Tomato Pincushions

When browsing the internet, deciding what kind of pincushion to make for my girls, I found lots of pictures of tomato pincushions. I'd actually never seen one before, but have since learned that many original pincushions were tomato shaped, and many people still have tomato pincushions passed down through generations of sewers!

So not only are they a traditional type of pincushion, but I also learned that a red tomato at a window helps ward off evil spirits, and one on the mantel piece attracts wealth and abundance! (Source)
So this definitely seemed a good choice of pincushion to make for my girls.

I found this brilliant video tutorial from Martha Stewart showing how simple it is to make one. Take a look...

Aren't they just the cutest, simplest pincushions ever?

I made one each for my girls 

as part of sewing kit bag gift sets that I made for each of them

I gave them these gifts to say thank you for being such awesome pattern testers for my new e-book.

Have you ever seen a tomato pincushion? Or do you have one of your own perhaps?


  1. This is adorbs! :)

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  2. Love your tomato pincushion! Mom mom used to have one when I was younger. Found you on the SOS party - have a great week!

    1. Thank you!! My girls love theirs - I think I shall have to make myself one!

  3. Your pincushion came out really cute.
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J&J.

  4. I love tomato pin cushions--my grandmother had one when I was a child.

    1. They are cute and do seem to have plenty memories for a lot of people too!


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