Saturday, July 21, 2018

12 Days of Christmas

It's the eighth day of the Christmas in July Hop.
Today is my day!

 This is my second year participating in the Hop.Sarah over at Confessions of a Fabric Addict is hosting the 12 Days of Christmas in July blog hop, and once again I'm pleased to participate.
There have been so many wonderful posts and give aways.

I will have one for you at the end of the post.

Here is my collection of pincushions. 
I swapped for a number of years and have some fun ones on display.

Then, I have many that I use.



I like to hang a chicken on the design wall.

I have a few favorites, one being pincushions made from small Half Square Triangles (HST). They are made from pieces that I don't really use in quilts, but for a pincushion you can have a little fun. You can use this method with any pattern and any size.

To begin with, you need some bonus HSTs. This is my box of the smaller ones. They finish at 1 inch.

It was hard to get a photo of the HST in a pinwheel pattern. Arrange them the way you wish and then sew them together. This is the webbing method by Bonnie Hunter. I use it whenever I have a block or quilt that I can easily turn the pieces.

The finished little pinwheel is here. 

Next is to border the center. I'm using a fairly large piece, because I only want one border on my pincushion. You could add as many as you wish.

Add the all the way around and trim to size. I trimmed mine to 4.5".

Your pincushion top is finished.

Get a piece for the backing, whether you need to piece it or have one large enough, it does not matter.
You will end up slip stitching the opening closed after "birthing" the pincushion.
I had to piece my backing, so I'm leaving the opening at the seam line.
Press the seam open for this part. 

Layer top to back.
If you decide you want to quilt you front, do that before this step. 

Sew all the way around if you have the opening in the back. If not, then leave an opening for turning. 

Trim to fit front and back. 

Now to turn. Pull through the opening (mine was in the back) 

When I did it, the corners would not come to a point. No, I don't want to leave them that way. 

I use a bamboo skewer or a chop stick for this process. I use the blunt end to pock the corners out. If you use the sharp end, do not use much pressure or you will find you have a hole. 

You have a real square at this point. 

The next step is stuffing.

You can stuff a pincushion with lots of different things. 
They sell crushed walnut shells in the quilt shops.

 I've seen hair used to allow for the natural oils to keep your pins and needles smooth.

 I've seen steel wool used to keep the pins and needles sharp. 


I've had a friend us a soap bar inside to keep things smooth. 


If you want it to sit flat, you can add beans or rice or flax seed to the bottom of the pincushion. 
A WORD OF WARNING: if you are using any food-stuff, be sure to microwave it at least three minutes to kill any parasites, or you might find your pincushion crawling with little wormies. 
You can use silica or sawdust that one can purchase in the floral department of the craft stores. 


Check out this ehow site for ideas for stuffing pincushions.  They use Herbal Pincushion, Stuffing, Steel Wool Pincushion Stuffing, Sand Stuffing for a Pincushion, Combination Stuffings.

Because I can't find my walnut shells, I'll be just using batting to stuff it.
It takes more than you think. I start out will a small strip that I don't have a plan for and cut it in smaller pieces with my rotary cutter.

Start stuffing. The bamboo skewer works for this too.
You really need to stuff it with more stuffing than you thing, no matter what you are using. 
You will probably need another strip. :)

It looks like it is stuffed enough, but it isn't. 

After 3 of those strips, it is stuffed enough.
Make sure to get into the corners so they are full.
It is hard to move it around once it is closed.
Check to see if a pin comes out the back.
If it does, then you probably want to add in cardboard or plastic to the backside.
This one is thick enough not to need that. 

Sew up the backside with a ladder stitch.
BagNTell has some great tutorials.

If you have a orphan block, you can use it to make several pincushions or use it to make a long one.
Sew together on 2 sides and leave an opening on the third.

Trim the corners so they turn easier. 

Turn inside out.

This one had the design in the center of the block, so I had to shape it into points. 

Fold the points together and sew in a straight line or two to secure the points.
I also stitched very close to the edge of the points. 

Stuff like before.
You want to make sure you leave enough space so you can sew it.
It still needs to be stuffed full. 

I had lots of stuffing in there.
Make sure none is in the point area. 

Sew across the bottom of the point area.  

Sewn pincushion.
This did not need something to keep the pins from sticking through either. 

The finished pincushions

I thought I'd share a few links to sites I've found that have fun pincushions on them.

Swoodson says has some lovely tutorials on making pincushions I love the little bitty string blocks pincushion. What is your favorite?

U-Create Crafts has an adorable cactus pincushion. I don't normally spend that amount of time make my pincushions, but this is adorable.

All Free Sewing has a fun porcupine pincushion

Jacquelynne Steves has a cute bee pattern on her site.

If you've read this far, please leave a comment and be entered into a drawing for a fun pincushion! Please make sure your email is not a no comment email so I can reach you. I will be picking on the 26th, the last day of the event.
Saturday, July 14th

Sunday, July 15th

Monday, July 16th
Jamie @ L'Fair Quilts
Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels & Eats
Sarah @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Tuesday, July 17th
Sharon @ Vrooman's Quilts

Wednesday, July 18th

Thursday, July 19th

Friday, July 20th

Saturday, July 21st

Marian @ Seams To Be Sew

Sunday, July 22nd

Anja @ Anja Quilts

Monday, July 23rd

Brenda @ Songbird Designs

Tuesday, July 24th

Wednesday, July 25th

Brandy @ Pampered Pettit