Ruffled Heart Pincushion Tutorial
Posted by JenniferA on Friday, February 10th, 2012
In honor of Valentine's day, I decided to create an adorable ruffled heart pincushion. It's a super easy project and really easy to customize the size/shape of your heart. At the bottom of this post I have a printable template that will give you a heart the same size and shape as this one.
For this project I used two designs from So Sophie by Jen Allyson & Deena Rutter and printed out the heart template (raw heart is 7" wide)
Then I cut two hearts out of the main fabric using my template
And then a 2" wide strip from the accept fabric (aprox 44" long)
I took that strip and sewed a wide gather or basting stitch. A ruffler foot would work as well.
Then I pulled on the thread and gathered the strip making sure that the final length would fit around my heart shape.
I also folded the raw ends in on themselves and stitched them on the bottom edge to keep them folded
Then I pinned the ruffle to the right side of the fabric heart, using plenty of pins to keep it all lined up.
I then ran the heart through the sewing machine slowly, and then removed the pins and trimmed the stray threads.
Then I pinned the other heart right-side facing the ruffles, leaving a 2.5" gap for turning it inside out.
After I pinned it, I turned it over to the already sewn side to run it through the sewing machine. This way I could follow the existing seam and not have any stitching show. Here is a picture of my stitching, the lower stitch is my second stitch which effectively hides the original stitch once it's turned inside out.
I turned the heart right-side out and it looked like this - there is some puckering in the "v" of the heart but once it's stuffed that will go away.
I used a regular polyester fiber-fill to stuff the heart, and then just did a quick hand-stitch to close it up!
And there you go! A cute and pretty quick ruffle heart pincushion.
You can also visit my blog this week for a So Sophie Giveaway so you can make your very own matching heart pincushion! Happy Valentine's Day, and happy crafting!
- Jen Allyson, designer, blogger, & project girl!
Click on the image below to download the heart template