Tuesday, November 1, 2016

TUTORIAL - the sweetly bound pincushion...

It's quite easy to make a pincushion like the one I showed you yesterday. 

First of all, choose a stitchery, then border it all around with a complimenting fabric the way I did with this month's Postcard's block ...

...OR perhaps feature your embroidered block to one side and fabric to the other as I did with my Spring Bouquet Pincushion.

However you choose to display or border your stitchery, or even if you plan to use a small patchwork block, the simple pincushion tutorial I'm about to share with you will work for any size project you want to make because the steps are all the same. You can tweak them to suit your needs!

I'll show you how I made Spring Bouquet, okay?

I began by making the back of the pincushion. 

Do this by laying two same sized pieces of fabric right sides together. You're going to sew the two pieces together across one side, but you will need to leave a 3 inch opening in the middle. 

My pincushion is rectangular so the side I'm sewing is a long side. If you were making a square pincushion it could be any of the sides.

I've placed two pins in position to guide my "no go zone', and sewn a 1/4" seam either side of it.

Once stitched, I pressed the seam open.

A piece of the same fabric as I used to make the back of the pincushion was sewn down the right hand side of my stitchery to create the front of my pincushion.

I placed the pincushion front onto some scrap cotton quilt wadding and machined quilted 1/4" outside the seam line...

Next step was to trim the back of the pincushion to the same size as my pincushion front, then pin them together, right sides facing.

Sew around all four sides with a 1/4" seam, and trim away the excess quilt wadding.

Turn right side out, pushing out the corners with a rounded tool, such as large knitting needle or chopstick.

At this point you could choose to stuff your pincushion, stitch the opening closed and be done!

And that's what my plan was at first.
BUT...I love binding.

So I made a length of quilt binding and sewed it all around...

...turned it to the back and slipped stitch in place.

Then I stuffed my pincushion.

And ladder stitched the opening closed.

A satisfied sigh followed soon after.

I'll share another pincushion pattern with you in a day or two, but let me leave you with something special before I sign off now.

I spent the morning with Cully May today.
She's 3 months old this week and she melts my Nana-heart.



Ondrea said...

How cute and what beautiful eyes Cully May has. I hope that Blossom is well. Angel Hugs.

Karen B. said...

Dear Jenny,
love your pincushions and love your stitching. And oh my, your baby granddaughter is the cutest ever! Her eyes are stunning.
Karen B. ~ Todolwen

Kristy said...

What a darling granddaughter! Thanks for the pincushion tutorial too. Glad you got to spend time with your daughter and her sweet daughter. Thanks so much Jenny. K- lkw2x6-apq@yahoo.com

Summer said...

Such a cutie! Love the pin cushions too ♥

Brenda said...

Good Morning Jenny! I adore your pincushion and your wonderful tutorial! These will make special stocking stuffers for a few extra special people in my life this year. Your Granddaughter is beautiful and I bet you and her do have a special bond! Hold her dear and give her a squeeze and a peck on the cheek for me. Have a fantastic creative day!

PS...sorry about not posting, but hubby and I have been having problems with the computer.

Ann said...

Hi Jenny,

I love your pincushion tutorial and your stitching is beautiful, thank you for being so generous with your patterns and most of all your time.

Little Cully May is such a sweetie, so cute and has adorable eyes. She also has a look of her Nanna about her.

Anonymous said...

I love this! You always make it look so easy. I will be making at least two of these, and maybe more, maybe with crazy quilt embellishing. Thank you so much for always sharing your amazing talent.

Baa. xxx said...

Oh my goodness......right there at the end is the most gorgeous little girl!!! Hug her forever!

Little Quiltsong said...

Your pincushions are so cute, but Cully May takes the cake. She is absolutely adorable!!

Melody said...

Thank you for a wonderful tutorial and for sharing a picture of your little darling with us

Debby said...

Thank you Jenny for your generosity in providing tutorials.

Kerrie (Kezzie) said...

Thanks for the pincushion tutorial. You describe the process very clearly-it will be a delight to follow when I get to making my pincushion.

Cully May is such a cutie. She would melt anyone's heart so I can understand how much more the heart of a Nana!!


Kerrie (Kezzie)

Águeda said...

Thank you very much for the great tutorial. Cully Mayo is sooo sweet. She is as Pretty as her mother and as her nana . One family with prettiest women. God bless you.

Kathleen said...

The pin cushion is beautiful (but Cully Mae is beautiful-er!)
I like how you made the opening in the back of the pincushion rather than the side. Makes for a neater finish. Thank you for sharing.

barbara woods said...

she's beautiful!

bri68 said...

what a cute and beautiful grand daughter ..she's too sweet!thanks for sharing your great tutorial..this new pincushion is fabulous

Unknown said...

Is there someplace to order the pattern of the Postcard stitchery?