The bottom part is made just like a lot of my jewelry over the years. It is a lightweight hand cast plastic that was made using molds I created. Each one is one of a kind since I mix the pigments myself and the fillers. The inside of the pin cushion is a felted wool and is very dense. It will grab on to your pins and keep them super snug until you need them.
I enjoyed the last two Fat Quarter Shop Sew Along’s so much, I agreed to do a few more! I think it’s the idea that everyone is sewing the same thing, but the outcome is sooo different. I love clicking through the list of other bloggers.
I mostly stuck to the video instructions when it came to what to cut to what size and all. I even used the fusible fleece as my stabilizer. The two parts I had to change were the type of accent tape used, and the filling. Both weren’t by choice, I just didn’t have the supplies.
When I signed up to do this sew along, I figured I had all the supplies on hand. I always have scraps, I always have filling and I always have twill tape on hand.
Well, I had filling, but it was polyfil, and the pattern calls for ground up walnuts. Once I realized I needed it (I somehow missed that step when I originally watched the video!), I tried to buy it locally with no luck. I didn’t have time to buy it online, so I stuffed mine with polyfil temporarily. I have the ground up walnuts coming in and will be replacing the filling later this week. I like the idea of a heavier pincushion.
The other missing part was the twill tape. I normally have yards on hand! However I forgot that I had made a bunch of drawstring bags recently and I used up my entire stash. I was going to go out and get more, but then thought “well, what if I have something similar on hand?”. After about an hour of searching through my supplies, I came across a spool of vintage snap tape. It’s a twill like tape that has molded plastic snaps built in. I use it on the backs of pillows all the time. I thought the one side looked neat on its own, so I decided to use that in the place of the twill tape. I actually built the entire pincushion around the snap tape!
Most of the patchwork pieces are scraps, or fussy cut pieces off fat quarters. The top and backing are Robert Kaufman’s Essex Yard Dyed Linen. It’s a little one the heavier side, so it was perfect for helping the pincushion keep it’s shape.
I was very happy to see that the snap tape looked right at home once the entire thing was assembled. I was a little worried it would look silly.