I was browsing through Ravelry’s pattern base and came across a pattern for a knitted minion. There were several for crocheted ones too. Anyway my youngest son saw it and wanted one.

Yesterday, I went through my stash and gathered my yellow wool yarn and denim blue wool yarn. Then I located my fiberfill, some buttons and glue. Then I pulled up the pattern and began knitting the little guy. It took very little yarn and only a few hours to complete.

I began thinking…not usually a good idea for me. But, wouldn’t it be great if we all had minions to do our housecleaning, grocery shopping, yard work etc. Now where is that Minions, Inc. so I can get me a few minions. I would certainly have more time to craft.

Dave the minion


Twisted Ribbon Ball Ornaments Tutorial

I wanted to make something quick as gifts for the folks I work with. I began playing around with some ribbon and styrofoam balls. This tutorial is what I came up with.


2.5 – 3 inch diameter styrofoam balls
2.5 inch wide ribbon, about 10-12 feet per ball (I used wired ribbon as that is what I had on hand)
Dressmaker pins approximately 1 1/4 inch long (lots of them!)
Paper flowers (as used in scrapbooking)
8/0 seed beads (again something I had on hand)
Cord or thin ribbon for the hanger about 10 inches long for each ornament

Fold the end of the ribbon and pin it to the ball. I used the ribbon straight from the roll.

Twist the ribbon and begin wrapping in a spiral fashion around the ball. Pin as you go. Try to hide the pins in a fold of the ribbon. Push them in tightly. You may want to use a little Elmers glue on the tip of the pin. I did not use glue.

Continue twisting the ribbon and wrapping and pinning around the ball until you have covered the ball. Cut the ribbon and fold the end over and pin it down.

Cut a piece of cord or thin ribbon about 10 inches long. Fold in half and tie an overhand knot.

Pin cord to one end of the ball. Trim the ends.

Choose a paper flower. Load a seed bead on to a pin and attach flower to top of ball, covering the trimmed ends of the cord.

Viola! You’re done!

Thought I would add some pics of some finished ornaments for you.

Dollhouse Bed Pincushion

Several months ago, I purchased some dollhouse beds, thinking I could surely use them for something crafty.

Well today I found a use for one of them…a pincushion. I made the mattress by sewing leftover honeybun strips together and making a “box”. Then I stuffed it with fiberfill and dried lavendar. Then I used embroidery thread to create tucks in the mattress. Finally I glued it to the bed and let it set for awhile.

Ta Da! Pincushion!

Mother’s Day…Another Pincushion Tutorial

Mother’s Day is this Sunday!  OMG!  Better get crackin’ on making a gift!

Here’s another pincushion tutorial that is quick and easy.


Heart Shaped Ceramic Tart pan (I got mine at the Goodwill)




Embroidery thread

Pins and needles


Paper & pencil

Fine Tip Permanent Marker

Rubber Bands


Emery sand or regular sand


Place the tart pan face down on your paper and trace around it.  Then draw freehand around that about an inch out.  Draw a smaller heart shape freehand.  Cut out.   Place the larger shape on 2 layers of fabric and cut out.  Place the smaller shape on 2 layers of felt and cut out.

With right sides facing, sew the larger heart pieces together beginning on the side.  Do the same for the felt shape.  Of course, felt doesn’t have a right/wrong side. 

Clip around curves on both and turn right side out.

Stuff the large heart with fiberfill until firm and sew the opening closed with tiny stitches. 

Fill the smaller heart with emery sand (or regular sand).  Sew opening closed.

Using embroidery thread (all 6 strands at once), go through center bottom of large heart up through center top and through small emery cushion heart.  Go back down through the 2 hearts again, pulling embroidery thread tight.  Repeat this one more time.  Secure with knot on bottom.

Now to add trim.  Select your trim and pin to seam line around large heart.  Glue in place. 

Add the same trim to the smaller heart and pin in place.  Then glue.  Allow both hearts to dry thoroughly.

In the meantime, turn your tart pan over and using the permanent marker, write a message to your Mom.

Now add glue to the bottom of the tart pan.  Yes, that’s correct.  You are going to glue the pincushion to the bottom of the tart pan.

Center the pincushion over the tart pan and press gently in place.  Secure with rubber bands until completely dry.

When dry you can add other trims or beads, etc. if you desire.

Now you have created a pincushion for Mom with a personal note that she will cherish forever.

Now That You’ve Made Your Pincushion…

How about some decorative pins…

Very easy to make.   All you need is several corsage pins 2.5 inches long or longer, glue and beads of your choice.

Arrange the beads on the pin in a pleasing order.  Lower the beads toward the point.  Place a small dab of glue on the upper part and slide one bead up.  Repeat for each bead.  Allow your decorative pins to dry thoroughly.  Then stick one or two in your newly made pincushion. 😀

A Quick Mother’s Day Gift Tutorial-Pincushion

Remember when you were a kid and made your mom a special gift for Mother’s Day?  Remember how much she treasured that gift?  Well, you can do that again.

Everyone needs a pincushion, functional or decorative.  This tutorial will show you how to make a container pincushion for your mom on her special day.

First, you will need materials:

Fabric – either a fat quarter or scrap.  It can be any kind of fabric, except stretchy.

Fiber fill – stuffing for your pin cushion.

Long, large eyed needle –  you’ll need this to go through the pincushion and its attached emery cushion.

Embroidery Thread – you will use all 6 strands at once

Emery Sand or Regular sand – you can even use wool fiber or hair.

Salad Plate – or something circular that is approximately 8 inches in diameter.

Round Ribbon box – or something circular that is approximately 3.25 inches in diameter.

E6000 Glue – my favorite because it will not stick to your skin, but when dry is VERY permanent.

Rubberbands – at least 2

Ribbon and Trim – to decorate your pincushion

Scissors – a must

Straight pins – to hold your trim in place until you have glued it or sewn it on

Ink pen – to trace around your circular plate, etc.

Container – to hold your pincushion.  This can be a vase, candle stick, candy dish, teacup, anything that is round and pretty and definitely something your mom would like.

If you sew at all, you will have most of this stuff on hand.  Most of my containers were purchased at yard sales and thrift shops.  Fiberfill, fabric, ribbon, trim, embroidery thread, needles, straight pins and glue can be purchased at any craft/fabric shop, even WalMart.

Let’s begin. 

First trace around the plate on a single layer of fabric and cut out.  Then trace around the ribbon box on a double layer of fabric and cut out.

Place the two smaller circles together right sides out and sew a running stitch (with 6 strands of embroidery floss) approximately 1/4 inch from the edge.  This does not have to be perfect.  Gather a little and add emery sand or regular sand.  Then add a little fiberfill to keep the sand in place.  Pull the thread tightly and secure with several stitches and a knot.  Set aside.

Do a running stitch on the large circle.  Gather a little and stuff with fiberfill.  Gather some more and add more fiberfill.  You want this firm.  Pull stitches tight and secure with several stitches and a knot.  DO NOT CUT THREAD at this point.  Run the needle up through the center bottom to the center top and then through the center of the small emery cushion.  Move the needle over just a hair and run it back down through then emery cushion and pincushion.  Secure with a knot and cut thread.

Now for your container.  Add glue to just inside of rim, lots of glue.  Center your pincushion on top of your container (or just inside if you have a wider mouthed container).  Secure with rubberbands until dry (a couple of hours at least).

After your pincushion has dried for several hours, add your trim.  Pin in place and either sew or glue the trim to your pincushion.  When completely dry, package nicely and give to your mom.

Let your immagination run wild.  There are many things you can use as a container for your pincushion.  Have fun and have a Great Mother’s Day.