March 10, 2008

Tuna Can Pin Cushion Tutorial

Filed under: Tutorials — laupre @ 5:06 am

I have a pretty big collection of pin cushions I’ve made floating around my various crafting areas. They’re a great project if you want to make something quick and easy, and they can make great gifts for crafty friends. I like to whip one up whenever I get down to the last little scraps of some fabric that I’ve fallen in love with (It’s great to be able save those little bits in a way that you can see them and use them every day). Now I know that there are probably a million pin cushion tutorials out there right now, so how could my blog be complete without adding my own?


I don’t think I’ve seen any cushions out there quite like this one. I really like it because it is nice and sturdy with it’s flat, weighted bottom, so I’m less likely to knock it over. It’s a good size for me; it holds plenty of pins and is harder to lose. I can also pick it up confidently without having to worry about getting poked by pins poking through to the other side.

(click more to read the tutorial)

First, collect the supplies you’ll need:


-Fabric – about 8inches square
– Stuffing – a handful should do
– Rice – this will add weight to the bottom of the pin cushion. I used rice, but you could also use beans, pebbles or anything else you have on hand
– Ribbon, lace, trim, or additional fabric to cover the side of the can
– A button
– Glue gun (and spray adhesive, if you like)
– Needle and thread

Next, make your cushion


Using your needle and thread just run some stitches around your square of fabric. Since this side of the cushion won’t show, it doesn’t have to be particularly neat, it just needs to hold your stuffing in.

Stuff the cushion:


Fill your cushion with a handful of stuffing and pull the thread nice and tight to close it. Knot your thread.

Add the button:


Push your needle up through the center of the cushion to the top, run it through your button and bring it back down to the bottom. Pull the thread as tight as you like and secure your thread to the back of the cushion with a few knots.

Get your gun:



Add your weight to the bottom of the can. You don’t need a lot, just enough to cover the bottom. Next, use your glue gun to add glue all the way around the inside of the can. You want to make sure to get all the way around so that none of the rice will slip out. Work quickly and push your cushion into the top of the can.


All that’s left to do is cover the can with your trim of choice. I used brown ribbon and some pretty sequin trim and attached them with spray adhesive.

Have fun!


  1. I happened upon your site and saw this cute little pincushion!
    I knew I had to make one! So I did. Great little directions and cute results,
    Thank You,

    Comment by Alison — March 11, 2008 @ 5:47 am

  2. OOOH! Now I have to save tuna cans! LOL! They were too small for lanterns for the garden, I was looking for a use for them.

    Comment by thegiantess — May 21, 2008 @ 9:10 pm

  3. I love it! I am having all my friends save their tuna cans!!!!!!!!!!! What a great idea! I have shared with everyone!

    Comment by DAWN — May 23, 2008 @ 2:11 pm

  4. […] made using a small empty can as a base.  Laupre shows you how you can make one for yourself in her Tun Can Pincusion Tutorial.  You’re not limited to tuna cans, though.  Cat food cans tend to be about the same size.  […]

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  5. I love your pincushion! Hehe fancy that…from an old tuna tin! I just made and posted a blog on how to make a pincushion from an old moisturiser jar 😉

    Comment by Faith — April 27, 2009 @ 10:51 am

  6. Thanks for the cool tutorial! I just made a pincushion from a fruit can – smaller than a tuna can, but it still works. I used some of the gaffer’s tape I got today to finish the can trimming; the colors coordinated with the cushion fabric perfectly.

    Comment by Traci — January 8, 2010 @ 9:41 pm

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  8. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. ❤

    Comment by Cheryl — September 22, 2010 @ 1:57 am

  9. Awsome idea..thanks for sharing

    Comment by Pam — May 10, 2011 @ 1:44 pm

  10. Adorable, thanks for posting this. Now I can use up some of the tuna cans that my dh persists in saving because “they might be good for something, someday.”

    Comment by Fran — November 27, 2011 @ 5:01 pm

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