Do you remember my post about my pitiful pincushion?
Well, thanks to all the wonderful comments and suggestions about what to put in one, I have a brand new, super cute pincushion.
The folks at Lapel Stick were so nice to send me some sticks to work with when I made the Candy Circles mini quilt.
They were fun and practical to use so thought I would try them with something else. They really are perfect for applique.
This scrappy pincushion was super quick and easy to put together and y'all know I needed one!
In case you are visual like me, here's a quick tutorial.
crushed walnut shells (aka lizard litter and sold at pet stores)
2 pieces of fabric 6"x6" (I used Kona Charcoal.)
fabric scraps 1" - 3" in length
rotary cutter & mat
Pull out your scrap bin and select a handful of your favorite scraps.
Now, here's the fun part. Put them together like puzzle pieces. Audition different ones to see what you like best and trim them up as you go so they fit the space. Press the scraps as needed.
Once you have a layout you like, pull out your Lapel Stick.
Lapel Stick is a safe, non-toxic, fabric and sewing friendly product that is perfect for applique.
Swipe the scraps with the Lapel Stick and press them into place on your base fabric.
Once they are all glued on, you are ready to sew.
Sew on your fabric pieces using a straight or zigzag stitch. (Don't get too close to the edge!) Using the Lapel Stick means no need to pin!
Leave LONG THREAD TAILS. (You could also backstitch instead.)
Once all your scraps are sewn on, flip the fabric over and gently tug on the tails. Use a pin to find the loop, pull the thread through, tie in a knot and trim.
Lay your top and bottom pieces, right side facing each other, and pin.
Now, sew using a generous 1/4" seam, leaving an opening large enough to turn your pincushion right side out. You may want to double stitch your corners.
Round the 4 corners with your scissors and turn your pincushion inside out.
Optional: wash or wet your pincushion and let it dry for a shabby scrappy look. This is what I did as I like the softer, frayed look of the scraps.
Sit your pincushion upright (or have someone hold it for you) and fill most of the way with the walnut shells, using a funnel.
Pin your opening closed then use a ladder stitch to close the opening.
Ta-da! You're all set. You now have one super cute, scrappy pin cushion.
Quick and easy!
If you make one of these, I would love to see it. Please add it to the Ellison Lane Quilts Flickr pool.
PS: Lapel Stick did not pay me. I just enjoyed using their product.