Happy New Year + Biscornu Pincushions

biscornu pincushionHappy New Year, friends!

I wanted to pop in with this fun little project, in case you are looking for a small sewing finish to jump start your 2018.

My mother-in-law taught me and 2 of my sister-in-laws how to make biscornu pincushions, and they were a hit! We made some with less filling [ground walnut shells, purchased at a pet store] and buttons on either side.  I’m not sure if I should call it “lazy” or “design choice” but I made these three without the buttons, and filled to the brim with walnut shells.

Biscornu is French for quirky, and these pincushions certainly are! They are a little fiddly to make, almost impossible to photograph, and pretty darn cool.  We didn’t use a particular tutorial, but you can google biscornu pincushion and find all sorts of things. Each pincushion needs 2 charm squares, some thread, and a whole lot of ground walnut shells.

Happy sewing!


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  1. Rosemaryflower
    Posted January 3, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    These are superb! Tres beau!
    ….and very timely. I just bought a HUGE bag of crushed english walnut shells at the pet store (loading up on kitty food). Super inexpensive, and I plan to make a zillion pincushions for everyone.

  2. Meredith
    Posted January 4, 2018 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    These are adorable, and it was such fun to make one today! Thanks for sharing them!

    • Katie Blakesley
      Posted January 17, 2018 at 11:22 pm | Permalink

      oh, yay!

  3. Posted January 9, 2018 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    They do look very fun!

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