A pincushion fit for a Queen!

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My final swap that I had signed up for this year was a pincushion swap. My partner, Helen, has very easy to please tastes, and loves her puppy Angus, very much, so I had a lot of fun putting this parcel together.


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Yes, there are two pincushions there. One for show and one for “everyday” use. I had so many ideas for this swap, I couldn’t narrow it down to just one!


Mason Jar Pincushion Mason Jar Pincushion


This sweet little mason jar pincushion was just so cute! I loved the “quilted” glass on the jar I found.

Of course, I had to fill it with little sewing things…


Mason Jar Pincushion


A tape measure, some ribbon, a tiny spool of ribbon and a scissor fob/zipper charm with matching beads and a love my dog tag.


Flying Geese Needle book Flying Geese Needle book Flying Geese Needle book


What’s pins without needles? So I made up a beautiful rainbow of Flying Geese into a needle book for her as well. The paper piecing pattern for the geese was resized from a pattern by Jeliquilts and of course, I used the fabulous Needle Book tutorial from Nana Company.


Flying Geese Needle Case Flying Geese Needle Book


Inside I used a rainbow number fabric, and added a cute little rainbow of pins.

Really, though, the star of the show was Elizabeth. Fussy cut from the new line by Tula Pink.


Tula Pink Elizabeth Pincushion


I did put a few pins into her hair-do, just to keep it neat during the trip. They matched her colouring so perfectly!


Tula Pink Elizabeth Pincushion



She is richly dressed in two layers of lace, one for her collar and one for her frill, a satin ribbon and I even very carefully beaded her frill for a little added shine and sparkle.


Tula Pink Elizabeth Pincushion


The final touch was this perfect button found in the vintage stash. She’s royalty so of course she needed some jewels! But I wanted to keep it understated, not too ostentatious.

I know that Helen was really happy with her parcel, but I think I might need to make another Elizabeth to come live with me.

Have you ever recreated a swap item or a gift, just for yourself? Or been just unable to give something away and had to make a substitute at the last minute?

Happy Crafting - Cassie.

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