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Thread: Pattern sought

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    Super Member Roberta's Avatar
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    I'm trying to locate a pattern for a sewing scrap caddy that fits on your quilting table and the top is a pincushion and then there is a little bag in which to put scraps of thread and material. I've looked everywhere and just can't seem to find what I need to make.

    I need something that will be heavy enough to stay on the table and to have batting in the top of that for my pins. I saw one pattern that used a ceramic tile as the weight but I'm not sure what would be good material for the pincushions part of it. Hubby said to put beans in there until I mentioned it might not be the best way to store pins and needles.

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    Roberta,
    i don't know about a pattern but I do have an idea for what to use as a filler for your pin cushion part of it. We just took a class on making pin cushions and they used what is called walnut litter. You can get it at your local pet store like Petsmart or Petco. It is litter for the bottom of bird cages but works great in the pin cushions. It is about $10 for a bag & we have made 20 cushions from it so far.

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    Here's a tutorial that looks fairly easy:
    http://kquilts-studio.com/pincushion...her_tutori.htm

    My friend made me a pincushion filled with "lizard litter" that she got from a pet store.

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    Here is a pattern of what you are looking for.

    http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=765

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    I used two lengths of a metal tape measure for the rim of the bag. Also the underwire from a bra will work too. When I find bras at the thrift store I buy the biggest ones just for the underwire.

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    I don't know if you have any access to a manufacturing industry but I got the cut off ends from giant industrial tie wraps (zip ties) and they work wonderfully as stays for corsets and to use in the rims of these bags too.

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    Instead of play sand use silica sand. It is used to make dried flowers. Keeps pins nice and sharp.

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    I've gone to Lowes and Home Depot and gotten the plastic scrap from where they wrap the bundles of lumber. It is totally free and washable! :lol:

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    I made a square top on mine and used a block pattern and quilted it for the pincushion. I stuffed it with wool and put a ceraminc tile in it. I used oxygen tubing for the bag opeining, I think that might be the same thing that is used in aquariums, but the plastic stuff they use for packages and bundling sounds like a great idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    Here is a pattern of what you are looking for.

    http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=765
    Thank you so much for sharing this great pattern.
    :D :D :D :D

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