Pinning on the Bling

I bought some moire taffeta upholstery/drapery samples at a sale and knew exactly what I wanted to with them - make pincushions. Not ordinary ones, mind you, but upscale, fancy ones.  I used Martha's instructions available here, but added a few variations of my own.

This is perfect way to use up any pretty scraps you happen to have.
She instructs that you cut your fabric on the bias. I did that, but am not absolutely sure it's necessary. With all the scrunching and gathering and sewing, I don't think it matters. She suggests that you cut your fabric so that the short end is half the length of the long end. I found that a piece 6" x 12" fit my fabric and made a nice sized pincushion.
Place right sides together and machine sew along the short ends. Thread a needle and sew a running stitch along one of the long ends. Pull it tightly, wrapping the thread around the gathering, then tie it off.
Felt a wool sweater (it must be 100% wool) by washing it in hot water then drying it in a hot clothes dryer. 

Turn the pincushion fabric right side out. Cut off one of the sleeves of the felted sweater and roll it up tightly. Put it inside the fabric cup. The pincushion should be comfortably full, not over stuffed, since you need to manipulate it. 

With needle and thread make a running stitch on the unsewn edge. Gather tightly and tie off. Tuck in the ends.

Use a double strand of crochet thread and a long needle to form the lobes of your pincushion. Push the needle through the center of the ball from the top. Wrap the crochet thread along the outside and push the needle through the center again. Pull the thread as tightly as you can. Repeat until you have 6 lobes, evenly spaced.

I found it was better to sew in sequence, around in a clockwise or counterclockwise manner. That way, if the threads aren't as tight as you would like, you can adjust them.  Tie off the thread.
For this pincushion I folded a ribbon 5 times around my 4 fingers. I gathered it in the middle with a needle and thread then sewed the ribbon onto the piece of jewelry. The whole ornament was sewn to the center of the cushion. Finally, I fanned out the ribbon and sewed it onto the top of the cushion.
 No need to hide these away in the sewing basket.


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NanaDiana said...

Gail-Those are just darling- What great Mother's Day gifts! xxoo Diana

maryann said...

I love all of your ideas, but I don't always post. Just want you to know that I think you are awesome, your stuff is lovely and clever, and I appreciate you!! Keep posting!!

Holiday Snob said...

Looove this! My mother in law maybe needs it for Mother's Day! Thanks for sharing!

Mary said...

These are so adorable! Thank you for sharing this on Masterpiece Monday. Have a great week, Mary :O) said...

so adorable! these would make great mother's day gifts!

Shelley Noble said...

Super cute! Really successful job!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

These are so cute! Love adding the bling!

Karen said...

Super cute- I wanna make a whole bowl full!!!!

LambAround said...

These are so pretty! I don't sew, but I wonder if it would work to make a large version to use as a decorative pillow :)

Lynn said...

Very cute and clever! I love the addition of the touch of shimmer and sparkle. Thanks for sharing the "how to" link as well. I'm your linky neighbor at NTT - hope you can stop by!

Kathy@ Gone North said...

Very, Very cute!!
Thanks for sharing the How-to.. think I will be doing some of these.. : )

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

They are adorable! Wish I can have one too!!!

Lisa said...

These are adorable! So easy but they look elegant and fabulous!

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Cute! Please come and share it at my link party:

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

How adorable!! These would be great gifts!

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Carolyn said...

What a great mothers day ideas! Thanks for sharing.

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Delightful Order said...

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g.suzie said...

Oh super fun idea and love the
'bling' you added!
got my wheels spinning. . .
They would also make cute
pumpkins. . .hummmm!

Ginger said...

Thanks for linking up to Mad Skills Monday!

Heather said...

Love! What a pretty little cushion to stick your pins in!

imsteelefullofscrap said...

Adorable pin cushions and thank you for the tutorial!!!!

MyBluePeacock said...

These are really beautiful and adorable, thanks for the tutorial!

Wendys Hat said...

Darling! Love the bling!

Sachiko said...

This is very unique and pretty! Thank you for linking to my party!

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Brooke said...

Oh my goodness, I love it! You've inspired me!

Katie said...

These pin cushions are super cute! I'd love if you'd link these up at Sew Woodsy!

Hollie - said...

Love these!

Jennifer @ Just Peachy in Dixie said...

I just love these! I'm your newest follower from Thrifty Thursday blog hop. I can't wait to look around some more. I'm just learning how to sew, and it looks like you have nice easy directions to follow.

Have a great day!

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Purple Froggie Clay Stuff said...

Fabulous idea! Thank you for sharing with us!

Hi, I'm your newest follower, hope you can stop by sometime..

Have a great day!


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