Pincushion love

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:IMG_2619 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!).IMG_2616 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!

100969144.jpg.rendition.largest 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!)

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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!


16 thoughts on “Pincushion love

  1. Thanks for the adorable pin cushion patterns. I have several and keep them in different rooms. One a friend made me in high school so I’ll be keeping it forever.

    Love your new pin cushion. I really like the 30s prints and colors you choose.

    Don’t you just love Gail Pan? I have a couple of her embroidery books.

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  2. oooh lots of pretties, as it so happens I have that book too. In fact I bought two, it had a different cover, so I thought different patterns (I bought it online), but no its the same book. I was quite miffed, as I used my Xmas present from my Mum for it, but one day I will find someone who falls in love with it and I can gift it to them. Love pin cushions and like you I cant bring myself to pierce any cute ones. Will post a photo of one I made and currently use. Take care.

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  3. I currently have 3 pincushions – all made by me. I’ll have to see if I can find a picture of the one I made in high school. It was a sunflower made from sunflower printed fabric! I had it for years until it started falling apart due to my not so great sewing. 😉 All your pincushions are lovely & I wouldn’t want to stick pins in them either!

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      1. Well, two are part of the sewing organizer I made – which I think you have seen. 😉 I’ll post pictures of the others soon! 🙂

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  4. Thanks for sharing the pincushions. I too love to have lots around my house. I am not sure how many I have as my sewing room is packed up, I am in the process of moving to a new sewing space. I am sure that I have more than 10, maybe closer to 20 and I have made several that I have given away.

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  5. Hi Monique,

    I have been away without any internet. I just got home today and checked my email….I can’t believe what I just read.

    “And the winner is……

    *Linda Marshall! * Congratulations! Please contact me with your full name and address so I can send you your prize. ”

    Thank you soooo much. I will put it to good use. I love your blog and the wonderful work you do. I have been inspired by you to jump into the ‘quilting pool’. Thanks again!

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