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Handmade Salt Cellar Pincushion

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Handmade Salt Cellar Pincushion

Prior to the introduction of free-flowing table salt (and therefore salt shakers), salt cellars were used to hold and dispense salt at the table. Varying greatly in size, material and design, salt cellars are now collectible items.

My Mom recently started making these adorable pincushions out of individual-sized antique glass salt cellars. This is the one I was luckily enough to snag over the holidays. It’s super tiny: Each side of the glass square base is only 1.5″ and the cushion itself is only an inch across, which means the cherries on the fabric are TEENSY!

Unfortunately, I don’t have step-by-step instructions yet; Mom is going to teach me in person when she visits this summer. Until then, I’ll be on the lookout for:
* small glass salt cellars at antique/thrift/vintage stores, estate & yard sales, etc.
* 100% cotton fabrics which feature tiny prints & patterns
* decorative straight pins, beads, and mini buttons which match the fabric colors

This is a great example of repurposing, and makes a cute gift for fellow crafters!