Blue Ouch Ouch Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Karen 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.

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: Karen Hilton
Shop name: Karen Hilton Designs
Location: UK
How long on Etsy: About three years, I think!

Describe your aesthetic in three words:
Quirky, fun & colourful.

Do you sew for yourself?
No. I never have the time!! in fact my boyfriend ask me to mend his jeans, I took so long to get around to it he did them himself. :) 

Your own favorite etsy purchase ever?
A blue stripey sock monkey for my nephew. He loved it!

Thanks, Karen! 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:

What has been *your* favorite Etsy purchase ever?

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. lovely 70s patterns from vintage core patterns.

  2. 8 yards of Alexander Henry’s Thunder Flower in 3 different color schemes from 3 different vendors. Yes! I am this kind of nuts!

  3. A pair of leather golden oxford shoes, handmade in Mexico!

  4. Vintage pattern,I had searched every where for..Was thrilled when I found it.

  5. I bought this beautiful crepe paisley, 4 1/2 yards for $3, well $7 including shipping. It came from a shop called CollectingMemories.

  6. A Sarah Coventry brooch and earrings set that was 10 times more lovely and amazing than I anticipated.
    I adore the idea of an eyeball pincushion.

  7. This pincushion is hilarious. My favorite Etsy purchase is either the barn owl pillow I bought from Anna of Pleasant View Schoolhouse or the navy belt I just got for my Easter dress from Rock This Vintage.

  8. A necklace with gold leather flowers, it is so unique and I enjoy wearing it. Bobbette, the artist who made it was really great to chat with as well. All around great experience and I frequent her site often!
    Love your eyeball! This is fabulous and fun! Well done, taking a pin cushion to a new level!

  9. I’ve not yet bought anything from Etsy – maybe I ought to give it a second (and third and forth) look.

  10. A pair of ‘cognac’ leather boots. I wore them into the ground.

  11. Stasha Switzer

    My favorite Etsy purchase ever is mine and my husband’s wedding rings : )

  12. A yellow plaid aviator cap made with wool. It seems thin, but surprisingly held up against gusty Chicago weather. :)

  13. Oh, this is a hard one! Probably a made for me vintage reproduction dress based off of a costume from one of my favorite old films!

  14. Cute pin cushion.
    I have never purchased anything from Etsy. I have looked a lot and wanted a lot but finances just won’t allow it.

  15. Fantastic pincushion!!
    Favorite Etsy purchase is a hard one. My felted wool creations from Kitlane (I have 4 now!) are treasures. (but the Fleur de Sel caramels from haveitconfections rank up there too-so heavenly good!).

  16. The peach-colored wrist pincushion I bought from A Fashionable Stitch! It’s definitely making an appearance in my next project photo :) I’ve followed Sunni’s blog for awhile now and love seeing what she comes up with.

  17. Zippers! I got some fabulous zippers for a steal and they, without a doubt, are one of the best purchases I have ever made. I no longer have to worry about running out to the store on the weekend to grab some!

  18. I just ordered a silver necklace for my mom with her 4 grandchildren’s names and birthstones. It is sooo pretty. She loves it!

  19. Shannon Burchard

    Some great vintage fabric!

  20. That is a great pin cushion, what a cool idea.
    My fav Etsy purchase so far has been my vintage deer pin from It’s so pretty and reminds me of pieces my Mom or grandmother would have worn. Makes me feel closer to them.