Sunday, 25 September 2011

Pin Cushion Tutorial

Hi all,

I have been working on some sewing items for a club project I will be teaching.  I thought I would share with you this simple method for making a pin cushion.

You will need:
  • a needle and cotton
  • a pony bead
  • a 2p to use as a template
  • some felt in the desired colour of your cushion
  • some green (or brown) felt for the decoration on top
  • scissors

First cut a circle of felt slightly larger than your 2p.

Using your needle and thread do a running stitch around the outside of your circle.  Leave a 2mm gap to prevent fraying.

Put your pony bead in the centre of your circle of felt then pulling on the cotton gather up the edges so your pony bead becomes trapped inside.

Pull the gathered edge of the felt tight so the pony bead is no longer visible.  Secure the top with a few stitches.

Now you need to stitch through the hole in the centre of your pony bead then come up round the outside of your cushion 6 times so the thread creates segments on your cushion. Secure the thread at the top.

Now you need to cut out your leaf decoration, a simple flower shape from green felt.

Stitch the leaf to the top of your cushion which will cover up the gathered edge of the felt.  Cut off your remaining thread....and voila a finished pin cushion. 

You can make them in any colours you like.  The only limit is your imagination.  Small pieces of thin wire can be stuck into the felt to simulate pins.  Smaller versions of the cushions can be made with smaller pony beads and thinner felt.


Natalie xx

Sunday, 18 September 2011

A new blog to check out!

Hi all,

Sorry I haven't posted for a while, minis have been a bit thin on the ground recently. I have started back at work after my summer holidays and have been really busy.  To try and compensate take a look at my sister Lorraines' new blog.  I have been nagging her for ages to start one as she makes and sells some really amazing minis.  She hasn't many posts as yet but hopefully with a bit of encouragement she'll add some more.


Natalie x

Saturday, 3 September 2011

1/12 Scale Wands

Hi all,

Sorry I haven't posted in a while but I have been away on holiday and visiting my family which were both lovely. 

I hope you like my newest minis, I turned some wizard/witches wands using my mini drill.  I have only decorated a couple of them, but plan on decorating more.