Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Pincushion Tutorial

I’ve made 10 of these over the last week to give as gifts to a couple of my quilty friends and my co-workers at the fabric shop. In total it only took me a couple hours to finish all of them, so they are by far one of the easiest gifts I’ve “mass produced” for the holiday. Plus they are all made using scraps!!! The only thing I needed to purchase was the measuring tape trim (optional) and the ground walnut shell filling.

My inspiration for these came from a quilty friend, Denise. She and I attend the Snohomish Modern Quilt Guild together, and we became quilty friends after she took my Big Print Basics class. She makes lovely scrappy pocket pillows. They are pillows with a pocket in the front to hold a book or whatever you need while you are snuggling in on a long winter’s eve!

So let’s get started!

You will need:

(2) 4″ x 5 1/2″ rectangles main fabric for the cushion

The scraps are whatever you want/have for the pocket. I used two 2″ x 4″ pieces for the top and bottom of each pocket and a 2″ x 4″ piece for the center because it seemed like a nice framing size for my trim placement. The trim is optional, but it is 4″ long if you choose to use it.

Step 1: Assemble your pocket pieces using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 2: I normally don’t press my seams open, but I felt like it made sense for this project so that’s what I did!

Your pocket should end up looking like this.

Easy peasy lemon squeezy right?!

At this point, if you cut your scraps to the size I suggested for the pocket you will see the pocket is way to big for the pincushion. I like to call this “wiggle room”, and wiggle room is nice to have in creative endeavors!

Step 3: Trim the pocket down to the size that works for you! This is where you can play with fussy cutting a bit if you are using a fun print. Remember to leave about 1/2″ more at the top of your pocket because you need to hem!

Step 4: Fold and press the top of your pocket under twice at about 1/4″ to create your hem.

Step 5: Stitch along your hem using a fun thread color!

Step 6: Then while you are at it, you might as well top stitch near the pocket seam lines. You totally don’t have to, but I think it adds a nice, yet simple, touch.

Step 7: If you have trim then add it now by simply top stitching it down!

Now you have all your pieces ready to go!

Step 8: Line up the bottom edges of your pieces in this order… One main fabric piece right-side up, followed by your pocket piece right-side up, and then your last main fabric piece right-side down.

Step 9: Using a 1/4″ seam allowance stitch all the way around your pincushion leaving a 1 1/2″ opening at the bottom for turning.

Step 10: Trim your corner edges and turn your pincushion right sides out. I use an unsharpened pencil to help work out the points.

Step 11: Press your cushion, making sure you have your seam allowance turned in at the opening.

Step 12: Fill with ground walnut shells. (You could also get lavender scented shells.)

Step 13: (no picture) Using a blind hem, or whatever hand stitch you can make look good, stitch the opening shut and you are done!!!

I will be hosting a Periscope commentary for this tutorial at about 2:00pm PST today *December 8th, 2015*. It will have extra hints and time for a Q & A session at the end. If you are on Periscope be sure to follow me, @anotterlife.

Here is the Scope Replay thanks to Katch!

Let me know what you think of the tutorial in the comments section here. Also if you make any pincushions I would love to see them. You can tag me on Instagram @inanotterlife.

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