Monday, July 12, 2010

Pincushion Ring

So lately I've been meaning to do a bit more sewing after my recent earring craze has all but taken over my life. As I was taking out my needles though, I noticed an old thimble that I had lying around that I hardly ever used. Now juxtapose that with the wristlet pincushions that have been creeping their way into style, and I came up with the idea of making a pincushion ring. 

Perfect size for a small project, and no chance of pushing the pins in too far and stabbing yourself~!

Start out with a thimble and a small piece of fabric.

Now stuff the fabric into the thimble, with the right side facing the metal. 

Pinch off the fabric around the edge of the thimble and pull it out. 

Now start making a running stitch around where you pinched. Don't worry too much about making this neat looking-- you won't be able to see it. 

Then put your thumb inside it and put the thimble on again just to make sure you have the right size and shape.

When you're sure your stitches are right, start stuffing it! I used about 1/3 of a cotton ball. Make sure you don't make it too compact, otherwise you'll have a hard time sticking the pins in. 

Trim off the excess fabric, making sure to leave at least a quarter inch allowance. 

Pull the thread tight now....

...and double check to make sure everything's the right size before you tie off the thread.

Then gather your materials as you heat up your hot glue gun. You'll need the thimble, the pincushion you just made, and a blank ring. 

Put some glue on the inside of the thimble...

...and on the ring...

...and then assemble!


Happy prick-free sewing =)

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