Sunday, 11 September 2011

Covering a tin….

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I had these tins waiting very

patiently for me to cover them.

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This adventure meant I had to find my hot glue gun so I could use it.

hot glue gun

Then I had to sort out two different fabrics for each tin.

I picked two different reds for one and two different greens for the other.

Measure the circumference of the tin and add an inch by the height of the tin plus 5 inches.

So my tins fabric worked out to be a 13 1/2 x 9 inch rectangle.

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The top is 13 1/2 x 3 inch rectangle.

Fold back one end by 1/4 inch and press. Wrong sides together and the shorter end.

Place dots of glue up the tin and place tin on the fabric on the end that hasn't been turned back. (Wrong side of fabric on to tin). Roll the tin over the fabric so to encase the tin. Put some dots of glue on to the bottom of the tin and fold back the fabric so that it sits flat and smooth.

Dot some glue around the inside top of tin and fold back the fabric in to the tin, making sure it is smooth.


Fold over 1/4 inch on both long lengths onto wrong side of fabrics of Top rectangle and press. Fold over one end (wrong sides together) and press.

Place around the top of tin and making sure it is evenly placed around. Lift the corner of the end that isn't folded back and dot a glue under and then secure this end. Randomly place dots of glue under the strip to secure and making sure the ends are aligned dot with glue and secure the folded end in to place.

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Decorate with buttons or bows or what ever takes your fancy and use the tins for storing pencils or your bits and pieces.

When I was doing Folk Art and Decorative Painting any tin that took my fancy would be painted.

I did these quite a few years ago and my daughter Zoei has them all now as she loved the bees on them. It was an Annie Lang design.


These ones I painted for a friends daughter.

Letisha's Bee Tins

I have done quite a few different designs on tins over the years I was painting but haven't painted much at all lately and now its fabric covered tins and the hot glue gun and burnt fingers!

Hugs to all…….


16 lovely people said....:

Leeanne said...

How cool are they!What a fun way to jazz up some tins, they would look great in the sewing room.

simplestitches said...

great idea!
love those folk art tins....

Tarnyia said...

Love your folk art tins Vicki xxx

Allie said...

How darling - I love the painted ones too! Vicki, you are SO creative!!

Cubby House Crafts said...

Your tins are lovely! I think you should definately get those paints out again..just gorgeous!

Karen's Korner said...

What a great way to recycle tins and use up scraps of fabric.

Larissa said...

What a gorgeous way to cover tins with fabric making them not only functional but beautiful!!
Also, I am in LOVE with your painted tins - they are GORGEOUS!!! Very Creative work there!!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Thanks for a great idea, Vicki!! :}
your folk art is just gorgeous, you are so talented- I couldn't even paint my nails without making a mess! ;)

Joy said...

Love your fabric covered tins Vicki, what a fabulous way to recycle them!!! Your painted ones are simply adorable, no wonder Zoei snaffled them - they're just too cute. You're such a clever chooky!!!
Love n hugs,
Joy ;o) xxx

Sue said...

Wow they look great! I just loooove the painted ones with the bees, as I collect all sorts of "bee things" - they are all so cute, and you are a VERY talented painter, as I know how difficult folk art is to do. Well done! Hugs n Blessings from Sue xx

CatNCart Craft said...

Fabulous idea - they certainly look better covered. These would make great gift containers
Visiting from Sew Many Ways

Sue said...

Oh no! Just when I thought I had some time off you've shown me covered tins that I just can't live without. Looks like it's baked beans and beetroot for us for a while, at least until I collect enough tins.

Kelly said...

I love all of your tins! My mom used to do tole and oil painting. I have several of her creations around the house. I'm anxious to make some covered tins. Of course, my husband just took the recycling on Saturday. :) I'll have to start collecting again. I guess we'll be having canned vegetables instead of frozen. :) I will also add this link to my General Crafts page.

Sharon - Lilabelle Lane said...

I love these tims. Might be just what I was looking for to help jazz up Miss K's Desk. Huge thanks for sharing. Sharon

Terry said...

Those look great! I used to cover tin cans in wallpaper scraps, but these are much cuter! :0)

Susan said...

What a great idea Vicki and so much quicker than painting - great idea for a sewing room - really got the creative juices going now!!. (I might a dd a bit of thin wadding before I cover the tin - just to help hide the bumps)Thanks. I will try to remember to send you some pictures when / if I get to them.