Sunday, February 5, 2012

Pincushion Tutorial

Pincushion Tutorial



*the giveaway is closed*

Today is my day on Melissa's Simply Charmed Blog Hop.



Do you all remember the fabulous prizes that Melissa has lined up?! $200 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop ring any bells? Be still my heart! Stay tuned for how to enter to win that and other fabulous prizes!




I have a special valentine's project for you! A Heart Shaped Pincushion! But part of the beauty of this tutorial is that you will be able make any size or shape pincushion because it is all based on a cookie cutter.


Note: Be sure to read all the written instructions as well as the instructions with the picture mosaics.


Supplies:

Supplies


• one charm pack (really I just use a few charms for this...so a whole charm pack isn't necessary)

• cookie cutter (clearly I used a heart shaped one...size is your preference)

• Hot Glue gun

• One sheet of fun foam (the stuff in the kid's craft aisle)

• One sheet of a thin floral foam / Styrofoam (can be found in the floral aisle)

• One bag of Zilla brand lizard litter - crushed walnut shells (one bag will last a LONG time)



Instructions:


Cutting Fabric for the Pincushion

• Pick out your favorite charms and if necessary piece them together to create a large enough piece of fabric for your cookie cutter plus 3" around. Then follow the directions in the mosaic below.


Cutting fabric for pincushion




Cutting Foam for the Pincushion


• Use your cookie cutters to cut out the floral foam to fit exactly inside the cookie cutter. Depending on the foam you use and how sharp your cookie cutters are, you may need a little help from a kitchen knife. Then trace around the cookie cutter onto the fun foam and cut out the exact shape of the cookie cutter for the bottom of the pincushion.


Cut out foam using cookie cutters





My creation





Fitting the Fabric to the Cookie Cutter


• Pull your running stitch slightly to start gathering the fabric and fit it to the shape of the cookie cutter. You will want to shape it so that a small "bowl" is formed on the topside of the cookie cutter/pincushion. Use your hot glue gun and glue the fabric to the inside of the cookie cutter around the whole perimeter.


Fitting fabric to the cookie cutter





Filling the Pincushion


• Use the crushed walnut shells to fill the pincushion. Crushed shells create a great weight to the pin cushion and they help keep your pins sharp. The type I used was like a coarse sand. The amount you need will depend on the size of your cookie cutter but I used about a cup for the large one. You will want to hold up your cookie cutter while filling it to make sure that you put enough in to round out what will be the top of the pincushion...that "bowl".



filling the pincushion





Putting the Bottom on the Pincushion


• With the charm glued firmly in place, there should be no chance of any filling escaping. But we have two more layers to add to the bottom to make it completely finished and polished. First add the floral foam and hot glue in place. I found that the hot glue actually melted my foam a bit, so I used that to my advantage and created a perfect seal around the perimeter. Then I used hot glue on the fun foam and attached it firmly to the floral foam.



adding the backing





Finishing Details


• You may find you have a bit of a gap now at the bottom of your pincushion or things are not as tidy as you might like. So make it all beautiful again by hot gluing a bit of ribbon or trim around the perimeter of the base.


use ribbon along the bottom edge to decoratively cover the gap between the foam and cookie cutter




• Fill with pins and use often! Make them in all shapes and sizes. I made a smaller one for my needles as well. (Although I'm thinking of putting some felt on that one)



Pincushion Tutorial






I hope you enjoyed the tutorial and are inspired to make a pincushion for every season. I've already bought more cookie cutters to make more!



Now be sure to hop over to Melissa's blog and enter to win that fabulous $200 gift certificate to the Fat Quarter Shop. But before you leave (oh go ahead...do it now...just come back!) make sure you enter to win the giveaway here too!


The Intrepid Thread is sponsoring a $25 gift certificate to their store! To enter, just leave a comment HERE telling me your favorite or least favorite thing about Valentines. Are you like my husband and think the whole thing is invented by Hallmark to sell cards and candy? Or are you a hopeless romantic who waits eagerly for this day? Have a favorite valentine joke or idea? Share!

