52 Projects is an adventure in discovery. Every week, for 52 weeks, do something. Something you’ve never done before. Something you’ve always wanted to do. Something that scares you. Something that inspires you. Something that inspires others. Something that tickles your fancy. Something that caught your eye. Something that just popped into your head. It can be big. It can be small. It can be whatever you want it to be. Find out how doing something can lead you to discover things about yourself, your world, your God. Then, come here on Sundays and share it with others. I'll write about mine here, you write about yours on your blog, then use the tool in my post to link to your something. Please feel free to jump in and participate anytime throughout the year!

Jane


Saturday, January 30, 2010

Week 2: Pin Cushions


Betsy Ross, I am not. Still, I love my old sewing machine that I inherited from my grandmother. I have bags filled with fabric scraps that I’ve been meaning to get around to playing with to see how I might repurpose them. Pin cushions jumped in to my mind in the beginning of the week. So I made one. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the classic little red tomato that came with every sewing kit ever sold. Easiest sewing project ever done. It was so much fun that I couldn't stop there. One pin cushion turned in to many.








Just by the process of trying one pin cushion, it spread a fire through my brain. I suddenly had a vision of setting up my old vintage black Singer machine at the show I’ll be doing in the late Spring (more about that later). At a real live showing of the Painted House, I can use my old sewing machine as a prop with these pin cushions piled around it. I can sell them on Etsy. I can give them away. You get the idea. One of the best totally unexpected uses for the pin cushion was the discovery that they make wonderful pillows for napping sock monkeys.


When you start with a tiny spark, it has the potential to spread like wildfire and that, my friends, is one of the reasons behind 52 Projects. What have you tried this week?


11 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh Jane - those are so adorable I want them -- and I don't even have any pins! :)

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  2. You always come up with the most original, creative things, Jane. Incredible and so cute!

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  3. ~go jane go...love the fabric and color choices...wonderful idea and yes far beyond the old little red tomato! can't wait to see what you have up your sleeve for next week! brightest blessings~

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  4. Wow , those are great,I have just started tinkering with sewing again after a long absence so might have a go at something similar to use up some lovely bits and pieces of fabric which are too small to do much else with.
    Love the sleeping sock monkey :)

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  5. These are great...gosh if I had a machine I'd make some....I have a lot of material floating around in the attic....(yes it floats like ghosts...it's been there so long). The monkey is awesome too...did you make him?

    I'm posting on my main blog today.

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  6. I love the yellow and black pin cushion... it's calling my name... so please list it on etsy soon.

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  7. They are so colorful. I love your sock monkey :)

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  8. I love the pin cushions...may have to try some :-)

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  9. I definitely want to try to sew something before the year is up. But I almost listed Ironing as my new thing this week, so I've got a ways to go in the 'womanly arts' department.

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  10. PS: Also love the napping sock monkey. Did you make him too? I've got a thing for sock monkeys, but want a homemade one, not a store-bought one. So I'd better learn, right?

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