You might think that because I’m semi-organized with my art and craft supplies, I always know where needle and thread are — you know, for the times when a button goes missing from a shirt.
You would be wrong.
*gestures at pile of shirts with missing buttons to illustrate point*
Because I don’t really sew, I don’t really (ever) know where my scant sewing supplies are. Until now.
Now, felt is in my life and, after chasing down needles and thread for the umpteenth time, I got my scant sewing supplies as semi-organized as the rest of my supplies. Meaning the sewing supplies got their own plastic storage box (making them easily findable and transportable).
After that, it was all different (and better), but the one thing I was missing was a pincushion that fit in the box.
As you can see I was using a piggy craft fail as a pin cushion. And it sort of worked, but I wanted something better and I really wanted to stop seeing an ugly piggy every time I needed a pin.
I found Jen Segrest’s oh-so-easy-to-follow Bottlecap Pincushion tutorial on flickr: Bottlecap Pincushion tutorial
And very quickly I whipped up this:
Which is so perfectly simply functional it puts me in mind of paperclips and titanium sporks:
Of course, Jen Segrest (of SchmaltzyCrafty.com) goes way beyond functional and makes her pieces beautiful: