Do Good with Eco-Friendly Gifting
Want to craft simple gifts this holiday season with supplies you already have?
Use any leftover bits of fabric and card stock in this little pincushion project. It’s a quick make that could rank at the top of your recipient’s favorite gifts.
Sew or don’t sew. But get the feel for constructing one pincushion first. Then make multiples in an assembly line fashion…
Note: Fabric inserted into the “container” should be about 3/4 to 1 inch larger all the way around.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED:
- Napkin Rings or Metal Cookie Cutters
- Cardboard Rings from Ribbon or Masking Tape
- Pattern Templates (included)
- Light to Mid-Weight Fabric
- Stuffing (or Leftover Batting)
- Card Stock
- Hot Glue (metal or wood rings)
- Quick-Dry Tacky Glue (cardboard pieces)
- Vintage Embellishments like Buttons
- Quilted or Embroidered Bits of Fabric
Preparing Cushion Surface:
View 1: Cut one circle shape from your fabric (based on diameter of ring) using pattern V1.
View 2: Cut three strips of fabric using pattern V2 Pieced Stripes. Sew together using 1/2-inch seam allowance. Finger press the seams away from center stripe. Then cut it into a circle shape (based on diameter of ring) using pattern V1.
Optional: If you’re feeling it…Sew on a button. Topstitch an edge. Add embroidery. Quilt it.
Making the Pincushion:
Step 1. Preparing the tension-fit bottom: Trace edges onto one piece of card stock. Cut out shape. Make one cut from edge to (approximate) center.
Fabric covered bottom option: Cut one piece of fabric 1/2-inch larger than the card stock all around. Fold fabric over the edges while gluing in place. Let dry. Cut to center.
Step 2. Forming: Snip the edges of V1 Cushion Surface fabric. Place it into the container, gluing it into place working at quarter-points along the inner wall of the ring. Adjust the fit as you go.
Glue unsecured fabric to the wall of the ring. Use your finger tips to adjust the fit along the top edge as the glue sets. Let dry completely.
Tip: Keep glue below the midline of the container so excess stays away from the top edge.
Step 3. Stuffing: Add fiberfill or batting into the ring until the cushion surface is firm like the tip of your nose. It might seem like too much stuffing, but it’s just enough.
Step 4. Closing: Form the card stock into an inverted cone shape by overlapping the cut edges. The pointy end of the cone will press into the stuffing.
Test fit by overlapping the cut edges even more, while pressing the cone into the ring. Correct fit as needed. Remove.
Add glue to stuffing and inner bottom edges of ring. Re-insert cone. Let dry completely.
How to Make a Fabric-Covered Ring:
1. Cut bias strip length to wrap the ring plus 1 to 2 inches. Cut the strip width so that fabric edges will wrap into the ring about by about 1/2-inch. (1-inch wide ring uses a 2-inch wide strip.)
Note: Bias strips are cut diagonal to the fabric’s weave. See diagram in the PDF Pattern and Guide.
2. Fold down one end of the strip, keeping side edges even. Apply a small amount of glue to secure the fold. This "finished" edge will overlap the raw edge at the other end.
3. Spread a thin layer of glue near the outside edges of cardboard ring, wrapping it with fabric a section at a time.
4. Wrap fabric to the inside of the ring, gluing a section at a time. Let dry completely.
Q U E S T I O N S?
Watch the video tutorials for these pincushions via Instagram @ethelandisew!!