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Shop Talk: Vintage Pin Cushion Project
by Ashley Fritsche

Welcome back to Shop Talk with The Featherweight Shop! Shop Talk is our local chit chat with The Featherweight Shop staff, gathering around our dinette table so-to-speak (because that is what we have!) and sharing with one another. We love to share patterns, recipes, organizational ideas, history quips, gardening tips, crafty projects, and getting a smile and a delight about learning an old-fashioned way of doing things. We consider Shop Talk the fun tidbits of news!

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Here at The Featherweight Shop, we love all things vintage, especially vintage crafts! Today, we are diving into the adorable Vintage Pincushion Project! Last year, on the final day of the Featherweight Maintenance & Lori Holt Retreat, we made these charming crafts from antique collectibles. These were such sweet and fun projects, they are sure to brighten up every sewing room. Join in the fun as we walk through some quilty fun at the start of your week!

 

View Bee in My Bonnet Pin Cushion Tutorial Here

 

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Tools Needed:

1.Pie tin, or similar container for the bottom of the Pin Cushion

2. Material for the top of the Pin Cushion 

3. Fiberfill for the stuffing

4. Pellets or Silica to weigh down the tin (and small baggie to put the pellets in.)

5. Hot glue gun

6. Needle and thread

Instructions:

First, take the container you will be using for the Pin Cushion and measure the width. Double the measurement of the container and cut out a circle in the material that will be the top of your Pin Cushion!

Tip: If you have a small plate or ruler that is similar in size, it is excellent to use this as a guide to trace.

Next, after you have the material cut out, we are going to hand baste loose stitches around the edge of the material. This is going to leave the thread loose enough to pull into a loose bag shape. 

Make sure to pack the "bag" full of fiberfill, and pull the thread tight, creating the top to your pincushion!

At this point, fill a small bag with pellets or sand and place in the bottom of your container, creating the weight for your Pin Cushion. Line the rim of the container with hot glue, placing the cushion top in place, and gently applying pressure for 10 - 15 seconds while the glue sets.

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Ruthie picked a beautiful, delicate antique porcelain sugar bowl for her pin cushion project! Such a sweet dish.

 

Photo Credit:  Sheila McKowan - she pieced together a postage stamp block for the top of the Pin Cushion. 

 

Ruthie & Sheila showing off their finished Vintage Pin Cushion Projects! Shelia picked an adorable milk glass compote!

 

Our favorite part of this project, was seeing all of the creativity! So many distinctive, and adorable takes on this quilty fun project. We can't wait to see what you create, make sure to share pictures of your project too!