Sunday, September 13, 2009

Sundae Pincushions

My children love to play with my straight pins. Henry tries to put them in his mouth since he watches me sew and I hold them between my lips for easy-access. I think I have had the classic tomato pin cushions before, but instead of appreciating their vintage/classic appeal, I just saw them as dated and tired. I don't feel that way anymore, but as far as pincushions go, I would prefer one with a little more character.

These work in the character department.

But what I really want for a pincushion is this:

I love this etsy seller, TheDailyPincushion. I have never bought anything from etsy (I know, I know, shame on me). If I could choose just one thing, a pincushion from their shop would be my choice. No brainer.

And while I think that the pincushions are totally worth their slightly high price tag, I don't think I could spend that much money on one for myself.

I've been browsing blogs, looking for cute pincushions to inspire me. I found a couple, but none that made me want to stop what I was doing and pick out fabric. Tonight we made ice cream sundaes and...problem solved!!

I know it doesn't make any will.

I have adorable milk-glass-looking sundae dishes.

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I think they are adorable, but ice cream definitely tastes better out of the carton. And I don't have enough dishes for our family, let alone enough for company. The kids have eaten dessert out of them before, but they don't care a thing about presentation.

I have seen people stuffing little fabric-covered tufts of cotton into bottle tops lately...repurposing I guess. I took the same idea and turned my ice cream dishes into my new pincushions!

I traced a plate onto a piece of fabric and cut it out.

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Then I stitched around the outside of the circle with loose stitches for gathering.

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I stuffed with batting and pulled the thread to enclose it and form a ball.

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I put a little extra batting in the bottom of the ice cream dish and hot-glued the cushion in.

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If Henry wasn't confused enough about putting straight pins in his mouth, he will certainly be mixed up when he sees them in the ice cream dishes!

By the way, ice cream (or pudding) tastes pretty good when eaten out of these little chocolate cups as well.

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Happy Sundae!


  1. seriously, you are the cleverest!! Another adorable project!! I love that fabric, I made Hannah a tuck dress and a cute quilted jacket out of it when she was one. Keep up the good work!!

  2. I'm sure it will come as no surprise that I'm not all that excited about pincushions, but tell me more about these chocolate cups!

  3. Love this! I have a ton of milk glass so I could try to do the same, but I can't sew to save my life so I'll leave it to the professionals :)

    Great job!

  4. that looks very classy! and easy too- I need to make something for my pins, I just have that crummy red wrist one, and I keep the others in the plastic case they came in!

  5. I'm with Matthew on this one! Love, Papa

  6. Katherine, I just love your blog. I will probably never do all the great creative things you do, but I sure like to read about it- I am all caught up again... keep them coming! It's Thursday. I sisn't get your call. I was nota round my phone anyway (I remembered later that this is the day Katherine is availabel to talk). I hate we got cut short Tuesday! Hope to hear/ read from you soon. Love, Karen