A while ago, I posted a tutorial for making a pincushion from a mayonaise jar lid. I alluded to being able to use a bottle cap, but I thought I would finish that thought and show you how to make one from a smaller bottle cap. I love these bottle cap pincushions a lot. I keep one in my embroidery basket and one in my hand sewing basket. They’re really nice for baskets that go with you places because the needles won’t fall through the pin cushion and get lost! They’re also a great way to showcase your embroidery skills with a little canvas on top to decorate.
So for this pin cushion, you will need:
– wool felt for the sides and bottom- about 4 square inches
– and wool felt for the top- about 2 square inches
– embroidery floss in matching colors
– a bit of wool or polyester stuffing or batting
– a lid from a 2 soda bottle – 2 liter, 20oz, whichever you prefer. Even the lid from a bottle of lemon juice will work!
Now let’s cut the felt to the right size. The part that wraps around the bottle cap should be long enough to wrap around the bottle cap + about 1/8 inch overlap. The height should be the height of the bottle cap + about 1/8 inch. This gives enough room for stitching it all together. For a bottle cap from a soda bottle, this should be approximately 4 inches x 5/8 inch.
Wrap the strip around the bottle cap and overlap the ends. Start at the open end of the bottle cap and whip stitch the overlapped area securely. Don’t cut the thread, you’ll keep using it for the next part.
I made a daisy stitch in the center, by making a bunch of isolated chain stitches. Then I just made some pretty arrow-like stitches all around it. It turned out pretty, but I was just winging it. Along the bottom, I made the same stitch all around. I think the colors are what really make this pincushion work!
You can find a bunch of simple stitch instructions in my very own printable book of hand embroidery stitches. Mix and match stitches to make something beautiful!
What embroidery designs will you use on your pin cushion?
Chrissy Leiberan-Titus writes for Muse of the Morning.com