Friday, September 13, 2013

Stick it to Me - Pincushion Blog Hop and Giveaway

Welcome to my Pin It Blog Post. Yes, I called it "Stick it to Me." Well, why not? Isn't that what we do with pincushions?

I selected a winner of the batiks: Sue Brain of Sarasota, Florida. Congratulations, Sue!

I have decided to go REAL SIMPLE in this hop, only because I am confident that my fellow bloggers are going to knock everyone else's socks off. And also because I have a little pincushion that I make out of batting scraps that is so EASY, QUICK AND FUN.

First, two little pincushions that were gifts from friends. I use them all the time:

This chicken does not mind being poked by my pins. He is just pretend.

A fellow teacher, Kim, made this with a lot of bling. Filled with walnut shells.
Now for my reveal. Let's start at the beginning:

Start with cotton batting (this is Warm and Natural), approximate size: 2-1/2" x 52"
Cut a strip of cotton batting; pink one edge
(Your dimensions may change as you want a different height to your pin cushion.)

Use a specialty cutting blade to pink one edge
You can use pinking shears or a specialty cutter (which is quicker)
 Start rolling from one end
Keep the straight edge even; roll tightly. Glue end closed.

 Wrapped with black and white batik (also pinked); 3/4" batik strip for a tie. Any scrap will do.
Cut a piece of fabric the height of the roll and about 2" longer. Wrap and glue end.
 Four little pincushions, between 2" and 2-1/2" high. Notice that the orange batik pincushion has an elevated center. That's because I pushed it up from the underside - just because I wanted to!
Yum, yum. Even found a piece of cupcake printed ribbon to wrap around this little roll
 I inserted some large yellow rick rack (on the right) as I neared the end of the roll.
Hello Kitty ribbon used to tie around another pincushion with that black batik.
 We are a happy group of pincushions!
7 little pincushions gathered in my ribbon covered brie box
 Brie Box? What are you talking about? This is the box TOP.

I covered the BOTTOM of the box with my cupcake ribbon. I save all these sorts of things.
This is the bottom of the brie box covered with that yummy ribbon.
Happy little pincushions, just waiting for me to stick it to them!


 Many thanks to Madame Samm of Sew We Quilt and Kristen of Meadowbrook for making this hop possible. I love, love, love participating in these hops. I get so much inspiration from all the other hoppers. I hope you enjoyed seeing my humble pincushions today.

What's my giveaway? 12 batik squares, 10-1/2" x 10-1/2" in Autumn colors

These are not Layer Cakes (10 x 10). But sizes I often use in my classes.
What do you have to do?
Tell me what sort of things you like to recycle for use in your crafts. One item is fine; you're welcome to tell me more. I just knew that brie box would come in handy!

143 comments:

  1. I recycle so many items, too many to list! But I have a lot of skinny batt trims and some orphan jelly roll strips that are begging for this project - too cute!!

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  2. What a wonderful way to use up those odd ball sized pieces of batting! I need to go make some of these pin cushions. What a fabulous idea!

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  3. That's awesome ! I love recycling and they look so easy to make.

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  4. Love your pincushions. Great way tu use up and recycle.
    Love recycling too. I save every firm paper box, like from cereals and coffee filters, to make templates.
    Cheers,

    Jeanneke.

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  5. My husband thinks I'm crazy but I save all the fabric ribbons off packages, as I never know when they will come in handy. And when I need a ribbon, I can usually find just what I wanted in my pile!

    Cute pincushions. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. You are a smartie - quick & easy & recycling! Cute.

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  7. Oh, my hubby knows to ALWAYS ask if he can throw something away because I save a lot of stuff for my crafting. Mostly I save cardboard. I use it for templates, and for filling envelopes for cute boxes...gee lots of stuff. When I get overloaded I have to throw some out and start all over...

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  8. Nice pin cushions. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. What a clever use of batting! They are all wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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  10. It is sew cleverly cute. Love them! ;)

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  11. Ha! They are so fun and cute too!

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  12. A great use for leftover batting, love it!

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  13. These are pretty cute! I recycle old cloths or scraps from friends.

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  14. Thanks so much for showing us how you made these, I am going to make one with some ice-cream fabric. I use an old tea tin for a new pincushion I made.

