A Crafts Community For Craft Ideas & DIY Projects - Craftster.org
Help | About | Contact | Press | Advertise | Cookie Policy | Terms | Site Map
Welcome, Guest.
Please login or register.

Random Tip: You can organize your bookmarks into folders!  Read more here.
Total Members: 320,274
Currently Running With Scissors:
248 Guests and 4 Users
Home Craftster Community Crafting Articles Craft Tutorials My Craftster Crafting Calendar City Guides Craft Shop

Pages: [1] 2 3  All
Jump to page:
  Show Images Only     Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Topic: From Trash to Treasure - Soda Pop Top Pin Cushions!  (Read 26351 times)
Tags for this thread: craft_challenge_53_entries , tutorial , pin_cushion , pincushion , project_of_the_week  Add new tag
Share the love... Pin it Submit to reddit
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

No try, just do.
Offline Offline

Posts: 5030
Joined: 25-Jul-2009

I'm the Irish Latina Ninja!

View Profile available for personal swaps
« on: August 04, 2010 04:36:45 PM »

I have a confession.

I hate throwing things away. No, I'm not a hoarder. I just prefer to re-purpose things whenever possible.

For example, for the past couple of years, my older nephews have had plastic bottles of soda by the pool at my In Laws' home. Their favorite thing to do with the lids is to flick them at each other attempting to whack someone in the head. While this activity with the bottle lids did manage to entertain those teens for a few minutes, the end result of Flick a Lid was pop tops all over the place which eventually just ended up in the trash.

Bottle and jar lids come in so many shapes and sizes. Unfortunately, unless you are going to reuse the entire container, the lid itself can't be reused because it's manufactured to fit only a certain type of bottle or jar.  My busy mind said "There has to be another use!" so I googled and I found the inspiration that eventually led me to joining Craftster AND some of my first shared projects on this site. Smiley

How to make a Soda Pop Top Pin Cushion

First, assemble your materials.

You will need:
  • a soda pop top
  • scissors
  • adhesive
  • decorative bits - embroidery thread, rick rack, lace, small bits of trim
  • fabric marker
  • needle and thread
  • coordinating felt or fabric
  • a small bit of polyfil (not pictured)

Trace the top onto the felt using the fabric marker and cut it out. Also cut a strip of the same fabric that will wrap around the outside of the top which includes a 1/4" overlap. You want this strip to be about half again as wide as the top is tall.

Trace and cut a larger circle to become the top of the pin cushion. I used the top of a small margarine cup as a pattern.

Now you should have all of the felt cut out and are ready to decorate!

Starting with the strip, mark your overlap so that you know where to start decorating. I used embroidery thread to decorate because that's what I had on hand but you could use small bits of trim, rick rack or lace to achieve the same effect.

Next, decorate the larger circle. Here again, I added embroidery, but you could do some quick applique or even glue smaller bits to the top. Try to use some restraint in this step, especially if you plan to use the pin cushion. Also, be careful to not decorate within the outer 1/2" of this circle because your decorative work could become lost on the gathered underside of the pin cushion top.

Now, glue the smaller circle to the bottom of the soda top.

Dot glue 2-3 times along the side of the lid to glue on the decorated strip. Don't glue too closely to the overlap. If you do you, you won't be able to stitch it up.

Using a longer than required length of thread, stitch the bottom glued circle to the side and then work up the overlap of the strip. Leave any remaining thread dangling for the time being.

Now run a basting stitch along the outside of the large circle.

Gently pull the basting thread to gather the circle. Knot the basting thread so that the circle stays gathered.

Firmly stuff the gathered larger circle which will become the top of the pin cushion.

Add more stuffing to the decorated and covered soda lid.

Using the dangling thread from stitching the soda top, stitch the top to the covered lid with a simple whip stitch or a blanket stitch if you want that effect. To finish off this stitching, you can hide a knot by sticking the needle between the top and bottom layers of felt and out of the cushion top opposite of where you ended your stitching. Gently pull the knot to the inside of the top of the pin cushion and snip any extra thread now dangling outside of the top.

You have made your first soda pop top pin cushion, but the creativity doesn't stop here!

Take time to consider what other creations you can make by changing the size or shape of the lid.

For example, this is made from the lid of a large jar of p-nut butter.

From the lid of an apple sauce jar...

From the top of a box of my checks!

Let your imagination go! ...and here's one of my first shared projects. All of these are based off of soda pop tops!

« Last Edit: August 08, 2010 07:50:59 AM by Troublet » THIS ROCKS   Logged
Addicted to crafting
Offline Offline

Posts: 1544
Joined: 25-Feb-2008

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2010 04:47:06 PM »

I love these, they're so cute!  thanks for the tute to! 

« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2010 07:15:14 AM »

Love these. What an awesome craft. The pin cushions are adorable. You did a great job on the tutorial and pictures.
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2010 10:18:51 AM »

These are so cute! What a great idea!
Craftalongs Moderator
Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Make All Things, especially from stash
Offline Offline

Posts: 36101
Joined: 12-Feb-2006

Keep on crafting!

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #4 on: August 05, 2010 12:41:30 PM »

I was a lucky recipient of one of your jar lid pincushions and I must say that I use it every single day!!

What a wonderful tutorial!

50 Projects 2018 23/50
436 days until retirement!!! Beach here I come!
« Reply #5 on: August 05, 2010 04:51:26 PM »

Wow, that's so cool.
Definitely wasn't expecting the end result. That's such a smart idea.
Amazing tute, i might just have to try it.

The Craftster Admin
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 43570
Joined: 18-Jan-2005

View Profile
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2010 04:52:42 PM »

Wowie, these are AWESOME!  They would make wonderful gifts!  Love!

Do more of what makes you happy.
It is just so stinkin' addictive!
Offline Offline

Posts: 2016
Joined: 24-Feb-2009


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2010 09:17:36 AM »

So cute thank you for sharing with us.

So many ideas so little time. Will I ever get them all done?
Offline Offline

Posts: 75
Joined: 15-Jul-2006


View Profile
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2010 02:25:01 PM »

that was great!  I was thinking that I should make a pin cushion.
Tutorial Contributor

Friend of Craftster Friend of Craftster

Offline Offline

Posts: 3505
Joined: 09-Jun-2010

It's a long story.

View Profile WWW available for personal swaps
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2010 06:26:56 PM »

So cool! I'm off to go make one so I stop getting stabbed everytime I pick up my non-hard bottomed pin cushion.
Threads you might like:
Pages: [1] 2 3  All Jump to page:
  Send this topic  |  Print  |  Bookmark  
Jump to:  

only results with images
include swap threads
advanced search

Latest Blog Articles
Meatless Monday: Homemade Sauerkraut
@Home This Weekend: Stained Chairs
Tute Tuesday: Box of Chocolates Wreath

Support Craftster
Become a
Friend of Craftster

Buy Craftster Swag
Buy Craft Supplies

Craftster heartily thanks the following peeps...

Follow Craftster...

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.11 | SMF © 2006-2009, Simple Machines LLC
SimplePortal 2.3.5 © 2008-2012, SimplePortal
Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!

Copyright ©2003-2018, Craftster.org an Internet Brands company.