Recently I participated in a pincushion swap conducted by Threadbias (I gave you a sneak peak here).  Well, yippee – it is all finished and currently winging its way up the world to my Partner in Vancouver, USA.

The only swap criteria was to use the colours of Threadbias – green, blue and orange.  Now I am not a pastels kinda gal so my pincushion is quite bright and I tend to do things on the ‘largeish’ size so it is not small either!  And, just because I am put together this way – it combines piecing, raw-edge machine applique, diamonds, equilateral triangles (for the base because every bottom should be pretty right!?!?!), rectangles, a hexagon and lots of Y seams!  Luckily I have recently written a How To Sew Y Seams Tutorial in case I needed a memory refresher!!

I love designing so I wanted to do an original design for this swap as well, although, of course, the ever versatile star is so often lovingly used.  The following is a pictorial essay through my process.

equilateral triangles (these have 60 deg angles)  make up the base. at each of the ‘outside’ seams you need to start 1/4″ in from the edge to allow for the Y seam join with the ‘walls’ of the pincushion. 
once the base was finished it was time to join the rectangles to make the ‘walls’ of the pincushion – remembering to stop and start each seam 1/4″ for the Y seam joins with the base and top of the pincushion.

walls on – make sure the right colour wall matches the corresponding triangle on the base and to leave one seam unsewn to enable the stuffing at the end.

starting the top – after cutting out the white hexagon for the top (and adhering a piece of muslin to the back for both stability and to keep the machine applique neat), visoflix the coloured side bars onto it.  don’t forget to match the colour placement with the sides.  using a small machine stitch and matching thread applique all these in place. sew close to the edge to reduce any possible later fraying.
 repeat this process with the diamonds for the star.

sew the top to the existing pincushion framework.  this time, unlike with the base, sew each seam for each side of the hexagon making sure your Y seams match with the ‘walls’ properly.  Phew – let out the breath you were holding in case this step went pear shaped!!!!

clip all the bulky seams where the Y seams came together and turn right side out. with a trusty kebab stick or knitting needle or other such sophisticated tool poke out all the corners so they look neat and professional!!

stuff, stuff, stuff – recommend that you have a great movie going at this point!! hand sew the seam closed.
You are finished!! and it was a really fun thing to design and  make!  Fingers crossed my Partner thinks it is a really fun thing to receive!
The Top
The Base

The Sides

Until next time, happy quilting, knitting, sewing, crafting ….

 

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Until next time, happy sewing, quilting, knitting, crocheting and crafting ....

 
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