How to Make Pretty Pincushionscomments (48) 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!
Step 3: Create the top
Cut a 3-inch square, and then round the corners. Baste around the circle’s outer edge. Pull the floss ends to gather. Stuff the pouch with polyfiberfill (until the ball is hard), and knot the floss ends. Press the ball into the base.
Step 4: Sew the ball to the base
Hand-stitch in place using a blanket stitch or whipstitch. Working from right to left, bring the needle from back to front 1/8 inch from the edge. Keep the thread from the previous stitch under the needle point.
Step 5: Embellish with embroidery
Pincushions are the perfect canvas for hand embroidery. Thread your needle with a single strand of embroidery floss. Combine the stitches shown below to make flowers, vines, or geometric designs. If at first you don’t succeed, try again. Felt is very forgiving.
Working from right to left, bring the needle out at point A. Insert it at point B, holding a loop of thread to the left. Bring the needle up at point C inside the loop. Pull the stitch to tighten. Point C then becomes point A. Repeat.
Bring the needle out at point A. Reinsert it into the same hole or close to it, leaving a loop. Exit at point B, holding the loop under the needle. Pull the needle through. Insert the needle on other side of the thread loop to secure.
Bring the needle and thread out at point A. Hold the thread taut with your left hand, and wrap it around the needle two or three times. Insert the wrapped needle close to point A.
Photos: Sloan Howard and Scott Phillips
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