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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16 comments:

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

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  2. that is really, really cute!

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  3. Nice! I would love it if you would link up to my Tuesday Confessional link party going on now: http://www.craftyconfessions.com/2011/06/tuesday-confessional-link-party.html. I hope to see you soon!
    ~Macy

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

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

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

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  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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    Farah

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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.

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  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,
    Carol

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  11. HOW cute!

    Than you for sharing it at the link party!

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

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  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--
    Mary

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  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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