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Crafty Tin Tutorial

 OK — Here is the tutorial to make these Crafty Tins.  Whoa — lots of pictures.   I hope you are not on dial up! 

1. Cut your fabric.

*Remember to adjust your fabric cuts to your size container.  These cuts are for the tin illustrated in this tutorial, which is 2” tall, 10” round and 3” wide.

Cushion Top: 7” square for the pincushion top & 5” square for the bottom.  How did I decide?  I guessed and I wanted it to be plump and let’s face it who wants to sew or stuff anything too tiny. 

Body:  10 by 12” rectangle. Fold it in half to make it a 5 “ by 12” rectangle.  This adds stability (especially if you add decorative stitching), but also helps hide any indentations that may exist on the container.

5” tall allows coverage inside and outside the tin and a 1” bottom hem. 

12” is 2” wider than the circumference.  Trimmed after attaching the decorative trim and final fitting around the tin.


2.  Sew a basting stitch around the 7” square I used the side of my presser foot as a guide and turned the fabric to round out the corners.  For illustration purposes, I used a red thread. 

3.  Gather the threads and then with right sides together pin the top to the 5” square.  Adjust the gathers evenly.


4.  Stitch together using a  regular stitch length.  Leave a small opening to add stuffing.   I stitched a little inside the basting stitch.

5.  Trim off the corner (dog ears). 

6.  Turn it right side out and then cut your cardboard circle.  My cardboard came from a box of cereal.   Use the bottom of the container to mark the circle, which as illustrated will be a bit smaller than the fabric.

7.   Add stuffing then insert the cardboard underneath the stuffing.  You may need to bend it a little to get it in.  This gives it some structure and keeps the bulk of the stuffing above the container making more room for the contents inside. 

8. Close the opening with a slip stitch. 

9.  Voila it’s done.  Just stuff it in.   It will fit snug, but that’s a good thing.   

Time for the body.

1.   Press a 1” hem along the bottom edge.  Why didn’t I just place right sides together and sew a seam?  Well I could have, but I wanted the ability to adjust the hem to position the decorative trim a little higher or lower on the tin if necessary.   

2.  If you plan to add a decorative stitch do it next.  Here is mine for the red/blue tin. 

My stitching was not real straight — so here is another example where I can use the hem to fix this flaw.  Once it was on the tin I just fussed with the hem in areas to make it look straight.  grin

If you are adding a ribbon trim - it comes in step 6. 

3.   Anyway moving on.   Cut away the bottom layer of the hem to reduce the bulk.

4.    With right sides together, fit the piece around the container.  Mark it.

5.    With right seams together sew the seams.    I used my serger,  but of course a straight stitch on your machine is  just as good. 

6.  If applicable, pick a ribbon then add tacky glue.

7.  Attach trim to the body. 

8.  Fill your tins with goodies.  I have filled mine with basting pins, binding clips, and some needles and rotary blades.  

9.  Display.  The top on my original one (rust/green) could use a bit more stuffing.  Oh well, no biggie.

If you like these tins, you can buy them here, but you’ll have to eat up the nuts and candy first and get out your checkbook.  They aren’t cheap.  Darn.  They were a gift for us.  

But perhaps you can just use an empty tuna can or a salsa jar.  I’m sure you can find all sorts of ideas in your pantry. 

Reader Comments (7)

You are so crafty :) & creative. Those are very cute! Good job!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered Commenternan

Oh, thanks so much for doing this tutorial, Lucy!!!!! These are soooo cute. What a clever way to make some little storage tins. I am definitely going to make some of these. They would be great little Christmas gifts!

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulia

Hummm.. Wonder what in the world you are going to do with all of those tins? heheeee.

September 22, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterFrances

Tks gals - I appreciate your comments

September 23, 2008 | Registered CommenterLucy

Thank you Lucy, you did a great job on the pictorial, maybe you should think about doing some more of these? LOL They're really darling!

September 23, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCJ

Nice idea, Lucy. Happy trails with your RV.

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered Commenteraveryclaire

How wonderful these look -- and a great idea to get rid of some of the clutter. Amazing how much stuff can accumulate. Although a lot of stuff pertains to UFOs!
Great tutorial! I think I could even manage to make one of these. LOL

September 24, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJanice

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