La Pomme Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Monique 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-image3.etsy.comName: Monique
Shop name: Blueberry Fields
Location: St-Andre-d'Argenteuil, Québec, Canada
How long on Etsy: Etsy shop opened in December 2007

How do you start making them ? selling them on etsy ?
I always loved making little sewing projects. I needed one for my own purpose and loved it so much, I thought it would be a good idea to share my love of pincushions and sell some of them in my shop. I have been selling pichushions about a year after I opened my etsy shop. 

Do you sew for yourself?
Whenever i have the opportunity, I make little projects to lease myself. I wish I had more time, but my shop keeps me quite busy.

Any projects you want to tackle? 
Oh many! I just need to organize myself. I started making summer totes and love making them, especially using vintage bed sheets I find in charity shops. I love giving a new life to reclaimed fabric.

Thanks, Monique! 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:

Do you incorporate reclaimed or upcycled fabric into your garments? If so, what are your favorite types of fabric sources (i.e sheets, table cloths, old clothes)?

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. judy Roberson

    I love using Pillowcases.. You can find them on sale all the time.Make great trimmings and things for the grandkids. Really pretty colors .

  2. i like keeping old clothing with interesting/pretty prints then cut it up to line small purses/bags or use as pockets for newly handmade garments. sometimes plain linen off old pants make good embroidery fabric too!

  3. Yes! I have a terry tablecloth I’m going to make a romper up in… and I’ve also used super cheap sale items and cut them up for the fabric.

  4. Feedsacks! I’m always overjoyed when I find a matching pair. They make the greatest springtime skirts.

  5. I love using vintage tablecloths! They have such great patterns.

  6. I haven’t yet, but I *am* planning to start using old men’s shirts to make dresses for my daughter. My mom is an upcycling diva – she turns thrifted wool sweaters into gorgeous felted purses for her shop.

  7. Absolutely! I particularly like to use bed sheets as it’s a good, cheap way to get a large amount of vintage fabric (Full 50s skirts require a lot of fabric!). I’ve also used pillow cases to make toddler dresses and I have a couple of table cloths that I plan to make some skirts from….

  8. I haven’t yet but plan too in the very near future in garments, but I have used jeans in make purses, I go to the local salvation army to purchase jeans. a win win for them and me. My next project is going to be with white cotton blouses and convert them into burial dresses for threads of love, in memory of a great niece Ally, who became our Christmas angel.

  9. yes my apron this week was from a pillow case. I have countless bedspreads waiting to be turned into a lovely dress or blouse.

  10. What a cute pincushion! I’m not very good with using upcycled fabrics, they’re also hard to come by here, so, so far, all my clothes are from newly bought fabrics.

  11. I have been known to use old clothes but only rarely if there made of unusual fabrics, I’ve got a red silk dress in my stash at th emoment that will become a top at some point soon.

  12. I have a small stash of old pillow cases and bed sheets taht I hope to incorporate into my sewing projects in the future.

  13. margueritedesigns

    I find thrifted fabrics hard to come by too, but I did manage to source some ‘old’ fabric for my 60’s, 70’s, 80’s retro dress. Since joining Sew Weekly, I have started to keep an eye out for anything old and interesting.

  14. I like reusing fabrics when I can. If a garment isn’t in good enough condition to give away, I often cut it up and incorporate it into other things. I’ve made a dress out of an old curtain before, and some cushion covers as well (I match when I sit on the couch! Tee hee!)

  15. I love quilting, so up-cycling fabrics is the way to go for an interesting mix. ;) Old shirts of my dad’s, cotton bedsheets, old sewing project gone awry, brightly colored tshirts, and pj pants! The possibilities are endless for a new quilt.

  16. I use sheets to make curtains, table cloths, dresses, etc. I also love finding thrift store clothes and refashioning them : )

  17. My favorite sources are worn kimonos. The silks are fabulous!

  18. I just purchased some second hand vintage sheets (no idea how old they actually are but I liked the prints). We’ll see what I can make out of them!

  19. My favorite it to recycle clothing I’ve kept from my past. To give it a new future and keep the memories makes me happy.

  20. i use sheets for muslins and such but have not really found anything worthy of wearing out.

  21. I never seem to find anything that I could actually wear in public, so I tend to use sheets and old T-shirts as muslins, but nothing else.

  22. My stash includes lots of old clothes. I once used a used sheet for the back of a quilt but I’ll NEVER do that again! :)

  23. I have a large pile of garments and a couple of curtains with great fabric to re/up-cycle. I have plans, but I’ve just gotten back into sewing regularly and have yet to put them into action. I’m most excited about making one of my husband’s western shirts into a dress for my four-year-old. Something along these lines might be a great Sew Weekly challenge, actually.