For a second entry, you can either become a follower of my blog or say that you are one (love you guys!).



So...are we clear? Run over and enter the super huge big giveaway at Melissa's blog (she has instructions there) and then enter the smaller (but still awesome) giveaway here. And if you are feeling super lucky follow along with the whole blog hop and enter at everyone's blog...everyone has a different giveaway! Yay! All winners will be announced on Valentine's day!


She's gotten together a great group of people for this holiday inspired swap and I'm honored to be included.  Here's the schedule!



February 1 - Melissa from Happy Quilting 
February 2 - Heather from Quilt Story
February 3 - Melissa from Lilac Lane
February 6 - Angela from Cut to Pieces  (that's me!)
February 7 - Amy from Diary of a Quilter
February 8 - Natalia from Piece N Quilt
February 9 - Jessica from Twin Fibers
February 10 - Katie from Swim, Bike, Quilt
February 11 - Jane from Want It, Need It, Quilt
February 13 - Corey from Little Miss Shabby

February 14 - Happy Valentines Day and the Grand Prize Winner Announcement!!!!





428 comments:

  1. The calories. I hate the calories...grin.

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  2. Now that I have a daughter I am beginning to like Valentine's Day for all the girly things I can do with her and for her. Before children - even while married - I was never a fan, just seemed like another excuse to spend money and eat chocolate.

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  3. Cute Pin Cushion!! For Valentines my kids and I just make cards for each other. Nothing fancy but it works for us :)

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  4. I'm a follower!! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  5. I think I pretty much agree with your husband. Valentines day is definitely a huge commercialized day...but hey, if my hubby showed up with a stack of fat quarters for me, I wouldn't be sad!

    Thanks for the chance to win!

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  6. I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day. Our anniversary is the 6th of Feb. and my birthday is the 6th of Mar. so we celebrate those instead.

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  7. this is so adorable and original... I love it! :)
    I think it's a bit made up, but any day to celebrate love is wonderful, right? I am hoping the hubs will take me out, because he's too busy for my birthday and Mother's Day. :)

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  8. I love seeing all of the love that is around at this time of year. Even though it is very commercialised you just can't remove that lost in love look from so many peoples eyes.

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  9. Very, very cute idea for a pincushion! I'm not a big fan...but we do go to our churches banquet each year and I try to do cute favors for the tables.

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  10. I'm not exactly a big Valentine's fan. Not really sure why I'm not. I love your project and love the decorations for the holiday though. I guess I'm a heart fan!

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  11. My husband feels the same way as yours and absolutely does not want a card! However that said, he always buys me a miniature rose for Valentines day.

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  12. I am a follower! Thanks for the great tutorial and the chance on the great giveaway.

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  13. We're not too big on Valentine's Day here. My husband and I fall into the "It's just a commercial holiday" camp. Our wedding anniversary falls in the following week so we celebrate then. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  14. I'm kind of with your hubby on this one. I'm not big into Valentine's day, but I can't be hard on any holiday that encourages my hubby to buy me candy and flowers! :)

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  15. Of course, I follow you! Such a cute tutorial!

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  16. Thanks for participating! Great tutorial! I am a follower!

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  17. There's always dark chocolate on Valentine's Day. Love that stuff! We don't really celebrate any more, but we do things with the kids.

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  18. Looks cute another great walk though.

    http://richardquilts.blogspot.com
    Stop by for my quilt givaway to guess my babys b-day and weight.

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  19. Cute idea for a pin cushion- may make one for myself! Not being a quilter I don't exactly know what a " charm" is but I can guess.
    Valentines day, like any holiday, I love to celebrate! I just like making people feel special.
    Your blog here is super!

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  20. I find that the older I get, the less I'm into such a commercial holiday. That said, I still do cards for my mom, sisters & husband-but that's as far as it goes.

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  21. What a great idea! thanks for the tute!
    We don't do valentines and I do agree with you hubby a bit and think that it is over commercialized.

