Pincushion instructions…

You will need bits of an old pair of jeans, a sharp pair of scissors, pins, some bright & cheery fabric snippets and a sewing machine. A zigzag machine would be best, but you could hand-sew round seams with blanket stitch to secure straight-stitch seams.

Cut round two matching templates

Cut round two matching templates

Cut two matching shapes around a simple template that’s somewhere between 3″ (7.5cm) – 5″ (12cm) high. I’ve used an owl but any fairly uncluttered shape will work – a plain circle or rectangle’s fine!
DSCF1409

Cut a tie that’s about 12″ (30cm) – 16″ (40cm) long; I’ve used the side-seam of some jeans, but ribbon or bias binding would work – anything longish & reasonably strong. Then mark dots either side of this tie towards the top & bottom of your back template.

Buttonhole around the tie slits, then cut through

Buttonhole around the tie slits, then cut through

 Zigzag from one dot to the other, around the dot & back down the other side & around that dot, like a buttonhole, leaving a slit clear of the stitches. Then cut through that slit.
Cut out decorations for front & applique on with zigzag stitches, if appropriate

Cut out decorations for front & applique on with zigzag stitches, if appropriate

 Cut out & appliqué on any decorations you have chosen – or add beading, or any other embellishments, leaving room for the pins!

Zigzag front & back together, leaving a hole for stuffing, and insert tie through back slits

Zigzag front & back together, leaving a hole for stuffing, and insert tie through back slits

 Zigzag the front & back shapes together thoroughly, leaving a hole somewhere to insert stuffing through – my owl’s tail is the obvious place! Then insert your tie.

Stuff with something appropriate, working into corners with a knitting needle

Stuff with something appropriate, working into corners with a knitting needle

 Stuff with something; I’ve used washed sheep’s wool, but cut-up old tights, cotton wool or anything pins will slide through will work.

Zigzag over opening to seal

Zigzag over opening to seal

 Zigzag over opening to seal the stuffing in.

Tie onto your machine & decorate with pins!

Tie onto your machine & decorate with pins!

 Tie onto your sewing machine, admire & use!

You can vary this idea to make pincushion bracelets for hand-sewing; use a slightly smaller template, and thick elastic instead of a tie. You’ll need to stitch the ends of the elastic after insertion to make a bracelet.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


%d bloggers like this: