Friday, November 5, 2010

TooT! I HATE Hot Glue!!! Easy Wristlet Pin Cushion

With that being said, this is a NO SEW, HOT GLUE ONLY tutorial.  What is wrong with me? 

I know, I know.  All of blog world has just puffed a sound of disgust.  "You HATE hot glue?!?  What is wrong with you???  You don't even deserve a crafty blog of your own if you hate hot glue!"

Ok, so maybe it's not EVERY ONE thinking that.  Maybe I'm exaggerating a bit but that's what it feels like.  Every time I turn around I see another awesome, spectacular, new fangled, crafty doo-dad I would love to attempt that's made with hot glue.  What is this???  Is there some sort of hot glue conspiracy...against me???  

It burns, it's unforgiving and totally looks a mess when I use it!  Egad!!!      

Yeah, I hate hot glue so what do I do?  I make a hot glue only crafty doo-dad in effort to practice my skills and maybe break down this wall between me and mr. hotty. 

I have been in need of a wrist cuff pin cushion that I can use while sewing.  My work table is not close to my sewing table so I pin my project on my work table and then walk over to my sewing table leaving my pin cushion behind.  Every time!  So then I end up pulling pins as I sew and sticking them in my mouth or on the table and then they fall off.  Very scary since we are always in bare feet!  Hopefully this is the answer.

This was very, very easy and took about 20 minutes from very start to very finish (including time for the glue gun to heat up...and burn me).


Fabric Scraps
Batting - small amount
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Patience ;)

*Please forgive the crazy pictures.  I am so not a photographer.  I have been trying to get better and experiment and obviously I still need lots of work!

Cut a strip of card board about the width you would like around your wrist.  We save all of our card board packaging for use in EVERYTHING so it worked out that a mac-n-cheese box worked very well for me.  I just took the box apart and cut the sides off and used both sides and put the rest of the box away for use some other day.  (saves more cardboard from a land fill, yay!) 
Cut 1 of those strips in half.

Turn the flash off, geesh!!!

Use some scrap fabric and hot glue it around one of the half strips you just cut.  Do the same with the long strip

Now use a scrap piece of fabric that's about 3 to 4 times the size of your small covered piece of cardboard and start stuffing it with batting. 

Use some muscle and determination while stuffing and then while hot gluing the batting stuffed fabric closed.  No pic for the gluing process as I didn't have the extra hand.  I was too busy mumbling not-so-niceties under my breath at the hot glue while I was holding, gluing and getting burned!

These are the pieces we have as of now

Now you are going to hot glue the short, covered, rectangular strip to the underside of your batting stuffed puff ball.  Again, no in process pic, I do apologize.

*This is where my camera died and I had to resort to the phone.  Egad!  As if my picture taking skills weren't bad enough!!!*

Now, to clean up the hot mess that resulted from my ridiculous lack of finesse with the glue gun, I covered the whole puff ball contraption with another piece of scrap fabric.  I applied this in the same method as I did when I stuffed the first piece with the batting.  You just wrap it good and tight around the puff ball contraption and then hot glue it all underneath to keep it closed.  You will be keeping the area with the cardboard covered strip as the 'bottom' even though it is within this next layer of fabric.

Showing the size of the fabric scrap I used to cover the puff ball.  Here you can see how the fabric covered cardboard strip is glued on to the puff ball.

Close up of my 'hot' mess

Here's what we have now

Now glue the puff ball on to the center of the long, covered strip, bottom down.

Finally, cut a piece of elastic about 2" long.

Hot glue one end of the elastic to the underside of your wrist band strip and then do the same to the other side.

I went with elastic because the cardboard made it a little too thick to get a simple snap through or that would have been my first choice.  I do like the idea of the elastic though so that I can move it about on my wrist wherever it feels comfortable at the time. 

And ta da!  You're done.  Put it on and get to work!!!  teehee


Well, there it is.  I think it turned out pretty cute and it has been incredibly handy so far.  Not too bad for a 20 minute 'hot' mess. =)

I hope you can dig it too and if you have any questions you know the deal...hit me up!  I am so happy to help!!!

Thanks for sticking with me this long.  Have a fantastic weekend!!!

   LOVE &
      Hot Glue...maybe ;)



  1. I'm totally going to have to try this! Very cute. Erin from

  2. What a great idea. I really need a new pin cushion. I found you on the weekend blog hop. Check me out if you get a chance

  3. Wow that is totally brilliant! I love Mr. Hotty myself, I may have to give this a try!

  4. Hi there,

    New follower from the Blog Hops. What a cute idea. I love it. :) Look forward to reading and seeing more from you soon.

    Please come by and vist/follow me too. Marie

    The Things We Find Inside

  5. This is Awesome! I am so making one this week!~ Thanks for sharing! ♥ {DavesWife}

  6. HAHHAHAHAH! Mr. Hotty... Too funny! I'm not a fan of the hot glue either, but there are just some projects that you have to, right?? What a great tutorial!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!

  7. Love the checkerboard and polka dot combo! I have learned to embrace the hot glue cause me and the sewing machine DO NOT get along!

    Mamas with tattoos ROCK... just sayin


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