I got into the pin-cushion-on-a-pedestal thing by accident. If you sew, you need a pin cushion, and I loved my classic fat tomato, but I kept losing it in clutter on the sewing table. So one day, in a fit of frustration, I grabbed an old white wood candlestick I never used, squirted some Goop on top of it, and socked my tomato down. To this day, it’s still my fave. I like the incongruity of the simple, everyday tomato on top of the white, classical column. Mostly I like that I never lose my pin cushion any more. It’s always high above the fray.
But once you start gluing together pincushions, it’s hard to stop. I had some ugly candleholders I painted white, thinking that would make them less ugly. It did, but only marginally so. Then I accidentally dumped a couple of green tomato pincushions next to one (I have a lot of stuff lying around so this kind of serendipity happens a lot).
There were two because I was using one for pins and one for needles because the threaded needles always got tangled in the pins and pulled them out if they were in the same place (which meant I had to keep track of TWO pincushions). But seeing the tomatos together, I realized that if I stacked the tomatoes, using the one on the bottom for needles and the one on the top for pins, I could always find both of them. Especially if I glued them to one of the ugly candleholders that would now become a kind of funky base that would lift everything above the clutter. So I did. Then I realized that could have been a ReFab post, so I made another one in pink.
Simple to make, fun to look at, and above all, easy to find in the mess on your sewing table. Here’s how:
1. Gather your materials:
Candleholder, height to be determined by the depth of the mess on your sewing table.
Two tomato pincushions.
Matching sewing thread
Coordinating narrow ribbon (1/8″ to 1/4″)
Goop Craft Glue
Clear Tacky Glue
Small scissors or clippers
2. Pull strings and felt leaf thingy off tomatoes, along with the strawberry needle sharpener (I never use those so I can spare them). Wrap 1/8″ ribbon around tomato to replace the string. Tack in place with sewing thread and needle. (Do not be tempted to use glue. I tried that on the pink cushion and made an unholy mess.)
3. Put a bead of clear Tacky Glue around the candleholder. Put ribbon over glue bead and press down with tip of scissors to anchor all the way around. Clip ribbon where it overlaps. Repeat for as many ribbon stripes as you want.
4. Put bottom (usually larger) cushion on candleholder to see where they touch. Squirt line of Goop Craft Glue on candleholder at that point, push bottom (usually the larger) pincushion into candleholder.
5. Glop some Goop in the middle of the bottom pincushion and press top (usually smaller) cushion onto it. (Note: No matter how hard you try, the damn things will be lopsided. Consider that part of their charm.)
6. Glue two decorative buttons to the top of the top cushion with Goop.
7. Let dry for a day. That Goop needs time to settle in. Then TA DA! Pincushions You Can’t Lose. Well, that you can’t lose easily.
[Note: If you have trouble finding tomato pincushions that aren’t red, check out the sewing kits at hobby shops and fabric stores. The tomatoes in those are often a color that matches the rest of the kit.]