Wednesday, August 26

Pincushion Fun!!

As promised, I'm here to show you the pincushions that I started making at Bonny's Retreat. But first, I need to tell you what inspired these little cuties ..... I think they're cute - please correct me if I'm wrong :-) ........anyway, here's my story..........
A couple of months ago, Christin at National Nonwovens sent me a stack of their new Bamboo felt. You can see it pictured below with one of my bears who has noted "ooooooh, it's so soft!" and "Yum! what delicious colors, too!"


I placed the stack of felt where I could see it and wondered what I might make. I came up with an idea and only needed to give it a go. But then ....... my mother gave my daughter, Collette, a bag filled with crocheted jar lid covers that she had made. Collette wasn't sure she would use them so she passed them on to me. At first, I wasn't sure I could use them either as I didn't have any jars in need of lid covers. I put the bag aside.........not too far from the felt............and then, I looked at it and thought, "Hey, I think I could use those to make pincushions!" And the rest is, as they say.........history!

The bag was filled with about a dozen colorful jar lid covers. I put one on a jar of buttons, and then turned the rest into pincushions. I used the Bamboo felt from NNW to make stuffed balls that would pop into the center of the jar lid covers. There's a little more to it than that but if you're interested, I could do a little tutorial.

In my jar of buttons, I found these neat vintage buttons that are perfect on this trio of brights that look great in the white jar lid covers.

Some of the jar lid covers were really fancy and flouncy and I loved it. My favorite is the turgoise and white one.

I wasn't sure about these colors but Collette thought they looked good together and it did. I even had a ball of yarn that matched the coral color of the felt so it does look rather nice. I cut all my flowers from the felt but on this one and the pink flouncy one, I used some floral leaves from my scrap basket.
Now there is only one problem with these pincushions. I have used up the jar lid covers in the bag and I do not crochet or knit so I am going to have to get my daughter and mother to make me some if I want to make more of these! If you want to give it a try, there are jar lid cover patterns out there and all you have to do is google. :-)
That's it for tonight. Thanks for your kind comments and concerns regarding my back issues. I really appreciate it!
Sandi

15 comments:

Lotta said...

Hi Sandi,
very pretty pincushions! I'd love to have a tutorial for them. They'd make wonderful little gifts for my sewing friends,
Lotta in Sweden

solomi558 said...

Hi Sandi,I,m cottonreel,lovely pincushions , isn,t it funny , no matter how many pincushions we sewers have we still want more.Lots of us will want to make one.

Pat said...

These are very cute...ANOTHER project for my someday list (as I do crochet). Off in a few minutes to work at the last international student breakfast for the summer...but will google jar lids later today!

Rachel said...

They're so cute - they kind of look like cupcakes (all the rage right now).

annemarie said...

These are so neat - love them. I hope you and your back are doing okay.

Kaye said...

They are adorable, you did an excellent job, I don't crochet either but those of us that don't could maybe substitute some gathered lace. It comes in several widths and also various colors, just a thought. Sandi, you do give us inspiration

Crispy said...

Wow Sandi, that is so clever!! I just love those little pin cushions!! I think my favorite one is the one in the last picture.

Crispy

luv2quilt2 said...

Those are just the cutest! I need a new pincushion (would you believe I've had the same one since 1968), wanted to make one, and these look just perfect. I would love a tutorial.

Just Susan said...

Really cute idea Sandi. I would appreciate the tutorial too. ~Susan

Sweet P said...

Wow! What a great idea. I love those pincushions.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Very cute! What a great idea.

House of Mouse said...

Of course I love the purple one. What a great creative idea. I love crocheted stuff. Great Job Sandi.


Anett

Joy said...

They're all so cute Sandi, what a great use for the jar lids. I've never seen bamboo felt, I bet it's so soft and gorgeous - the batting is ;o). I like anything with pink in it so the pink white and blue is definitely my fave!!!
Hugs,
Joy :o)

Jacquelynne said...

Wow who knew felt came in such pretty colors! You put them to good use!

Ida13 said...

That was a great idea! Have you got enough pins to use them or can I send some? :):)

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