Pillbox Pincushion

Simplicity in quilting and everyday utility make this Pillbox the perfect project to try your hand at quilting. With a few simple seams and a little stuffing, you will be moving your pins into their new home before you know it.

Today, my favorite people at Riley Blake and Accuquilt have provided supplies for one lucky winner to make your own pincushion!

For your chance to WIN an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle, leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST. The winner will be announced here on the Crafts ‘n things blog on Monday, September 16th.


  • Riley Blake Serenata Cotton Fabric, scraps
  • Riley Blake Buttons, 1-1/2″, two
  • Cotton batting, 1/4 yd.
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Thread


  • AccuQuilt GO! Die Tumbler, 3-1/2″ (55015)
  • AccuQuilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter
  • Doll needle

Basic Supplies

scissors, sewing machine, pins, hand sewing needle, iron and pressing surface



2-1/2″x 4-1/2″


1   Cut two tumbler pieces each of three prints using Accuquilt GO! or GO! Baby Fabric Cutter and GO! Tumbler 3-1/2” die. Cut two 4-3/4″ circles from coordinating print.

2   With right sides together, sew two tumblers together along long side with 1/4″ seam. Continue in same manner, alternating prints until all pieces are connected. Press seams to one side.

3   Pin tumbler strip and circles to batting and cut to fit. Machine quilt fabric to batting in desired design.

4   With right sides together, sew ends of tumbler strip together to create ring.

5   Fold ring in half evenly and place pins in either side. Fold matching pin mark ends with pins. Find quarter marks on circles by folding circle in half and marking in same manner. Repeat to find other set.

6   Matching quarter marks of circle and tumbler ring with right sides together; pin in place and machine-sew using 1/4″ seam allowance. Attach bottom circle in same manner, leaving 2″ opening to turn.

7   Turn right side out. Fill cushion with fiberfill until firm.

8   Slipstitch opening closed.

9   Position button on center of circle. Sew through center of cushion using doll needle, adding bottom button on opposite side. Sew back and forth, pulling to make buttons push into cushion; secure.


For a little additional fun, create a pocket on alternating tumbler pieces by cutting three tumblers from one fabric. Create pocket by trimming 3/4″ from wide end of tumbler. Sew along cut edge with right sides together. Turn fabric right side out and press edge. Pin pocket front in position on matching tumbler piece and sew together into tumbler strip as directed. Add as many or as few pockets as you would like.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on this post by September 15th at midnight PST for a chance to win an Accuquilt GO! Tumbler 3-1/2″ die and a Riley Blake Medium Dot on Cream Fat Quarter Bundle.

For an extra chance to win, take a quick click over to my blog bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com and follow me.

Retail value of these products is about $60.00. To purchase your own, visit accuquilt.com and rileyblakedesigns.com to order or to find a retailer nearby.

by Jennifer Davey (www.bestillmycraftingheart.blogspot.com)

Magic Marbleizing

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Create stunning marbleized works of art with magic marbleizing. Use this quick-and-easy technique along with a favorite photo to create a special Grandparents’ Day card.


  • Food coloring, in colors of choice
  • White shaving cream
  • White paper, 8-1/2”x11”
  • Photo


  • Shallow pan or tray
  • Toothpick
  • Plastic knife or spatula
  • Thin cardboard
  • Paper adhesive

Basic Supplies

scissors, ruler, pencil, plastic tablecloth (to cover work surface)



On covered work surface, fill pan or tray with 1” of shaving cream.


Squirt small amount of food coloring onto shaving cream. Repeat with assorted colors.


Use toothpick to make several swirls across shaving cream. (Note: Do not over mix.)


Gently press paper on top of shaving cream mixture; lift off. (Note: Paper should be covered with swirls of colored shaving cream.)


Using plastic knife or spatula, gently scrape excess shaving cream from paper, revealing  paper-stained marbleized design. Let dry completely.


Cut paper into 8-1/2””x5-1/2” strip; fold to create 4-1/4”x5-1/2” top-fold card. To create heart template, draw heart shape on thin cardboard; cut out and discard heart. Use cardboard template to draw heart shape on center back side of card front; cut heart-shaped opening.


Position, trim, and adhere photo on back side of card front so image is displayed through heart-shaped opening.


  • Make a matching envelope by using this same technique on the envelope flap.
  • Use Magic Marbleizing to create beautiful wrapping paper, gift bags, photo frames, and much more.

by John E. Thomas and Danita Pagel-Thomas

Grandma Tribute

Crafts ’n things Craft of the Day

Grandma is probably one of your most favorite people. Stitch this tribute to her for Grandparents’ Day or just because you love her.


  • Zwiegart Antique White 28-count Lugana, 15”x12”
  • DMC 6-strand Embroidery Floss


  • Embroidery needle

Stitch Type

  • Backstitch: 1 strand
  • Cross-stitch: 2 strands

Basic Supplies



Size / Stich Count

Approximate Finished Size: 8-5/8”x4-5/8”; Stitch Count: 122 w x 84 h

Grandma Tribute

1. Print cross-stitch chart and key. (Note: The blue words “chart” and “key” are links. To access these, select the link, then download and print items.)

2. Stitch design centered on fabric over two threads.

3. Frame as desired.

by Bennie Harman