Amigurumi Squirrel Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Kalen has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Additionally, she is providing Sew Weekly readers with a 10% discount to her shop. Instructions on how to win it can be found at the bottom of this post.

image from Name: Kalen
Shop name: Minibytes
Location: Calgary, Alberta, Canada
How long on Etsy: It will be a year in June so almost 10 months!

Describe your aesthetic in three words: 
Cute, Minimalist, Friendly

Any new projects you want to tackle?
Oh my goodness, so many to name! I want to create another product line this summer to expand on my "woodlands" theme (this time including beavers, skunks and gophers!). I also would love to start wholesaling later in the year to some shops, continue doing craft shows around Canada, and finally finish developing the Minibytes website!

Why do you craft?
I craft as a creative outlet. It's a way to put all the stress of the day behind me and have some time for myself. I also craft to keep my sanity at my day job!

Thanks, Kalen! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers can receive a discount of 10% for using the code "SEWFUN" at checkout.

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

Is there a sewing technique that you are dying to try and integrate into your garments?

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. oh man that’s cute!
    I would like to try a hand-sewn rolled hem and learn how to put boning into a garment.

  2. SQEEE! This is so cute! It’s taking great restraint for me not to go buy half a dozen of these woodland friends on her Etsy shop.
    I’d like to try a fly-front zipper soon.

  3. I am itching to try to hand-sew a buttonhole. In fact, I will in a few hours!
    My mother, who sewed a lot of my clothes, instilled me with a fear of buttonholes because apparently so much could go wrong, or it’s a pain in the neck to pull them if they go wrong. So, despite having to do a buttonhole at age nine in school for my “Sewing Machine License” I am terrified of them. Especially on my recently inherited 1980s Husqvarna Viking, which I only used for the first time yesterday.

  4. I thought the use of lace in Sari’s blouse was so beautiful I would love to try something like that

  5. The use of decorative trim/details on clothing for me… the “world traveling lace and notions” project on the Sewing Circle made me realise that I’ve never been very adventurous with details! I’d also like to try my hand at a project that requires matching patterns or plaids

  6. I’d like to master pants – all from fit to fly front. Also I wish to work more on details; lace, trims, buttons, becuase now I don’t focus too much on that.

  7. bound buttonholes!!!

  8. margueritedesigns

    Piping! After seeing it used on Sew Weekly, I want to do some myself. It just seems to ‘lift’ a neckline or provide a much needed decorative detail on a plain garment.

  9. CUTEST pincushion EVER! Omg!!
    I’m keen to try some beading. Which I will be trying very soon as I have it planned for the dress I’m making right now.

  10. This is so cute! I’d like to try smocking!

  11. I have my first lining and a new zipper insertion technique planned to tackle this week. I hate zippers, especially since my machine is a hand me down and I don’t have a zipper foot!

  12. This little squirrel is so cute! I want to try French seams in my next project.

  13. I would like to try adding piping to a dress or skirt. Im a newbie at sewing so I have much to learn!

  14. That is amazing!!!
    I would like to learn how to french seams on my next outfit.

  15. So adorable!!! I would like to learn how to put a zipper on by my self. In the past I have always handed it over to my Mom at that point. But I know it’s a good skill so I’d like to try it.

  16. Machine done Buttonholes!

  17. I really want to try a welt pocket. I’ve never had an excuse to make one yet…

  18. Two things: i would like to incorporate smocking and get better at zippers!

  19. I’m going to work on lining and finishing my pieces better and I want to try beading my knitting (not exactly sewing, but still crafty).

  20. That is so cute! I would like to incorporate more embellishments in my sewing, like vintage lace, beadwork and embroidery.

  21. I love squirrels, this pincushion is too cute!
    Welt pockets & bound buttonholes are 2 things I would like to master

  22. I would love a fancy evening blouse with french cuffs so I can finally wear some of the cuff links that were my grandfather’s!

  23. I took a class on the double welt pocket about 10 years ago, and although I’m confident that I’m capable, I’ve never actually made one. Looking forward to conquering one soon.

  24. I would love to try dyeing my own fabric and then using it to make an outfit…I think that would be awesome!

  25. I would love to embroider on some of my clothing. I think crewlwork on skirts would look lovely, too! I just wish I knew how to do that!