Monday, November 7, 2011


That word doesn't sound right .... Anyhow, here's another little gift idea for you. This one was again quick and easy. It used only half of a fat quarters worth of fabric, and the candlestick was found at Goodwill for 99c!!! Perfect project to use up some scraps, or indulged yourself with that pricey fabric you really HAVE to have:-) This is where I found the pattern and instructions

The secret to a great looking dress form is the stuffing - she needs to be firmly stuffed. Another issue I had, but that was easy to remedy, was that she was wobbly on her base. The instructions tell you to glue felt to the cardboard base of the form, before attaching your candlestick. To stop the wobbles, I cut a hole from the felt where my candlestick was going to attach, so that it was stuck directly too the cardboard base instead of the felt - it worked a charm and eliminated the wobbles:-)
The embellishment possibilities are endless. I stuck with the fabric flower the pattern suggested for this one, but what about a dainty string of pearls, or a choker? A perfect opportunity to display that vintage brooch you've had tucked away, just waiting for the perfect project.
From start to finish, the project took me about 45 minutes to complete. Package it in a beautiful, reusable gift box with lots of tissue paper and a lovely bow, and you have yourself a gorgeous pincushion, that any sewer would love.


  1. This is awesome! It turned out great! I love the fabric too. I wanted to try making one of these for the swap but didn't get time. I also wasn't sure of what to use for a base. I found a pattern but it used a wooden dowel and heart for base. I'll have to check out the link you included.

  2. I Loved seeing this so much that I went to the web link and watched the video and my daughter and I cranked out 7 of them yesterday and I have 2 more waiting to be sewed and stuffed. I had everything in my stash to make these except the candle sticks. Those I will be buying from a thrift store this weekend! Thank you so much for sharing this project! I love the one you created and am so excited to give these as gifts.