I have gotten away with owning just one pincushion for years now. Was it a bit of a nuisance sometimes? Well, yes, especially when I pin on one side of the room, and sew on the other. I would either have to remember to bring my pincushion to the machine, or my pins would just kind of get strewn over my sewing desk, thus risking ending up on the floor. OR, I would remember to bring my pincushion to the machine, but then would forget to bring it with me to pin more blocks. My room is not huge, so obviously it didn’t take me much time to go retrieve my pins, but it interrupted the flow of sewing. I could have bought myself more pincushions, but I never did. I either wasn’t in love with the design, or maybe they were just too pricey.
I have made some pincushions in the past:
( These came from Gail Pan’s book Patchwork Loves Embroidery)) But most of these I have given away, and besides, they are so pretty I hate to actually USE them!
I have a few items in my quilt room that could function as pincushions ,
but again, too pretty to poke with pins!
I found the free pattern to make this adorable one…
But I can’t bear to torture him with pins! I mean, look at that sweet little face…
I bought this book a few years back: Aren’t those adorable?! Yep, you guessed it….too pretty to use!
Then, a few weeks back, I found out I had won a copy of this book! (Thank you Greg at Grey Dogwood Studio!). It arrived last week, and as I was looking at all the pretty patterns, I found some pincushions! They didn’t look too complicated, AND they didn’t look like I would mind actually using them…yay! I of course took the easy way out and used fusible, rather than needle-turn applique, but I think it turned out super cute. And because I didn’t spend oodles and oodles of time on it, I will not feel at all bad about sticking pins all over it :).
I can’t share this pincushion pattern because that would be illegal, but I did go on a search and found all these wonderful FREE patterns for you, in case you are now in the mood to make some too!
https://www.craftsy.com/sewing/patterns/citrus-pincushion-template/254563I hope some of these have inspired you to make one…and if not, I have been pinning all kinds of wonderful pincushions on my Pinterest board. Just look at some of these beauties ( although in my opinion they are too nice to use!)
Go check out my board for more inspiration! These beauties are works of ART!
So, I am curious…how many pincushions do YOU own? And do you tend to make your own? And if so, what kind do you like to make? Pictures are always welcome to be shared in our Facebook group!
Until next time, happy creating!