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« on: January 31, 2013 02:15:16 PM »

I actually gave this to my Grandmother for Christmas, but it seems more Valentine-y to me. She needed something to corral all her pencils and things on her desk, and I went with a crafty theme. She used to do a lot of sewing, and gave me her old fabric when she stopped. I used some of it on this project because I thought she'd like a little reminder of that side of herself.

This was a very simple project, and would probably be great to do with kids! First, I measured out a square of fabric that could wrap around a clean tin can, with about a half inch to spare on the top and bottom. I drew some glue lines on the can, and wrapped the fabric around.

Then I drew a glue line around the inside lip of the can and pressed the extra fabric down. I did the same on the bottom, and then glued on a circle of cardstock with my name and the date on it so it would look finished.

I covered the seam of the fabric with some measuring tape, and continued embellishing with some vintage lace and white buttons.

That clear button on the bottom of the heart is driving me a little bit crazy! I wished I'd used a solid white. Ever give something away and then wish you could change it?

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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2013 06:23:32 PM »

Thank you for the excellent tutorial! It's a pretty way of using up those scraps and also a nice recycling project! Maybe white nail polish on the button?Huh
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« Reply #2 on: February 04, 2013 10:40:45 AM »

Where did you find a tin can for this project? I need something like this to put hair brushes and combs in but I am having a hard time finding a can that I could cover and decorate for it.
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« Reply #3 on: February 04, 2013 02:20:12 PM »

pinklaw, the can was from some canned tomatoes I used in a soup recipe. I recommend browsing the canned food isle until you find the perfect size, and hopefully you can also use what's inside!

« Reply #4 on: February 04, 2013 02:20:54 PM »

Very pretty!

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