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Pincushion Craft Projects for the Needleless

DIY Growth Charts, Wall Art, and Pillows

pincushion crafts!

Let’s be clear. We don’t own a sewing kit. The last time we put a button on anything was in Ms. Weaver’s home-ec class in seventh grade. (We got an S for … satisfactory.)

Sew what, you ask? Well, it turns out having crayons and glue sticks around the house has put a bee in our creative bonnet.

Which is why we’re buzzing about Pincushion, an online purveyor of premium heirloom craft kits that require little to no talent but will convince even your mom you have oodles.

Choose from growth charts (animals, butterflies, a selection by Alexander Girard), wall art (birth announcements, graphic family trees), and pillows (a lion, butterfly, or hedgehog). Each project starts with a personalization pack of cutouts, embroidery floss, a needle, and detailed instructions to help you turn an already adorable piece into something truly treasured.

In fact, we think slight imperfections give the items a memorable backstory. And that’s not just a notion.

Available online at pincushiononline.com, $25-$135.

this week in boston!
SHOP
Polarn O. Pyret Sample Sale

What: Togs ($2-$89) for tykes from the Swedish line and some for mommies, too.
Why: Watch how fast Miss Fancy-Pants wiggles into a pair of Pippi tights.
When: Fri., 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: Scandinavian Living Center, 206 Waltham St., Nordic Hall, West Newton (617-527-6566). Info at 203-612-5406.

SEARCH
Easter Egg Hunt
What: Take a basket and fill it with treasure eggs.
Why: Peacocks, ducks, and rabbits.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-3 p.m. (Also Apr. 16, 17 & 23).
Where: Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary, 37 Eddy St., Norton (508-285-6451). Adults and children, $7.

LISTEN
Nature Story Time

What: Hear books and poems related to current exhibits (ages 6 and under).
Why: Meander through The Language of Color to see wildlife’s vivid hues.
When: Ongoing. Sat. & Sun., 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Where: Harvard Museum of Natural History, 26 Oxford St., Cambridge (617-495-3045). Adults, $9; children, $6; under 3, free.

Photo: Courtesy of Pincushion

LOCATIONS
Scandanavian Living Center
206 Waltham St
Nordic Hall
Newton, MA 02465
Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary
37 Eddy St
Norton, MA 02766
508-285-6451
26 Oxford St
Cambridge, MA 02138
617-495-3045
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