How To Make a Head Vase Pincushion

How To Make a Head Vase Pincushion

Recently, I posted an entry on things to do with head vases (besides hold flowers). One of my ideas was to convert a head vase into a stylish pincushion.

Well, I’m not about to leave my readers hanging. Here’s how to do it.

First, you want to use a head vase with a wider opening. If the opening is too narrow, you won’t have much room for pins and needles.

Also, I don’t recommend using your rarest and most valuable head vase for this. Use one with discoloration, flea bites, flawed glazing, a hairline crack, or some other imperfection so you can do this with no guilt.

You Will Need:

  • One vintage head vase (see above re: selecting the right one)
  • Stuffing (polyester or acrylic, if you have it, will hold its shape better than 100% cotton)
  • Scrap of fabric (if you have a scrap of vintage fabric that coordinates with your head vase, go for it!)
  • Fabric glue

First, stuff your vase. Don’t be afraid to pack a good amount inside (but do stop short of making it crack). It’s okay if some stuffing sticks out; we’ll deal with it soon.

Stuffing the head vase pincushion.

Next, make sure your fabric will completely cover the stuffing, with an allowance on all sides for gluing (and to make sure it doesn’t pop out later).

Yeah, this is big enough.

Trim your fabric to size, leaving that allowance for gluing. If you have a serger, you can serge the edges to deter fraying. If you don’t, this step isn’t strictly necessary.

I used barkcloth for this because it matched my vase, but ordinary woven cotton can take routine usage better. (Barkcloth has a somewhat looser weave than, say, quilting fabric.)

Tuck the fabric into the opening, over the stuffing.

Fabric tucked!

Using your fabric glue, carefully glue the fabric to the vase opening. Fabric glue pens are perfect for this because they allow tight control of a very narrow stream of glue. (And if you’ve used fabric glue, you know it can get all over the place.) Take the time to do this slowly and get it just right.

All set!

Enjoy your new head vase pincushion!

One word of caution: PLEASE use some Quake Hold to secure your new pincushion in place. You do not want to reach for a stuck pin and have the whole thing go flying. (If you do a lot of heavy sewing Рsomething I have been known to do Рa more traditional pincushion can take more of a beating.)

All done!

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