Monday, February 10, 2020

Soda Bottle Chair Pin Cushion

Hey everybody! It's the 2nd Monday of the month and time for another Monthly Challenge Blog Hop! I've joined a group of creative bloggers to bring you this monthly challenge blog hop!   The theme for February is to create an upcycled, repurposed, or re-made project!

Today I'm sharing how to make a pin cushion my ex sister-in-law, Maria, showed me how to do using a coke bottle! Here's a little background story - shortly after moving into our present home, my niece Patricia and her mom, Maria (pictured) drove up from North Carolina to see our new home.
Maria, who was also quite crafty, had just returned from a trip home to Brazil. While there, some friends showed her how to make an adorable pin cushion out of a soda bottle. So when they came to visit, Maria shared how to make the pin cushion with me (pictured below!) We had a fun craft session that day!
This was back in 2012. At the time, Maria had an Etsy shop and sold the pin cushions on it, so naturally she didn't want anyone to know how they were made. And I've been honoring her wish not to share her tutorial - until now. Sadly, Maria passed in April 2017. She was a beautiful person, both inside and out! I recently asked my niece if I could share how her mom made the pin cushion. And of course she said yes - cause I'm her favorite aunt! Lol!

Materials used:
2 liter clear plastic soda bottle (Coke brand)
Craft knife/scissors
Black marker
Nail polish (acetone) remover
Cotton balls
5/8" trim or bias tape
2 - 12" x 12" fabric scraps
Circle templates
Polyester Filling
Needle and Thread
Quick grab glue

Let's begin by  washing the 2 liter plastic soda bottle (Coke brand) with dish detergent and water to remove any stickiness and grime and then let dry. I like that this Minute Maid bottle (also a Coke brand) is smoother with less lines than a regular coke bottle. Next, cut the bottle in half following the bottom edge of the label on the bottle.  Maria drew a pattern outlining the chair on a bottle she gave me to follow and I duplicated that on this bottle.  
Next, cut out the pattern and use a cotton ball dampen with nail polish remover to remove the black marker lines.
  I also measured the chair outline of the pin cushion that I made years ago to help with the pattern design. The top areas tapers up from the bottom.
The original chair pin cushion had bias tape glued on the edges, but I didn't have any that matched so I had to think of something else to cover the edges with.  At first I thought about using 5/8 inch ribbon, but it has to be stretchy and forgiving that would easily go around the plastic curves. And ribbon is not!  Then I remembered some woven trim I used to make snowflakes. Ding, ding, ding, ding! And this trim was so much easier to glue on than bias tape!
 Look how pretty the trim looks!
Next, trace the outline of the circle templates on the wrong side of the fabric and cut out.
Starting with the larger circle, make a running stitch around the folded inside edges of the fabric going around the entire circle .  .  .
and then pull the thread to gather the fabric into a circle. Sew a few extra stitches where the threads meet and knot to secure the gathers and cut off excess thread.
Next, stuff filling into the fabric circle making sure to push it in as tight as possible until you can't get anymore filling in! Be sure that it's even and fluffy like a pouf, all around. Then sew a few more stitches and knot thread to secure the cushion gathers, cutting off the excess thread.

Next, cut a circle of fabric, folding edges under and glue in place over the cushion opening to complete the bottom cushion.

Repeat the same steps using the next size circle to make the smaller back cushion.
Then make three yo yo's by sewing a running stitch along the folded edge around the smaller circles. 
 Gently pull the thread to gather the fabric toward the center. Adjust and flatten the gathers to form a circle or yo yo. Once satisfied with the look, secure  by stitching close to the gathers, knot and cutting off excess thread. Hand press the yo yo flat with gathers in center.
With needle and thread, attach top cushion to plastic back through center of yo yo, making a recess in front center of cushion - then sewing back and forth several times and knotting, to secure. 
Next, fold over side arm flaps sewing back and forth several times .  .  .
securing through the center of the yo yo, and knotting in place. 

Maria used cute little ribbon flowers in the center of the yo yo's for her pin cushion. I left mine plain.
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  1. This is just adorable, Gail. What a fun way to use an old bottle! It's lovely that your late sister in law shared the tutorial with you and now you're sharing it. It's such a unique piece and practical, too.

  2. Thanks Beverly! I've been wanting to share this for a while now. So glad I did!

  3. Oh Gail, this is the cutest thing ever!! I am so sorry that Maria passed, but how wonderful you were able to share her incredible clever creation!! Wow, super creative and so so adorable!

    1. Thanks, Jenna! I think Maria would have liked me sharing her tutorial after all this time. She gave up her Etsy shop so that would not have been a problem. She loved creating projects and sewing for her daughter, Patricia.

  4. Seriously?! Could that little chair be any cuter?! What a darling project to make from a soda bottle. Thank you for sharing Maria's story with us. I'm sure she is missed. -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

    1. Thanks, Marci! Yes, it's amazing what can be created from soda bottles!

  5. That is so very creative, and what beautiful fabric you've picked. Thanks so much for sharing - Pinned

    1. Thanks Chas! The possibilities are unlimited as to the fabric and trim!

  6. So clever and it looks like modern lucite furniture .

    1. Thanks Michelle! Didn't think of that and it sounds like a cool way to describe the piece!

  7. Never seen anything like them, they are a brilliant use of recycled bottles.

    1. I know, Anita! It is a great way to recycle those soda bottles! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Wow! I would have never guessed these were made from soda bottles! So clever! And I really like the fabrics you used.

  9. This is so clever - and a great recycle/upcycle project. I hope you'll share it tonight at our link party, Party In Your PJ's.

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  11. Magnifico trabajo y explicado con todo lujo de detalles.
    Bravo por el trabajo

  12. Fantástico reciclado!! No lo habría adivinado nunca.


  13. This is adorable and I can't believe this was ever a bottle. It's so great to have crafty family and friends to create with.

  14. This is so clever! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ's - you are being featured on my blog Tuesday evening.

  15. I cannot get over how cleaver this is!!!


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