A Needle Cushion

A Needle Cushion

Always and forever, against all advice both off and online, I have kept my needles in my pincushions. I have made needle cases and been gifted needle cases and, really, I think needle cases are a great idea. From time to time, I’ve even resolved to use them. But always I revert back because it’s just so much quicker and easier to pop a needle into or pull a needle out of a pincushion. And, contrary to all the cautions I’ve heard, they don’t disappear or cause injury or who knows what else. Sometimes, though, they can be hard to see well amongst the pins so, I decided to make a shallow cushion especially for needles. I basically filled a tin lid with toy stuffing and covered it with fabric, as shown in the progress picture below.

I used a scrap of the curtain fabric left over from my Dottie Angel dress and the Makery chair.

And I still have a few scraps left…

Happy Sewing!

Janine @ Rainbow Hare


A little progress with the WIP this week.

Two more Jewellery rolls finished and ready to wrap up.

And I’ve caught up the Colour My World Challenge, hosted by M-R at Quilt Matters.

The orange sun is an experiment in needle sculpting a face – not amazing but an interesting exercise…and the grey dresden must be the dreariest thing I’ve made this year! I thought I couldn’t go wrong with a dresden but apparently I could. I think it really needed more variation in tone. Maybe one day I’ll find a use for it.
And, lastly, I’ve done something a bit more interesting with  part of a dresden…
…but, hopefully, that’s going to revealed as a Friday Finish!
What have you been sewing this week?
Janine @ Rainbow Hare


Christmas on a shoestring!

This year has been particularly economically challenging for us so all my WIP this week relates to making Christmas on a shoestring!

Luckily, we sewists are blessed with a stash of beautiful scraps but it’s not always easy to think what to make for our non-sewing friends and relations, who probably won’t love love a needlecase or pincushion nearly as much as we would. So I decided to make a collection of jewellry rolls…

Here are my finishes so far.
This is my favourite.
Inside there are three zipped pockets – two are approx 9″ x 9″ and one is approx 9″ x 18″ so these could could equally be used for makeup, pens, notebooks etc…


These two use up scraps to the bitter end!


And these still in progress!


I also have this finish, which didn’t use scraps.


And some decorations made by re-purposing and old book…


This one is never-to-be-repeated! I followed a tute and got horribly confused and ended up with this. It is my favourite but I have no idea how I did it!
Then I found a proper origami site and made some more stars following these really clear directions.
Finally, I sewed some birds..


And Hearts.


And made some reusable fabric wrapping

Here is a tute for the fabric bags and paper hearts

Janine @ Rainbow Hare