Why We Love Collecting Pincushions (and You Will Too)
You may ask, why is the tomato variety so common?
Let's say 2018 is your year to sew more (or to finally learn how.) A pincushion will be your trusty sidekick, so why not pick one that'll make every stitch sweeter?
The 20th-century pincushions shown here are a combination of homemade gifts and mass-produced styles. The household helpers came in a variety of shapes, but fruits and vegetables were most common, and are also the most affordable - costing five to 10 dollars at antiques stores and flea markets. Chances are, your grandmother had the garden-variety tomato (attached to a strawberry filled with emery, for sharpening needles).
You can, too, since these are the easiest vintage ones to find. But consider branching out as well: Oranges (top, with white strip) are extra-handy, since many hide a retractable tape measure in the stem, while geometric puzzle balls (upper left) take a cue from quilting patterns. Look for insects and flowers, like the ladybug (center), or keep your eyes peeled for a carrot - or a canoe! If you start a project with one at the ready, we bet you'll stick to it. So settle in, get cozy, and let one of these cute cushions help you tackle your to-do list.
Feeling inspired? Watch how to upcycle a mason jar into your sewing kit. (P.S. It comes with a pincushion lid):