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 philadelphia!
Mount Airy Kids’ Literary Festival
What: Authors drop by for readings, plus book-making crafts, and a cooking demo.
Why: The Butt Book sets off the giggles, no matter how sophisticated your little literati.
When: Thurs.-Sun. Schedule online at bigbluemarblebooks.com.
Where: Big Blue Marble Bookstore, 551 Carpenter Ln. (215-844-1870). Participation is free.

Easter Egg Hunt

What: Decorate a bag, and then fill it with eggs scattered throughout Le Virtu’s garden.
Why: A visit from the floppy-eared fellow, of course.
When: Sat. Ages 4 and under, 11 a.m.; ages 5-7, noon; ages 8-10, 1 p.m.
Where: 1927 E. Passyunk Ave. Info at 215-336-1455. Participation is free.

Philadelphia International Children’s Festival
A lineup of shows that’ll have young theater-goers glued to their seats.
Why: The clever ScrapArtsMusic coaxes melodies out of salvaged junk.
When: Thurs.-Sat.
Where: Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. Tickets at 215-898-3900 or online at annenbergcenter.org. Adults and children, $10-$15.

Photo: Courtesy of Pincushion

1927 E Passyunk Ave
bt Mifflin & McKean Sts
Philadelphia, PA 19148
3680 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19104
551 Carpenter Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19119