Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Mod Podge Rocks Book Giveaway + Pincushion Tutorial

Get excited! Today I'm hosting a giveaway of the brand new book Mod Podge Rocks by Amy Anderson, the crafty lady behind the blog of the same name. It's full of over forty fun and inspiring projects involving Mod Podge, all with thorough instructions and big beautiful pictures.

One of my favorites is a vintage suitcase made over with Mod Podge and fabric.

To win a copy of this book, all you have to do is leave a comment on the post! The giveaway will be open for a week. It'll close on Wednesday July 4th at midnight Pacific time. After that I'll randomly select a winner. Make sure that your contact info is either in your clickable profile or, if not, in your comment.

In honor of this giveaway I thought I'd bust out my own little Mod Podge project. I decided to recover a magnetic pincushion with fabric.

Despite how useful they are, I find magnetic pincushions to be depressing. They remind me of some sort of sad piece of medical equipment. Or maybe the gross retainer case I had in high school. I don't know why, it's something about the combination of plastic and pastel colors. Even though I bought one that's hot pink I still wasn't really a fan.

Enter Mod Podge and one of my favorite fabrics ever, this Japanese panda double gauze that I used to make a shirt a few weeks ago. This fabric makes me so happy. The colors remind me of vintage sheets. And I mean, the pandas. JUST LOOK AT THE PANDAS.

This is a quick and easy project! All you need is a fabric scrap, magnetic pincushion, Mod Podge, felt, brush and hot glue gun. [I know there's a special formula of Mod Podge specifically for fabric, but I didn't have any, so I just used Mod Podge matte.]

First cut a circle of fabric big enough to wrap all the way around your pincushion. Mine had about 2" of clearance all the way around.

Cover the top of the pincushion with Mod Podge.

Press your fabric circle on top, trying your best to center it.

Turn the pincushion over. Brush Mod Podge around the sides and bottom edges.

Wrap the fabric up and around the bottom of the pincushion, distributing tucks and gathers evenly.

At this point I brushed some Mod Podge over the edges of the fabric to get them to stick down and seal them in.

Let the Mod Podge dry a little, then trace the pincushion bottom on a piece of felt. Cut out a circle that's slightly smaller than the one you traced.

Hot glue it to the bottom of the pincushion to cover the edges of the fabric.

And there you go! Much less depressing magnetic pincushion!


  1. Super awesome! Pretty pincushion.

  2. oh, super cute!! I didn't even know the magnetic ones existed! :)


    1. you should get one! they're so useful if you drop your pins, or if you're like me and toss pins aside willy nilly as you sew, the pins just fly right to the pincushion and stick.

    2. Haha yeah and then they end up in my husband's poor foot

  3. i love that panda fabric. good find!

  4. This looks great! I've never seen a magnetic pin cushion either.

  5. Thanks for the delightful review. You are amazing! And I love that pincushion!

  6. What a cute idea! I need to find a magnetic pin cushion now! senoramuertos at gmail dot com

  7. I've had a love affair with Mod Podge for quite some time - how great that there is a whole book of Mod Podgy crafts!

    Your pincushion turned out soo cute. I love the pandas!

  8. can one have enough pin cushions, esecially when handmade to one extent or another? I didn't think so either. thank you for sharing your crafty goodness and this Modge Podge give away! writeasweetlittlelife (at) gmail.com

  9. Brilliant idea! I've got two magnetic pin cushions, and while the color never bothered me, they do get a bit scratched up by the pins. This is such a fun way to make them spiffy again. I bet that book is full of similarly amazing ideas!

  10. I've been stuck (ha!) with my tomato pincushions for years, a habit I picked up from my mother apparently. :) Might need to give this a go if I can find a magnetic pincushion!

    Mod Podge has a special place in my heart (and my craft cabinet), as I've got a drawer dedicated just to craft adhesives. This book is the only thing Mod Podge I don't have...yet!



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