Making a No-Sew Tin Can Pincushion

Category Other
An easy project that recycles a can and creates a pin cushion to have handy for all your sewing and craft needs. This is a page about no sew tin can pincushion.


Share on ThriftyFunThis page contains the following solutions. Have something to add? Please share your solution!

I've been needing a pincushion for sewing and thought I could probably make it with supplies I already had. It was simple and quick, and it works wonderfully! I was pleased with the fact that I re-purposed the can into something else.

Total Time: About 20 minutes


  • 1 small tin can, from tuna, chiles, etc.
  • scrap paper
  • glue
  • scrap piece of material
  • pillow stuffing or batting
  • glue gun
  • scissors


  1. Take the wrapper off of your can. Measure the width of your can and cut a strip to cover the outside. Use glue, a glue stick, or modge podge to apply the paper. Let dry.
  2. Get a handful of pillow stuffing or batting. Make a ball out of it.
  3. Cut a strip from your fabric to tie the fabric around the batting.
  4. Wrap your fabric around the batting. Tie it tightly with your strip of fabric. Cut the excess fabric off.
  5. Put a bunch of hot glue on the inside of your can. Put the pincushion into the can, pushing it in as much as possible.
  6. Enjoy your new pincushion!
  7. Advertisement

Comment Pin it! Was this helpful? 7


April 7, 20150 found this helpful

This is really cute, my kids would love making these!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 4, 20160 found this helpful

My Grandmother made something similar using a Tuna can, but she did not cut the top of the can all the way, leaving about 1/2 to 1/4 of an inch holding in on, then folded the top up to look like the back of a chair, or "throne"! She wrapped the top with batting, then a circle of fabric big enough to meet in the back, gluing it down, then glue an old broach, or button, or small silk flower to cover the gathered edges, then filled the bottom of the tin as you did, making it the "seat". The top, since it was padded with batting, would also serve as a pin or needle holder. I so wish I still had one that she made oh so many years ago!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
April 13, 20160 found this helpful

Great idea! You could dot hot glue or use some rubber shelf liner stuff or something like that on the bottom to keep it from sliding around.



Reply Was this helpful? Yes
In This Page
Crafts Recycled Crafts OtherDecember 14, 2015
Christmas Ideas!
New Years Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.

Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2019 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Generated 2019-12-10 20:12:07 in 1 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️

Add to PageAsk a Question
Loading Something Awesome!