DIY & Worldwide Swap

pincushion Let's start a club! Today I wanna teach you one way to make a Pin Cushion... then we're gonna do a trade all around the world!! Make two if you don't want to part with the first one ;) Supplies you'll Need: 5 or 6 fabric squares (6.5 x 6.5inches) 2 Buttons Embroidery Thread Scissors Ruler Needle & Thread Bone Folder (optional) Sewing Machine* *If you're new to sewing, my 'How to Use your Sewing Machine for Beginners' video will introduce you to your machine and help you get comfortable with simple techniques. We're going to use one of my favorite sewing techniques on this pin cushion... it's an EASY version of quilting where we'll connect pieces of fabric to make stripes :] Put 2 squares front-to-front and sew a straight line on one side. Unfold and iron the new seam flat. Trim one of the fabrics about 2 inches wide and connect a new square front-to-front with it. Sew a straight line on one side, unfold and iron the new seam flat. Continue doing this until you have enough stripes that they reach 6" wide. Note: Try different sized stripes and a fun collection of fabric for the best result! And a few crooked lines are a blessing, they make it look even cooler :) As you sew on each new piece, keep the bulk of the fabric AND the majority of the stripes to your left... then sew the straight line along the rightside of the new fabric. It sounds tricky but once you get the hang of it, it's very easy :] Above is an example of an added stripe (in hand), then with the excess fabric removed. This is the effect you will get :) Iron flat (i'm a big fan of ironing along the way... it's like the glue of the fabric world!) Trim any jagged ends into a straight edge. You can also trim the height to 6" tall and cut the width to 6" as well. Note: If your front seems thin/see-through, you may want to add a liner. Just layer it behind the striped fabric (your pinned fabrics will be layered in this order: 1=liner, 2=striped fabric [goodside facing up], 3=backpiece [goodside facing down]) Chose a piece of fabric for the back that measures 6x6", pin it good side to good side with the striped fabric you just created (i forgot to trim the width to 6" for the photo above, yours will be the same size as your back piece). When pining your squares, leave an 'opening reminder' (mine is the 2 red pins) so that you remember to leave a 2" opening for stuffing the pin cushion. Start at the opening reminder (backstitch to begin) and sew around the square, ending at the other opening reminder (leaving a 2" opening). Notice the yellow scissors show the opening. Trim all four corners off without cutting into the stitching. This helps your corners be pointy once it's turned right-side-out. Use a bone folder to poke the corners from the inside until they look square. Then iron your pin cushion and guide the folds at the opening to sit ready for stitching. Stuff your pin cushion making sure that there is stuffing in the corners too. For pin cushions, it's good to put lots of stuffing so that it's semi-firm. Using a needle and matching thread, stitch the opening closed with a small blanket or whip stitch (or any stitch you feel comfortable with). Pick out 2 buttons and a thread that accents the pin cushion nicely :] We're going to use a button center to take away some of the puffy roundness. Using a long needle and embroidery thread, sew both your buttons on at the same time (one on each side). Notice the harder you pull the thread, the deeper the buttons will set into the pillow. I pulled mine a medium amount, like a sticky twizzler. Note: Putting a button on both sides of the pillow acts as a 'stopper' so that your stitches do not rip through the fabric. It's also really pretty :) Tip: This stitching technique will make things much easier :) Congrats! You're done making a pin cushion from scratch!! I'd love to see your Pin Cushion... you can share pictures in the Freckled Nest flickr group! :) * Freckled Nest would like to inspire a Worldwide Pin Cushion Swap! If you'd like to participate in the Pin Cushion Swap: Leave your name, email address and location in the comments of this post. Courtney and I will pair everyone up and post the swap list THURSDAY. Check back here on Thursday, Feb 4th to discover your swap partner, then contact each other for mailing addresses and to introduce yourself :) It's really fun and pin cushions are inexpensive to ship, even Worldwide! I've made a pretty yellow pincushion with a Canada button on it for my swap partner... can't wait to meet you! :) Deadline for Entry: Monday, Feb.1 Deadline for Shipping your Pin Cushion: Sunday, Feb 28 *You can make any style pin cushion, it does not need to be from this tutorial (but that is allowed). *Please only enter the swap if you'll contact your partner & can participate on time. Thank you. Let the games begin! Love Leigh-Ann ps. I have 3 Ad Spots left for February, email FreckledNest@gmail.com if you'd like to reserve one! :)

146 comments:

  1. Hey! Great DIY and swap idea! I'm Jaqueline, I'm in London (UK) and my email is jaqueline (at) craftyfoxes (dot) co (dot) uk.

