Tuna Can Pin Cushions

Learn a new way to craft with old tin cans and create an adorable DIY pin cushion!

By: Robin Tompkins from
Tuna Can Pin Cushions
Tuna Can Pin Cushions

From the blogger: "Recycled tuna cans simply turned into pin cushions has many style possibilities. It's a great gift idea that the children can get involved with. To create a miniature chair with pin storage required two tuna cans using upholstering techniques, in miniature, with a little sewing and gluing. Making a pin cushion ottoman from one can, couldn't be easier! It's a "no sew" craft, using scraps of fabric, beads for feet, and scrap trimming to complete it."

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting


Materials List

  • Cleaned tuna cans
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Polyfill or foam
  • Beads
  • Scrap trim
  • Glue

NotesNote from the blogger: "This is a fun and easy craft that the whole family can make together for gift giving."

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I have a doll house and I am always looking for items to put in it. This tuna can pin cushion has given me inspiration. Although I love the pin cushion idea, I plan to modify it to make a few chairs for my house. Thanks.

This tuna can pin cushion is just too cute. The designer even left it that the top flips open to have more room for storage. I know my project will never look this tailored but I want to try this project. A pin cushion worthy to sit out on display.

Great gift for grandma!

I adore upcycling, and this project for using cleaned tuna cans to make pin cushions is the niftiest idea ever! I have so many charm packs of fabric pieces that would be perfect for this kind of a project, and even an idea or five for what else could be made! Even decorative candy bowls and whatnot could be made using other size cans, or using cleaned tall cans to cover and make pencil holders and organizers. The possibilities are endless!

I always have tuna fish cans and this is a great idea. I sew a lot and am always looking for my pins. This way I can make some decorative pin cushions and leave them out. That way I can always find my pins. Store bought pin cushions are a bit pricey so this is a good alternative. You can always use a cut up egg carton for backing as well. Thank you.

This is a fun craft and great way to use up scrap fabric and trim. I like the ottoman ones the blogger made (pictured on the blog page). I don't eat tuna but I think a cat food can would work, either the little cans or the regular size ones. Great way to recycle!


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