Supplies you'll Need: 5 or 6 fabric squares (6.5 x 6.5inches) 2 Buttons Embroidery Thread Scissors Ruler Needle & Thread Bone Folder (optional) Sewing Machine* *If you're new to sewing, my 'How to Use your Sewing Machine for Beginners' video will introduce you to your machine and help you get comfortable with simple techniques.
Trim one of the fabrics about 2 inches wide and connect a new square front-to-front with it. Sew a straight line on one side, unfold and iron the new seam flat. Continue doing this until you have enough stripes that they reach 6" wide. Note: Try different sized stripes and a fun collection of fabric for the best result! And a few crooked lines are a blessing, they make it look even cooler :)
As you sew on each new piece, keep the bulk of the fabric AND the majority of the stripes to your left... then sew the straight line along the rightside of the new fabric. It sounds tricky but once you get the hang of it, it's very easy :]
Trim any jagged ends into a straight edge. You can also trim the height to 6" tall and cut the width to 6" as well. Note: If your front seems thin/see-through, you may want to add a liner. Just layer it behind the striped fabric (your pinned fabrics will be layered in this order: 1=liner, 2=striped fabric [goodside facing up], 3=backpiece [goodside facing down])
Chose a piece of fabric for the back that measures 6x6", pin it good side to good side with the striped fabric you just created (i forgot to trim the width to 6" for the photo above, yours will be the same size as your back piece). When pining your squares, leave an 'opening reminder' (mine is the 2 red pins) so that you remember to leave a 2" opening for stuffing the pin cushion.
Stuff your pin cushion making sure that there is stuffing in the corners too. For pin cushions, it's good to put lots of stuffing so that it's semi-firm. Using a needle and matching thread, stitch the opening closed with a small blanket or whip stitch (or any stitch you feel comfortable with).
We're going to use a button center to take away some of the puffy roundness. Using a long needle and embroidery thread, sew both your buttons on at the same time (one on each side). Notice the harder you pull the thread, the deeper the buttons will set into the pillow. I pulled mine a medium amount, like a sticky twizzler. Note: Putting a button on both sides of the pillow acts as a 'stopper' so that your stitches do not rip through the fabric. It's also really pretty :) This stitching technique will make things much easier :)
Congrats! You're done making a pin cushion from scratch!!
If you'd like to participate in the Pin Cushion Swap: Leave your name, email address and location in the comments of this post. Courtney and I will pair everyone up and post the swap list THURSDAY. Check back here on Thursday, Feb 4th to discover your swap partner, then contact each other for mailing addresses and to introduce yourself :) It's really fun and pin cushions are inexpensive to ship, even Worldwide! I've made a pretty yellow pincushion with a Canada button on it for my swap partner... can't wait to meet you! :) Deadline for Entry: Monday, Feb.1 Deadline for Shipping your Pin Cushion: Sunday, Feb 28 *You can make any style pin cushion, it does not need to be from this tutorial (but that is allowed). *Please only enter the swap if you'll contact your partner & can participate on time. Thank you. Let the games begin!