Monday, 9 May 2011

Handmade Monday # 15 - A Flower Pin Cushion!

These Pin-Cushions are not only easy to make but very practical to use as they sit well on your work table and can hold a lot of pins and needles!

Handmade Monday is organised by Ist Unique Gifts Do visit Wendy's very active Blog!

You Will Need...
Cotton / Polycotton fabric scraps
Thread and needle (sewing machine if possible)
Toy / Cushion Polyester Fibre Filling
Embroidery thread and a long needle
2 Buttons

How To Make...
Cut two circles from your fabric approx. 18cm diameter (can be same fabric or two different designs)
Place the 2 circles together, with right sides facing.
Stitch around the outer edge leaving a gap of about 5cm. This is better done on a sewing machine as will be stronger, but can be done by hand if necessary.
Turn the circles right side out and stuff with your filling - pack it well to make a firm cushion.
Stitch the gap closed, by hand.
Thread a long needle with all six strands of your embroidery thread and make a knot at the end.
Push the needle through the middle of your cushion and then loop it over the side and back into to centre, pulling it tight to form the "petals" of the pin cushion. Keep doing this to form 6 "petals"
Finish off with a few double stitches in the centre to hold the thread firmly in place, but do not cut the thread yet!
Using the same thread, stitch on two buttons, one on either side. This will cover up all your stitiches and your knot!

Hope you enjoy making your pin cushion!