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  22. It is very commercial but it's nie to be appreciated on any day of the year. :)

    Love the pincushion

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  23. Oh, this is so lovely! Thanks so much!

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  24. Ten years ago, nobody here in Europe celebrated Valentine's Day. Now, there is so much pressure to do something special on that day but I always manage to escape that :)
    Not that I would mind getting flowers but I appreciated them more if they were given to me just because and not because of a special day :)

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  25. What a cute idea! I do like a heavy pincushion, much less likely to lose it! Valnetines has always been big in the UK, I go for little gestures, breakfast on a tray, handmade cards even just a handwritten note as the best things to receive

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  26. I like Valentine´s day because it helps people to say and do nice things, (one day in a year,) perhaps they will do it more often once they have noticed that some actually went happy.

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  27. Love your tutorial!!!!

    I love valentine's day and usually I do a dinner ... sweet dinner with my hubby ... entirely cooked by me with a special cake ...

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  28. I love absolutely everything about Valentine Day. The romance, the cakes, cookies, candies. How wonderfully in love my husband and I are still after nearly 30 years. I love sending Valentines to my grandchildren. Thanks to you and Julie for this nice giveaway and Melissa for orchestrating the whole party! Oh my and thank you to the FQ shop for their huge gift that is up for grabs.

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  29. Oh, definitely all the wonderful chocolate goodies! Especially the chocolate roses.

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  30. I am not a helpless romantic, I am just a romantic, but honestely I don't give much importante to Valentine's day, I prefer to be romantic more spontaneously :)
    Thanks for the giveaway, Ana

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  31. Love your tutorial! Valentine's Day is too commercialized for me, better to do things for loved ones spontaneously.

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  32. I think I am a Valentine grinch. I have never seen the point of the day. I love my family and my husband but can't see the point of having just one day.
    But Happy Valentines Day everyone and I love this pincushion idea. What a great present!!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  33. Great tutorial! My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is Necco candy hearts - they're the first & still the best. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. I'm a follower by email. Thanks for the tutorial & giveaway.

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  35. I am not a Valentines day person. My dh says that he prefers to buy me gifts and show his love any and every day HE chooses...and not one dictated by card companies ;) and as he DOES treat me with love all year long...I am not complaining :)

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  36. My husband is in the hallmark camp with yours. Therefore I need to be too or I have expectations that are way too high! lol. I do like doing something small for my daughter. And there is the possibility I might deliver baby #2 on Valentines this year. That would be bring a whole other level of fun to the holiday!

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  37. Oh, and what a cute idea for a pincushion! It's awesome, cause you can use any type cooking cutter. Thank you!

    I am a new follower.

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  38. I'm a new follower. Adorable tutorial, thanks for sharing!

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  39. A favourite thing about Valentines, even thought it is a Hallmark conspiracy *wink*, is that it's a great excuse to get lots of cherry liqueur chocolates...mmmm...thanks Hallmark!

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  40. I've become a follower - great idea for a pincushion, so many possibilities!

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  41. I love the pincushion Angela!
    I don't like the over commercialisation(??) of valentine's day!

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  42. What a fabulous tutorial! I do agree that Valentines Day is a Hallmark holiday...hubby and I try to show each other year round how much we love each other :-)

    Thank you for the chance to win!

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  43. What a great tut. I love Valentine's Day because it is the day before my son's Birthday! What's not to love?

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  44. I agree with your hubby, but I enjoyed doing small things with the kids when they were small. Great pin cushion. Thanks!

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  45. Yes I'm a cynic! Why should I have to celebrate my love for my husband on that day because 'Hallmark' says so! Load of old nonsense, certainly wouldn't catch me going out for dinner on that night! thanks for a great tutorial!

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  46. I'm a follower too - thanks for the chance to win

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  47. Super cute!!!! I am not a big fan of Valentine's day, but I love hearts!!!! Thank you for the chance

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  48. I have always loved hearts and the hope of love. Thanks for a chance to win!

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  49. My favorite thing about Valentine's? It's an excuse to eat chocolate! Hehe! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  50. Also, I am a follower of your blog.

