Sunday, June 10, 2012

~ A Little Fluff & Stuff ~

What a gorgeous weekend we've had in our neck of the woods. Even the strong warm winds haven't detoured me from working on outside projects. Trust me when I say there's A LOT of outside work to be done, but that's a post for another day. Even though I love being outside a gal's gotta spend some time working inside, right?

While doing some reorganizing last week I ran across this beautiful piece of fabric, yes folks I "love" fabric. I sold quite a bit of it in the auction a couple of years ago, my favorites I hung onto, and have slowly started adding more pieces for future projects.
Many years ago while living at the lake I went to work for a fabric shop. It's a wonderful place to work if you love fabric. I joined a quilters club and made fast friends with many folks in the area. While working there Mr. P surprised me one Christmas with this sewing machine. Can you say dinosaur? Yes, it's a few years old. I have a newer one of a different brand that's on the blink, that quite honestly can't do the job this one has done over the years. This machine has had many pieces of fabric run under it's pressure foot. Everything from bears and bunnies while crafting, to suits for Mr. P and swimsuits, oh the list goes on. When I opened the shop almost 14 years ago I still made napkins and runners and a few valances but for the most of that time the machine has set idle. This past month it's seen a variety of fabrics and projects. Today I'll share one of those quick "little" projects with you.
Everyone has a pin cushion right? Some standard ones from your local variety store, or ones you've made. I discovered I still had this one I made "many-many" years ago. Nothing wrong with it, it still held the pins and ate needles, just the wrong color.
As well as this one. Nothing fancy, just a square sewn and stuffed. But the colors are just "all" wrong for my little work area.
So I cut a slit in the top and pulled out the stuffing. Folks there's a lot of stuffing in one small square piece of fabric.
When I said earlier the pin cushion ate needles I wasn't kidding. It ate "a lot" of needles!
All shapes and sizes. Man live there were a bunch of them, my fingers were pricked many times, at least now I don't have to hunt for needles. lol
I love blue and white in all most anything. I had this piece of fabric left over from an earlier project. There was an odd size piece that wasn't large enough to do much of anything with, so I cut a piece 11" x 8 1/2" , I sewed all of the sides up leaving a small space to turn, press, and then stuff as tightly as I could. After whip stitching the edge together with quilting thread I now had a pin cushion to sit beside the machine. I'm sure you're wondering why the odd size for the pin cushion. No specific reason, it just happened to be the size I could cut without a lot of wasted fabric left over.
Can you say pretty?
All ready for my little fingers. :-)

Before
 After
 It wasn't a big project, or one that took a lot of time to complete, just one that makes me smile when I sit at the machine working at making some of my dream projects come to life.


hugs ~ Lynne ~
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8 comments:

Salmagundi said...

I had to laugh -- my pincushion has probably eaten 100s of needles over the years. I'm always losing needles!! Now I know where they are. Have a good week! Sally

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Oh girl I have to tell you I have that same machine and about 15 years ago I took it in for service and wanted to sell it..well the guy at the sewing machine repair shop told me those are one of the most sod out machine and he sells them for $800.00 and that was then..That machine will do everything but windows and floors ha ha!! Girl hang on to that machine..I kept mine..and I still have my little Singer 1929 which is a true work horse..I also have a Brothers and it can't keep up with the other 2..
You would think with all these machines I would sew more ha ha!! But girl I can't see to thread the needle anymore ha ha!!
I pray all is well on your side of the mountain today..Things here are quiet..trying to clean bathroom..can you say YUCK!!
Love ya girl friend..Hugs and love Gl♥ria

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Lynne, I haven't seen one of those Singer's for awhile! The pin cushion is pretty, blue and white being a favorite of mine. Question. What is to keep your needles from disappearing into THIS pretty pin cushion?? I really do like the size. Can't lose this one! :)
Gee..I wish I still sewed..I mean more than just a little.
Hugs!

Rooms by Ann said...

I haven't seen a machine like this since I was in high school and my mother would make throw pillows, I really like your fabric. Thanks for sharing.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Pretty, Lynne! There's no reason why those items we use for functional purposes can't look pretty, too. It makes for a great use for scrap pieces of fabric. I have so much ~ from sample pieces, scraps, a yard here and there ~ I don't know if I could even use it all!

Michele said...

That's a mighty cute little mini project, and useful too.

Shelia said...

Hi Lynne! I'll bet your olden machine does a better job and is probably more 'iron horse' than some of the new ones today. Now that's funny about your pin cushion eating needles! :)
Love your little new one and that fabric is gorgeous. Just perfect for you.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ivy and Elephants said...

I love that you made your own cushion in such a gorgeous fabric. I have an old machine too, from 1942! (really!)
But I love it cause it still works and looks great! Yours does too, it's retro rad!!
Hugs,
Patti