Lovely Lilac Pincushion

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

image from Name: Shelley
Shop name: Spincushions
Location: Narrawong, Victoria, Australia
How long on Etsy: Since July 2010

How did you start making them? Selling on etsy? 
I received a book with pincushions to make in it for my birthday one year and just could not stop making them. I began by giving them all my friends, family, work colleagues and acquaintances, but you can only give so many away. Everyone I know has one now. I tried a couple of markets which did well, but living in the country there are not many about, so I did some online research & discovered etsy. 

Any new projects you want to tackle? 
I am pretty fascinated by amigurumi at the moment. I have begun teaching myself to crochet and my aim is to make some cuteness when my skills get beyond granny squares. I am getting there! I have my eye on a few patterns on etsy.

What do you love making most? 
Pincushions! I have gone off a few creating tangents since I started making pincushions, but none of them satisfy me like making pincushions. I love creating new designs; rarely do I re-make a design exactly. Each one evolves with new details as I go. The appeal for me is in the materials. Felt is such a wonderful material to work with in so many vibrant colours. I also love embroidery thread. I am very well stocked with almost every colour known to man. I find the process of hand sewing very therapeutic. Joy is in every step for me. All the way from idea to preparation to the construction.

Thanks, Shelley! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers will receive 10% off their orders during the month of April by using the discount code: SEWWEEKLY at checkout.

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

Do you enjoy hand sewing? Is there a part of sewing that’s therapeutic 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. Yes, I enjoy hand sewing. It really makes me feel like I’m making something by hand. And, for me, the whole process of sewing is relaxing – a way to unwind at the end of a hectic day. Now, off to sleep! It’s a busy weekend for me. Thanks again for introducing us to talented Etsy sellers.

  2. This pincushion is too cute!
    I enjoy hand sewing embroidery onto outfits for my little kiddo. Daisies, petals, smily faces. I think they’re all fun and therapeutic. I don’t have to think too much and can hold a conversation with others while doing. It’s totally relaxing. :)

  3. I love hand sewing too. It’s really relaxing and I feel I have a lot more control of what I am doing in comparison to the machine.
    One day I want to learn embroidery and aplique and all those detailed “by hand” things.

  4. I do enjoy hand sewing, there’s more control and I feel almost..more legitimate in making something by hand? (I don’t know if that describes it well enough), BUT I do need to work on my patience to enjoy it even more.

  5. I LOVE hand sewing! I do a lot of hand-sewn embroidery on bags/children’s outfits and I always, always hand sew all my hems. My aunt (a dressmaker) once told me that a hand-sewn hem is important for a neat and professional finish. I didn’t start sewing until eight years later but I never forgot what she said! I’m also a dedicated multi-tasker and have trouble sitting doing nothing so will do my hand sewing when watching TV.

  6. My grandmother was my first sewing teacher. I was always bouncing off the walls but felt calm when I was sewing with her. I suppose if was the best ADHD remedy I could have asked for.

  7. I discovered the benefits of hand sewing when I started handsewing the binding on quilts after realising that machine sewing them did not look as polished. I have also done a little cross-stitching over the years and love the effects you get.

  8. I do like hand-sewing, it can feel similar to knitting (for me).

  9. before getting into dressmaking I mostly hand sewed. I am a fan of quilting, the tradtional way, it takes for ever but, yes very theraputic.

  10. I used to do a lot of embroidery before I started knitting and sewing clothing but these days I put it off as long as possible. I think it is because for me sewing is what I do at the machine to make lovely clothes. if I want to do something more relaxing and time consuming I knit (if I could change my attituse a bit I’ve a feeling my clothes would be much better).

  11. I do actually enjoy hand sewing. I love needlework like cross-stitch and embroidery and I actually really love hemming garments!

  12. Yes I do enjoy handsewing! I actually find it relaxing and rather therapeutic. Machine sewing on the other hand can be stressful and hard work.

  13. oh dear! do I have to be the first one to say it! I don’t like hand sewing! There.. I’ve said it. ie. there’s not much chance of me making my own sweet little pin cushion like the one above! I try at all costs to use the machine only… I get very frustrated if I have to resort to hand sewing. Although if I must, I’ll leave it til the night time and sew while watching TV.

  14. judy roberson

    I always get my machine sewing done.and save up the hand sewing for tv watching with my family at night. I can sit by the tv and sew away.. I get all those buttons sewed on, garments hemmed,etc..
    I also love to quilt. I havent done one in awhile.But it feels so good ,to see the finished product.all by hand.. Judy

  15. I never think I’m going to like it because it takes so much longer than a machine. Then I sit down in front of a TV and get into whatever episode (or, for a long project, movie) I’m watching and start looking for more things to hand sew!

