I’ve been doing a series of blog posts on all the items a beginning sewist needs to have in his/her first sewing kit. Today’s blog post is about pincushions, the #5 item on my list.
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Do you see in the image above, how a crafty lady has made her own pincushion? Etsy has plenty of wonderful pincushions that have been handmade by sewists from all over the world.
For those of us who have been sewing for a long time, it can be super fun to buy yourself a new pin cushion every now and then. Especially when your pin cushion is starting to get tattered.
But if you’re brand new to sewing, you’ve got to have a tomato pincushion first and foremost. There’s a good reason why…
The little strawberry that hangs from the middle of it is filled with emery (like the sandy emery board you use to file your fingernails), so it will sharpen your pins and needles — an absolute “must have” tool for all sewists!
For those beginners who are new to sewing, if you later find that sewing is truly your “thing,” go ahead and add more pincushions to your collection. You can find handmade pincushions in my online store from time to time, too, so be sure to check out that link as well.
Recently I made this dress form pincushion (shown below), using a pattern from PayItForward (Lisa Pay’s YouTube Channel). I gave this one to my sister-in-law as a gift, when she came for a brief visit.
Before I wrap up this blog post, let me ask my regular followers, which pin cushion do you love best and why? Please leave a comment with a description of your favorite pin cushion. If you can link out to the pattern you used, or a Pinterest image, that would be great too!
Here’s an image of my go-to favorite, a Dutch windmill pincushion. I designed it, of course. I literally use this one every single day!
It’s my favorite because I can move it around the house by carrying it from the roof (which I pinch between my fingers), it sits upright on its own, I can use it as a weight when cutting patterns (it’s filled with rice), and it’s big enough to host lots of pins!
This Dutch windmill pincushion makes a fantastic Christmas gift for a friend or family member who sews. One Christmas I made another one for my Aunt. She loved it!
I’ve also got patterns for a dragon pincushion. I had a similar, but bigger, dragon pincushion that I used in college. I still have it and use it, even though it has gotten old and dusty from years of use. But how cute is this little sleeping dragon pincushion?
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Chelly Wood and the ChellyWood.com website are not affiliated with any of the doll or toy companies mentioned in this blog post, but Chelly enjoys designing her doll clothes to fit a variety of dolls. To learn more about the doll companies mentioned in today’s post, please visit the doll or toy company’s website.