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  2. This is such a cute idea and an awesome way for people to meet! oh & my name is Laura.... my email is lmbelanger(at)plymouth(dot)edu

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  3. Love you LA! This is a great tut on how to make stripey fabric and I went to check out your threading, starting, and finishing stitch tut and it was the BEST ever!

    I'd like to play.

    Mim from PA, USA
    mimsmithfaro (at) yahoo

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  4. Hi!! I would love to participate! My name is Amy, and I am in Cleveland, OH. My email is sammivad@yahoo.com. Thanks! What a great idea!!! :)

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  5. How Fun! I love it and would like to participate!
    I am Katherine from Indianapolis, IN. My email is frieskj@uindy.edu.
    :)

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  6. So cute, I love it!

    I'd love to join in but I just started working with a sewing machine and I wouldn't want to send someone something completely awful, that's just no fair! Maybe I'll have time to play around today and see if it's something I may be able to do. So far, I just make dog toys because they don't care what it looks like!

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  7. I wanna play! This is my first swap and I'm so excited!! I'm hugged by the mountains of Virginia and my email: hannah_coleman@mac.com. Yippee!

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  8. and Im from St.Louis, Missouri USA

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  9. love this idea!!! can't wait to swap :)
    annajoypham@gmail.com
    Euless, TX

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  10. lets do this! joanna.martin.765@gmail.com
    from Tampa, FL!

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  11. Holly :)
    Victoria BC Canada
    hollyvsmith@gmail.com

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  12. I would love to particpate!

    Casey
    caseyrandom@gmail.com
    SK, Canada

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  13. Ohhh! I want to swap!

    -erin.

    erin.gwinn@gmail.com
    Washington State

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  14. this is a great idea and i would love to take part. its so nice to recieve things like this in the post from people the other side of the world. and maybe make a new friend at the same time x x

    rebeccastone1@hotmail.co.uk

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  15. hi Leigh Ann! Awesome idea! I want in :) This will be my first exchange!!

    I am Laurie Anne my email is rebelblossom69@yahoo.ca
    Ontario Canada

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  16. I'm new to sewing but I think this would be a really fun thing to do!
    My name is Sara Metting and my email is SaraMetting@gmail.com!
    San Antonio, Texas, USA

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  17. Yay! I want to play! vicki@soveryvicki.com. Neenah, WI.

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  18. I would love to be part of the swap! my email is melissanancy at gmail.com, and I am from Savannah GA.

    melissa
    http://lissanancy.blogspot.com

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  19. Hello, I'd love to join! My name's Celia and I live in Tenerife, a small island in Spain!
    HUgs and can't wait to start the swap!

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  20. Oh you know I'm in :D
    Kyla Anderson - Calgary Alberta, Canada

    Kyla-anderson@hotmail.com

    I already know what I'm going to do.

    EXCITED!!

    XO. Kyla

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  21. So excited! Count me in...my name is Heather and email: epbakers@gmail.com

    thanks!

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  22. Awesome! Count me in. I am barrigacindy@yahoo.com.
    From Pasadena, california.
    Thanks!! <3

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  23. I'm in. I would love to make a pincushion for someone. craftymainemom@yahoo.com

    Thanks for organizing this.

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  24. brilliant idea!! i'm in!
    Annie, anniebodiethere@hotmail.com, Ireland.

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  25. Awesome idea! I'd love to join in!
    cryssi@craftee.ca - and I live in Toronto

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  26. yes, count me in!

    this is Laura over here at Violet Bella, and Im in Texas!

    violet_bella@hotmail.com

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  27. I'm IN!

