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Hexagon Pincushion

Last Saturday, I had a little Stitch Together for blog friends to come and meet up and make something fun. I wanted it to be fairly simple, because we only had a short time to work, plus there would be plenty of chatting to distract us.

So I put together a little pincushion that could be hand stitched, and have a place for embroidery. My two favorite crafty things! You can make your own, start to finish, in an hour or so, depending on how much embroidery you want to add.

I've now made three of these (they're so fun!), and my latest has an Eagle from my Holiday Jordnöts embroidery pattern. He's looking quite patriotic, which sounded good for a summer pincushion.

Here's what you need:
Fabric
Embroidery floss
Sewing/quilting thread
Rice
Pins
Scissors
Needle
Hexagons printed on card stock

Hexagon Pincushion

Embroider a design onto your fabric. Make sure the pattern fits within the hexagon template.

Hexagon Pincushion

Pin a hexagon template onto the wrong side of the fabric, and trim the fabric to be 3/8 inch larger on all sides. Fold each edge in, and secure at the corners with a stitch of regular thread, as show in the photo. Try not to catch the template with your stitches...you'll thank me later.

You need to make a front, which is the embroidered side, and a back. (You only need two hexagon templates, but there are extras in the PDF.)

Hexagon Pincushion

Finger press the edges, then carefully remove the templates. Pin the two fabric hexagons, wrong sides together.

Hexagon Pincushion

Using embroidery floss and teeny running stitches, sew around the outside of the hexagons. Leave one edge open for filling.

Hexagon Pincushion

Fill the pincushion with rice. Fill it some more. When you think you've got it as packed as you can, shake it down, and add more rice. Seriously...you'll get a lot more in there than you think you can, and you want it very full and firm.

Hexagon Pincushion

Sew the last edge closed, and you're set to go.

Hexagon Pincushion
Hexagon Pincushion

There are lots of other things you can use to fill a pincushion, but the rice seems to work really well. And I like that, because it means that I don't have to go and buy any special supplies! (Plus, you may have noticed that I've been drawn to rice in my crafts in recent months...not sure where that came from, but I expect it will continue for a while!)

Hexagon Pincushion

If you weren't able to come out last week, at least now you can craft along and enjoy part of the fun. Make it more authentic with friends from near you, a cool beverage, and some fondue!

4 comments:

  1. Mollie, this is so adorable! I wish I had local friends to do a stitch day with. How fun!

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  2. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 3 post on May. 24, 2012. Thanks again.

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  3. Mollie, it is so sweet!! I adore the Eagle!! Have a lovely day! xo Heather

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  4. Mollie, to some people rice is considered to be both purifying and grounding - so it makes sense to use it as stuffing. It's a nice way to shake off old energies between projects and approach each new one from a fresh head and heartspace.

    p.s. if you enlarge these they'd be great heated in the microwave and used as heating pads, especially for those tension headaches that sit RIGHT at the base of your skull...

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