Feb 04

Inspire Me Monday: Victorian Crazy Patch Pincushion


 Victorian crazy patch piecing has always been one of my favorite forms of needle art. Over the years I’ve tried various techniques, researched the history of crazy patch piecing, and created a variety of projects using crazy patch piecing.

My favorite projects were the journal covers that I made out of scraps and snippets of leftover fabric, ribbons, braids, and vintage buttons and charms. The great fun of this fiber art technique is that there are virtually no rules! You can make it up as you go along (if you like that sort of thing!), and when it comes to color coordinating fabrics and trims, anything goes.

DSCF0348In crazy patch piecing, you can combine velvets and denim, satin and corduroy, gingham and lace with tapestry or upholstery fabric; satin ribbons with gold brain, ruffles and eyelet with vintage buttons and appliqué. Whatever strikes your fancy, you can probably incorporate it into a crazy patch project.

For this month’s Valentine’s Day project, I thought it would be fun to create a heart-shaped pincushion (but as my daughter observed, it would also make a cute pillow for her dollies!), and use up some of the scraps of fabric and trims that I have accumulated over the past few months while I have been working on some other sewing projects.

DSCF0356This could actually be a very elaborate project (which I might do still before Valentine’s Day), or it could be made very simply so that you can make a bunch of them if you have lots of special friends that would treasure this pretty little pincushion on their dresser or in their sewing room.

 I made this one from fabric scraps in shades of light and dark blue, red, pink and white, and added light blue rick rack and ruffle trim, white lace, and pink ribbon in two widths. Then I finished the embellishment with a few vintage buttons in shades of blue, white, and red.

DSCF0347I made each side different so that you can see a couple of different ways that this pincushion could be made to give you a bit of inspiration for your own creations! If you’ve got an hour or so to play around with your fabric stash, pull out the supplies and make your own Victorian Crazy Patch Pincushion.

The complete tutorial for making this adorable Victorian Crazy Patch Pincushion is HERE.  

Inspire Me Monday LogoWe would love to have you join us for Inspire Me Monday at Create with Joy! Stop by and leave a link to your inspirational or creative blog post so we can come by and visit you, and you’ll find links to other creative bloggers, too. It’s a great way to make new friends and be inspired to creativity every day. Hope to see you there!


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  1. JoAnn @ SweetPepperRose

    Such a cute pin cushion, or pillow 😉

    1. Nina

      Hi JoAnn – thanks for stopping by for a visit! I’m working on a few new craft tutorials so I’ll be posting them soon. Please stop back when you have a minute ;o) Nina

  2. JoDee Luna

    This pin cushion is delightful. I think I just might try to make one.

    1. Nina

      Thanks for visiting, JoDee! Please post a picture of your project when it is finished, I would love to share it with my readers. Hope to hear from you again soon, Nina

  3. Create With Joy

    What a beautiful pincushion Nina! You are SO very talented! It always brings me such joy to visit you and see all of the beautiful things you are creating!

    Thank you so much for sharing my parties with your readers. Since I’ve needed to conserve my energy as much as possible these past few months, it is greatly appreciated.

    Take care & I hope we can catch up soon! 🙂

    1. Nina

      Hi Ramona – it is good to hear from you. I hope you are taking care of yourself. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do to help promote your blog and your parties. I try to get out a reminder for the Monday-Wednesday-Friday parties, and promote on our FB and Google+ pages, but if there is anything else you can think of, please email me at editor@rubyforwomen.com

      On my way to link up for WW (a bit late today but this morning was a whirlwind!) and planning on popping in for Friendship Friday as well. Thanks for stopping by! Nina

  4. Create With Joy

    Dear Nina,

    A little birdie told me you are under the weather so I am praying that you are feeling better SOON!

    Perhaps a bit of cheer is in order. I featured your beautiful pincushion at this week’s Inspire Me Monday. Congratulations – and as always, thanks for sharing your creativity with us, and thanks for ALL that you do! 🙂

  5. Jamie

    That is adorable!! What a great gift idea for family or friends! 🙂

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