Monday, December 19, 2011

A Little Blog Inspiration

I guess you could tell from my post the other day that I was pretty intimidated by my new sewing machine. That fear was really getting the best of me, and the silly thing is that I have no idea exactly what I was afraid of.

After all, it's not like the machine would go all Christine on me after getting a taste of my blood, right? Yes, I've pricked myself on the needle. Don't even ask me how I managed to do that, but I did. And it seemed like the machine's work light glowed just a little bit brighter for a moment, or maybe it was my imagination...

Anyway, Sunday morning I decided that enough was enough; I was going to conquer that beast. If I'm ever going to make a quilt, I need to feel comfortable with my sewing machine. So maybe it would be better if I started with a smaller project?

As I was cruising through my favorite blogs, I came across a scrappy pincushion that Heather at Crafting... had just completed. Isn't it adorable?

Heather's pincushion
Heather said that she had been inspired by a pincushion done by Lucy at Charm About You, which was also way too cute.

Lucy's pincushion
Lucy, in turn, was inspired by the tutorial done by Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts for making a scrappy pincushion using a Lapel Stick. I don't have a Lapel Stick, had never even heard of it, but soon figured out that the Lapel Stick works a lot like a glue stick for fabric. Pretty cool!

Jennifer's pincushion
Whew! I'm dizzy now from all the blog-hopping! Isn't it amazing how we bloggers get inspired by each other?

It was obvious: I needed to try to make a pincushion. How hard could it be? It's only 6 inches square...not a lot of sewing needed. Even without a Lapel Stick, surely I could do this. Right?

Of course I could! Two hours later I had finished not one, but two, scrappy pincushions. Like Heather, I filled mine with uncooked rice, which worked out just fine.

Here's my first pincushion, which I did for "practice" and that I'm keeping for myself:

Pam's pincushion #1
After making all my mistakes on the first pincushion, I immediately made a second one that was much easier. This one has better stitching, which is good because it's going to be a gift. The fabric on the back side is the dark purple with the yellow stripes, rather than the lavender gingham that's on the front.

Pam's pincushion #2
Today is our Christmas gift exchange at the sewing circle I've been going to, and this will be part of the gift I'm giving, along with a stack of pretty fat quarters.

Next time I make a scrappy pincushion, I'll use a bigger variety of fabrics for the patches and will cut them smaller, but these seemed to be okay for the first time out. Plus I'll try not to color coordinate them like I did this time; it's really hard to try to be random when you're so used to matching and coordinating colors.

Once I was done, I was so proud of myself! I know these are small, simple projects, but for me this was a big accomplishment. Now I feel a lot more confident about trying something a little larger.



  1. You did Great and you also had me checking out that machine and now all I have to do is come up with $350.00 :) Husband thinks I am nuts and told me to trade in the machine I have...Yeah ..right..I will trade in a $600.00 viking for a $350.00 Brother..Nope..I want them both. Let me know when you emb something how it works..I need to put Names on stuff :)

  2. Opps,,I forgot to say I am Nancy from insidenanashead

  3. I love to blog hop! Have you been on pinterest? Only go if you have plenty of time! I've found so many other neat blogs on Pinterest and lost many hours there! Thanks for sharing your great pincushions - looks like a good way to use up little scraps too. ~Ann

  4. You go girl! I think they're cutesie.

  5. WOW! Congrats on starting your fun! And it's addictive, too, isn't it? You've made two and now have all of these ideas for the next one! That's whay I love...the creative process! HAVE FUN! ♥

  6. Woo Hoo!!! Great for you Pam! These are sweet!! And I like the coordinating colors....yeah, maybe it's the OCD showing.... ;o) Gotta start with baby steps - and I think you're well on the way. (I have several friends who bought sewing machines years ago already and haven't even managed to wind a bobbin!!) Have a great week! Smiles & Hugs ~ Robin

  7. I love your little pincushions..and we all started out small and worked our way up..glad you are tackling the beast..have a great time at your gift exchange.;)

  8. You did a wonderful job Pam! So glad you conquered your machine. I'm glad you shared this because I'm the same way with some machines. I take them out of the box and they sit and I look at them, a bit intimidated... I have no idea why... Once I get going on them usually (key word, usually) things go well!

  9. Congrats! You should be proud! Now think of all the fun things you can make! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

  10. The first pin cushion looks good to me!!!! Glad you conquered your fear of The Machine!!! I too, would be color co-ordinating!!!!!
    Now, on to bigger projects!!!
    Merry Christmas,

  11. Hmmmm...are we SURE this is a scrappy pin cushion...or perhaps...a new sewing machine voodoo doll made to LOOK like a scrappy pin cushion???? Katie

  12. Love your pin cushion! You did a great job!!

  13. Pam, You won my giveaway! Please send me an email at with your mailing address. Thanks. ~Ann

  14. too cute! another thing to add to my to-make list

  15. These are so handy to have and so cute too! Im your newest follower:)Thanks Deidre~


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