I have been sewing since I was about 15, making wrap skirts and boxer shorts, and always using my mother's tools. When I was 21, I got my first sewing machine, along with the basic tools a sewer needs...with the exception of pin cushions (that's okay Mom, it was still a fab gift!) Eight years later and I still have no pin cushions--until now!
I have realized the value of pin cushions after dropping my little plastic container of straight pins on the floor too many times...followed by a string of curses...followed by crawling, carefully, around on my hands and knees trying to collect pins...followed by another string of curses.
I got the pattern from a Better Homes and Gardens special publication...Bags, Pillows, & Pincushions (2009). A great little magazine, especially since I am experiencing a love affair with pillows lately (although, I don't ever know which pillows to make first!) Different for me though, since it contains a lot of quilting and I am a rookie at the whole quilting thing...So I used some fabric scraps from clothes, place mats, napkins, etc... in my favorite color BLUE! I am quite pleased with how they came out.
No more crawling on my hands and knees, swearing, to pick up pins!