Wednesday, May 1, 2013

"A" is for Armrest Pincushion

Sew: drop cloth armrest pincushion

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

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

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

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

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!

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:

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

4. Add binding to top edge of pocket exteriors:

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:

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:

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:

Top stitch in ditch from front side.

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Maria said...

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

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 :)

Emily said...

Pinned! This is an awesome project.

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