{How To} Pin Cushion Crush

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Well, some of you got a glimpse at this crush last week via email…. Sorry for the mix up.  I hit the wrong button and before I knew it my unfinished post was out and about in the world – wide – web.  You caught me… I’m human!


Today’s post is about the little things for the studio.  We all have fun tools that we love and can not be without.  Well, I have a small thing for pin cushions.  These tiny cuties help prevent me from stepping on a stray pin on my floor. (been there, done that! my girls need a serious case of “ear muffs” when it happens.)

Pin Cushion Crush

Pin Cushion - The Sewing Loft

A- 1930’s inspired Patchwork Tomato by fiberluscious on Etsy.

B- Vintage Tomato & Strawberry for sale on Ebay.

C- Vintage Fairy Tale Pin cushion pattern for sale by bekabeka75 on Etsy.

These little gems have evolved from the classic vintage tomato and strawberry to some super silly things.  EHow has a post on the history of the Tomato Pin Cushion. I had no idea that these little stuffies date back to the 15th century.  Did you?
Back to my crush-
You know me…. I did some surfing and found some really cute patterns & ready to ship cuties.  Here are a few that caught my eye!
Pin Cushion Round Up - The Sewing Loft
  1. The Emma pin cushion pattern by sewingwithme4 on Etsy
  2.  Felt Bead Ring by Beewisegoods on Etsy
  3. Ladybug by RoastedChestnuts on Etsy
  4. Mushroom wristlet by TokyoManhattan on Etsy
  5. Blue Hat wristlet by BackStitchChicks on Etsy
  6. Flapper Hat by Stbthreadworks on Etsy
  7. Hedgie by Cherrytime on Etsy
  8. Cupcake Ring by Madeinlowell on Etsy
Love, Love, Love them!!
What is your favorite “little thing”? Is it thimbles, needle cases, sewing kits- or maybe tape measures?  I would love to know.  Drop me a line here or join the discussion on Facebook.

Want even more? Check out this mega list of free pincushion patterns. 

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  1. Candace Jedrowicz says

    You’re so funny! Thank for sharing all the wonderful examples!

  2. cherry time says


    Thank you for adding our hedgie 🙂

  3. Heather, I love it. I too am crazy about pincushions. I have one in every corner of my workspace! I am so honored to have my 1930’s cushion on your wonderful blog. I’m a new fan!

  4. :^) I have always loved sculptural pin cushions and make and sell them, but recently, I have started collecting needle cases and keeps of all kinds!

  5. C Sullivan says

    What a fabulous blog! Thank you for including one of my flapper hat pincushions today. You are a treasure!

  6. Liz (madeinlowell) says

    These are all wonderful! Thanks kindly for including my cupcake ring 🙂

  7. As much as I sew, I don’t use pin cushions much but you just inspired me to get one!

  8. Gabrielle says

    Thanks so much for featuring my little pin cushion!!

  9. Amandalee says

    Love this idea…so cute!

  10. Way too cute! I love the ones in picture 6.
    Found you via Sunday-Funday, and am following you on twitter!

  11. jillinamillion says

    SO many gorgeous pin cushions! And I’m off to read about the history of Tomato pincushions! Thanks for the link!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  12. Lovely pin cushions! So much nicer than my old tomato one. Lol.Thanks for sharing at my Pinteresting Party this week.

  13. Oh, I too love pincushions and this post was so much fun! Thank you for sharing all of these pretties with us and the links to read more about them, too!
    Best Wishes and Blessings,

  14. What a lovely little collection 🙂 I hope you’ll come by and link this up at my weekly link party going on now!

  15. K @ Storytime Fun! says

    Ooooooh! I adore the ladybug one,

    My Mom loved to sew and she loved ladybugs. I may just have to get her a ladybug pincushion as a memory keeper for her. She is no longer able to sew but I am sure she would love the memories it would bring back ~ memories of when she made all 7 of us children brand new matching Easter outfits for church. <3

    Thank you for sharing your pincushion crush. It made my heart smile!

    Hope you have a wonderful day!
    K @ Storytime Fun!

    Btw, I found you by way of Take It on Tuesday Blog Hop. :o)

  16. Betsy @ Romance on a Dime says

    Adorable pin cushions. I love the ladybugs!! Thanks for sharing these at Romance on a dime!! 🙂

  17. The Delightful Crafter says

    I love the 1930s vintage inspired pin cushion. It’s so adorable! Cute blog!


  18. Kenzie R. says

    Those pin cushions are too cute! I might have to invest in one just because they are cute haha.

    Stopping by from Show Us Your Find 🙂

  19. These are all adorable. Thanks so much for linking up at this week’s BFF Open House.

  20. Sharon @ Elizabeth & Co. says

    very cute collection!

  21. So many cute cushions! Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  22. Patricia Torres says

    Gosh.. you make the cutest things ever!! wow.. Thanks for linking in last week.. 🙂 Brings a huge smile on my face..

    This week.. I’m passing on a little award your way.. Hope you’ll accept it.. and pass it on too.. 🙂

  23. sewwoodsy says

    Cute round-up! I love pin cushions and could never have too many!

  24. Leslie S. in MN says

    I,too, am a lover of pincushions. I probably have half a dozen books on making pincushions. The ones I have made the most of is Tiny Worlds by Mimi Kirschner. They make great gifts.