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Book Review - PIN PALS: 40 Patchwork Pinnies, Poppets and Pincushions with Pizzazz

by Carrie Nelson

Review of Pin Pals by Carried Nelson

If you have lots of scraps and love to make useful little gifts for your sewing friends or for swaps, then get ready to be inspired!


Supplies needed

The book starts with a little history of pincushions and goes on to discuss simple supplies and piecing methods you will use to construct the 40 projects in the book.

There is a whole page discussing the use of crushed walnut shells to fill the pincushions, which helps to give them weight, but it also discusses alternative fillings and why an alternative filling might be better if you have certain allergies or plan to leave your pins in the pincushion for a long period, rather than displaying them decoratively.


 How to make pincushions

The pincushion designs range from simple strips, half-square triangle designs right through to more intricate miniature block patterns like My Bear Paw and Ohio Star.


Pin Pals book review

The designs are fully explained and well-illustrated with useful diagrams showing full construction methods.


Choice of pincushions to make

There are some nice-shaped versions too including some round versions which I love. There really is something to suit everyone and I love the modern prints chosen and used throughout the book to give it a current and fresh modern appeal. If you are comfortable with handling and sewing with small pieces of fabric, then this book will appeal to you.

The book is guaranteed to get you using up those small scraps you have kept and to help you start your own pincushion collection!

PIN PALS: 40 Patchwork Pinnies, Poppets and Pincushions with Pizzazz by Carrie Nelson is published by Martingale and distributed by Roundhouse Group priced at £21.99. Buy it here.