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  51. Hi! I am a follower!
    Thanks for the great pincushion pattern and the giveaway!
    Take care, Leslie

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  52. Hi!
    Thanks for the great pincushion pattern and the giveaway!
    Me, I am the romantic. Love it ALL!
    Hubby, he is on the Day invented for other people to make money. A very small place in his body for romance! Every once in a while it comes thru!
    Take care, Leslie

    Take care, Leslie

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  53. New follower here. I am so happy to have found your blog. This may be the first pin cushion I make.

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  54. I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. If I said it was because of corporate greed, yadda, yadda, yadda, I would be lying. It is because every year as a young lady, and as young woman, it made me feel bad about myself because I rarely had a Valentine. Even after 12 years with my super husband, I still do not celebrate it with him. I do however make Valentine's a fun, big day for my three little girls.

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  55. My favorite thing of Valentine's Day is the new flavors of chocolate that are introduced.

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  56. I love Valentine's Day but not the commercial aspect of it. I try to use it as a reminder to let the special people in my life know how much they mean to me.

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  57. I'm a happy follower of your blog.

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  58. Terrific tutorial. The descriptions and your step by step photos are very clear. Thank you!

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  59. VERY Cute! I love anything heart shaped & red! :-) Thanks for the tutorial. I love Valentine's Day - it's also our wedding day - and we celebrate 24 years this year! Thanks to all for the giveaway. ;-)

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  60. Oh, and I'm a follower - thanks!

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  61. I like valentines day, the hearts, the flowers and the chocolate!

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  62. Soo cute! I love flowers and hope to receive some on V Day :)

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  63. I'm a follower! Love your blog!

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  64. The only reason I ever liked Valentine's was for the candy. Now it's just another day. I hope that doesn't sound too bad. I don't hate it or anything. I just don't celebrate it.

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  65. I am following your blog. Thanks for sharing the tutorial!

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  66. my favorite part about Valentines Day is buying flowers for my daughters!!

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  67. We don't really celebrate the day anymore. When our children were home we always made the heart sugar cookies. Hmmm, sounds good. Maybe I better break out the cookie cutters again. Thanks for the great giveaway.

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  68. i am a new follower! Love the pincushion!

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  69. Great tutorial and gorgeous project. What I enjoy around Valentines Day is seeing the awesome projects people come up with and share on their blogs. We dont worry about doing anything ourselves.

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  70. Thanks for the tutorial for the cute pincushion. We really don't make a big fuss about Valentine's Day but give small sentiments of love ~ cookies, chocolates ~ to our girls.

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  71. I'm a follower now - love the pincushion idea. What a great way to be able to use the filler and not fight with it as much!

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  72. And for valentines day - I like thinking of good presents. Not just candy and cards.

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  73. I love Valentine's day - my mom always made it special, and about finding time to do something for all the people we love (not just our romantic partners), which made the day a lot less angsty for me as a teen and young adult. Now I hope I can pass that attitude of fun about the day on to my daughter!

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  74. I am a follower of your blog through my google reader.

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  75. Thanks you for the tutorial. I am a follower of yours now.

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  76. My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is the surprise factor. I like to send or give something to someone who doesn't expect it. Sending candy to a friend's child who is away at college might be what I do this year.

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  77. I love those little conversation hearts!!!

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  78. I hate the lines at the grocery store on Valentine's day.

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  79. Wonderful tut!!! thank you!
    sorry, but I'm with yr husband...this is a commercial day, you can show yr love to yr beloved ones everyday and every moment. ;)
    tks fr the chance!


    paulaheredec(at)gmail(dot)com

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  80. I do think it is a made up holiday. But I love the half price chocolate on the 15th. Thanks for your great tute!

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  81. Thanks for the clever tute. I believe I have an old heart cookie cutter I can now put to use. Lord knows I don't need to make cookies. I am now a follower.

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  82. Seems that most of valentines day centers around chocolate. I don't like chocolate and I can't have sugar so it is sort of frustrating to see so much of it.

