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Add some functional style to your sewing space with a new sewing organizer crafted from a glass canister. This is the perfect place to stash spools of thread and other sewing notions, and the handy pincushion can be easily removed to tote around as you work on projects. Ready to make one of your own? Let’s get started!
For this project, you will need…
- FolkArt Mult-Surface Paint
- Handmade Charlotte Stencils
- Foam pouncers
- Rubbing alcohol and cotton balls
- 38-ounce glass canister with hinged lid
- Stencil tape
- 4-inch circular wood plaque
- 6-inch circle of white fabric
- Fiber fill
- Hand-sewing needle and thread
- Hot glue
- E-6000 Adhesive
- (4) 1/8″x3/4″ circular magnets
- 1 lid from a can of frozen juice concentrate
To begin, clean the surface of the glass canister with the rubbing alcohol and cotton ball. Grab the foam pouncers and stencils and select the design(s) you want to put on your canister. I absolutely love these new Handmade Charlotte Stencils, which are available at Michaels. It was almost impossible to choose which one I liked best from all of the 84 designs, but I thought the scissors in the set went perfectly with a sewing theme.
Now the fun part: painting! The new Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint, also available at Michaels, is perfect for this project, because it can be used to paint just about any surface under the sun: wood, glass, fabric, metal, concrete, plastic, paper mache and more. No more having to buy a different bottle of paint for every project. Yay!
Cut out the stencil design, and affix it to the front of the canister with stencil tape.
Apply a very light layer of paint over the stencil design with the foam pouncer. Important: remove the stencil from the canister while the paint is still wet to avoid having the paint peel!
Next, paint the wood plaque…
…and then stencil a design onto the very center of the white fabric circle, as shown. Set each of the painted elements aside and allow them to dry completely.
When the paint on the fabric has dried, use the needle and thread to sew a long running stitch around the outer perimeter of the circle.
When you have stitched all the way around the circle, gather the thread so that the circle closes up on itself to form a pocket. (This is the same process used for making fabric yo-yo’s.) Stuff a bit of the fiber fill into the pocket, and then pull the threads as tight as they can go before tying them off into a knot.
Apply a generous coating of hot glue to the top of the painted wood plaque, and then affix the completed fabric pincushion to the top of the circle, pressing firmly to ensure all portions of the pincushion are adhered to the wood piece.
Adhere the four magnets to the back of the wood piece with the E-6000…
…and use the same adhesive to affix the juice can lid to the top center of the glass canister lid. Allow the glue to dry completely before attaching the pincushion to the top of the canister.
You are finished!
The canister is the perfect place to stash spools of thread and other sewing notions and tools.
And I love that the pincushion can either be affixed to the top of the canister for handy storage…
…or easily removed to tote around as I work on projects!
As an added bonus, the magnets on the bottom of the pincushion can be used to pick up stray pins as you work.
Inspired to get started on your own project? Enter to win a $100 Michaels gift card and $100 worth of Folk Art Multi-Surface Paint in the Facebook contest being held now through September 30! Visit the contest here to get entered.
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P.S. There is an ahhh-mazing contest going on right now at Handmade Charlotte, and all you have to do to enter is create an original project featuring Handmade Charlotte stencils. The prizes are absolutely incredible, and I would love for one of my readers to win! Head to the contest post for all of the details.
Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
Vivika Vaina says
What a lovely idea! Thank you for the great tutorial!
Pam Proctor says
I like the idea, but might just use a canning jar and put the poof on the inner metal pc and close the ring over it, then put a pc of cardboard on the inside to hide the back of the poof. Hope this is not clear as mud…. lol…
Amy @ Positively Splendid says
That’s a great idea, too, Pam! Thanks for stopping in.
Great idea! I’ve linked to your tutorial over at Craft Gossip:
Rachel | 52 Weeks Project says
My goodness this is cute! I love that the top is removable too. Very clever!
Amy @ Positively Splendid says
Thanks so much, Rachel!