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Cuteness meets function…pincushion or doll chair? You decide.

May 6, 2011

Are you looking for something useful, pretty and functional?

This easy pattern for crochet uses up your scrap yarns, recycles your tuna cans and provides a unique
place to rest your pins, needles and sewing supplies.

It can easily be made in an evening or two and is sure to please anyone. It can also be used as a comfy
seating place for one’s favourite fashion doll!

4 oz. Worsted weight yarn (Main Colour MC)
1 oz. Worsted weight yarn (Contrast Colour CC)
4 mm crochet hook
Empty tuna can and lid (washed and dried – 184 g)
Batting for stuffing


Back Top of Chair:

Piece No. 1:
With MC chain 4. Slip stitch to form ring.
Row 1: Chain 3, make 14 double crochet in ring, slip stitch to chain 3. Fasten off.
Row 2: Attach contrasting colour between any 2 double crochets, chain 3, make 1 double crochet in base of chain 3. Make
2 double crochet in each stitch around (30 double crochet). Slip stitch to top of chain 3. Fasten off.
Row 3: Attach main colour in between a 2 dc, chain 3, make 1 dc in base of cha3. * Make 1 dc in next st, make 2 dc in next
st. * Repeat between * around row. Sl St to top of ch 3. Fasten off. Make 1 more piece exactly the same as above (Seat of

Piece No. 2:
Make 2 more pieces as above using rows 1 through 3, only using MC for all rows. Place the solid main colour wrong side
up, place the tuna lid on top of it, place some stuffing on top of lid; now place first piece made with 2 colours right side up
with MC, sc around both circles. Set aside.

Seat of Chair:

Using the second pice No. 1, attach MC in between any douc in row. Ch 3, make a dc in every st around, sl st to top of ch 3,
ch 1. Make a sc in every st around row, sl st in ch 1. Fasten off. Change to CC and make a ch1, and make a sc in each st
around, sl st to ch 1. Fasten off.
Attach MC in any sc and ch 3, make 1 dc in each st around, sl st in ch 3, ch 1 make 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1.
Fasten off.
Attach CC, ch 1, make 1 sc in each st around, sl st to ch 1. Fasten off. (This should just fit over a tuna can, adjust by adding
any rows needed. If it is too large, use a smaller hook.)
Fill tuna can with stuffing until it is over flowing. Place crocheted seat over can. Turn seat upside down, place MC piece
No. 2 over bottom of seat. Hold both pieces together, turn work to front, attach MC yarn through both pieces, ch 3, make 2
dc in same st. make 3 dc in each st around (For ruffle) St st to ch 3. Fasten off.

Side Arms (Make 2)

Ch 5, sl st to form ring. Ch 3, make 19 dc in ring. (20 dc). Sl st to top of ch 3, ch 1, make 1 sc in each st around. Fasten
Sew back top of chair to top seat of chair. Use 7 or 8 sts on each. Sew firmly in place. Sew a side arm to each side of back
of top of seat with main colour attach to bottom of seat and side arm. Make a reverse sc in each free st of side arm and
around back of chair, then around second arm side to top of seat. Fasten off.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    September 27, 2011 4:27 pm

    This is really clever! I made it using a much bigger can for my Tonner BJD, and she looks so elegant sitting in her new chair! Thanks for sharing your design and directions.

    • September 27, 2011 4:29 pm

      Hi Katie! Thanks for stopping by. I have such fond memories of this project. It is a great way to pass an afternoon and share some yarnly love. Do you have a picture of your project? I’d love to see it.
      Happy Stitching!

  2. Dianne permalink
    November 6, 2011 4:15 am

    OMG! My grandmother used to make something like this some 40+ years ago. I remember how much I liked mine and just googled by chance and found this. Thanks you so much for the pattern, and bringing a happy memory of my grandmother to my heart.

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