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sew in love... with d.i.y. pincushions

...believe it or not, I {currently} do not have a pincushion. What?! I know. Bad sewist! It wasn't always this way. I did have a classic tomato pincushion with the strawberry dangling off the side...I have no clue where it went... Right now, my pins are dropped in a drab little plastic container, works fine, not so cute. So I went looking for cute and found a few easy d.i.y. goodies~

...like this tutorial for a deliciously adorable bon bon pincushion found at Craft Stylish. {and the base is made with a plastic bottle cap! :) }

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Then I found this fantastic slide show from Kirsty at kootoyoo! My vintage handkerchiefs will finally have a purpose!
I've always loved teacup pincushions and now that I want to make one, I'll be keeping my eye open for tea and coffee cups at thrift stores and yard sales. Here's a tutorial from Craftzine.

If you prefer not to make your own, then you can always order this cup of cocoa with a personalized monogram from Dotty at Dottyral! {It's my favorite from her shop!} 
 ~ Remember the strawberry with the tomato? It's filled with a mineral called emery to keep pins and needles sharp. Pincushions can also be filled with emery {using a muslin casing) instead of fiberfill {see Dotty's tutorial at Instructables}. If you're wondering where to buy emery, you can purchase it here from Dotty.
Eileen ~ xo



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Reader Comments (8)

Oooh, I love that teacup pincushion! I kind of want to make one for all my friends who sew now.

Mar 1, 2010 at 6:05 AM | Unregistered CommenterKatie

These are too cute! I have a tomato with strawberry pin cushion and I had no idea that is what the strawberry was for. Now I really want to make one of the teacup cushions, so pretty I wouldn't hide them in my sewing box.

Mar 1, 2010 at 8:45 AM | Unregistered CommenterHip Hip Gin Gin

Katie ~ I do, too! I was thinking about little mini ones. Like from a little tea party tea set! Wouldn't that be cute!
Em ~ When I had my tomato I cut the strawberry off... I didn't know either! :)

Mar 1, 2010 at 8:56 AM | Registered CommenterEileen

Those bon bon ones are too cute. They almost look like mini cupcakes! And I love the teacup too :) xo

Mar 3, 2010 at 2:00 PM | Unregistered CommenterShannon of ** Happiness Is...**

Your projects look so therapeutic. It is so emotionally rewarding to make something with your hands!

Mar 3, 2010 at 3:27 PM | Unregistered CommenterErin

Shannon! ~ Congratulations on your Lovelies win! :) ..oh they do look like cupcakes! I had bon bon's on the brain!
Erin ~ Welcome! ~ It is rewarding, isn't it?! It definitely reduces stress! I'm now telling everyone to give me their bottle caps before they recycle!

Mar 3, 2010 at 6:46 PM | Registered CommenterEileen

Thank you so much for your sweet comment you left me...I adore your lovely blog. I posted about some sweet pincushions a while ago too..yours are lovely! So so adorable. You know I will be back to visit...your blog really does warm my heart. xoxoo.

Mar 6, 2010 at 9:24 PM | Unregistered Commenterkoralee

Koralee! ~ Welcome! Oh thank you!! I so adore Bluebird Notes!! :) xo

Mar 6, 2010 at 9:50 PM | Registered CommenterEileen

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