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  15. What a great idea for pincushions...have to make one for my craft/sewing room!!! I love to repurpose items...one of my favorites are wine bottle corks to stick on the ends of sharp tools like my seam ripper.

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  16. I always recycle cereal boxes for templates. I am enjoying this blog hop. Such cute pin cushions!

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  17. That is so clever! I love those. I always have little strips of batting around (after finishing a quilt, after basting a quilt, well.....all the time really). I am definitely going to use this idea. Thank you for the tutorial. I used a lid from an old shoebox for hexies the other day....and every and all boxes and bags are used for storage of fabric!

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  18. So sweet and easy. I just love your pincushions! Great gifts for everybody. I recycle all things, cereal boxes for quilting magazines, plastic boxes for blocks and scraps. And I also recycle denim jeans for quilts. You may see it under DENIM on my blog. Thank you for being a part of this giveaway.

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  19. So sweet these chusions. And the little ones so easy to make. Thanks for sharing

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  20. What a great idea - and so simple too!
    I recycle as much as possible - old clothes are cut up for quilting and all the buttons and zips saved too!

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  21. They are very nice.

    Warm regards from Holland,
    Marga♥

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  22. I am gasping for air at your question for recycling ideas for crafting. :)
    As a daughter of 'pack-rats' and a former Art Teacher...it might have been better to have asked what I don't save. :) However, one of my favorite things to save for crafting is small pimento jars & lids.

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  23. I love your simple little pinnies! What a great idea!

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  24. Debbie I used packaged fruit containers to house my colored pencils in my classroom, I use old pill bottles to hold my water when I appliqué and I also use them to hold my beads for beading. Fruit containers are also good for my die cut shapes , I have another that holds bias for vines and bindings. They stack up nicely too.

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  25. I recycle so many things its hard to remember them all. Lots of broken costume jewelry in my crazy quilting. And right now I'm making a foot stool from an old suitcase. I'm going to make a cq top for it and put in front of my stitching chair. Then I can store all the stuff associated with my project in there and it will be out of sight.

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  26. Your pincushions are sweet! I have saved the containers to Crystal Light for storing ribbons and threads for crazy quilting. You can get a lot in the large ones. My hubby drinks it like it is going out of style so I have several on hand all of the time. :)

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  27. Super ! Great ideas :) Thanks for sharing :)
    I like to recycke old cloths - I'm making dresses fr my dolls ;)

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  28. Very nice, they remind me of sushi, yum!

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  29. I love to use Altoid tins for beads, pins, binding clips, bobbins, etc. Love your cute, quick pincushion idea!

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  30. Adorable, Debby! I've made some like that using rolled felted wool, different colors laid on top to get a different design once rolled. Put them in a little tea cup with some roving for the 'cream" in the cup of latte! I'll be trying these next!

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  31. I recycle all kinds of things in my sewing room. The lid of a tin box became a white board, a picture frame a pin board, a planter a notepad holder, Old...new...but unused...knee-hi stockings to stuff a pillow, a wall planter became a pen holder, etc. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  32. Heavens...adorable little pin cushions!! They look scrumptious Debby. I don't recycle too much now...I used to use everything I could get my hands on for templates, but not using so many of those now. Thanks for the great giveaway

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  33. I use recycled leather and suede from the thrift shop on the backs of my wearable art pins. Also Styrofoam food trays and any plastic food containers. Thanks for sharing.

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  34. Those pin cushions could not be more simple or more cute! I must make some! I'm a container hoarder.... it's so hard to throw anything away and I always find a use for them. Thanks for the great giveaway!

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  35. Love the pin cushions. I just received a large clear cookie jar with a silver cover that my mother n law had. I brought it home to add to my sewing room to put thread into I think. They are the old fashion candy jars I think. I am sure I will put it to good use. I am working with Bastik fabric now so that is a super give away. Thanks.

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  36. Debby those pincushions are so simple and so fantastic! I love learning new ways to use up supplies on-hand.

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  37. I can't wait to try one of your pincushions...they are so cute!

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  38. That is such a great idea for using batting!! Thanks for sharing!! I try to recycle things creatively and practically! My project at the moment is making 2 dog beds for our Humane Society from a single foam mattress. I will make covers from resized fitted baby crib sheets.

