A few months ago I decided to sew up the photo sample for our (now sold-out) Yo-Yo Pincushions kit. I have a soft spot for 1930s feedsack fabric, and I knew that they would make great gifts too! The pattern was a fun kind of 'choose-your-own adventure', with many ideas on different pincushion shapes with different yo-yo embellishments. What a fun way to use unique big buttons and jumbo ric-rack! I had never made yo-yos before, but the Clover Yo-Yo Makers made it a piece of cake. I found them to be quite addictive. When I got the pincushions back from Photography & Customer Service, I kept the small yellow and pink one for myself, I gave one to my mom who helped me sew them, and I gave the third to my mom's friend who is just getting into sewing and remarked that she didn't even have a pincushion yet.
Here are the details on my pincushions, in case you'd like to make some similar ones for gifts:
- The fabric shown is Mama's Cottons 2, which is pretty much all gone now. You could use Canning DayStack Sampler would be perfect.
(the third Mama's Cottons collection) for a similar look. You don't need much in the way of fabric for these--several fat quarters would do it. For a scrappy look, a
- The pattern is still available here.
- I recommend Clover Yo-Yo Makers, available here for the fastest results, but you can also sew them without the yo-yo makers if you're on a tight budget.