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SewUseful, easy and practical a pin cushion made using just 1 square of fabric.

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SewUseful, easy and practical, a pin cushion in lovely lilac woollen fabric made using just 1 square of fabric.

Why ever didnt you get one before, or make one even, really i should have done this years ago, as i dropped my pin-pot so regularly! Too regulalry for a mum with young children... oops.

to save bad language and prickled feets, buy this one today, made by the amazing raggyrat lady, catherine l owen.
Fabric can often come in squares or near square-shape and i have found a way to make a pincushion from 1 piece of fabric, the aforementioned square.

If yours isnt square, just cut it so it is before you begin. Or pop along here and buy this actual famous pincushion and get rid of your plastic pot ASAP http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6145239.

ah, ok - it sold - http://www.etsy.com/view_transaction.php?transaction_id=5593684
 
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Step 1: Get a square of fabric ...

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Or cut a square from a nice piece of cloth. Mine looks to be about 8 inches each side, but i was feeling so excited and inspired i remembered to take most of the pictures but forgot to get my tape measure out!

You can see my edges are a little uneven, but i used a generous seam allowance to prevent fraying fabric, this just means i sewed 'well away' from the edge of the cloth.

Step 2: Fold and pin your fabric

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Fold in half making a rectangle, not a triangle, and pin across both short sides.

This fabric was the same on both sides, but if yours has a right side, and a wrong side, then the right sides go together when you fold.

Step 3: Sew the short sides

Sew right along one short side where you have pinned.

On the other side, sew 2 thirds on the edge together, leaving the middle third unsewn. you can just about see the peach coloured thread with the gap on the left hand side.

This gap will be the opening through which you turn the pin cushion right-sides out, later.
I Love this and just whipped one up and it's sooo cute, now I have to get some polyfil to stuff it and I'll post pictures.
mali baig12 years ago
Plus can you plz post a tutorial regarding how to make that box.. the one thats in the background... loved your work!!
mali baig12 years ago
this is just awesome.... i'm going to make one and gift it to a friend of mine... this is just love!!! <3
Oooh this is darling. I bet I could use the same method to make a nice big one out of upholstery fabric for a floor pillow to lounge on as I fiddle with my crafts.
viviluk6 years ago
i like that box, how do you make that?
so cute! i can't count the number of times i've spilled my pins, and i don't want my 16 month old to find the strays! i'm going make one right away!
raggyrat (author)  elisabethjean6 years ago
have you made one? love to see a pic of possible, i have twins and at 23 months they now hand back the strays, oops, mind you they can also say sharp and are wary of my flying needle! a pin cushion doesnt prevent me dropping singular pins ! xxxx
I loved reading your instructions. Great sense of humor!
HaloJocelyn7 years ago
Love it! Ive been wanting a new pin cushion for months ( I HATE my tomato) and I whip one out that I love in minutes! Thanks a lot for sharing!
Why are they always tomatoes? I don't get it...
raggyrat (author)  HaloJocelyn7 years ago
you are welsome i'd love to see a pic if you take one, i would be happy to blog it :-)
Nice! I'm a gonna make a big one to use as a proper cushion (like for sitting on).
raggyrat (author)  threecheersfornick7 years ago
wow, what a great idea, i wonder how big one would come out of you 'folded' a square of bed sheet ? cheers xxx
newckie7 years ago
Hmmm......fluff from a jumper you say, I agree, it will take too long to collect enough.......... I will use my moulting cat's fur. Great work raggyrat !
raggyrat (author)  newckie7 years ago
thanks newckie, dont forgt to give me a 'plus' and ill send you some of my ferret fur to add to your collection xxxxx
Great job, I really like your instructions, very easy to read and makes it look like "hey, I can do that!" : )
raggyrat (author)  littlebitsys7 years ago
thank you littlebitsys, please give me a plus up at the top there, i love your comment as i was trying very hard to show the work clearly XXXX
schnitzle7 years ago
Simple and lovely! I really like this pincushion, it's really different, yet easy to do. The mice are adorable too!!
raggyrat (author)  schnitzle7 years ago
Thank you dear schnitzle, are you going to try one?
Mitten7 years ago
Do I smell a dead mouse pincushion? *coughCANIDAcough*
raggyrat (author)  Mitten7 years ago
Er, no ... those mice are synthetic fabric, handsewn, and have not at any time had any pins stuck in them. Not sure what you said at the end there, when you were coughing?
canida raggyrat7 years ago
Could you tell us how to make them? They're cute!
raggyrat (author)  canida7 years ago
oooh, you work with real mice dont you? :-)glad you like my wee plushies ...
canida raggyrat7 years ago
They're great! I used to work in transgenic mouse labs, and have a real soft spot for the little guys. I'd love to make mine some synthetic friends!
raggyrat (author)  canida7 years ago
not reccomended - i have seen what pet rats and mice do to thier plush pals ... incedentally, i used to date a laboratory techinician ... but i smelt a rat ... (groan)!
canida raggyrat7 years ago
These guys would just be nearby and decorative! Not toys, as they do tend to shred anything soft for bedding. ;)
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