Upcycled pin Cushions

I want to show you how I turned an old tin jewelry box into a beautiful pin cushion. I found this old looking tin jewelry box at a local thrift shop and paid only $2.00 for it. I hope you like how it turned out.

Supplies you will need for this Project:

1 old tin Jewelry box
Adirondack Alcohol Inks and Mixatives- Pearl
Clear Deep Impressions Embossing Powder
Hot glue/Hot glue gun
Styrofoam ball
Color Box Pigment Ink
Mono-filament/Fishing line
Heat Gun
Tim Holtz Ink Stamper
100% pure polyester Fiber fill
Circle Template
Embellishments- Ribbon, lace, ribbon roses etc.
Cotton Material
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Upcycled pin CushionsStart by taking off the lid, as you will not be using it. I just bent mine backwards, and it came off clean.

Upcycled pin CushionsMy jewelry box happened to be a music box too, so I removed the music element from the jewelry box. I undid a couple screws, and it came right out.

Upcycled pin CushionsStart with picking out the Adirondack Alcohol Ink colors that match the material that will make up the cushion. I used one color and at the end I highlighted with a mixative pearl, as you will see later on in the tutorial.

Upcycled pin CushionsUsing your Tim Holtz Ink Stamper, apply the alcohol ink of your choice. A small amount goes along ways when applying to tin.

Upcycled pin CushionsUpcycled pin CushionsRub the ink onto the Jewelry box all the way around until it looks good to you. I recommend wearing protective gloves to keep the ink from getting onto your skin. At this point I don’t quite like the color of the green, so in the next step I apply a lemongrass green Ink. I used a Colorbox Pigment Ink.

Upcycled pin CushionsI lightly stamp around the jewelry box to get the color and look that is pleasing to me, making sure that the darker green from the Alcohol ink is still showing through. The Ink will be wet and does not dry very well, so I applied a clear deep impressions embossing powder to set it. I was pleased that if gave it a great glossy shine and the look of enamel.

Upcycled pin CushionsUpcycled pin CushionsUsing a heat embossing tool, heat and set the embossing powder.

Upcycled pin CushionsSee how cool this looks. The ink is now set and it looks great. Be very careful when applying heat to the tin, it gets very hot!

Upcycled pin CushionsNow using your Tim Holtz stamper, with a clean felt pad, apply some Mixative- pearl. I used it to highlight the pattern on the jewelry box.

Upcycled pin CushionsUpcycled pin CushionsDepending on the size of your Jewelry box, you will want to determine how big your circle should be. You want to make sure that it is big enough after you have cinched it up with the polyfiber fill and that it will fit perfectly over the the top of the jewelry box.

Upcycled pin CushionsThread your needle with Monofilament/fishing line. Don’t double it. Tie a knot at the end and be sure to keep a long tail after the knot.

Upcycled pin CushionsRun a straight stitch around the edges of your circle, about an inch from the top. Make sure not to knot the end. You should only have one knot at that is at the beginning of your stitches.

Upcycled pin CushionsYou will need a good amount of polyester fiber to fill the circle. Start by pulling on your thread just a bit to have the circle take some form to it. Then take small amounts and keep filling it until it is formed and pretty tight. But be careful not to pull to hard that it will break the fishing line.

Upcycled pin CushionsUpcycled pin CushionsOnce you feel you have enough polyester fiber fill, tie off your fishing line.

Upcycled pin CushionsUpcycled pin CushionsCut your Styrofoam ball down to fit into your Jewelry box and Hot glue it the bottom.

Upcycled pin CushionsFit your cushion onto the top of your jewelry box, and slowly work your way around the top hot gluing the cushion into place.

Upcycled pin CushionsAttach matching trim, lace or ribbon around the jewelry box.

Upcycled pin CushionsI added some ribbon roses to straight pins for an added look. They are super easy to make

Upcycled pin CushionsInsert the pins into the ribbon rose and attach with hot glue.

Upcycled pin CushionsI hope that this has given you some inspiration to go out and up-cycle a pin cushion of your own.

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