Monday, February 28, 2011

Panoply of Pincushions

For the last couple of weeks I have not had enough time or energy to work on a challenging garment sewing project.  Instead I've been working on small projects that don't take up too much space and are easy to complete in small steps.  Most recently I've been sewing baby bibs from a pattern that I drafted but I'll tell you more about that in another post.  Right now I want to share the pincushions I've been making.  I've been sorting through all of the fabric scraps I have and using them to make small, square pincushions.  I've filled them with crushed walnut shells so they have a nice weight to them.  They are so fun to make that I created far more than I could ever use.  Some of them will be tucked away to be given as gifts in the future.  Some of them have gone up on ebay and have already made their way to new homes.  Here is my favorite one which has a wool felt top with an embroidered flower that I cut from 2 colors of wool.  The fabric for the underside is from the Tailor Made line by Cosmo Cricket. 

Close up of the flower on top:

The top:
The underside:

Here are some pictures of the others I have created.  These are made with cottons (no wools) and have fabric yo-yo's and button centers. 

All around these have been a quick and fun way to use up some of my scraps and keep sewing at a time when I didn't feel like tackling any huge projects.  What are your favorite stash-buster projects?  Do you have any strategies to keep yourself sewing when time and energy are in short supply? 


  1. Oh, these are lovely!
    As for finding time for sewing - I'm working on finding the answer to this at the moment!

  2. Glad you like them! I end up sewing when I should be either cleaning or sleeping. ;)