaper Free Baby), and crafter. We live in Japan. You can follow our Japan-inspired crafting adventures at http://www.origamimommy.org.

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