Monday, June 11, 2012


This sweet pincushion sews up pretty quickly and makes a nice gift for a sewing friend. Or... even make one for yourself! Now that's a novel concept, eh?! I had fun sorting and picking through my buttons trying to find a pair to sew in the center. It was a nice trip down memory lane as so many of the buttons were removed from past garments... a couple from my Great-Aunt's garments.

My dear friend Rosa posted/tagged a picture on FB and that's where I first saw this pincushion. A little clicking around produced THIS LINK where there is a great tutorial, so I won't re-create the wheel by giving directions.  The fabric I used is a charm pack from the 1862 Battle Hymn by Barbara Brackman for Moda.

TIP:  I created placement guides by pressing two light creases on the diagonal of the large plain fabric square. This little trick really really helps to center the folding template guide and get it dead-center! That's my contribution to this project. Below are a couple of pics showing where I made the folds.
See below how easy it is to center the manila folding guide square? It's right on!

The pincushion back is a four-patch. I left part of the final seam open for turning the pincushion. I prefer not to leave an opening on the edge... I like it in a seam, as I think it hides better.

Can you see the tiny space that Missy leaves me to do my pressing in? Little kitty likes to drape herself over most of this already tiny ironing space. The flash on the camera "disturbed" her... trust me, in a few moments she was back relaxing and dozing away on the pressing board.

That's it for now. Next time I will share some FAB straight pins that I found. They are sooooo thin and have very sharp points. Love them!

Until then. . . Quilty Hugs,

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Cattinka said...

Thats a cute pincushion, but you can´t tell me they are fast to make, I bet it took you all evening!
I made cathedral windows before and I think they are a lot of work.
You kitty is so cute, I like the way she always hangs around with you.

April said...

What a beautiful pincushion! so lovely, I'd hate to stick pins in it! and cute cat, we love cats our house!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful pincushion Cyn! I think you need to buy a bigger pressing space for poor little Missy will have plenty of room while you work :) Thanks so much for sharing!
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Terry@ a quilting blog said...

That is one of the prettiest pincushions and adorable kitty!!! Thanks for the link.

Elly D said...

Love this pincushion Cyn :) I may just have to have a go. How is Missy doing? Her fur is gorgeous. hugs Ellyx

Cathy said...

I love cathedral windows and have never tried them. Great way to start with a pincushion. So cute.