Thursday, October 22, 2009

scrap buster.

Remember this pin cushion from the summer?
Today I made a few of these with my friend Jenn.
Since it's scrap buster month over at sewmamasew,
We're going to try to give a little tutorial .
How did we do IT?
9 patch with 2" squares.
Remember those bags of squares I have?
We were able to rescue these little squares
out of one of those bags.

Here's another 9 patch.

We trimmed the corners a little.

3" strips for the petals.
We don't need anything fancy for the back of the petals
so we used muslin.

Now that you have the front and back of your petals
put right sides together
cut eight 3" squares.

Sew along two adjoining sides.

Trim a little arch around that unsewn side.
Turn right side out.

Eight beautiful petals.


Sew a large running stitch along that unsewn edge.

Gather....but not too tight.

lay those petals onto the right side of your 9 patch.
baste them on along the edge there.

Here's the back of our pincushion.
I wanted blue.
so-o-o since my scrap was not big enough...
I added another piece of blue.
Nice, huh?

Lay that flower (petals will be on the inside) onto that backing.
sew. sew. sew.
I trimmed the back to match the front
AFTER I sewed them together.
You can do it before if you want. :)
BUT stop!
Leave a small opening for the filling!

Turn it right side out!
We're on the home stretch!

We filled our pin cushions with this.
I've used it before and am wondering
HOW many pincushions will this make?

There we are.
Ready to be closed up!
Take a needle and thread.
Don't want that to spill all over!
Whip-stitch that opening closed.
You did it!

That's it.
And guess what?
It didn't even put a DENT in my scrap basket!


  1. You can fill a lot of pin cushons with that Desert ground walnut shells. Ask me how I know. LOL

  2. I loved this pincushion when I saw it this summer so many thanks for posting the tutorial. I think I'm gonna be making a few of them! And I have to get my own big bag of ground walnut shells. Thanks for sharing, Beth!

  3. Thank you for visiting me and leaving the kind comment. That way I was able to visit you back and make your acquaintance! :)

    Oh, what lovely pincushions!!!! I love them - and such a great tutorial too.

  4. Are those ever cute pincushions! And ground walnut shells! I've never seen those! Where do you get them?

  5. The ground walnut shells came from the pet store in a bag labeled....lizard litter. :)
    Think you can get it online too.

  6. Well, it must be pincushion Friday! I made one also and so did Amy our host of Sew n' Tell Fridays! Your flower pincushions are very cute - I have a pattern for these as well and just haven't gotten around to making any yet :)

  7. Sew cute!! I'm going to have to try one of these. Thanks so much for the tutorial! :o)

  8. that is cute! Thanks for the instructions. I was thinking about doing some instructions for my pincushion, but I think I need to tweak it a little bit first.

    I appreciate you joining us today for sew & tell!

  9. Ohhhhhhh and oooooooh, exactly what I needed! I love the colors on yours and am so thankful for the tutorial! my the, sew, sew!

  10. This is so cute--and thanks for the walnut shell idea. Sometimes I use used coffee grounds.

  11. how funny...i also did a pincushion for sew and tell this week...these are adorable. i love the little petals.

  12. Great tutorial. Loving all these pincushions today. I like your Use What You Have motto. I need to follow that more. Have a great weekend.

  13. I love using up scraps!!!! Very cute. Great job on the tutorial!


  14. So cute! I love it and thanks for the tutorial! Well done!

  15. These are SO DARN CUTE!! What a nice tutorial too.

  16. Too cute, Thank you so much for the tutorial, I can't wait to give it a try!!

  17. thanks for the tutorial! I have been wanting to make a pin cushion and this is perfect!

  18. I love your pincushion! Thanks for posting such a clearly explained tutorial. Have a great day. :-)

  19. beautiful pin cushion!!easy to follow instructions as well

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  21. It may not have used much but I love the pincushions. Great colors! Thanks for sharing tutorial too. Now I want to make one too. I have tons of 9 patch blocks laying around


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