This is a fantastic wee project to perfect your hand-sewing skills. I used two strands of embroidery thread for added strength. It is also the perfect project for using up the scraps from your scrap box. I never throw anything out, and I have different boxes for different sized scraps.
The materials for this project were the leftover scraps from a recent quilted bag making workshop, hosted by the lovely Maeve Gallagher in the Craft Cottage at the Craft Village, Derry. A sample of the girls work at the Workshop can be viewed here on the Facebook page. The stuffing inside this pin cushion is the left over wadding from trimming off the seams of the bags…see what I mean!? Throw nothing away ~ there’s always a use for it.
This is a simple enough wee project. Cut a strip of fabric approximately 14″ x 5″. Press a scant seam along the two longer edges of the strip of fabric.
With the right sides of the fabric together, hand stitch a seam along the short edges. Press the seam open and turn right side out. Using the embroidery thread, sew a running stitch around one of the open sides/edges of the fabric. Pull the thread to pucker the fabric. Secure with a double stitch. This creates a base for the pin cushion.
Hand stitch in the same way along the other edge of the fabric. Pull the thread to pucker slightly, then stuff with the small pieces of wadding/quilt batting. Pull the thread to pucker the fabric and enclose the the wadding. Secure the stitch and sew on a heart shaped button to cover the puckered stitching.
Next up is constructing the base for the pin cushion. Cut two pieces of contrasting fabric circles about 4.5″ in diameter. With the circles right sides together, hand stitch around the edges. On one of the circles, make a slit (without cutting through the stitches!!) ~ this is to turn the circles right side out. Press and baste stitch onto the underside base of the pin cushion.
A simple but useful wee project!
Hope you enjoy it, take care,