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.

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continue until all seven are finished.

Stitch these onto the bottom of the ball.

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.

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

Run a basting stitch around the edge of the circle.

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

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

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

It’s done!  What a cute pincushion.

You could make a whole garden of different colours.


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