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pincushion organizer

I made two of these weighted pincushion organizers last year: one for myself and another for my friend Sarah. My sister-in-law, Terrye, recently bought a new sewing machine, so I thought this organizer would be a good little gift for her.

I used this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew by Elizabeth Hartman, and I had no problem following along. You will want to use lightweight interfacing. I made the mistake of using heavier stuff when I assembled the first one, and it made the top rim of the bag too thick and top-heavy.

The organizer sits nicely on the edge of my sewing table or on the arm of the sofa, which is handy when I am working in front of the TV. The organizer panel has the perfect-sized slots to hold snips and a seam ripper, an unfortunate necessity for me. The detachable bag is helping to curb my bad habit of flinging stray threads to the floor, where they tangle up my vacuum cleaner.

I thought this fabric by Timeless Treasures with its twist on sewing expressions was fun and appropriate.

I have found “Keep calm” to be a good mantra while seam ripping.

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4 thoughts on “pincushion organizer

  1. Looks great, I always wanted to make one of these and I saw the tutorial in sew mama sew too. I think I will try this for Christmas gifts. Did it take to long to make?

    • Hi–I tried to reply earlier but I am new at this and am not sure if it sent, so if you’ve already heard from me, I apologize!
      No, it didn’t take long at all. I cut out all of the various pieces one evening and assembled it the next. Her directions and photos are clear and helpful.
      If you make one, I’d love to see it!

  2. Great choice of fabric. A reminder to ‘Keep Calm’ is never a bad thing when thread knots or breaks, while unpicking…

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