Wednesday, April 29, 2015

My Farm Girl Pincushion Tutorial!

I love pincushions and as 
far as I'm concerned…
 I can never have too many:)

I thought it would
 be fun to show you
a few things that you can
make with some of my 
6" Farm Girl blocks…

so tonight I'm showing you the 
Farm Girl Pincushion 
that I just made.

Ready - Set - Sew!

First…You need to make a 6" Farm Girl block:)
This one happens to be Apronstrings…

from page 8 of my book 
I chose to use this block 
because we are
making it this week 
on our first

After you have sewn your block…
Cut 2 -7 1/2 squares 
to use for the back of your pincushion.
(I used 2 different fabrics, but they can be the same)

Fold them in half with 
wrong sides together like this…
and press.

Now place them together 
with folds towards the center...
and place block right side down
in the center.
Make sure the center seams of block
 line up with the folds where they 
meet in the middle like this.

Pin into place.

This is what the back looks like.

Stitch 1/4"all the way around
 the edge of your block…
and backstitch where the folds meet
 on the back to secure nicely.

This is what the back looks like
after the stitching.

Okay…now trim
 backing fabric edges even with block.
turn right side out yet.

Take a small ruler and measure in
1" on the corners.

Mark a line like this...

On all four corners of the back...

As well as the front.

Pinch corners up together like this
so that your marked line is straight...

and the seam allowances are opposite.

Stitch across on marked lines…
several times to secure:)
(the back lines should line up with
the front lines before stitching)

Trim off excess leaving about 1/4" seam allowance.

Your corners will look like this…
super cute…right?

after you have trimmed
all 4 corners…
turn it right side out like this:)

This is what the back 
or I guess I should say
now looks like.

I love how the corners are
 squared up nice and neatly!

Now for the stuffing:)

I just started to sew
 a small whip stitch
as I went along.

I stuffed it firmly
especially in the corners…
but I left a little room 
for the button in the center.

I chose a cute 1" aqua flower button.

I used Perle Cotton #5
for strength and a doll needle
because they are super long!
(these are from Hobby Lobby)

Then I chose a yellow button for the back
and double threaded my needle …
and knotted the end.
I inserted needle into one of the holes
making sure the button was exactly centered.

I came up to the front and into the bottom 
of the aqua button and back down 
into the other buttonhole.
Make sure it is centered on top as well.

Then I came back down into the 
other hole of the yellow button like this.

Then I cut off my needle so that
I could hand tie a knot.
I pushed down in the center
before tying it off securely
several times….

And trimmed off the ends like this.

You can see the button goes down
from the side view:)

And there you have it!
A pincushion perfect for any Farm Girl:)

I loaded mine up with pins

And put it on a vintagey stand
that I made with a thrifted
square glass dish and 
a short glass candle holder.

I love the way that it turned out
using my Apronstrings block…
and I can think of several other of
 my Farm Girl blocks that would make
a fun pincushion as well!

 I'll see you again 
on Friday morning…YeeHaw!


dream quilt create said...

It's so adorable Lori, thanks for the great tutorial :) These will make great gifts!

Hope said...

Very it. Thanks for sharing.

Tammy said...

I think this is a must make for the Farm Girl Vintage Sew Along. I'm all ready for Farm Girl Friday's and this pretty pincushion will make the perfect addition to my farm supplies : )
2 more sleeps!!! Sew excited!!!

Shauna said...

Ooh think I will make this today as a warm up project good excuse to get sewing today. Can't wait for us to get going - moving house on Tuesday but have already warned my husband I will be sewing on Friday - Been apart from my sewing machine for 6 months as moved back from the Middle East to UK. Can;'t wait to be reunited with all my sewing goodies (of course had to get al few replacements in the meantime)

Ginger said...

Love this method for making the pincushion. This is so cute, and now I can put my extra sewn pieces to good use! Thank you!

Johanna said...

That is sew cute! Perhaps I need to make a few as gifts :)

Little Quiltsong said...

