Back in September I had some scraps left over from my Strawberry Fields
Revisited sewing that I knew I had to save for a new pincushion pattern I had seen. But then market sewing came along and the after-market busyness and then Thanksgiving...
So anyway...I finally decided I was just going to make it! Of course now I wish I had made it sooner; I absolutely love the pattern and how it all went together so quickly and easily.
This is a good-sized pincushion...about 4" tall, 4" wide, and 9" long. It's substantial enough to sit on a table or take to a class...you'll be able to find it easily. And...it has nifty pockets everywhere that are especially handy for keeping things close at hand.
I was able to get everything cut from scraps and added in some Moda Mochi Linen for the main body pieces. The Mochi Linen works great as a neutral for so many fabrics that I love, so I keep it on hand. For stabilizer I used Soft and Stable on the sides (called for in the pattern) and Fusible Fleece for the top, bottom, and ends (the pattern called for ShapeFlex, but I'm really happy I went with the Fusible Fleece--especially since I did a little quilting on my pincushion).
You can find the pattern in the book Handmade Style: 23 Must-Have Basics to Stitch, Use, and Wear. Like all of Anna's patterns, the instructions are easy to follow.
Another thing I did a little differently was to add some straight line quilting to the top of my pincushion--it just seems to give a little more body to the top and make it better for pins. The pincushion is stuffed with a combination of crushed walnut shells and cotton stuffing. I used Anna's suggestion for enclosing the walnut shells in a separate pouch which is then placed inside the pincushion .
The only bad thing about making this the other day is that I keep thinking of people who might really enjoy one...and there are only a few more sewing days before Christmas. I could always add this to my gift list for next year, though...I definitely have plenty of scraps that need to get used up!
Thanks so much for stopping by!