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the most complicated pincushion

Okay, it really wasn’t that bad, but it seemed like so many steps when I was cutting apart the most precious Heather Ross fabric scraps. I almost chickened out and didn’t use them, but I’m glad I did. 

I did participate in Amy‘s Pincushion Pass this summer and received a super lovely one, but I also was in need of a workhorse.  You know, the kind of pincushion that can take some serious abuse. 
So I found Elizabeth’s tutorial on Sew, Mama, Sew and thought it would be a perfect fit.
See the little gnome peeking out next to my seam ripper and scissors?  He was just too cute not to include. 
And the little scrap bucket is going to be so nice.  You see, I’ve got into this bad habit of throwing all my threads and small bits of fabric on the floor while I’m sewing.  Not so bad, sure, but then I walk through all the mess with my socks and re-distribute it evenly throughout the house while I go about my usual business.  Now hopefully I’ll see less threads wrapped around my vacuum cleaner brushes!
I’m glad I finally bumped up this project up on my list and finished it!
I also wanted to mention that I did a little crafting reading book post at Whip Up yesterday if you missed it!
{one of my first projects when getting back into sewing: Square Bear, out of Jenny Ryan’s book Sew Darn Cute, bear complete with missing eye}

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51 Responses to the most complicated pincushion

  1. Admitted Fabricaholic 10.04.2010 at 8:37 am #

    Love it, love it, love it Puts my little Harvest Pumpkin Pin Cushion to shame :), but then again, mine was just for a little Halloween fun :). Love the little scrap holder!

    http://www.mesewcrazy.com

  2. make it perfect 10.04.2010 at 8:40 am #

    ooh…i missed that tutorial and TOTALLY what i need!
    yours is so cute!
    thanks for the link…will add it to my pages long “to sew” list :)

  3. Cheryl @ a pretty cool life. 10.04.2010 at 8:49 am #

    Your little set up is so adorable! Love that gnome. ;)

    The threads I throw on the floor are a nightmare!

  4. Rescued Goods 10.04.2010 at 8:55 am #

    Love this! Beautiful. The scrap catcher sure is handy too!

  5. Taylor 10.04.2010 at 9:07 am #

    Haha that makes me feel sooooo much better that i’m not the only one who throws her threads and stuff on the floor and then walks through it!

    The bear is totally adorable too!

  6. amy 10.04.2010 at 9:18 am #

    I made one of those pincushions and love it! Your gnome is lovely!

  7. Cole's Corner 10.04.2010 at 9:19 am #

    They are both awesome! I really like that pincushion!

  8. Kourtney 10.04.2010 at 9:20 am #

    OMG! I need to make one of these. I totally have the same problem with the threads and scraps in my craft room.

  9. florzinha Tá 10.04.2010 at 9:31 am #

    Very cute and creative …
    Congratulations!
    Me visite.http: / / coisinhastatricot.blogspot.com
    Bjks.

  10. meg 10.04.2010 at 9:32 am #

    I’ve given up on the threads and scraps in my studio and have convinced myself I’m making a new kind of rag rug (one that can’t be vacuumed!).

  11. Amy 10.04.2010 at 9:35 am #

    That’s a great pincushion! It was definitely worth using precious scraps for because you will see it all the time.

  12. Linen and Tulle 10.04.2010 at 9:59 am #

    Is it sad that I only own one pin cushion? I think it is and I will have to rectify that immediately. What better use for your precious scraps than to see it out everyday?

  13. Suzanne 10.04.2010 at 10:05 am #

    I love your pincushion. What a lovely gift that would make. It’s on my “to do” list already! THanks for sharing your wonderful ideas.

  14. Sweetie Pie Bakery 10.04.2010 at 10:09 am #

    I love the pin cushion I use but may have to make my own sort of caddy. I love the scrap bucket! Beautiful :) It is much more appealing than my stainless steel bowl!

