Standard Pinnie Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Desiree has generously provided this pincushion for one Sew Weekly reader to win! Additionally, she's providing Sew Weekly readers with a 15% 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: Desiree aka Des
Shop name: Details by Des
Location: Seattle, WA   
How long on Etsy: About 3 years

Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions?
I started making pin cushions when I wanted to come up with a creative and fun heartfelt Christmas gift for my mother, a very avid quilter. I happened to have some Aunt Gracie fabric that I knew she loved and then went on to make my very first "Pinnie". It turned out so cute, I was hooked on making more!

Who (or what) is an inspiration for your pincushions?
My inspiration for my creations is the fabric itself. I am addicted to designer prints. I get a little star struck when I am fortunate enough to see a fabric designer in person. I love making these "Pinnies" as I call them because it gives me a chance to use so many amazing fabrics. It's so fun to be able to add a bit of color and style to someone's sewing studio with these prints. 

Do you sew for yourself?
I sew for myself, mainly decor, purses and such. I absolute love how satisfying it is to see a yard of fabric and turn it in to a creation that only exists because I created it. I also see many ruffles in my future, I'm getting a bit obsessed with them. I am currently working on expanding my products and hope to be listing some fun new items and patterns very soon! 

Thanks, Desiree! Be sure to visit her Etsy shop and check out her other pincushions for sale! Sew Weekly readers will receive 15% off their orders by using the discount code: PINNIE15 at checkout.

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

Do you have any go-to "under a yard" patterns that you particularly like to make?

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. Lunachance (Ellen Lorenzen)

    The easiest under a yard project for me is a set of hot pads and oven mitt. A fast gift item.

  2. Aprons! Cute vintage aprons! I have an obsession with them….wish I spent more time in the kitchen rather than the sewing room though!

  3. not really, although I like to keep every scrap for tradtional style patchwork.

  4. I tend to make a lot of children’s clothes – my “go to” pattern that uses under a yard of fabric is Heidi & Finn’s (Etsy) Sweet Pocket Pinafore top. I have made stacks of them!

  5. No “go to” pattern, no, but a steadily growing pile of project ideas to make when I have the “right” piece of <1 yard fabric for that particular project. A pair of round pillows for the sofa, a patchwork blanket for the bedroom, another apron, some handkerchiefs, more shopping bags, a little bag for my clothes pins...

  6. Depending on the width and quality of the fabric: a simple short-sleeved peasant blouse. It’s pretty much three boxes (for the bodice and sleeves) with some shirring. Easy, fast and cute!

  7. Stasha Switzer

    With larger odd scraps, I lean toward aprons. With smaller scraps, I love making bunting, gift tags & cards, setting aside squares for a some-day quilting project.

  8. little zippered pouches!

  9. With smaller scraps I make little zippered pouches. I just got a sweet pattern for store loyalty card from Grosgrains free pattern a day.
    I’ll be trying this pattern out very soon.

  10. margueritedesigns

    I’m having a go at making bags and decorating them with little rosettes …

  11. Kwik Sew 3749 Tote Bag! Well, the original bag is HUGE, but I graded it down to make a medium size bag that takes less than a yard of fabric to make. And I graded that one down again to make one that doesn’t even take 1/3 yard, it’s great! Great for little kids too :)

  12. Clutches! Particularly when I have small pieces of beautiful upholstery fabric.

  13. I love to make little project bags with extra fabric scraps. They make great gifts and are just great to have when I start accumulating too many projects.

  14. I have an entire book with patterns – the One Yard Wonder Book! Seriously lovely stuff – it was a great investment :)

  15. I don’t know about under a yard, but there’s a knee-length pencil skirt pattern (Simplicity 2343) that I adore that takes less than a metre (I’m Canadian, I think in metric). Considering that I cut a size 18 for skirts, that’s pretty impressive.
    For non-clothing related items (because there’s only so many pencil skirts needed!), I adore creating my own patterns for purses and zipped cosmetic bags. :)

  16. No, I tend to be the type that has too little cloth for whatever I’m making.

  17. I love making yoke rectangle skirts with any favorite yard of fabric I happen to have. They’re so easy!
    Mara D

  18. I like to make sandwich bags out of cute prints. Usually quilting cotton.

  19. Shopping bags! But I don’t use a pattern for them.

  20. under a yard is great for patchwork

  21. This is such a good question that we discussed at The Sew Weekly community. The question was how much fabric do you buy if you don’t have a pattern in mind and the conceness was 3 or 4 yards! So the opportunity for special clothing patterns based on one yard of fabric is great!
    So long intro, no I don’t have a go to pattern for 1 yard of fabric. I make lots of zippered pouches and small plush fabric toys that require very small amounts of fabric and I keep a healthy stash for. I make little “owlies” for baby shower gifts, and it’s kind of funny that I have had a few people request an owl as a way to tell me they are going to have a baby-sweet!

  22. no, I do not own a lot of patterns… And I usually buy more fabric than needed so my stash is made of leftover fabrics… But I bought a pdf pattern on Etsy to sew cute marijane sleepers/shoes ; I will try it as soon as I find a way to get sewing time with my 2 under 2yo babies…