Sometimes you go with practical, and sometimes you go with cute. This is what happened when I looked at some cute fabric I’ve had FOREVER. I saw it in my stash and it clearly told me, “I want to be a pin cushion!” I mean, how can you argue with THAT!? When fabric speaks to you, well, you just go with it. (Ha!)
I’ve had the classic tomato pin cushion that’s been around since days of yore, but this one is so much more “Me.” Who knows? It might even inspire me to sew more? (But let’s not get too ahead of ourselves….)
If you don’t really have any sewing skills, don’t fret. This is right up your alley! But, I have to say, in the end of 5 minutes you will TOTALLY feel like a bonafide seamstress! (It’s only a matter of time until Project Runway is in your reach!)
- fabric cut into a circle (mine had an 8 in diameter)
- thread (I used embroidery floss because I wanted the thread to be thicker & really stand out against my fabric.)
- batting (You could even use a bunch of cotton balls if that’s all you have on hand.)
Making Your Pin Cushion
- Start sewing a running stitch all along the outer edge of your circle. This does NOT have to look fancy or be anywhere near perfect! When you finish sewing around your circle, leave the needle and thread attached to the fabric. (In the bottom edge of the picture, you can see my pink thread.)
- Place your fabric circle face down (you should be seeing the wrong side of the fabric) and add a lot of batting into the center. Gently tug on the end of your thread to start gathering up your stitches.
- Once you have all of the fabric gathered together, take your needed and sew a couple times through the gathered area to make sure it won’t come undone. (You can still leave your needle attached.)
- Take your needle and thread and loop it around the little poof ball you’ve made. Then loop it back around the opposite side. (You will need to pull a little hard with your thread to make the little sections in your pin cushion.)
- Decide how many times you want to go around and continue until you think it looks good. (I went 2 more times around.) Then sew a few times on the bottom to secure and viola! (If you want to add a little piece of felt to the bottom to cover up your stitches, you can. My stitches were pretty small, so they didn’t bother me.)
- Stand back and admire your work Miss Sewing Star!
So, I could have totally continued using my more boring (albeit “classic”) pin cushion, but this one makes me smile whenever I get it out. (And since I already had all of the things to make it on hand, it makes my smile even broader. Does that happen to you? The things you like the most cost you the least? It must be a form of “AHA! Victory” in my head that I can’t quite shake!)
That beautiful fabric in the background is going to be a new scarf soon. I can’t wait! If I have enough I am going to make matching mommy-daughter scarves. (The fabric may or may not have jumped into my shopping cart and insisted I take it home when I walked by it in Hobby Lobby….)
Please tell me I’m not the only one this happens to?