Tuesday, March 16, 2010

How to Make Your Own "Very Tiny Pincushion"

Hello, friends. The rain and wind have stopped and the sun is out in New Hampshire. Hooray!

I had a request to post directions for my "Very Tiny Pincushion" project. In case you missed it the first time, you can see the pincushion here.

Nutfield Weaver's Very Tiny Pincushion

6" square cotton fabric
sewing thread
sewing needle
wool roving or polyester fiberfill
a nice button, at least 3/4" in diameter

1. Trace a circle on a piece of paper (I used an old CD!). Cut out the circle.

2. Pin your pattern to your fabric and cut it out, too.

3. Using a generous amount of sewing thread, thread your needle. Knot one end. Using a running stitch, sew around the entire perimeter of the circle. Use about 6 stitches per inch. Don't knot the end, though.

4. Gently pull/gather the beginning and end of the thread together to draw the fabric in. Leave a small opening. Don't knot anything yet.

5. Stuff the pincushion with wool roving or polyester fiberfill or, if you're running low on supplies, cotton balls!

6. Pull your threads together to cinch the top of the pincushion. Take a couple of stitches to hold the opening together. Now you can knot the ends.

7. Cover the hole in the top of the pincushion using a spiffy button. I have a collection of nice vintage buttons from my grandmother. Just make sure your button is generously sized, so as to disguise your threads and pincushion fluff. Sew on your button well.

8. You're done! Find some pins and put them in your Very Tiny Pincushion!

If you make yourself one of these little pincushions, by all means send me a picture and we'll share all of our lovely creations here on the blog.

My boys will be home soon, so it is time to sign off for now! And it seems like a good day for a short run outside.
Be well, Kate :)

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