    Sara Kate in Topeka, KS ...

    sarakate5[at]gmail[dot]com

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  28. awe! why can't I do this... ugh this is so great!! love it!

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  29. I'm Rachel from Kansas City. Cannot wait to get started on this fun swap!! Thanks so much! fivelittlebirdies@gmail.com

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  30. Sooo great! By the way i love the way you customize your sewing machine!

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  31. This sounds really fun, thank you!!
    Emily
    Phoenix, AZ
    goldlionaz@gmail.com
    :)

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  32. Oooh, sounds like fun!

    I'm Dixie from Austin, TX
    dixiedavis@gmail.com

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  33. OMG - GREAT IDEA <3 i can't wait to play!!
    my name is Cheryl and I'm currently crafting from the Jersey Shore, NJ

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  34. oops! i forgot my email address is c.couris@mac.com !

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  35. This is a darling DIY. My name is Chelsea, and I'm from Jacksonville, Oregon, USA.
    chelseablanket(at)gmail(dot)com

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  36. This looks like great fun, and I NEED a pin cushion. I'm using a generic tomato. :D

    I'm Ashley Ann
    mosthotbutter@gmail.com
    Lafayette, Colorado, USA!

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  37. OH I want to play too! And I also need a pin cushion. Its a win, win. My name is Angela and my email is penner.angela@gmail.com. I'm from Winkler, Manitoba, Canada.

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  38. This sounds like so much fun! I am totally in. My name is Angela and I am from San Diego, Ca, U.S.
    Acompton100(at)gmail(dot)com.
    Your pincushion looks pretty!

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  39. This looks so fun, i can't wait! My name is Amy Lynn, im from Shreveport, Louisiana! my email is asamyscott@gmail.com!

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  40. I'll play too!

    Alice from Vancouver, BC, Canada.
    alicehess[at]hotmail[dot]com

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  41. skimming through the comments is like the Miss USA pagents when they do a do a quick intro with their name and state they are representing. haha

    Definitely looks fun! besides I NEED a new pin cushion. =)

    I'm Joyce from Jacksonville, FL

    shmilydesign[at]comcast.net
    http://www.ashmilydesignedlife.com

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  42. What a great idea! I would love to join in on the fun!
    My email is:ambercox711@hotmail.com and I am from Kansas City, MO

    XOXO

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  43. Count me in!!!

    Evan from Lubbock, TX
    revsanford@gmail.com

    So fun!!! :)

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  44. count me in!!!
    this is funnnn. :)

    inkalaajoki@gmail.com
    Finland

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  45. YES PLEASE!
    This is my first visit to your blog and I have bookmarked you. I love it here!
    I'd love to participate :)

    Christina from Bloomfield, NJ
    christinaalessi@gmail.com

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  46. I'd love to participate. Great tutorial!

    Amy Cluck
    peptogirl@gmail.com
    Sacramento, CA
    (USA)

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  47. This sounds fun! I want to join in!

    Catherine from Omaha, NE
    my email is afcat84@aol.com

    www.nowoodenspoons.blogspot.com

    xo,
    Cat

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  48. Oooooo! This is such a cute idea! I would like to participate.
    Jenny Taylor
    chandelierjenny@me.com
    Amarillo, TX

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  49. i would LOVE to participate in a pincushion swap! my name is Renea Hanna from Bandera, TX and my email is pennythreads {at} gmail {dot} com. yay! such a great idea LA.

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  50. This is ADORABLE!!! I would love to get my craft on :)
    Alyssa Kapral
    alyssadawn3@gmail.com
    Bakersfield, CA

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  51. Oh so fun!! I just finished up with the Skunkboy Creatures swap and that was so much fun!

    My name is Megan from Tempe, Arizona.
    meganscreations@mac.com

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  52. Pincushions are the first thing my Grandma taught me to make when I was a kid! I'd LOVE to participate!
    Katie from Statesboro, GA
    eitak671@hotmail.com

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  53. Okay I want in!
    Stephanie from New Braunfels, TX
    multitaskingmama.shop@gmail.com

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  54. Rebecca Krusinski
    Circusfish79@sbcglobal.net
    Oak Forest, Illinois
    Hooray!

