Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Finger Pin Cushion Tute

Towards the end of September I got together with Susie, my friends, Ivete and Andrea, owners of the brand new online fabric store Gotham Quilts - (if you haven't visited their website I highly recommend you head over there, as soon as you've finished reading this of course!) and Nancy to celebrate Nancy's birthday.  Anyone who frequents The City Quilter knows Nancy - she's the store's resident fabric guru, doll maker and felting genius, in fact there's not much that's crafty she's not a guru on!

Here's a pic of me with Nancy at Rhinebeck New York State Sheep and Wool Festival enjoying apple pie!

We decided we'd all make handmade gifts for Nancy and I came up with the idea of making 3 small items using some of the French General Petite Odile fabric I had left over from making my Daddy's Little Girl sampler quilt.

So I made a tiny fabric pot using my own Stacking Basket tute;

I trimmed a hand towel with this fussy cut section of Petite Odile fabric - don't you just love the vintage costumes and toys?; and

I made this finger pin cushion.

Nancy loved her gifts and especially the finger pin cushion - in fact everyone loved the finger pin cushion so I thought I'd share how to make one, they're sooooo easy - like 15 mins max!

Finger Pin Cushion Tute

  • 1 x 4.5" fabric square
  • Right sides together fold in half diagonally.
  • Using a 1/4" seam stitch along two raw edges leaving a small gap for turning and stuffing.
  • Turn and stuff and hand stitch gap closed.
  • Pull the two longest points round to meet each other and overlap slightly - good to try on your finger at this point to see how far to overlap these two points. You can custom make a perfect fit though it's not essential, it can be a kind of 'one size fits most' project.
  • Hand stitch overlapped points into place.

Go on make a whole bunch and see if you get the 'I have to have one' reaction I did!

Happy Birthday Nancy :D

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