Pin Cushions and More
Every Christmas I have these moments where a small gift is suddenly needed, and I have nothing on hand. Sometimes I have a bit of time to come up with something, and sometimes I don't. So for the times I don't I've been doing something very unusual - working ahead. I've been having so much fun, and there's so many great tutorials out there for little useful(ish) projects.
First up: this little pincusion. Super easy and fun. Having never made a pincushion I was a bit stumped on what to stuff it with. I snooped around a bit online and read a few discussions on it.
A lot of people were singing the praises of crushed walnut shells (allergy allert), but using that would negate the reasons I'm sewing this stuff to begin with.
The reasons being:
1. I get tired just thinking of going out shopping with my little kiddos anytime, let alone when it's uber-cold. (remember, I live out on the prairies and am a good 45 minutes from any shopping mall.)
2. I have so much crafting stuff floating around, I need to put it to use, rather than going searching for something exotic.
3. I love making stuff.
So, back to stuffing. I found out that any ideas about filling that would "sharpen" your pins is outdated, since our modern pins don't need sharpening. Somewhere I read that you could cut your leftover bits of batting into tiny pieces and use that. So I did, only I used the fluffy polyester batting and it worked really well.
But one more thing I hadn't thought of, was that your pincushion needs a bit of weight to it, so that when you go to pull out a pin, the pin cushion stays put. Well, who'd a thunk it?
So I added some rice, which sinks to the bottom and adds the perfect weight.
There are more of these in my future. Hopefully someone needs a new one.