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Archimedes Pincushion


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  • Hand Sewing

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Pattern Details

This adorable little pincushion came about because my partner in a Christmas swap loved owls. All the owl pincushion patterns I saw used buttons for the eyes, which are cute, but not the what I had pictured in my mind that I wanted to make for her. Once I got the idea to use fabric yoyos for the eye ruffles and feet the pattern started to come together. I have to confess though that he actually sat, sightless, on the end of my sewing cabinet for weeks while I tried to figure out what to use for his eyes. I tried all kinds of small buttons and beads but couldn't find any that looked just right. Then one day, DD2 came into my sewing room, picked him up and stuck two pins in the little yoyo ruffles and he came to life! How perfect is that... pins for the eyes on a pincushion! Make one for yourself and more for gifts! Your sewing (and even non-sewing) friends will love him! BASIC SKILLS NECESSARY Basic machine sewing skills Hand sewing SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Finishes at approximately 2.5" (6.5 cm) high

Recommended with this pattern

  • Fabric B - Scrap of light colored fabric 6 1/2" X 8 1/2" (16.5 cm X 22 cm) for the owl's tummy, eyes and feet
  • Polyester fiberfill for stuffing (approximately 3/8 oz (10 g)
  • 2 Ball Headed Pins for the center of the eyes

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Susan Flemming Designs
Susan Flemming Designs
I’ve been a stay-at-home wife and mother for over 30 years. My husband and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary this past February. Even though our children are all grown now and away from home, I still pride myself on being a homemaker. I’m a writer. You can find my writing website at I’m also a crafts person; sewing, knitting, crocheting, plus more. I’m a retired army wife. My husband retired from the Canadian army in August of 2000 after 25 years of service. It was a hard life sometimes, but it was a good life. We’ve gone on to have some wonderful adventures but we will always treasure our times as part of the military community. The first big adventure we had after leaving the military was moving to Maui. And during our time there, it became home of my heart. So now, you could say I’m a Hawaiian in exile, hoping to someday find a way to return to Paradise. Since then we've lived in Florida, Georgia, Nebraska and are now living in Ontario. In 2012, I added pattern designer to the list of who I am with the release of my first crochet pattern called Prosperity Angels. I changed the name of my angel pattern site to after I released my second pattern called Hospitality Angels. And now, I've branched out into creating sewing patterns.