Saturday, March 31, 2012

Pincushion Pattern Review and a nice surprise for my readers

Back in February, I contacted Rana regarding doing a review on one of her pincushion patterns that are part of her Pincushion Of The Month programme. She accepted my offer, and it was agreed that I would do the March POM, which happens to be a Daffodil Pincushion, and as you can see from the pic above, it's a cute one.

The pattern is very well written and even though I admit that I looked at the pic on it and panicked, all my fears and panic were shoved aside as I read the instructions and managed to produce a pincushion that I love. (I've actually given mine to a friend who is a cancer survivor, seens as though Daffodils are a symbol for the Cancer Council of Sth Australia)

All up, from sorting through (read finding amongst my rather large collection of fabric) suitable fabrics, to the time I took the photo of the completed pincushion, it took 90 mins, yes, just 1 & 1/2 hours to complete this little beauty.

The image above is borrowed from Rana's pattern & Kit information page, just to show how hers look and how similar mine came out when following the pattern.

The pattern called for crushed walnut shells, but as I don't have any, mine is just stuffed with poly fill, but I don't believe that distracts at all from the pincushions overall attractiveness, right?

Following the pattern (yes I know, shock, horror and amazement that I actually do follow patterns to the letter from time to time) you will be amazed at how thorough, yet simplistic, Rana's pattern is. Given that the instructions in the pattern are so exact, that even an advanced beginner could make these and have them turn out exactly like the picture on the pattern.

I still can't believe that the pincushion was made as easily as it was...who knew I could read how to make it, and that it would look how it was supposed to!

Now onto the surprise for my readers, Rana (thank you by the way hun) has very generously offered a free pattern for one of my lucky readers, because believe me, you'll love making the Daffodil Pincushion. All you need to do is:
  1. Leave a comment, it can be any comment, but it would be nice for Rana if you left a comment about the Daffodil pincushion I made.
  2. Make sure I have a way to contact you, as Rana will organise to get the pattern to you direct. If I can't contact you, then I can't provide contact details to Rana. If you don't leave a way of being contacted, I will just do the draw again until I find someone who I'm able to contact.

I'll use Mr to pick the lucky winner on March 31st, 2012 and announce the winner on here and also via email directly to the winner. Good luck You don't have to, but if you'd like to share the giveaway either on your blog, Facebook or Twitter, that would be really swell, thanks.

If you aren't lucky enough to win a copy of the pattern, they are available here, also available are kits which include enough to make 2 cool is that?


  1. i love it Naomi,its so different and pretty,its a lovely pattern Rana,thankyou for the givaway Naomi.xx

  2. What an adorable pin cushion!!! These would make great gifts for anyone who sews. Thanks to Rana and to you for this fun giveaway!

  3. Well that is just too cute! I'd love to win the pattern to make such a darling pin cushion. Thanks for the chance.

  4. Fabulous pincushion! So unusual - I've never seen one like it! I'd love to make one!

  5. That is a wonderful pincushion! I am glad to be introduced to them, and to Rana! Thanks~!♥♥♥

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  7. I would love to make a sweet pincushion like that!
    Hugs Carin

  8. IT turned out beautiful! I love daffodils! My husband used to bring me home a bunch each spring from a fundraiser they had at work. Apparently they don't have it anymore! :( Luckily, I have daffodils blooming all along the stone wall in our backyard.

  9. What a lovely idea for a pincushion. So fresh & springy. I bought 2 bunches of daffodils from the Cancer Awareness Fundraiser last week. They filled my house with such a lovely scent. But, alas, they are wilted now.

  10. what a cute pincushion and a lovely idea to give to a cancer survivor x

  11. How kind of Rana to give away the pattern and it looks so good as well.

  12. The pin cushion is lovely! So bright and cheerful - I don't have anything for pins so that would be wonderful for me :)

  13. great pincushion, really looks good


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