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This pincushion combines some lime green Melmac from the 60’s with circa 1940 embroidery from a cutter dresser scarf and a bit of very old handmade trim that is either tatting or very small, “Minnie Mouse” crochet. The whole thing turned out very cute and very functional.

The pin pillow is stuffed with polyfil and attached to the Melmac coffee cup with just a bit of glue and tufting (I drilled a small hole in the bottom of the cup from which the pin pillow is tufted.) I put a bit of washed play sand in the bottom of the cup (after sealing my drill hole, of course) to give the cup some stability. There is a layer of fabric between the sand and the pin pillow, so no sand leakage.

Approximately 4.5 inches in diameter
About 3 inches tall

ECO-FRIENDLY: Why is this product eco-friendly or “green”?

First, by using materials that were destined to be discarded, repurposing them, we keep them out of the landfill. Second, by creating products from existing materials, we reduce the demand for the production of new materials, which reduces the energy used, natural resources consumed and waste products and often pollutants generated by the manufacturing processes … reducing the carbon footprint of the product.


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We are happy to combine items for shipping to reduce shipping costs, just get in touch with us before you pay so we can calculate the charge for the specific additional items. For some combinations, there is no additional charge. But say you bought this apron and added an embellished bowling ball (which we haven't ever made ... yet), there would be an upcharge in shipping.

Melmac Embroidry Pincushion - Vintage Embroidery plus Vintage Melmac equals Great Pincushion

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  • Handmade item
  • Materials: vintage melmac coffe cup, vintage embroidery, antique trimming, buttons, polyfil
  • Feedback: 68 reviews
  • Ships worldwide from Texas, United States