  24. I love love love using old sheets – there is so much fabric to work with! I’ve made a skirt from purple sheets, a wrap dress from grey jersey, and I am looking at a pile of “graffiti” sheets for a summer sundress.

  25. Im using some fabric given to me but other than that I have all new fabric which I mostly get from Home Ec. Workshop or Joann’s fabric.

  26. I love using old clothes, tablecloths, curtains, and bed linens for sewing. The have amazing prints and styles and you get a large quantity of fabric for a small price.

  27. oh my goodness, what a sweet little pincushion!
    i do like recycling old linens/clothes into my garments, but i tend to be pretty picky with what makes it into the final cut. right now i have a gorgeous piece of barkcloth that has plans for being turned into vogue 1227 (which is pretty structured, so i think the heavy barkcloth will work!)

  28. Right now I’m making a dress out of a topsheet from a set that had gotten accidentally bleached on the fitted side. I love free fabric!

  29. I haven’t used thrifted fabrics, but I do try to remake clothes that I haven’t worn in a while. I’ve got some wrap skirts that are slated to be sundresses, a prom dress that I’m shortening to wear to weddings, and I reknit an old sweater into a new top!

  30. I’ve tried refashioning old clothes, but haven’t really had the best of luck so far. I think a lot of it has to do with not looking in the right places to find good reusable stuff.

  31. I love vintage linens but the idea to use them as fabric to sew never occurred to me until I stumbled upon this website. Now my brain is full of excitement as I imagine what I can do and all the new projects that I can try especially since this is probably way way cheaper and I am on a budget.

  32. I have made a few things out of sheets and curtains… for the sewweekly challenges! I have a Colette Crepe dress made out of someones old curtains, the sash is a sheet, my local inspiration tunic top was originally a sheet and this week’s apron was a valance sheet…. I have developed a bit of a worrying jumble sale habit trying to find more sheets, curtaions and tablecloths to use ;0)

  33. I shop at thrift stores for useable fabric from sheets and tablecloths. Every once in awhile I do find some yardage that was donated, but there doesn’t seem to be much available.

  34. My favorite source of reclaimed fabric is old clothes. I have made several throw pillows from old sweaters. One of my favorite pillow was from a cable knit sweater that was way too big. I salvaged some buttons from my mother’s button jar and used them as embellishments. I also turned an old shower curtain into an apron.

  35. I’ve tried one refashion before from a mens button down shirt and it was an epic fail. Maybe I’ll try again soon.

  36. I’ve got such a stash of sheets, pillowcases and tablecloths, which I love to use, but my favourite thing to upcycle by far is to use lace doilies as little cap sleeves and pockets on dresses for my two and a half year old, they look dreamy!

  37. I’ve done the reverse- had boxes of old material that my sister, mom and myself had leftover from making our own clothing when I was younger- made it into a scrap quilt along with photos of the family – ended up with a great memory quilt for my mom!

  38. JackieScurrah

    I used any previously used cloth for new projects. My first daughters entire wardrobe was a collection of repurposed old clothing from the thrift store since funds at the time were very tight. All those years ago skirts were more generously cut than now so I had lots to work with, Her dolls even had matching outfits right down to overalls for her made of old jeans and dolly overalls too. She was the best dressed kid in the neighbourhood.

  39. Oh I love this pin cushion a lot.
    Yes I do use re-cycled material in my sewing. I use my husbands old shirts for throw pillow covers, washable picnic napkins and I have saved a large bag of them for a blanket I want to make eventually. I use old jeans for tote bags, and I have a dress cut out ready to sew into a dress for summer. I have not used a table cloth yet but I want to try. I have an old pair of linen pants I want to make into a vest or um I don’t know. Well see.

  40. I shop at thrift stores in the donated fabric section, does that count?! I’m always so amazed – 3 yards of beautiful fabric for $2?? It’s so exciting to give those fabrics a second chance! I really want to work with curtains one day and have my Sound of Music/Gone With the Wind moment :)

  41. I have very good intentions and save lots of things that I think should be up-cyclable, but my follow thru is very poor, so a lot of it sits in my stash for ages and never finds its way into anything. There are exceptions, of course. Some things have become bags and accessories, even the occasional garment, but the best most ex-garments can hope for is incorporation into a quilt.

  42. The first thing I made after getting my sewing machine was new curtains from old curtains. It was a good feeling to give something headed to the give away pile into something fresh and new for the home.

  43. I use sheets for muslins and nice printed one for skirts, I cut up old denim jeans and skirts to make shorts for my boys, old t-shirts as embellishments for me and new t-shirts for my boys.