Last year, as I trawled the Pinterest boards, I came across lots of wonderful examples of "up-cycled" crafts. For those who haven't heard the term before, "up-cycling" means taking an item that would otherwise be thrown away and turning it into something of higher value. Although I'm not sure these pincushions are of a higher monetary value, I do think they look prettier than when I started.
I used fabric, ribbons, trims, beads and embroidery cotton to transform unwanted egg cups and little jugs into pretty pin cushions. I've also seen these done with children's toy cards, baby shoes and garden items!