Pincushions

We love pincushions with a passion. Not only are they super-cute (well… most of them are, depending on the design), but they’re very functional and organizational as well. We wanted to give some friends of ours a small, simple and meaningful gift and we thought to ourselves: “How about a pincushion?” And so we did! After a lot of research and concept sketches we finally came up with a few authentic designs and we’re very happy with the results. Check them out! 🙂

Sunflower Pincushion and Needle Book

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Sunflower Pincushion and Needle Book

When we designed the Sunflower Pincushion and Needle Book, we wanted it to look a little bit cartoonish and animated, rather than exactly like a traditional sunflower. We wanted something soft, warm and fragile, instead of an aggressive design.

Patchwork Pincushion and Needle Book

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Patchwork Pincushion and Needle Book

We’ve always wanted to try creating a Patchwork Pincushion and Needle Book. Patchwork is a very nice method to get rid of tiny, extra pieces of fabric and to turn them into a real gem. If you ever feel like you have too many small pieces of cloth or fabric that you just want to throw in the garbage… think twice! You never know what masterpiece might come out of them 🙂

Mouse Pincushion and Needle Book

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Mouse Pincushion and Needle Book

The Mouse is a very popular theme for a pincushion. We’ve seen many different kinds, and you might have too, but we still wanted to make our own Mouse Pincushion and Needle Book, since it has the potential to be the cutest of them all. We wanted it to look as much like a mouse as possible, without sacrificing the cute factor. To give it a bit of character we made his whiskers yellow, as this makes a nice contrast with the black, and it’s in the same warm color family as the brown of his ears. We also used yellow beads to give it amazing, sparkly eyes.

When it came to the accompanying needle-book design we started crafting it as a mouse as well, to make them like friends or like a cute couple, but Josh suggested a piece of cheese instead. What better friend can we give to a mouse than a piece of cheese? Maybe you can try the “couples version” and give your little mouse a wife. 🙂 What do you think?

Heart Pincushion and Needle Book

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Heart Pincushion and Needle Book

We’re pretty sure everybody has owned or has at least seen a Heart Pincushion and Needle Book. They’re very romantic, popular and girly. 🙂 So… if you have a best friend who likes to get crafty and show off her sewing skills, why not challenge YOUR skills and give her a little heart pincushion. We all know real hearts are red but when it comes to Love hearts, we prefer them pink, frilly and cute. 🙂

Beach Pincushion and Needle Book

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Beach Pincushion and Needle Book

Josh and I love the sun-hat pincushions, especially the ones that look like an old fashioned English lady’s hat or Victorian era hat.

We were struck with the idea to make the Beach Pincushion and Needle Book set when we were enjoying a sunny day at the beach. Looking at all the hats and beach accessories, we thought that some ladies might like to keep a pincushion at the beach-house for the occasional, small stitch-job or… what about the ladies that live by the beach? They deserve to have a pincushion set that fits their lifestyle. 🙂 So here we go, we designed a cute, hot, sun-hat pincushion with a flip-flop needle book.

Now we’re definitely set for the beach 🙂

Button-pillow Pincushion and Needle Book

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Button-pillow Pincushion and Needle Book

One of our favorite regular pillow designs is the one with a fabric-covered button in the middle. The kind you throw on your couch. Designers mostly use silky-looking fabrics to make them look very classy, chic and aristocratic.

That’s exactly how we wanted our Button-pillow Pincushion and Needle Book to look. We chose a beautiful, dark fabric that fits our idea and purpose perfectly. So if you have a classic-looking house, with heavy drapery and antique furniture, give it a try! We are pretty sure it will accessorize amazingly with everything in your house. 🙂

Envelope Pincushion and Needle Book

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Envelope Pincushion and Needle Book

A few sketches were roughly thrown on a piece of paper to figure out which one of our designs we liked the best. Our first idea was to make a pillow-looking pincushion with folded edges on top. After playing around with different sketches and ideas, the pillow evolved into an Envelope Pincushion and Needle Book. After all, there’s always a cute message inside a pincushion and needle book, such as: “this nice lady rocks the organizing world with her needles and pins.” 😛

Strawberry Pincushion and Needle Book

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Strawberry Pincushion and Needle Book

Josh and I started a healthy eating routine a while ago and part of it is eating berries with yogurt for breakfast. Can you guess the colors on this project called the Strawberry Pincushion and Needle Book? 😛

Our favorite berry is the strawberry, so we thought: “How about a yummy strawberry to lighten up our mornings?” We both agreed that we had to make the pincushion look VERY yummy and sweet, with a bright red color and fresh, green leaves. We also sparkled it with white little beads to remind us of the freshness of the morning dew. Oh Yeah!

Enjoy your breakfast! 🙂

Flower Pincushion and Needle Book

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Flower Pincushion and Needle Book

After replacing a few basket-covers with fresh ones we designed, we had a few small pieces of fabric left over that we couldn’t use for anything else besides a pincushion. We thought about something like a patchwork idea or a quilt, but that required more fabric purchases and more expenses. When we were dreaming up our pincushion ideas for our gifts, we thought we should use those little pieces of fabric we had for a pincushion. It’s the best way to avoid wasting fabric and use even the smallest pieces with style. Together we matched this fabric with another plain one and created the perfect combination for our creation. We named it the Flower Pincushion and Needle Book.

Try it out!

We are more than sure yours will turn out better than ours. 🙂

Daisy Pincushion and Needle Book

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Flower Pincushion and Needle Book

Josh and I have this challenge between us to try different flower designs and turn them into pincushions… or is it a rivalry? 😛

A few of them don’t always turn out as we wanted, because of the complicated shapes of flowers, but this particular one turned out amazingly. We call it Luleshqerre pincushion or as you may know it in English: a Daisy Pincushion and Needle Book. We couldn’t decide between keeping the middle of the flower yellow or orange, as we liked them both, so we made a flippable one. 😛

You can flip it around and have it however you want: yellow some days and orange some others. 🙂

Copyright © 2018 Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills, Joshua Joseph Mills.
All rights reserved. Published in Canada by The Mills' Mill.
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