Etsy Shop Update: Pin Cushions

I've finally started getting my act together with my Etsy shop, creating some brand new products that I'm excited about, so I wanted to share the first couple of things with you in a bit more detail.

First up for your online shopping delectation are two styles of pin cushion. If you've followed me for a while you'll know that I'm a sewist (I prefer this term to 'sewer' as it's not so easily misread...), and every self-respecting needlewoman - or needleman for that matter - needs a good pin cushion to keep sharp pointy things under control while you're stitching. Also, if you're anything like me you'll likely have more than one in your arsenal already, either inherited, included in one of those mini sewing kits, gifted or handmade. But I always think with these sorts of things you can never really have too many, and they'll probably get used at different times for slightly different purposes (a wrist-worn pin cushion can be really handy when you're pinning a hem for a friend).

Anyway - here's the first of my offerings, a good basic rectangular cushion made in the most fun vintage sewing machine design fabric. I found this in a local quilting shop and thought it would be perfect for pin cushions as the print lends itself straight away to the shape, giving you a different design on either side. The images show sewing machines from the 1930s, 1950s, 1970s and 1990s in a range of bright and bold colour combinations. I love the nostalgic aspect of this fabric - you're likely to recognise a style of machine that your Nan or Mum or even you had in times gone by. The pin cushions are well filled with toy-safe polyester stuffing and finished by hand, and measure approximately 10 x 7 cm (4 x 3 inches), standing about 4 cm (1.5 inches) tall. I think one of these would make a great quirky addition to your sewing table sitting alongside your modern sewing machine, or a gift for a friend or family member who still uses a vintage machine.

The second style of pin cushion would be a lovely accompaniment to some hand sewing I think as it sits really stable and won't roll away from you. The shape is called a 'biscornu' and is a design I discovered in a patchwork magazine a little while ago. The shape is created by sewing two squares of fabric together offset and turning it as you go to make the extra corners and the zig-zag seam effect around the middle. I've added decorative buttons to the top and bottom to pull in the middle giving it a bit of a donut look, and it makes sure the stuffing is nice and firm to hold your pins. I've made a selection of these in pretty floral cottons, but I think they'd be great with some contrasting plain fabrics to really show off the unusual shape - watch this space! These pin cushions measure about 10 cm (4 inches) square by 4 cm (1.5 inches) tall and again have the polyester filling and hand finishing.

These items are listed for sale now in my Etsy shop at £7 each for the sewing machines, and £8 each for the biscornus. I'm in the process of making more in different colour combinations, as well as some other different products which I hope to have available soon - so keep checking the shop for new listings.

Oh, one other thing before I forget - I've booked my first craft fair! I'm really excited to announce that I'll be selling at the Support Local Pop Up on Saturday 1st July at the One Warwick Park Hotel in Tunbridge Wells. This is a fairly new event but one featuring a variety of stalls and different businesses, so I'm delighted to be among them. I hope it's going to be a great day, and if you're in the area it would be lovely if you're able to pop in and say hello!