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  83. I am a follower of your blog. Love this pin cushion.

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  84. I love Valentines day! Children make it and all other holidays extra special. It is a great time to talk about love and you can get creative with decorations and express your love in many inexpensive ways. Sorry, Hallmark.

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  85. Cute pincushion idea! The thing I like most about Valentine's Day is all the colors--pinks & reds and remembering decorating boxes when I was in school.

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  86. Very cool - my son would love to lend a helping hand making these. I am a happy follower!

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  87. I LOVE all the flowers! However, as someone who occasionally buys herself flowers, I tell my husband to buy me flowers the day after - the mark up is just ridiculous.

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  88. My favorite Valentine's memory involves my high school fundraiser selling carnations. An ex-boyfriend gave me a red carnation (red = love), while my current boyfriend only gave me a pink one. I guess the pressure worked, because I have been married to the pink-carnation giver for over 25 years!

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  89. I am a happy follower - one of almost 1000-strong. I'll bet you hit that milestone today! Congrats!!!

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  90. our anniversary is 4 days later, so i love the fact that everyone decorates to show that they recognize how much my husband and i love each other. =) it is easy to buy romantic gifts in february!

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  91. Very cute idea! I love it that you came up with a way to hold those walnut shells and didn't just use stuffing.
    I love that Valentine's Day brightens up winter a bit with all that great red and white. And the fact that there's chocolate involved is always good!

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  92. I'm with your husband ; too much hoopla for just another day !! When I used to work with a large group of mostly women , I would LOVE to admire the flowers that were delivered to work ; and I used to think "hmmmmm; wonder what he did to spend all that money on one of the priciest florist days ! "

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  93. Love the pincushion! I like it that you came up with a way to hold the walnut shells instead of just using stuffing.
    I love Valentine's Day in that it brightens up winter with all that wonderful red and white, and the fact that chocolate is involved is always good!

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  94. How cute! I used my heart cookie cutter last year to make a quilt, so maybe it's time to become a pincushion now.

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  95. I am following you now ! thanks for doing the tutorial and the giveaway !

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  96. Cute tutorial! I love that my honey is always doubly romantic around Valentine's Day. I hate that my birthday is only 2 days before. I always get one combo thing. Never both birthday and Valentine's Day. *pout*

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  97. We don't really do the Valentine's Day thing around our house. We show how much we love each other so much throughout the year that Valentine's day is just another day to us. Plus, hubby is one of those that believe that it was made by someone just to make money. And I really don't need another excuse to buy and eat chocolate. LOL

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  98. This is a very sweet pincushion :-)
    Valentine's Day is not big or important for me, I usually spend the day remembering my late mother, who passed away that day :-)
    Also Valentine is sort of an 'imported' tradition here in DK, so I find it to be rather strange

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  99. Thanks for the giveaway and cute tute! I love Valentines day because I take time to tell the most important people in my life how much I love them. I don't always take time to do that.

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  100. I am a follower!
    Thanks for the opportunity

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  101. V-day doesn't really mean anything to me. It's just my sister's b-day, no more.

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  102. Valentine's brings a smile to my face! I might not think that way if I wasn't so blessed with my family though. I just love the love hah! :) My bday is just a few days before it, so it's like a whole week of celebration!

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  103. I love that it's a day that I can excuse myself from the kids and be all about my husband. :D

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  104. Love the excuse to eat chocolate!! Love your tut!

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  105. I'm already a follower, thanks for the chance!

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  106. I love that it's such a happy day. I definitely try to do something special for my hubby and kids, but as far as gifts and things, we don't do that. We also go out to eat on a different day. It's less crowded, and less expensive!

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  107. OK, I'm a Valentine's Grinch. I just don't think it's romantic to be told to be romantic. But I do love all the chocolate in the stores! And it's all on sale the day after!

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  108. I am not a fan of valentine's day. My husband and I choose to skip it and go a little bigger for our anniversary in March... it allows us to save money too!

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  109. Love this tutorial - I am not the biggest fan of Valentine's Day - but I think any excuse to have a fun time and tell people you care about them is a good one!