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  39. what a cool idea...jelly rolls...and cut with that cutter is pretty amazing...glad you always introduce something to my quilting world

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  40. What cute pincushions! I have seen the rolling of batting strips before but not adding the cute outside fabric/ribbon covers. I use batting scraps to stuff small things and sometimes sew larger scraps together for small wall hangings. Also use canning jars to hold my buttons. Thanks for sharing.

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  41. Great idea for the pincushions (please don't enter me in the giveaway :-))

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  42. Those are adorable! I recycle berry baskets and paper tubes into crafts with my Grands, who always like to build castles for their knights and fairies. And of course I recycle items of clothing for the fabric and buttons in my sewing projects. :)

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  43. Debby,Your idea for rolled pincushions is a great one. Hmmm, I'm thinking Christmas gifts.... And what do I recycle? Plastic spinach containers, they are just right for fat quarters, you can stack them and see what's in them.

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  44. I've made soda cap pincushions with elastic for around you finger. They come in very handy. I've seen them made with large buttons also. Your pincushions look like yummy cupcakes! Mmmmm! Thanks for participating and the wonderful giveaway. ;-> Toni Anne

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  45. love your bird and cupcake pincushions.

    clothes are good recycle items to craft with

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  46. I love this idea Debby - so practical! blessings, marlene

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  47. Debby those rolled pincushions are easy and work well. I have done the same thing with the ribbing of an old felted wool sweater. Pins love wool better than cotton and it feels nicer to slide a pin into wool. Well I guess I just told you one thing I recycle (or these days it's called up-cycling or re-purposing). I recently up-cycled a body lotion jar into a sewing kit and some mint tins too. If you want to see them go here: http://patchouli-moon-studio.blogspot.com/2013/08/tip-of-morning-tuesday-recycling-or-is.html

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  48. Debby your pin cushions are too cute. I love how they are so quick and easy to make. Thanks for showing us how. My kind of craft project.
    I recycle toilet paper tubes. Example: roll up my nylons and put inside and they stay snag free.

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  49. I love your little pincushions. I will have to try those since I have an over abundance of batting scraps. I like to find old glass dessert dishes and use them for holding buttons or add a ball of fabric covered batting and make pincushions. No one really uses fancy glass bowls for food anymore.

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  50. Sew simple and sew cute! I love how you pushed up the centers of some of them. I'm know I reuse things but what comes to mind right now are old folders that I use for applique templates and I save little metal tins and use them for storing various sewing items. Thanks for sharing.

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  51. Very fun cushions. I first saw the batting cushions at the James Stitching Sisters Annual Quilt Day. Each attendees received one as a thank you gift for attending. Great to see yours. The ribbons just set them off!

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  52. Your "humble" pincushions are so sweet and look cute in your brie container. I love that I could use my leftover batting scraps to make them.

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  53. Those are so so cute! I literally keep just about every small scrap of fabric. I use them for everything. I can use them as mock ribbons to tie up a quilt to gift. I think it adds to the scrappy look and I can even match some of the quilt fabric used. I am sure it does get thrown away but I feel it is recycled lol.

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  54. I recycle, buttons, ribbons, yarn, whatever I can scrounge. thanks so much for sharing. Gorgeous pincushions and so quick.

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  55. I recycle wool sweaters, vintage rayon upholstery plush etc. ...accessories for my artist teddy bears and friends!

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  56. What a clever idea to make pin cushions! I like to recycle glass things - jars, candle holders, wine glasses, etc. You can cover them to make pretty containers or fill them with seasonal items for decorations.

    dbelliott@outlook.com

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  57. They are all gorgeous.. your ric rack added the perfect touch.

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  58. My first quiltings were patch quilts made from old Levis. I'd use old blankets for the batting, and sometimes have to buy the backing. Very inexpensive, and gave me something to work on!

