Create a bouquet of cute little flower pincushions for gifts or fund-raisers.
What You Need: Materials for round pincushion
- 10" square green print
- 10" square fusible interfacing
- 2-3/4 X 3" round kraft paper box
What You Need: For both pincushions
- Off-white or cream acrylic paint
- 2 -- 2 X 10" pieces decorative paper
- 2 each of 1/4 X 4" and 1/4 X 10" pieces black-and white check ribbon
- 2 -- 1-3/8 X 10" pieces green 1-1/2"-wide rickrack
- Fine-grit sandpaper
- Bookbinding glue
- Tacky glue
- Small sponge brush
- Paste wax: light brown
- Polyester fiberfill
- Fine crafts sand
- Heavy-duty sewing thread
Cut Your Fabrics: For pincushion tops
- Lay fusible interfacing, paper side up, over oval and circle patterns.
- Use a pencil to trace each pattern.
- Cut out interfacing shapes roughly 1/4" outside traced lines.
- Following manufacturer¿s instructions, press oval and round interfacing shapes onto backs of designated fabrics; let cool.
- Cut out fabric shapes on drawn lines and peel off paper backings.
How to Make It
- Set aside oval box lid for another use. Paint outside of box with two coats of acrylic paint; allow drying time after each application. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand box until some of original kraft paper box color is visible through paint.
- Measure around outside of box for circumference. Using pinking shears, cut a strip of decorative paper 1/2 wide by circumference, plus 1/4" for overlap.
- Center and glue 10"-long ribbon over paper strip. Adhere strip around lower edge of box, 1/4" from bottom, using bookbinding glue.
- Cover outside of box lightly with light brown paste wax; let dry. Buff box with soft cloth.
- Run a thin line of tacky glue around inside top edge of box. Press 1-3/8 X 10" green rickrack in place on inside of box.
- Using heavy-duty thread and a running stitch, sew around pink print interfaced oval 1/4" from outer edge (see Oval Pattern). Gently pull thread tails to gather oval until diameter is about 3".
- Fill oval halfway with crafts sand. Stuff fiberfill into opening until full. Whipstitch opening closed.
- Stuff fiberfill into painted box bottom. Mold sand and fiberfill-stuffed oval to fit inside top of box. Run a line of tacky glue around inside of box below rickrack edge; fit stuffed oval into box.
- Tie a 4"-long piece of ribbon with a loose overhand knot. Glue atop ribbon strip.
- Repeat steps 1 through 8 to make a second pincushion, using box and green print fabric circle.