1930’s Reproduction Pincusion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Lindsay has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.

Repro-pin Name: Lindsay Burden
Shop name: Homespun Sprout
Location: Las Vegas
How long on Etsy: 1 year

Who or what is the inspiration for your pincushions?
I'm originally from Western Massachusetts where there is an enormous flea market a few times a year. One vendor at the flea market always had the most gorgeous display of new and vintage handmade pincushions for sale. They were DARLING and I decided to try to create a little of the beauty I found in her display for myself.

Do you sew for yourself?
Yes! I am a quilter, and I also enjoy sewing clothing and other projects for my daughter (who is almost two).

Why do you craft?
I come from a long line of crafters, so I'm pretty sure it's in my blood! To me, crafting is like therapy. It feels wonderful to create someting tangible with my hands, and to use the creative part of my brain. I also love to be able to give one-of-a-kid gifts to family and friends.

Thanks, Lindsay ! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale!

Want to win this pincushion? You just have to answer the following question:

Have you ever made something out of a vintage feedsack?

Each giveaway is open for twenty-four hours from the time of posting. Please only post one comment in each thread. Winners will be announced each Monday in April. Winners can only win once but are encouraged to answer all the questions! 



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. I’ve never even had my hands on a vintage feed sack, let alone cut one up and make something with it. I’m not sure if they were available in Australia, but I would love to find out.

  2. No but I aspire to! I hear it’s quite the thing for aprons :)

  3. I have not! I’ve seen a ton of patterns for making things out of feedsacks though, so I know what to make if I ever come across one!

  4. Nope, Never made anything from a vintage feed sack.

  5. What a cute pincushion. I love the double buttons on top.
    No, I’ve never sewn with vintage feedsack, but I love all of the ideas like that that I get from this blog.

  6. I’ve never seen one in real life, I get the impression they were only really common in America and never made it to the UK, either that or the were all used up during rationing.

  7. Feed sack? do mean a hessian type of fabric? if so, yes, I made a whole batch of shopping bags with lovely floral trims. Very earthy and wholesome, and also looks great!

  8. margueritedesigns

    What’s a vintage feedsack??? I’d have good go if I could lay my hands on one …

  9. Cute pin Cushion and the spoon on etsy are so cute too.
    I have never made anything from a vintage feed sack, but in the 60’s my father worked for Burpee Seed company and he brought home a seed sack. It was made of a cotton that was woven like gauze but much thicker. It also had red and blue threads running through it made to look like cross stitch. I loved it and made a Crop Top (so popular when I was 14) from it by hand sewing and tracing a Crop Top I already had to make the pattern. My top was about as short as what you will see at this link but it didn’t have a ruffle it was just straight. http://www.fashionising.com/pictures/b–Vintage-inspiration-Lisa-Baker-in-gingham-5024.html

  10. Very cute pincushion.
    I’m not sure what you mean by vintage feedsacks. Down here in Australia what I call feedsacks are hessian. We do have old flour sacks, they were made from a calico type fabric with the flour mill’s logo printed on the side – but that’s not what you mean is it?

  11. Sadly, not an Australian thing. But i’ve looked longingly at those on etsy!

  12. Don’t think I’ve ever left the vintage world. ;-)) And now I am vintage!

  13. I don’t think they were ever made in Australia, I’d never heard of feedsacks until I saw Mena’s apron and got curious about what they were. A short time spent on Etsy enlightened me and I now have several on my “favourites” list! The prints are so cute, I’m so tempted!

  14. I have never used a feed sack, but i love them. have been thinking about making a feed sack quilt for a while.

  15. I have never used a feed sack, but I would like too.

  16. I haven’t but they are lovely.

  17. Nope i’m sorry to say I haven’t, i would love to cover a ceiling in some though !

  18. I never have… but I’m sure it would be fun!!

  19. No, I haven’t, but I’d sure like to.

  20. shannon burchard

    I wish, but I have yet to run across feedsack fabric.

  21. I want too!!

  22. No. I have never had one..But as a child, my mama made us girls tons of clothes out of flour sacks..She has since told me, that you had to buy several sacks of flour to get enough for a dress. [and whats the luck, that you could ever find enough sacks alike????ha..but guess they did, because my dresses came from flour sacks.] She also made all out panties too.. All differt color flour sacks.ha
    Love this pin cushion.

  23. I’ve never even seen one outside of living history sites!

  24. No I havent. I guess I dont know what one is!

  25. I haven’t made anything out of a vintage feedsack. It sounds really cool though! Now that the weather is warming up I hope to rummage through some local flea markets. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

  26. Oooooh! So cute!
    I have never sewed with vintage feedsack, but I would if I ever got my hands on some! Last weekend, I went to a quilt fair and scored some awesome vintage fabric, but no feedsack… I think I would either try to make a top out of it or, if there wasn’t much, quilt something with it.

  27. Never. Wouldn’t even know where to find one now!

  28. I always thought of vintage feed sacks as scratchy and rough but would love to see one resurrected with creativity! Happy Easter everyone!

  29. I have not, but I love the hear about the history behind them!

  30. No, but I just learned about it’s use on a blog post on Colette Patterns months ago. I thought it was super neat!

  31. No, I never made anything out of a feed sack, but if I had a feed sack, I probably would be inspired to turn it into something wearable. I love to repurpose items. Sometimes, I feel that my genes take me back to the depression era where people didn’t have a lot of money or things, and made use of what they had. I have turned old sweaters into pillows and mittens, and old t shirts into bags. I am sure other readers have great ideas, too. I love this pin cushion! Using different fabric and buttons make them look so cute!!!