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  59. I have a hard time throwing anything out that could possible be used as a container! Drives my husband nuts!!! I especially like to save mint tins and containers for snacks, pins, small notions, etc. But my favorite "save" is the flip-top containers that my cat's treats come it! They're perfect for just about anything small and in need of keeping at hand :*)

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  60. I love this idea. I guess today I will be making some of these. I like to use old jars and cans to decorate with fabric to hold things in my sewing one. One can never have enough containers

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  61. I recycle EVERYTHING!!! My next project involves an antique jar lid that I found in the trash at the credit union (next to the coin counting machine). I plan to make a flower pin cushion with it!!! Thanks for the opportunity. Loved meeting you at the Lake Norman Quilt Show last month.

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  62. I use catalogs & phone books for foundations to make string quilts. Thanks for sharing your cute pin cushions.

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  63. I keep my coffee jars and have them lined up with a rainbow of buttons, zips, threads and trimmings in the one jar. It is so easy to be working on a yellow project and just pick up a jar filled to the brim with yellow odds and ends.

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  64. What great pincushions! I recycle everything, including batting. When i trim the batting, i use it for coasters, and other small stuff. babscorbitt@ gmail dot com

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  65. Love your pin cushion rolls. I recycle/repurpose everything I can. Some items that are really handy for storing quilting and crafting supplies are face cream and body butter containers. Some are clear and let you see what's instead. Most are just the right size and tend to be unbreakable unlike jars. At our guild another lady and I share the distinction of being the "keepers of the scraps". Members are always anxious to see what we will create. Thanks for sharing today.

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  66. I like to recycle Altoid tins and make them into mini sewing boxes. I fashion the top into a pin cushion and put my hand sewing supplies inside.

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  67. I'm using antique blue canning jars to store buttons and old wooden spools.

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  68. what a great way to use up little pieces of batting. I also use leftover batting. I cut pieces the size I need for my Swiffer so that I can clean my wood floor in my sewing room.

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  69. Great ideas for pincushions. I like to look for egg cups and use them for pincushions. They are not always easy to find.

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  70. Simple and looks great! I always have small pieces of batting left over. This is a great use. I use plastic lids or containers to make templates. I also use the empty lemonade containers for thread and supplies when I am traveling.

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  71. Debby, what a great idea! Nice way to recycle those strips of batting that are too narrow. I like to recycle old jeans...

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  72. I recycle baby food containers. The little plastic boxes are so handy for storing all lot of different craft and sewing items!
    hulseybg at gmail dot com

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  73. Big plastic lids, they make good templates for quilt pieces. Instead of buying template plastic. Your fabric looks beautiful - hope I win it.
    24Tangent@gmail.com

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  74. I saved some jar lids and turned them into pin cushions :) Love the roller ones by the way. :)

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  75. Debby, what a sweet pin cushions! Thanks for sharing.

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  76. I recycle all sort of clear food boxes (like salad boxes). They are just perfect to store different projects pieces and keep them organized (but visible). Great pin cushions BTW :)

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  77. I love those little pin cushions, such a simple idea. I recycle lots of lids and use cardboard from cereal boxes to make templates

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  78. Oh Debby,
    Your pincushions are so fun.! What a great blog hop this is.
    I've recycled old mattress pads which make great padding for the many pot holders that I make for the church fairs.
    I have lots of apothecary jars with my odds and ends of ribbon, some with buttons and some with odd spools of thread.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  79. What fun pincushions and I am going to have to try some soon...too cute! I'm major into recycling itty bitty scraps these days....but for a long time now we've been taking everyones scrappy donations (and I mean scrappy bits as in threads and pcs of fab so small you can't do anything with...) and making cat and dog pillows for our local shelters. We started at the suggestion of a friend many years ago...amazing...it's been at least 10-12yrs...and there are gals I only see once a year at retreat...they always have a HUGE bag of pet scrappies they've saved up...LOL.

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  80. Really cute! Perfect for make it take it craft day, or with kids. Great use of batting trimmings! I recycle my Talenti gelato containers to hold buttons and sewing supplies.

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  81. Oops! I might have to stop here and try out your wrapped pincushions. They are so pretty.

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  82. I recycle empty pill bottles-I use them to hold lots of little stuff. I like your pincushions. Thanks for the giveaway and for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

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  83. Debbie, I love the "cupcakes" especially since it was things that might have otherwise been thrown away. I, too, have a pinnie made from a cheese box so I knew exactly what you meant right away. I also save the Crystal Light canisters to put different size hexagons in. Easy to carry in the RV with me. Thanks for a great Hop stop!

