Friday, January 13, 2012

finish it up Friday, week 10

Welcome to week 10 of finish it up Friday!
Today I only have 2 little things to share....I made myself a GIANT pin cushion yesterday. I put the rotary cutter in the photo for scale. It's 7" square! It's made from scraps I had laying around and it's simply filled with stuffing. Adding the buttons (top and bottom) was the trickiest part. I just LOVE it!
And this little baby....oh, it was a LONG time coming! I have had this idea for what feels like forever. I keep my spare bobbins in this little tin can. (The can was probably originally from diced green chilis, so it's tiny-only 2" tall!) My plan was to cover it with a fabric sleeve of some sort. Yesterday I finally jumped in and made it up as I went along. I free motion quilted the word on linen (backed with batting, for stability)...it took me about 12 tries to get it to look good! I cut away the excess batting, trimmed the linen down to size. Then I pieced scraps to put around the linen and around the perimeter of the can. This is one of the sides....
Here's a detail shot of the back....isn't it darling??
It's constructed very similar to a coffee cozy. It turned out so SO MUCH cuter than I had imagined it would be. I absolutely LOVE it! Getting this project off my mental list feels soooooooooooo good!!!

Now it's your turn! Please link up your Friday finish here and so we can cheer each other on in our finishes! Thanks so much for those of you who link up and join in. And to those of you who don't, hey, thanks for reading! :) Happy Friday!

61 comments:

Michelle said...

Your little can cover is so cute!

Esch House Quilts said...

I posted my first finish of 2012 yesterday. Probably the first time I've ever been early for anything!

Hopefully I'll have something to link next week.

Leslie said...

Oh that can is such a clever idea! I love it! and that pincushion?!! I just added that idea to my to do list, LOVE the size!

mindingmomma said...

Very cute little can cover.

Melissa said...

That bobbin can is adorable! I might just have to make one for myself :)

Elena said...

I Love these fabrics, and your ideas!
My finish this week is a little present for one of my daughter's friends.
Besos
Elena

Pattilou said...

Love your projects. That bobbin can is so adorable, I think I'll have to save a can and make one myself--right after the mug rugs I've been putting off.

Kiera said...

Love the pincushion and that bobbin can is a great idea...may have to make one for myself. Adorable!

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Cute Bobbin Tin! Love it! Thanks for hosting! Have a great day!

Debbie said...

darling little bobbin tin - very fun!

Amy said...

I am pinning your darling can because that is genius and I have to make myself one now. So cute.

Chase said...

What a great idea for the little bobbin tin! I have been saving glass jars for cookies! I love your patchwork pin cushion!

Colby said...

I love that bobbin tin idea!

elizabeth said...

I made a large pincushion a while back and I love it. I will stay put on the arm of a chair and it is also cute : ) Yours is darling and the bobbin holder is very clever.

Jacque. said...

I have a large pincushion almost just like that I made a few years ago...I love the size of it...lots and lots of pins and needles and safety pins and sewing machine needles!!! LOTS!

The bobbin can sleeve is darling.

Shanna said...

such a great idea!!! LOVE the cover!

Judee said...

What great little projects! They help in giving you a sense of accomplishment.

Terriaw said...

Fabulous finishes for the week! I love the idea of a giant pincushion, especially such a cute one. That way, you don't have to be so careful when taking pins out while sewing. Great way to use tiny scraps too. I love how you decorated your bobbin tin with a cozy wrap! Happy Friday!

retstickan said...

I love the bobbin can, it really is adorable.

beth said...

Two VERY sweet projects!

Kate @SwimBikeQuilt said...

it really is a great way to store bobbins. i bet you smile every time you see it!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

So cute! I love that big pincushion!! How many pins do you have?!!

bethanndodd said...

Great finishes! I need to make more little stuff for myself so I can enjoy the stuff I make more. I have a finish but it's not posted to my blog yet. I will be back later. Thanks for hosting, I have so much fun looking at others finishes each week. Smiles~Beth

Rene' said...

They are both so cute!!! The bobbin can is very clever! Happy Friday!!

Kris from DukeSaysSewWhat said...

That bobbin can is so smart! And what a cute cover you made for it! I love that you are always coming up with something original.

Sarah Craig said...

Those are so cute, Amanda Jean! Love the can cover particularly - so creative!! I wish I had a finish to post today, but unfortunately not. Maybe next week!

Kimberly said...

Um, it's beyond cute! Would ya mind if I borrowed your idea? My bobbins are breeding and taking over my sewing room.

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Great job...love the satisfaction of quick gratification with small projects!

Home Designs by Amanda said...

