Posted by AmyC on Friday, January 20th, 2012
by Amy Chappell
I have loved the look of the sprocket pillows and the fun and lively prints in the Sunny Happy Skies collection and I thought they would make the perfect pair. I used a 5" stack to create my pincushion, but this would be the perfect project to use up your favorite Riley Blake fabric scraps.
To begin you will need scraps of fabric and a circle. When choosing the size of your circle, keep in mind you will lose approx 1" in size due to seam allowances. I started with a 6" circle and ended up with a 5" pieced circle.
You will start by cutting the circle in half, then quarters. Making the 1/8th is the trickiest part. Line up the quarter on a grid and using a ruler divide it in half. This will leave you with your template. Take your template and trace it onto 8 different scraps of fabric.
Once you have all the pieces cut out you will want to mark the point where the 1/4" seam allowances cross. This point will be where you stop sewing when piecing the triangles together, or you can cut off the tip at that point. Sew the pieces into pairs, then the pairs into halves. Press the seams to one side. Sew the two halves together, lining up the center intersections as well as possible. Press the final seam open. You can also trim some of the bulk off the center points if you didn't cut them off before. Take your finished top and trace it onto the bottom piece. Now we're ready for the sides.
I chose to make my sides 3" tall. You can make them taller or shorter, just remember your seam allowances. I decided to sew a ruffle down the center of the side panel. For the length, I estimated the length I would need using the formula for the circumference of a circle (diameter of the circle X 3.14). For my circle (5" now) the length was just over 15". I added a bit and cut a piece 3" by 16". After sewing on the ruffle, I was ready to pin the side to the top of my pincushion.
I make sure sides are exactly the right length using the following method: pin the side all the way around the top of the pincushion, leaving a section of the first end free. When the second end meets up with the first end, fold the ends over until they meet exactly. Mark the points where they meet. Line up the points and sew a straight line along the seams, trim down to a 1/4" seam allowance. Finish pinnning the loose ends to the top of the pincushion. Sew around using a 1/4" seam allowance.
I pressed the seam allowance toward the side in order to have the top stand out a bit more, but this is optional.
Repeat the process for the bottom of the pincushion, pinning and sewing, making sure to leave a section open for turning and stuffing.
Once the pincushion is turned and stuffed, hand or machine sew the opening closed.
This is the finished pincushion. Looking at it, I decided I needed to tuft the pincushion by adding a button embellishment to the center. I layered two buttons, including one of the darling flower accent buttons from Riley Blake, and used pearl cotton to sew through the entire pincushion, cinching it in the center.
Perched on top of a small wooden stand, I think it will make a darling addition to my sewing accessories.
One final shot showing the layering of the buttons. I just love how this turned out. Bright and cheerful- just like I love it.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see more of my tutorials and projects on my blog www.amerooniedesigns.blogspot.com.