Last week I set out to make a crochet pincushion for my friend Johanna who has recently started to sew. I decided to make an amigurumi pincushion modeled after the old classic tomato and strawberry pincushion my mom used to have on her sewing table. If you'd like to make this crocheted tomato and strawberry pincushion you can download the free pattern here:
For this pattern you can either stuff your pincushions with fiberfill or use the pattern to "cover" an existing tomato and strawberry pincushion made by Dritz. The advantage of covering a Dritz pincushion is that the Dritz version has sawdust in the tomato (giving the pincushion a nice weight) and emery in the strawberry (to sharpen your pins!!). The Dritz pincushion costs around $1.50 and can be purchased online or at your local fabric store.
I LOVE the way this pincushion turned out. In fact, I made another one for myself last night.
I hope you enjoy the pattern!
NOTE: A couple of people have written to me asking how to do the "magic ring" to start the project. Here is a link to one of Planet June's blog entries that has directions and step by step photos to teach you how to make a magic ring. Of course, if you prefer, you can always start the project the traditional way of chaining 2, then making 6 sc (or however many sc you need) in the second chain from the hook.