Thursday, March 27, 2014

Vintage pin cushion

I thought I would join in on France Papillon's vintage theme this week at the Stampotique Designer's Challenge.  This image of my husband's mother Leah featured in the stamp Summer of 32 really fits the request to go vintage.

To begin this pin cushion I created a muslin bag that I had filled with rice. I dyed another piece of muslin with tea bags and stitched a cover for the rice filled bag.  Rice makes such a nice pin cushion. I didn't want to risk ruining the fabric if my stamp was not clear, so I tore a small piece of fabric to stamp.  Summer of 32 is stamped with coffee Archival ink. The image was centered on the flat and stitched in place with a sewing machine.  I decorated the cover with vintage trim and buttons.  I tore some narrow strips of tea stained muslin and gave it a loose pleat for added texture.   I decided not to dye my Prima paper flowers to add some contrast.

I found some ecru satin ribbon that had a nice vintage feel.  I looped the edges and stitched with buttons to add interest. The distressed vintage rhinestone button really sets the piece off.

Hope it inspires you.



  1. This is just too gorgeous Janet. The image of your mother in law works beautifully xxx

  2. Oh, Janet! My mother had a button jar that eventually became mine. I treasure it. Love your vintage pin cushion honoring both your mother and mother-in-law. The detail is amazing, but I am a hatpin lover so those stole me heart today!

  3. That, to me, is perfection! the colorcombo, the stamp, the shape,... yes, perfection! thank you so much for joining Janet :)))

  4. I imagine that this was as wonderful to make as it is for us to admire. Gorgeous, absolutely gorgeous xx

  5. I saw this on the Facebook page and commented but just wanted to say ... It's beautiful your so talented!