  16. Sad though it is to admit, I’m not really a fan of hand sewing. I’m quite impatient, and I find it hard to stay focussed to do all those tiny neat little stitches, so it never works out as tidy as I’d like it to and I’m never quite happy with it! (Yet another reason why I don’t tend to do much with buttons, haha!)
    Sewing in general is quite therapeutic for me, though. It’s nice to just be able to sit down and focus on something that can be completed within a not-so-long time frame. Nice and self-contained, and you (usually) get something pretty at the end of it. :-)

  17. Ellen Lorenzen

    The hand sewing that I enjoy the most is applying binding to finish off my quilts. My two cats and one of my corgis will assemble at the couch and climb under the edges of the quilt and “hang out” with me as I sew on the binding. It is relaxing and I like to see the progress I am making – especially when I get to turn the corner :)
    Redmond, WA

  18. Oh, my! That pin cushion is just beautiful! I do like hand sewing. I find just about all of sewing therapeutic, with the exception of installing zippers.

  19. This is such a darling pincushion – perfect for Spring!
    I enjoy embroidery. I keep a little basket by the sofa and work t it here and there. It’s fun for me as long as I’m not rushed – no deadline.

  20. OH NO! Hand sewing, so far, is not my thing. I’m not good at it…. my spacing is all funky. What ever I end up hand sewing ends up looking like something a kid sewed together. Uh wait let me correct that, my 11 yr old hand sews better then I do… so I’m just a bad hand sewer.

  21. I am very new to the world to sewing and, in fact, have only ever hand sewn. (Yes, all my clothes are from the store, though I am pleased to say my children’s Christmas stockings are not). I find hand sewing, particularly embroidering, to be a challenge though ultimately rewarding. It is certainly humbling to have to come to terms with the fact that I am not a machine and will be fully unable to stitch like one.

  22. Recently I’ve discovered I like hand picking zippers, it takes a lot longer than machine sewing them in but the results are much better. And I like having so much control.

  23. I love hand sewing the binding on quilts. It’s good to get away from sewing machine noise once in a while, plus I can do it next to my partner while we watch TV.

  24. I actually like to hand sew-especially small projects. I can grab a few supplies like a pin cushion, thread, needle, and scissors along with a project such as sewing on buttons, mending a whole, hemming, and sit in my favorite comfy chair. Before I know it, I have accomplished and finished several projects off of my to-do list.

  25. I enjoy hand sewing because you can do it in front the tv so it doesn’t seem so tedious!

  26. ohh, that is a beautiful pincushion. |i am on the fence about hand sewing. i used to hate it, but am starting to enjoy it a little bit more. I am learning embroidery now, and I am also finding that that a bit of hand sewing can help me slow down the process a bit to enjoy it more.

  27. I don’t enjoy hand sewing, mostly because it hurts my hands if I do it too long (I have carpal tunnel syndrome). I actually find sewing at the machine quite therapeutic! It is so nice to be doing something with my hands other than typing on a computer.

  28. I usually don’t enjoy hand sewing, or any of the finishing aspects. My favorite part of sewing would have to be putting the zippers in.

  29. I like embroidery (particularly redwork) and also hand-sewing hems on skirts and dresses. I think pressing is the most therapeutic part for me – such visible progress!

  30. I love embroidery and cross stitch, I feel like I’m making something really special that will be treasured for years to come. It makes me think a lot about my grandma and the thing she used to make. I can’t wait until I get married and have my own house so I can fill it with these sorts of personal touches. =)

  31. I love hand-sewing. I love doing applique and binding quilts, I enjoy embroidery doing blind hems. I’m looking forward to starting a modern take on a Grandmother’s Flower Garden quilt, which is all hand sewing–and a LOT of it. :)

  32. I prefer to use the my sewing machine. Hand sewing is just so much slower!

  33. I very much enjoy hand sewing — embroidery, appliqué, cross stitch and hand sewing a hem. I love the look. I love how natural and old fashioned it feels to do. It’s very relaxing.

  34. I love to hand sew and put in a movie! My grandma always used to knit and watch tv so it reminds me of her. :)

  35. I am too impatient for hand sewing, and whirring at the sewing machine is much more therapeutic and satisfying for me. I would, however, LOVE to sit down one day and hand tailor an entire garment start to finish. It would be a challenge for me to produce a garment that slowly, but I think the end result would be that much more rewarding. :)

  36. I love hand sewing – I love the process of making my stitches even and lines straight. I think this may be because I got back into sewing as an adult via quilting.

