Pincushion Tip

May 26, 2015

Last week, I mailed out a secret package to a new friend I connected with through the Late Night Quilters Club Flying Fabric Box.  To read all about the swap, you can click here to read my last post about it.

Today, I thought I might show you the handmade gifts I sent along to the next participant, and sneak in a tip for Tips and Tutorials Tuesday.

You may recall that this was the gorgeous fabric I received in the box last month:

Flying Fabric Box 2 Late Night Quilters Club 2015

After giving it some thought, I decided that my theme for the gifts I would make using this fabric would be pincushions. I came up with three simple, but fun little cushions to send to the next recipient of the Flying Fabric Box.

A Ball jar pincushion, a mini hexapuff cushion, and a quilted cushion with a little butterfly embellishment in one of my favorite fabrics…

Butterfly Pincushion by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

(Butterfly in Budquette Dayspring Cream Floral from the Emmy Grace line, by Bari J for Art Gallery)


What do you think of the little raw-edge butterfly?  I must admit, I’m a little obsessed.  I’m just finishing up another project that highlights them. I can’t wait to get some photos of it and share it with you.

Butterfly Pincushion Close Up by Stephanie Palmer of Late Night Quilter

This butterfly pincushion brings me to my tip of the day…

Last month, I purchased several solid, 2″ round magnets from Amazon to place inside all my pincushions (these are bigger than the little magnets I put inside the hexapuff in my last tutorial). When the cushion is filled with the big round magnet, and some crushed Walnut Shells, it has a nice heft to it, so it’s also a perfect pattern weight that is always within reach on my cutting table. I top off each cushion with a puff of poly-fill for softness.

With the magnet inside, each time I drop all my pins on the floor (a daily occurrence in my house), I simply wave the cushion over the floor, and like magic, all the pins hop right back on board instead of hiding in the carpet.

Here’s what the  2″ Round Base Magnets, available on Amazon, look like:
round magnet

I hope the next recipient of the Flying Fabric Box liked her gifts and the new fabric I put in.  I have no idea what happened, but I completely forgot to take a picture of the adorable short stack of vintage-looking, polka-dotted and solid red and aqua fabrics I put in the box for her.  It must have had something to do with the four screaming children covered in elmer’s glue, flour and magic marker (don’t ask… it was a long day).

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  • Reply cheryljbrickey May 26, 2015 at 8:43 am

    That is an awesome tip about the magnet in the pincushion, I have a little issue with needles falling all over the floor 🙂

  • Reply Rochelle May 26, 2015 at 9:38 am

    Great tip. I wondered about that magnet until you explained why. Wonder how well it would locate pins in the carpet!!!

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  • Reply quiltingjetgirl May 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    Using the magnetic pincushion to reign in the pins is a great tip! 🙂

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