Monday, June 27, 2011

Thrifted Pin Cushion Tote

I decided to create a practical project this week. I seem to be doing a lot more sewing lately. For many years I've kept my sewing pins in a little wooden box which was not always convenient. I decided to make a pin cushion using something thrifted. I have a lot of found items so I started looking for the perfect base to begin with.

Here is my new pin cushion sewing tote.

I began with a small, old wooden tote. It is 6" wide by 7" deep so it isn't very large. I used Cosmo Cricket papers and Mod Podge to cover the outside.

I used a piece of fabric just slightly larger than one opening of the tote. First, I loosely gathered around the edges of the fabric then glued it with hot glue to three inner sides of the opening. I left the side closest to the handle open so that I could add stuffing. I packed a lot of stuffing so that it would be well-formed and then glued the last side closed.

Now I can keep the pins handy as well as have a place to store a pair of scissors, threads or buttons.

Here is what the tote originally looked like together with the papers and fabric that I used.

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  1. LOVE this!! And now I'm going to have to be on the lookout for one of these totes to make my own!!

  2. that is really, really cute!

  3. Nice! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: I hope to see you soon!

  4. That is a great pin cushion for a someone that enjoys sewing. You did a very nice job.

  5. This is a great idea! I love that you can also tote your scissors, thread, etc. with you.

  6. Now this looks really useful! Love the measuring tape trim!

  7. Its perfect simply practical and creativity in itself... I have a passion for sewing and I love it so much... going to make one soon and thanks a lot for sharing your idea... I am your newest follower... and archive your this post too
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  8. I am planning to stitch one of these totes to make my own. I like your idea. It is easy to pin in project work. I am newest follower.
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  9. It is a very cute and practical project.

  10. This is so cute, and I'm definitely a big fan of pin cushions. After you've spilled a pin box several times, you know it's time to switch to pin cushions!
    Happy REDnesday,

  11. HOW cute!

    Than you for sharing it at the link party!

  12. This is awesome. I've been wanting to make a pin cushion for my pins... this is a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

  13. It's so cute! love the little box with the handle & all your decorative touches. Thanks for linking this post to Share the Love Wednesday; hope you'll be back this week--

  14. Such a wonderful project -- beautiful and practical! Love the papers you chose, especially the measuring tape trim piece!

    So beautifully done! What a great way to feature your collectibles,cookbooks and photos!

    Thank you so much for linking up to last week's "A Little Birdie Told Me...". My apologies for the belated vist -- with July 4 falling on a Monday, it threw my whole schedule off, and I'm just now making the rounds to visit the party-goers from that week. Best, Jenn


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