Sunday, November 16, 2008

Martha Stewart Pincushions

Being an admirer of pincushions, I decided to more permanently "bookmark" the cute pincushion projects currently available on Martha Stewart's website. Maybe there's something in this list that you'll like, too!

(Notice that on each page linked below, there is a "print" or an "email" button, making it a snap to add these projects to a notebook or file for later use. I certainly found a few I'll be keeping for later!)

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Teacup Pincushions:
Made from felted (recycled/upcycled) sweaters to look like little teacups or cupcakes. Video demo available.

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Strawberry Pincushions:
Sweet strawberry pincushions. Easy to make from a variety of materials, and oh, so cute!

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"Homegrown" Tomato Pincushions:
Delicious array of possibilities from this simple pincushion shape! One commenter suggests making "pumpkins" in the same way, using a cinnamon stick for the stem. Very interesting idea!

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Leaf Notions:
No-sew instructions for felt pincushions, needle books, and scissors covers shaped like fallen leaves. Could also make them in green, for a less seasonal look-- or, really, in any shape or color you like. No reason they have to be leaf-shaped.

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Wraparound Pincushion:
More "functional" than "fun". Using velcro for a fastener, you make a long, thin cushion strip that wraps around the sewing machine itself and is always right there in front of you when you need it. Some folks caution that this cushion may leave your machine scarred from pins that go all the way through, so give it a little thought before committing to this style of pincushion.

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Pincushion Gift:
Certainly quick and easy to make as a gift. Decorate a small sand (or emery) filled "pillow" with a bunch of plain pins. (You can arrange the pins to make any image you want-- maybe something specific to the recipient's interests. . . or a monogram!)

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Granny Squares Pincushion:
A wonderfully retro way to use up scrap yarn for those of you who crochet as well as sew.

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Sewing Kit in a Jar:
Included here because it has a cute little pincushion on the lid.

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I hope you've found at least one pincushion that you'd like to have on your sewing table. I know my fingers are itching to start one or two of these little projects!