Monday, February 1, 2016

Tutorial ~ Stickable Bottle Cap Pincushion


Over a year ago, I attended a quilt retreat. When I took a break to walk around I walked passed a much older lady sitting at her sewing machine and sewing happily. We struck a conversation and chatted for a while and I noticed that she had a tiny tiny pincushion stuck to her sewing machine. I asked her where she got it and she said she made it with a bottle cap. Ha! Why didn't I think of that before?? When I am sewing I put my pincushion on top of the machine or beside the machine and sometimes I forget where I put it. It would be very convenient if I could stick a pincushion somewhere on the machine: out of the way of fabric but still very close when I am pulling out the needles as I continue sewing. On the way home from the retreat, I was so ready to make one... then I totally forgot to do so until last week when I really could have used one.

I made some and created this tutorial to share with you! It is a very quick and simple project. Just remember to keep some bottle caps before you toss out the empty bottles.:)

{You will need}

Plastic bottle cap (Most of mine are from soda bottles. I found it better to have a deeper cap instead of a shallow one)
Fabric scrap
Fiber fill
Thread
Small trims (Pom-pom, lace, ribbon whatever you desire)
Glue gun and glue
Glue for the trim

{How to}

1. Create a 3"diameter template with tick paper, and trace that on to fabric scrap. Cut out the circle.

2. Stitch around the edge with big stitches.

3. Pull the thread a little and stuff it with fiber fill and pull the thread all the way. I like my pincushions stuffed very well.

4. I stitched the top back and forth to keep the top from coming undone then tie the knot to finish it off.

5. Place a little drop of glue into the bottle cap and put the fabric ball you made in step 4, stitched side down, into the bottle cap. Squeeze it tight for a minute or so until the glue is hardened and the pincushion is secure.

6. I added lace around the cap as a finishing touch...

7. For adhesive I chose double sided tape with some cushion. That way, if I want to stick the pincushion on uneven surfaces there is some flexibility.

I was so excited about this and had to test it out right away! Check this out, I can stick this on the top and the side of the machine or right by my hand.


Because it was so easy and fun to make, I made a few more...

This will make a pretty, practical and inexpensive gift for your sewing friends for sure!

I hope you enjoyed the tutorial. Thank you for visiting today! :)





17 comments :

  1. This is so cute and a really good idea. The body of my machine is metal so I think I shall make one and add a self adhesive magnetic strip so that I can move it round the machine if I want too. Thank you for the tutorial

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  2. Oh, these are very cute and so pretty. It would be interesting to group a few together to make a tiny flower pin cushion.

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  3. Very pretty, Sachiko. Such a good idea.

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  4. Super cute pincushion!Lovely idea! Thanks for sharing great tutorial!
    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Hugs and love from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. I love this idea and so simple. I also like the idea of grouping some of them together to make a tiny flower pin cushion as mention in another comment above. What great ideas ladies.

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  6. oh way cute. I love how pretty these are! I'm so glad you shared these with us. I will have to find myself some trims and get to work on some.

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  7. wow very clever & good to re-purpose bottle caps!
    they are also very cute!
    thanx for sharing

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  8. These are darling! They look like little cupcakes. Love it.

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  9. So cute! Thanks for sharing, really love it.

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  10. Why is any in miniature just THAT much more adorable?! These are no exception..thanks for sharing and I can not wait to make these lil' cuties!

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  11. I love this!!!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!!

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  12. Love this idea! I think I will add a small magnate to mine in place of the sticky tape. Thanks so much for sharing this super cute pincushion idea!!! :)

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  13. Is there a print function for these instructions ? :)

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  14. This is great, now I won't have to worry about dropping my pins as much while sewing.

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  15. this is sew cook! I can't wait to make some

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  16. Love that you made a ton, thanks for the tut! Im inspired now!

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