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Flower Pincushion

This is a cute pincushion that can be made with just a few scraps.  They are simple to make and are great gifts!

You will need: a large scrap of fabric about 6″ square, 14 scraps of fabric about 2″ square (7 light and 7 dark), one scrap of fabric about 4″ square, a piece of light cardboard (like cereal box) cut into a 2″ circle, and a bit of stuffing.  Measurements don’t have to be exact, so don’t waste a lot of time cutting and measuring.

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Begin with the 6″ square.  This is the centre of the flower.  Fold it into quarters, and then cut a curve around the edge.

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It should look circle-like.  Don’t worry if it’s not exact; close enough will still work.

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Thread a needle with a long double thread and knot it.  Run a basting stitch around the edge of the circle, about 1/4″ from the edge.

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When you get all the way around the circle, gently pull the thread to gather it.  The circle should begin to close.

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Stuff as tightly as you can, drawing the circle up into a ball as you stuff it.

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Take a few stitches across the top to completely close the ball.  Knot the thread securly and cut off the ends.

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Beginning with the lighter fabric, fold into quarters and then trim them into circles similar to the middle piece.

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Do not unfold.  Put pins in them to hold them closed while you are waiting to work on them.

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Thread a needle with a long double thread and knot it.  Baste along the edge of the curve, without unfolding the piece.

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When you get to the end, pull the thread gently to gather the edge.

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Without cutting the thread, do stitch another piece and then gather it.

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Continue until all seven are finished.

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Stitch these onto the bottom of the ball.

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Repeat the same process with the darker fabric.  When stitching these onto the ball, make sure the dark pieces are off-set to the light pieces.

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Using the cardboard as a pattern, cut the last scrap into a circle about 1/2″ larger than the cardboard.

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Run a basting stitch around the edge of the circle.

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Put the cardboard into the middle of the circle on the wrong side of the fabric, and then pull the stitches.

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The Fabric will pull up over the cardboard.  Secure the thread and trim the ends.

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With matching thread, attach the cardboard piece to the base of the flower.

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It’s done!  What a cute pincushion.

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You could make a whole garden of different colours.

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