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Pincushion Gift

These little sand-filled, pin-adorned pillows will make useful valentines for the sewers in your life.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2003


  • Cotton-weave fabric or linen

  • 1/2-inch sequin pins

  • Fabric marker or iron-on transfer paper

  • Sewing kit


  1. Use cotton-weave fabric or linen and 1/2-inch sequin pins. Create a pattern with a fabric marker or iron-on transfer paper (or just work freehand).

  2. Machine-stitch two rectangles together, right sides facing, leaving a 1 1/2-inch opening; turn right side out, and fill with sand.

  3. Sew pillow closed by hand, and insert pins.

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