Charming Pincushion Made From Repurposed Altoids Tin

Small boxes and tins, like an Altoids tin, are perfect materials to recycle and repurpose into charming, yet handy pincushions. These little containers have the added convenience of a little storage for sewing notions and other items.
There are a number of different materials and supplies that you can use to make this pincushion. I used an Altoids tin for my pincushion, but you could use a similar small tin, wooden box, or a little cardboard box with a cover, like a small jewelry box. You could also use larger boxes or containers, but you may want to use different materials and glues.
Though I used decorative paper to cover the sides of the bottom section of my tin, you could also use pretty ribbon or washi tape for this purpose.
If you'd like to make your own pincushion, I have step by step directions with photos on my blog at
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  • Donna Donna on Jan 30, 2016
    Thanks so much! I'm trying to get back into doing embroidery. I haven't done much since I was a teen. It was fun to do this little stitching on this tin.

  • Billye Rider Billye Rider on Feb 05, 2016