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Posted on: 12/15/02 3:14 PM
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Use leather or suede to make your own pin pocket. Once commonly available in France, but now harder and harder to find, this item is indispensible for those who do a lot of draping or fitting.

This has to be made with leather or suede or the pins will poke through and you will not be happy!

Cut a square 6" wide by 5 1/2" long for the back of the pocket.

Cut another piece for the top 1 1/2" shorter for the front. Keep the same width as the back at the bottom, but add an inch to the top width gradually from the bottom.

Lay the top over the bottom, there should be a slight billow at the top edge so the hand can go easily into the pocket.

Now round the corners at the bottom of both layers. This makes it more 'hand shaped' and pins don't get lost in the corners.

Scoop the top edge of the top layer a little from 'nothing' at the sides to about 1/2" at the center. This also makes it easier for quick access.

Stitch the two layers together around the outside edge. I used a zigzag, but it's not required, a straight stitch will do.

Now cut 4 holes along the top back about 1/2" down from the edge. Start at 1/2' in from the sides and add 2 more spaced evenly in the middle. I just made an 'x' with the tip of my scissors, that works fine.

Use a heavy cord or ribbon, or make your own tie, to pass in and out of the holes. Cut the cord long enough to tie around your waist.

Fill your pocket with pins, tie around your waist. Now you will never look for your pin cushion again. It holds more than those things you put on your wrist, and also leaves you with one hand always free. I'm always patting at my waist, looking for my pins, even when I forgot to put my pocket on. Put your tape measure around your neck and you're ready to go.

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Lisa Laree said... (1/6/03 1:27 AM) Reply
This sounds neat, Georgene; I'm going to have to keep my eyes open for a bit of leather to try it! Since I've never sewn on leather, it will be a good simple first project. Thanks for sharing it!
Georgene said... (12/19/02 0:08 AM) Reply
Once in a while, sure, but you sort pat your hand into the pocket and can scoop up several at a time if needed. It's really speedy, and you can unpin and put away into the pocket even faster.
Kim Winson said... (12/18/02 8:02 PM) Reply
Georgene--It sounds like a great idea, but do you ever get jabbed in the finger by one of the pins? Kim
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