Thursday, January 19, 2012

"P" is for Pincushion

A little loaf of love with this cutie pincushion!  I repurposed my girls play kitchen loaf pan into a useable pincushion for me.

diy loaf pan pincushion

diy loaf pan pincushion

Complete with a little applique heart on top.  Perfect for Valentine's Day or any day of the year. 

diy loaf pan pincushion

It's a simple project to make - just pilfer through your kids old play kitchen or use a mini loaf pan from the dollar store.  This little metal liad pan measures about 3.5" x 2" x 1.25"h.

Below is how to make a loaf pan pincushion.

diy loaf pan pincushion

Step 1: Cut piece of drop cloth to fit the pan container plus an extra 2" on all sides.
Cut tiny red heart from cotton fabric scraps.

appliqued heart using buttonhole stitch

Step 2: Hand stitch the heart in place using a needle and red thread, I went with the buttonhole stitch.

appliqued heart using buttonhole stitch

Step 3: Stitch long running stitch in rectangle shape around edge just a bit larger than the top edge of the pan. (you can barely see it here in white thread in the photo above)

diy pincushion

Step 4: Pull ends of running stitch to gather the fabric together then stuff with polyfill.  Once full and snug tie a knot in the strings.

diy pincushion

Step 5: Fill the base of the pan with pea gravel.  Place the filled fabric cushion down into container then hot glue around edges to hold in place.

diy pincushion

Step 6: Glue and tie ribbon around the edge of the pan for extra cuteness.

decorative straight pins

Step 7:  Fill up your pincushion with pins!  I used these fun heart shape straight pins to celebrate the holiday.

diy pincushion repurposed kids play pans

 Holiday appropriate but great for everyday use too.

diy pincushion repurposed kids play pans


Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

how cute! i love it in the loaf pan- great idea!

andi said...

nice blog, i'm following your blog. cant you following my blog too??

Jessabells said...

That's really cute!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

That's darling!

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

This is so doggone sweet!!! I'm pinning it!

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

That is "sew" sweet! said...

That is sew cute.....I'd love for you to share this on Friday night @CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party...Have a great weekend!

Ruthie said...

Oh my goodness that is CUTE!! I need one for my craft room! I got a brand new sewing machine from my parents for Christmas and I need something like this to store my pins! Thanks for sharing this neat idea! :)

Ruthie @ Tatttered Bliss

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Lauren @ Summit St Joy said...

this is so very sweet. i love the fabric & pretty pins!

please share with our Handmade Valentine PARTY:

Sharon said...

Yep...that is a cute one for sure. Love it.

Tiff said...

I LOVE your pincushion!! I am going to make some, they are such a good idea! Those pins are a 'must have' as well! Thanks for sharing!
I while back I saw some little pincushions in the back of vintage metal trucks that I thought were fantastic too, you would have to raid the kids toys to make that too! Happy weekend! X

Jen @ My Own Road said...

Found you at Lolly Jane, love the pincushion! I have a lot of burlap that I could use for this, thanks for the idea!

WhyCuzICan said...

Now that is one cute pincushion! Very sweet :) Nice job :)

Visiting from Sisters Of The Wild West Linky Party today,
~Suzanne at WhyCuzICan in NW Illinois

Just Jaime said...

I would have never thought of a using a loaf pan to anchor a pin cushion! Great idea!

If you're interested, we're hosting our first ever link up party. Please stop by and link up!

Pinecone said...

What an adorable idea - I love it!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Stopping by from Funky Junk, this is sew cute. What a cute pin cushion. Love the loaf pan and will have to look for one. I want to make one for my craft room, I am a big sewer. Thanks for sharing the tutorial. My fingers are crossed that you will share this pin cushion at Sunday's Best party tonight, too cute not to share some more.

{northern cottage} said...

oh my gooness - so stinkin cute - LOVE it!

cheapcraftymama said...

That is adorable, I love the heart pins! I would love for you to link up at my Valentines Party @!

Diane said...

Your pin cushion is just too darn cute!

Sass - aka - Kathy said...

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Doreen said...

I l.o.v.e. your pincushion! I've made several, and they are so much fun and make great gifts.

Hope you can come by and visit my blog for more Valentine's Day gift ideas.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

How absolutely sweet!! Thank you for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!

Okio B Designs said...

So darn cute!


Danielle said...

Sweet pin cushion! I'm thinking of making one. I'm tired of all the pins from case sticking in my hand when I'm grabbing for one.

Jann Olson said...

Very cute! I love your little loaf of love!

Cottage and Broome said...

Very sweet, love it, Laura

Susan @ Oh My! Creative said...

This is adorable...just became a follower!


Deana said...

I love this project...I'd like to invite you to CountryMommaCooks Link & Greet Party
going on now-Sunday night……Have a wonderful weekend!...

raggygirlvintage said...

Terribly cute, I have to make one, it's just the kind of thing that makes you happy each time you see it!