Oh Sew Tempting shared an interesting scrappy pincushion, so you know I was ready to go right away.
And, I had the perfect batch of little scraps…
Which quickly became this pincushion, an antique feel complete with vintage shell button. I hope the person who receives it for Christmas will like it.
The whole project took only about an hour or so. Another small project that makes a very satisfying finish.
The tutorial is no longer generally available on line, but she has created a PDF pattern which is available in her Etsy shop.
And, as one pincushion is not enough, and there was another style I was very interested in trying, I gave a cathedral window pincushion a go.
Beautifully written tutorial with an abundance of pictures. No complicated piecing. However, it does require precision IRONING, at which I have very limited skill.
Part way through, it wasn’t looking very good. Don’t you give up if you feel the same way. I am glad I kept going, because the final result is one I am pleased with.
Thank goodness for buttons. They are great for covering less than perfect ironing efforts. I don’t think a whole cathedral window quilt is in my future, but I could give another one or two of these a try at some point in the future. It is a good way to showcase small, treasured pieces of fabric. Using a black background and bright solids would give an interesting stained glass or slightly Amish feel to the effort.
Be aware that the stitching around the curved sections is going through many layers of fabric. Slow sewing and a machine that can handle heavier-duty work is very helpful.
So, that is it for Day 4. Come back again tomorrow for another storage idea. See you then.
ps–Here is the URL for the cathedral window cushion, if you want it: http://gogokim.blogspot.com/2011/12/cathedral-window-pin-cushion-tutorial.html