Ida over at My Sister Made Me Do It is hosting a fun link party called the Perfectly Pleasing Pincushion Parade.
I have three pincushions that I use the most.
Starting on the right is the ladybug pincushion that was a gift from my swap partner Terry in the 2014 Santa Sack Swap.
Next to it in the middle is a sachet turned pincushion I made from a square of fabric on which I’d embroidered a heart from one of the small motifs on Workbasket pattern page 84. After it was stuffed and sewn closed, I crocheted a simple edging around all four sides.
The one on the left is a pincushion/needle wallet combination. When I made my version of the Sweet and Spotty Needle Wallet, I added a layer of batting under the embroidered section on the front of the wallet to give it a raised look and the bonus was that I’ve found it to be a great pincushion when I’m hand sewing bindings, etc.
Then I have this pincushion that lives in my embroidery bag.
It was part of my Pay it Forward gift from Katherine over at Sew Me Something Good. Her gift to me also included the cute matching zipper pouch and the pink needle book (not to mention. other goodies.) I’ll confess that the pouch has, on occasion, had a needle or two stuck in it as well.
Lastly… there is this huge pincushion that I won for participating in a Friday Night Sewn In back in 2011 when it was being hosted by Heidi and Bobbie.
I have to admit that this one doesn’t get used much at all as a pincushion. At 10″X6″ it’s just too big. But it does get used as a paperweight when I have the fan going and don’t want pattern pages scattered all over the place.
In order for this not to be a very short parade, I thought I’d also show you some of the pincushions I’ve made and given as gifts.
I added a small 3″ square pincushion on each of the Chatelaines I made our daughters for Christmas last year.
This pincushion with matching zip pouch and sewing companion was made for my 2013 Santa Sack Swap partner Judith.
In fact, quite often I make pincushions to include in sewing kits. Such as this photo of two kits that I was making back in 2012 to send out as thank you gifts to bloggers who had inspired me.
The little cutie below was part of a matching set of sewing companion, tiny needlebook and pincushion that I featured in my Christmas on a Budget Series: One Hour Gifts to Sew.
Pincushions are such fun items to give and to receive. I hope you’ve enjoyed my Pincushion Parade.