I love stickpins. Long before I started making jewelry, I had a job where I had to wear a suit everyday. Which in itself was kind of crazy because I unloaded trucks, drove a forklift, climbed ladders. etc. Doesn’t sound like a job that would require a suit, does it? To make that suit different from all the other suits out there, I often wore a stickpin on the lapel. Now I make stickpins (even though I no longer wear a suit), and how to display those pins has been a problem for me.
I’ve stuck them on a scarf, displayed on a bust.
I’ve just laid them on my table.
I’ve used a ring tray, poking them thru the folds. But none of these solutions have made me happy. So now I’ve decided to make a pincushion for them. From this little candle holder that’s been holding stray beads on my work table.
She’s done a good job catching beads, so I think she’s going to be great as a pincushion. So here’s how I transformed her and how you can make one for yourself!
You’re going to need a candleholder or small vessel of some sort, fabric, polyfill or batting, lace, needle and thread, and a hot glue gun.
I cut my fabric approx. 3 times larger than the inside of the candleholder. As I had batting on hand, I cut a circle of it a little larger than my fabric.
I stitched around the fabric about 3/4″ from the edge, so I would be able to gather it.
Added some batting scraps to the center, so it would be real puffy.
That running stitch is now gathered tightly and the ends ties together.
I pushed the raw edges into the center of the cushion. Don’t worry, you’re not going to see those edges again.
I cut a piece of lace approx. 1 and 1/2 times longer than the inside of the candleholder, then ran a stitch on the edge and gathered it to about the size of the candleholder and tied the ends together.
I decided that it would be easier to put the lace around the cushion rather than try to glue it to the candleholder. Just stuff that cushion and slide that lace up to about where it’s going to sit in the candleholder.
Finally, add hot glue to the bottom of the candleholder.
As I stuffed the cushion into the candleholder, I tried to make the folds in the fabric a little more spread out. The nice part about the lace is that it minimizes the folds.
All finished! I think she’s happy with her new job. Here’s another view of her.
Too sweet! I like the plainness of the muslin. Now let’s see how she looks in action.
I’ve got more candle holders, little mugs and bowls that this would work with. I bet you do too. Actual assembly only took about a 1/2 hour, so why don’t you make one too?
So have a wonderful day. I’ve got a shop to clean up, and more stick pins to make!Pin It