  37. I would say I love hand sewing, but if action speaks louder than words, then I like shopping the fabric more! I have a quilt that is the 10 year project, I go to it every Sunday and do a few squares. I threaten to finish it with my machine, but alas, the quilt’s integrity wins! It’s red, white, and blue so maybe by 7.4.11. My mom’s voice is in my head reminding me of the importance of crafting!

  38. Hand sewing is therapy (anything where I get to use my hands is really), and using my sewing machine is when I want to get things DONE! Plus there are all sorts of details that I just prefer to (or have to be) hand sewn anyway (buttons, little touches like bows or belt loops).

  39. margueritedesigns

    Yes, very much. It’s so calming and therapeutic after being out all day. I love to sit on the sofa with some embroidery or some sewing details that can only be hand finished. I like to sew on decorative edgings by hand, it’s much easier to manipulate them than by machine and a neat finish can be achieved.

  40. I do like hand sewing. There’s more of me in what I’m making. Plus, I feel old-fashioned in a lovely way.

  41. I love hand sewing! It gives me something to do while watching TV or movies instead of eat. It’s very calming for me and I’ve even sewn some accessories completely by hand.

  42. Enjoy hand sewing for small amounts of time.
    My mother loves it- she will sew or darn anything and has stated that she really enjoys the satisfaction of having it done.
    Frankly, I’d rather knit! so we have a good division of labor in our household!

  43. For me, the best part of sewing is the planning. I began sewing because of my perfectionism, and this way I could have EXACTLY what I want. Of course, my perfectionism gets in the way when I’m actually trying to MAKE a garment, but I’m trying to get over that!

  44. Yes, I like hand sewing. I love embroidery and cross stitch, but I also like hand sewing the zippers and hems on my clothing (it gives a much neater finish).

  45. I really love hand sewing, for the same reasons as Shelley. It’s so therapeutic and there’s something so satisfying about doing something with your hands, especially something that’s an art form you get better and better at with practice. Sewing, for the most part, leaves you in a very specific spot (your sewing machine or cutting table) so it’s nice and relaxing (and a bit more social!) to hem a skirt by hand in front of the TV or out on the porch.
    Super cute pincushion by Shelley btw! Already I love seeing all the variations :)

  46. I do enjoy hand sewing! Like Shelley, I became obsessed with sewing little plushies, and gave them away to lots of people… It’s just so rewarding to finish something like that! Thanks for the giveaway :)))

  47. I love to hand sew! Just this week I came across a vanity scarf I made when I was very young and put it in our guest room. Sadly, as I age, it’s harder to do for a long period of time because of arthritis in my hands. I’ve found I need to limit my time + have patience(!).

  48. I love hand sewing, but wish I was better at it. I particularly like to embroider cats :p I like to make hair clips with felt and embroidery thread. I find it very therapeutic to keep my hands busy. It definitely relaxes me and I love being able to give someone something I’ve created myself.

  49. I enjoy hand sewing in limited doses. If a project requires a lot of hand sewing, I get very impatient with it by the time I am done. Machine sewing is so much quicker, and I have to admit I find the sound of my sewing machine humming along very therapeutic. Love the pincushion! It’s beautiful!

  50. I usually keep my hand-work to a minimum. Although, when it comes time to finish the binding on a quilt, I break out the needle, thread and some good television. Hand stitching or knitting while watching television makes me feel not quite as guilty about sitting around watching television. I’m able to occupy my hands and my mind.

  51. I do most of my mending by hand for small projects. I remember my grandmothers mending kit she kept on the shelf ever ready for her to sit down and mend a rip or sew on a button. It was woven with pine needles.

  52. i know that some folks find the cutting to be boring or stressful, but I find it to be pretty zen. Hand sewing is something I take great pride in, when I do it, but I always put it off. I am always glad that my mother and aunts showed us how to sew early on.

  53. This pincushion is so cute! I don’t love handsewing, but I don’t hate it. It generally means that a project is almost done and I’m putting on the finishing touches, so it’s usually exciting!

  54. I really enjoy hand sewing. I am not particularly good at it or careful with my stitches, but I find it relaxing and sewing on a quilt binding while watching a good movie is one of my favorite things to do!

  55. Handsewing isn’t as therapeutic as machine sewing. Something about the rhythmic sound of the machine. I’d love to have the patience for hand sewing but I’m too eager to get things done.