Cocka Doodle Dot Stacked Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Jennifer 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 ny-image1.etsy.com Name: Jennifer Johnson
Shop name: Quay & Co.
Location: Colorado
How long on Etsy: Almost 4 years

Describe your aesthetic in three words: Bright, Fun, Original

Do you sew for yourself? I enjoy sewing for myself when I make the time. I love quilting, but have gotten pretty bad about taking time for my personal projects.

Any new projects you want to tackle? I'm currently in the process of collecting fabrics for a new queen sized quilt for our bedroom.

Thanks, Jennifer! 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:

Is there a piece of fabric in your stash that's just too precious to use? What is it?

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! 

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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. My mother gave up sewing several years ago, and when I took it up she gave me her entire stash. In it is a gorgeous piece of green raw silk and some coral linen in just the right shade for me. I can’t bring myself to cut into either of them!

  2. I am sew ;) sentimental about the vintage pieces, especially the flock polka dot one, so fine and old I think it would just break if I stitched it. It reminds me of when I was little and a dress I had made of something similar, I usually wore my brother’s jeans so this little dress always made me feel like a princess. some day I may use it to make a new granddaughter a dress out of it, blending the new with the old ~xo~

  3. Anything that is vintage has me thinking twice about using it, what if I messed it up, they fabric would be wasted.

  4. I don’t think I have anything that’s too precious to use… it’s mainly just stuff I haven’t gotten around to using or haven’t found the right project for. I have one piece that I’m saving for “just the right dress pattern” (which I don’t think I’ve found yet). I think the fabric may be from around the 1940s or 50s and could perhaps be a rayon crepe? I’m really not sure!

  5. I just had a lovely cotton plaid intended for a maxi dress, I really, really loved and I was scared of cutting it. If I fail then I’ll have a botched dress, but if I don’t cut at all, then I’ll at least have the beautiful fabric.
    I dared cutting it, the dress is lovely!

  6. I have a piece of brilliant blue Thai silk that was among the fabric from my Grandmother. I don’t quite know what to make with it as I would hate to waste it on something that I then never used/wore. But I’d hate to never use it because then it would really be wasted.

  7. Like most of the others I have something that was passed down to me, but I’m just waiting for the perfect project to come up!

  8. not really as most of my stash has been bought for a specific project, but I do have scraps from previous projects that I keep waiting for the ‘right project’ to use with.

  9. I have a length of gorgeous silk chiffon, with gold metallic thread embroidered in spirals and loops all over it. And another length of silk chiffon, this time with purple, blue, silver and green sequins in a herringbone pattern all over it that look like beautiful fish scales or similar. They’re both so lovely, and I’m so scared of accidently ruining them, that I haven’t been able to bring myself to cut into them and have been carrying them around for over 8 years so far!

  10. I have serveral pieces I am terrified to cut into – a beautiful dress length of green chasmere (light suiting weight) which I bought 3 years ago, a green and gold silk dress length my friend brought back for me from Sri Lanka – I think they are grogeous and am scared of wasting them but can imagine what I want to sew from them once my skills have improved. I have some beeeeee-aut-if-ful vintage fabrics I inherited which I feel it would be almost criminal to cut in to, including some actual clothes I was given with a view to altering & resfashioning into something wearable – they are all stained / damaged and as such unwearable in their current state but I still can’t bring myself to start cutting!

  11. I have an unnatural love of batiks. I have stacks of it. Four yard pieces down to fat quarters and any scraps from my two projects I did make with it. I’m not sure what I’m waiting for. I know some of it will become a dress, but I’m almost fearful I won’t find the perfect quilt pattern for the quarter yard pieces. I also covet my Granmas stash.

  12. I have so much silk and lace leftover from my wedding dress, but I don’t think I could bring myself to use it for anything but an heirloom.

  13. I have some beautiful vintage silk with a large-scale floral print on it. It’d make a beautiful wiggle dress, but I’m afraid I’d make the dress and then have nowhere to wear it!

  14. I have a lovely piece of garment weight cotton with the most adorable bird print. It was my very first impulse buy and I have zero idea what I want to do with it. It’s kind of an weird length since I just bought whatever was left of it. I really want to make a dress out of it but it is just too small for any of the patterns that I have right now.

  15. there was untill I cut a little out of it to make a gift for my mum, I knew she would apprieciate it, unlike my sister who got newer funky fabric for her gift!

  16. I have some Elvis fabric that is waiting the perfect garment. I’m scared to destroy the panel for sure..

  17. This pin cushion is the cutest so far. I do have several pieces of fabric that I love and I am waiting for the perfect project to use them. One is a pink white and black flower. Another is a Challis with autumn colors.

  18. I get hesitant to cut into any vintage fabric!

  19. Nani Iro fabric I bought last year with the intention of making a skirt. It’s so beautiful and I want to do it justice so I’m trying to find a good pattern for it. Less seams the better so it doesn’t break up the pattern :)

  20. I have seven yards of this fabulous stretch fabric with cherries all over it. Every time I go to pin a pattern to it, before I can cut, I find myself removing the pattern pieces and putting the fabric away. I don’t know if I will ever find a pattern fabulous enough to make me cut that fabric!

  21. I used to be very protective over fabric in my stash and would often buy more fabric when I had a perfectly suitable piece in my closet. Not this year! Nothing is off limits.

  22. I bought 1.5 meters of Liberty of London last year. I love it! It’s a gorgeous grey print with little spots of fuchsia. I cannot decide which pattern to use it with it. I feel like my skills are too basic for the fancy patterns I’d like to use it for. But from time to time I take it out of its storage place just to admire it :)

  23. I bought an adorable Jack and Jill fabric ,that is in peaches and mint green.I bought it when I first found out ,I was having a grandchild..Well. for some reason, I never found the quite right dress for this beautiful fabric.. and it has been in my stash for so long.. I just can’t bring myself to use it..[Don't know why???].. I think , I just love to look at it.

  24. margueritedesigns

    I have a midnight blue semi sheer fabric, embroidered in metalwork and silver fabric. It came from India and was brought back for me by my dad’s friend. I’ve had it about 20 years now and just can’t cut into it. It’s supposed to be made up into a tunic, as part of the Indian traditional dress. The embroidery is done in shaped pieces for sleeve cuffs and a neckline detail. I think I will always keep it like it is now.

  25. I always have a bit of hesitation when cutting into anything. Especially if I’ve spent a lot of money on it. I always want the fabric to be transformed into something that it was meant to be. I’ve sewn enough duds to want to make sure what I’m doing turns out well enough.

  26. When I was in Thailand I bought several pieces of Ikat Silk that are just gorgous. would be just enough for a short sleeve or sleeveless blouse. I did make one piece into a skirt but I never wear it. For the most part they stay draped over a folding screen and I change them periodically. Have gotten much more and much longer enjoyment with the uncut pieces so they will probably stay that way — will let some future owner cut them up if they want to!

  27. I have a few pieces of vintage fabric I am saving for ‘the perfect project’…a pink herringbone-type fabric, and a vintage Noah’s ark pink/avocado green/black/golden yellow fabric.

  28. I’m trying not to stash too much, but I do have a light blue with white polka dots that I’m saving for just the right dress!