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Pincushion Ring

This instructable will show you how to make a fun and functional pincushion ring that will keep your sewing needles and pins almost literally at your fingertips.

Step 1: Ingredients

  • Bottlecap
  • Stretch bead cord or thin elastic
  • Stuffing
  • Scrap fabric
  • Beads (optional)
  • Trim (optional)

    Step 2: Tools


    Step 3: Punch holes in the bottle cap

    Punch holes in the bottle cap

    Using the hammer and nail, punch 1 hole in the bottle cap near the edge. Punch a 2nd hole directly opposite of the first, again near the edge.

    Step 4: Cut stretch cord

    Cut stretch cord

    Cut the stretch cord (or elastic) long enough to fit around your finger with a little extra left over for tying the ends together.

    Step 5: Add beads (optional only with bead cord)

    Add beads (optional only with bead cord)

    Thread the cord with the desired amount of beads.

    Step 6: Tie off the cord

    Tie off the cord

    Thread both ends of the cord (or elastic) through the holes in the top of the bottle cap. Tie off the ends of the cord (or elastic) together on the inside of the bottle cap. Make sure the cord (or elastic) loop fits your finger snugly so the ring won't fall off but not too tight that it cuts off your circulation. Untie and re-tie to make adjustments and then make a knot when the loop fits right.

    Step 7: Measure and cut the fabric

    Measure and cut the fabric

    Cut a circle from the scrap fabric approximately 3 1/2 inches in diameter. This is the optimal size for plastic bottle caps (from soda or water bottles). For caps off of glass bottles (beer and glass soda bottles), you'll want to cut a circle around 3 inches in diameter.

    Step 8: Stitch the fabric

    Stitch the fabric

    Hand sew a running stitch along the edge of the fabric circle.

    Step 9: Stuff the cushion

    Stuff the cushion

    Cinch the circle nearly closed, leaving just enough of an opening to fill the small "bag" you've created with the stuffing. Once you've stuffed the cushion, cinch it closed and tie off the thread.

    Step 10: Glue the cushion to the cap

    Glue the cushion to the cap

    Using the hot glue gun, squeeze hot glue into the bottle cap covering the knot you made on the inside. Place the sewn end of the cushion into the inside of the cap.

    Step 11: Add trim (optional)

    Add trim (optional)

    Hot glue trim around the edge of the cap if desired.

    Step 12: Tips

    • Beads are optional but I find they help with rolling the ring onto your finger
    • Polyester fiber fill is the easiest to stick pins into.
    • You can use a drill to put holes in the bottle cap (this might make it easier if you're using elastic instead of bead cord).
    • Use caution when putting pins into your ring pincushion. (I've missed and stabbed myself in the finger or knuckle).