Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Make-Do Pincushions

Hills Brothers Make-Do $28
Over the years we have accumulated an odd, and rather large assortment of containers: vintage jello molds, lidless cans, enamel cups, antique tins, etc. We have also collected quite a few linens and textiles that are not exactly pristine, such as stained tablecloths, dishtowels and "cutter quilts". So, for several years we have been planning to create "make-do" pincushions in the spirit of the the resourceful women of the past. Vintage-style recycling, so to speak. Dianna and I  had a lot of fun over several days creating pincushions to take to the Buggy Barn Quilt Show's Folk Art Sale and MaryJanes FarmFair.We had great response over the pincushions from customers, and ended up selling  them all, including quite a few to MaryJanes store and  Bed & Breakfast (see our pincushions on page 59 & 60 of  the February issue of MaryJanesFarm Magazine).
We have so much fun making these little creations, which can be made from practically anything at all. They are so simply to make, all you need is a container, fabric, needle and thread, embroidery floss, a hot-glue gun, and a fun vintage button. If you're anything like us, you'll end up with more pincushions than pins!


  1. Those are wonderful. I can see why you sold all of them. Hope you two are having a good winter. It is strangely warm around here!

    Mermaid Debbie

  2. Thanks so much, I had so much fun making them. The weather is so strange, especially after the tons of snow last year!

  3. What a great blog! I'm here from MaryJanes magazine...couldn't stay away when I saw her pictures of your pincushions!


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