Remember the other day I wanted to make something, but needed to do it twice before I got it right? Well I have done it again, but not because of my incompetence this time. On my web wandering I came across Elizabeth Hartman’s blog Sew Mama Sew where I found this project – a weighted pincushion organiser to sit near one’s sewing machine or on the arm of a chair……..it looked good, so I made one, carefully following instructions and using three fabrics as suggested. It looks like this, and would sort of work, except I did not like it. My fabric choices were not good, I didn’t like so much red in it, it seemed flimsy, and the pockets were too small to really be useful. I could also imagine it being knocked off the table in a flurry of sewing, or when getting up from the machine.
Having thought about it overnight, I decided that I could do better and make one which would really suit me and work well – I knew there is a reason I tend not to use other people’s patterns. This is the result, again not perfect, but much more functional.
The mat sits under the sewing machine, so the pincushion and scrap container cannot get knocked off. Both pincushion and container are detachable, so could be taken elsewhere if needed. There are three large pockets across the front, big enough to hold glasses, small tools, thimble, seam ripper and anything else one needs to keep handy. The mat has a filling of cotton batting, and is lightly quilted to give it a bit of substance. On the underside of the mat I stitched a piece of the fine rubber mesh that one uses to stop things sliding in drawers, so the machine is cushioned, stable and will not move. I think it will work well, the only thing I would change if doing it again, which I am not planning, would be to make it from a lighter coloured and less busy fabric – but I was restricted by my original choices for the first project as I did not make a second scrap container.
And to end, a shot of the sky tonight as the sun was going down – this photo does not do it justice.