Humpty Dumpty Pin Cushion

July 5th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I am pretty sure that every time I sew I scatter pins everywhere. For this, I refuse to apologize. If you live with me there will be strings of thread clinging to your sweaters, sticking to rugs and furniture, scraps of fabric trimmed onto the floor, and yes sharp pins left here and there. I am no great seamstress but I have always sewed. Since I was ummmm…. 11 or 12 I have always sewed. I have sewn in the cramped corners of my rented rooms in several states, lugging my mothers old avocado green Singer here and there. Sometimes with no table or chair, there on the floor, I sewed. I don’t know why but sewing is a bit of who I am.

I have never owned a pin cushion. Sometimes when I am stitching at night, sitting on the sofa, I use the arm of the couch for my pin cushion. Last week  my son Emmett found a pin and told me leaving sharp pins in the sofa was not safe, he wagged his little pointer finger at me,  his sweet brow all furrowed and serious. I loved that moment of being the irresponsible one, but he too will have to get use to living with me.

Late the other night, near midnight, I was struck by the idea that I NEEDED to sew a Humpty Dumpty pin cushion for myself. It was so late,  I have absolutely no idea why Humty Dumpty – none!  But I started drawing a pattern and began stitching and this is what evolved.  Quite cute right? I didn’t realize until after taking the pictures that Humpty Dumpty needed arms, so I had to sew those the next day !

Oh and after spilling ALL the pins on the floor in my studio this weekend I realized the Grundtal magnetic knife bar from IKEA makes for the perfect “magic pin wand” for my studio! I happen to have one just sitting in my basement, I hung it on my pegboard next to my rulers for easy pin clean up – ! So I guess maybe I can get a little better at cleaning up after my sewing but no big promises Emmett.


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