The Finger Pincushions Rick and Cheri Hage produce in their home may be tiny enough to fit inside a small antique cupboard in their living room, but they have made a big ripple in the sewing community. Inside this cupboard are supplies they need to create those tiny Finger Pincushions, including their current inventory of more than 2,000.
Their Finger Pincushions have a smooth wood base with a mini print cushion and coordinating colored elastic. They are convenient for home sewing or classes as well as portable for minor repairs away from home. These small notions are enjoyed by Quilters across the United States into Alaska and Canada.
What began as a craft for the Hages has grown into a cottage industry that has even found an audience “across the pond” in Ireland, Scotland and other places in the UK.
Together, Rick and Cheri combined their talents to create, produce, pack and ship their Finger Pincushions from their Goshen home.
They stand out in fabric stores where they go around making the “OK” sign with their fingers, holding it up to different fabrics as they search for appropriately sized mini prints. Cheri laughed as they related the many store clerks approaching them with offers of help as they searched.
“It looks odd, but the “OK” circle is about the size of the finished cushion; this allows us to see what prints will fit.”
Their Finger Pincushions can be found locally at the Essenhaus Quilt Shop. A shop manager discovered their product while attending a school bazaar that Cheri was participating in over twenty years ago.
“She told me to come to the shop the next day so she could purchase some,” Cheri shared.
The pincushions have been a product there ever since.
When asked what makes their product cool, Cheri said, “I think it’s important that you don’t discount something that is so small. For the sewing community, this small tool really helps them and can make a big impact on what they are creating. They are a cool, useful notion with a big cuteness factor built in.”
Rick and Cheri have been working together, creating and selling “oodles” of pincushions for over 15 years –
Rick and Cheri live with their family and slightly-
“I think it’s important that you don’t discount something that is so small. For the sewing community, this small tool really helps them and can make a big impact on what they are creating. They are a cool, useful notion with a big cuteness factor built in.”