Teddy Bear Pincushion

As part of 30 Days of Pincushions, Keller 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.

Keller Name: Keller
Shop name: kellerchin
Location: Malaysia
How long on Etsy: About 2 years

How did you start making them? Selling on etsy?
I was totally clueless in terms of sewing. But I somehow decided to just go for it and learn it by tutorial on the net. So, I bought myself a sewing machine and started experimenting with it. I love fabrics with big focus object. Because all these can be transformed to lovely pincushions. How did I make it to Etsy? I was blog hopping and came about this wonderful site for handmade lovers. So, I decided to try it out and I would say, it's a lovely platform to make new friends all over the world to share wonderful craft ideas!

What do you love making most?
I love making fabric bookmarks and luggage tags the most! Little things that can be used in our everyday lives. I love how a little coaster can brighten up your day in the office. Or how these luggage tags were sent out as wedding favors. 

Why do you craft?
I craft because I love it. I love how handmade items are given a more personal touch compared to mass produce items. I hope to venture into full time when I have the support of my family and my partner. 

Thanks, Keller! 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:

How did you learn to sew? Self-taught? Classes? Taught by a family member?

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! 

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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. Cute! I’m self taught, well.. self-teaching. Still learning!

  2. So cute! It would feel terrible to put pins in the teddy bears.
    I learnt in school, then mum also taught me at home. In my sewing revival I lean on the Internet and books, I want to take a class but time and money has kept from doing it.

  3. Technically self-taught (no formal lessons) – but development of new skills courtesy of library books, youtube, online tutorials and the advice and assistance of a few key women.

  4. Both my mother and grandmother sewed. I can remember watching them cut the fabric, pin, sew, iron. They would actually allow me to stand next to them while they sewed. I loved to watch and see how the project transformed. When I went to college, I took sewing as an elective and learned some of the finer aspects of sewing such as fabric preparation, french seams, etc. Today, I feel like I am learning something new every time I read a tip, or suggestion on the internet. Mostly it’s the excitement of sewing that I love to read about and share.

  5. Learned to sew from Grandmother & mom. What sweet memories! Still remember Grandma T teaching me how to sew buttonholes. I dearly want to pass this down to my grandkids.

  6. My Grandma taught me a bit about how to use a sewing machine but mostly I’m self-taught. There are tons of resources on the net, plus all the sewing classes I can find in my area are just quilting.

  7. I originally learned from my Mom when I was younger – but I don’t think I had the patience that I do today, so I gave up on sewing after a few lessons. But those couple of lessons were key, and sparked my interest again here recently.
    I took a couple of lessons with a sewer here in my area for the confidence to use my sewing machine again. Since then I’ve found it beneficial to read books and tutorials online for help with my projects, which is how I found this great website! :)
    So I would say I’m half and half. ;)

  8. margueritedesigns

    Definitely self taught – don’t remember how I came to ‘like’ doing it. I always loved to borrow, ‘How to Make’ books from the library, so perhaps it came from there. My mum used to help me from time to time though, as she used to make her own things and also my mum’s friend used to provide me with materials.

  9. Cute pincushions! I learned to sew in Home Ec. class, from my mom, and some self teaching.

  10. These are adorable!
    I did take a home ec class, however we only sewed one thing – a triangular pincushion by hand. It was terrible. It was ugly. I didn’t sew a thing after that for 13 years.
    Then, I one day bought myself a sewing machine, a Sewing for Dummies book, and began to teach myself. And now I love it!

  11. I learned how to sew at a sewing education space called “Sew L.A.” in Los Angeles. So much fun! We started with easy projects and then graduated to more complicated patterns, which I think is a great way to learn (at least for me, keeps the frustration down and keeps me on a schedule!). Sometimes I feel like their East Coast rep because I love their store and online fabric selection so much and always seem to be mentioning them in online forums!!

  12. My mom taught me some basic stuff when I was a kid, and I took a Home Ec class in H.S. That’s where I became more confident, and from there I’ve taught myself new things, got lots of books, and want to learn more. The next book I’ve got my eye on is Draping Basics. The learning never ends :)

  13. My mom, who is still in the process of teaching me. =)

  14. All three! LOL Learned some basics from my Grandmother and my Mom, mostly by watching and “helping”. Then some classes in school and a LOT of reading later on. Now I love to collect old sewing books and home ec books for the really nice old fashioned techniques.

  15. I am self taught and still learning. I love this adorable pin cushion and I am sure it will inspire me to sew my summer wardrobe:)

  16. I learned from Mum and school originally, and have since just had a go. A couple of quilting classes and excellent classes at the Melbourne CAE have improved my efforts greatly, but mainly, it’s just me plugging away (and getting great advice online).

  17. Self taught… I had 4 yrs of home ec in school..I loved it, and I wanted to take it my last 2yrs of high school.but they wouldnt let me.ha.
    But mostly, I taught my self..Mostly just doing… making mistakes..and trying again.. Sew fun!!!

  18. My mother was a home ec/clothing design major in college, and she made sure we all started learning at an early age.