Mushroom Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Laura 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: Laura Reno
Shop name: Flutterbys and Flowers!
Location: St. Louis
How long on Etsy: Since 2008

Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions? 
My great grandmother had an old crocheted pincushion that I inherited. Actually, I still have it tucked away safe. I think those old pincushions said a lot about the people who made them. Each one was unique and made with lots of love. They also speak to me about an era that is gone that I truly miss! I only had a small glimpse of it from her and from vintage items and movies. But what a time it must have been when the order of the day for a woman was caring for her family, making her own butter and soap, sewing clothing, and mending holes in socks!

How did you start making them? Selling on etsy? 
I remember stumbling upon Etsy a long time ago. Within a few months I had to open a shop because I loved it so much. I opened my store in 2008. It just slowly grew over the course of a year. The more I played around with creating things, the more my store grew. It really started out as something fun to do with my spare time. I would have never guessed that it would have blossomed this far.

Do you sew for yourself? 
Yes, my Great Grandmother taught me. She sewed all of my mother's clothing. I used to make clothes for my Barbie Doll on her old, old sewing machine when I was 10.

Any new projects you want to tackle?
I am moving into sewing vintage coats, knitting, and crocheting. I am working on an appliquéd shawl at the moment…..ambitious huh?

Your own favorite etsy purchase ever:
Definitely a gorgeous vintage brown leather Grace Kelly purse. Wow what style they had back then!

What do you love making most?
Patterns! I love making these because they give others the chance to enjoy making things as much as I do.

Why do you craft? 
I love to craft because it fills my creative needs. I have always needed to work on something with my hands and mind. Crafting enables me to do that with limitless possibilities. I have a very busy life outside of my store and crafting. Being able to take time out to create things is my way of relaxing.

Thanks, Laura ! 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 have any family heirlooms that are particularly meaningful to 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. My mother-in-law gave me an heirloom christening gown after my daughter was born. She wore it on the day of her baptism, marking the fifth generation of my husband’s family to wear it. I love that it imparts a sense of belonging in our family as well as our faith. It’s a true treasure.

  2. I for my 21st birthday my Gran gave me an amber necklace that my grandpa gave her as an engagement present. I love it and amber is my birthstone.

  3. My husbands grandma gave me a bunch of her old vintage jewelry. It was really cool to feel part of the family like that. :)

  4. Wow, this is a bit sad, but no, I don’t have anything that’s overly meaningful to me! I’ve got some heirloom jewellery, but it was passed down from a great aunt I’d only ever met a couple of times, and sadly none of us know any of the stories behind the pieces, so even though they look fabulous and are full of mystery (whose were they? What did they mean to them? How old are they?) because we don’t know the stories behind them they don’t mean all that much. :-(

  5. Not at moment. But my parents in the Philippines have my grandmother’s vintage Singer treadle I believe the sewing machine was my great grandmother’s. I learnt sewing basics on that machine guided by my mom and my grandmother. They both saw sewing more as a chore. My dad still uses it when reupholstering our sofas and sewing bed covers. Sadly, it gathers dust in the garage when he does not use. Now that I sew for pleasure, I hope that my parents will one day send it over to me in Sydney and I can restore it to its former glory.

  6. I’ve pretty much inherited everything of my grandma’s and it’s all special to me. I have her original thimble on the wall in my sewing room, along with her old Bernina and sewing tools. THose are probably the most dear heirlooms to me, I can remember watching her use them.

  7. Unlucky me, no I don’t. I have my mothers shawl from the 70s but thats it really.

  8. Yes, I have lots! My mom gave me her old sewing machine, and it’s so comforting to use because the sound of her using it when I was younger is one of my most vivid memories.
    Another heirloom I recently inherited was a pair of pink stone (don’t know the name, will have to look into it) earrings that my Dad brought back to my Grandma from the Middle East when he was there serving during the Gulf War. My Grandma passed away this past November, and I inherited a lot of odds and ends from her, but these stones are possibly the most special to me. I am thinking I’ll probably remake one into a ring, and the other I’ll pass down to my daughter or granddaughter…

  9. Aside from my sewing notions (mentioned in yesterday’s comment), I also have furniture, silver, and china from my Grandparents. It’s so comforting to look around at familiar things hat have been loved by my family for years and years.

  10. I have my great-great-grandmother’s ivory lace and eyelet tea dress from the 1900s. It is handmade and it’s incredible to look at the stitches and attention to detail. The coolest thing? It fits me like a glove!

  11. I would say my grandparents’ photo album. It’s amazing to be able to see the past through their eyes. The album includes announcements for important events and messages on the backs of some photos. With my dad’s help, I was able to identify people and places, which really brings the photos to life!

  12. margueritedesigns

    I have a needlework sampler done by my great – grandmother when she was a child. It shows the alphabet and a set of numbers done in red on a cream ground, together with her name and age. Apparently, these were done before going into service in a household, to show skill in needleworking for tasks like laundry marking.

  13. I have quilt my mother made when she was a teenager. It holds a lot memories for her and remember it as always being there when i was a child.

  14. I’ve got a beautiful lace tea gown that was my grandmother’s that I cleaned up and made a new underslip for and wore as my wedding dress, wore the same very delicate finger pearl necklace that she wore on her wedding day as well.
    still have both and cherish them immensely.

  15. It is so nice to read other people’s comments on things they have inherited from family members. Obviously, many are not monetarily worth much, but the sentimental value is priceless. I have some old photos of my grandparents, a wedding dress my great aunt wore, hand written letters from the 1920’s, and a rosary from my grandmother. All of these spark questions in my mind, as I imagine the time periods of each of these objects.

  16. Most treasured family heirloom is baptismal gown made by my grandmother for her oldest child. It’s now 100 yrs old & we’ll be using it for next grandchild’s baptism this summer! Thanks, Grandma T!

  17. There is a crocheted baby dress that has been passed down for four generations in my family. I hope to have a daughter someday so she can wear it!

  18. I actually don’t have anything crafted that is in heirloom! I truly wish I did, though. My grandmother, however, did give me this beautiful silver ring with an enormous pearl in it. She told me that it came from her mother and was given to her when she was a baby after her parents immigrated over from Ireland and was given up for adoption. I love this ring! It is too beautiful and makes me wonder what lifestyle my great grandmother lead.

  19. When I was a little girl and I was sick, my Great Auntie Birdie would take me while my mom was at work. She would put me to nap on her bed and cover me with a thick purple wool blanket she had brought back from a trip to Ireland. It always made me feel so safe and warm. Birdie died nearly four years ago, and that blanket is now in my study. (It still smells like her). I pull it out when I’m sad or lonely, to regain that feeling of safe and warm.