Sunday, October 17, 2010

A simple gift tutorial!

Today I'm sharing another very simple tutorial for Christmas gift giving. 
Did you find yourself a pretty saucer??
I bought mine for 10c at the op shop. It's blue and white spots, a perfect match for the blue and white pindot fabric scrap I've been saving!
Using your saucer as a guide, draw a circle onto the back of a piece of complimenting fabric, making sure you still have enough fabric around the circle for a 1/4 inch seam.
Fuse a piece of Whisperweft to the reverse of the circle, and add some applique or embroidery to the centre of the circle. Cut out the circle 1/4 inch outside the drawn line. 
I used a flower shape from another project I am making, then added some backstitch and cross-stitches. 
Cut another circle the same size from your fabric (or a piece of solid cream or white homespun), and hand sew a gathering stitch just inside the edge.
Fill the inside with polyester toy filling or something similar...
Draw the gather in tightly and secure the thread, but leave a bit of an opening as I have done.
Hand sew a gathering thread around the outer edge of your appliqued circle and place the stuffed circle inside...
Pull the gather in tightly, but again, leave an opening just slightly smaller than last time.
You will have a 'ball' like this...
Using a hot glue gun, position in place onto the centre of your saucer.
Take some red fabric and make a tie. Wrap this around the bottom of the pincushion.
Add some gorgeous pins (mine are from Pincess Pins HERE) and you have a beautifully simple gift!!
 The saucer keeps the pin cushion stable, whilst also allowing you room to rest your embroidery scissors and threads!
If you make one of your own be sure to send me a photo, or leave a comment with a link to your blog post! :-)
Enjoy your Sunday,


  1. What a great idea to make, Jenny! It would make a perfect gift.

  2. You are the best. I love both these projects. Thank you.

  3. My dear you are brilliant! This is wonderful - I love that there's extra room around to set your scissors and sewing bits. Brilliant!

  4. How cute! You have so many great ideas. I just downloaded your Christmas off of Gum Trees. I want to do them all.

  5. Wondeful! I like the red with the cyne: it make a beautiful contrast, and I like the best the perfection of the sewing...

  6. Totally agree with everyone, you are amazing both of these designs...

  7. What a clever idea, I like that you said you can set your small scissors on it. I am the worst at always laying them down and having to get up and search all over because they fell somewhere.

    Wonderful idea:)

    Ann Flowers

  8. Hi Jenny, I just ordered my pins to do the pincushion tutorial, I love the lovely Pincesses.
    Love Jillxx

  9. Wonderful gift ideas! Thanks Jenny!

  10. Thank you for the lovely design, you've got a special talent and thanks for sharing it with us. God Bless!!

  11. What a fun sunhat pin cushion design = pretty and practical.

  12. Jenny, I love that.. I will never look at a saucer again without thinking of your idea.........

  13. What a great creative mind! Thanks for sharing it.

  14. Hola, Jenny!!! Muchas Gracias! Por el patrón gratuito de hoy! Es PRECIOSO! Y con los mejores deseos del mundo! Gracias también por las otras ideas de uso y por el regalo alfiletero que ha enseñado aquí! Un fuerte abrazo! Muchos BESOTES!!!

  15. What a sweet pincushion! Thanks for another great idea Jenny! :0)

  16. Thank you so much for your project on Gum Trees as well as you tutorial. Both are lovely!

  17. Great idea for a pincushion! Love the embroidery freebie at Gum Trees. Thank you for all you do and share. NancyB in AZ

  18. Great giftie idea! So cute and very handy for the sewing room!

  19. you never cease to amaze me with your creativity my lovely!!!! Just beautiful....
    Love and big sugary hugs
    XXX Wendy :O)

  20. I love it! I will have to make them all! You inspire me so! Hope all is well. Take care.
    carla louise

  21. omg this is brilliant , i have a bunch of saucers and was trying to find something to do with them as the cups are either brokien or mia , thanks so much for thinkin this up , you are Brilliant Jenny


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