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  110. Great tutorial with easy to follow instructions. Thanks. I enjoy valentine's day because of the decorations. SOmething different in the cold winter.

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  111. Valentine's Day is a family day at our house. My husband and I do our date night a few days before or after when the restaurants aren't so crowded. I enjoy teaching my kids that the day is a reminder to love each other.

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  112. I also follow you through Google Reader!

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  113. I'm not a huge fan of Valentine's Day, mostly I enjoy making it a little special for my family with a nice desert or something. :)

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  114. Valentine's Day always brought such excitement and thrills. Mom would always make a new heart shaped tote for me to carry my valentine's to school and cheerfully bring home the new ones from my friends. Today, I am making a heart shaped tote for my granddaughter. I hope she enjoys hers as much as I enjoyed mine!

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  115. I love when my son comes home with all his valentines and candy. It's more of a fun day for the kids to me.

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  116. What a lovely idea to use the cookie cutters. Don't think so much of romance for Valentine's Day as a day to tell the grandkids I especiallyl love them!

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  117. I have never been one for Valentine's day but I do love the chocolate - especially the really, really good kind that one would only buy now and at Christmas, yum. Thank you!

    sandyb720@gmail.com

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  118. I am a follower of your blog on reader, really :)

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  119. I am not a Valentines Day romantic. My husband always remembers it though! thanks for the cute tutorial!

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  120. I love making sugar cookies with the kids. It's fun to see their excitement and happiness :)

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  121. I follow your blog also! thanks again!

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  122. I must admit that I've never been a fan of Valentine's Day. And I swear that's not just sour grapes because I'm single at the moment. :) It's just always felt so disingenuous to me to buy flowers or candy or whatever for someone because you're SUPPOSED to. I would rather be given an inexpensive and thoughtful gift on a random day that a million-dollar diamond on Valentine's Day.

    I love your tutorial, though! So cute! And so easy to do with any cookie cutter that strikes your fancy!

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  123. My least favorite thing is how commercial it is!

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  124. Very smart use of a cookie cutter! My favorite thing about Valentine's Day is eating sweets. not much into flowers, but chocolate...yes please. :)

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  125. can't have enough pincushins. Great tutorial on this one. Thank you.

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  126. We don't do valentine's really - My husband is with yours - a way for card-makers and florists to make money!
    Thanks for the tutorial

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  127. My favorite thing about V-day is the chocolate! Cute tutorial!

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  128. Fave thing about valentine's day is the chocolate. :)

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  129. I follow your blog via google reader.

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  130. Love all the chocolate that comes out at that time :)

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  131. Ugh. I am NOT a fan of Valentine's Day. But I AM a fan of half off chocolate boxes the day after! :)

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  132. My favorite and least favorite thing about Valentines is the chocolate. I dont need another excuse to buy chocolate! I always loved making Valentines and when my kids were younger I loved making candy for them, ringing the doorbell, running around to the back door, and acting surprised, but I got to hate the expectation that my husband would buy me something special and then being so upset when he didn't! Hadn't thought about it but I have grandkids here and I could make stuff for them, ring doorbells and run away again. Thanks for reminding me! Cute pincushion and seems pretty easy. Thanks.

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  133. I like getting chocolate at a huge discount a couple days later :)
    ourbusylittlebunch(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  134. Okay, I admit it. I'm irritated by the fact that you HAVE to do something on Valentines Day. I prefer my little loving gifts to be given (and received) randomly, when the emotion comes out honest and true and not just because Hallmark (or whoever) says you must. I'm a Valentines Day version of the Grinch! LOL (I do love all the little hearts and flowers everywhere though! So Valentines does have it's good points!)
    - sunshdws at yahoo dot com

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  135. I admit to being a lover of Valentine's Day -even if it is commercialized and, as my husband puts it, completely unnecessary. Whatever. I like any day that involves me showered in love! I don't really get excited about it anymore since I married such anti-commercial holiday prude, but I used to LOVE getting flowers at work :)

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  136. I love the extra attention.
    (And I hope this isn't a second post. I tried and think I failed once.)

