Wrist pincushion

>> Friday, March 10, 2006

As promised, here this is my new wrist pincushion. Although I did say it would be blue, so I did end up using a different fabric than planned.

I've been meaning to make one of these for ages, literally years, and never got around to it. But lately I've been inspired by all the great pin cushions I've been seeing on Flickr and other blogs. I've already mentioned Nicole at Craftapalooza's beautiful creations, she made this pincushion tutorial at whip up. And the next step will be covering my tape measure using this tutorial! Can I just mention that I can't even keep up with all the great posts at whip up. It's such an inspiring site.

My wrist pin cushion followed Nicole's instructions to start. Then I sewed a ribbon to the back and hemmed the edges of the ribbon and added a snap closure. Next I cut a circle of cardboard a little smaller than the pincushion. I covered this with fabric and sewed it to the back of the pincushion. I'd like to think that I wouldn't stab myself with pins while using the pincushion, but I prefer not worrying about it and having the cardboard backing there! Because let's face it I'm the person who lost forty-four needles in the old one. Obviously I'm not as careful as I could be. And to make one last disclaimer on that front, I did actually have that pin cushion since I was a kid, so we're talking decades of sewing. And in case you're thinking "aww, you had it since you were a kid? Why did you cut it up?" I must reiterate that it was a drab old ugly tomato - and they haven't changed as far as I can see.

There are lots of other handmade pincushions that have inspired me. Of course there are Bella Dia's gorgeous creations. I don't know if I could put a pin in them though, they're more like works of art! Also, I was inspired by Michelle at Green Kitchen who has made some pretty pins for her lovely pincushion. And finally how inspiring are these gorgeous pins at Wee Wonderfuls? I'm planning on making some of those next.

p.s. there was a question about Kate - all her measurements are given in the knitty.com pattern. If you use thinner yarn and a corresponding smaller needle size she'll end up looking the same proportionately but a bit smaller, which is what I did for the blue version.


Anonymous,  March 10, 2006  

It's so cute! And I love the "grandma effect" of wearing it on one's wrist. Incidentally, my mom still uses the "lion" pincushion I made her in kindergarden :)

molly | mommycoddle.com March 10, 2006  

I absolutely LOVE this! My mom used to wear one when she sewed, and i was JUST thinking the other day that I should get one. But your creation is inspiring. And I love your "safety" cardboard backing.

Anonymous,  March 11, 2006  

very very lovely, I have pin cushions on the brain these days. Seems a lot of us do, wonder what it is about March and pin cushions.

I have always wanted to make those shrinky dink pins, they're so cute.

Samantha March 12, 2006  

Spotted your photo pn Flickr first - really pretty.

I think I may HAVE to jump on the bandwagon and make myself one!

Green Kitchen March 12, 2006  

Hi Claire. I posted today about needlebooks and I wanted to link to specific posts of yours, but you don't seem to have the "links to post" thing activated on your site. So, I linked to Wisecraft's posting of your swap package. Keep up the crafty goodness.

Unknown January 04, 2010  

Super cute! I think this might be a great 'beginning-hand-sewing' class project!

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