The supply list is minimal:
- 5" x 6" piece of cotton print fabric (pincushion top)
- 5" x 6" piece of coordinating wool fabric (pincushion bottom)
- three pieces of coordinating wool fabric for the heart-shaped needlebook pages (approximately 3 1/2" x 3 1/2")
- matching sewing thread
- your favorite "stuffing"
- Optional - one 5" x 6" piece of fusible lightweight interfacing
- Take your 5" x 6" piece of cotton print fabric and fuse a piece of lightweight interfacing to the back - this step is optional - it gives the top of your pincushion a good "sturdiness" and keeps it nice and smooth. It also helps your pincushion hold up over time with excessive puncturing. Set aside.
- Using your three pieces of of coordinating wool fabric, cut three hearts. I used my AccuQuilt Studio fabric cutter to cut three of Heart #8 Small....but you can easily cut these using your own template. Choose the order you would like to layer your wool hearts; leave the base full-size - trim the middle heart 1/8" smaller - trim the top heart 1/4" smaller, so once stacked you will see all three colors. My base heart is approximately 3" x 3".
- Place the stacked wool hearts in the center of your piece of cotton print fabric (right side up). Sew down the center of the stack of hearts - from the heart valley to the heart point. I used a decorative flower stitch on my sewing machine, but this could be done by hand using a long sharp needle.
- Place the 5" x 6" piece of coordinating wool fabric on top of your cotton print with wool hearts (right sides together).
- Stitch around the perimeter with a 1/4" seam allowance, leaving an opening for turning.
- Trim the corners, and then turn right side out.
- Stuff firmly with your choice of filling - I used a good quality fiberfill.
- Whip stitch the opening closed.
...and there you have it - a quick and easy Valentine pincushion with a needlebook attached (finished size 4 1/2" x 5 1/2"). I used my sewing machine for all the sewing, but you could easily put the entire project together by hand. I added some decorative pins - the three red hearts are from Puntini Puntini (http://www.puntini-puntini.blogspot.com/ and http://puntinipuntini.splinder.com/) - Paola makes the most fabulous decorative pins - they make me happy and are the perfect addition to my new treasure!
I hope you have been inspired to make your very own pincushion....
Tomorrow I will post details on a Valentine giveaway...so if you like my cross stitch designs, please stop back tomorrow to get in on the fun....