No better day to busy myself with this little Irish crochet pin keep ♡
I fell hard for Irish Lace, it’s so beautifully complex looking, with its chain webs, picots, flowers and leaves, the tiny delicate stitches ..oof ♡
I found the pattern for this pincushion here. (I will warn you, I had some issues with sections of the pattern being a little off (even after checking the errata, so it’s a bit freestyled in areas.)
I used a thicker linen thread than the pattern stated, so I didn’t do as many rnds of the lace background or leaves (p.s the leaves are added after your done!) I made the pad out of a scrap of decorator linen & stuffed it tight with 0000 steel wool (to help keep the pins sharp). The breakdown, basically all the best pincushiony things: Linen thread on linen fabric, stuffed with 0000 steel wool wrapped in wool batting.
Some of my vintage pincushions have a little strawberry attached to them that’s filled with emery sand & you to poke your needles into it to sharpen them, I kind of love that idea ..but don’t know if I really love the idea of dealing with sand ..steel wool scouring pads are relatively cheap, readily available & low mess.
Hey Lex what do you think of my cute round bag? Lex – You could carry a little tire in there!
This is the All Well Full Moon Bag, a free pattern from All Well Workshop. I made the the Big Moon size (9″ diameter x 3″ deep), out of some (deep stash) long forgotten weird printed denim.
I actually made kid Lex some pants in the late 90’s/early 00’s with this and the print is still giving me those Lizzy McGuire feels.
Over the years I’ve learned that I don’t really enjoy sewing circles, so I don’t often make things that require them, I’m not sure what it is, but they literally make me anxious while sewing.
Two deep breaths and I whizzed right through. It was actually really easy, pleasant almost, I was already in a pre-sew funk and trying to sew myself out of it, so why not distract myself further with zippers and curves. It works sometimes you know :)
I Divided the front and interior pockets to suit me and my favorite things. Then white knuckle finished all the seams in bubblegum pink bias tape.
Still debating if it needs handles (the pattern comes with handle instructions) and questioning the usability of a round bag. Doesn’t everything just settle at the middle bottom, how can you carry a book, or anything with pointy edges without it looking like your round bag swallowed something square?
It’s soooo fricken cute though and if anything I guess it’s perfect for carrying around little tires and such.
I made a quick little video of the process, I don’t even know how my wordpress site will handle/play it, but it let me upload it …so maybe?!? Anyways, if it’s a mess on here, and you’d like to watch cute videos of boring stuff, you can always find more of mine on my Instagram reels page.