Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tutorial Tuesday & Linky Party - Pretty as a Pear

Good morning bloggers!! I have a little cutesy tutorial for you today, something quick and easy that you can whip up in no time.

A Pretty Pear Pincushion

This was a little project born of necessity. The little one is now perfectly capable of reaching pretty much everything on my desk. In the aftermath of a huge pin spill, I thought it high time that I make myself a little pin cushion to keep my sharps safe and out of the way.

I found this pattern online, though I can't be sure where it came from. I am constantly downloading patterns and pulling instructions for projects, even though I already have more bookmarked than I could ever complete in my lifetime, haha!!

Anyway, here it is PLUS an extra pattern for an apple pincushion as well! With some fun and funky fabrics, you could have quite the little bushel here. ;)

Click the pattern to enlarge it in another window, then print. 
I'm not sure what the size should be, I just printed as is and went to it!

Materials list:

  1. 1, 2, or 3 different fabrics for the body of the pear or apple. You don't need much. I think I used 3 half strips of jelly roll fabric.
  2. Sewing machine or needle and thread- this can TOTALLY be done by hand!
  3. Felt for the leaves. Again, you could easily get away with using scraps.
  4. Poly-fill, sand, or rice for filling.
  5. Hot glue or fabric glue
  6. Coordinating straight pins (optional)

Tutorial Instructions:

  1. Print pattern and cut out pieces.
  2. Cut 6 of each shape (pear or apple) from your fabrics, and one or two leaves (I used felt for these).
  3. Start sewing together the body pieces by placing them right sides together and sewing along ONE EDGE only.
  4. Piece and sew them together this way until you have what looks like an inside-out pear shape.
  5. Sew the opening together (again, inside out) leaving a 1" hole for turning.
  6. Turn right side out and fill. I used rice so it would have a little weight to it, and even threw in some lavender to keep my sewing table smelling lovely.
  7. Sew up your hole and tie off.
  8. You can either hot glue the leaves down or use fabric glue. I'm impatient, so I went the hot glue route. Plus I love hot glue. ;)
  9. If you found some coordinating straight pins, pop those in right on top of the leaves for a little extra accent and you're done!!
See? Easy, quick, and super cute! Now it's your turn! Link up your projects and visit one another's pages as you go. We all love visitors and comments, so share the love! :)

Linky Guidelines:

  1. Please feel free to link up as many projects as you would like!
  2. Please link directly to your project post, it makes them much easier for everyone to find.
  3. Please no etsy shops, or generic blog links. Specific posts links only.
  4. Visit someone else's link and share the bloggy love!
  5. Grab yourself a button and post it in your project post or on your blog. Optional of course, but the more we share the party, the more people see your posts! :)
  6. Have fun!!

Have a great week!!



Kitty B said...

So cute!!! Love the pattern, its going on my list! Thanks for sharing!

Tanya said...

Thank you so much for sharing that. I printed it out and I am going to make it for my bestie for her late birthday gift:)

Tips from the Heart said...

Thanks for another fun link party! So glad I found and started following your blog through Suzy's Artsy Craftsy Sitcom.
-Robyn from http://tipsfromtheheart.blogspot.com

Karima said...

Saw you on linky party and now gfc following you. I really need to make a pincushion, this is a good pattern! Karima :) www.karimascrafts.com

Joni Nickrent said...

So cute and love the tute! Pop Art Minis

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Cute pincushion! I'm making some of my own for my craft room redo. I'll be saving your pattern for sure. Thanks!

Lisa said...

The pin cushion is adorable! Love your fabric choice!

Unknown said...

This is so adorable! I would love if you link this tutorial to my party on October 1st! My readers would love it!
New follower and would love a follow back!
It's the week end! Yay!

JenH said...

Hello! I'm one of your newest followers from the Friday Blog Hop! I would love if you could return the follow! Thank you so much!

Unknown said...

Hopping by to say HI! I am your newest follower, and I hope you will stop over to return the favor! The Busy Woman's Guide to Surviving Motherhood

Inspired By June said...

Love the pear, Rachael! Thanks for sharing this tutorial!

ealldredge5 said...

Love the pincushion. I need to make one for the same reasons. I found you on TT&J btw.

Marilyn said...

Hello there, I absolutely love your blog, great creativity, I found ya via weekend show off and had to say hello..officially following ya with smiles..I'm Marilyn via http://theartsygirlconnection.blogspot.com.. hope u can stop in sometime :)))

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