"Best Smelling Boot in the West" Pin Cushion
Posted by SamanthaW on Friday, September 7th, 2012
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Course Instructor: Samantha Walker
1/3 yard Pink Saddle Designer Cloth from Samantha Walker Saddle Up collection
2 to 3 oz of Poly-fil
1/8 yard Pel-Tec (you only need a small amount for boot base...took me forever to find it because I didn't have the technical name...I asked the lady...I'm looking for the "stiff stuff" people put between fabric on totes...she looked at me strangely...the lady next to her looked up and said, "oh, Pel-Tec and led me to the right spot.)
1 cup rice (or other favorite base fill, I used short grain sushi rice because it is nice and compact.)
1 vanilla bean (optional)
Boots have a bad rap for being old, worn, and stinky...probably because those that use them, live in them. They are a cowboys work horse. In the sewing room, pin cushions can be a seamstresses work horse...and thought it would be fun to also make it a room freshener as well. I love cowboy boots and think they can be adorable...they come in all shapes and sizes...so I used a boot as my inspiration for this pin cushion and added vanilla beans in the center for a yummy aroma.
Please be patient with my instructions as I may not have all the technical sewing lingo down...as I am still learning. (I'm a paper crafter turned sewing enthusiast...but there are still "holes" in my knowledge--the lingo being one of them. I can say that I tested this pattern, and it works to the best of my knowledge.)
Lay out your pattern pieces on the squares you want to feature. This cloth is great for giving your project a multi fabric look with only one fabric to buy.
Lay out your pieces so you can easily grab them in order of steps.
We will work with these two pieces first. (front boot shaft and top foot)
Pin the top of boot foot fabric to the top of the front of boot shaft fabric.
Next, baste the top foot to front boot shank. Make sure that the sides align (the pattern pieces note side alignment.)
Now stitch a decorative stitch to conceal raw edge.
I used a scalloped satin stitch on my edge...choose what works best from your machine selection.
Next, remove basting stitch.
Now you will create a series of 4 small tucks (or darts...not sure on the terminology here. ;o) Just look at the pictures to see what I'm talking about. I just wasn't sure if you still call them darts when it didn't refer to a dress. )
Start the first dart as shown in above picture.
My darts are a little over an inch wide, and tuck in only 1/4 inch of fabric. I did a series of 4 darts somewhat evenly spaced. (Mine aren't perfect, so yours don't have to be either...just be sure not to tuck too much fabric...we are just adding a little shape and decoration to the top of the boot here...not shrinking the foot area.)
The above photo shows 3 finished dart tucks...just need one more.
Now we are going to get these two pieces and attach them...the back boot shaft and the back boot foot heel.
Now we will pin the back of the boot shaft to the foot heel with fabric facing.
Now attach the back boot shaft to the foot heel with 1/4 inch seam allowance.
Now we will align the front of the boot shaft and back of the boot shaft.
Now pin the front to the back as shown...yes, that is with the face fabric showing.
Stitch the front piece to the back piece, leaving 1/2 inch seam allowance. This extra space will allow for us to cut a cute ragged fringe in a later step.
Now we will turn the boot into position...then flip it inside out.
Pull from toe area and turn boot 1/4 turn into position...
this is what it should look like...we will only keep it here briefly...just wanted to show you how it should look when positioned from the outside, because we will need it in this position but turned inside out.
After it has been turned inside out...we will mark the darts on the back of the boot shaft and the back of the foot heel. Sew on these lines making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of your lines.
Now flip the boot right side out again.
Cut 4 one inch by eight and one half inch strips of fabric (don't worry about where you cut them on your fabric...any section of this print will work.)
Now pin two strips along the joining section of the shafts on both sides. (photo will help here.)
Turn the boot wrong side out...now you will sew the fabric strips on. You can either do one straight stitch down the middle, or two straight stitches that barely straddle the joint. This part is a little tricky because it requires turning the fabric out as you go...see picture below...it will make more sense as you sew it, as you will see where you need to turn the fabric.
Heel assembly...lay out your pieces...find the two marked "back of heel." Sew them together with fabric facing along the diagonal edge.
Now we will line up the heel pieces so that the "v" of the back of the boot heel envelops the back of the curve on the bottom of the heel.
Now flip the back of the boot heel down (fabric facing) making sure to center the edge of the curve, and the seam of the back of the boot heel line up. Place your first pin here, then work around the edge.
Sew together with 1/4 inch seam allowance. Then pin on the front of the heel, let 1/4 inch over hang the open portion of the heel (pattern pieces in the PDF are marked for this 1/4 inch lip) Sew the front of the heel at the sides and the bottom, leaving the 1/4 inch lip.
now you will pin the boot heel to the inside of the boot foot heel. Pin the sole too, start with the center pin at the toe, then work around. Sew around the sole and boot heel. Then join the boot heel and the sole. You will have 1/4 inch of fabric from the sole that you will join with the 1/4 inch of fabric from the heel.
Turn boot right side out.
Then snip a fringe into the strips that are on the seams of the boot shafts, by snipping in toward the joining seams without snipping the threads.
Now we will add the boot pulls (okay for those who have eagle eyes...yes, I have the boot pulls on already in the previous step...I forgot to snap the fringe snipping picture before I put the pulls on.)
Cut a bandana square from the fabric, which is a 6 inch square...now cut it in half so that you have two 3X6 squares.
Fold strip in half, then sew around two edges (1/4 seam allowance fabric facing in) leaving one short end open.
Now turn the strip out and tuck in the end about 1/4 inch. Make two of these strips.
Now sew the boot straps to the boot with a square and a decorative X in the center. Make sure to leave 1/3 to 1/2 inch at the top to allow for joining the top piece of the boot. Do this on both sides.
Cut three identical pieces that will become the top of the boot...only one of the fabric matters for pattern and color, place that one on top, and stack the fabric up.
Now pin the fabric together. Then pin the top of the boot to the top of the shaft of the boot.
The narrowest part of the top of the boot will pin centered to the dip in the shaft in the boot...start at the center, then work your way around with pins.
Leave one 2 to 3 inch section open for filling.
Sew around edge leaving raw edge out and exposed. Cut a fringe into this edge as we did with the strips on the side of the boot.
cut the fringe far down enough to come close to the seam thread, but not all the way.
Now wash and dry your boot to start curling your fringe. (I can't believe I'm showing you my dirty laundry...there it is in all it's glory...I have more of that where that came from!)
Cut a piece of Pel-Tex to fit into the boot heel, and sole for stiffness. Use the sole and heel pattern pieces to see where to cut the Pel-Tex, cut from just inside the seam line so that it fits into the boot. (you can skip this step...but I like the firm flatness it gives to the bottom of the boot.)
Now fill the bottom of the boot with about a cup of rice...break up one or two vanilla beans and put them in with the rice. Stuff the rest of the boot with Poly-Fill (fiber-fill...or "stuffing" as I called it to the lady in the fabric store who helped me find it.)
Now you have a finished boot. Yeah!
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