I’ve just taken part in my first swap – a pincushion swap, organised by Rachel at House of Pinheiro.

The idea was to create a pincushion from bits and bobs in your stash and send it to your allocated swap partner. My partner was Kate from the lovely blog Trestle and Bunting. Kate is crafty, green fingered, a foodie and makes the most fantastic sock creatures, she is clearly a talented lady – take a peek.

Here’s what I made for Kate…


It’s a scrap fabric, flower wreath pincushion! I raided my shockingly large stash of Liberty prints and combined them with some bone-coloured heavy French linen. I had no idea I had collected so much Liberty over the years! Time some of it was put to good use. My pincushion is pretty bold eh?! I love the bright colours and had fun making it. To be honest though, the whole thing was slightly nerve-racking. I wanted to make something a bit different and also wanted my partner to like it. Oh, the pressure! Totally self-imposed of course…

I came up with this crazy colourful wreath idea and crossed my fingers that it would be up Kate’s street. I think it was – she said it was very tactile and she loved the flowers. Phew!

If you’d like to have a go at one for yourself, I’m making a tutorial to show you how, step by step. The flowers are especially fun. Pop back! It’ll be ready later this week.

And, here is the lovely pincushion that Kate made, and sent to me…

pincushion swap - from Kate

Cute!!! I just love the beads and pretty tassels! And, her card is so lovely. I’ve tidied up my sewing table today and pinned it to the wall behind my sewing machine so I can enjoy it while I sew. My new pincushion is right there too, full of shiny new pins :)

Thanks Kate!

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