What a wonderful idea! I think this will become my favorite pincushion. I like to use one for when I'm binding. I will 'load' up about 10 sewing needles and have them ready on my pincushion, before I start my binding.
Love this!

jeannine said...

Perfect pin cushion! Great tutorial!

Lynn said...

I'm so excited about the sew along. Thanks for the tutorial, that might be today's project. I peeked that little blue caddy with the spool of thread. What a perfect little thing for hand sewing and binding.

Laura said...

Thanks for the step-by-step! BTW, your nails look nice!

Rosie said...

Oh my goodness! What a cute pin cushion idea! I collect them as well!
Your tutorial is really great to follow. And I really likevyourvidea for the stand. You're so creative! You're forever my hero!

Ness said...

Love Love all the things you do. :) Thanks for sharing with us!

Unknown said...

Great tutorial! I have a six-inch haystack block. I'm going to give this a shot today!!

Kate said...

So cute! Thanks for the tute, will have to give this one a go! :)

Libby said...

I just love it ~ Thanks for the tutorial. Can't wait till tomorrow for the "Farm Girl Friday"

Have a wonderful day!!!

Lesley Gilbert said...

What a super sized and beautiful pin cushion, plus a great photo tutorial - thank you :)

Susie H said...

How beautiful and practical! Thanks for the tutorial!

LJ said...

Thanks, Lori. Yep, never too many pincushions!!

allthingzsewn said...

There is nothing left to be said, I too like everything about the pincushion including the stand. Thank you for the tutorial.

Fran said...

What a fabulous design! Just made my first pincushion this week, wish I'd thought to do the corners like that!

Susan Davis said...

Dee-lightful!! I'm so excited about tomorrow! It's finally here!

Vada said...

Love Love Love Love Love Love Love! My book arrived yesterday, can't wait to get started!

Granny's Button Box said...

How clever is that, sew simple when you know how its done, thank you for sharing. Sharon x

Jeanna said...

Cute project and a wonderful tutorial. Thanks for sharing.

Cathy said...

That is adorable!

Unknown said...

Thanks for the tutorial! Love the block you used for the pincushion!

pegschr said...

though at this point in my life quilting is difficult to find time for, I get so inspired by your tutorials, I love everything about them, your home, you nails, your fabric, you kids, your colors, your personality...EVERYTHING!

Rosemary B❤️ said...

I am going to make this....
but in the end, I know it will end up being a cat toy. :-P

Jennie @ said...

OK, I gotta tell you that this is by far the nicest quilt book I have ever owned! Everything about it is great from the spiral binding to the wonderful pics and perfect staging in every photo. Thank you!!

Unknown said...

Can't wait to start...let the cutting begin!

Please, I'm not sure how to post squares to Facebook. Will you share that information with us?

Anonymous said...

I've fallen, hook, line and sinker for your lovely book, quilts, and the pincushion, too! I was even on the hunt for a cool plate and candleholder to glue together! I found a neat vintage piece, a little larger than an ash tray, at my local Goodwill, and then a generic glass candleholder at Dollar Tree. You've inspired me! I'm SOOOO looking forward to working on this quilt on Fridays!

Jan said...

I have the first block done but have no idea how to show it to you. I do have a Facebook page but don't understand how you can see it by putting it on my page??

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

This worked so fantastically! I like how the back is designed--it made the pincushion easy to turn right side out and stuff. I never boxed corners before and I was worried how they'd turn out because I only sewed one of the corners perfectly on the line but all four turned out beautifully. Thank you!!!!!

TXbluebonnet said...

My daughter directed me to your website and I went through your tutorial. I've been looking for cute, easy pin cushion designs and I think this is it! Thanks!

Litamora's Quilt & Design said...

After seeing all the gorgeous pincushions like this on Instagram, I figured it had to be a tutorial for this. I found it on your blog, and I just had to make one too! Thanks a lot for sharing, and it's perfect to get to use the bonus blocs I had waiting for the right project :o)

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

I already commented once but I just wanted to let you know I made my 8th apron strings pincushion this weekend and every time the tutorial works like a charm! I'm giving your book and a pincushion to a friend and my sister, both have birthdays this month.

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