Pin Cushion Cottage
Posted by doodlebug on Friday, June 15th, 2012
Measurements of the finished pincushion are: 3” x 3” (base) and 4” high at the tallest point of the house.
12” x 12” square of doodlebug “tuxedo” black & white fabric for house 12” x 12” square of iron on interfacing
8” x 6” fabric for roof
4” x 6” warm & natural
3” x 3” foam board, for inside bottom of house 20” of pink rick rack
white fabric scraps for five windows
assorted flower and leaf buttons, button doorknob and bluebird braddie coordinating thick thread to match button colors
bright green thread for window pane dividers
poly fiber fill and another stuffing for weight (such as walnut shells or rice) print outs of patterns
Instructions: The House:
1. Trace the two patterns for the house onto interfacing including the cut and sewing lines. (we did that first because it was hard to see through once it is on the fabric)
2. Fuse the interfacing onto the wrong side of the fabric
3. Cut out the patterns and set aside
4. Trace and stitch the word “welcome: onto the scrap of pink fabric or use a machine with embroiderng capabilities. You may want to fuse stabilizer to the back depending on the weight of your fabric.
5. Cut out the “welcome” sign, door and five windows. Press under a 1/4” to the back on all sides making a nice finished edge.
(windows are smaller on the front of the house) Once again you may want to iron stabilizer to the back for stability.
6. Place the door, welcome sign and all the windows onto the house so you can mark where to sew the stems and get good spacing for the windows etc.
7. Topstitch or applique’ the windows, welcome sign and door. (We used coordinating colors of thread)
8. change your thread to bright green and using the zig zag stitch or satin stitch, sew the flower stems and the window dividers. (Our machine settings were: W 1.5, L .3 for stems and W 2.5, L .3 for window dividers)
9. With RST, sew the seams of the house.
10. Sew on door knob, flowers and leaf buttons using coordinating thread.
11. Push the blue bird braddie through the fabric so it is sitting on the welcome sign and fasten.
12. Turn inside out and sew top piece on leaving a side open.
13. Turn right side out, place foam board in the opening and push to the very bottom of house to help keep the shape.
14. Put in the stuffing for weight first, and then finish with the poly-fill.
15. Hand stitch the opening.
1. Cut two pieces 4” x 6” for the roof.
2. Cut one piece 3 1/2” x 5 1/2” of warm & natural.
3. On one of the pieces for the roof, trace a 1/4” seam line on the right side of the fabric. Sew the ric rac on the traced line.
4. Layer the fabrics RST with the piece of warm & natural on top. Stitch pieces together using the ric rac seam as a guide. Leave a 2” opening for turning.
5. Turn right side out and iron flat. Hand stitch the opening.
6. Center the roof on top of the house and blindstitch to house under the roof eaves.
If you would like to purchase an embellshment kit, (this would include flower buttons, leaf buttons, a small door knob button and a bird braddie) email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide her with your mailing address and a credit card # for the the kit. The amount is $10.00 + $2.00 (orders outside the U.S. may require more postage)