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  84. Me, too. I have many, many small boxes stashed away for projects.

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  85. Cute pincushions. I recycle strips of fabric that can't be used in a project and use them to tie up the papers for recycle bins or stake my tall flowers. I use soap slivers to mark fabric.

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  86. Debby, the weirdest thing happened to me. I followed the link on Madam Sam's blog to your post for today and there was not a box for comments. I went to your free patterns page and left a comment there.

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  87. What an awesome idea!! You are so creative. I save everything from pill bottles to little boxes. Thank you for sharing.

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  88. I use old clothes, buttons, jeans.
    smjohns63 at yahoo dot com

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  89. I save all kinds of plastic and cardboard sheets. They make great templates. I also use a market basket to store my stablyzers.

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  90. I save all kinds of plastic and cardboard sheets. They make great templates. I also use a market basket to store my stablyzers.

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  91. I have a pin cushion like this and it is super useful! Easy to carry around and light weight. (Mine is made of fleece)I love that you wrapped the pretty fabric around the outside, too! Great job!

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  92. So far I mostly recycle scraps. I know one lady who makes pincushions out of tuna cans and another (she's in the hop) who makes them out of pop caps.

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  93. I recycled the round tins that Cracker Barrel used to put their mints in (they are now packaged in rectangular tins). I put them in my tote when I go to retreats or to classes so that I can put used rotary blades in them without fear of someone getting cut from a discarded blade. Works well.

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  94. What cuties and so easy to make and good use of odds and ends we save. I was thinking maybe Christmas ones would be fun. Thanks for sharing the tutorial with us.

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  95. Those are super cute. Perfect for making in large batches for a retreat or whatever. Gonna bookmark for future reference. Thanks.

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  96. I recycle anything I can get a hold of that I think might be used for something else. I really like the hard plastic tv dinner trays though to keep my projects separate.

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  97. I'll be trying this out tonight me thinks!! What a perfect idea!!! And soooo many options! :)

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  98. What a great idea! Love the pincushions. I recycle a lot of things to use. When I have small slivers of batting after trimming a quilt I use it for stuffing when I am making pincushions, or pillows.

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  99. I love the pincushions , really great way to recycle those bits and pieces of batting and fabric . I recycle lots of things but my favorite is wool from clothing . Thanks for sharing .

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  100. Thanks for sharing the pin cushion tutorial. I love how simple and practical it is.
    I recycle many items. Today, I changed the needles on 2 of my machines and used an old Tic Tac container to store them. When I get enough, I will toss the container and safely dispose of the needles.
    I like to use the plastic lids of coffee cans and margarine tubs to make templates.

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  101. Very cute pin cushions. I like to reuse small tins. There have been so many cute recycled items made from recycled things in this hop.

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  102. I can't believe you created a pin cushion with NO sewing! LOL Love your pattern. Great way to use up batting scraps too. I use empty pill bottles for my used/ broken needles. CD's for drawing circles.

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  103. Your pincushions are wonderful and I especially like your ribbon covered box filled with the rolled cuties. Creative Bliss and Great Hop...

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  104. I save many things, pieces of fabric for you never know what, paper and ribbon scraps for cards, wine corks for a cork board someday, beads, trinkets, trims, buttons, hooks, anything!

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  105. Love the use of the brie box!

    I reuse butter tubs to put my clippings in when I am cutting pieces for blocks and reuse zip lock baggies for strips and block pieces.

    Thanks for a great give away!
    Sandy A

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  106. what a cute project...I love to recycle and these are just great...so very cute.

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  107. I like to find leather skirts at Goodwill or similar places and use the leather to make leather handles for purses. The leather is usually very easy to cut and easy to machine sew.

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  108. I love to recycle ties, sheets, and shirts - oh yes, and wool skirts.

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  109. What a great way to use scraps of batting. They kind of remind me of sushi. LOL Very cute and creative!

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  110. save crystal light round containers. They have kids and are great for craft ideas.

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  111. Very cute little rolls! I use the plastic peanut butter jars for storing buttons.

