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Recycled Detergent Lid Pincushion

By: Judi from Love To Sew Studio
Updated August 28, 2018
Recycled Detergent Lid Pincushion
Recycled Detergent Lid Pincushion
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Learn how to make a pincushion using a seemingly useless item - it's so easy! Save that detergent lid and use it to create this quick and easy pincushion craft. When you start your next sewing craft, you'll be so glad you make this Recycled Detergent Lid Pincushion. If you've ever wondered how to recycle plastic lids and cut down on overall waste, this is the perfect quick and easy project for you to try. With a piece of scrap fabric and a Styrofoam ball, you can make a pincushion that will last far longer than your latest load of clean laundry.

Primary Technique: Green Crafting



  • Clean laundry detergent lids
  • Styrofoam ball
  • Scraps of fabric
  • Quilt batting (optional)
  • Rick-rack, lace, ribbon for embellishments
  • Buttons
  • Basic arts & crafts supplies



  1. This step is optional. Cut quilt batting in a circle to go around the Styro-foam ball. Either glue or pin the quilt batting gathering it at the bottom.

  2. Cut a piece of decorative fabric in a circle that will fit around the Styro-foam ball. Either glue or pin the fabric around the ball gathering it at the bottom.

  3. Place the ball in the laundry lid with the bottom side down in the lid. Glue in place.

  4. Have fun decorating the laundry lid. Be creative by using embellishments like; ribbon, lace, rick-rack, buttons, gems, and more.


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I use cat food cans for mini pincushions. They are nice to have on hand for craft shows for the under $5 table. I also use squares of fabric filled with walnut shells attach an elastic band for the wrist pincushion. Great way to rid the fabric scraps.

You could add a small bag of sand or marbles to the bottom before placing ball on lid. It would give it weight to hold in place.


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