12.13.2013

floral container pin cushion (tutorial)

Hey, want a super quick project to do with your kids? How about a quick present for your favorite seamstress? Aan excuse to visit the thrift shops to hunt for treasure in the knick knackery?

Floral container to pin cushion. So right.

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I picked up this little guy in a thrift shop a few weeks ago because... well, because I couldn't really resist.  And can you blame me?

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I imagine that if you were the sentimental type to save your floral containers that your new baby bouquets came in that this would be a good reuse for them as well.  I personally saved not more from my children's babyhoods than the babies themselves but that's just me.

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Besides a container of some type, you also need a scrape of fabric (I used a bit of flannel leftover from a quilt backing) cut roughly roundish, some stuffing, hand sewing needle and thread. 

If your container is deep, you may want to add a bit of filler to the inside as well since there is a limit to how much depth you need for pins.  If the floral foam in still inside, it's a bit of a win.  Still, use whatever you have about. I happen to have a few hundred glow in the dark dinosaurs.   Since the cushioning is not permanently glued in, I can retrieve them anytime I need.  Might make a good hide-y hole too for anything small you want to keep out of sight.

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My fabric scrap is about 6 by 8 inches.  Adjust size according to container size.

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Baste stitch all around the edge.

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Pull into loose pouch.  Do not tie off your thread yet.

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Stuff tight with batting.  Cotton balls will do in a pinch.

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Once firm, pull the stitching tight and secure thread.

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Flip.

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Poke stuffed pouch into container opening (with filler underneath if necessary).

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Behold your recycling cleverness.

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1 comment:

  1. Ok, that is the cutest pin cushion I have ever seen! I would have had a hard time resisting him as well.

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