Posted by quiltedfish on Friday, July 27th, 2012
Hello! I am Amanda Herring from The Quilted Fish and I am so excited to be posting here on Cutting Corners! I have been excited for my opportunity to make a pincushion tutorial. I have to share a little back story to why I made what I did. My family loves to go camping. Last year we bought a camper to keep us warm, dry and comfy. I was truly excited except for one thing. The interior was brown. ALL brown. It was just begging to be changed. So I have had a great time redecorating it in bright colors. I don't have any pictures of the inside, but I have one of the outside. Here is what we call our "Glamper" (glamorous camper):
We have spent a lot of time in the trailer this summer, and I have had a hard time tearing myself away from family and play. So I had to make a pincushion to honor the wonderful summer we have had playing in the glamper! Here it is....
Isn't it a cute little glamper? You can roll it around next to your sewing machine! I used Apple of my Eye fabrics designed by The Quilted Fish. Oh yeah, that's me! Isn't that exciting! I will talk about that a little bit more later...
If you want to make your own glamper, here is what you will need:
1/4 yard for sides
1/4 yard heavy weight fusible interfacing
1/4 yard white muslin
scraps for door and curtains
1 decorative button
1/4" dowel cut into two 4 1/2" lengths
four 1/2" jewels
four 1 1/2" wooden toy wheels (I found mine at Joann's)
Template printed on cardstock
Cut out your template. Cut an 8" x 11" piece of fabric and interfacing. Fuse the interfacing to the wrong side of the fabric. Trace the template twice onto the interfacing side of the fabric. Cut both out.
Trace the windows onto a piece of muslin about the size of the template.
Place the muslin on the right side of one of the fabric pieces.
Sew on the traced window lines, being careful to stay right on the line. Cut inside the windows about 1/4" from the seam and clip into curves. Cut down the middle of the muslin
Turn the muslin to the wrong side of the fabric and press.
Trim excess fabric away.
Cut a piece of fabric 1 1/2" x 6" for the large window curtain. On one long edge, fold 1/4" to the wrong side and press. Top stitch. Sew a gathering stitch along the other long edge.
Gather to about 3". Pin to the wrong side of the large window. BASTE in place. Repeat for the small window using a 1 1/2" x 3" piece of fabric.
Trace the door onto the wrong side of the fabric for the door. Cut out, leaving 1/2" allowance.
Sew the button in place on the door. Cut out one template from muslin. Place it on the back and baste around the edges, 1/8" from the edge.
Top stitch around the windows.
Cut a piece of fabric 19" x 4" and two 1 1/2" x 3 1/2".
Fold the ends 1/4" to the wrong sides and press.
Fold the sides 1/4" and press.
Mark 2" from each end of the 19" x 4" piece of fabric. Center the folded piece of fabric on the mark. Sew in down each side, sewing close to the edge. Repeat on the other end.
Fold the 19" piece of fabric in half, right sides together and sew together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Press seam open.
Pin the circular piece to the side of the glamper and sew in place.
Repeat on with the other side, leaving a 2" opening.
It looks a little bit like a toaster!
Turn right side out and stuff to desired stiffness.
Paint the wheels and insert the dowel into the wheel.
Slip the dowel into the casings on the bottom of the glamper and put the other wheels on the other end of the dowel. Glue jewels in place on wheels.
Stick your pins in your glamper and enjoy!
Thanks so much for reading along! I really appreciate it. I hope you love the little glamper. If you want to know more about me, you can click here to read about me on Riley Blake's website and even see pics of my next fabric line that will be out this October. It has been great fun being here....happy camping and happy sewing!
Hugs and Fishes!!