Thursday, March 20, 2014

No Calorie Doughnut Pin Cushions

Do they look good enough to eat?

What is your favorite flavor?  How about raspberry icing with multi-colored sprinkles?  Or chocolate frosted with multicolored sprinkles.  My favorite?  Vanilla frosted with caramel sprinkles!

A needlewoman never has too many pincushions.  I find it helpful to have one in most rooms, so I baked up this batch of three felt doughnut pincushions.  I was browsing the April/May issue of Sew-it today magazine and discovered these cute pin cushions as one of the many featured projects.  They were so fast and easy to whip up.  

There are essentially only four steps:
  1. Cut your felt doughnut circles and your felt icing circle.  ( I used my Spellbinders Nestibilities Peonie die for my frosting and ran the felt and die through my Cuttlebug.  You can easily hand cut any icing design you like.)
  2. Sew the center circle on the sewing machine (right sides together and then turn out)
  3. Bead the frosting.  (If you prefer not to use beads, a simple straight stitch or french knots could be used to achieve the sprinkles look.)
  4. Whip stitch the edges of the doughnut for a couple inches and then stuff with whatever stuffing you choose (I used fiberfill).  Then continue stitching and stuffing until you complete the circle of the doughnut.  Be sure to pull the thread snugly to create a crimped border as you are stitching. 

Aren't they just the yummiest pin cushions?  And don't you just love my fancy pins?  I didn't make these but I did purchase them from  Nik Nax by Arlana  who has an Etsy shop and sells the most adorable pins. 


CAUTION!  If you make a batch of these pin cushions I can guarantee you that you'll begin to crave a good doughnut and a cup of your favorite beverage.

Until next time,


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Making Kitchen Linens

While the wind howls, snow is falling (yes!  STILL) and the temperatures remain so low that we continue to have daily frostbite warnings, I've been keeping warm indoors and dreaming of spring flowers while doing a lot of sewing.  In particular, I've been making a variety of kitchen linens; everything from tea towels, hot pads and pot holders to aprons.

I've fallen in love with Tanya Whelan's line of lovely floral prints and using them in my kitchen linens.

My BFF had a birthday recently I sent her these pot holders and tea towels as a gift.  She'd had an old, worn and well used and loved pair of pot holders very similar to this and it was time to freshen up her kitchen linens supply.  I'm so pleased that she was thrilled to receive them.

I should get in my kitchen and put my new kitchen linens to use now.  What shall I make for dinner tonight?  Something that will be warm and filling.  It is a very, VERY cold and frigid day today.  Hmmmm...did someone mention something about it being Spring tomorrow?  It is going to be a long time before we fill any warmth here.
Until next time,