Roofers are in the process of laying shingles on our deck roof. We are getting so close to being done I can almost taste the grilled chicken. Man I’ve missed that. Hopefully we can sneak in a BBQ or two before the snow flies. I needed to be here in case they had any questions, so I’ve been crafting and baking all morning. Just pulled two loaves of pineapple cranberry zucchini bread out of the oven. Yummo!
I also finished up a tutorial for you. I’m sure the construction crew wonders why the heck I keep taking pictures of cans and fabric. They must think I’m nuts!
I’ve been doing a lot of sewing lately, and I decided it was high time I had a cute pin cushion. I’ve been using one of those ugly tomato things for years. I know, totally lame. I’ve seen some really cute pincushions made inside of teacups. But I didn’t have any teacups layin’ around, so I used what I had. Yep, a tuna fish can. I’m going to show you how to make your own.
Tuna Can Pin Cushion Tutorial
The first thing you need to do is make some tuna sandwiches so you have a can to work with.
Wash and dry it really well, then give it a couple coats of spray paint. Most of it will be covered, the most important part is the top rim and bottom edge. So make sure you spray those parts well.
Next you need to measure your can and cut a strip of paper to wrap around it. Mine was about 10 1/2″x 1 1/4″. (You could use fabric instead if you prefer.)
I inked the edge of my paper to add dimension.
Next you want to use mod podge to attach your paper. (Or if you are using fabric, you can attach it with hot glue.) Let it dry for at least an hour.
For the top, you need to cut a piece of fabric into a circle shape about 9″ across. It doesn’t need to be perfect.
Using some string or really sturdy thread, do a running stitch around the circle, about 1/4″ from the edge.
Now carefully pull the threads tight and stuff with fiberfill as you go. You need to stuff it really full. Be careful when you get to the end not to break your thread. When you have it full and gathered, tie the two ends of string into a knot. It should look like this on the bottom:
At this point, you could be done. But of course I needed to add some embellishments to make it cuter. I added a strip of burlap that I attached with hot glue.
And then I made a paper flower by cutting a bunch of circles out of paper, inking the edges, and sticking a brad through the center. I also added a couple paper leaves.
You can embellish it however you like. Fabric flowers would be darling, so would some vintage buttons. The possibilities are endless really. No matter how you finish it, it’s bound to be the cutest tuna can any of your friends have ever seen!