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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

Here's another one I made too - small prints are so cute on these finger pincushions.  You can see more pics here

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28 comments:

  1. Thanks for the tutorial, what a fun gift this will make :)

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  2. Nancy is such a lovely lady, I'm honoured to be able to say I've met her, as you know!! I am sure she loved her gifts, they are just fab and that tutorial is great, I shall have to whip some up as Christmas presents :-))

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  3. I love the knit sweater that you are wearing in the photo with Nancy eating pie. Did you knit it? It's beautiful. I never saw a finger pincushion quite like yours before. Thanks for the tutorial.

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    1. I did knit it, I made it for Flicky years ago but she never wore it so about 2 years ago I took it back. The pattern is Down by Kim Hargreaves from her Misty book and the wool is Rowan Kidsilk Haze (Ghost). I've knitted quite a few Kim Hargreaves' patterns, she designs and writes them well. :D

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  4. I loved that finger pincushion and now I can make myself one with your tutorial! Thank you!

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  5. Very nice gifts and thanks for the finger pincushion tutorial ... so cute! Where do you get your custom labels? ❤️

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    1. Email me your email address Jane and I'll send you the details - Chris :D madebyChrissieD@hotmail.com

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  6. Lovley gifts Chris - I am going to try the pincushion and the little pot. xx

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  7. I purchased a couple of these and love them. They are so quick and easy to make.

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  8. So cute! I wonder if my mom would use one of these instead of her shirt for sewing pens and needles on the go. I think it's worth a try! Thanks for the tutorial. Visiting from What to do Weekends =)

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  9. This is a very interesting idea, I may have to try it out, it took me a little while to figure out how you would actually wear it and then the penny dropped - it's like a ring, initially I assumed it was like a thimble.

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    1. Absolutely Sarah, I'll have to make another and take a pic of how to wear it - Chris :D

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  10. Thanks for tutorial, I don't have a finger pin cushion and I can see there would be times they would be quite handy.

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  11. Thanks for sharing this tutorial! I have one of these finger pin cushions that I purchased at an Amish store this past Summer. I absolutely love it and always wondered how to make one. Now I know! Thanks!

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  12. I absolutely need that finger pin cushion! Thanks for the tutorial.

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  13. Love the pin cushion! Thank you for sharing the tutorial on this! Its fantastic!

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  14. I love the pin cushion as well.....just too cute!

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  15. Oh my goodness, that is so cute, Chrissie! I've been trying to wrap up some painting and craft projects so I can do some sewing and one of these pincushions will be my first project. Thanks so much for sharing the tutorial!

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  16. Hi there
    Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Saturday Spotlight post this week!
    Saturday Spotlight
    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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  17. Hi, I'd insert a small piece of mylar type plastic / milk bottle plastic in the pincushion. That way, you won't hurt yourself if you put your pins in too deep!

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  18. The finger pin cushion looks great. I would love to see it in use. Is there any extra precaution that needs to be taken to stop pinning your finger?

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    1. Another reader has suggested inserting a milk bottle plastic cap inside the pin cushion to stop the pins going through to your finger - pretty good idea! - Chris :D

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  19. Cute! I might try to make the pincushion as stocking stuffers for the sewers in my family. Thanks so much for sharing at the Make it Monday Party! Hope to see you again next week.

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  20. Ive made these, so easy arent they, and so useful, I love the little thread catcher too

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  21. Wow, what an adorable (and useful) little make, I love it. Thanks for sharing, looking forward to reading more of your blog while I'm here

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  22. I have never seen a finger pin cushion, Chrissie. I'm pretty sure I'd stab myself, but Nancy is obviously more co-ordinated or careful than me. A fabulous gift.

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  23. Super-cute. I've never seen a finger one before! I might need to make several for my quilty friends. :) www.quiltartbymegan.com

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