Proud Peacock Pincushion

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Introduction: Proud Peacock Pincushion

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This lovable feathered friend will wear your pins with pride & lift your spirits while you work! I decided to make a pincushion for a good friend of mine who loves to sew. I wanted something unique and fun to fit her personality, & this is what I conjured up. I was so pleased with the results that I may have to make one for myself too! 

You will need:
Blue yarn ( mine was kind of fuzzy)
Blue felt
yellow 10 thread
H crochet hook
5 crochet hook
ribbon for edging
2 buttons for eyes
Handful of stuffing
Small spool (empty)
Pins (I used colorful ball long pins)
OPTIONAL: magnet & metal plate

PEACOCK PATTERN: (I described how to do something in general instead of a specific stitch count)

Work in continuos rounds with your H hook

HEAD:
Work 6 sc in a magic ring
2 sc in each sc around
sc in each sc around (3 rounds)
Dec 2 together 3 times, then sc in remaining 6 sc
Dec 2 together 3 times, then sc in reamining 3 sc
(stuff the head)

NECK:
Continuing on from the head sc in each sc around (5 rounds)
(stuff the neck)

BODY: 
2 sc in each sc around
sc in each sc around
*sc in the "front" half of the sc of the round, & 2 sc in each of the remaining sc. (increase back portion but remains even in the front)
~sc in each sc around
Alternate between the * and ~ rounds 4 times
sc in each sc around
dec together every 2 sc in rounds until the bottom comes to a close. (stuff the body as you work it closed)
Finish off & hide your tail

FEET: (This is general because the spools size will vary)
Using the yellow thread & smaller hook to crochet a sleeve that will cover the small spool you are using. 
Work 2 shells in the front of the sleeve to resemble feet. (ch 3, 3 treble in same sc, ch 3, join to base = shell)
Sew the covered spool to the bottom of the peacocks body.

 BEAK:
With your yellow thread & small hook Ch 10
Join together creating a ring
sc in each ch around (3 rounds)
dec around until it comes to a point.
Finish off
Sew the beak in place using the tail.

TAIL & WINGS:
For the tail cut a large tear drop shape from the felt (as far as size goes that's sort of up to you & your preference)
For the wings cut 2 "horn" shapes. (You can also use my pictures as a guide for size on your bird)
Crochet along the edges of the tail & wings using your ribbon & poking holes through the felt with your hook as you go.
Hot glue or sew them in place. 

DETAILS:
Hot glue or sew on the eyes you've selected
add your pins where you like them
If you would like you can glue a magnet to the bottom of the feet to help collect those stray pins. 


NOW YOU'RE READY TO SEW WITH PRIDE!!!







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    4 Discussions

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    thomp5km
    thomp5km

    8 years ago on Introduction

    very creative! i wish i knew how to do this stuff, i am no good when it comes to sewing like this haha

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    jessyratfink
    jessyratfink

    8 years ago on Introduction

    That is a really fancy pincushion! I love that you use the tail. Genius! :D