There was a time, long, long, ago when there was no such thing as the lovely craft stores we have today. There were a few fabric stores with a small area of craft items. There would be a small area in the local 5 and 10 cent store where you might find sequins or glitter. If you wanted pipe cleaners, you'd stop at the tobacco shop and pick up a package of actual pipe cleaners. Crafting involved a lot of toilet paper rolls and bleach bottles. I think I've been inspired to look back to this time because I've been reading a lot of vintage crafting magazines.
Here's my take on vintage crafting: the tuna can pincushion.
Materials: Tuna can (this is a single-serving 2.9 ounce can, wool of wool-blend felt, polyester fiberfill, thread and 1 1/4 inch woven trim. For some odd reason I found a lot of this stuff at estate sales over the past summer. The trim I used for this project is all wool and was used to trim Norweigian handknit sweaters.
Equipment: Sewing needle, scissors, ruler
This tuna can measured 2 1/2 inches across. Cut one circle 3 1/2 inches across and another 5 inches across. With a 30" length of thread, stitch around the smaller circle using a running stitch. Place this on the bottom of the can and pull the thread so it fits snugly on the can. Secure with a knot and cut the thread. It will slip off, so don't be worried when this happens. Do the same running stitch on the large circle and again use the can to get the correct size as you pull the gathering stitches. Secure with a knot and cut the thread.
This project takes more fiberfill than you'd imagine. To be a good pincushion, it has to be very firm. Here's the tricky part of the project. Putt a wad of stuffing in the can, at the same time put the bottom and the top felt circles on the can. It is difficult to get it situated, but be patient.
Start stitching around the pincushion using the herringbone stitch . Go around the can until a gap of about two inches is left and then add even more stuffing. You will have to go back to where you started and tighten up the laces the same way you would tighten up shoe laces. Secure thread with knot and cut thread.
This project took 11" of the wool trim. Start stitching the trim to the can. If you start on the bottom, you are abe to keep an even margin. I got lucky because the trim joined nicely between motifs. Sew the seam along the short ends of the trim and then sew along the top of the trim. If you use matching thread and tiny stitches it will be nearly invisible. Then you are done. I think a lot of my friends will find these in their Christmas stockings this year!