Thursday, October 29, 2009

Strawberry Pincushion Tutorial

Would you like to make a strawberry pincushion? I will show you step by step, how to make these little cuties.
It is very easy. (This pattern will make two pincushions).

You will need:

::  8 inch square of red fabric
::  scrap of green felt
::  strong thread, sewing needle, scissors
::  stuffing
::  hot glue gun

Click here for the free pattern sheet for the strawberry leaf top.

Let's get started!
Draw a 7 1/2 inch circle on a piece of paper. Mark the diameter. Cut out the paper circle.
Pin to your fabric, and cut out the circle of fabric.

Cut fabric circle in half. This will make two pincushions. (one for you, one for a friend).

Take one of these pieces and fold in half. Right sides together. Pin. Draw a line in pencil along the straight edge, curving it just before the fold (see photo) - because you don't want to have a 'pointy' strawberry :)
Stitch along the line. Stitch second strawberry.

Next, turn the fabric right side out. (it will look like a cone). With doubled strong thread, sew a gathering stitch about a quarter of an inch from the top.

Stuff the strawberry firmly. Pull in gathering thread and tie in a knot. The strawberry leaves will cover the top of the strawberry, hiding the gathering and the small area of stuffing in the centre.

Cut out the strawberry top paper patterns (A) and (B).
Pin to the felt and cut out around the pattern. Or trace around the pattern with a white dressmaker's pencil. Then cut out. Cut out another set of leaves for the second strawberry.

Using the instructions on the pattern sheet, hot glue the strip of three leaves (A), and roll up to form the stem with three leaves attached. (be careful of your fingers with the hot glue - ouchy!) Open out the leaves, and glue the to the three flat leaves (B).

Glue these two together to form the strawberry top

Hot glue underneath the strawberry top and attach to the strawberry. After glueing the top on, I like to put a small dot of glue under each leaf to hold it down.

Voila! She is done!
I hope you will enjoy making this fun project. These cute little pincushions would make an ideal gift for a sewing friend.
Happy Stitching,
Sandi xx

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

We Have a Winner

It is time to draw a winner for my 'Berry Nice' giveaway. Thankyou to everyone who entered, I enjoyed visiting all those blogs :)
Drum roll please:
The winner is Gudrun (from Iceland).

Sandi xx

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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Pumpkins and Whirlygigs

Do you like my pumpkin? I made some of these for friends quite a while ago now. (but didn't get around to making one for myself). I had the fabric already cut out in the eight segments, plus the stalk, and then it was put away (and forgotten about). Well, I found the pattern and fabric recently, and finally made it. Don't know whether I'll use it as an ornament or a large pincushion. :)

These whirlygig blocks are adapted from a pattern I saw in a recent magazine. Their blocks were a zig-zag design, but just by using the block in a different way, I could make whirlygigs. The bonus with this block is that there are no templates, easy peasy!
Happy Stitching!
Sandi xx

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A Berry Nice Giveaway

As part of the Blogtoberfest celebrations, I thought I would join in the festivities with a little giveaway. This is what one lucky person will win. A strawberry pincushion (made by me), two fat quarters of fabric, and three handmade strawberry buttons;  sweet.....

Just leave a comment below, and you can go into the draw. You must have a blog to enter. It will be drawn on 20th October. I am happy to post overseas.

Good luck everyone!

Sandi x
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