Produced by Shannon Phillips
Photography by Luis Albuquerque
From the print edition, November 2012
This simple pincushion kit is ideal for novice sewers. Find any small jar with a removable lid. Place cotton batting on top, cover with a piece of fabric and use hot glue to secure in place. Fill the jar with sewing essentials, including small scissors, needles, thread and a tape measure. Push straight pins into pincushion top and finish it off with a pretty bow around the top of the jar.
For the more accomplished sewer, try a ring pincushion. Using a barbed needle, felt a small amount of roving wool into a ball the correct size and shape for your ring base (found at many jewelry and craft stores). Soak in water to set; once dry, attach with hot glue and insert straight pins.