Keep those pins in place!

So I’ve decided I need another baby quilt in my little Etsy Shop made with Moda’s beautiful “Jungle Bungle” fabrics, and I’ve got it started on my design board.  I can’t wait to start piecing it together…


But before I do–I’m going to solve a little problem.  —  When I’m working on my sewing machine, sewing away–I often knock over my pincushion.  It’s annoying.   I have this lovely pincushion we made at one of the wonderful quilt retreats I’ve gone to with Judy Hasheider (Quilt with Judy).  — we always have a great time.  At this particular retreat, we had visited an Alpaca Farm near Mineral Point, WI, and needle felted our own pincushions while there.


I just love it.  It reminds me of the wonderful time we had on that side trip–so much fun.  But I seem to knock it on the floor quite a bit — it’s sitting on a very small table area beside my machine.  What to do?

Wait–I’d seen something interesting on a Pinterest Board…I’ll just use what I have and see if I can (as Tim Gunn would say) “make it work”.

I already have a cute little wrist pincushion that I never seem to use very often … it wraps around the wrist with a Velcro closing.


So why not take a length of elastic and two pieces of Velcro (I have both in my scraps of leftovers from other projects), and sew the Velcro onto each end of the elastic.


That way I can simply Velcro the elastic to one end of the wrist band of the pincushion…


and then wrap it around the base of my sewing machine and Velcro it closed!


It works!  Not gorgeous, but functional.

Finished3 Finished2

Now I’ve got a place for my pins that can’t fall off the edge of my sewing machine cabinet.  And I’ll use my cute little felted pincushion on my larger work table.

If I change my mind and want to use the wrist pincushion again, all I have to do is “un-Velcro” it and it’s back to the way it was.

One problem solved….  if only all problems were so easily solved! 🙂


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