Step 1: Supplies and Tools
- 1 Empty Gatorade bottle or a similar bottle with lid.
- 1-2 pieces of fabric scraps preferably cotton or wool.
- 1 Matching thread.
- 1 Small piece of cotton or batting for filler.
- 1 piece of heavier thread.
- 1 Small piece of fine steel wool.
- 1 piece of cardboard.
- 1 Magnet.
- 3 Small strands of raffia.
- 1 Small piece of matching ribbon.
- Several buttons for embellishing the top.
- Handful of buttons pins, or thread for storing in the caddy.
- Glue sticks and glue gun.
- Large eyed sewing needle.
- Small sewing needle.
- Sharp knife.
- Measuring tape or ruler.
Step 2: Cutting the Bottle
- Using a sharp knife cut the bottle top off just above the bottles rim as shown.
- Go back and even the edges with the scissors.
Step 3: Cutting the Cardboard
- Place the bottle top over the cardboard and mark the bottom of the bottle top on the cardboard.
- Cut 1circle.
- This will be the base of the pin cushion and serves as the bottom of the jar.
Step 4: Glue the Cardboard to the Bottle Top.
- Using the glue gun make a glue line around the covered cardboard circle and glue the covered circle to the bottle top carefully and evenly.
- Place something heavy over the top to make the glue stick better.
Step 5: Glue the Magnet to Bottle Cap
- Either cut a magnet from a sheet or use a small magnet and glue it to the bottle top lid.
- This makes it easy to find a lost pin and pick it up.
Step 6: Cutting and Sewing the Fabric for the Cushion
- You will need to cut 2 circles from the fabric 1/2 inch larger than the cardboard circles.
- This will be the base of the pin cushion.
- Sew around the fabric circles with a needle and thread. Please note. Sew one but do not cut the thread.
- When you are finished with the one leave a little room on the thread and begin sewing around the remaining fabric circle.
The picture shows the fabric around the cardboard this is the next step.
Step 7: Sewing the Fabric Circle
- Slip one of the fabric circles over the cardboard centering it over the cardboard pulling the thread tight and smooth.
- Slip the remaining fabric circle over the opposite side of the cardboard centering it and pulling the threads tight so it will be smooth around the cardboard.
- Secure the thread my sewing a few stitches and trim the excess thread.
Step 8: Filling the Fabric for the Pin Cushion
- Cut 1 (5 ) inch circle from cardboard as a pattern for the pin cushion fabric.
- Place the cardboard over the fabric and make a circle around the fabric.
- Cut out the circle.
- Using the large eyed needle and heavy thread sew all around the outside edge. Do not knot the thread.
- Pull the threads to form a loose ball just enough to curl up the edges so you can fill it with batting.
- Make a large ball from the batting (this will be larger than the fabric cushion.)
- Tear off a piece of the steel wool 2 x as large as the batting.
- Fold the steel wool in half, place it evenly over the batting.
- Form a tight ball from the batting and steel wool that will fit inside the fabric circle.
- Place the ball into the fabric circle evenly.
- Pull the fabric circle threads around the batting making it as smooth as possible.
Step 9: Attaching the Pin Cushion to the Bottle Top
- Using the glue gun make a line around the bottom edge of the pin cushion and in the center.
- Carefully attach the fabric ball to center of the cardboard part of the bottle.
- Press firmly.
- Hold down until the glue sets.
Step 10: Attaching the Ribbon and Embellishments
- Cut a piece of matching ribbon and glue it to hide the unsightly lid rim.
- Cut the raffia to the size you need to tie around for a pretty bow.
- Embellish the pin cushion with 3 tiny buttons and pins.
- Place buttons, pins, or thread in the jar.
Step 11: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts
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