Bird Shaped Pin Cushions

My roommate has this adorable knit bird that she made, and when I was moving in, my mom became infatuated with it. She requested her own bird for Christmas, but she wanted it to be a pin cushion, not just decorative. That left me scratching my head because knit pin cushions? You can’t just knit one, stuff it, and call it a day. That wouldn’t make a very functional pin cushion!


What I ended up doing is buying a tomato shaped pin cushion, and I knit around it. I used the strawberry shaped needle cleaner to stuff the head of my bird as well as some red scrap yarn. It works quite well as a pin cushion, and my mom is very pleased with it.


Apparently one of my aunts had a similar idea as me because this adorable pin cushion was hiding among my Christmas presents. My aunt is working on using up her quilting stash, and this looks like it was the perfect project for scraps. Isn’t it cute?







5 responses to “Bird Shaped Pin Cushions”

  1. I love the idea of putting the tomato in the bird. He is darling! And your quilty bird is super cute too!

  2. Love! Thrifty, appreciated and beautiful – my favourite kind of gift! Your mum is definitely knitworthy – not everyone in my life is!!

  3. All he needs is angry eyebrows and he could be an angry bird.

    I love your clever solution of filling the bird up with a tomato.

  4. So cute – I love both of these! I got a pincusion for Christmas too, apparently I need one in each room as my habit of just sticking pins in the chair I am sitting in is not appreciated!

  5. Aww, super cute birdies!

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