Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Week 7 Gifts

Seven weeks to December!

Our weekly gift idea is a home-made pincushion. Create a custom color combination, and personalize this pincushion. Use up scraps! Play! Decorate with buttons and trim as desired. Wouldn't this be cute with treasured baby clothes? Make a pincushion to match your decor.

To make:
Gather scraps, stuffing, needle and thread.
  1. Make fabric. Sew together a few scraps into a 6" wide chunk. Press. Repeat, and then sew the chunks together. Continue until you have a piece of 'fabric' that is 6" x 12".

  2. Fold fabric in half, right sides together. Sew around the 3 sides with a 1/4" seam allowance, but leave a 4"opening for turning inside out.

  3. Miter the 4 corners with a 1" miter.

  4. Turn inside out. Stuff. Stitch up the opening. Decorate with a button the top!

I'm having fun with this. Stay tuned for more variations on a theme of pincushions. Several years ago I used a scrap of a vintage quilt to make a little square pincushion. It's soft and worn and lovely.

Comment on our gift ideas, or share an idea, and you will be entered in this month's drawing for charm squares!

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Sewing since I was 8...a friend of my grandmother's sent us a large box filled with fabric scraps. That was all it took!