Also, I have a question...I add my link to your party, but then don't see my link added. This happened last week too. I checked on last weeks since it is closed, and still my link does not appear...I've even refreshed the page.
I only see 26 entries so far this week and 42 entries for last week...am I missing something?

Svetlana said...

Love your finished projects, what a fantastic idea. That can cover is absolutely adorable. Now I want to make one, thanks for sharing these beauties.

Cheerful Homemaker said...

I linked up with a project I made for my nephews for Christmas. :) It's tough finding time to sit at the sewing machine these days.

Naomi Olson said...

Your pin cushion is delightful... and that sleeve for the bobbin bin is clever as can be. Makes me want to look around and quiltify them.

Eileen said...

Great can cover, a must try for me.
Seem to be losing some of the links on the far right side.

Anonymous said...

Both are so cute!

Is anyone else having trouble accessing the links that are posted? I can see the numbers 33-43, but the link is not displaying next to them. It appears to be due to a page layout issue. Bummer!

Anonymous said...

FYI -- Having the same problem as above -- can't see the links past #30.

Theresa said...

I just love BIG pincushions and I especially love yours. Also love the idea of a bobbin tin....not to mention covered!

Clair said...

What a great way to use your scraps! The bobbin thing is fun.

Sarah said...

That bobbin can is too cute! I may just have to have a play at making one of these!

Kristi said...

love your bobbin cup cozy...very cute

ktquilts said...

My closest friend and I use the term "dropped my bobbins" for losing our minds just a smidge. So now, officially, you have a super cute can to keep from "dropping your bobbin"!

;0)

Love it!

seaschell said...

So cute! Does the pink and black paisley come from your scrap bag? If so, it came from my house! :)

Anonymous said...

I had planned to post my Friday finish but no one will be able to see it... oh well. Maybe next week. Will try to post early. :(

Christine L said...

I LOVE your pin cushion!!!! It is SOOO cool!!!!

Suzanne said...

Funny! I keep my bobbins in an empty tuna can. (It's clean!) I love the cover you made and the giant pincushion too.

As a side note, I have decided that scraps are like bunnies...they multiply even (especially?) in the dark. I discovered this today when I attempted to clean my office. It was tidy for about two hours and then I got busy pulling out fabric again.

Sarah said...

That can idea is genius!! I keep meaning to do up a cute little pin cushion like the one you made, but it never gets done... I need to get that on my list soon - it's adorable!

Tracy Johnson said...

Adorable bobbin cover. I may just have to make a few coffee cozies like this. I made my 7" pin cushion as a Christmas gift to myself out of left over flannel.

I had to link up 2 links for this Friday! I had such an industrious week both quilting and general sewing. Thank you for the inspiration and nudge to get it done.

Mama Pea said...

Love the little tin! That is so cute. I know what you mean about feeling good when you get something off the mental list!

felicity said...

Adorable projects for this week - especially that cute little bobbins tin!

pasqueflower said...

Fun and functional! Cute projects.

Heather said...

Cute little things. I haven't blogged lately and didn't know you are doing this Finish It Up Friday....might be a good way for me to actually get some projects done. :)

Thimbleanna said...

Too Cute CrazyMom! Don't you love it when a plan comes together???

sewtakeahike said...

oh I love that little tin, AJ! I've been thinking for eons that I need a thread catcher and i like the idea of the tin better than the fabric catchers so the threads don't stick when you empty and put them in. I neeeeeeeed one of these!

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Nothing like a few new sewing accessories to get you all jazz up for more sewing.

Too cute!

VeeV said...

i L-O-V-E your pincushion.....
in case you need to know, i could let you know when my birthday is.... it will be soon enough - well....enough time for you to make a pincushion for me..that is.. hahhah

i love it.
I've made a couple of pincushions, and wasn't that happy with the outcome. must try again; i stuff mine with crushed walnuts & silica... apparently it sharpens the pins with use.

xoxo
eva

Linda said...

Cute stuff! I just reorganized my sewing room. Put up shelves, put in a new cutting area cleaned up my stash, cut a bunch of scraps with my new Go! :0) Now I'm ready to settle in and sew, sew, sew!

Erica at Sew So Crafty said...

Gorgeous little creations ... just love the fabric colours!!!!

Christine L said...

Surfing all the wonderful links. Is there a trick I am not seeing to check out 45 thru 64? I expanded the screen, but no names to click on.

Anonymous said...

Having the same problem as Christine L above. Is it us or is it the post?

Live a Colorful Life said...

both so super SUPER cute!

Annie said...

I LOVE the bobbin holder - I must finish something this week!

audreypawdrey said...

Love the pincushion! It is awesome in its giganticness.:)