Monday, January 11, 2010

Unique & Whimsical Pincushions

I picked up a couple of little vintage tins recently at a flea market and finally decided what to do with them – I crafted them into pincushions!  Here’s how I did it...First I cut out a 6” circle of fabric
Then I hand stitched around the edge of the fabric circle, making a knot at one end of the thread so that I could gather the fabric into a bowl shape, leaving an opening.  I didn’t tie off the thread and left it hanging from the needle.
Next I stuffed the “bowl” with batting…
…and stitched the cushion closed.
I then glued the cushion to the tin and viola!
My completed pincushion.  I think it’s pretty cute and have been using it for a couple of days now – it’s very practical.
So, really, what's the point of a pincushion and can't we just keep our pins in the boxes we bought them in?  Well sure, but why not find a unique and whimscial way to display and keep our pins handy?  Although I made my pincushion just for fun, I found a couple of crafters who are making them for sale.  Check out this pretty little creation from Liz at  I love this little chicky!

And here's another darling handmade pincushion designed and handcrafted by Beth at  It's Alice in Wonderland and it's delightful!

DON’T FORGET to leave a comment about last week’s blog, “Why I Wear a Shower Cap” and you’ll automatically be entered for the drawing to win the Retro Revival Pretty Purses shower cap.  I will draw the winner next Monday, January 18th.  Thank you to Debby Girvan, Susan, BB, Shandell’s, Nat, Donna K, Just Mimi, and Anonymous for your comments; I’ve enjoyed reading every one of them.  Good luck everyone!


Anonymous said...

Oh what a lovely idea! Your pin cuhsion is darling!~~~XXOO, Beth

Anonymous said...

This is soooo cute! You are so creative and I love your blog!

Just Mimi said...

I love it! I SO want to be creative. I am at times, but great little treats like these just never pop into my head! Good Job!