Tuesday, January 26, 2016
I am getting a little stir crazy, jumping from project to project. I just finished a quilt I really love but can't show it to you because it is for a challenge in March. As I was cleaning up the scraps I decided to make a quick pincushion
Making one is not exactly hard but I found a couple of tips that can make it easier for you. First start with you choice of fabric or quilt "top". These squares are 1" finished, the pincushion will be 4" when sewn together.
Take the time to make it cute and press well.
At this point you can do one of two things......you can quilt it, I would recommend a very thin batting. You can take some lightweight fusible interfacing and fuse it to the wrong side of your top. I feel like it just makes the top nice and gives it a little body. If you use crushed walnut shells the dust does not migrate out.
Cut out your back fabric 4 1/2" and press well with a little starch or Mary Ellen's Best Press.
Sew a 1/4" all the way around leaving an opening at the bottom. Mine was a 2" wide opening. Next clip the corners as shown in the photo. Be careful not to go through the stitching. This eliminates a lot of the bulk in the corners and makes the points sharper.
Before you turn it right side out, Draw a line with a fine tip pencil on the edge that you left open for turning.
Finger press it on that line and then press well with the iron. Do both sides.
Turn it rightside out and press well. The opening is now in perfect alignment with your sewn edges. You won't get that uneven edge, that drives me crazy! I use a diagonal stitch with a matching thread and take the smallest stitch possible that will keep it together.
I use crushed walnut shells that you can find in the pet supply store where they keep the reptile supplies. It gives it a nice weight but you could also use fiber filling as well.
I have now been in the house for 4 days now except for Sunday night when I went to the ER because I slipped on the ice and thought I broke my wrist. Thank goodness I didn't but it is a bad sprain and has limited my activities a bit. Just today the snow behind my car was plowed out. You know the story, the cobbler's children don't have any shoes!