Wednesday, 9 May 2012

How To: Make a Pin Cushion

Soooo . . . I've made a couple of these recently.  My ladybug patterned pin cushion was one of the first sewing projects I undertook, and I made a very pink one for my niece for her birthday this week.

Here's how to make them:

This is adapted from an old issue of Crafts Beautiful.  It can be made by hand or using a sewing machine.

You will need:
1.   Using the template, cut two full house shapes from one fabric 


2.   Cut the door and roof shape from a different fabric


3.   Cut four window shapes from the final fabric


4.   Sew the roof to the corresponding area on one of the house shapes.  You only need to sew along the long edge.  Use running or back stitch

5.   Sew the door to the same piece of fabric, again using running or back stitch

6.   Cut a small rectangle from white fabric and a slightly larger rectangle from either the second or third fabric

7.   Layer these two small fabrics and sew the word 'pins'

8.   Sew this to the house.  Use running or back stitch 

9.   Sew the windows to the same piece of fabric, using back stitch.  Add detailing by sewing a cross in each window, as shown in the picture

Remember, the sewing up to this stage does not have to look perfect

10.  Put the two house shapes face to face and sew around the edges, leaving a gap in the bottom straight edge to enable you to insert the stuffing

11.  Turn the house the correct way out and insert the stuffing

12.  To finish the pin cushion, secure the opening in the bottom edge using whipstitch or back stitch.

Voila!  You have a pin cushion.

Happy Crafting.

Holly xx

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