New Pincushions and …

These two pincushions arrived in the mail for me from Jennie. She did such an adorable job with them that I wanted to share them on here. The original pincushions she made were for a project for the Riley Blake Cutting Corners blog and she made an extra set for me! I included the post so if you wanted to see them and the tutorial you could easily go there. I love searching their blog to see all of the great tutorials, every Friday they feature new pincushion tutorials using Riley Blake fabric.

DSC_9811This picture has my new bag in it and I love it!! I think Sophie is one of my all-time favorite fabrics!! Of course, I also love The Sweetest Thing, and all of the fabrics Jennie used in these pincushions.

DSC_1154I added my favorite pins!

DSC_1157 The smaller pincushion has my smaller white pins. Now when I need just the white I can reach for this pincushion and there they are.

DSC_1166The larger pincushion is filled with my favorite yellow pins.

DSC_1154Side by side!

DSC_1163The pins with the yellow heads are my favorite for everyday sewing and quilting, I use the white headed pins mainly when I am matching seams. They work great because they are a little smaller and they seem to slip in between the seams better, or at least I think so!! The other thing that is great about them is that they are available at JOANN Fabric stores and the best value is when they have their 50% off coupons!

DSC_1171Lastly, I have my little strawberry filled with emery to keep my pins and needles sharp!

I am interested, do you have favorite pins?

Hexagon Pincushion & …

Hexie-Pincushion
I’m not sure what’s gotten in to me lately. I thought I had beaten the procrastination thing, but now, it is rearing it’s ugly head. I just finished my pincushion for the Scrappy Pincushion Swap today…the mailing deadline! But, I thought this pincushion turned out so cute that I plan to make some more, and thought maybe I wasn’t the only one. So, here is the Hexagon Pincushion Template for you to download.

Super Easy Directions:

  1. Use the template and your favorite hexagon method.
  2. Hand stitch the hexagons together at the seams until you have a hexagon flower.
  3. Cut out two circles from the templates – one cream and one print, and stitch the flower on the cream circle.
  4. Then stitch, right sides together, leaving a 1 1/2″ opening, turn right sides out, and fill with stuffing.
  5. Whip stitch the opening closed, and stitch the centers together {you can add a button if you’d like!}.

And, voila! A cute little pincushion.

Hexie-Pincushion-and-Needle-Book

I also made this cute needle holder. If you want to make one to hang with your sewing stuff, it’s easy too!

Directions:

  1. Cut two 4″ squares of fabric and a 3 1/4″ square of felt.
  2. Interface the wrong side of one of the squares and sew centered felt across the top of the other.
  3. Use a 4 1/2″ x 2″ scrap of fabric, folded as for biased binding, to make the loop.
  4. Pin the loop to the top of one of the squares, pointing down, and sew the squares, right sides together, and turned them.
  5. Finish with a 1/8″ top stitch {no need to whip stitch, the top stitching will close up your opening}.

If you make these, we’d love for you to add them to our Flickr group.

Featured!

Maybe you remember my post about my disasterous sewing room?  Well, although it always looks like that in the middle of a project, I try to keep it more organized.  So, when Shruti of 13 Woodhouse Road was hosting a sewing spaces week and wanted contributors, I volunteered.  Head on over to read my post on Notions Organization.  And, if you’re interested, do your own post about notions organization and join the linky for a chance to win fun prizes!  And, for our readers, check back later for a fun little giveaway here too!

In Use

I love looking at pictures of designers studios {I think most people do}.  Seeing all their supplies neatly stacked, organized, and ready to use is like being in a candy shop filled with beautiful and sweet things.  But what I like seeing just as much {if not more} is their space in a little bit of chaos.  If you do any kind of sewing or crafting, you know what I mean.  Fabrics, books, notions strewn everywhere.  The way {almost} any space looks in the midst of an actual work-in-progress.  So, that’s what I’m sharing today.  I’ve been working on some fun Christmas projects, and this is what my room looks like:

How do you like to work?  Do you keep everything neat and orderly, or strewn all over the room?  Is there anything about organization {or the lack thereof} that helps or hinders your design process?