Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Tool Time Tuesday...Creamer Pincushion Ring

I know what you're thinking...another crazy title. Creamer pincushion?? Yep, it's recycling time again. Tools used today...easy ones...scissors and glue gun!

We're going to be making this little cutie of a pincushion. On the left, the before. On the right, the after!

Here's the source for the ring! Cream. Cream for your coffee, whipping cream for your pies...whatever container has that tab.

You know those little pull tabs from inside the caps?

One day, I was pulling one off the container while talking with my girls. I was just chatting and playing with the tab in my hand as I talked and talked.

Slipped it on my finger and...BINGO!! My thoughts for Tool Time were flowing.

Look at that top portion. Perfect protection from the pins.

See...you can put in the pins and the plastic disc protects your finger.

So let's make one. You will need...
  • 2 1/2 inch square of fabric or scraps, plus a tiny piece of felt
  • the plastic ring from a creamer container
  • needle and thread
  • stuffing

Trace a circle on the 2 1/2 inch square.

Cut out...

Sew a running or gathering stitch around the circle...

Gather up the circle into a pouch...

and stuff with batting.

Before you pull the thread completely, add the plastic disc on top of the batting.

Pull the thread tightly to gather the fabric over the plastic disc.

I sewed a few tight stitches and knotted off in a couple spots to secure.

Cut a small circle from felt or wool. Something that won't fray.

Hot glue felt over stitches and gathered edges.

Pincushion Creamer Ring!!

Now that's my kind of bling!!

Here's another pincushion tutorial made with the cap of a creamer container or any cap for that matter!! Click here for that post.

You can also Click Here for all my pincushion posts.

Have fun making your pincushion ring. Enjoy your coffee too, because I know you're going to be using some cream just for that pull tab thingy.


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  1. Genius. I might have to make one of these.

  2. And here, I've been tossing those tabs this whole time! Dang! I guess I'll start keeping them now.....this would be a fun and quick little project for my quilt group! Thanks Karen!

  3. Absolutely love it Karen, my kind of bling too!! xo

  4. Wooooo! Such a good idea ;))

  5. Love this! Now I have to buy some creamer! LOL

  6. Super cute idea! I have put a little link on my blog http://dramaqueenseams.com about your great blog and inspiring ideas. Thought I would just give you a heads up.


  7. You are so innovative and crafty! Just love seeing what all you come up with. :)

  8. You are awesome... What a fantastic idea! How do you come up with such creative ideas?? I'm lovin' it! AJ@queenofmynest

  9. That is pure genius! You should copywrite and start mass production! LOL!

  10. Well how cute!!! I'm going to start saving these to make for my friend gifts at retreat :*)

  11. Karen. Great idea! I like it so much that I shared it on MY blog. :-)


  12. Dang, I LOVE Tool Time Tuesdays! I just figured out what I am going to make for super quick and easy last-minute-oops-I-forgot-your-birthday/anniversary/Christmas/Bat Mitzvah/housewarming-gift-but-you-wont-know-it-cuz-I-have-this-emergency-stash-of-kick-ass-pre-made-gifts gift.

  13. Just love Tool Time Tuesday with fun ideas and space saving actions. Thank you for all the effort you put into your posts. I am grateful. xo

  14. hot damn! lovin' this!and to think I threw away a crap load of these! (mauh) Liz

  15. Hey, that's kind of like my finger pincushion: http://debzpicaday.blogspot.com/2012/01/day-321-of-365.html
    Yours look easier, though!

  16. This is just an adorable idea, Karen! I always thought there should be some use for those little things. Thank you for being so clever & creative!

  17. You are a genius.....wish I could just take residence in your brain...lol....thanks for sharing....I just love following you blog.


  18. Karen, Brilliant idea!!! This just goes to prove that just sitting around chatting is very important to the creative side of the brain that we use!! Great job, karen♥

  19. You never cease to amaze me! That is such a clever idea and so simple.

  20. I found myself walking thru the grocery store- "ooh I need some creamer so I can have a ring too- wait a minute girl you have creamer in the fridge and DO NOT need any more- hmmm who can I buy creamer for...." I am happy to report I didnot give into the urge this time, and I am unhappy to report I dont have a cute little pin ring either....next time....

  21. Cool idea! I just pulled one of these rings and just like normal, it's still sitting on my counter instead of in the trash. Lucky me that I'm such a slob! lol

  22. Hello-
    I love searching the internet and happening on such creativity. I've been saving these for...I didn't know what...just that they would most likely be some sort of recycled ring (maybe embellished dress-up rings for kids)... and...voila!

    I can supply those ladies tempted to buy fluid-filled containers just for these rings! That is, unless I go into making a bucket-full of these mini-pincushions! ;-)

  23. That is really so darn cute! I need to make one. :)

  24. Super genial!!!Thanks so much for sharing the great tutorial!
    Have a fabulous day!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft


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