Valentine fun with pretty pincushions is a project for a rainy day. I love it when I find little silverplate sugar and creamers at the thrift store! They are usually without their mates and the more ornate, the better. The tarnish gives them great patina too.
They make ideal pincushions, as you see here in this photo. This is not a new idea, of course. The taller is the first one I made, and I have enjoyed it sooo much! This creamer came from my favorite thrift store, and the smaller sugar from an antique shop. It was reduced to 50¢ because the other handle is broken off. I love it anyway. I could cover up the stump with a button, but it’s hardly noticeable.
I’m going to show you the process of how I made this…just a few steps and very easy.
Valentine Fun with Pretty Pincushions:
You need the item you intend to use, a circle of fabric, polyfill, needle and thread or rubber band, hot glue gun.
The rule of thumb is to cut out a circle of fabric at least twice as large as the opening of your piece. I did this first, but found it was still too small, so I made it 3 times larger, which worked better.
A biscuit cutter, funnel, or bowl comes in handy to make a nice size circle on the fabric. Just draw around it with pen or pencil, or you can get techy and use a compass.
Insert husband, hovering, saying, “why don’t you use a compass?” Retired husbands tend to hover. We have had a few conversations about this. LOL.
Back to the tutorial…Cut out the circle. Iron the fabric.
Plop a dollop of polyfill down in the center. How much is determined by how full you want your pincushion. You have to play around with it some.
There are 2 ways you can close it. If you have enough fabric, you can use a rubber band. If not, I hand sew a long stitch all the way around, starting about 1/4″ from the edge. Then pull it up like a drawstring bag. When it’s tightly closed, put a knot in to hold it.
Place it in your piece to be pincushioned. Hot glue either the piece or the pincushion. I’ve done both with good results. I don’t have a photo of this step. You have to work quickly with the hot glue! I didn’t have enough hands to show the item being glued, the camera, and the glue gun!
Do you like the red fabric? I thought the bright color was a nice contrast to the dark of the container, and it’s got hearts in honor of Valentine’s Day! But it doesn’t scream Valentine’s, which makes it transitional into all-year use.
The other receptacle most often used is a teacup. I just happened to have one, and made in England! Cups made in England make better pincushions, right? Right! It has a hairline crack and a pink stain in the bottom, making it a perfect candidate for one.
Starting by gluing the saucer to the cup, using E6000, the rest of the process is the same. This time I applied the hot glue directly on the cup. I had a concern about the heat breaking it, but not a problem.
Displaying with a vintage postcard from my collection…hope you like my little Valentine vignette!!
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