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A Fun Cottagecore Craft

Updated: Oct 14, 2023

Almost every time I am at the thrift store I see lone sugar bowls and other small covered dishes. Some of them are quite beautiful and I always think what a shame it is that I really don't need another sugar bowl. I recently found a small French onion soup dish in the pattern that my mother collects and I thought it would be fun to repurpose this little dish into something that she could use.

What I came up with was to turn the dish into a small sewing kit. How often are you in need of a safety pin, a small pair of shears, or a needle and thread?

The first step was to create a pin cushion inside of the lid. I cut out a cardboard circle the size of the inner rim of the lid. This will serve as the base of the pin cushion.

Next I cut a circle of fabric about three times larger than the cardboard circle. I used a pillowcase I purchased at the Goodwill bins for about fifty cents. You could use any fabric you have lying around or even repurpose an old shirt or other fabric item. I put a running stitch around the fabric about an inch and a half from the outside edge. This will be gathered up around batting to form the pin cushion.

Next place a handful of batting on the fabric circle and put the cardboard on top of that. Draw up the thread to cinch everything tightly together. Finally, tie off the thread to finish the pin cushion.

Run a bead of hot glue around the inside edge of the lid.

Place the pincushion on the glue and allow to dry. Ensure that the lid still fits on the dish.

The last step is to fill the dish with sewing notions. I am collecting vintage and modern notions to fill the sewing kit I am making for my mother. It will make a great Christmas gift for her! I hope you give this fun and easy craft project a try. If you do, please let me know how it turns out!

Here is a video detailing the whole project as well as my Fall Home Tour.


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