One problem I have while hand sewing are the pins. I mean, sure there is that little tomoto where pins can go, but a lot of times I'll wander off with my pinned project, I'll be cutting, and sewing, and I don't want a loose tomoto. I saw these mini strawberries (and the tutorial here) you can attach to your tools to solve this little problem. These also help identify which tool belongs to you in a group of sewers. I mostly sew by myself at about 3 am, but if my dogs take up sewing, we'll never get our tools mixed up.
As for the process, I'm going to blog it here, I'm always afraid links will disappear. I made four of these guys, one for me, and three for sewing friends, but I don't think I'm finished with these cute little guys. I puffy heart this project.
Mini Strawberry Pin Cushion How To
1. I cut 3x3 squares out of this fabric I bought a year or so ago for no reason other than the fact that I fell in love with it, I do this too often. Fold it over, and cut a curve.
2. Sew down the raw edge, and then again across the bottom to create a flat bottom.
3. Thread a needle along the top edge, and stuff....stuff...stuff. Pull, and tie off.
4. Cut a 2x4 piece from green fabric. Fold it, with the right side facing out. Trace leaves (4-5). Sew. Cut. The raw edge will be exposed. I can live with that.
5. Cute a small slit in the center, thread a ribbon through. Tie a knot.
6. Glue the ribbon down with hot glue.
7. Glue with leaves onto the strawberry.
8. Repeat 6,547 times.
And they all lived happily ever after.