Monday, February 11, 2013

Pin Cushion Design Tutorial - Part 2

If you have ever made a pincushion using a Compact Disk as the bottom...then you'll have no trouble with this tutorial. It is essentially the same kind of process...only I like to use canning jar lids instead. This tutorial is sized for the "wide mouth lids"; but could be reduced with very little effort to work with the regular size lids too. Canning jar lids are available in most standard grocery might have to ask "where". You don't need the "rings"...just the lids. Here where I am, they are about $3.50 for a dozen.
If you can't find the lids...then any pair of sturdy circles measuring about 3.25 inches across the center will work. Cut them out of quarter inch wood, for example...but remember to sand the edges! Hugs.
Supplies Needed:
Fabric for top of pin cushion (nothing too stretchy or too dense)
Fabric for foundation of top (muslin, thin cotton)
Fabric for inside lining (muslin, thin cotton)
Cotton or Cotton/Polyester or stuffing
Silk Ribbon, Embroidery Threads, Beads, Etc depending on the specific Pin Cushion Design chosen
Two wide-mouth canning jar lids
Strong thread/cording to gather and tack tightly
Optional: E-6000 Glue
Step One: Trace the Circle on the Design sheet at Part 1 of this Tutorial on to your Foundation Fabric. This tracing is on the back of the fabric.
Step Two (Optional): Each design will include a reverse design that includes "dots" to mark the position of major elements in the design...such as the top/bottom of leaves, center of large flowers, spokes of the wrapped rose, etc. Transfer the dot markings from your chosen Pin Cushion Design to your Foundation Fabric Circles to mark placement of flowers, leaves, you wish. You can also freehand all of the design if you don't want to create it so literally.

To transfer the dots...first, punch a hole with a needle over every red dot in the design. (This photo has no dots, I just used the top/bottom of leaves and the center of flowers, etc and eyeballed where to punch. Then, I went back to the design sheets and added little red dots ...which will make it easier for you to see where the needle should put a hole.)

Here is how the design looks with just the holes on the back. 

Now, use these holes as placement for a sharp lead pencil...and transfer the "dots" to the muslin foundation fabric.

Step Three (Optional): Annotate your design so that you can clearly understand "what the dots mean". Here, for example, I have used different colored pins to go over the dots again for different design elements (red dots for the spokes and center of the Wrapped Roses, larger pink dots for the French Knot Gathered Roses, green dots for the leaves); have draw a line between the top/bottom dots for each leaf; and (later on) have added a squiggly line to remind me of which leaves were detached chain stitch ribbon leaves instead of the stab stitch ribbon leaves.
Step Four: Place the Top Fabric over the foundation fabric. Be sure to keep the annotations side of the foundation fabric down, so you can see it. Stitch these two pieces of fabric together by running a machine zig-zig along the outside drawn line. (Forgot to take a photo before the stitching was done...but, hopefully you get the idea from this "after" shot.)
Step Five: Complete the embroidery, silk ribbon, and beading as the design reflects. (Shown in Part 3 of this tutorial). Set this completed top section aside for now.
Step Six: Take the fabric for the lining and trace a circle using the outer-most circle on the Pattern in Part 1 of this tutorial. Using a strong thread/cord gather this circle until you have an opening about 2 inches across. Tie off the cord/thread. (I used a ball of perle thread to show you that there is an opening when this circle has been gathered up.)
Step Seven: Fill this "lining bag" with poly fill. Use small amounts...over and over...stuffing and packing until the lining resembles a tight little round pillow. Take a piece of cord and criss-cross over the opening to keep the stuffing in place and to draw up the sides to create a nice shape. Poke more stuffing inside if you need to to get this nice and firm. This will be the inside of the pin cushion.
Step Eight: Take strong cord/thread and gather the finished top of the pin cushion.Place the stuffed lining and then one of the large mouth jar lids into the top. Draw up the cord and gather the top around the lining ball of stuffing...and around the jar lid. Draw this up tightly (that's why you need really strong cording). Take a few stitches to anchor...and then criss-cross the excess thread until you have secured the gathering pleats as nicely as possible. You might need additional pieces of cording to get this neat.

Step Nine:
Using the canning jar lid as a guide, cut a circle of felt about one-inch larger than the lid on all sides. Gather this around the lid. Secure the gathering thread.

Step Ten: Use E-6000 glue or tiny stitches (or both) to secure the bottom felt piece to the top of the pincushion. You can also cover any space between the two with trim if you desire.
Tomorrow, we'll talk about the first of the Pin Cushion Designs (PCD) in this series.



liniecat said...

Thats beautiful! Almost too pretty to stab with pins lol

Melody said...

Thank you for sharing such a beautiful project