Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Strawberry Mini Pin Cushions

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. 


Deb said...

too cute.....did you ever teach in Irving? you look familiar

Anonymous said...

Those are adorable. I definitely need a few of these!! My tomatos (lol) are always in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Christy said...

Christy (TX Christy) These are awesome! So adorable. They might just inspire me to take that sewing class.

I made some updates to the missions trip craft blog ( including finally managing to try my own nylon flowers. I still link to your post though. My next goal is to get some guest posts, etc. Hope we can stay in touch!
CA Christy