my creative space – petite pincushions {no. 4}

A little while ago…at the Sunbury Stitcher’s Quilt Show, I had a lovely conversation with one of the shop ladies about her sweet little pincushion. She told me roughly how it was made, so I gave it a go and ended up with this delightful little thing. A perfect size to keep in the tin with my other hexie making items.

The orignial pincushion

Since then some of the ladies at stitching have asked me to have a mini workshop to teach them how to make one, so I thought I’d better come up with a less “fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants” method. My creative space this week is completely taken up with petite pincushion making.

When I made my prototype, I used various household items to trace around for the three sized circles needed for the base, the leaves and {for want of a better term} the pouffy centre. To make things easier I’ve made a set of templates for you to download and print out, so that if you feel inclined, you can follow along and make your own petite pincushion.

Other bits and pieces you might need, include a plastic milk bottle top, some softie fill, a small scrap of wadding, various scraps or smallish pieces of fabric {I used three complementary colours}, craft glue and general sewing supplies {needles, thread, scissors}.

your requirements…plus softie fill and a scrap of wadding!

Start by downloading the template and print it out. I copied mine onto template plastic as they’re going be used quite a lot during ‘the workshop’.

Cut out one circle from your ‘base’ fabric, seven circles from your ‘petal’ fabric (**Edited to add: I’ve included two option for your petals, size 1 and size 2. Size 1 petals give you small petite petals, size 2 gives you larger, floatier petals. Both look great!), one circle from your ‘pouffy centre’ fabric and one circle from the wadding the same size as your ‘pouffy centre’.

Take your circle of ‘base’ fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the circle, close to the edge of the fabric. Pop the piece of wadding into the centre of the fabric so it’s sitting on the ‘wrong side’. Put the milk bottle top on top of the wadding, again in the centre of the fabric. Carefully pull up the thread so that the fabric gathers up over the edge of the bottle top and secure with a few small stitches. It doesn’t need to be overly tight, just as long as it’s gathered in a little like this…

Then take a circle of ‘petal’ fabric, fold it in half and then in quarters. Sew a running stitch around the circular edge of the fabric close to the edge. Pull up the thread so that edge gathers tightly and secure with a few small stitches as before. Repeat with all seven circles until you have seven petals.

Now take your final circle of ‘pouffy centre’ fabric and sew a running stitch all the way around the circle, close to the edge of the fabric. Carefully pull up the thread so that the fabric gathers up a little and stuff the small pouch with softie fill. Gather the thread up a little more and try to stuff in a little more softie fill so it begins to feel firm. Gather the thread a little more and secure with a few small stitches. You don’t need to completely close up the circle, just enough that you end up with a little cushiony, button shape…you won’t see the bottom, so it doesn’t have to be too neat.

Put a line of glue around the edges of the fabric gathered up around the bottle top and place the petals {gathered side facing inwards} evenly around the circle.

Once you are happy with the way the petals are sitting, put another line of glue along the gathered inside edges of the petals. Place the ‘pouffy centre’ on top of the petals and press firmly until the centre seems stuck in place. Wait for the craft glue to dry for a little while before using {as I obviously did here} and then you’re done.

Ta da! Hope your petite pincushion is perfectly pouffy! Why don’t you go visit some more creative spaces…. 🙂

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