people who sew use a pincushion, and it has long been an item
that is often very decorated. In here are twenty fancy pincushions,
complete with decorative pins that will make great gifts for
anybody who sews if you can bear to part with them!
These are the type of small projects that make up quickly
but can easily be tailored to suit individual tastes. Stocking
fillers, secret Santa, party favors, prizes, under the Christmas
tree or by the recipient’s plate are all uses that come
to mind. You don’t need much to make any of the patterns
and all are a great way of using up oddments of fabric, fancy
threads and even leftover stuffing from toy making endeavors.
The basic techniques are just that ? basic ? and anybody who
can do a bit of hand sewing (all projects do not even use
a machine) can have a go. This is just the sort of thing for
dark autumn evenings. I was impressed by the imaginative themes
for the pincushions. There is the now inevitable cupcake,
but there is also a Christmas pudding, Halloween pumpkin,
wedge of cheese, flat out cat, union jack, radio and my own
favorite the voodoo doll. Adorning each pincushion are several
cleverly adapted pins with novelty heads. These are simply
made using shrink plastic, and the subjects chosen will raise
a smile. The sunflower is decked with butterflies, the hedgehog
with autumn leaves, the fried egg with wee rashers etc.
patterns for the pincushions are given, but you will have
to source the clipart for the pins yourself. A great book
with a lot of easy but effective projects I can imagine children
having fun with as well as adults.