A “No Sew” Project

Crafty McCrafterson.  That’s me.

I have a stack of sewing tutorials I want to try [some day] but I don’t have a sewing machine yet – I think I enjoy the anticipation of getting something and that’s why I haven’t gotten it yet.  The comparing and selection are done.  The shopping around is done.  I know what I want.  I know where I’m getting it.  I just haven’t done it yet.  It could also be the fear of completely sucking at it but I’m overlooking that tidbit of possibility for now.  Maybe forever.

Let’s go with forever.

Since I don’t have a machine yet, I have some other projects lined up.  Some low-sew projects.  Or no-sew projects.  No machine involved.  I’m smart like that.  But at the same time, they are still “sewing” related.  How so, you ask?

Pincushions – a usually necessary item when sewing.  There are many kinds of pincushions out there.  The beloved tomato.  The trendy magnets.  The kind you make yourself…

Stick Me I

I found a little tutorial online on how to make a Mason jar pincushion.  I kind of sort of fell in love with the idea when I saw it.  I kind of sort of love how it turned out.  I kind of sort of made one for PodMate too.  I can’t be stopped.  I kind of sort of like it that way.

It’s a pincushion.  It’s a catchall.  It’s functional.  It’s adorable, y’all.

Stick Me II

My only beef with it is that I’m not the master of the glue gun and/or gathering and gluing down fabric.  And box cardboard is too thick.  (Thank you, cereal box, for still being in the recycling bin.)  In other words, the lid doesn’t screw down all the way.  It screws on… but not without using a little brawn.  Once the lid’s on there, no problemo mi amigo.  You got yourself a snazzy pincushion.

My large pins don’t really fit too well so I have another pincushion in mind for those bad dogs.  It’s more like the beloved tomato… only different.  And maybe cuter.  Maybe.

{Tutorial by Little Paper Dog}

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September 21, 2010 - 9:48 am

Victoria - Great Project!
No link to share the tutorial. Where’s the love? :P
I’ll have to make one of these. And it’s just in time too. I have to do some hemming on the little Riddle’s pants. You’d think with all of that leg she wouldn’t need me to hem a thing but alas I must drag out the machine.
P.S. May I ask what machine you’re anticipating? I have a Husqvarna. LOVE, Love, love it!

September 21, 2010 - 10:01 am

Brooke - Victoria – I had the link at the bottom of the page but also hyperlinked in the post. I’m looking at the Brother 2600i – I think it’s just enough machine for me to learn on and grow with. If it becomes something I love, I’ll have no problem upgrading but I need to get some know-how in first. :)

September 21, 2010 - 10:10 am

Susan - I love this project! My pincushion has moved to a shelf in my craft room, and it looks so cute. :)

September 21, 2010 - 10:34 am

Amy - I have quite a few mason jars that I will never use because canning scares me. What a perfect use for them. Thanks for sharing!

p.s. – get that machine!

September 21, 2010 - 11:25 am

katie o. - You crafty mccraftersons are killing me!
Share the skills, would ya?

September 21, 2010 - 11:31 am

Wendi @ Bon Appetit Hon - In my perfect world where I have a dedicated craft space, I’d totally be into this project. As it is, my machine doesn’t even have its own home.

September 21, 2010 - 1:56 pm

rachel - Hey girl, you know if you ever need a quick tutorial of how to use your machine, I will come on over. One thing that is very handy to have is a sewing basket. I have three pincushions full of pins and needles, measuring tape, buttons, ribbons, thread, etc.
Can’t wait to see what your first project will be!

September 21, 2010 - 2:40 pm

Brooke - @Susan – I knew you would. That’s why I made it for you.
@Amy – I know, I know… maybe I’ll order it today… maybe.
@Katie – The good thing about crafting is you don’t have to be good at it. One of the main reasons I enjoy it.
@Wendi – I’m still making room. I got a set of mattresses that are messin with my mojo.
@Rachel – I have my eye out for a basket (but they’re expensive – waiting on a coupon). Who knows what my first project will be; I think I’ll be doing a few stitch swatches to learn how to use the functions. But the machine I want is chump change compared to your MegaMachine.

September 21, 2010 - 2:45 pm

Becki D - ooo I LOVE the pincushion jar! what a perfect idea. Can you come up with something crafty for me to do with the 10 million hairbows/accessories I have for the girls? puhlease?

September 21, 2010 - 3:42 pm

Angie - Look at you, so crafty all the time! :)

September 22, 2010 - 9:45 am

rachel - HA! yes my machine was a little expensive but there was at least another monster that I really wanted. The more expensive one had where you could input images from your computer which comes in handy for machine embroidery. For now, I do all my embroidery by hand which is very tedious.

September 23, 2010 - 5:48 pm

Denise - Such a cute idea. I wish I was crafty.

September 26, 2010 - 7:55 pm

Doo Doo - It’s amazing what a person can do when they set their mind to it. If you can’t get that mattress out of the bedroom it only takes a bit of thinking how you can do one thing and get two things done at the same time.
Instead of the tomato pin cushion, why not make a voodoo pin cushion of the Hubs.

Ask him to get rid of it and if nothing happens stick the pin in the Hub cushion.

Why waste all that education you got from New Orleans.

You did buy the voodoo doll didn’t you.

September 27, 2010 - 8:22 am

Brooke - @DooDoo – So full of wit tonight! He moved them for me – I called sanitation and they picked them up with our regular trash.

September 28, 2010 - 11:25 am

Melissa - ohmigod. I want one. I want to make one. I miss my craft stuff. why oh why is it all in storage!???!!! I want a shelf of these. full of buttons and ribbon and saftey pins. ohhh the endless possibilities. ok. I am ok. house hunting commences now. just so I can have my craft stuff.

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