Friday, 26 July 2013

10 minute make - pin cushion tutorial

The summer holidays are upon us and the children need organising and entertaining.
This simple pin cushion tutorial only takes 10 minutes and is a great way to encourage children into trying sewing, or you could make one for yourself to give you a breather when the summer break gets a little too much!

Pin cushion tute


1. Trace 2 circles from fabric (I used a large mug to trace my circles). Cut them out at least 1/4" larger all the way round. use pinking shears if you have them.

Pin cushion tute


2. Sew the 2 circles right sides together on the marked line, backstitching at the start and end of the stitching and leave a 1.5" or so gap for turning and stuffing.

Pin cushion tute


3. Turn right way out and stuff really firmly with wadding scraps or polyfill/toy stuffing

Pin cushion tute


4. Slip stitch the opening closed

Pin cushion tute


5. Take a very long length (about the same length of your full arm or so) of embroidery thread and make a good knot at the bottom.

Pin cushion tute


6. Push the needle through at the centre of one side, to the other side and working in a figure 8 wrap the thread over, pull tight, push the needle through, and then across the opposite side, pull tight again. Repeat this so you have the thread wrapped around in 8 places. Pull tight each time. Secure with a button and knot.

Pin cushion tute


Pin cushion tute


Pin cushion tute


7. And there you have it - one simple pin cushion!

I used 2 prints from eden to make this version. You can buy eden from The Cotton Patch.

10 comments:

  1. What a simple idea but ever so lovely. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. What a cute & simple pin cushion tutorial. Nell it is very pretty.

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  3. How cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  4. I'm so doing this next week ��

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  5. Hmmmm...I didn't understand Step 6. I am a "sight" learner...wish this was a video tutorial. I will still try - too cute to not at least try my hand at it.

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  6. Love these kinds of project, a little time and something pretty and useful!

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  7. have seen this done before but without instruction so now will have a go, though it was more complicated, maybe cut petal shaped so pleased to find your tutorial, popped in from ginger monkey

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  8. thanks Nel, I know 2 girls will be able to do this if we get a rainy day while on vacation. X

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  9. I made it - quick and fun - thanks Katy http://thenocturnalstitcher.blogspot.co.uk/2013/08/all-zipped-up.html

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