Yesterday I showed you the wonderful happy I received from Mary. Today, I’ll show what I sent to Cindy in Fresno, CA. Cindy makes all manner of fun selvage items, her most recent came in SECOND in a recent online contest, Texting while Sewing:
I’ve started collecting my selvages, but I had yet to make anything with them. I knew I had to include something with a selvage for Cindy… but what? I had seen this pincushion and sewing kit on someone’s blog recently, as part of the Zakka Sew-Along–suddenly I knew this was the item to create for Cindy and just how I would use the selvage! I don’t own a copy of the book, so I made this up as I went along, and modified it to make it work for me.
The pincushion is filled with walnut shells (why? They are inexpensive and readily available… and the crushed shells work like emery, keeping your pin and needle points sharp!)
Yep, I buy it at a pet store, a giant bag is under $10.00. Fill your pincushion with a funnel, and stitch up the opening. Easy as that.
The pincushion fits nicely inside this roll-up sewing kit, which has small pockets to hold your package of needles, thread, your English paper piecing hexies(!), your scissors, your thimble, etc…
Most of Cindy’a kit came from my scrap bin, except for the green “tree” print used for the binding and one end of the pincushion. I chose that fat quarter because I had purchased it at Grubers last year, the same weekend I met Cindy for the first time. The entire kit rolls up and ties nicely, for a fun take along sewing kit:
The band is attached, it is another piece of selvage dots (from a Dr. Seuss fabric as it had the brightest colors I could find!) and satin ribbon for the tie. Enjoy, Cindy, I had a lot of fun making this for you!
(My God, how did sixteen happen?!?)