Pincushion Spool Sitter

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Laurie 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: Laurie
Shop name: Love Laurie
Location: Massachusetts
How long on Etsy: Selling on Etsy for 2 1/2 years

Describe your aesthetic in three words:
rich color, function, whimsy

Why do you craft: For me, there is nothing more thrilling than taking some raw materials and turning them into something pretty and functional. 

Any new projects you want to tackle? Yes. I'm in the process of creating a line of tiny magic fairy dolls. I have already set up a blog where I am telling story of the magic fairies and how I came to know them. I'm having a lot of fun with it. 

Thanks, Laurie! 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:

Where do you store your needles?

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. I made myself a little needle book a couple of years ago, so all my hand sewing needles are in that. I keep all my machine needles in their cases in a zippy lock bag!

  2. I store my needles in the original container and trash them once finished.

  3. Mostly in the original packaging, in a shoebox that serves as my sewing kit.

  4. I’ve been meaning to make a needle case for them, but for now I just store them in their original cases.

  5. Cute pin cushion. I love fairies, ever seen the Smashed Fairy book? It is so cute. I have a fairy with twirling wings in one of my potted plants.
    I keep my needles in the package they came in until I use them.

  6. I keep the in the original package and sometimes my pincushion if I’m too lazy to put needle back.

  7. In an old film canister I stole from my mother-in-law.

  8. I used to have a tea cup until I smashed it (eep!). Now I have an uber functional, but non-pretty magnetic one

  9. My needles are stuck in my dodgy little pincushion. I’m desperately in need of another let me tell you! I’m not the most organised sewist!

  10. all over the place, little plastic boxes that they come in, a box in the kitchen, livingroom, upstairs! I really do need a pin cushion!

  11. Either original packaging OR I stick them in my little felt needle holder I made back in high school as one of my first sewing projects when learning how to sew. I still have it! It’s got white snow bunnies on a blue background. Two layers of felt with embroidery stitches to hold them together, pinked, and then there’s another layer of just plain blue felt inside, like two pages of a book.

  12. In a tiny piece of linen and foil. I’m not sure why I do that, my mother set it up for me and I’ve kept it like that ever since.

  13. margueritedesigns

    In the pincushion, along with my pins. Would be handy to have a spare that I could use exclusively for needles!

  14. In part of my pig pincushion. It’s a deep pincushion though, so I sometimes lose them if I forget to tie on a bit of thread to the top….

  15. My sewing and machine needles are mainly kept in the packets. Like Kat, I occasionally put them in my pin chicken where they often disappear inside. I then have to pull all the pins out and try to locate the needles inside the chicken without stabbing myself! For someone so uncoordinated, that’s not very easy…

  16. Dad, having learnt how to turn lidded bowls on his lathe, has made me a slim needle holder – just perfect.

  17. Mine stay packaged until first use, then I store them in a little needlebook I made back in highschool.

  18. My pins are stored in the cheap plastic container they came in. At least once a week, the pins spill on the floor because the lid is so flimsy. I really need a pin cushion. My needles are in a zip lock bag. As I write this, I realize how ridiculous it is.

  19. my needles are kept in the cheep paper holder they come in. and we have to struggle to get them in and out. After being used they are returned or disappear in to our old holey tomato pincushion.

  20. My machine needles are taken out of the paper package, marked with a sharpie on the little plastic thing and stored in the plastic box my i-pod nano came in. My hand sewing needles are in a plastic Ferrero Roche box.
    What can I say? I like to recycle! LOL

  21. I store my needles in an empty pencil lead container. But it works really well, because the needles are about the same size as the lead was. When I forget about the lead container I put them in the pincushion, but the pincushions we have are falling apart and I am constantly getting pricked by the pins that go all the way through the old sawdust stuffing.

  22. I’d love to someday make a needlebook, but in the meantime, I keep them in my tomato pincushion…because I think all of the pincushions from JoAnn’s are meant to look like tomatoes.

  23. I store my needles in a red tomato pincushion that looks just like the one my mother has had for the past fifty years. I didn’t realize until recently that not all pincushions look like red tomatoes!

  24. They have a pincushion all to themselves! :) I’d really like a needle book though, just have to find the time to make one.

  25. I have a mini drawer thing that sits on my sewing desk. One of the drawers is reserved for needles. I have a tendency to just keep them in the original package but have been meaning to make a needle book for a few months now.

  26. I am supposed to have storage for needles? I usually keep them in the package they came in, which usually gets lost, so i have to buy more needles.

  27. I want to tackle my 1948 Siren Sundress from Decades of Style. I have a beautiful cotton lawn (Alexander Henry peacock fabric) that I can’t wait to use!

  28. Oh wait, that was so random! I must’ve had the page from yesterday up and answered that one and then when I hit “post” it updated to this page!! Weird.
    Well, I put my needles in this thing called “The Needle Nest” that I picked up from Joann’s. It has a magnet bottom and clear top so you can see all the different sizes. OK, that answer makes more sense than my first :)

  29. I just keep them in the original packaging! As I use them up I through them out! They are snug in my sewing machine cabinet.

  30. I store my pins in stack-able cases designed for beads separated by type. Some are my favs and other not so much. I also have a pin cushion right next to my machine that was a gift and handmade.

  31. in a big poufy pincushion that was my mom’s.