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  137. I love Valentine's Day but my husband and I don't do the huge celebration each year as we did when we had just met and got married. There are two reasons for that though and one is probably my fault because my biggest pet peeve about Valentine's Day is that he can spend $50 for roses for me and for the exact same roses he could have bought the day before for about $10. I think it's horrible that florists boost the price on roses and other flowers for that one day. And then all those poor men are forced to buy them or they are in trouble by some of their women. Me? I TOLD him to not buy me roses on Valentine's Day because I hate the fact they raise the prices so much for something that will die in such a short period of time. So yea, I can blame myself for that one. The second reason though we don't celebrate much is that I don't need to because I'm one of those very lucky women who are treated like a queen and totally spoiled every single day of my life. He cooks and cleans and does laundry and does SO many things that I don't need him to dote on my even more for Valentine's Day too. Do I love getting dressed up and going out? Yes, I LOVE it BUT, not on that day when just like the florists, the restaurants charge higher prices as well.

    Ooh I sound bitter a bit but I don't blame Hallmark. I think all the places that boost prices are horrible for doing that to our men because those poor guys want to spoil us on the day they feel we expect them to but it costs them an arm and a leg to do so. I just don't NEED it on that one day.

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  138. OOh I got so sidetracked answering your question (and much more than your question with my long winded replies I often do ha) that I forgot to say thank you for such a cute tutorial. Great job.

    And I am already a follower as well.

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  139. Oh, my goodness!! I love this tutorial so much!!! Thank you!!!!!

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  140. I'm not a big fan of Valentine's Day. It's a happy day for those that have a significant other, but such a sad day for those that are alone. Even at the grade school level I remember it being a big competition to see who got the most valentines. I do however like heart projects!

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  141. My favorite thing is all of the candy:)

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  142. I really don't like how crowded the restaurants get so we end up celebrating a week later. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  143. HAPPILY FOLLOWING YOU!
    I THINK IT'S KINDA NEAT TO DWELL UPON HEARTS,SHARING AND LOVE ON A SPECIAL DAY ♥

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  144. I always look forward to Valentine's Day and love the decorations...mostly table runners and accents for the house.

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  145. Really cute and useful tutorial. I am printing it right now!

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  146. Love your pincushion! I'm really not bothered about Valentine's, but it's not a big deal over here, it's just about your partner, not all your family and friends. I could quite easily take it or leave it, my wedding anniversary is far more special.

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  147. I think my husband's attitude has rubbed off on me. It's fun to think of it as a special day and usually exchange cards, but we don't get all sweet about it anymore. Sad isn't it?

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  148. Thanks for the tutorial. It's a cute idea. I'm a follower.

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  149. Love the chocolate and hate the cards!

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  150. Although we are retired V-day is special around here! Chocolates and a bottle of bubbly <3

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  151. cute tutorial - I could see these in all sorts of fun holiday shaped cookie cutters. i like seeing all the cute ideas for Valentine's for kids and such.

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  152. Chocolate and daisy are for me. Thanks for the cute idea

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  153. We give to the gkids on Valentines Day but we've been married 33 years and already know we love each other. Just a quiet dinner at home is fine with us!

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  154. I think my favorite thing would have to be Russel Stover's caramel hearts, which oddly enough have been difficult to find in recent years. It seams they have marshmallow, strawberry, peanut butter, etc. Everything but. That makes it all the more exciting when I find them though.

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  155. Way too cute. Great little gift for my sewing buddies.

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  156. what a great idea. thanks for sharing

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  157. I am a hopeless romantic! Love the tutorial, thanks!

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  158. Very cute pincushion.

    I'm not really into Valentine's day due to the distinct lack of Valentines lol Oh well...

    Thanks for the chance to win :o)

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  159. Your puncshion is adorable! not too into the day but it is nice to go to dinner we usually pick an everyday-type restaurant.thanks!

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  160. Great tutorial - thanks for sharing.

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