    Susie
    legato1958aol.com

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  112. Hi Debby
    i don't usually get excited about pincushions when there are more important things to do. But this blog hop has opened my eyes to the possibilities of using some of my extensive collection of fabric to make a pincushion or two. I have been busy with a 16 x 16 Sudoku that was challenging. Thanks for sharing.

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  113. What a good idea for using strips of batting! I'll be making some for sure. My DH calls what I save 'junk' but I call them craft supplies! Recently I made some Pillsbury Grands cinnamon buns and saved the plastic icing container. I thought it would make a great base for a pincushion. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  114. Those pincushions look good enough to eat! Thanks for the inspiration! As for recycling, I've used plastic pop bottles as armatures for art dolls. And I've used leftover quilt batting to embellish fabric postcards. I've never used a brie box but I'm going to save my next one. :)

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  115. Very fun pincushions! I used a chocolate tin for mine. :)

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  116. My husband and I have been enjoying fresh fruit recently and the grocery store puts a variety of fruit in a plastic tray with several different compartments for the different fruits. I've been using a couple of these to store different size squares that I've cut from my scraps. Another great recycle is a peanut butter jar lid for making a pin cushion. I've learned several other things during this blog hop! Thanks for sharing yours and for the chance to win!

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  117. What a lovely simple cushion. Thanks for sharing and sorry I am late visiting.

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  118. I usually save shoe boxes. Love your pincushion.

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  119. Great pincusions, thank you for the idea. I also recycle many things: paper boxes, paper rolls, used jeans and other clothes.

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  120. I also recycle lots of different things. These pincushions would use up those batting pieces that I trim from the edges of my quilts.

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  121. I love to recycle ribbons and buttons.

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  122. I recycle the batting pieces left over from quilts. I used them to make in the hoop embroidery projects.

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  123. I used plastic milk cans, tomorrow is my turn!!!!! have to think also about a giveaway. The batik is really GORGEOUS.

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  124. I reuse my Cool Whip containers, they are just the right size for a lot of crafty projects. Thank you for sharing your process, I love using leftovers for useful projects.
    ~Brandy

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  125. Your pimcushions are sew cute and a wonderful way to recycle. Thanks for sharing

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  126. Quick and Oh! so pretty. They really do look like candy sweets to me. I love your pincushion idea.
    I save the squarish tabs they use on bread pkg ends for marking my rows and the order of the blocks. I never through away the small metal containers that come with breath mints - they are perfect for just about a zillion things.

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  127. They may be simple but you are using that batting down to the last possible scrap and that is a good thing! So cute and even cuter in the Brie tin. Ultimate in recycling.

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  128. I save scraps, medicine bottles, thread spools etc. Getting lots of great ideas from this blog hop!

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  129. Very cute...and easy! Love them. I recycle boxes of all sizes. I'll decorate them and use through out my home or in my sewing studio. Thanks for the giveaway chance.

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  130. What a great quick 'n' easy pincushion! Thank you for sharing your how-to! I love to recycle thrifted items... clothes, linens and glassware (the glassware makes perfect containers to hold small sewing items!).

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  131. Cute pincushions! I use gelato plastic containers to store things in. They are clear and have a screw top.

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  132. I cut leftover batting strips into bits to stuff my pincushions... with the $$ of batting/fabric these days I try to use everything I can. Love your idea!

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  133. Altoid tins are always a great save. Thanks for sharing those great little batting pincushions...adorable!

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  134. Great idea, thank you for sharing your pincushions and the chance to win!
    Bente

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  135. What a fantastic idea! It's so simple but looks great. These would make a great gift idea. I always hold onto bits of ribbon and any containers I think might come in handy.

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  136. Hi!!! Love your pinnies!!! I often use toys in displays and little tins!!! Thanks for the fun tutorial!!!

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  137. Wow, those are awesome! Now I can use up some of those batting strips I can't seem to throw away! Great idea, thanks!

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  138. Let's see. Shoe boxes for scraps cut in different sizes, jars for buttons, tins for all kinds of things. Love the brie container idea. Love your blog!

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  139. I love your idea! It's so simple and so unbearably cute, especially the one with the pushed up bottom and I love the cupcake ribbon. I recycle the plastic tubes the Airborne lozenges come in. They are great for needle holders, sewing kits, and other small things, like buttons and even pieces of ribbon.

    dezertsuz at gmail

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