    And I’m incredibly jealous of those Heather Ross scraps. I would die for a yard of that goldfish fabric right now :)

  15. Elsa 10.04.2010 at 10:22 am #

    love this pincushion … it is so cute! thanks for sharing … needing to make myself something like this!

  16. QuiltyGirl 10.04.2010 at 10:34 am #

    I’ve never noticed this tutorial before. Thanks for pointing me to it, I think this is going to the top of my to do list!!

  17. Chris 10.04.2010 at 10:44 am #

    I am tackling unpacking the office today…I would love one of these for my new little sewing space. Thanks for the link. Yours looks fabulous.

  18. amzmiq 10.04.2010 at 10:48 am #

    I was just going to sit down to make this very same project after my morning tea and blog visits!

  19. Megs 10.04.2010 at 10:48 am #

    So fun to see this! I also need to stop tossing threads and such on the floor. Now this is on the tippy top of my to-do list!

  20. alissa 10.04.2010 at 12:05 pm #

    Love it! I am really in need of a scrap bucket next to my sewing machine. I have the same bad habit as you!

  21. Trista 10.04.2010 at 12:07 pm #

    I need one of those sooooooo bad. I just have a tomato and I have been looking for a good pattern, and this is the winner. I love the extra little caddy!

    Thanks for posting this

  22. seaschell 10.04.2010 at 12:14 pm #

    Yours turned out great! I just made one, too:

    http://seaschell.blogspot.com

  23. Tami B 10.04.2010 at 1:15 pm #

    I always enjoy your projects and posts! This turned out so cute – maybe it’s time to give up (throw out!!!) the old red tomato!!!

  24. Caroline ~ TrilliumDesign 10.04.2010 at 1:38 pm #

    Looks fabulous! This has been on my to-do list for awhile also. Kudos for getting yours done!

  25. Jess 10.04.2010 at 2:45 pm #

    sooo cute! i need me one of those-my threads always like to fling themselves onto the floor…silly little buggers.

  26. Jacqui 10.04.2010 at 3:04 pm #

    I’m a thread and scrap-flinger too but it’s always been my shameful secret. I feel quite liberated going public! And amen to the sock-clingers and the sweater-clingers and the pant-clingers. I need to pick myself over sometimes before going out. :-/

    I love the fabric/colour combinations with the little setup, it’s seriously tempting to do one myself. One of the things I love about the overlocker is that has the little catcher that is perfect for throwing bits into as you sew, I don’t know why it never occurred to me to make one for my sewing machine!

  27. Amy 10.04.2010 at 3:44 pm #

    Oh…..I have an 8 yard cut of that Heather Ross Goldfish fabric. I have been saving it for years…….

  28. BubzRugz 10.04.2010 at 5:19 pm #

    That fabric is fantastic and makes such a great pincushion – something to keep you smiling whilst you sew!!
    Hugz

  29. Sarah 10.04.2010 at 6:10 pm #

    I need one of those set ups!! You made it so beautiful with the perfect fabrics. So glad you cut into them. Love the little gnome! Your square bear is really cute too. The floral fabric is very pretty. Well done.

  30. Jenny 10.04.2010 at 6:36 pm #

    This project would be great to have when taking your machine with you to a workshop or something. Its hard to use your favorite fabrics, especially when you just need little pieces…but with a project like this that sits out where you can see it all the time, its better to use fabrics you really like. Love It!

    http://downtosew.blogspot.com/

  31. Katie 10.04.2010 at 7:08 pm #

    That is so cute – and a great use of scraps! I do the same thing, throwing my thread on the floor while sewing! :)

  32. luvinthemommyhood 10.04.2010 at 7:23 pm #

    Anna – so cute! I made this last christmas for my mom who loves to hand quilt. It was fun but time consuming for such an item. I love how yours turned out. Here’s mine:
    http://www.luvinthemommyhood.com/2010/01/makin-it-in-mommyhood-xmas-pressies.html
    My mom hearts greens/blues. Don’t you just hate looking back at old camera shots? Oh how I heart my new camera…hahaa.

