When I first saw this Heather Bailey free downloadable pattern for this lovely pin cushion I knew I needed to make it.
You can download it at http://www.hellomynameisheather.com/ or at http://www.bhg.com/crafts/sewing/accessories/patchwork-pincushion/ either one will give you instructions and pattern pieces. I must warn you at this point since I had a slight problem with both pattern pieces from both sites. It may have been from printing that the patterns shrunk, but the sizes are different on both sites and to adjust to make them fit together correctly. This is a great project for scraps since the top and bottom are about 4" square and the outside boxing is about 2" x 16" long. I first selected a fabric.
A nice green to match my craft room. First you sew the long strip end to end. Now you have to be precise and follow the directions to make sure it fits exactly on the 4" square. This took some time to get it just right but here it is pinned and ready to be sewn.
Corners are clipped so when it is finished they are clean and sharp. The next step is to sew the other side to the boxing. This was not difficult, but you just need to go slow and leave an opening so it can be turned right side out. Then you have this.
After I got I figured it out, I decided to make another one with some more fun scraps.
I thought I should stop and complete them since I was outside on a 90+ day and it was time for some AC. First they needed to be stuffed with batting.
The directions say to stuff to a moderately firm, since this will be a pincushion. Then you sew up the opening. The next step is to thread a long needle, such as a doll makers needle, with ribbon to tuft the cushion. Sewn thru the center and loop around back thru the center four times and then tie off on the bottom. Last step is to attach a button to the center and you are done.
I just had boring plain ribbon, but the next time I will make them with some fancier ribbon. But it is a great project to use up scraps and extra buttons. This took me about 2 hours (both) after I figure out the pattern and will more than likely make them again. They might be a great gift for someone who sews!
Enjoy and check out the free downloadable pattern!