In my next few DIY posts you'll see a theme: wooden craft/art store basics. I am as much a sucker for balsa and plywood as I am for paper lanterns, air plants, and poppy red. These wooden things (pegs, beads, dowels, decorative objects)are usually found on special in a bin outside the store, or with all the woodworking supplies. For today's DIY I took a very inexpensive 7" tray and using some scrap fabric, I made a simple, clean-lined pin cushion for my sewing projects. One problem I run into when I'm sewing is when advancing the fabric and pulling the pins out, I tend to toss them on the table haphazardly and they fall all over the floor. With this tray cushion, a simple 3M command strip will attach it to the wall, so I can have it right at arms length in front of me, off the table, and away from the project, which sure beats the old tomato cushion.
Measure and cut a piece of thin cardboard to the size of of the interior of the tray. Cut a piece of fabric to have a 1 1/2" excess for folding. Lay a large handful of pillow filler/stuffing on the cardboard, and place the fabric right side up, over the top. Carefully flip the pack over and use masking tape to secure according to the pictures. Hot glue the pillow to the tray and you're all set.