Gifty Galore 2015 – Project 3

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Here is the Happy Sunshine Pincushion found in the Fast, Fun, & Gifty book. It is my gift to all the Gifty Galore members who inspire me every day with their wit, wisdom, and love for each other.

I made my beautiful pincushion in wool. I love wool work so much as it brings a project to life and provides dimension and texture. Oh, heck, I just love wool and will make almost anything I can out of it! To begin, I decided to create a cotton sack to contain the crushed walnut shells. Some wool is weaved too loosely to hold them well.  I simply used the same templates for both wool and cotton.

The templates are traced onto freezer paper and ironed onto cotton, then are cut out along the traced lines.

HP Step 1

The short raw edges of A are laid right sides together, and a 1/4″ seam allowance is sewn one inch (only) on both ends. Be sure to lock the beginning and end of each stitch line for strength. This leaves an opening in the middle that is used later to fill and turn the sack. Press the seam open.

HP Step 2

Fold both the curved edge of the sack (A) and B in half once, pinning at the folds. Open and bring the pins together laying them on top of each other creating another set of folds on facing sides. Pin these folds. This identifies four equal quadrants and will distribute the fabric uniformly when sewing them together.

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Match the pins of both A and B, pinning A and B together. Then, place additional pins in between where needed to equally distribute fabric.

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Sew a 1/4″ around the perimeter.

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Repeat the process for the bottom (C). Turn right side out through the opening on the side and push the seams out. Press the seam from the right side so it gives the sack a clean, crisp edge.

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Using a funnel, lay the sack on its side and fill with the crushed walnut shells or with any filling you prefer.

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Stitch the opening closed.

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I recycled the templates used for the cotton sack with the wool fabric.

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A is sewn together and C is sewn to the bottom so the seam is exposed. The finished cotton sack is placed inside.

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B is laid on top and hand stitched with a 1/4″ seam allowance. The seam allowance is then blanket stitched with a cream color pearl cotton. Now, this is how I did it, however, it does make more sense to sew the appliqué/embroidered flower to B before sewing B to A. Just saying…

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A blanket stitch is sewn around the base seam allowance. I placed the flower pieces on the pincushion to see how it will look. and I love it!!!

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The face of the flower is embroidered and it’s now time to sew the flower down.

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Voila’!!! Isn’t he SO cute! I really like how the top is tilted as it makes it easier to get to the pins although, I don’t know if I can stick him with pins! Yikes!

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  1. Barb S. - July 20, 2015

    Super cute!!! I don’t think the picture did it complete justice. The tutorial helped me see how darn sweet this is.

    • M - July 20, 2015

      Barb, thanks so much! So glad you liked it. I really like the angle the top is at for working from the sewing machine. It makes it easier to access the pins! Thanks so much for your comment!

  2. Stephanie Dunphy - July 21, 2015

    Very smile worthy and adorable and clever.

    • Mari - July 21, 2015

      Awe, thank you Stephanie!

  3. ann deery - July 22, 2015

    I love it. I like the step by step pictures. It’s nice to have something to match up to so that I know I’m doing it right. Love these quick and easy projects. They inspire confidence!

    • Mari - July 22, 2015

      Awe, so happy you love the project Ann. It truly is a project for Christmas giving!

  4. Jeanne Marie Wallace - July 22, 2015

    OH this is too cute and love it so, can’t wait to get started thank you so very much love your dog, looks like mines does. thank you and hugs to you,,xo

    • Mari - July 23, 2015

      Awe, Jeanne, thank you for that beautiful comment! I’m so happy you like the project!!!

  5. Pat H. - July 22, 2015

    Thanks for sharing this adorable pin cushion.

    • Mari - July 23, 2015

      You are very welcome Pat!

  6. Annette Good - July 24, 2015

    This pin cushion is adorable….can’t wait to make a few for gifts .

  7. Ruth moore - September 28, 2015

    If person is allergic to walnuts using walnut shells is a problem. I did not think about it until my friend told me about her reaction.

    • Mari - September 29, 2015

      Ruth, you are right but there are so many other options such as sand and loose stuffing. Thank you for the reminder!