Posted by on January 10, 2010 in stitch | 7 comments


I think I've almost worked out how to make some pincushions out of the little vintage jello molds that I have. 

 A little felt, and a little embroidery, and a little wool stuffing, that's all it took. I do still wish I could figure out how to make the edges smooth and not bunchy. Any ideas?

I also wanted to tell you about a book that you should get. I was super lucky, and the publisher sent me a copy of How to Sew a Button, by Erin Bried.  I pride myself on being pretty self-sufficient, and knowing how to do a lot of things, but this book is just full of great stuff. I will be referring to it often. 


Right now I'm trying to fix a slow drain with baking soda and vinegar, like one of the chapters suggests. 

The author interviewed a bunch of grandmothers, and shares their answers on how to do everything from roast a chicken to make strawberry jam to tying your husband's necktie. It's all written in a friendly, sassy way, as if you were talking to one of these ladies yourself. How to Sew a Button would make a great gift for newlyweds, recent graduates, and anyone just setting out on their own, and not just women, I think anyone would benefit from having this in their library to refer to when they're not sure just how to do something. 

It's also great, especially now when frugality is once again a necessary skill and self-sufficiency is something to be proud of. I can't recommend it enough! 



  1. Oooh…that book looks lovely! On the pincushion…it seems to me that, because your gelatin mold is already tapered, if you were to make your felt insert tapered as well, sew a gathering stitch around the edge, and push that gathered edge alllllll the way down to the bottom of the mold, then you wouldn’t see any (as many?) puckers at the top. ??
    (I make pincushions from teacups, and that’s kind of what I do, but I use embroidered/embellished cotton, instead.)

  2. That pincushion is darling. I love the colors,design and the idea. That book looks lovely indeed. I love books like that. I’ll have to put it on my list.

  3. I think I’ll have to start doing some none-too-subtle hinting to my husband about that book. Thanks! =]

  4. oohhh… i love the bunchy edges – simply perfect – change nothing 🙂
    t x

  5. just wanted to let you know that i’m loving “hey lucy radio!” i’ve already loved pandora for a while, but am just listening to your line up of tune choices, and they’re great! :o)

  6. Thanks! I had fun making that station, and I still add artists and rate songs, so it's just exactly what I like :o) I'm glad you like it too! 

  7. What a sweet pincushion. That book was in today’s newspaper insert and caught my eye. I’ll have to keep an eye out for it.

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