How to Make Pretty Pincushionscomments (47) April 3rd, 2008
Are you ready for “oohs” and “ahs” all around? At just 1-1/2 inches tall, these minute pincushions will be the darlings of any party and the apple of any craftster’s eye. They fit neatly into a sewing box and are extremely handy perched on a sewing machine (just add a Velcro dot).
And did I mention that these cushions use recycled materials? The base is a soda-bottle cap wrapped with craft felt. As you can see in the photo, the sky’s the limit in terms of design. Besides simple shapes reminiscent of cupcakes or candy, you can fashion a mini poinsettia, a crown, or even a beehive or cactus—cute, cuter, cutest!
What you'll need:
Plastic cap from a liter-size soda bottle
Large-eye embroidery needle
Multicolored skeins of embroidery floss
Step 1: Prepare the base
Lay the bottle cap on a small square of felt. Trace the shape with chalk. Then cut along the chalk line with sharp scissors.
Step 2: Sew outer sleeve to the base
Cut a felt strip a bit wider than your cap’s height and long enough to wrap around the cap with some overlap. Wrap it around the cap. Then slipstitch along the overlap. Pop in the base circle, and slipstitch around it as shown. Don’t cut the floss!
After you make this project, show off your work to other members!
Post your project in the gallery