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Hello! Today I thought I’d talk about the inspiration behind the clip’n’pincushion that was launched a few months ago. To be honest, this mostly came about as a result of my lack-lustre sewing habits!!! I love using wonder clips as I find them so useful…do you ever use them? Mine are in constant rotation – holding thick layers of fabric together, keeping pattern pieces together for quilting and dressmaking, keeping blocks together in order whilst sewing a quilt top together, clipping binding in place……..the possibilities are endless!
I’m not quite so good at tidying them away as I go along though – tending to throw them in the vague direction of the box they came in. Then they end up everywhere (buried under fabric!) and I can never find one when I actually need it!
The clip’n’pincushion has a trim around the edge which is the perfect size for clips to be attached to, and the pincushion has enough depth that the clips are still easy to grab a hold of, and pins can go in without stabbing you in the finger when you pick the pincushion up!
For these samples, I used HSTs left over from previous projects, but you could also use any scraps of fabric you have lying around. I found a spare economy block and made a mini-version to use when I’m sat on the sofa/out and about. I love the ones that Tara at Wefty Needle made with her EZ Miter corner templates, and Kim at Persimon Dreams created with ‘Sew’ appliqued on.
Anyone who knows me will most likely agree that I’m terrible at following patterns and am always thinking of ways that I could tweak them or shortcuts to make it a little quicker!!! So with all my patterns, I’ve written them as Pattern Guides: Each PDF includes the standard step-by-step instructions and then at the back some ideas on how you could personalise/tweak the pattern, alternative instructions if for example (non-) directional fabrics were being used and also a space to write any notes or plan any changes. For this pattern, this means instructions on how to adjust the trim to fit any size pincushion that you would like to make.
If you would like to make your own clip’n’pincushion, you can check out the pattern in my Etsy shop here and if you have any questions then please do drop me a line!
Have a great weekend,
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