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Craft Project: Double Duty Pin Cushion

This pretty pin cushion will keep mother's pins sharp and handy while at the same time giving off a subtle scent. When she wants she can change the bar to another scent and use the last one for bathing. Great for teachers gifts or any woman who sews.

Approximate Time: 10 minutes


  • 1 bar of scented or unscented soap
  • scrap of fabric
  • 12 inches of 1/2 inch matching ribbon
  • needle and strong thread
  • tacky glue optional
  • pins
  • scissors
  • tape measure


  1. Remove the wrapper from the bar of soap. Measure around the bar and add 1/2 inch. Tear a strip of fabric that length by 1/2 inch narrower than the bar. Wrap around the bar folding under 1/4"; glue to the opposite end.

  2. Fold one end of your ribbon under then make a running stitch along one edge, pull your thread to tightly gather the ribbon. Take a few stitches to hold your gathers and arrange your flower at one corner of the fabric; either stitch or glue it in place.

  3. Add a few pins and a perhaps a note when you are done.

Here are a a couple of poems you might want to attach.

Once when I was but your little girl
You took the time to teach me to sew.
Now that I am a Mother with a girl to teach
Where you got your patience I do not know.

Many, many years ago when I was but a girl
You took the time to teach me to sew.
Knowing what kind of child I was back then
Where you found the patience I do not know.

By Ann from Loup City, NE


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May 4, 20110 found this helpful

This would make a great project for a Girl Scout troup! Love it!

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