I have a few pin cushions, including the tomato with a strawberry on a string. (Who came up with that design anyway?) Most of the pin cushions are too soft and the pins stab through to the bottom. I like my sawdust filled tomato because it is firmer and I think the sawdust is supposed to keep the pins sharp, or else the strawberry is an emery that sharpens needles. But, my pin cushion must be old because I can't find sawdust filled ones anywhere. This one says it has high quality cotton filling. I have looked at some in stores lately and realized that some of these newer replicas are actually merely filled with Styrofoam! Not a good substitute if you ask me. So, watch for quality. Anyway, the idea came to my mind that I could simply recover my old tomato pin cushion and instead of a strawberry on a string, I could have my needlebook on a string so that they would always stay together. I whipped my idea up and I think it came out kind of sweet. I will tell you how I did it and what I might do differently when I make more as gifts.
Alternatively, You could cut sections of fabric into elongated ovals and stitch them together to form the ball shape. That would take a different type of measuring that you would have to figure out, but it may end up looking smoother. It would also involve using your machine.
- fabric that coordinates with your pin cushion
- embroidery floss
- felt, (I used white)
- pins and needle
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