Saturday, April 1, 2017

DIY Armrest Pincushion

diy armrest pincushion

A quick and easy armrest pincushion gift made using drop cloth and blue gingham binding.

diy armrest pincushion

I borrowed Amy's pattern from During Quiet Time as inspiration for this very utilitarian gift.

diy armrest pincushion

I added the word 'sew' with a buttonhole stitch on one pocket:

diy armrest pincushion

Amy's pattern is perfect for any size armrest and sits comfortably in place ready and waiting for all those straight pins:

diy armrest pincushion

No more sticking pins into the furniture!  Now you have the perfect little pincushion complete with two side pockets to hold your scissors because I know those tiny handsewing scissors ALWAYS get lost in the cracks!

diy armrest pincushion

Here's how to make the drop cloth armrest pincushion:

1. Using Amy's pattern as a guide I modified the pieces as follows:

back panel: 1 @ 20" x 7"
pocket exteriors: 2 @ 6" x 7"
pincushion: 1 @ 7 1/2" x 10"
binding: 1 1/2" bias cut strip @ 70"l
fabric letters (see how to in my post here)

2. Iron letters in place onto pocket exterior:

how to make an armrest pincushion

3. Sew around edge using buttonhole or zig zag stitch:

how to make an armrest pincushion

4. Add binding to top edge of pocket exteriors:

how to make an armrest pincushion

5. Sew short ends (7 1/2"l) of pincushion piece together to make a tube.
Turn right side out and place seam at center bottom.

6. Layout back panel and pin pocket exteriors in place.
Pin ONLY ONE side of pincushion tube in place:

how to make an armrest pincushion

7. Sew binding in place beginning near UNPINNED portion of pincushion, stop short of open end of pincushion.
Fill pincushion with stuffing and stitch opening closed:

how to make an armrest pincushion

8. Place pin cushion in position and finish sewing binding.

9. Clip sharp corners for a rounded edge.
To complete binding fold over raw edge twice and pin in place on backside just beyond seam:

how to make an armrest pincushion

Top stitch in ditch from front side.

make an armrest pincushion using drop cloth

3 comments:

  1. I love this idea!!!! How cute and practical! My mom does a lot of embroidery and she would just love this! Great idea!

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  2. I'm one of those people who stick pins in furniture, lol. I have to make this, its so cute, I love the check fabric.
    thanks for another fantastic tutorial :)

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  3. Pinned! This is an awesome project.

    I'm your newest follower via GFC!

    ~Emily
    A Tossed Salad Life

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