Handmade Pincushion

Bridget McPhillips tutorials

 I first got the idea to make a pincushion when I was at a bridal shower at a tea house.  In the lobby of the tea house was a little gift shop.   They were selling these cute little tea cups turned into pincushions.  I really liked the idea.  I had a couple pretty tea cups I had collected over the years antiquing.  I decided to use a more substantial base because I felt it would be more useful to me so in the end I chose a piece of handmade pottery.  I purchased this piece of pottery from Little Flower Art.  I love pottery, and this piece has such a calming color combination and the size and shape are perfect for a pincushion.  I owned the little piece for a while and used it in many different ways before deciding to make it into my pin cushion.
Steel wool for fillinf in pin cushion
The center of the pin cushion is made out of two steel wool pads.  I read that the steel wool sharpened your pins as you pull them in and out.  I have no idea if this is actually true, but after having made and used my pincushion for a while now, the steel wool works great as the filler.  I used two pads because that was the amount that filled the space of my pottery base.
In addition to the steel wool and the ceramic base, I used some scrap fabric, a scrap piece of batting and a pretty cotton print fabric. 



First I cut the scrap fabric and batting to make a circle a little more than an inch or so bigger than the circumference of my ceramic pot.  At this point I also fussy cut my printed cotton in a circle just slightly larger than the other two. 


I put the steel wool in the center of the cut circle of batting and then just made basting stitches around the edge of the circle, once I had stitched all the way around the circle,  I gently pulled on the ends of the threads to gather in the batting around the steel wool. I repeated this process with the scrap fabric next, and then again with my fussy cut cotton print.  
Handmade Pincushion by BMcP
There you have it ... one spectacular pincushion.  The weight of the pottery base allows me to use this pincushion as a pattern weight as well!
You can use a hot glue gun to permanently attach the cushion to the base.  I left this one unattached.  I keep a package of needles in the space below the pincushion.

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