Thursday, 17 March 2016

Pin cushion

During my craft retreat I wanted to make myself a pin cushion so this was my third project of the weekend. Thankfully the others knew how to make one so I had plenty of guidance and help throughout.

Now I love all things Tim Holtz and that includes his fabric so didn't want the finished cushion to be so small that I couldn't see the different patterns. We found a plate in the kitchen of the retreat venue and after drawing the circle onto paper, we folded it into eight and then cut out one triangle to make the template. I decided to use the same material pattern on the top and bottom of each segment so cut the fabric pieces accordingly. 

Next I machined the triangles together in pairs before machining the all top pieces together, then the all bottom pieces together and finally the top and bottom circles together. Now my pin cushion required an awful lot of stuffing and once full I had to stitch the small opening up by hand. 

Once that was done I decided to add an embellishment so I die cut a Tim Holtz tattered floral flower and chose a button for the top.

To add the binding I took a long piece of embroidery thread and a very long needle. We put a knot at one end and then went though the centre from the bottom and then around each segment seam back to the middle until we had the shape we required. Still using the same length of thread we attached the flower and the button.
I am thrilled with the finished pin cushion, and yes it is huge (about 8 inches) and it certainly gave us an evening of laughter!

Thanks for looking
Tracey x

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