Recently I had a friend mention that she didn’t have a pin cushion so I thought I would take a few minutes and make one for her. Since she loves the shabby chic style and has an affinity for old textiles, as do I, I thought repurposed materials would fit her style aesthetic. Using a little milk glass dish, some scrap from a vintage table-cloth, a stocking and a hand-full of cedar shavings, I created this sweet, shabby chic pin cushion.
This is such a simple project and no sewing is required!
The supplies needed: Scissors, rubber band, a piece of yarn or string, old nylon stockings, fine wood shavings (you could use cotton stuffing instead but I like the feel, the old fashion quality and aroma of cedar shavings), some fabric and a small container like my milk glass dish or tea-cup. (construction adhesive optional)
Cut the fabric into a large circle; size will depend on the size of the dish, but a nine-inch diameter worked for my smallish container.
Cut the stocking six or so inches from the toe and stuff the toe with wood shavings until you have formed a ball large enough to fill the container and tie off the opening.
Place the stuffed stocking in the center of the fabric circle and wrap the fabric up and around the stocking ball, pull it taut and tie off tail using the rubber band. Tie off again using the string or yarn.
Fan out the fabric; smoothing and pulling it evenly back over the bottom of the ball. Wedge the ball into the container, a dab of good glue such as construction adhesive will hold it securely.
And you will have created a lovely little pin cushion
Now gather up the supplies and surprise some special with a unique pin cushion.
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