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  55. So fun! Count me in.

    Name: Serena McClain
    Email: notmiranda@gmail.com
    Location: Fairfax, VA

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  56. I love this! I'd like to join in...
    I'm Gemma
    Location: UK
    Email: littletinypieces@googlemail.co.uk

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  57. oh i'm definitely in!
    jari.spry(at)gmail.com
    Jari ... Missoula, MT
    xo.

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  58. What a cute tutorial. I'm IN!
    Name: Danielle
    Blog: www.helloowl.blogspot.com
    Email: dani_luigi@me.com
    Location: Queensland, Australia

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  59. sounds fun!

    Julia
    Austin, TX
    julia.k.riley@gmail.com

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  60. That's such a lovely idea!

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  61. Lila
    Berkeley, CA
    lila.keene@gmail.com

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  62. Is a crocheted pincushion ok? I'm not so great at sewing.

    Name: Toshimi
    Location: Oakland, CA
    Email: tgfujikawa@gmail.com

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  63. Ooo, oo! I wanna swap! This will be sooo much fun!

    Jenn Lance
    misspoutypants@gmail.com
    Germany

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  64. I've been looking for a fun and simple swap to join and it looks like I've found it! Count me in:)
    Connie Morgan
    connie.morgan@juab.k12.ut.us
    connie-cisme.blogspot.com

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  65. Yes, crocheted is okay too Toshimi! Any style, and skill level... we want everyone to join :)

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  66. Oops, I forgot to put where I was from. Good ole
    Nephi, Utah

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  67. Count me in! Christine Drevo
    Chandler, AZ
    acornapron@rocketmail.com

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  68. Super Fun!

    I'd love to join!

    Jenni Irving
    jenniawesome@gmail.com
    Spokane,Wa

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  69. Me, me!!
    What a rad idea! :)

    Michelle Clement
    michelle.a.clement@gmail.com
    Vancouver, BC, Canada.

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  70. Count me in! I'm Sarah in sunny Los Angeles, California! :)

    sarahblaisdell (at) gmail (dot) com

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  71. I would love to participate. My name is Isabelle, I live in montreal, Québec, Canada

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  72. Oups! zabelleetlabete@gmail.com

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  73. Yay!!! I want to be in the swap!

    I'm DeAndra from Winchester, KY

    pinkcheckers@yahoo.com

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  74. What fun! I'd love to make a sweet pincushion using techniques from this tutorial for a fellow Freckled-Nest reader! Count me in!

    Tara from Bend, Oregon
    elanvitalanthology@gmail.com
    http://elanvitalanthology.blogspot.com

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  75. This is a great tutorial! Thanks for taking lots of photos. They really help.

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  76. This is great! I'm excited! :)

    Dina
    zhuchka_2006[at]hotmail[dot]com
    Washington State

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  77. How fun. I just got a sewing machine, so this is going to be a great project fun project.

    Sarah Michelle Griisser, Denver, CO, sarah.griisser@gmail.com

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  78. This is just the kick in the butt I need to get crafting again :) Thanks leigh-ann!!

    val from utah USA
    valofthesouth (at) gmail (dot) com

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  79. Yes! This is going to be so much fun!

    Tegan Hollen
    tmhollen@gmail.com
    Fort Collins, Colorado USA

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  80. so much fun..i'm in.
    my name is tamara and i'm from Morden, Manitoba, Canada

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  81. Ohhh cute and fun! I want to participate! I'm in San Jose (Silicon Valley), California. here's my email address: myshabbyshack at gmail dot com

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  82. nice tutorial! Would love to swap one too, Im Cyd from Puerto Rico and my email is misscindylou@gmail.com

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  83. oooo...I would love to participate! How fun!

