A very cute cube pincushion

January 15th, 2009

My First Project! And hopefully the first of many.

I did something unthinkable to me just 6 months ago… I set out to start AND finish a personal project and I actually did it! I do so many projects for work and if I do have any free time, I usually spend it on facebook or surfing the internet.  So first of all, I’m so very proud of myself. Secondly, I can’t believe I successfully used my sewing machine! About 13 months ago I bought an amazing sewing/embroidery machine and have yet to sew something completely by myself on it. 

So I wanted to start with something fairly simple… ya know a good warm up to this uncharted territory of actually completing a project. About 6 months ago I bought a sewing project kit by Amy Butler. It has patterns of neat stuff AND even came with some fabric.

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The box that I bought from Barnes & Noble

This is what the pattern shows is the "Final Product"

This is what the pattern shows is the "Final Product"

What you’ll need for this project:

1. Fabric – The pattern specifies wool. In my project closet I found 1 fat square of wool and a few bits of felt. I think this project would be fun in all felt — and no frayed edges. 

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2. A few basic sewing items: scissors, ruler, chalk pencil, seam ripper, thread, needle, pins . After having completed the project, I would recommend a rotary cutter for the squares.

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You can see why I need a new pin cushin...

3. A Sewing Machine

4. Apparently it is necessary to have an iron to sew… But I don’t have one… So I used my Flat iron to get the fabric flat.

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After you have wrinkle-free fabric, you need to measure and cut it. I couldnt find my fabric ruler, so I used a tape measure… My mother would be mortified, but it worked! I marked 3.5″ along a straight looking edge of fabric and then cut the whole strip.

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After I cut out one strip, I layed it on top of the fabric and cut out an identical strip. 

_dsc0070I then layed the two strips on each other but at a 90 degree angle to get the perfect height for my pieces. Once I had a 3.5″ x3.5″ square, I layed it on the other 3.5″ fabric strips to cut squares.

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Once you have the squares, you pretty much start sewing. If you are using a loose wool, you should sew a “stay stitch” which is basically a stitch close to the edge so that it does not frey.stay stitching on loose wool

After you have done the stay stitching, Start with 2 squares and  sew the 4 squares to each other in a row. Keep the right sides facing inward/toward each other, because you’ll want the raw edges showing on your pin cushin.

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After you sew the squares to each other, you’ll want to sew the row ends together to make an “open” cube like this:

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Okay now for the tricky part… The pattern instructs you to pin the remaining squares on the top and bottom of your cube. So i pulled out my trusty pins and started…

 

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This proved fairly difficult and after sewing the first square, I found it fairly unnecessary so I took out all the pins and just held one edge to another while sewing. Please note that all raw edges are on the outside of the cube.

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sewing with the annoying pins

Next I had to do the same thing to the bottom — but only on 3 sides. This I did completely without the needles and it worked just fine. 

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the bottom sewn on three sides… waiting for stuffing

 So I don’t have any stuffing in my closet, so when I got to this point I thought I would just walk 2 minutes to the local quilting shop… Well I walk in and ask for batting and they are all sold out! What was I to do?? I had to get this post out for my readers! So I did what any crazed crafter would do…

I found a pillow!

I found a pillow!

and some scissors!

and some scissors!

Hehe I totally cannibalized a pillow… hopefully Mr. Project won’t mind! I don’t recommend it, but I had no other choice! 

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The pincushion with incriminating pillow stuffing. Note: you'll need about 2.5 times more than you think you will

 

stuffed!

stuffed!

Okay to the hardest part… sewing the last panel while smooshing a 3.5″ cube through your sewing machine:

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But… once that part was over! I had a fabulous cubic pincushion! Just trim all the loose threads and stick in some pins!

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Sooooo… there’s my new fabulous pincushion! However, because I am crazy, I couldn’t stop at just a pin cushion… tomorrow I’ll post the other very cool item I made from this same pattern!

2 Responses to “A very cute cube pincushion”

  1. Shirley Haney says:

    Pincushion looks great……Happy Sewing….. Presently I am finishing my second quilt. Nice accomplishment for me. Best Wishes.

  2. Me and my mother enjoyed reading your blog post. Keep up the excellent job.

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