Saturday, July 3, 2010

Floral Pincushion

  • 1 Sheet Printer Fabric
  • 7" x 7" Fabric of choice
  • Fiberfil Stuffing
  • Large Embroidery Needle
  • 72" Embroidery Thread
  • Sewing Needle & Thread
  • Decorative Button
Special Skills:
Sewing - by machine and hand

Set your image up in your graphics or word processing program so that it fits a 6" x 6" area. The one used for this project is availabe at the bottom of this page. Print out onto your fabric sheet using the best print out for your printer. Let dry for a minute or two then using a 6" template centered over your image, trace the edges as a guide for cutting. Cut out the image along the traced line.

Once you've cut out the image, peel away the backing paper and heat set the ink with a hot, dry iron.
Cut another 6" circle out of the fabric you chose for the bottom half of the pincushion. Mark the center of each circle with a small dot on the "right side".

With right sides together and using a 1/4" seam allowance sew the two halves together leaving a 2" opening for turning and stuffing. Turn the pincushion "right side out". Stuff with fiberfil to full. Slip stitch the opening closed.

Thread your large embroidery needle with 6 strand embroidery thread and knot one end. On the bottom half, sew down through the center dot and bring the needle up through the dot on the top side. Loop your thread to the bottom half and sew through the same spot and up to the top again. Pull tight on the thread so that it "cuts" into the pincushion. Repeat this until you have 6 "wedges" in your pincushion. Tie off your thread. Adjust the thread so that your wedges are even.

To finish your pincushion, sew a decorative button over the center where all the embroidery threads meet to cover that area.

Right click on the image to save to your hard drive.

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