Remember the free redwork heart design I shared yesterday? Tonight I used it to make a pretty frilled pincushion!
All these hours spent waiting for Blossom to come home from the dance (still another 30 minutes before she arrives home), and I just had to keep my fingers busy so I thought I'd play around with an idea...and I even remembered to take photos along the way so you could make one too if you wanted.
First of all stitch the design into the centre of a 5 inch charm square that has fusible Pellon (or similar) on the back. I've used some of my Rouenneries charm pack for this project. Fuse some Pellon to the back of another charm square.
Use a CD to trace a circle around the stitchery, then trace a circle into the centre of the other charm square.
Cut out along the lines of the circle.
Take a 1 1/2 "wide strip of contrasting fabric about 40" long (a honey bun roll length would be perfect) and press it in half lengthwise.
Use a large running stitch along the raw edge of the strip and gather it.
Pin around the outside of the circle and using a running stitch secure it in place.
When you are satisfied with the placement of the ruffle machine sew it down 1/4 inch in from the edge.
Press with an iron to flatten it slightly.
Lay the two circles, right side facing, on top of each other and machine stitch together with a 1/4 inch seam around - but be sure to leave a 2 inch opening for turning out. Cut small notches around the edge to help the circular cushion to sit flat when it is turned out.
Pull the pincushion right side out, and stuff with polyester fibre-fill, or whatever you like to use for pincushions. (You could also fill with lavender or pot pourri for a pretty drawer sachet)
Slip stitch the opening closed, and voila! You have a pretty little cushion for pins.
Only 5 minutes and she is home!
I'd best get the camera and take a photo...can you believe I was so nervous when she was leaving that I forgot to take a photo??!!
If you make this pincushion let me know. I'd love to see your photo!