Tin Can Pin Cushion Caddy

I needed an updated pin cushion, so I decided to go large and make a tin can pin cushion caddy!  Although I don’t actually have a designated sewing or craft room, just yet, one can always dream.  I’ve already made a seamstress mini dress form, for said room, so why not forge ahead with a pin cushion caddy?

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I’ve had one of those vintage tomato pin cushions, passed down from my mother, and it’s not going anywhere, but I wanted one that had a little punch of modern color.

I was so crazy about the Soup Can Caddy project from Shelley at Sow and Dipity that when I was about to throw away a few empty tin cans from dinner, I stopped myself, remembering her project and how much I wanted one like it.

With the need and desire for a new pin cushion, I made a just a few changes from her’s and thus I had a tin can pin cushion caddy!

I love how Shelley painted her soup cans up to looked all aged and worn and then added the wooden handle.  You can follow her directions, here,  for painting the cans and even adding a wooden handle, if you like.    I did this one on a whim and didn’t have a wooden handle “handy”, so I improvised by using wire.


Here are the few changes I made:

Painting the cans:

I changed up to colors, using Raw Umber and Light Brown for the base coat.  I mixed colors, Pool Blue, Raw Umber and White with a teaspoon of a water and baking soda mixture for the top coat.  then sanded the cans down a bit.



Making the Tin Can Pin Cushion:

For the pin cushion, I made a fist-sized ball of real wool, which I purchased on our trip to The Homeplace in Land Between the Lakes Tennessee, to create the pin cushion stuffing.  Steel wool can also be used for the stuffing, like this one from Crafty Pod.com.  Using a piece of scrap fabric and hot glue I wrapped the wool ball up into a bouquet of sorts, adding dabs of hot glue where the fabric meets together.  I pulled the fabric taught as I added the glue, so that the top of the “cushion” would be an easy surface to push pins through.   I tied off the bouquet for extra holding power,  and then I stuffed it into a shallow tin can.


Making the Tin Can Caddy:

I drilled one hole on either side of the two larger cans, hot glued the cans together and then attached some thin gauge wire for a handle.

Tin Can Pin Cushion Caddy


Now I can carry several utensils around with me, including a pin cushion as I work on a sewing project. It has that punch of color that I was looking for, now it just needs a sewing or craft room for a home!

Linking up at:

Create With Me – Tin Can Projects

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11 Responses to Tin Can Pin Cushion Caddy

  1. Shanna Gilbert May 8, 2013 at 11:10 am #

    Darling Amy! You are so stinkin’ creative!

  2. Shelley @ Sow and Dipity May 8, 2013 at 12:00 pm #

    Looks great Amy!! Happy my little project was the inspiration behind your cute trio of cans 🙂 I think I have a tuna can that may make a great pin cushion!

  3. Mel May 9, 2013 at 5:48 am #

    Love this Amy, I need to make one, can I ask why the baking soda, does it do something to the paint?

  4. Danni@SiloHillFarm May 9, 2013 at 11:06 am #

    Amy this is a great project! I love your “if you build it they will come” attitude! You keep going and you’ll have that sewing room yet!! I’m with Mel…what does the baking soda do?

  5. Elena @ `a casarella May 19, 2013 at 8:52 pm #

    I absolutely love the look of these!! 🙂 Pinned ’em 🙂

  6. Lindi February 1, 2016 at 8:15 am #

    These are super cute! I would happily use these while I’m sewing 🙂 I’m asking bloggers to share their tin can DIYs this month at a new monthly Create With Me party and I would LOVE to see you link up!! Lindi @ Love Create Celebrate


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