Last night was my monthly sewing class at Eddie’s Quilting Bee. The assigned project was The Abbey Bag pincushion from Abbey Lane Quilts. My instructor must have a good pulse on the blog world because I have read more about pincushions this month than I have… ever. For example, we have the 30 pincushions in 30 days giveaways over at The Sew Weekly, and the recently launched wrist pincushions over on the Cupcake Goddess’s blog.
This pincushion was easy and fun to make. And, the best part was that the pattern pieces were so small that all I needed to use were the scraps that I’d saved from my 2010 projects.
The stripe is the Burberry rainwear that I’ve used everywhere. The blue is a cotton duck that I used to sturdy my sun hat. The orange is a cotton that I used in my first ever sewing class. And the black is the cotton/bamboo blend that I used to line my gray Armani coat. It’s a scrapbook of a pincushion. A happy reminder of my first year of sewing.
I also love that the pincushion has an attached scrap bag with a little pocket in the back. Tonight this little bag has become a trash can to store all of the tiny little threads that usually end up all over the floor. I’ve also already tucked my seam ripper in the back little pocket. I pull my Grandmother’s seam ripper out more than I’d like to admit. The little pocket in this bag will ensure that it’s not only close at hand but also tucked safely away from the cats.
I think this little nostalgic pincushion, something I never even realized I needed, is going to get a lot of use. I wonder what other notions that I don’t yet know I need would also help to improve my sewing. Any suggestions?