  33. RETRO-fabulous 10.04.2010 at 8:44 pm #

    You’ll be smiling at your beautiful work all winter long! Adorable!! Love the scrappy HRoss fabrics, so fun. *Kicking myself* Cute quilt shop closed right after I saw a section of Heather Ross fabrics and said, oh, I’ll get all of those next time. ARGH!!

  34. Jeannie 10.04.2010 at 9:10 pm #

    Love it! It’s nice you will always get to look at it.
    I have that book and need to make something out of it too. Your bear is adorable and would make a cute shower gift for a new mommy!

  35. One Flew Over 10.04.2010 at 9:20 pm #

    One of the best looking pincushions I have seen!

  36. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny 10.04.2010 at 10:27 pm #

    I love this, Anna! I love that you used so many different fabrics… it looks perfect. I especially like the little gnome. Thanks for sharing the link to this tutorial.

  37. Kitten's Lost Her Mittens 10.05.2010 at 8:54 am #

    Thanks for the link to the pincushion tutorial. I LOVE the fabric you chose for yours – so pretty!!

  38. Karen 10.05.2010 at 11:39 am #

    Yours turned out wonderful! I made this one too and use it every day; love it! Plan on making more for Christmas gifts. It’s so handy for sewing, needlepoint, cross stitch, etc.

  39. k a t y 10.05.2010 at 3:04 pm #

    It is awfully cute, Anna. Question: does it stay put? Is it tucked under your machine, or just resting with the weight of the pin cushion? Also, love mr. swimmy. Hope you don’t pop his bag.

  40. Larissa 10.05.2010 at 3:17 pm #

    I toss my scraps and thread in a pile to be swept up when I am done…such a messy sewer I am!!

    I love this pin cushion. I totally need one since I am still using one of those magnet wand mess things. This will have to be put on my to do list. Thanks for sharing!

  41. Angela 10.05.2010 at 4:36 pm #

    It’s the cutest pincushion ever! I totally know what you mean about the threads and scraps all over the house… I do the same thing! Glad you shared this… I’m going to have to make one, too!

  42. VickiT 10.05.2010 at 4:57 pm #

    You did a great job on that. LOVE the fabrics and I bet you’re happy you decided to use them afterall since you get to look at them all the time now.

  43. Krista 10.05.2010 at 8:24 pm #

    It’s amazing! I was looking at that pattern a few weeks ago and it seemed too complicated for my short attention span, but maybe I’ll still give it a go. You picked such fun fabrics for it.

  44. Marina 10.05.2010 at 11:34 pm #

    Well done you for using your precious fabrics! (I am all for that these days – no more hoarding!). I love the pincushion/thread-catcher arrangement. I started using a thread-catcher not long ago – it’s the best thing and a real time saver…

  45. dana 10.06.2010 at 1:32 am #

    ooo. very cool Anna. And yes, it looks totally complicated to me. I’m glad you stuck with it!

  46. Angela 10.06.2010 at 10:07 pm #

    i love it! i’ve been wanting to make this pincushion for such a long time, and i absolutely adore yours. good job cutting into your fabric. it’s hard to do, but totally worth it! xx

  47. chongkol 10.13.2010 at 3:41 pm #

    I really like the idea and fabrics, it is absolutely practical,
    Thanks for showing this.

  48. jayayceeblog 10.25.2010 at 11:42 am #

    That is a great pincushion and don’t you love Jenny Ryan’s “Sew Darn Cute” book? I made a Square Bear, too. =)

  49. Erin 03.14.2011 at 7:08 pm #

    This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for and desperately need! I have the same troubles with redistributing scrap throughout my house.

    Thank you!

  50. Anonymous 08.12.2011 at 2:45 pm #

    I have the problem of thread all over the floor, which then clogs up the roller on my vacuum. I just use my seam ripper to pull all of the thread off of the roller!
    Cute set!

  51. SouthernYankee 08.24.2012 at 8:46 am #

    Thanks for the tutorial. I made one and am very pleased with it. I showed it off on facebook and now my friend wants me to make her one.

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