My 2nd Retreat Project

Prepare to be stunned.  I finished another project at retreat.  OK, OK.  It was even smaller than the first project.  But I still have a wonderful sense of accomplishment.  And the truth is I finished thirty-four of these cute little babies.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Thirty-four.  Amazing.

Finger pincushions.  So cute.  And very, very functional.  Pins right at hand whether sewing by machine or by hand.

Supplies needed: scraps of fabric, stuffing or bits of batting, quilting thread, 1/8 inch elastic, buttons and a hot glue gun.

Cut 2 inch circles of fabric and sew a running stitch around the edge for gathering.

The toughest part is getting the little poof of stuffing stuffed into that little circle of fabric!


Feed the elastic through the button holes and tie on top.

I used a skewer/stiletto to poke the elastic through the holes.

If you use a spool of thread that is about finger-sized to tie the elastic, it will be the perfect size for your finger.

Cover button top and elastic tie with hot glue. 

Press the little stuffed fabric on top.  Hold until the glue dries.

I put all my pincushions on the design wall at retreat.  I really hogged the design wall space at retreat this year.  Not.  My design wall space requirement at this retreat was very, very small.  And after all the retreaters went to bed Tuesday evening, I snuck around and put one at each of their sewing machines.  Finger pincushions became the fashion statement of the day last Wednesday.  I even saw them at lunch.  The gals didn’t want to take them off.  You probably need one, don’t you?

One of the gals who works at The Compass Centre even brought me a bunch of buttons from her house when she saw what I was doing.  I have a feeling I’ll be making more of these.  A great little inexpensive gift idea.

Wish I could say I made up this little project, but I can’t.  I got the instructions from my dear friend, Linda, who is the genius behind Inklingo.  In fact, you absolutely must visit her blog and view the little video she did about making them.  Cute.  And well worth watching.  She even has an Inklingo Collection that will print perfect little 2 inch circles on your fabric for making them.  And those circles are included in the half inch hexagon collection too.

Finger pincushions.  The latest jewelry accessory for quilters.

It’s been a long time since we’ve had a give-away on this blog.  I think it’s time.  So how about a finger pincushion give-away?  Leave a comment telling me why you think you need one.  And you’ll be entered.  Not sure how many I have left to giveaway, but it will definitely be more than one.  Drawing via Random Number Generator will take place on Friday.


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18 Responses to My 2nd Retreat Project

  1. Cyndie says:

    Love the finger pin cushions! I’ve seen Linda’s video, it is so cute. Monkey is so much fun to watch, Inklingo is on my to do list for today. I’m hoping to learn how to use it and am very excited. Linda has done an awesome job and so have you!

  2. candy says:

    Cute as heck!! But I know I’d stick that pin right into my finger! 🙂

    • Barb says:

      But you can’t, Candy! The button prevents you from sticking the pins through to your finger. It’s genius.

      • candy says:

        That’s assuming I don’t miss the button!! I once had a wrist pincushion and I buried that pin in my wrist! A little on the klutzy side!

        Those would be really cute for a quilt show give-away.

  3. Bertha Mallard says:

    Count me in. I need this for applique.

  4. Diane Wyte says:

    Count me in too – I’m going to impress my friends with tiny pincushions also! Always on the cutting edge, Barb — what’s next???

  5. Patti says:

    I am loving my little pincushion as I was at retreat. I keep track of my embroidery needle, which I used on my next trip after I left retreat.
    Thanks Barb

  6. Carmen says:

    These are so cute, and we be great as favors for a quilting party!

  7. Susan Bancroft says:

    These are genius! I need TWO! 😉

  8. Vicky T says:

    I need one because I don’t have anything made by you!
    …and because I’m a 10!

  9. I got one at retreat and I love it! It holds my needle when I am hand sewing. Fewer holes in my armchair. And it is so cute! Thank you Barb!


  10. Cathi says:

    I have one and have caught myself about to go out the door with it still on my finger!! They are absolutely brilliant!

  11. mdghall says:

    How cute! I’m not much on wearing jewelry but these would be an exception.

  12. Peggy says:

    Barb, Great for applique and I am loving mine! Permanent jewelry for appliquers!!! Everyone who wins one will love them……..thanks a bunch and am sooooo happy you completed so many retreat projects. A first for you!

  13. brilliant!!! i nominate you for the BEST IDEA EVER award. i just made that award up, but i think you should still be proud 🙂
    thank you for sharing your creation, i can’t wait to make some!

  14. Suz says:

    I love mine from retreat and now need one for the OTHER hand! I did miss the button once and hit my finger, but the cuteness was totally worth it.

  15. Robin Farley says:

    What a great idea ! And they are so fashionable too!

  16. Laural says:

    Barb, I took your Aunt Grace circle class yesterday. I found this on your blog today and made one already plus I sent the directions to my mom so she can make them for her Quilts of Valor ladies.

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