Today I’m taking part in yet another fun, quick sew along hosted by Fat Quarter Shop. Kimberly from FQS teamed up with Sherri McConnell once again to bring you a video tutorial for a really simple and cute pin cushion, which is being released today. I definitely will be making more of these!
I really love clear video tutorials since I am very much a visual learner. Seeing each step helps make the process smooth and easy to complete without hang up or confusion. That, to me, is a big win!
I decided to make my pin cushion with a range of warm Alison Glass Sun Prints 2015 and 2016, and once it was finished, it begged to be photographed out in the garden with the peonies. Such vibrant colors need to be in colorful company.
I used a Tula Pink ribbon I won in a giveaway from Renaissance Ribbons a year or so ago as the ribbon detail, top stitched with Aurifil 40wt 2230-Medium Peony (so fitting!). I topped the pin cushion with Robert Kaufman Quilter’s Linen, which is a fabulous all-purpose blender fabric that happened to coordinate wonderfully. Aurifil 50wt 5022-Mustard was the perfect thread for hand stitching the opening in the Quilter’s Linen closed, too. I just love when perfectly coordinating fabrics and thread can be found in my stash.
I backed the pin cushion in Ex Libris Bookplate in Charcoal by Alison Glass (Andover Fabrics), and really would be tempted to use the pin cushion upside down every so often, it’s so pretty. This pin cushion is not for me, though, so the recipient can do with it as she pleases!
This is the first pin cushion I’ve stuffed entirely with crushed walnut shell, at Sherri’s suggestion, and I really like the sturdiness and ease with which pins go into it. I bought the crushed walnut shell from a quasi-local, fabulous quilt shop, Clementine in Rockland, Maine months ago but had not yet had a chance to use it. Leah at Clementine suggested the crushed walnut shells since the oils from the nut shells help keep the pins and needles sharp and rust free. They also provide a nice, sturdy base for your pins and needles.
Check out the video below and make your own pin cushion if you want! There’s no such thing as too many pin cushions, right?
Be sure to visit the other bloggers in the hop to help spark your inspiration and see what they did with this pin cushion:
Kitty from Night Quilter <–You’re here!
Amanda from Jedi Craft Girl
Nicole from Modern Handcraft
Jessica from Quilty Habit
Jessee from Art School Dropout
Tina from Emily Ann’s Kloset
Michele from Island Life Quilts
Angie from Gnome Angel
Sinta from Pink Pin Cushion
Melissa from Happy Quilting
9 thoughts on “Pin Cushion Sew Along with Fat Quarter Shop”
It turned out so cute. I have used the walnut shells too and they work great.
This is lovely, Kitty! I especially love the print you chose for the back. It’s perfect. 🙂
This is so beautiful. It will surely bring joy to the recipient every time they use it, whether upside down or right side up.
I thought that looked like 5022, I quilted with it a lot yesterday! What a beautiful pincushion. With that backing, it would be hard for me not to make it the top…I guess it’s reversible!
So cute! I have used walnut shells before but I usually push a little polifil in the corners to keep them full. Love the ribbon embellishment.
I absolutely love your version of this delightful pin cushion. I’m having trouble finding crushed walnut shells up here at my summer location, but when I’m wintering in Texas, I use them exclusively. I’m pretty spoiled now!
I love the colours of the ribbon and fabric. Gorgeous.
I too use walnut shells. They have a lovely weight. I bought my 10 lb sack from the snake pet shop. Yep. Real snakes. They use the walnuts as the reptile equivalent of kitty litter.