How to fancy up a recyled tin can with a cross stitch band
Small tins are great in the sewing room or wherever you craft. I use them to hold threads ends from sewing and cross stitching, as well as waste wire from jewelry-making. And I found that tuna cans are perfect for this project.
Because we have a smooth edge can opener, each can already has a smooth edge. I washed them up several times, measured the distance around and got started on the cross stitch bands. This is where I learned that 14 count Aida cloth does not always have 14 meshes to the inch.
So if you do a project like this--where fit is crucial - don't use a pattern that absolutely must match up. The orange flowers were the easiest to fix, as I could easily change the shape of the blooms to fit. The undulating band did not close up right - so I added the date I finished it (2011 it looks like!)
Also, you would not believe how long it took to cross stitch these tiny bands. That it, unless you cross stitch--then you would believe. But after all the work, the bands actually turned out to be a perfect fit--they slip right on the cans with no need for glue.