    I'm Eleise from Wisconsin-eleiseaymond@yahoo.com

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  84. I'm in!! I'm Heather from So. Cal. my email is rnhkilcul@sbcglobal.net

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  85. How Fun! I'm in Northern VA, right outside of DC. My email is ashley.miracle@hotmail.com :)

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  86. Yay - such a fun swap! Thanks for organizing the swap and sharing the DIY, Leigh Ann - I've been needing/wanting a pin cushion and this is the perfect project to get started with my new sewing machine :) melanie.karlins@gmail.com. I'm in Washington DC.

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  87. This sounds like good fun! mtretiakova at gmail dot com -- my name Marie :) and I'm from Greensboro, North Carolina

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  88. Thanks for organizing this!
    My name is Shannon. I am from Atlanta, GA and my email is Shannon@ilovepatina.com.

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  89. Great idea! Can't wait to get started on it. My name is Lorna and I'm in North wales, UK. My email is lorna2212@yahoo.co.uk

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  90. Too cute. Count me in!

    ritabarriga@yahoo.com

    Rita B.
    Pasadena, California

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  91. I would love to participate!

    mariaisabelmedina@live.com
    Maria Isabel
    Ciales, Puerto Rico

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  92. I would love to do this... can i still?

    jennifer@jwestmorelandphoto.com
    jennifer westmoreland
    Thomasville, NC

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  93. I'd love to, great idea!
    anna gibbon
    anna_857@hotmail.com
    bangkok, thailand

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  94. I would love to do the swap...so if you still have room...yeah
    my email is..theglor01@yahoo.com
    gloria king
    San Diego ca...

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  95. Can I join in too?
    theresonlyonemel@hotmail.com

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  96. Adorable tutorial - I'm off to start mine now! I'd love to participate in the swap:
    Katie
    littleohme@hotmail.com
    Sydney, Nova Scotia

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  97. I can't wait to make one and swap!

    Suzy
    Huntersville, North Carolina
    spacesuzy @ gmail.com

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  98. I made one today...might try to make another one to see how the next one turns out!

    Corrie
    Cumberland, MD

    littleesmama at gmail dot com

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  99. Eeee! How fun is this?! I'd love to join the swap!
    {Totally cute tutorial, too!}

    I'm Leah

    leah{dot}farquharson{at}gmail{dot}com

    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL

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  100. oOOH, I can't wait. I'm in!

    I'm Jenn at cityfarmgirl.blogspot.com

    or jennmpls {at} yahoo {dot} com

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  101. sooo much fun!! i don't have a pincushion that i use so this will be a great way to get a cute one!! you're the best LA!

    Soraia from Virginia: 23heartsvb@gmail.com

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  102. Stockholm, Sweden is loving it! Holla back at yo girl haha mckstalnacke@hotmail.com / Karma

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  103. What adorable pin cushions! I'd love to participate in the swap-it's my first so I'm really excited! My Info: Cassie from Allston, MA classymisscassie@yahoo.com

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  104. great tutorial! thanks!
    i would like to take part into this swap....so i can have a new pin cushions from a wor for my new craft room!
    my info: Eleonora from Bologna, ITALY.
    my email: le.certosine@gmail.com
    my blog: www.le-certosine-at-work.blogspot.com

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  105. YEAH! I sooo wanna participate!

    Tarsila Krüse
    tarsila.kruse@gmail.com
    Dublin, Ireland

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  106. Love to play. I'm a newbie too. Hope I'm not too late to join. I'm Yen from Brisbane, Australia

    someonespesh@hotmail.com

    love your blog LA :)

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  107. how fun!!........hope I'm not too late!!??

    Rach NZ
    shore.break@farmside.co.nz

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  108. I would love to participate!

    Katy Morgan
    Sacramento, CA

    katy.morgan.09@gmail.com

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  109. Cassidy McGuire
    Sacramento, CA
    USA

    cassidymcguire@gmail.com

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  110. oh very very fun, I need a reason to make something else (:
    Kami from Winnipeg MB Canada - noloozaz(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  111. Agnieszka, a.pietras@vp.pl
    Europe, Poland
    Dąbrowa Górnicza


    so excited, it will be the first swap in my life!!

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  112. Fun!!

    Stacie Burnett
    Adams, MA

    stacie@sjphotog.com

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  113. Mae Burke
    maeannette [AT] gmail [DOT] com
    DFW, Texas
    yeaaah....

