Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Hex Pincushions


I don't know what sent me over the edge, but there definitely came a point when I couldn't take it anymore. Everyone else seemed to have one and I felt deprived and a wee bit resentful. So, I took action.


For years I've been using a store-bought pincushion which has been growing more and more ratty with time. It had gotten so bad that I'd stopped returning the pins to the pincushion and they'd scattered around my studio. Couple that with all the cute pincushions I'd seen on the internets and I was ready to remedy the situation.

I've had a minor obsession with hexagons lately so it seemed appropriate that my pincushion should take that form. I was super happy with the way it turned out and quickly adorned it with pins gathered from table and floor. My joy lasted a good five minutes before I started wishing I had a another pincushion devoted to needles. Spurred on by my initial success I made a second one, but with a little variation.


I string pieced the parts of this pincushion and focused on fabrics in shades of red for the body and paired that with an aqua fabric for the binding.
Having righted the wrong that is having to use a crappy pincushion, I felt inspired to share my joy with others. Knowing that you all are a crafty bunch I've written up this tutorial to help you make your own Hex Pincushion. The tutorial includes a template which I'll include as an image in this post. I'm guessing you can run your cursor over that image and print yourself a copy of the template.
Edited to add: Reduce the size of the copy by 65% to get an accurate template.
OK. Here we go.

Hex Pincushion Tutorial

Finished size: About 5" from point to point

Materials:

Scrap fabrics
1/4 yard of fabric for binding
Hex pincushion template (figure 1)
Paper scissors
Rotary cutter and self-healing mat
Quilter's clear acrylic ruler
Sewing machine
Sewing machine thread
Hand sewing needle
Hand sewing thread
Pins
Iron and ironing board
Stuffing



Figure 1


Cutting the fabric:

Using template cut 6 hexagon thirds out of 6 different scrap fabrics
From binding fabric cut 1 1/2" strips on the bias.
Note: To cut bias binding, I begin by making sure I have a straight edge along the lengthwise or crosswise grain. Align the short edge of a clear ruler with straight fabric edge along 45 degree line and cut. Reposition ruler so that cut line measure 1 1/2" from long edge of ruler and cut. Repeat to make more binding strips.

Sewing Hexagon Top and Bottom:
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4"


Figure 2

1. Referring to figure 2, pin piece #1 and piece#2, right sides together matching outer corner and center point.
2. Machine stitch together from outer corner to center point stopping 1/4" short of center point.
3. Cut thread.
4. Match outer corner and center point of piece #3 and piece #1, right sides together, and pin. (figure 3)
5. Starting at outer corner, stitch towards center, stopping 1/4" short of center.


Figure 3

6. Finger press seam allowance of pieces #1 and 2 towards piece #2.
7. Align the center and outer corner of piece #3 and piece #2 and pin. (figure 4)

Figure 4

8. Starting 1/4" from center, stitch to outer corner.
9. Press seams toward piece #3.
10. Repeat steps 1-8 to make a second hexagon.

Assembling the Pincushion:

1. Stitch together binding strips using diagonal seams .
2. Attach binding strip to right side of one of the hexagons as you would for a quilt top.
3. Align hexagon without binding strip underneath hexagon binding strip, wrong sides facing. 
4. Pin hexagons together through center.
5. Turn binding toward underside hexagon.
6. Begin hand stitching binding, remembering to turn under 1/4" seam allowance as you work, to hexagon.
7. Gently miter the corners as you come to them.
8. Stop short of stitching binding all the way around shape, leaving a small gap along one of the hexagon sides.
9. Stuff pincushion so it is full, making sure to push stuffing into corners.
10. Sew remaining binding to hexagon.
11. Machine top stitch close to binding seam.
12. Add pins and smile! 


A Wee Disclaimer: Feel free to make as many of these puppies as you like for friends, family, neighbors, and others suffering through life with store-bought pincushions, but please do not make these for sale.
Thanks and enjoy!










55 comments:

Amber said...

ok Wow - that is an amazing pin cushion. and a tutorial and all - you are so great!
I'm just continually blown away by your creations!

RosaMaría said...

that is a very cool pin cushion. thanks for sharing!!

jacquie said...

i love this...so cute. my pins are in a bucket...stab myself everytime i reach for one...i'm making this!

Larissa said...

oh, i love the string pieced version! thank you so much for the tutorial! i'm off to make one because - these are adorable and - i'm still using the tomato.

Cherry said...

Oh they are lovely! Just perfect for the little scraps I have. Thanks x

supa said...

Well, here I am in the same tomato-pincushion boat. I really must make this. Thanks for sharing the how-to!

casserole said...

Love love love this!!! I posted a link to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:

http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-scraptastic-hexagon-pincushions/2009/08/27/

--Anne

TheCluelessCrafter said...

These cushions remind me of a bygone era with the assemblage of colorful, unique pieces of found fabric. Makes me nostalgic. Thanks for this idea, though I am not quite equipped to do it at this point in my craft life;-)

Lisa C. said...

Your pin cushions are some of my favorites!! I'm with you--sick and tired of my store-bought one. Now I'm inspired to try one of yours! Thanks for taking the time to make the tutorial :)

NEEDLEWINGS said...

Cute! It would be good to have the different colors to use for sewing machine needles too. Then you know if you have taken out your Jeans needle and put in a fine one, Use denim to remember the jeans needle, or the one that you quilt with in another section, etc.

Leslie said...

an extra addition to your pincushion could be a Brillo pad in the middle of the stuffing. It cleans the pin, takes any burrs off the point, and kinda sharpens it at the same time. Mine only has a homely muslin cover right now, but I think I see one covered by a hexwrap in the very near future!

Mette said...

Thank you for sharing. Love the pincushions.

wishes, true and kind said...

Those hexagon pincushions are too cute!

wishes, true and kind said...

Those hexagon pincushions are too cute!

Pam Aries said...

WEll...I a mjust getting back into sewing and I was just thinking ..I need a pincushion...haha

Pam Aries said...

Oh ad thank you!

ayumills said...

Thanks for such a great tutorial! I must try this - it's so cute!!

chammer1 said...

Don't know that I can add anything to what has already been said except to say, thanks for sharing with us.

Lola....L..O..L..A....lo--oh--luh! said...

I just found your blog, and I have to tell you that your quilts make my heart go "pitter pat"!
I can't wait to look around more!!!

Di~ said...

Thank You! Glad I found your blog, Jacquie sent me(us). :)

Shari said...

This is a great pincushion! Thanks so much for writing such a clear tutorial. I look forward to trying it out...

Julie said...

What a great little pattern, I've bookmarked it for future reference.

Jordan said...

Those are so cute! I think I will have to make some. Please check out my blog at www.thescrapbox-jordannichole.blogspot.com to find out more about my quilting!

Rachel@oneprettything.com said...

This is so cute! I just found your tutorial via WhipUp. The pin cushion is wonderful! I'd love to link to it if you didn't mind.

Rima said...

This is just beautiful! Great hex shape.

Rima
www.yarnydays.com

Zarinaia said...

Thank you for sharig this great tutorial. I've linked it on my blog.
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Lisa said...

Oh thats so adorable. I will try that out now. Such a great idea. Thanks for sharing!

tabata said...

i love this...so cute. my pins are in a bucket...stab myself everytime i reach for one...i'm making this!

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Anonymous said...

I just got my first sewing machine and I am finding this so addictive. Nice pin cushion looks like a lot of fun

beecee said...

made a hexie pincushion last night BUT yours is different. Looks like a plan for tonight. Thanks, I have been enjoying your posts.

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