July 10, 2014

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Wrist Pincushion

Hello all! 

Thanks to everybody who entered our giveaway, we have a winner! #10, Chris, who said "My pincushion is a silver creamer with the cushion made from antique laces and trims. It was my Nana’s back in the 1940s." That sounds like a wonderful pincushion! We'll be in touch via email soon...

 

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For the next couple weeks, I thought it would be fun to do some sewing-themed crafts -- and we're kicking it off with this adorable little wrist pincushion. It works up fast and is a great way to use up tiny fabric scraps.

You'll need a piece of awesome fabric, some batting or stuffing, a little bit of elastic, a button, and some lightweight cardboard.

Cut out a square of fabric (mine was about 2 1/2" square) and then round off the corners.

Thread a needle and work some running stitches around the outside of your piece of fabric. When you've gone all the way around, pull up the stitches and stuff the cushion with some batting or stuffing. 

Pull the stitches tight to close the pincushion; tuck the raw edges of the fabric to the inside, and stitch across the bottom a couple times to hold it closed. 

Then, stitch up and down through the cushion a couple times, pulling the thread tight to make a little dent. Stitch on your button, and tie a knot in your thread at the back.

Cut a piece of elastic a little longer than your doll's wrist, and stitch both ends down to the back of the pincushion to make the wrist loop. Tie off your thread -- you're done sewing! Yay! To finish off, cut a little cardboard circle, just smaller than the bottom of the pincushion, and hot glue it to the underside. This has two purposes: it makes the bottom look pretty, and it keeps the pins from going all the way through the cushion. :) 

Load up the cushion with pins, and put it into service!

**UPDATE: Giveaway closed! Thanks to all who entered!**

NOW: would you like to win this little pincushion? To enter, just leave a comment below, telling us what your pincushion looks like! (Or, if you don't have one, tell us about the one your grandma had...or your mom....or your aunt...or your best friend...)  We'll run the giveaway through Monday, July 14, at which point we'll pick a winner randomly and contact them via email. 

Thanks for following along everybody! Have fun with this!

For Pixie Faire,

Melinda


27 Comments

Amanda
Amanda

July 21, 2014

I made a Cupcake shaped pincushion that works great. The base is a red, plastic, Ramekin and the top is fabric that has sprinkles printed on it. The “cherry” on top is a heart. And the middle “frosting” is ric rac. It is so cute!

marsha
marsha

July 18, 2014

This is super cute, a great pattern for my grand-daughter. She could use this same pattern to make herself a wrist pin cushion. I love all your freebies. I like the spirit with which you offer freebies.

Cathrine
Cathrine

July 16, 2014

I love this !! it is so cute!! My mom has a realy cute pincushion that her mom sent her from Peru. It’s made with green and red felt .

Melinda
Melinda

July 15, 2014

So many fun pincushions! Thanks everybody for sharing!
Angelia, I love your idea of covering the cardboard with fabric before gluing it to the bottom of the pincushion…

Emma
Emma

July 14, 2014

I have a simple red tomatoes with green felt leaves that my grandmother gave me as a gift

Carlena
Carlena

July 14, 2014

Mine is a snowman. He holds a spool of thread on each hand and all the pins I need.

Lucinda
Lucinda

July 13, 2014

I have one that is in the shape of a chair that my daughter gave me and a tomato my mother gave me.

Lucinda
Lucinda

July 13, 2014

I have one that is in the shape of a chair that my daughter gave me and a tomato my mother gave me.

Marian
Marian

July 13, 2014

My pin cushion was a gift from a “secret pal” years ago. In needlepoint it says “The only person who knows what’s going on” Along with that I use a very strong magnet on my 1966 model Singer machine. Of course the newer computer machine doesn’t accommodate the magnet, but I use both machines!

Kaitlyn L
Kaitlyn L

July 12, 2014

My mother’s pincushion is a magnetic one that I have ALWAYS been jealous of. I have a traditional Dritz cushion with a cleansing add-on. Hers can pick up the pins I leave all over the floor!

Angelia
Angelia

July 12, 2014

I covered the cardboard with a piece of fabric before I glued it to the bottom of the pincushion

Marjory W.
Marjory W.

July 11, 2014

My favorite pincushion is a “good old” red cotton tomato with green felt leaves. It is stuffed and tied tightly and is very flat on the bottom, so that it doesn’t rock back and forth. The pins go in easily. Several other pincushions I have rock on the bottom, are made of fabric which pins do not easily pierce, or are too small. Sometimes a vintage design is best.

Bethsews
Bethsews

July 11, 2014

My pincushion is made of felted wool in the shape of a peach with the coloring of a peach.

Chris
Chris

July 11, 2014

My pincushion is a silver creamer with the cushion made from antique laces and trims. It was my Nana’s back in the 1940s.

Robin
Robin

July 11, 2014

I had a tomato for years, but for the past ten years I have a square cushion with a petite point cover that resembles a pieced quilt pattern in salmon, green & blue that I made when the tomato wore out.

Danielle
Danielle

July 11, 2014

My mom has a tomato pincushion that she covered to look like a mob cap. :)

Rachel K.
Rachel K.

July 11, 2014

Somewhere I have a little one that looks like a strawberry, and I made a different one for my dolls that resembles a beach ball.

Lorraine
Lorraine

July 11, 2014

Mine looks like a tomato and I want to see what my granddaughter comes up with for her AG doll.

Fyfee
Fyfee

July 11, 2014

I make crazy quilt pin cushions from small scraps of my favorite fabrics.

Debbie from Ky
Debbie from Ky

July 11, 2014

I have an owl pincushion I like to use.

Cindi
Cindi

July 11, 2014

My favorite pincushion is one I made from a bottle cap and fits on my finger.

Jane Holleran
Jane Holleran

July 11, 2014

My pinchusion is a pink hat made by my daughter in brownies. I’ve had it 32 years, and still use it.

jane

Joyce
Joyce

July 11, 2014

I made mine out of a napkin ring.

Jane M.
Jane M.

July 11, 2014

Mine is a tomato.

brooke
brooke

July 10, 2014

my pincushion is pink with white stripes

Laura B.
Laura B.

July 10, 2014

My pincushion is an apple.

Lesley from NE
Lesley from NE

July 10, 2014

I have a “bear” head pincushion that I have a hard time using. I know it is silly, but I don’t like sticking the pins in the head of the bear. What I use the most is a magnetic pin catcher. =)

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