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Pin Sharpening - Pin Cushion - Step by Step Guide

We'd been thinking about dull pins a while back and had heard that wire wool could be a good solution. So off the back of that we decided to create our own pin sharpening pin cushion.

Fancy giving it a go too?

Here's how we went about it....

Tools / Materials you'll need:

Cup & Saucer (we got this one from a charity shop).

Small piece of fabric - amount will depend on the size of your cup.

Scissors, Needle & thread, glue gun and super glue, a little bit of toy stuffing and some wire wool.

Step 1

Draw a circle approximately twice the size of the cup you are using (see picture above).

Step 2

Super glue your cup to the saucer

Step 3

Sew a running stitch the whole way around the edge of the fabric circle.

Step 4

Keeping the needle and thread attached, draw up the edges of the circle a little.

Step 5

Add a little bit of stuffing to the piece of fabric.

Step 6

Add the wire wool.

Step 7

Draw in the edges of the circle and sew together - fix the end and cut off the needle and remaining thread.

Step 8

Add lots of glue to the bottom of the cushion you have created and then stick to the cup and saucer.

Step 9 (Optional)

Add some embroidery scissors using some ribbon, to the handle of the cup. Now you have a pin cushion, little tray for holding other notions and some scissors all in one place - perfect!

Sewing Machine Needles - Our 'Go To Guide'

Ever wondered what the difference between a sewing machine needle for denim, leather or jersey is?

Well wonder no more, as we have created this useful guide which will clarify in a glance!

Want to print it out and keep it for reference, simply click here for your printable version: PP&PD A GUIDE SEWING MACHINE NEEDLES

As always..... happy sewing everyone!

Best Press - Favourite Sewing Notions

Mary Ellen's Best Press " the clear starch alternative" Scent Free 499ml (15.9 FL OZ)

We LOVE this spray,  it seriously makes a difference and if you are a maker or quilter, we think you'll love it too.


Just shake the bottle, spray onto your fabric and press.

If you are sewing small patchwork pieces, or any sewing that includes triangles, like flying geese, half square triangles etc. you will LOVE this. It dramatically improves your accuracy as the fabric is held very stable - it's our favourite secret patchwork accuracy weapon!

A light spray of Mary Ellen's Best Press, makes the fabric crisp, so it's much easier to rotary cut. Ideal when you are cutting fabric on the bias too, as it stops it from stretching out of shape when sewing. It's perfect if you want to get your seams crisp but not stiff.

Unlike starch, Mary Ellen's Best Press doesn't flake or leave a nasty residue, it's guaranteed to become a staple in your sewing box as it will have a really positive impact on your project.

Let us know what you think, we'd love to have your opinion too 🙂

A Guide to Fabric Patterns - Lets call it a late Valentine's Gift from us to you!

Ever wondered what the difference is between a Pencil Stripe and a Pin Stripe or how a Herringbone compares to a Houndstooth? Well in this week's Poppy Seeds, we sent out a Poppies & Polka Dots Guide to Patterns and we just couldn't resist sharing it here too!

If you're not already signed up to our weekly 'Poppy Seeds' - free weekly tips to help your sewing skills blossom, then be sure to do so here

For now here's our guide, which can be printed off and pinned next to your sewing machine, so you'll never be confused by patterns again!

Poppy Seeds are coming!

We think a lot about how our sewing space is organised and where things are best placed to be within easy reach, but how often do we think about organising our sewing knowledge in quite the same efficient way?

How would you like to increase your sewing skills and challenge some of the techniques you may have taken for granted?
Whether you’ve been sewing for a week or sewing for years, there’s always something new to be learned, be that the latest textiles, tools or techniques.With that in mind, we’ve created a new weekly feature called ‘Poppy Seeds’ which comprises our top tips and inspiring notions, sent direct to your inbox.

Let 2017 be the year that you take your sewing skills to the next level. Think of it as our way of saying thank you for all your messages, loyalty and the beautiful projects you bring in to this world.

Perhaps you’ve always threaded a needle the way your great Aunt Maude taught you and never given it a second thought. But the world deserves to know Aunt Maude’s time saving secret and all the other wisdom we’ve gleaned from the sewing circle.

Our aim is to give you knowledge and insights that increase your confidence, as well as inspiring solutions that get you thinking about your projects and sewing space from a different stance. Come and join us, there’ll be no looking back.

Let’s do this.

Yours, with an outstretched hand x

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