Remember I told you that I tried out my book Sew Illustrated by Minki Kim?
I told you about how I used the wonder under to make the pieces…
of how I put them together….
and how I used my machine to stitch the pieces down.
I decided that I’d make them for gifts. I cut two pieces of fabric that was 10″ x 10″. I layered them on top of each other. Then I drew a line and sectioned them into four- 5″ square quadrants. I put a sewing machine in each one. Then I stitched them. It was with two layers of fabric. I did this as it was easier to manipulate a bigger piece of fabric in the sewing machine. I also knew I wanted to make them into pincushions with sand in them. The double layer prevents the sand from seeping out.
Then I cut them apart. I trimmed them to 4 1/4″ square.
Then I cut two layers of backing fabric the same size. Again, I used a double layer of backing fabric. I layered right side together and sewed a 1/4″ seam all around the edge leaving a small opening for turning the pincushion right side out. But…before I turned them, I boxed the corners.
Then I turned them all right side out.
I use silica sand for filling the pincushions. I know some people used crushed walnuts. I’ve heard it dulls pins so I stick with sand. I don’t know if it’s true but I haven’t wanted to find out.
I use a funnel for filling sand. I have a buck with sand and have a funnel that stays in the bucket for this very reason.
Then I started stitching the opening closed. When I get about his far, I stop….
I put the funnel in the small opening and fill to the very brim. Then I finish sewing them shut. This is backing…
With that I had one done and four more to go.
Typically I’m not really good at putzy projects but this was okay. I didn’t mind it a bit.
I finished one right away and gifted it. Then later went on and finished the other four.
I thought they were so cute. They aren’t very uniform and exactly alike but I’m okay. On their own they all look cute. I love how the backing fabric comes halfway up the sides.
so cute…I’m glad I made enough so I can keep one.
Here is how I wrapped them. The top almost looked like it had a carnation on the top. Precious.
So that was my pincushions. I would like to do some more projects using this technique. It was fun.
If you are interested, you can find the book HERE.