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Monday
May012006

warm fuzzy feelings for the internet

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The internet is responsible for the assembly line I have in my livingroom, with rows of fabric, embroidery floss, sharpie extrafine markers, shrinky-dink paper.  The Pincushion Challenge has begun!  I figure this is the sewing equivalent of a knitted dishcloth.  A quick little project, useful, cute.  It feels good to practice my long-dormant sewing skills.  This month's theme being fruit,  I cut out some Strawberry Pincushions first.  They are currently on my coffee table:  sewn, stuffed, and gathered up top, but I messed up the sewing didn't like the template for the top leafy section.  I have decided that I want something more solidly round and simple. 

For the pincushions here, I followed the simple tutorial at Whip Up.  I was really determined to have some sort of strawberry action happening, though, and when I saw Hillary's Shrinky-Dink Pin tutorial, I sort of went out of my mind for a second with glee.  Then I bought some Shrinky-Dink paper.  A mellow Sunday later, my first Fruit Pincushion: 

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Can you tell I like the strawberries better than the apples?  There are about 5 times as many! 

I had to play around with some other fun shapes, as well.  The little rainbow makes me smile.  I want to use first shrinky dink pincushions.jpgthese fabrics to make an orange pincushion (the fruit, not the color).  I made another batch of shrinky-dink pins tonight, while watching Texas Ranch House, including different fruits to use with my future orange-shaped pincushions.  And when I do, my pincushions will officially be more coordinated than any outfit I have ever worn.

Reader Comments (4)

They're gorgeous - I think I may make one too! :-)
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterClaudia
OMG, if those pincushions and shrinky dink pins aren't the cutest things ever! Someday I will need to drag out the ol' sewing machine and make me one (or two, or...)...

BTW- I received my copy of Greetings From Knit Cafe yesterday- It's way too cute- I love it! Great patterns! :)
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterNonnahs
Soooo cute! I have to make some. Just have to!!
May 2, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
OH MY GOSH!! The pin cushions are freaking adorable but my favorite thing by far are those beautiful little shrinky dink pins!!! You've got me on a search for shrinky dink kits now!! WOO HOO!! Beautiful idea! Thanks for sharing.
May 3, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterEsther
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