Cappuccino Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Jen 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.

image from Name: Jen Smock
Shop name: Smockers
Location: Central Indiana
How long on Etsy: Since Nov 2009

Your own favorite etsy purchase ever: It would probably be a onesie that says Only Child (crossed out) and has Big Brother underneath. We had our son wear it to announce to friends and family that we were expecting. We put in on him and didn't say anything. As he walked around, we would watch their faces as they read it and it sunk in. It was unique and so much fun! 

What do you love making most? I love to create all sorts of things. My Etsy shop has things like custom crib protectors to crocheted appliques and amigurumi. You never know what you'll find there. 

Why do you craft? I love being creative. It is always very relaxing for me too. Having two kiddos now, it is a great way for me to unwind in the evenings or during nap time! I love to make up new patterns and when an idea pops in my head, I can't wait to start on it.

Thanks, Jen ! 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 is something that you've sewn that holds the most sentimental value for you?

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. It would be the first thing I was ever taught to sew in sewing class at school when I was about 11. A simple, square pin cushion. One of those really basic ones – two squares (in this case, pink winciette with elephants all over it) sewn together, stuffed, and the opening hand-stitched closed. Ultra basic! But I still have it, and still use it (after all, you can never have too many pincushions!) and it still reminds me of being 11 and being so serious and focussed while making it!

  2. I needed a slip for one of my daughter’s tops, and couldn’t find a pattern I was happy with so I drafted my own. I should probably add that I was terrified of drafting – truly terrified… but measure twice, cut once, right? And it turned out great! It’s one of her favourite things to wear, under her dress or on its own, and it thrills me every time I see it on her. I didn’t just make it, I created it!

  3. a small parchwork quilt, the material was from clothes my mum had made for my sisters when they were very young. The quilt was for my expecting baby, I made it during pegnancy, since then all four of my boys have used it.

  4. It’s definitely the pillow case i cross-stitched for my friend when we were back in high school days. I couldn’t finish it on time and i had to secretly sew it underneath my desk in school, while the teacher was teaching in front!

  5. The first skirt I made, I traced a really unusual skirt that my sister picked up when we went to Paris together for her 17th birthday, (it was our first trip abroad and we went on out own!). Her skirt was worn so much it became unwearable but I loved it so much so when a friend asked me if I would store her sewing machine for her while she was abroad I had to try and duplicate it. It was the first piece of clothing I made and I still get so many comments when I wear it, I may have to make another version.

  6. I made a baby quilt for my son. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I started the process of designing, cutting, piecing, etc. By the time he was born, it was completed. He is in college now, but perhaps someday, I can pass it on to my grandchild(ren).

  7. When I started sewing my first ever dress, my dad was restoring my Great-Grandmother’s 1930s treadle sewing machine. Foraging through the drawers, I found a belt buckle from her stash and was able to use that for the belt on my dress. I love that I was able to use something of my Great-Grandmother’s (who I never met) in my own sewing that she never got to use in hers.

  8. When I was in middle school, I made a verrrry basic quilt with my grandmother. She had just retired from her job as a home economics teacher, and was missing her job as the school year was about to begin. I got to spend a week with her, going to the fabric store, picking out fun prints, and eating bagels! The quilt is still in one piece, but I don’t use it anymore because I’m afraid it will tear in my sleep. As much as I love everything I made since, that quilt always holds a very special sentimental place in my heart!

  9. Haha, when I was 12 years old, I decided I wanted to make a quilt. My mom recommended I start with just about 6 squares, to get the hang of it. Poor little hand sewn quilt – it turned out lopsided, the basting stitches were all over the place. But I gave it to my dad, who uses it to set his coffee mug on on his dresser – still to this day. ;)

  10. margueritedesigns

    It’s a felt ovenglove which I still have. It’s green, blanket stitched around the edge in yellow, with an orange, red and blue felt flower embroidered onto it. In fact, it’s probably quite trendy now, but it’s a bit fragile! It’s lined with striped cotton ticking. I made it in Wednesday sewing club, which was held after primary school. I pestered my mother to let me stay behind school!

  11. It is the first quilt top I sewed. Then I had my mother quilt it for me. Then I did the binding. It is sentimental because it is a quilt for my son. It is sawtooth stars and printed panels of space scenes. My son adores it and I enjoy that he likes it so much.

  12. My friend, Claire, gave me a kimono shirt pattern and the pieces of it she had cut out before she moved to Virginia in 2007. I put it in a storage tub and began a series of several moves, but I recently found it, missing some of the pieces. I have been working to put it together on my own, as kind of a tribute to my fabulous friend, who lost her battle with cancer in 2009. Every time I work on the shirt, I think of her.

  13. I made two quilts one Thanksgiving weekend while my husband was overseas. I sent one to him so we each had one. The only thing I did the entire weekend was sew and my grandma had to finish one of them but it was great to have that connection with my husband.

  14. my amy butler weekender bag – my mom & i decided to make ourselves bags, so we went bought the pattern & fabric & once a week i’d go to her house with my sewing machine and we’d work on them :) she had just bought a new embroidery machine, so they are monogrammed as well :) the bags turned out beautiful (albeit expensive!) and i think of her every time i use mine.

  15. Definitely my hand stitched bunny I made when I was a kid. I used some leftover purple satin bridesmaid fabric my mom was using to make my sister a bridesmaid’s gown… in the early 90’s. The dress had a lace overlay and poufy sleeves. For the bunny I didn’t have any stuffing so I stuffed it with fabric scraps, it’s pretty floppy and crudely stitched together at the neck/limbs (I didnt’ know how to slip stitch yet).

  16. judy roberson

    I made my grandaughter a strasburg white dress ,with many rows of lace and inserts.It was hours and hours of labor..[and at the time ,I thought…………..why,why,why did you agree to this??? But once my darling little grandaughter put this lovely dress on.It was worth it all.

  17. A coat that took a purple ribbon in 4-H at the State Fair. I felt like I’d finally “arrived”, sewing-wise.

  18. A plaid skirt I made with my mom. Looking back I realise that she was skilled in sewing, but had lost her interest. Looking at the skirt makes me think of her and I hope I have inherited some of it since I can’t ask her anymore.

  19. I would say a little pillow I made for my grandfather when he was in the hospital. I had 2 pieces of fabric leftover from a sunhat that was a disaster so I made a pillow out of them and embroidered a message on the outside. My grandparents now have it on the mantle over their fireplace!

  20. My first dress that I ever sewed holds the most sentimental value for me.

  21. the stuffed bunny I made out of a sock- did it as my first sewing project with my mom- it’s still with me, sitting on my dresser- kind of like the velveteen rabbit. still love it.

  22. Technically I didn’t make them. But I LOVE the quilts my mom made for my boys. I did pick the patterns though!

  23. The many things I made for my children who now have children of their own .. are very dear to me.

  24. It’s not what I’ve sewn, but what I sew with that’s sentimental – most of my sewing notions came from my Grandmother.