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  114. This is a great idea!! :)
    Shayna Denham from Goldsboro, NC.
    shayna.denham(at)ymail(dot)com

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  115. I'd love to join in! Great use for my scraps of favourite fabrics that I couldn't toss away. Lisa in Toronto,ON,Canada ladylisaw@gmail.com

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  116. cool! count me in!

    patria in los angeles, ca
    patria.lincoln@gmail.com

    can't wait!

    lelloandbu.blogspot.com

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  117. kate in Bay City, Michigan
    katerees711@gmail.com

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  118. How could I resist. I am in!
    amandaleanne@hotmail.com
    Oh and location, England.

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  119. I would love to! so stinkin' cute! how dang fun!
    theharris6 at live(.)net
    Thanks!
    warmly
    Stacy~Creativemuse
    ps saw you on Kari Ranstrom's blog had to come and see!

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  120. Yay! This sounds fun!!
    Onjoli
    Glendale, AZ, US
    onjoli84@yahoo.com

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  121. Love this and have been itching for another swap!
    Michelle Jackson
    michellenjackson@hotmail.com
    Anderson, IN

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  122. Sweet! I'm in! kristindoyle@gmail.com - Seattle, WA USA

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  123. Oh, I am so totally in! Awesome idea!

    coriwithani@gmail.com - San Francisco, CA, USA

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  124. Oh my first craft swap! - Calgary, AB
    ohyahannie@gmail.com

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  125. Yay! Fun!!

    Amanda Smith
    Amandamichelle_smith@yahoo.com
    Ft. Worth, Texas :]

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  126. awesome! :)

    missannaforsure@yahoo.com
    Council Bluffs, IA USA

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  127. opps forgot that I will be going away my Friday - your Thursday.........so if I don't reply to my swap I will when I get back my Sunday!!
    am i making sense?.........LOL
    Rach NZ

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  128. Oh Fun!!
    kellie.lund@gmail.com

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  129. hooray! this is my first craft swap, SO excited! ayahthetiger[at]gmail[dot]com

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  130. I am totally in!!! this is gonna be a lot of fun :)

    owlznstitchez@gmail.com
    orange county, California

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  131. Sounds like fun! MyRosieMaye@gmail.com

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  132. Can't wait!

    kipperknitter@hotmail.com
    Kansas City, MO

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  133. I'm not sure if I'm too late or not but I would love to join in!

    I'm Sasha from Augusta Georgia. My email is sashabranam@gmail.com :)

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  134. Hi Leigh-Ann. I'm Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute or http://cottonpickincute.blogspot. I'm from Jacksonville, Florida. I just found out about your swap and your blog. I'd love to join in on the fun if I'm not to late.
    My email is cottonpickincute@hotmail.com

    Thanks and hugs...Tracy :)

    Great pincushion tutorial by the way.

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  135. Oohohohohohoh can I play too?
    It's too fun, it's being crafty, giving a gift, making something useful and getting a surprise in the mail all at the same time!!

    tara@sewtara.com
    I'm practically in Toronto, Canada

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  136. Count me in!!

    minimak03@gmail.com
    Calgary, Alberta
    CANADA!

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  137. You can count me in!!!

    pinkstarr403@yahoo.com
    Winter Springs, Florida

    <3 Michelle

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  138. Oooh this sounds like so much fun! I'm so glad I found out about it just in time! I'm enjoying your Style School projects so much and will now be a loyal follower of your blog too! xo

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  139. I'm one day late but if you have an odd number and need another participant I'm your girl. If not no worries.

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  140. Hi Love it LA! This is Shanti from Style School! I am in.
    Huntington Beach, California,
    shanti.cali@yahoo.com

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  141. So exciting and fun. I just am in love with the idea of sharing.
    Brandy: Ventura, CA
    brandy.wyse@hotmail.com

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  142. I finally got around to making this! here's mine! :)
    http://punkprojects.blogspot.com/2010/02/crafts-widgets-etc.html

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  143. i'm still waiting to receive my one :(

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