Candleholder Pincushion

assorted stickpins

assorted stickpins

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.

stickpins on a scarf

stickpins on a scarf

I’ve stuck them on a scarf, displayed on a bust.

stickpins on the table

stickpins on the table

I’ve just laid them on my table.

stickpins in a ring tray

stickpins in a ring tray

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.

 sparrow candle holder

sparrow candle holder

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!

supplies

supplies

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.

cut a circle of fabric  batting

cut a circle of fabric batting

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.

hand stitch around the edge

hand stitch around the edge

I stitched around the fabric about 3/4″ from the edge, so I would be able to gather it.

scrap batting stuffing

scrap batting stuffing

Added some batting scraps to the center, so it would be real puffy.

gather the stitches

gather the stitches

That running stitch is now gathered tightly and the ends ties together.

push the edges inside

push the edges inside

I pushed the raw edges into the center of the cushion. Don’t worry, you’re not going to see those edges again.

gather the lace

gather the lace

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.

slip lace over the cushion

slip lace over the cushion

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.

hot glue in bottom

hot glue in bottom

Finally, add hot glue to the bottom of the candleholder.

stuff the candle holder

stuff the candle holder

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.

candleholder pincushion

candleholder pincushion

All finished! I think she’s happy with her new job. Here’s another view of her.

pincushion

sparrow pincushion

Too sweet!  I like the plainness of the muslin. Now let’s see how she looks in action.

stick pins and pincushion

stickpins and pincushion

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?

pincushion and stickpins

pincushion and stickpins

So have a wonderful day. I’ve got a shop to clean up, and more stick pins to make!

candleholder pincushion

candleholder pincushion

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