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Title: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: dottydot on July 10, 2006 02:37:46 AM
i made these for a bunch of my sewing friends.
they're tiny...the bottoms are all recycled bottlecaps.





Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: shorty3boys on July 10, 2006 02:51:43 AM
MUAH! Those are the cutest! How'd you make them? What a brilliant idea! Sweet, sweet, sweet!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: yunnie on July 10, 2006 02:55:35 AM
smart idea!!!!!!!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: sarah- on July 10, 2006 02:57:12 AM
That's a really cute idea :)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: dottydot on July 10, 2006 03:05:21 AM
MUAH! Those are the cutest! How'd you make them? What a brilliant idea! Sweet, sweet, sweet!

it's really easy, i got the idea off japanese craft books.

cut a circle of fabric and sew 2 gathering lines along the circumference (leave some seam allowance). Gather and fill with stuffing.
Tie a knot at the base to secure the stuffing. Use glue to secure the fabric stuffed portion into the cap.  I like to stuff till very firm (better to stick pins with)
Tie a ribbon around (also use glue to secure this)
Alternatively, you can decorate with lace, etc around the bottlecap.

Another idea is to use walnut shells as the base instead of bottlecaps - I might try that next, I just need to buy the nuts!



Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: shooting star on July 10, 2006 04:15:53 AM
very nice

what sort of stuffing did you use?

I've never been sure what the best stuffing to use for pin cushions is


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: ikissedmadonna on July 10, 2006 06:14:45 AM
Those are so cute! And such a good idea!


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Post by: diosaperdida on July 10, 2006 12:07:29 PM
sweet!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: MoonLightbliss33 on July 10, 2006 12:10:09 PM
omg i love these
hopefully im talented enough to do one
so im off to try it
if not would you be interested in a swap as you can see from my signature i need a new pin cushion!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: MoonLightbliss33 on July 10, 2006 12:20:27 PM
ya it may be hard to make one when u have no stuffing or hot glue sticks!!!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Darkest_Faerie on July 10, 2006 12:29:05 PM
Those are cute!!!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: roxybadoxy on July 10, 2006 03:52:37 PM
those are all fantastic!!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: dottydot on July 10, 2006 05:01:22 PM
the stuffing packet says "fibre stuffing for toys & cushion"
hope that helps!
and you don't need a hot glue gun. i used a strong clear glue. UHU brand but I'm not sure if it's available in the states?


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Hookin Flamingo on July 10, 2006 09:36:14 PM
This are the easiest thing to make....My girl scout troop made a bunch by hand to take a nursing home that we were doing quilting at with the elderly.
Yours are so much cuter than ours were though.
We did not do the ribbon like you did. I think that was a great idea on your part.
We added a small peice of elastic so they could be worn as rings and a larger peice to some so that could be worn around the wrist.
You did a fantastic job on yours and I am sure your sewing friends will be so happy  ;D
Thanks for sharing and bringing up a great old memory for me


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: the littlest ninja on July 10, 2006 09:47:44 PM
We added a small peice of elastic so they could be worn as rings and a larger peice to some so that could be worn around the wrist.

I do the same thing to mine, to wear as a ring.  I also make a strip of fabric to go around the outside edge, to make it look like a flower :)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: zimfreak on July 11, 2006 03:59:56 AM
TOO CUTE!
I have to make one!:)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Hookin Flamingo on July 11, 2006 09:44:40 AM
We added a small peice of elastic so they could be worn as rings and a larger peice to some so that could be worn around the wrist.

I do the same thing to mine, to wear as a ring.  I also make a strip of fabric to go around the outside edge, to make it look like a flower :)

That is a neat idea too!
I guess we were just generic with ours...we even left it on the bottem where you could see the brand of drink  ;)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: gavagai on July 20, 2006 07:07:40 PM
Great idea with the wrist bands. I think I'll make on like that for a pincushion swap that I am participating in. Thank you for the inspiration. Those in the picture are really cute!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: jenautomatica on July 21, 2006 06:33:37 PM
i had to make these for my sewing class at school but we poked two holes in the bottle cap and tied a piece of elastic through the two so we could wear them on our fingers as a ring while working  ;D


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: crystalthepirate on July 21, 2006 09:55:05 PM
those are so cute!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Ayms on August 14, 2006 08:40:54 AM
We did not do the ribbon like you did. I think that was a great idea on your part.
We added a small peice of elastic so they could be worn as rings and a larger peice to some so that could be worn around the wrist.

Yep... my friend just found one while cleaning out her grandmothers house... I think this idea goes back to the 50's.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: verybigjen on September 25, 2006 11:16:54 AM
I make these too, only I cover the caps, I HATE hot glue!
My gallery of Pincushions (http://static.flickr.com/42/123570386_0e350fd40a_s.jpg)
Just the Bottlecap ones... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72157594291021687/)

For those wanting instructions:
I have made a photo tutorial on how to make them... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/verybigjen/sets/72057594099768007/)

As well I'll be part of a Lark book coming out in several months on creative pincushions.
Several people from the pincushions group on flickr (http://www.flickr.com/groups/pincushions/pool/) are consulting on it for projects...


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Fidget on September 25, 2006 11:38:12 AM
verybigjen, I've used your tutorial for making bottlecap pincushions and have directed folks to it since it totally rocks!  It's great to be able to tell you Thank you! in person (so to speak.)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: KittyKurl on September 25, 2006 11:44:46 AM
They're so cute and tiny!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: let_it_bead on December 13, 2006 10:48:07 AM
These are wonderful. So cute!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Soos on December 13, 2006 11:10:33 AM
those are brilliant. I must give them a bash


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: violentjayne on December 13, 2006 11:12:48 AM
This are the easiest thing to make....My girl scout troop made a bunch by hand to take a nursing home that we were doing quilting at with the elderly.
Yours are so much cuter than ours were though.
We did not do the ribbon like you did. I think that was a great idea on your part.
We added a small peice of elastic so they could be worn as rings and a larger peice to some so that could be worn around the wrist.
You did a fantastic job on yours and I am sure your sewing friends will be so happy  ;D
Thanks for sharing and bringing up a great old memory for me

 i recently bought one like this at a rummage sale the kind thats like a ring .. Its awesome theese are to coolest pin cutions .. I think ill try my hand at making some .. I have the prefect peice of scrap material .. it has needles and bobbins and says I love to sew ! 

