I love pincushions, especially functional ones. When I was at my LQS taking a class, I noticed a few of the women had a pincushion next to their machines that also held their scissors, ripper, and a couple other tools of the trade. Some of them also had a scrap basket attached to it too. I had seen patterns for this type of pincushion on-line, but when I saw them in person I fell in love. I just had to make one for myself!
The pattern I used is found on Sew, Mama, Sew! designed by Elizabeth Hartman in 2009. This pincushion has become my favorite. I love having my scissors, marker, ripper, pins and needles always in the same place. Before I couldn’t remember which side of the machine I had set them down and I was always misplacing things. I did not want my thread basket attached. I like having it sit next to my machine. Don’t you just love the spool of thread design around the top. It’s just one of the special stitches on my Janome Horizon.
I also like the strip down the center of the pincushion for needles. If I only use a needle a little and I want to switch to a different needle, I don’t want to put the used one back in with the new. This way I have my needles handy and I know which ones have been gently used. My pincushion is lightly stuffed with a small amount of the finest steel wool to keep my pins sharp along with stuffing and weights used for toys and stuffed animals I had on hand.
If you are in need of a pincushion yourself, or just like to make them, this is it! I love mine and the pattern was easy to follow. Happy Sewing! Kathryn