Ever completed a make and been amazed at how tiny it’s turned out?
I thought I’d set my mind to using up some smaller pieces from my slowly decreasing stash. I wanted to run up something pretty, yet useful, with some smaller bits of Liberty fabric, that I think came free with a magazine subscription some time ago. This cute pin cushion, featured in ‘The Love Sewing Book of Liberty Sewing’ caught my attention.
As you can see in the magazine image, above right, they’d clearly used a close up, but I didn’t realise quite how extreme a one, until my teeny, tiny pin cushion was complete. Well, it’s certainly cute, and it’s certainly useable, but look at the contrast in size!!
I must confess, that while it was novel to make this, I much prefer dressmaking. I’ve got some more smaller cuts to use up, so I’m thinking of eye-masks and nail file cases, both of which I’ve seen in magazines recently, but I’m not that fussed at the prospect if I’m honest… They might pass as ‘token’ presents, for when you want to include a little something with a card for a friend, maybe… Let’s hope they turn out big enough to work…
Incidentally, I found a good home for lots of my smaller scraps of fabric. The textiles (‘home economics’ in my day) department at school was really grateful for them, and many pieces got used straight away 🙂 I know there are a fair few teachers out there, so might be worth a try, if you’re trying to declutter, but can’t bear to bin those precious bits of fabric? I now have one basket of larger scraps for me, and one bag of smaller ones, destined for school when it gets full enough.