Thanks for the re-inspiration
Have a great day
Jayne


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: jloveg on December 13, 2006 11:14:14 AM
these  are  jsut  adorable!!!!  way too  cute.!!!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: bookstorebabe on December 13, 2006 08:09:45 PM
I did something similar,for a group of young girls.We saved plastic lids-the kind from laundry detergent,cooking spray,ect ect. We had to keep it as simple as possible,so we stuffed full,put a circle of cloth on top,tucked it in,and glued around the inside. I think ribbon was involved-it's been a while! They looked like cupcakes.Not nearly as cute as the bottlecap ones,but the girls had fun.And something to make out of those lids after you've put the bottles in the recycling!
I just came into a small stash of bottlecaps,20 or so,and was wondering what to do with them. I think I'll have to try pincushions. I have so many tiny scraps of fabric that aren't really big enough to do anything with,but couldn't toss-perfect for this!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: lem0ndrop on December 13, 2006 09:13:52 PM
that's an absolutely brilliant idea. I think it's simple enough for me to want to give it a try. Thanks for sharing!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Windchime on December 22, 2006 02:33:27 PM
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! those are sooo cute! that's great because sometimes needles and pins get lost in the bigger ones.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Bond Girl on December 27, 2006 09:01:43 PM
These look great!  I have seen these around a bit before and always meant to try it and yours are so gorgeous, I think I'll finally have to!!  Great work! :)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Stars_Fire_17 on December 27, 2006 09:47:22 PM
Those are so cute :) I think it would be great to put on a bracelet or ring so the pins are always in reach.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Bond Girl on December 28, 2006 01:43:55 AM
Oh and can I ask, for those of you that have made these, do you need to use anything to weigh them down at all?


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: SassetteOPants on December 30, 2006 09:56:58 AM
If you stuff them with unused dryer sheets, your pins will stay lubricated (and the cushion will smell nice, too).


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Stars_Fire_17 on December 30, 2006 11:33:12 AM
If you stuff them with unused dryer sheets, your pins will stay lubricated (and the cushion will smell nice, too).


That is a great idea.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: notsoblondie on December 31, 2006 01:36:44 PM
those are so cute!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: sunnyskies*4* on January 02, 2007 07:09:25 AM
These are so great! I'll definately be giving these a try. I'm going to add a magnet and hang it on my fridge! I've already always got needles on my fridge (tucked in behing other magnets) because I'm always stitching and tend to leave needles here there and everywhere and also I have 4 kids who always seem to need a button sewn back on or what have you.

Thanks for the inspiration!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: The_Dane on January 03, 2007 12:55:52 AM
Great idea, and perfect for recycling  :)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: MegaMan on January 04, 2007 11:43:15 AM
Those are beautiful. And easy to make. I'd better get started.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Sheva on January 05, 2007 08:34:25 AM
soooo cute!


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: stevesgal on January 05, 2007 09:02:40 AM
These remind me of a Christmas gift I made for my grandmother when I was a little girl.  She was a seamstress.  I used the cap from a can of Aqua-Net hairspray.  Thanks for the memory.  Yours are too cute.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Bond Girl on January 11, 2007 08:52:36 PM
Ok I have been meaning to try this for ages, since I also saw them in a Japanese craft book and then in lots of other places like here!  I finally made one today:



What do you think?

I'm wondering if it needs a bow around it like the ones dottydot originally posted?  I was thinking a thin navy blue one to match the fabric, but perhaps it's ok just plain too  ???

Oh, and one other question for anyone whose made these, do you find they need something to way them down at all?  When I try and pull a pin out the entire pincushion insists on coming with it!  :-[  


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: ecreations on January 11, 2007 09:03:10 PM
They are all so cute


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Fidget on January 20, 2007 06:30:47 AM
Oh, and one other question for anyone whose made these, do you find they need something to way them down at all?  When I try and pull a pin out the entire pincushion insists on coming with it!  :-[ 
If the pincushion is a bit too light try putting some dry rice in the bottom of the bottle cap to give it a little weight.  Or if that's still too light, try lead fishing weights or BB's.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: retro-redux on January 20, 2007 08:15:01 AM
I love these and I love the idea bookstorebabe had of doing this on a bigger scale with clothes liquid tops-gotta start saving them.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: Bond Girl on January 20, 2007 10:08:19 PM
Oh, and one other question for anyone whose made these, do you find they need something to way them down at all?  When I try and pull a pin out the entire pincushion insists on coming with it!  :-[ 
If the pincushion is a bit too light try putting some dry rice in the bottom of the bottle cap to give it a little weight.  Or if that's still too light, try lead fishing weights or BB's.


Thanks for the suggestion!  I will give it ago next time I make one ;)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: tymichelle on January 20, 2007 10:31:23 PM
So cute!  And perfect for taking to the sewing machine when you just need a place to stick the few pins you have in the fabric you are using.
Well done.


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: little green dragonfly on January 22, 2007 04:47:03 AM
these are so cute - and sound pretty easy to make :)


Title: Re: bottlecap pincushions galore
Post by: christinefroggatte on January 31, 2007 07:13:50 PM
Cute idea!  I love them!