Recycled "Quilted" Tin

This is a "keeper" for miscellaneous items made from an old candy tin. A fruitcake tin or cookie tin can also be used.

Approximate Time: 2-3 hours.



  • small pieces of miscellaneous fabrics
  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • hot glue gun
  • glue sticks for glue gun
  • something to weight the finished project down as it glues - I use a heavy skillet
  • clean cloth or foil to place between the skillet and the craft project
  • lace or edging to glue around the lid
  • embellishments of your choice
  • steam iron


Cut small scraps of fabric into two inch squares and fold into a triangle shape. Press the triangles and allow to cool.

Decide on a pattern in which to arrange your triangles. Carefully start in the center of the design and begin in a clockwise pattern to begin gluing the fabrics into place.

Overlap each layer of fabrics and finish the design with as many shades and patterns of fabric as necessary to completely cover the top of the tin. Use miscellaneous fabric of your choice to cover the bottom of the tin.


I find that tacky glue works better to glue the fabric to the tin, but the embellishments go on fairly well with a hot glue gun.

Weight the layers of glued fabric pieces as you go, as to ensure they don't slide off. As each layer dries, or is more stable, add another layer of scraps until the project is completed.

I have done many tins like this. They make nice storage containers for buttons, jewelry, etc.

By Monica from Cortez, CO


July 28, 20100 found this helpful

Great job. I have some old round wood cheese containers I think this would look great on. Thanks for sharing.

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