Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! ~ Diane's Vintage Zest!

Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition!

When I start anything in life, I dive in head first.  My family lovingly calls me obsessive, and I wholeheartedly accept that label!  Then again, I think of it as being thorough, or detail oriented, or something a bit nicer sounding.  :)

Hence, when I started this whole sewing venture, I wanted to have a well-stocked sewing basket with all of the supplies I would ever need.  My mother bequeathed a lot of her items to me, which my late grandmother used when she sewed at our house.

However, when I showed up to my first class, I realized that there were other items that I wanted!  So, I asked myself, "How can I have all the things I want, without spending an arm and a leg?"  DIY of course!


In this post:

Pincushion Cuff

First on the list was a pincushion cuff.  I had the standard tomato & pepper pincushion, but I wanted to be able to wear it on my wrist just like my teacher.  I searched the internet and found a very cute tutorial from Michelle patterns here.

I used fabric that someone left at class for the flower, scrap fabric from my stash for the cuff, embroidery floss & a button from my mom's stash, extra stuffing from my stash, and a cottage cheese cover for the plastic inside.  All in all, $0 for this project!

Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! on Diane's Vintage Zest! #sewing #upcycle
Pincushion cuff in action!
Sewing Rewind: Sewing Basket edition! on Diane's Vintage Zest! #sewing #upcycle
Taking a rest on my machine.

Sewing machine quilt

I was an absolute mess during my first few sewing classes.  Supplies were strewn all over the place like something exploded in a craft store!  I decided to put a stop to it right away.

Pinterest to the rescue again, and I used this tutorial.  The fabric I used was the same as above, a set of curtains that someone left behind at class.  I just removed the interfacing and ironed out the pleats.  Voila!

Tailor's Ham & Seam Roll

The first dress I made had a princess seam, and it was SUCH a pain to iron the seams flat.  My friend told me that I should buy a tailor's ham, but once again the internet to the rescue!  I pinned a tutorial online and gathered my supplies.

I used a cotton muslin fabric, which was bought for an earlier project (but forgot to use) and cut apart a pair of wool pants bought from Goodwill outlet (probably <$1) and washed super hot.  As for the sawdust, I went to Home Depot and asked for a bag from the woodcutting station.  Super easy and cheap!

I love using my homemade sewing supplies, and when someone sees my pincushion cuff  in class, it's exciting to say that I made it!

Have a beautiful weekend everyone!


  1. I really like your pin cushion and tailor's ham and that you made them yourself. I think I will do the same. I just go back into sewing and I'm in the midst of organizing my own sewing tools. Instead of going out and buying, I can recycle! Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Thanks! I'm glad to feature a recycled project. It's like magic when you make something out of nothing. :)

      Good luck with them, and feel free to share the results here when you're done!

  2. What a clever idea! =) This would be great for when I sew... Thanks for linking up at the Pinterest Power Party!


  3. Hastily clipped to evernote! See you again at the Creative HomeAcre blog hop at Mumtopia on Sunday.

  4. Very cool! Thank you for sharing this on Wildcrafting Wednesday! Hope to see you again today at:

  5. This is on my to make list, thanks for the inspiration!

  6. Love the pincushion and the beautiful colored pins. Thanks for the tutorial, and for sharing with us at A Bouquet of Talent. :)

  7. Cute!

    We would love it if you would link up at our linky party:

    Girls and a Party

    Live every Wednesday to Sunday. Hosted by:

    Dana @ This Silly Girl's Life

    Parrish @ Life with the Crust Cut Off

    We hope to see you there!

  8. I haven't done much sewing lately, but a pin cushion for the wrist is a definite must. Mine is cheap and falling apart now as I've had it since high school when I took a sewing class. I may need to try making a new one. Oh, and I'm loving the sewing machine quilt. I've never seen this idea before. It is ingenious! Thanks for sharing!

    Please join us again Thursday at:
    The HomeAcre Hop


  9. Very cool! Love the pretty colored pins! If you're linking up this weekend I'd love for you to show this off at All Things Pretty

  10. I love the pincushion cuff. So useful. Visiting from sew much ado

  11. I need a ham desperately! I am going to go check out that tutorial, thanks!

  12. Super cute!

    I would love for you to share your favorite posts and link up at my TGIF Link Party.

    The party opens Thursday night and closes on Wednesday night at midnight.

    Please, invite your friends to party too! The more the merrier!

    Hugs, Cathy

  13. PINNED.... pun intended. ha ha

  14. Your supplies are lovely and I'm sure the satisfaction meter peaked for you since you were so creative and made them all yourself. I love your pincushion. I've always wondered why nearly every pincushion you can buy is that little tomato/pepper deal! :) Love yours better!
    Thanks for sharing at Wake Up Wednesday!

  15. Oh so loving the pincushion cuff!!!!


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