Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Pin Cushion Project

Every stitcher should have their own pin cushion, in which to put all their straight pins, right?
Right! Well, if you are new to sewing and don't have one yet, here is a step by step on how to make your very own adorable pin cusion! This is a great kids sewing project!

Start by cutting out two 6" squares of some really cute fabric.

Place both pieces together, with right sides touching and stitch (using 1/2" seam allowance) along three of the four sides. Should look something like this:

And here is a closeup of the stitching:

Next, turn the fabric right sides out and stuff with pillow fill. It should now look like this:

Now turn the raw edge over, tucking in about 1/2" and secure in place with straight pins. Should look like this:

Now, sew this last side either with a machine (using 1/2" seam allowance) or by hand, like in this photo. As you will see, you can sew it as neatly, as you would like. We like to do a nice big, messy handstitch, giving it that organic, home-made feel ; )

Voila! The perfect beginner sewing project that I guarantee any stitcher will use for years to come!

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