Monday, June 17, 2019

A Place To Start /Mid-Month Project -Stencil Me In

Hello Crafty Peeps!
It is time for our mid-month DT make at A Place To Start.  I decided to create this fun pincushion using an Ann Butler tutorial.  This is my first attempt and I had a few issues but decided to post it anyway because our blog is all about new beginnings!
I used Ann Butler's Easy Design Elements (EZ-De's) Stencils for Stencil Girl to create this cute little pincushion.  I don't often use my very fancy Brother's sewing/embroidery machine but as part of my self-challenge for 2019, I am using sewing more on my projects.  The stitching was a little "wonky" so my corners did not turn out as evenly as they should have and there were a few other "oops" but in general, I am pleased with the outcome.
I am posting the link to the tutorial down below but I want to share some changes I made when creating my pin cushion.
  • I really did not want to purchase more craft inks, so I decided to see if the Distress Oxide Inks would work and they did. 
  • Because I am capable of losing anything while I am working on a project, I added a tassel to my pincushion.  
  • I also decided to use two buttons in the center of my cushion instead of one.
  • Rather than filling my pincushion with Fiber Fill (used in pillows, etc.) I used ground walnut shells.  This material keeps your pins sharp.
I am including the YouTube Video but I recommend that you use the Step Tutorial HERE on Ann's Blog for correct measurements and cutting and sewing instructions!

Links to Stuff I used:
Fabric: Muslin



Thanks for stopping by!  I look forward to seeing your fabulous stenciled project in our challenge!



  1. Anonymous17 June, 2019

    How much fun does that look - so glad you are sharing your new projects with us.

  2. Wow love your pincushion thanks for sharing!!!

  3. Chana - what a wonderful project! I love everything about this - the size, the hassle, the color palette, the button in the's fantastic! What a great way to use your stencils!
    Rachelle xo :)

  4. Wow, what a cute and clever project, Chana, Jo x

  5. Wow, what a cute and clever project, Chana, Jo x

  6. Beautiful pin cushion and a great way to use stencils
    Carol x

  7. oh I love your colour choices and the design is so eye catching. I'm terrible at sewing but I promise I will give it a go. xx

  8. Beautiful.....awesome project and something different to help me break through the cob webs in my head lol. Hugs, Lori m

  9. I think this is an ingenious use of your stencils and to use distress inks, amazing. I love it. Thank you for visiting me and your lovely comment xx

  10. Lovely work. Thank you for your encouraging comment on my blog

  11. cuuteee love your work Chana
    I never sew and no talented to do it
    I maybe must try to buy a sewing machine first hehe
    Cute and love the pattern
    may I have this LOL


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